Old CoachBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Chris Taylor
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiverside
Beginner - Intermediate
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Follow the Te Araroa track from the start heading down the hill to the Waitangi River. Cross over the river and follow track along the river bank for a couple of kms to the Taheke River. Cross the river and head along then up the hill on the other side until you reach Pataua North Road.
Turn left down Pataua North Road (for about a km) before turning right up Mangahui Road. Follow Mangahui Road for about 4 - 4.5 km until you hit the forestry gate. Just before the gate on the left is a track that cuts down the side of the hill. This is the Whanui Coach Road. Follow to the end and then return all the way back to the start. In the summer, quick dips in the Taheke or Waitangi River are great to cool off.
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Features of interest
The Whanui Coach Road section of this run (from about 10kms in through to 18km) is lovely gentle sloping single track in native bush.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 33%
Easy Single Track: 30%
Gravel Road: 30%
Sealed Road: 7%
Travel form Whangarei towards Ngunguru on Ngunguru Road. Turn right down Ngunguru Ford Road and travel down that road for just under three kms. Look for gate and little gravel area off to the right of the road. It should be signposted as part of the Te Araroa Trail.
A bit of parking space available near the start
Windproof jacket, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Take your own. Would not recommend drinking from the streams along the way.
Generally muddy / wet / slippery in the winter, take a bit of extra care and allow a bit of extra time.
Post run indulgence
Town Basin Whangarei
Plenty of choices for a drink / food - about 15 - 20 minute from the start of this track.
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