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Wairake Track, Waikato

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Wairake TrackBeginner

Submitted by Emma Dryland

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush
Open farmlands


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



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Wairake Track starts on the south east side of Mt Karioi, and heads to the summit.
Follow the markers along a farm track for about 1.5km's, here the track veers right and up to meet the bush line. Proceed upwards following the markers until you reach the helicopter pad. The summit marker is a couple steps along. Proceed back the same way you came.
Note that the track does continue along the ridge and down the west side of the mountain.

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Features of interest

Karioi is 2.4 million year old extinct volcano.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 60%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%

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  • Access

    The Wairake Track is located about 22km from Raglan. Turn left off Ruapuke Road to Karioi Road, follow this to the end.

    There is room for parking at the end of Karioi Road. Parking is on the left hand side of the long drop.

    22 km

    25 minutes



  • Staying Safe



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

    Pack your own.

    The track along the farm is only accessible during daylight hours.

  • Post run indulgence

    The Shack
    19 Bow St, Raglan
    Central in Raglan town

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