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Bell Blast, Waikato

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Bell BlastBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Emma Dryland

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

2:15 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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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.

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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%

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  • Access

    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....

    31 km

    31 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    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.

  • 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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