Submitted by Kirstine Collins
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The northern loop undulates through mature primary forest on a well maintained gravel single track. From the carpark head up the trail and at the first junction head left onto the Opepe Bush Walk Loop. After 1.3 km turn left at the junction to the cemetery. Once there return to the carpark. There are information signs showing vegetation details and impressive giant trees. The track flows beautifully and is fast with enough undulations to keep it interesting and challenging.
From the carpark cross the road and the track starts by the toilets. Take the left track. The southern loop is predominantly dirt singletrack with a few hundred meters of grassed over old road. It drops down into a valley which it follows for a km before climbing up and back to the carpark, passing some historical sites along the way. The trail passes through mixed vegetation with most of it secondary bush. The track is well maintained.
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Features of interest
Beautiful primary bush with mature, and huge native pines such as; Totora, Kahikatea, Rimu, Matai. Historic Sawmil Pit and memorial for Colonial soldiers killed in 1869 by Te Kooti's forces.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 100%
From the roundabout in the SE edge of Taupo where SH1 and SH5 meet head East on SH5 (signs for Napier). After 13 km there is a rest area on both sides of the road which is the start of the trail.
Large carpark areas on both sides of the road for parking
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