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Up The Stony, Taranaki

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Up The StonyIntermediate

Submitted by Chris Wheatley

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New Plymouth

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


4:00 (Slow)
3:00 (Moderate)
2:00 (Fast)



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Start at the road end on the Puniho track. The trail follows the ridge next to the river and you stay on this up to the intersection with the Around the Mountain track. There used to be a track which takes you over into the stony river bed about half way up but this has been closed due to erosion of the river bank (I didn't get a chance to explore this bit). Once you get to the intersection the trail follows around the mountain and eventually into the Stony river bed. There are a few streams to cross including the Stony river and then the trail follows on towards Holly Hutt and Bells Falls. return via the same route.

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Features of interest

The trail takes you into the Stony river bed - a beautiful spot. Can also continue up to Bells Falls (I didn't quite make it there on this run as they are approximately 0.5km further on). This track has it all - mud, boulders, streams to cross and ladders to climb all mixed in with stunning views!

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 75%

Moderate Single Track: 25%

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Length: 14.60km


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  • Access

    Start at the end of Puniho Rd.

    Lots of parking on the grass at the road end

    39 km

    37 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow the orange triangle markers


    Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Holly hutt has rain water. Not sure of the quality of drinking water from the streams

    Be really careful if its raining due to the streams

    The Stony river and the other surrounding streams are notorious for rising extremely quickly with rain on the mountain.

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