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Pipiwharauroa Trail, Waikato

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Pipiwharauroa TrailBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Martin Carroll

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



Also used as a mountain biking track.

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Follow the gravel road up to the plateau - there are a couple of diversions off the road across farm tracks which are well signposted. There is a sign at the turnaround point which directs you to turn back.

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Features of interest

The formation of the Pipiwharauroa Trail over existing paper roads was made possible with the co-operation and goodwill of the landowners. The track winds its way over private farmland owned by the Vanhoutte and Jowsey families. The trail was formed from the roads that were used to bring in turbines for the Te Uku wind farm and passes close-by to several turbines.

Make Up of Run

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 60%

Gravel Road: 40%

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  • Access

    Pipiwharauroa Trail carpark, just past Bridal Veil Falls on Kawhia Road

    Large gravel parking area with information signage at the start.

    23 km

    21 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone.

    No access to drinking water.

    This trail runs up to and through a wind farm - therefore it is usually windy and very exposed across the top part of the trail.

    Most of the track is well formed. There are some short sections near the top that cross farmland that can be very wet and muddy in winter.

  • Post run indulgence

    The Shack
    Have eaten there several times after running in the Raglan region. Good food, good coffee, good service.

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