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Tane Moana Road and Trail, Northland

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Tane Moana Road and TrailBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Felice Croft

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open farmlands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
2:00 (Fast)



There is no longer public access from Clements Road to Tane Moana. The Te Araroa Trail has also been rerouted away from this section, due to access over private property.

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This run includes part of the Te Araroa Trail. Some sections are a little tricky to follow due to recent logging in the area but it is marked with orange markers all the way through. Would thoroughly recommend uploading this course to your device just for the section through the pine forest

Starting at the Tutukaka Marina, head along the sealed road to Matapouri (nice hill to get you started!). There are a few corners so don't run with music if that's your preference as the cars can end up on you pretty quickly. When you get into Matapouri, run along the main sealed road until you get to a road on the left called Clements Road.

Head down Clements Road until you get the end (the end is designated by a "this road is now a private driveway" sign). On the left you will see the entrance to the trail, with plenty of signage. This initial section of the run is through pine forest that as of Nov-2018 had just been felled so some of the roadways were a bit tricky to follow. There are orange markers for you but some were a bit hard to spot.

Once you get through the pine forest you'll end up in native bush. Trail is a bit technical in some areas but still a really nice run. You'll come out onto a gravel road called Waiotoi Road, hang a left and head back to Ngunguru. Once you are on the main road, hang another left and run back towards Tutukaka where you'll be blessed with one last decent climb before a nice downhill descent back to the Tutukaka Marina.

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Features of interest

You will pass a quick turn off along the trail to Tane Moana - Giant Kauri Tree eleven metres in diameter. Worth the stop off!

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

Gravel Road: 20%

Sealed Road: 50%

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  • Access

    Park anywhere in the public carparks at the Tutukaka Marina, except for the parking area by the boat ramp

    Parking is safe as this area is generally quite busy all day every day

    29 km

    32 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Generally good.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.

    You can stop and purchase water during business hours in Tutukaka, Ngunguru and Matapouri. No drinking water within the bush

    Wouldn't recommend after periods of heavy rain

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