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White Cliffs, Taranaki

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White CliffsBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Aaron Wilks

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New Plymouth

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

5:45 (Slow)
4:00 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



End of the track crosses private land and is closed July-September for lambing, check DOC website.

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The first 5km of the track is along the the beach and should only run on a low tide, ideally one hour before low tide!!

Head from the road down onto the beach and along the beach, depending on the sand depth some rock running maybe required. After about 5km you should come up to a stock tunnel through the cliff face. After the tunnel, continue up the track a few hundred meters where you meet a farm track - turn right and you will shortly head down a hill. Just at the bottom of the hill take a right back parallel to the shoreline. This is easy to miss as it is overgrown. If you find yourself coming back down to the beach you have gone too far

After climbing up a few hills a turn-off should appear to head to Mt Messenger - head left (inland) and continue along the track to Mt Messenger, it is mostly easy to follow but when you meet a farm track don't go left or right down the track, look for the orange track signs across the track, just slightly to the right of where you meet the track. The track heads up and down ridges with a final climb and descent of Mt Messenger ending up at State highway 3, your turn around to head back.

When back at the turn off head left along the trail which rises and falls along the ridges before descending down a valley across a bridge, a turn off will appear right leads to the beach, head left up the hill, after reaching the top of the hill you head onto private property, follow the orange track markers across the paddocks and follow the the farm tracks back to the road.

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Features of interest

Stock tunnel, coastal views.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 40%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

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  • Access

    The end of Pukearuhe Road past Wai-iti beach.

    Parking on the side of the road end.

    47 km

    42 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Generally good.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Take all your water with you.

    Check the tides, go on a low tide only.
    Check if lambing season.

    Check the tides, go on a low tide only.

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