Kaimai South Side To Hurunui HutIntermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
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Starting at SH29 carpark you will see the DoC sign that is the Southern Entrance to the North South tramping track. This is the track you will be following to Hurunui Hut.
You are straight into a steady climb that is not really runnable due to the technicality of the trail. Follow the DoC orange triangles at all times, there are little streams and fallen trees along the track. Ignore signs for the Henderson Tramway as that is a seprate track. Stay on the North South Track. The track gets a bit easier to run for a while during the open areas. While in the bush, be patient with the obstacles and mud sections, there can be areas where the track is a bit overgrown. To get to Hurunui hut its a left hand turn (detour) and about 5 mins up the way (sign posted).
Turn around at the hut and head back in the opposite direction.
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Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 80%
Start point is at the very top of the Kaimai on SH 29 in the gravel carpark opposite the Kaimai Water spring
Enough parking for 10+ cars
Follow DoC triangles and read the signs as you go past
Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
There are streams that are probably OK to drink from
Mud, might be cutty grass in summer
Fallen trees, overgrown track, tree roots, mud, tramway bits
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