Low Hanging FruitBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Mike McManaway
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forest
Beginner - Intermediate
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A soft runnable trail through the shaded forest with some nice easy vert. This is a mixed use mountain cycle track. Encounters are infrequent but if you are unlucky they are likely going fast!
Start at the Lower Rameka carpark and follow the signposted "Rameka Track" turning right across the Rameka Creek. Unless its flooded, you should be able to cross the ford with dry feet (otherwise consider running in reverse to keep feet dry until the end).
Follow the trail along the fence line then zigzag up through the forest. Turn left at the intersection (the high point of the trail) and follow the "Great Expectations" trail back down into the valley. Finally, cross the Rameka Creek Bridge and return alongside the gravel road, occasionally joining it for a few hundred metres so watch out for sporadic traffic.
Congratulations - you've earned a post run coffee in the Wholemeal Cafe or a swim at Pōhara Beach!
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 95%
Gravel Road: 5%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
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From Motupipu, continue along Glenview Road then turn left onto Rameka Creek Road. Otherwise, take the shortcut via GB Community Health and the Central Tākaka Road.
Plenty of parking, fairly safe but take valuables with you just in case.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Rameka Creek should be okay to drink but do this at your own risk.
It's a good idea to avoid after heavy rainfall.
This is a mixed use mountain cycle track. Encounters are infrequent but if you are unlucky they are likely going fast! Also, the return leg shares a few hundred metres on the main (gravel) road so be aware of any downhill traffic.
Post run indulgence
Coffee and quiche
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See other runs nearby:
Separation Point Loop
Totaranui Big Loop
Pupu Hydro Run
Gibbs Hill Loop
Boulder Lake to Anatoki Forks
The Rameka to Pigeon Dance
Asbestos Cobb Loop
Diamond in the Rough
Wainui Falls goddess
Awaroa Beach & Coffee