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Starting from Boojum Dell, the W2K trail heads up the hill from here, climbing steadily up through native bush and onto the headland, providing spectacular views across Lake Taupo to the mountains of Tongariro National Park as well as back down to Kinloch. Once on top of the headland the trail starts a long, flowing descent down to Whakaipo Bay. This route includes the headland loop but if you don't do this loop it takes out about 9km. The headland loop has more stunning views out towards the Kaimanawa Ranges, the Karangahape Cliffs and Tongariro National Park to the south so the extra 9km are worth it.
Once at Whakaipo Bay you can either be picked up there or turn around and run back (missing the headland loop on the way back would mean about a 35km run).
Features of interest
Views of lake and the mountain.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 80%
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BooJum Dell in Kinloch. Trail starts on the left side of street about halfway down it.
Public street so plenty of parking on street.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
Track gets very muddy after rain so it will slow you down. Trail shoes highly recommended.
keep an eye out for mountain bikers
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