Takaka Hill WalkwayBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
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From the carpark head up the 4WD track to the top of the hill. Once there you will see a trail sign heading straight ahead. From here you follow the marker poles through some cool and rugged technical trail which eventually spits you out back onto the 4WD track.
Head up that to the top of the hill, you will see a sign pointing right for the track... ignore that for now... carry straight on to the top of the hill, take in the views, even on a bad day you will get some. Then head back to the sign and follow the sign onto some magic trail, native bush, rocks, grassy bits, tomos... a bit of everything. The trail from here is pretty clear - a combination of the marker poles you have seen up to now and the famous orange triangles. Eventually, a bit over 5km you will come out onto the 4WD track, turn right and follow it back to the carpark.
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Features of interest
Amazing karst (rock) formations. Fantastic views (on a good day) over the Takaka Valley and over Nelson.
Lots of tomos (vertical caves).
Native snails and fantastic technical running.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 40%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 25%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 15%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
Right at the top of Takaka Hill between Motueka and Takaka. Clearly signposted.
Good sized off road carpark that would take quite a few cars
A couple of places early on where the next pole is not visible, take your time and you will find it.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.
Not really any obvious water
None, the area drains well after rain.
Lots of the trail is technical and semi-technical with rocks and roots being the main dangers. Treat them with respect and you will be fine. Stay back from the tomos, many of them go down for hundreds of feet.
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