Meeting of the WatersBeginner
Submitted by Chris Wheatley
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Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiverside
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This is a nice short run I use to try and improve some of my technical running skills which is close to town. Start at the top of Mangorei Rd and head into Burgess park. The track heads down the hill and through the reserve following the river. You can follow the track up to the highway and cross Mangorei Stream using the footpath but I choose to drop into the river and cross it then climb the bank on the southern side where you will find the Meeting of the Waters track.
Follow this track past the carpark and over the tailrace bridge. The track follows the river side of the TOPEC campground to the suspension bridge (or I drop into the river bed and practice my rock hopping then cross the river under the bridge and climb back up to rejoin the track). The track then follows the Araheke Bush loop - a short loop through the bush, to return back to the suspension bridge and return the way you came.
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Features of interest
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 5%
Technical Single Track: 10%
Easy Single Track: 85%
Start at the top intersection of Mangoeir Rd and SH3
Lots of parking on the roadside
Long-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
I wouldn't recommend drinking from the rivers
Muddy after rain
The rivers rise rapidly after rainfall on the mountain but can also rise if the power company increases water flow through the power station
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Ninja Stealth Urban Trail
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