Last Updated: 2nd Nov 2023

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Te Aroha to Waihi Marathon

Te Aroha, Waikato

Submitted by Gareth Davies

Last Updated: 2nd Nov 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 36 ?

Gnarl Factor: 11 ?







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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +1.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -2.0%


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You're following the Hauraki Trail.

The first half of the run from Te Aroha to Paeroa is mostly fast & flat through the back of dairy farms with a fair few cattle stops to cross. The second half is much more interesting with the Karangahake Gorge and all that holds ahead of you. The 1086m tunnel is an enjoyable part along with the run next to the river all the way to Waihi. If you're heading back to Te Aroha there are some hot pools at the base of Mt Te Aroha (also a good run) to soak and recover in.

Karangahake Gorge, Tunnel, gold mines, steam train.

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Parking is fine but this is a point to point so you'll need to work out transport between both ends.

1 km

2 minutes




Pretty easy to follow, just watch the road crossings in the first half


Short-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries

You go through Paeroa and there's a bit more available in the gorge but you'd want to take what you need.

Should be pretty good all year round.

Road crossings, Cattle stops.

Te Aroha Mineral Spas
Te Aroha
A good soak once you've got back to pick you car up.

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