Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Hauturu High Point - East

Omapere, Northland

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 22

Gnarl Factor: 58

9.0km

800m

800m

670m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Riverside

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

40%
10%
50%

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +15.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -15.1%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

3:30

Slow

2:45

Moderate

2:00

Fast

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!!

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!

Limited parking, but not likely to be too busy.

10 km

13 minutes

Unknown

No

Easy.

Patchy.

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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Trail Reviews

Cool trail - love all the kauri trees. Little dry and slippery on the steeper parts in summer. Best views are part way up on the ridge rather than the trig.

Dawn Tuffery

December 22, 2020

Lovely run, especially the kauri, and every time Ive been its been hot enough to make a swim in the pool above or below the waterfall essential!

Katie Smith

March 9, 2020

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