The Old Whangamomona RoadBeginner
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushRiversideOpen farmlands
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From the Hotel just head out down Whangamomona Rd. The seal ends after about 750m then gravel to where the actively used road finishes. You could drive to this point and run further, up to you. However for the security of my vehicle I ran from the hotel. From there it is just running and undulating gravel, mud and dirt road. I soon found out what was meant by the mud... even with grippy shoes and on the flat I struggled to keep my feet at times.
About 4.5kms in you come to a gate with a sign directing you to the right... from this point you are on grass track - however look to the left here and you will see the old Swingbridge that was, I understand, used on the original road, unfortunately it is unsafe now and closed. Following the grass track you will go through another gate... following by a further one about 200m - 300m later and it was at that point I turned around. You can however carry on as long as you wish. Evidently there is a tunnel further along.
Features of interest
Historic swingbridge (closed)
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 0%
Easy Single Track: 0%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 45%
Gravel Road: 40%
Sealed Road: 15%
Right next to the Whangamomona Hotel... pretty hard to miss.
Plenty of parking.
Waterproof leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
There is a river to the left the whole way however there are very few points where you can get down to it... but in an emergency I am sure you could.
Muddy in places after rain (see picture)
Post run indulgence
Nice food, lovely people and cold beer!
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