Te Iringa Track Intermediate - Experienced
Submitted by Linda Downes
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Back country - remote
Out and Back
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiverside
Intermediate - Experienced
Not Suitable (Slow)
Dogs are allowed by permit only, please contact DoC office prior to get one.
The Te Iringa trail was tidied up to be able to become a mountain bike trail in 2016, so you can imagine its pretty rideable, this is a grade 5 (expert) track so there is a lot of obstacles to get around or over. Te Iringa trail is 19km one way (to Oamaru Hut)
From the carpark you pretty much go straight into a long climb, semi technical, can be a bit steep. You then traverse around Mount Te Iringa, some rocky technical areas but all pretty flowy. A nice long descent through beech forest down to Tikitiki Stream. We followed the stream for about 30 mins before deciding to turn around back to the car (we turned around at approximately 11km)
If you choose to go further, there is a stream crossing and a few boggy parts, the trail is fairly undulating from there all the way to Oamaru Hut. If you wish to stay the night at Oamaru hut it is first come first served. I believe there are other tramping tracks that link on from there if you wanted to do a loop, but I suggest doing your homework first or stick to the 'out and back'.
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Features of interest
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 60%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
27 km east of Taupo off SH5 (Napier - Taupo Road), turn onto Taharua Road and follow this for 9.5 km to Clements Mill Road. The track starts from the Te Iringa campsite car park 5 km along Clements Mill Road
Plenty of parking because it is at a campsite. It's in the middle of the bush, very shaded with trees etc you will also probably notice hunters' utes parked there
You can pretty much clearly see the trail the entire time, but always keep your eye out for the orange doc triangles
Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Gaiters.
I am not sure if drinking from the stream is safe
Muddy in a few areas after rain
Could be exposed to cold winds on ridge
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