Pouakai CrossingBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Chris Wheatley
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Front country - easily accessible
Point to Point (one way)
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
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This is the very popular Pouakai Crossing track. The track takes you up a ridge from North Egmont Visitors Centre to the around the mountain track heading west towards Holly Hut. If needed the hut is a couple of minutes off the track where you can stop for a water refill. The track then crosses the Ahukawakawa Swamp, separating the main mountain peak from the Pouakai Ranges, before climbing up to the ridge tops of the Pouakais. Next you follow the track to Pouakai Hut before descending down to the road end at Mangorei Rd.
Features of interest
Crossing the swamp with awesome views back at Mt Taranaki
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 25%
Moderate Single Track: 50%
Easy Single Track: 25%
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 North Egmont Visitors Centre
Lots of parking there. The crossing is a point to point track so you will need to arrange a drop off or pick up at either end. Taranaki Mountain Shuttles can do this.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
The track is very well signposted and a popular walk for trampers
Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, 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.
Available at the huts.
During winter the tops are prone to snow cover
Be careful crossing Boomerang slip, advised to cross one at a time as its pretty unstable and prone to rocks being knocked down
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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