Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Urupukapuka Island Loop

Russell, Northland

Submitted by Chris Wheatley

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 12

Gnarl Factor: 24

8.3km

340m

340m

100m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Beach

Coastal

Run Makeup

80%
20%

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.8%

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Estimated Times to Run

1:20

Slow

1:00

Moderate

0:40

Fast

Join the loop track from where ever you access the island (there 3 DOC campsites, Otehei Bay where the ferry arrives or the other sheltered bays on the island). Follow the track markers as you make your way around the island. Track length can be increased slightly by running the various other smaller side tracks you will come across along the loop.

Lots of beautiful bays and views along the track as well as various historic Pa sites.

Access to the island is either by private boat, water taxi or the ferry which runs during the summer season from Paihia and passes through Russell. The Island is predator free and a wildlife sanctuary and it is important that you do not bring in ants, rats/mice and skinks in accordance with details on the DOC and projectislandsong.co.nz

29 km

36 minutes

Unknown

No

Easy.

Patchy.

Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

Water is available at the DOC campsites. It filtered and safe to drink.

Can be slippery on the clay surfaces after rain.

Some parts of the track pass by steep exposed cliffs so watch your step!

Otehei Bay Cafe
Otehei Bay
Nice for a post run cold beer while waiting for the return ferry.

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Mike Tennent

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Trail Reviews

Ive only walked this loop a couple times ,but would highly recommend it as a trail run. absolutely stunning views of the Bay of Islands from along the sea cliff tops.even better lets hold an Annual fun-run event here! start/finish at the restaurant/campground @ Otehei Bay (the ferry stop) which is a easy ferry ride from Paihia or Russell.

Jonathan Cook

March 6, 2019

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