Last Updated: 27th Apr 2024

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Bell Blast

Hamilton, Waikato

Submitted by Emma Dryland

Last Updated: 27th Apr 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 50 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

With permit

Native bush


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +4.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -4.7%


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Estimated Times to Run







From the car park cross over the road and head up stream. This gravel farm track continues for 2 km before reaching the bush line. Following the signs marked Kahikatea tree/Bell track turn right in to the native bush. There are a couple of small intersections before you reach the start of Bell track. Again veer right and follow the signs. Turn right on to Bell Track and continue along past the caves, here is when the single track begins. Follow the orange markers. Bell Track follows Blue Bull Stream with some small hills and lots of mud for a few kms. Staying on the same side of the stream, continue past the swing bridge 500m to reach the Kahikatea tree. Then just head back the way you came.

There are two extra special things to check out on this run.
Firstly the Kaniwhaniwha caves. This is a 5 minute detour though a small cave right next to the Bell track junction off the Nikau walk. Pack a torch or cellphone.
Secondly at the turn around point stands the tallest Kahikatea tree! At 66.5m its hard to miss.

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31 km

31 minutes

With Permit



Generally good.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Pack your own

Expect more mud and wetness after rain or during winter.

Pirongia Village Cafe
756 Franklin Road, Pirongia
Great coffee. Plus while you are there 'bag' the relocated Mt Pirongia trig. Just across the road- on the flat.

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Trail Reviews

Used this trail as a recovery session after day before killer session. Brilliant choice for this option.

Brendon Pascoe

April 18, 2022

This is a really good trail. First 2km is nice flat run where you can really boost it before hitting the bush. The bush has heaps of roots for the most part and is quite technical at times so watch your footing. There are some little climbs which make it a good workout too. Beautiful surroundings (river, epic tree at the end).. overall 5 stars

James Gribble

March 28, 2021

Great run. Good warm up section. Not too muddy in summer. You can actually run in a few sections.

Karen Koch

February 27, 2021

Great trail. Nice warmup on the easy track to the cave. The cave is a fun little activity - nothing like being face to face with cave weta. From there the trail was fun. Nice technical, largely flat, rooty trail.

Kirstine Collins

August 16, 2020

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