Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Makatawa Loop

New Plymouth, Taranaki

Submitted by Chris Wheatley

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 11 ?

Gnarl Factor: 20 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +14.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -14.5%


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Follow the track from North Egmont signposted to Makatawa Hut. Track descends into a stream bed before climbing up to the hut. From the hut follow the track further up to the translator track and return to North Egmont. Or you can continue up the Puffer to Tahurangi and connect to other trails there.

Great short run

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Lots of parking at the road end

29 km

30 minutes




Follow the track which is well marked

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

At North Egmont and Makatawa Hut.

Winter time above Makatawa Hut can have snow and ice on the trail. Also following storms the lower track can be damaged by fallen trees.

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Trail Reviews

Great mostly runnable but technical ascent, steep gravel descent but great views. Awesome Taranaki environment.

Lyn Stanton

January 5, 2019

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