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Matamataharakeke, Waikawau Bay

Coromandel, Waikato

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Last Updated: 26th Jan 2024


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Grunt Factor: 14 ?

Gnarl Factor: 84 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.9%


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Well marked trail. Usually run clockwise. Starts with a gentle climb and a number of small stream crossings and then gets steeper. Turns right (west) to follow a steeply undulating ridge until you get to the highest point, then turns right (north) down a number of stairs to follow an exposed ridge that drops back down to the valley. There's a nice little swimming hole about 100m before the end of the track on your right.

Parking is plenty full and safe

28 km

46 minutes




Very patchy.

Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone

Campsite has 'boil first' water

Some steep clay slopes may be difficult after rain

Some steep slopes, don't fall

Waikawau Bay shop
DOC campground
Only open during the summer and expensive, but its the only shop within about 20km

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Trail Reviews

Signs at start of track removed and foot wash station dismantled so appears DOC won’t be maintaining track any longer! Shame is a lovely wee run. It’s not too overgrown yet so still okay for this summer

Raewyn Peters

December 10, 2022

Wicked little trail. A good run with a mix of runnable sections and climbs to the top followed a short, steep downhill bash. Run it anti-clockwise and it is a whole different beast with a hard slog to the top, followed by a very fluid and fun downhill run.

Ben Wicks

January 18, 2018

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