Kaipawa Trig Intermediate
Submitted by Melissa Franklin
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Follow the signposted track up towards the trig. You will follow this track for about 2km until you reach a gate. You will see a sign indicating the direction towards the Trig on your left (don't go past gate as it goes no where). Follow this track and it will take you around the hill side giving you some amazing views and then a steep climb for the final section to the trig.
You can continue past the trig along the ridge which will undulate up and down (very technical terrain) until you get to Kennedy Bay Road. I didn't have enough time to make it this far, but reckon it would make the run 11-12km instead. Returning back, be careful once past the steep down from the trig that you don't take the track going to the right (Success Track) and keep going straight ahead. If you end up on the Success Track, it will take you all the way to Coromandel township!
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Features of interest
Beautiful native bush with amazing views of Coromandel township and all the way to Auckland (I could see the Sky Tower). Some mine shafts can be seen alongside the track too.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 30%
Moderate Single Track: 35%
Easy Single Track: 35%
State Highway 25 between Coromandel and Te Rerenga (it is signedposted as a look out point from either direction you come)
Small amount of parking on the side of road.
Just keep an eye out for the orange track markers
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
While I was there the track condition was excellent, but I could image it would get very muddy after rain. The clay slopes would get very slippy.
Keep to track at all times and do not be tempered to go look into a mine shaft!
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