Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Waipu Coastal Trail loop

Waipu, Northland

Submitted by Steve Bilton

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Grunt Factor: 6

Gnarl Factor: 34

4.5km

75m

75m

65m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Beach

Coastal

Run Makeup

15%
35%
25%
25%

Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.3%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

0:45

Slow

0:35

Moderate

0:25

Fast

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.

There are the amazing Waipu pancake rocks!!! Like the Punakaiki rocks but just in the north island. Plenty of birdlife here also

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.

8 km

7 minutes

Unknown

No

Easy.

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

Patchy.

Cellphone.

At parking lot

Lots of people on track during summer. Run early morning or evenings in height of holiday season

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Trail Reviews

Nice wee loop, beautiful sunrise run! Very runnable and lovely views.

Amy Burnan

January 12, 2021

Nice short run wth beautiful views.The run down the side of the road is a well maintaned gravel path so nice and safe. If running in the middle of winter when the trail is very wet and muddy do not wear road shoes, unless you like a challenge or are one stubbie short of a six pack like me :).

Craig De Ardenne

July 24, 2020

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