Te Whare Okioki & Mangamuka Huts LoopIntermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestOpen farmlands
You start off straight into a steady climb through farmland, giving you beautiful views of the Waikato. On reaching the bush you'll climb steeply for a little bit before it eases off.
Ignore the 1st turn off to Mangamuka on your right keep going untill you reach North/South junction. Once you reach the Junction head south, Youll soon reach the beaut new hut called Te Whare Okioki. Keep heading south for a little bit longer and you will come to a sign that says Mangamuka hut on your right. Turn here and get ready for some adventure - this track is slightly overgrown, quite technical and you need to be aware of your navigation and follow the markers! It's mostly orange DoC triangles, however there a few random old-school reflectors and ribbons in a few trees. As soon as you're on this track it's quite a steep little climb and then down to quite a boggy area with cutty grass. If there has been rain or your doing this winter youll be getting muddy! Not far after the bog youll come out at Mangamuka hut, walk around the other side and the track continues on. When you get to Te Tuhi Track it's a left Turn and down you go back down the steep hill that you climbed at the start.
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Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 60%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 15%
Gravel Road: 5%
Just around the bend after the firth tower turn off in Matamata, turn right onto Okauia Springs rd, left onto Old Te Aroha rd and Right onto Te Tuhi Road, drive to the very end of Te Tuhi Rd where you will see a DoC sign, a farm gate and a stile.
Parking is limited for only around 5 vehicles, pretty safe location as its near a few farm houses.
Follow the orange doc markers, read the signs
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, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Gaiters.
A few streams, they look clean but always take plenty of water just in case
In winter or after a lot of rain the Mangamuka hut track would be quite difficult. Approach with caution or consider a different route.
Mud, bog, tree roots, fallen trees, several stream crossings
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