Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Meeting of the Waters

New Plymouth, Taranaki

Submitted by Chris Wheatley

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 7 ?

Gnarl Factor: 24 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +4.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -4.4%


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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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Lots of parking on the roadside

6 km

8 minutes




Perfect throughout.

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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Jonathan Drake

Jonathan Drake

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Trail Reviews

Very pretty run, well worth exploring the trails around there. Safer to park near One Burgess Hill rather than the corner of the state highway.

June Hart

March 31, 2022

Very easy track that goes through beautiful bush. I did the Araheke Bush loop a few times to add some distance.

Dean Bradley

December 29, 2019

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