Te Aroha to Waihi Marathon Beginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Gareth Davies
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Front country - easily accessible
Point to Point (one way)
Native bushRiversideOpen farmlands
Beginner - Intermediate
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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.
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Features of interest
Karangahake Gorge, Tunnel, gold mines, steam train.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 100%
Starting at the old Te Aroha Railway Station, there's plenty of parking and a public toilet a block away on the main road.
Parking is fine but this is a point to point so you'll need to work out transport between both ends.
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.
Post run indulgence
Te Aroha Mineral Spas
A good soak once you've got back to pick you car up.
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