Last Updated: 28th Jun 2024


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Wairake Track

Raglan, Waikato

Submitted by Emma Dryland

Last Updated: 28th Jun 2024


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Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 60 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +16.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -16.5%


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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.

This trail includes the peak Mount Karioi.

Karioi is 2.4 million year old extinct volcano.

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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





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.

The Shack
19 Bow St, Raglan
Central in Raglan town

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Trail Reviews

steep up, nice fast run down

jace jones

August 14, 2022

Muddy, steep, overgrown, rooty! But bloody fantastic!! Done as part of Raglan Karioi Trail Race, the uphill is a bit of a grunt but descending is phenomenal!!

Lauren Mai Anderson

December 12, 2020

I highly recommend doing this as part of the Karioi Trail Run. Fantastic views.

Noeline Best

January 31, 2020

A great climb!! Not sure I could run a lot of this trail and in wetter conditions it would be pretty treacherous underfoot. What a view at the top though!

Bethany Cantwell

May 20, 2019

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