Waipu Coastal Trail loopBeginner
Submitted by Steve Bilton
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
There are gates you need to open and close as you cross through private property
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Cross the estuary from the carpark and look for the orange markers to stay on route. You follw the track along the coast, at the 2KM mark veer right on the track junction. When you get to the road cross to the other side and run up the hill, there is a gravel track or verge on the left side of cove road going back to Waipu cove. Watch for traffic when running on this section.
Features of interest
There are the amazing Waipu pancake rocks!!! Like the Punakaiki rocks but just in the north island. Plenty of birdlife here also
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 25%
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Gravel Road: 35%
Sealed Road: 15%
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Starts at end of Waipu cove village beach carpark from main road. Look for coastal walkway signs. You MUST cross the estuary and get your feet wet to start the run
Good safe parking and plenty of it here although it will be busy in summer and might be harder to find a park with people parking down the road.
You could turn left at the 2KM junction and run the additional little loop to ding bay then come back on the cove road. Might be another 1K
At parking lot
Lots of people on track during summer. Run early morning or evenings in height of holiday season
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