Te Aroha -Waiorongomai LoopIntermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen ridges/tops
There are some loose steps along the Dog Kennel Flats track as you come down of Te Aroha summit.
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Start at the track for the Te Aroha Summit from Te Aroha domain. This is an easy to follow track with some decent climbing involved. The track is well marked with orange markers. Once on top you can visit the trig before heading down the Dog Kennel flats trail, this sign is slightly overgrown but is to your right before you reach the summit track. Proceed down the Dog Kennel flats track until you reach a junction with a sign, you need to go right at this junction.
Follow this track, do not turn off at the following two junctions or you will end up heading towards Waihi. Keep on the Waiorongomai saddle track and eventually you reach another junction for the High level Pack track, go right and view Hardy’s hit before continuing along the track. You will come out at the top of Butler’s incline. Again go right onto the Cadmans Track. This is an easy running track and takes you all the way down until you again join the High level pack track. Follow this track down until you reach the car park. Head straight out the tarsealed road and turn right onto Old Te Aroha road. This takes you right back into town and then turn right onto Boundary Street to reach the carpark. Alternatively you can have someone pick you up at the Waiorongomai carpark and this cuts about 5kms off the run
Features of interest
At the top of Te Aroha there is a trig, on a good day you can see right to the coast as well as getting views of the mountains and wider Waikato area. There is a tunnel and swing bridge on the Waiorongomai side. Also some lovely waterfall/stream crosses as you come down through the valley. There’s also the remains of Hardy’s Hut and numerous mining tunnels and Butler’s Incline to explore
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 35%
Easy Single Track: 25%
Sealed Road: 20%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Start at the Te Aroha domain. Follow the signs for the Te Aroha Summit track. The track is marked with orange markers
Parking available outside domain. Safe parking spot
There are a couple of junctions but these are well sign posted. Track is generally well marked
Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Waterfall/creek crossings can become fast flowing and difficult to crops after heavy or consistent rains. Some of the track can get rather muddy
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