Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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The Old Whangamomona Road

Stratford, Taranaki

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 9 ?

Gnarl Factor: 6 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -5.5%


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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.

Historic swingbridge (closed)

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Plenty of parking.

62 km

56 minutes





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)

Whangamomona Hotel
Nice food, lovely people and cold beer!

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