Pipiwharauroa TrailBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Martin Carroll
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushOpen farmlandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
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.
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%
Pipiwharauroa Trail carpark, just past Bridal Veil Falls on Kawhia Road
Large gravel parking area with information signage at the start.
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
Have eaten there several times after running in the Raglan region. Good food, good coffee, good service.
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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