Last Updated: 28th Oct 2023

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Te Aroha Summit Loop

Te Aroha, Waikato

Submitted by Paula Klein

Last Updated: 28th Oct 2023

Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 25

Gnarl Factor: 42

14.0km

1000m

1000m

976m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Mountainous

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Run Makeup

2%
28%
70%

Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +18.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -15.5%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

4:00

Slow

3:00

Moderate

2:00

Fast

Make sure you get onto the walking track (not mountain bike track) and head up. There are two tracks to feed off but stay going up. Once at the top head right and around the building and you will see the trig up on a small mound. Stay on the road all the way to the second gate and look for Tui domain track on the right. Stay on this track following blue markers. If you go wrong you can head down into the town and go back along the road. If you follow the blue markers you will be fine. Take a map with you just in case. 

The Tui domain track is currently partially closed due to a damaged bridge. You can take the road around instead of the trail.

Tui mine is off to the left as you run down the road. This is a disused mine.

You can park easily just outside the domain.

1 km

1 minutes

Yes

No

Moderate.

Go up! Don't go off to the left or right. Stay on the Tui Domain Track and follow blue markers.

Generally good.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

There is no water. Carry at least 1 litre as it is a big climb.

It can be very cold and windy at the trig. There can be a lot of mud and slippery rocks nearer the top of the track.

Some narrow rocks and big drop offs. Stick to the track and take your time.

Ironique Cafe
Main Street Te Aroha
Great coffee and Food

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Trail Reviews

Great technical climb to get the peak of Te Aroha! Didn't love the long gravel road decent and the closure of the Tui domain track meant we had to stay on the road the rest of the way down. Would definitely do again when the track is back open.

Brad Rivers

December 8

A good hard technical climb on a well maintained track. The day we did it was raining windy and cold so no view from the top. Still worth the climb as the bush is beautiful.

Suzanne Roberts

June 20, 2023

A lovely trail if your after some short sharp vert! A little technical at some points but doesn’t last long 😂 Run back down is fun too!

Rachael Tobeck

November 5, 2022

I always think Mt Te Aroha is a great idea until I'm about 3/4's of the way up. Then I'm thinking who's bright idea was this, this is really hard 🤣
I hadn't been down the translator road before. It is surprisingly picturesque. I really liked it.

Juliet Iremonger

May 22, 2021

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