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Whangaruru North Head Loop, Northland

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Whangaruru North Head LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Mark Craig

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

1:20 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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Starting at the Puriri Bay camp gate, take the right hand route towards the bush line approx 200m to where the track begins and takes you quickly over to Teparapara Bay. Following the track you will end up back on the main road (gravel) for 500ish meters, Whangaruru North Head track will be signposted on the right.

Run the single track and enjoy the coast views, at around 5.2km take the signposted route to the trig which is a quick run up hill and return the same way completing the track section, the last 1k is along a gravel road/farm track taking you to back to the Puriri Bay camp.

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Features of interest

Stunning coastal views.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 60%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

Gravel Road: 10%

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  • Access

    Puriri Bay Campsite.

    Parking 100m before the Puriri Bay camp gate.

    42 km

    51 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Around the 4.5k mark there is a track on the right for a quick exit back to Puriri Bay camp

    Very patchy.

    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Water is available at Puriri Bay camp, boiling is advised.

    Bloody hot in summer!

  • Post run indulgence

    Bland Bay Camp
    Bland Bay
    Only place for a cold drink or an ice cream for miles!

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