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Pauanui Summit Loop, Waikato

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Pauanui Summit LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Mike Tennent

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Urban fringe


Very hilly

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

1:40 (Slow)
1:15 (Moderate)
40 (Fast)



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From the carpark head across the grass to where you should be able to see the trail signs. Start climbing - early on there is a trail split, the sign is missing from the posts at the intersection, but take the right branch up the hill onto the more technical trail. Then you just follow this trail to the top. There are quite a few 'options' on the way up where you can save distance and go up more steeply. I was not trying to save distance, so this route is the longer version. There are lots of rocks and I would imagine it gets pretty muddy in winter.

Once you reach the top signs, head right to the trig, then have a seat, take some pics of the fabulous views. Make sure you check out the trail behind the seats - this is short and leads to tha actual trig. Then retrace your steps to the top sign, then head right - not back the way you came - and head down the trail. This is more of a forestry trail down with tree roots, quite a few rocks and lots of turns - still very technical. Eventually the trail will spit you out onto a rocky beach. Rock-hop along the beach to your left until you see the orange triangle sign and follow the trail back to the start.

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Features of interest

Fantastic views over Pauanui and inland as well as the coast both ways.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 10%

Technical Single Track: 60%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Right at the end of Pauanui Beach Road.

    Plenty of parks and even a loo!

    24 km

    25 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    No water (other than sea-water) anywhere after the toilets at the start.

    This would be a beast in wet muddy winter conditions both uphill and down... not recommended!

    Lots of technical, rocks, roots, drop-offs... lots of places where you need to take lots of care.

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