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Tauhara Grunt, Waikato

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Tauhara GruntBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Malcolm Law

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Urban fringe

Out and Back


Native bush
Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

1:30 (Slow)
1:10 (Moderate)
0:50 (Fast)



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From the car park follow the signposted trail across open farmland and start climbing. Before long you'll enter the bush and the trail becomes GNARLY and gets steeper! Just keep following it all the way to the summit, running occasionally if you can!
After drinking in the views you can take a slightly different route off the top by exiting the summit area from the opposite side to the way you entered. This takes you throw scrub and along a short ridge section, before it drops down steeply to join the trail you came up on. Turn left when you hit this and follow downhill back to the car park.

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Features of interest

Great 360 views from the summit - pick a clear day for this one!

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 85%

Easy Single Track: 15%

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  • Access

    Mount Tauhara car park - at the end of Mountain Road, just a few kms out of Taupo off SH5 (the Napier road)

    Plenty of parking, reasonably safe but take valuables with you or leave out of sight just to be sure.

    9 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Stick to the main trail up and down rather than using the slight variation described if you're in any doubt

    Generally good.

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

    None - take your own

    Can be very muddy after rain, snow possible in winter. You're on the Central Plateau and it can be cold any time of year!

    It's a very rough, root bush trail for the most part so take care with your footing, especially in the wet

  • Post run indulgence

    Replete Cafe & Store
    45 Heuheu Street, Taupo
    Great food & coffee, always busy for good reason.

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