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Wilkie and The Enchanted Ridge, Taranaki

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Wilkie and The Enchanted RidgeBeginner

Submitted by Emily Shrosbree

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


1:40 (Slow)
1:15 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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Set off from the DOC sign just above the visitor centre, signed towards Wilkies Pools. The first section is wide, buggy-friendly track with some boardwalk. When you reach Wilkies Pools, cross the bridge (hopefully here you get a clear view of Mt Taranaki), and fork left following signs for the Stratford Plateau.

The track then follows the contour level-ish for a kilometer or so. You'll pass two opportunities to turn right, but take the left/straight on option each time until you reach the Stratford Plateau car park (also a good base for a couple of other trail loops). There are toilets here if you need them. Turn back up the track you just arrived along and run back to the first junction, where you turn left down the Enchanted Track. This is a lovely narrow spur which descends steeply (some steps and roots). At the junction at the base turn right (signed Waingongoro Hut).

The track flattens, then gradually climbs to a swing bridge. On the far side of the bridge you have the option of a quick detour to Waingongoro Hut, but turn right for the main route which climbs gently onwards. Take a left at the next two junctions, along the Ridge Loop Track until you reach a final bridge and then pop out on the road just below the car park. It's 200m up the road to the Visitor Centre where you began, with the option of a quick look at the historic Dawson Falls power station on your right.

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Features of interest

Wilkie's Pools on Kapuni Stream, a couple of swing bridges, historic Dawson Falls power station (a 2 min detour as you return to the car park).

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Easy Single Track: 30%

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