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Over and back on the Wairere Traverse, Waikato

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Over and back on the Wairere TraverseIntermediate

Submitted by Paul Ewart

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush
Open farmlands


Not Suitable (Slow)
4:30 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



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This follows the Wairere Traverse Over the Mountain track from Hicks Road. This access point was reopened in January 2022. You can also do the reverse by starting at Tari Road.

The track proper starts at the end of the road and follows a farm track (please respect the general area and stay on the track provided) until it goes across the farm via a narrow gravel path up to the bush line.

Go right at the end of the gravel track and follow the fence up to the entry point for the Northern enclosure. After a quick blast around the enclosure exit and go left another 100m to find the Over the Mountain entrance.

Note; the gates into and out of the enclosure are set so that only one door can be opened at a time.

Once inside follow the track up and take the first right turn onto the traverse. Stay on this all the way over the Mountain to the other side and return by the same path.

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Features of interest

This is an ecological zone and has a magnificent native forest that has been a recognised reserve since 1912. It has a predictor proof fence that encloses much of the maunga. It is home to many endangered species, birds, bats, frogs, reptiles, tuatara and giant weta. There are two smaller seperated enclosures that you can enter to see some of the enhabitents, one at each end on this run only the Northern enclosure was done but you can also include the Southern enclosure.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 60%

Easy Single Track: 35%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 3%

Gravel Road: 1%

Sealed Road: 1%

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  • Access

    Hicks Road is accessed off Maungatautiri Road between Putaruru and Cambridge. Drive to the end of Hicks Road and park at the public car parking area adjacent to the Maungatautiri Pa, and start your run there.

    Park at the public car parking area which is adjacent to the Maungatautiri Pa.

    43 km

    41 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There are several stream crossings where it would be possible to get water. There is also a cafe at the Tari Road side.

    The track is very steep as you will see in the map. While it is well maintained and good in all seasons it can get very slippery in areas where the gravel and rock give way to clay and mud.

  • Post run indulgence

    Waipuke Park
    Maungatautiri Road
    Cool off with a swim after the big event.

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