Last Updated: 23rd Apr 2024

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Davies Track

New Plymouth, Taranaki

Submitted by Chris Wheatley

Last Updated: 23rd Apr 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 17 ?

Gnarl Factor: 36 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.3%


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This is the Davies Track up tom the summit of the Kaitake Ranges. The track initially crosses farmland (keep to the marked track) for nearly 1km before entering the national park. The track climbs moderately for another 2km before steepening up for the 1.5km as you make your way to the summit. Track is well marked with orange marker poles as well as the pink triangular markers. If you want to make a loop of it you can descend down the Lucy's Gully track (approx 2km) and return to vehicle via the road.

This trail includes the peak Patuha.

Different type of bush compared with Mt Taranaki

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There is space for several cars off the road by the sign.

18 km

20 minutes




Generally good.

Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

None available on the track

The track gets very muddy following rain and can be very slippery especially the top 1km or so.

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Trail Reviews

Walked this trail. It was a bit damp after some heavy rain but still in good condition. Beautiful trail. Great views from the top. Need to keep your eyes open on the farm land for the trail marker - keep your eyes up! If you get to the camellia bush, youve missed the marker that will guide you uphill and across the field.

Gina Butson

September 17, 2019

Native forest with natural path, short sections of steeper track but nothing exposed. Summit trig with views around region are the best ! A great hit out running dow. Alternative routes , but steeper and rougher under foot.

Jay Paterson

April 8, 2019

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