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Anatoki-Waingaro-Kill Devil

Takaka, Tasman

Submitted by Will Hayward

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 104 ?

Gnarl Factor: 64 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush



Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.0%


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The route is fairly easy to follow but fairly tough and very remote in the middle. It is usually tramped in about 4 days. The first section on the Anatoki Forks track is single track along a river valley with some nice views; the track is in fairly good condition but has lots of small slips to clamber over.

From the Anatoki Forks Hut to Lake Stanley is a route which is very technical and goes over a high saddle - expect to move slowly. This part goes through thick forest and is very remote so move carefully as it's not the place to sprain an ankle!

From Lake Stanley the going gets easier (but not easy) on rough single track to Waingaro Forks Hut. The last section from Waingaro Forks Hut to the trail-end at Ururwhenua is a historic pack track that is also used by mountain bikers so is relatively easy but climbs about 500m and has a million switchbacks on the way down.

Whio habitat. Lake Stanley was created in the 1929 Murchison Earthquake and the drowned beech forest looks very unearthly. The way out over Kill Devil Track is a historic mining pack track.

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Small area to leave a car but if you're doing this trail as suggested you'll end up in Uruwhenua so better to get someone to drop you if you can manage it. No public transport once you leave the State Highway.

9 km

13 minutes




The trail is well marked so hard to get lost. However the portion from Anatoki Forks Hut to Lake Stanley is marked as a route with orange arrows only so you need to take some care.


Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries

There are several rivers and huts so water is available but may not be safe to drink without treatment. I took a Life Straw which was very helpful.

I did the route in summer. In winter it would definitely be very muddy in places and the tops on the way out on the Kill Devil track would be very exposed.

No particular hazards except weather. However the middle of the route is very remote and self-extraction would take a long time, so you should be prepared to stay overnight no matter how fast you expect to be.

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Commercial Street, Takaka
Good coffee, yummy food, and the best fresh fruit ice cream in the Bay

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Trail Reviews

Having now completed in both directions, I can confirm that starting at killdevil is easier & faster (mainly because a long rocky ascent on fresh legs is significantly less painful than a long rocky descent on trashed legs:)

Rach Vell

March 20, 2022

What a great track (when dry anyway) and despite lots of tunneling through windfall on Anatoki section- way more runnable than I had feared. Clockwise seems best to avoid afternoon heat- after the Killdevil ascent the trail has good shade.

Mike McManaway

March 11, 2022

Nice day out. Longer than expected. Lots of windfall and a few slips along Anatoki which really slowed things down.

Ian Gilmour

October 31, 2021

Awesome part of the country. The middle 20km was 90% un-runable but worth it for the scenery thru the Lake Stanley area.

Dave Hall

May 28, 2018

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