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Town Basin, Whangarei Falls & Parihaka , Northland

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Town Basin, Whangarei Falls & Parihaka Beginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Chris Taylor

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Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

2:30 (Slow)
1:40 (Moderate)
1:20 (Fast)



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There are an endless number of configurations to run in this area. This particular one starts at the Whareora Road carpark and travels North East along Whareora Road to the AH Reed Memorial Park Entrance. Follow trail that goes northwards alongside the Hatea River all the way to the falls and then return the same way but taking a left turn to the canopy walkway (in the AH Reed Memorial Park) at about 4.4 kms in.

Follow canopy walkway over wooden viaduct and then straight up onto Whareora Road. Run back to where you started and then turn left into Hatea River Track. Stay on track until turn-off on left for Dobbie Track. Take Dobbie Track up to summit of Parihaka and then exit on the opposite side (south-eastern side of the viewing platform) down Ross Track. At bottom of Ross Track enter Dundas Road and carry on to Riverside Drive.

Turn right westwards along Riverside Drive and just before getting to the bridge take track to right of bridge that follows Hatea River northwards. Follow track signposts including along Ewing Road, taking track at end to Vale Road and then enter onto Hatea River Track. Keep going until there is a right turn up Drummond Track. Take Drummond Track to just short of Summit, keeping left so that you go back down Dobbie Track and then back to car park.

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Features of interest

This loop takes in the sights of the Whangarei Falls, the AH Reed Memorial Park with canopy walkway through Kauri Forest, the Hatea River and the view from the top of Parihaka.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 35%

Easy Single Track: 40%

Sealed Road: 25%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Waterfalls & Kauri!

Waterfalls & Kauri!

Length: 6.00km

Parihaka Hatea Loop

Parihaka Hatea Loop

Length: 13.50km


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  • Access

    There are multiple places to start this loop but the one shown starts from carpark at Whareora Road by entrance to the Hatea River track. It is right next to the bridge over Hatea River and about 500 metres from the intersection of Whareoa Road and Mill Road.

    Plenty of parking available.

    3 km

    6 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Generally good.

    Windproof jacket, First aid kit, Cellphone.

    Water available at A H Reed Park entrance.

    Track sections are well maintained and are generally always in good condition with little mud and mostly gravel.

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