Hauturu High Point - EastBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Native bushRiversideOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
This is another easy to describe one, but what a trail!
Right at the start you get the DOC shoe cleaning gate... please take the time to do this properly, Kauri are too precious to lose!
The first section for about 500m takes you to the Falls.This trail is well formed, established and well cared for. At the Falls you cross a stream, easily done with dry feet, it would have to be in flood to stop you getting over. After the Falls this continues - brand new trail, deep gravel and new steps, even a few boardwalks, the reason being the Kauri. As you get higher, look up and suck it all in, they are amazing... photos do them no justice... Kings of the Forest!
Then just over 2km, at another foot-cleaning gate, things change and the finely manicured trail gets turned off like a switch and is replaced by a demon. Pretty quickly you are reduced to climbing in some places on all 4's grabbing tree roots. It climbs and climbs... drops a bit, climbs some more and then the same again. There are no cross trails other than right at the very top, and the sign there clearly points to the summit. Head up to the ageing trig, grab a pic and head back down... in places you will be slower going down than up!!
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Features of interest
Just the most magnificent Kauri grove... just so many wonderul trees... followed by some of the gnarliest climbing and topped off with some amazing views!
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 50%
Moderate Single Track: 10%
Easy Single Track: 40%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 0%
Heading South from Omapere, about 10km from the start of the 100km road you will see very large and obvious signs for Waiotemarama Falls. Turn here and in about 3km you will come to a wooden bridge and just over it on the right is the DOC sign.
Limited parking, but not likely to be too busy.
Waterproof leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
None after you cross the stream at 500m
It can get very slippery when wet... but this is the winterless north, so wait an hour after the rain stops and you should be good to go.
Lots of potential hazards on a climb this steep. Make sure others know where you are if alone and at what time you expect to be out.
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