Mangawhai Heads Beginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Geoff Neal
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From the carpark, run out the beach for approx 3.8km. It's a mix of sand and rock-hopping. After the rock arch you'll see the easily marked stairs on the left which will return you back home along the cliff tops.
If you prefer to run faster, then after about 1.4km of beach, take the clifftop route inland and do an out and back instead.
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Features of interest
Rock arch and crazy rock formations
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 60%
Easy Single Track: 40%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
Mangawhai Head Surf LIfesaving Club (very end of Wintle St)
Lots of parking and toilets right by the start. Very safe with lots of people about.
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At 1.2km you'll have the option of heading left to go the cliff section first. I think it's probably best to run out the beach first.
Must go +/- 2 hours either side of low tide if you want to do the full beach bit through the rock arch.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone.
Must have been some at the carpark but I didn't check.
Can only run beach bit +/- 2 hours either side of low tide.
If you take the beach route to complete the full loop, then you'll need to watch your footing while rock-hopping. Ankle rolling central in parts.
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