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Makatawa Loop, Taranaki

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Makatawa LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Chris Wheatley

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Trail Information






New Plymouth

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

1:45 (Slow)
1:15 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

Great short run

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 60%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%

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  • Access

    Start at North Egmont Visitors Centre

    Lots of parking at the road end

    29 km

    30 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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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