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Haruru Falls Trek , Northland

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Haruru Falls Trek Beginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Ciaran Lowney

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest

Beginner - Intermediate

1:30 (Slow)
1:05 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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Having ran the track the day before as part of the Paihia half, I returned to do the out and back the following day. At that point I was relatively new to trail running. Oh my word, what a delight it was to get started on this trail. It's not a very difficult technical run, but undulating small hills to get your heart going. The views along the way are well worth the effort.

Care needs to be taken on the boardwalk as you cross the estuary as it can get quite slippery. Also as you'd expect parts of the route are also slippery when wet.

It's nearly impossible to get lost, it's obvious where you are going and look outs are well signposted.

If you are in the area, this is a must do. It's small enough for beginners and I do know of an experienced trail running friend of mine who did the out and back 4 times in one go, he liked it that much.

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Features of interest

Passing through a mature mangrove forest, you will see many native flora and fauna including shags, heron and kingfishers. As the name suggests, the Harura falls are at the 5km mark before you turn around and return to Waitangi.

The waterway itself was part of NZ's first river port and was an integral part of the first European settlement. As you would expect there are lots of information panels for you read along the way.

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Easy Single Track: 100%

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  • Access

    Opposite the Waitangi Treaty grounds on Tau Henare Drive. It is well signposted.

    Loads of parking on road and there is a car park. Waitangi is a short walk/run from Paihia township.

    2 km

    5 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Very easy to follow.

    Perfect throughout.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, Cellphone, Map.

    Don't recall seeing any water fountains.

    In the winter, it's slippery

    Slippery when wet.

  • Post run indulgence

    Jimmy Jacks Rib Shack
    None listed - see their facebook page
    We went there the night before the Paihia Half, great food, try the Pastrami sandwich

    None listed - see their facebook page
    Great Pizzas and craft beers!

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