Bell BlastBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Emma Dryland
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushRiversideOpen farmlands
Beginner - Intermediate
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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.
Features of interest
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.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 60%
Moderate Single Track: 5%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 35%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
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The Kaniwhaniwha reserve equipped with loads of car parks, picnic tables and a long drop loo is mid way (6-7km) along Limeworks Loop Road. Its located next to the stream/bridge and is signposted on the road. From the car park cross over the road and through the off set post and rail 'gate'. Continue up stream....
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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.
Post run indulgence
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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See other runs nearby:
Nikau Loop & Kaiwhaniwha Caves
Harker Reserve to Vivian Falls
Ruapane Leg Burner
Karamu Walkway South
Lake D Dash
Pukekōhatu Pack Ponies
Pirongia Loop of Insanity.
Over and back on the Wairere Traverse
Waiotahi Karaka Trail