Matamataharakeke, Waikawau BayIntermediate
Submitted by Reesh Casey
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Front country - easily accessible
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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.
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Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 100%
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Track starts at southern most paddock of the DOC camp ground. It is clearly marked.
Parking is plenty full and safe
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
Post run indulgence
Waikawau Bay shop
Only open during the summer and expensive, but its the only shop within about 20km
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