Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Rapurapu Kauri Track

Matamata, Waikato

Submitted by Linda Downes

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 8 ?

Gnarl Factor: 17 ?

5.7km

170m

170m

294m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Riverside

Run Makeup

5%
85%
10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.0%

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Estimated Times to Run

1:10

Slow

0:50

Moderate

0:30

Fast

As you leave the carpark, the track is an easy grade that passes through an old pine bush (pines have been logged) before entering the native forest, the track is very easy to follow and there are also the DoC orange triangles to follow .

Around 1.7km into the track you will get to your first river crossing. Don't bother taking off your shoes as there are plenty more river crossings to come! The track becomes a bit more fun too, lots of tree roots to pass over. After crossing the river 8 times you will be walking up a nice boardwalk to the kauri trees, enjoy! Return same way.

Keep you eye out for some nice swimming holes too.

16 river crossings in total, lots of swimming holes. Kauri trees.

Parking is quite limited to 10 cars or less in summer months. Please note, permits are required for dogs

16 km

12 minutes

Yes

No

Moderate.

When crossing the rivers, look for the orange triangles on the other side

Generally good.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

I'm pretty sure it is safe to drink from the river. It looks crystal clear

Don't attempt after heavy rainfall

While crossing rivers be aware of slippery rocks

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Emma Dryland

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Trail Reviews

Fantastic! Nice local bush and stream treat. Looking forward to sharing this track with firends!

Emma Dryland

December 3

Fantastic trail for hot day as so many steam crossings, in bush all the way

Michelle Belcher

January 3, 2022

Fantastic run as long as you dont mind getting your feet wet! I only counted 14 river crossings, but easy to miss a couple with there being so many!

Lauren Mai Anderson

March 23, 2020

A short run that provided a ton of fun splashing through all the streams! The Kauri trees provide ample reward at the end. Thanks for sharing Linda.

Anthony Sowerby

February 1, 2020

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