Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Te Koutu Has It All

Cambridge, Waikato

Submitted by Anna O'Brien

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Grunt Factor: 1 ?

Gnarl Factor: 10 ?

1.5km

5m

5m

20m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Urban

Loop

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Lakeside

Run Makeup

100%

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +1.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -1.2%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

0:10

Slow

0:08

Moderate

0:06

Fast

This really is the run that has it all, a flat 1.5km loop around Lake Te Koutu in central Cambridge. But wait, surrounding the flat loop are eight lovely hill trails of approximately 20 meters elevation each. They're spaced fairly evenly around the loop, and if you take all of them, you'll extend your loop to 2.5kms, with around 160m elevation. Better yet, the trails vary in gradient, so you can choose to practice gradual or steep hills, hill springs, steps, slippery steep downhill, or lovely stride-outs. There's more, because the lake is surrounded by hill and trees, half the trail is guaranteed to be blissfully shady. Want to bring your four-legged running buddy? No problem, take him on the lead and off you go. Had a couple of beersies and big curry for dinner last night? No problem, Te Koutu has two toilets around your loop, one at the carpark, and one at the top of one of those lovely hills, near the playground, there goes that excuse for not getting out the door. It's a safe place to run with headphones in, if that's what you're into.
Now, are you ready for the free set of steak knives? Just next to the playground is one of those outdoor gym equipment spots! Get your leg press/raise, shoulder press exercises done in the fresh outdoors. Something for everyone - Lake Te Koutu has it all :-)

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Plenty of safe parking

1 km

3 minutes

Yes

No

Easy.

The trails up and down from the lake are marked with blue markers. When you get to the top, keep running next to the lake (you'll be able to see it) until you find the next marker.

Perfect throughout.

Cellphone

The Good Union pub is just across the road at one point, if you get too thirsty can just pop in here.

Perfect for all seasons

Good Union pub
98 Victoria St, Leamington, Cambridge 3434
goodunion.co.nz
Could not be closer, if you wished you could even park at the pub and run from there. Food, drinks available.

Suburban Kitchen
25 Robinson St, Leamington, Cambridge 3434
Popular cafe, great fresh food

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Mike Riddle

Mike Riddle

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Trail Reviews

Great flat run, close to home and reliable regardless of weather

Karen Russell

October 12, 2020

Easy and great close to town

Ashley Potter

January 21, 2020

Very enjoyable, fun ups and downs too!

Tony Sharpe

October 30, 2019

As description says it has it all & so accessible. And when your done, the 'Good Union' is just over the road for a beer & chips (with extra salt).

Glen Brownlee

March 19, 2019

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