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The Rameka to Pigeon Dance, Tasman

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The Rameka to Pigeon DanceIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Mike McManaway

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Tasman and Nelson


Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Native bush

Intermediate - Experienced

8:00 (Slow)
6:00 (Moderate)
4:00 (Fast)



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Park your car at the bottom of the Rameka for easier logistics or shave an hour off the running time and park your car at the top car park up a good gravel road. Then follow the famous cycle track through the forest exiting onto Canaan Downs. Turn left and follow signs to Wainui Hut. Fill your water bottle in the Wanui river before the steep climb to 1020m and junction with track to Moa Park Hut. Turn left following signs to Awapoto Hut and Pigeon Saddle (where there is good phone reception to arrange a pickup).

Awapatoto hut is a couple of minutes detour but makes a good water stop before the final leg.

Watch out for downhill cyclists on the Rameka Track

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Features of interest

Wainui Hut and the now disused Kaka aviary makes a nice half way break.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 35%

Moderate Single Track: 35%

Gravel Road: 30%

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  • Access

    From Takaka its a 7km drive to the bottom car park on Rameka Creek Rd

    Good parking.

    7 km

    11 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow the Orange Doc signs all the way from upper car park.

    Very patchy.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    There is some water along the way but definitely fill up at Wanui River crossing after Wainui Hut and just before the steep hill climb. Awapoto hut has water too.

    Muddy after rain.

    Downhill cyclists on the Rameka Track

  • Post run indulgence

    Toto's Cafe & Pizzeria
    5 minutes drive from Pigeon Saddle towards Takaka
    Close so a useful place to wait if pickup is late.

    Wholemeal Cafe

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