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Top of the Coromandel, Waikato

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Top of the CoromandelIntermediate

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Trail Information

35.60km

1250m

1250m

 

Waikato

Colville

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Beach
Coastal

Intermediate

6:00 (Slow)
4:30 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)

-8.0%

+7.4%

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Description

This is a hard track to get lost on, if you follow the signposted routes. Starting from Port Jackson, run along the beach heading north and follow the coastal track. There's only one. When you get to the gravel, continue up and over the hill toward Fletchers Bay. After Fletchers bay you'll be on the Corromandel Walkway, which you'll follow until you reach Stony Bay. Midway along the track there is a possible route to go on the stock route to Stony Bay. If you want variation on your way there or back, you can take this route for a more consistent up and over the hills track.


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Features of interest

Go off the trail a little to climb up Sugar Loaf near Fletchers bay to get a bit of extra steep hill and some technical track accompanied by 360º views of where you're going and where you've come from. Extra points for heading up here at sunrise.


Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 5%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 50%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%

Gravel Road: 10%


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  • Access

    You can start the run from Port Jackson campground, or from Stony Bay campground

    There's plenty of places to camp and park at either end of the track, or in the middle of it, at Stony Bay, Fletchers bay and Port Jackson. It can be busy throughout the summer, so make sure to book in advance if you plan on camping.

    29 km

    51 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Stick to the Corromandel Walkway between Fletchers Bay and Stony Bay.

    Patchy.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There is water available at Port Jackson, Fletchers Bay and Stony Bay camp sites. DoC advises to boil before drinking, so if you are concerned, consider bringing a purification tablet.
    There are some small streams along the track, however they flow out into the ocean and have farmland upstream. Not recommended.

    A 2km section of the track is on clay and could get muddy and slippery after rain.

    Note: this track is ~1.5hrs from the nearest town of Colville, so make sure to take enough supplies to get you through.

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