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Urupukapuka Island Loop, Northland

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Urupukapuka Island LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Chris Wheatley

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

1:20 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 80%

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  • Access

    This track is a loop which passes by all 3 campsites on the island as well as Otehei Bay (the ferry stop). I was in Cable bay so recorded it from there.

    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



  • Staying Safe



    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!

  • Post run indulgence

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

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