Tahurangi TraverseBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Chris Wheatley
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Front country - easily accessible
Native bushOpen tussock/grasslandsVolcanic
Beginner - Intermediate
The track has changed a bit, "Jacob's ladder" part is now closed. The track veers off just before it. It is signposted so no issues for navigation.
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Start on the Translator Rd. Its a gravel 4WD track that winds its way up the mountain towards the TV translator and Tahurangi Lodge (private hut). Steep gravel track until the 'Puffer' - a very steep concrete track following the final ridge up to the translator. Pass by Tahurangi Lodge heading on the summit track but take the first right hand track onto the 'Round the Mountain' track heading towards Holly Hut, passing through Hongis valley. Follow this track around the mountain descending Jacobs Ladder at the junction with the Holly Hut track. Turn right and head down the track back to North Egmont.
Features of interest
Trail takes you up fairly high on the mountain.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 60%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%
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. Park at the upper carpark and walk up towards the Camphouse. Start at the Translator Rd (summit) track.
Lots of parking available at the visitors centre but in peak season on good weather days this can become limited.
Easy to follow the track but it can be rough in places.
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).
During winter it does snow on the trail or lie in the valleys making it difficult to pass without appropriate mountaineering gear. Some parts of the trail are very exposed.
General mountain alpine environment hazards
Post run indulgence
Cafe at North Egmont Visitors Centre
Nice spot to warm up before the drive home
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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