Submitted by Chris Wheatley
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
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Start at the upper carpark and take the Ram track which follows a ridge above the Ram stream down to the intersection with the Kaiauai Track. Turn left onto this track towards Pouakai Hut and cross the Waiwhakaiho River via the swing bridge. Shortly after the swing bridge take the Kokowai track which climbs steeply up the ridge above the stream. This track takes you up to the Holly Hut track which you turn left onto to head back towards North Egmont.
Features of interest
Great views of the Kokowai stream which is orange coloured from mineral deposits.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 60%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
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
Start at the top carpark (below the camp house) at North Egmont Visitors Centre
Lots of parking at the visitors centre.
Follow the orange triangle track markers
Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
The lower mountain is always very muddy after rain and tracks are prone to damage after storms. The Holly Hut track can be hazardous during winter when snow/ice lies on the track.
The Ram track is signposted closed at the moment due to winter storm damage but its generally in ok condition typical of the lower mountain with some trees down on the track and one slip you need to be careful crossing.
There is also multiple slips on the route (including the large Boomerang Slip) to take care on when crossing.
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See other runs nearby:
Pouakai Hut and Tarns
Ninja Stealth Urban Trail
Holly Hutt Track
Up The Stony
Mangorei to North Egmont
Meeting of the Waters
NP Urban Trail Run
Rain Forest Romp at Pukeiti
Taranaki RTM with a Twist
Fanthanaki double summit loop
Mana Bay- Patea river and beach