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Mangawhai Heads , Northland

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Mangawhai Heads Beginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Geoff Neal

Info Info

Trail Information

7.90km

260m

260m

 

Northland

Wellsford

Urban fringe

Combo

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Beach
Coastal
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

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

-9.1%

+9.6%

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Description

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%


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  • Access

    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.

    34 km

    33 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

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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.

    Very patchy.

    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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