Ruby Bay CircuitBeginner
Submitted by Stu Houston
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
BeachOpen farmlandsOpen ridges/tops
From the Ruby Bay carpark pick up the Great Taste trail which goes North West up Pine Hill Road. Follow road for about 600 metres to where the trail branches off to the left and climbs up to the top of a small ridge, then continue to follow the Blue Markers of the GTT on a nice gravel trail as it gently meanders its way down open country side with housing and apple orchards all around.
Just past the Jester House Cafe turn Left off the GTT and run south up Williams Road. Keep running along road for about 2.5 km until the gravel road comes to and end by a very stately set of gate pillars with statues on top. Turn left just past these gates on to a marked rough track called the Tasman Loop Track and follow this up a steep hill and along open paddocks. This is marked with white posts.
Past a house with many old wrecked cars you come to the old forestry road called Dickers Road. Turn Left (East) and follow Dickers Road, which is a rough clay road, for about 2 kms until just before the only house on your left. You'll see a timber stile that leads downhill on a gravel path through an alpaca farm down onto Westmere drive. Follow Westmere Drive to Suncrest Drive and turn Right and follow this downhill to Awa Awa Road. Turn left and keep the lake on your left. Follow Awa awa until Pumona road where you rejoin the Great Taste Trail. Turn right on to the trail and retrace your steps back over the ridge to Ruby Bay and jump in for a swim..if the tide's in !
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Features of interest
Great Views of Tasman Bay, Richmond Ranges and Kahurangi National Park.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 5%
Easy Single Track: 35%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%
Gravel Road: 25%
Sealed Road: 15%
Parking area at Ruby Bay Beach front on Stafford Drive
Plenty of Parking in Ruby Bay Beach Carpark. It's not a formalised car park with parking spaces, just a large pull off area beside the beach with toilets. Pretty safe. No public transport.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the RunHunters app on your phone. View on RunHunters .
Take map provided on this trail as it can be tricky in last 6 kms.
Windproof jacket, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.
No Water on trail. Take water with you
Good all year round trail. Can be hot in summer with little shade.
Watch out for mountain bikers on Great Taste Trail - this is a very popular trail especially on weekends.
Post run indulgence
Just out of Tasman Village (East) on Aporo road
Tasman Institution good food awesome location (Gets busy and closed Winters)
Nice sunny location good food.
Heaps of Cafes and Restaurants great Location.
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