Waiorongomai Valley AdventuresIntermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
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From the carpark head up the Low Level Pack track until you reach a sign pointing to Butler's Incline track on your left. Butler's Incline is a fabulous steep climb (34.6% gradient according to Strava) of approximately 300m up an old section of railway, guaranteed to warm your legs.
Catch your breath at the top, then continue up the mountain on the Te Aroha link track until you reach the junction (all well marked with wooden green signs/yellow writing) with the Waipapa track. This is where you can make the choice to head left and up to the summit of Te Aroha, or save that for another day, and return to your car at the Waiorongomai carpark.
Back down the Te Aroha link track you go, this time taking the High Level Pack track towards home. At the top of Butler's Incline, take the Cadman's track to your right and continue downhill. Watch carefully to your right about 1km along Cadman track for a sign for Buck Rock route. This is rugged and to be climbed rather than run, but has the most uplifting views over the Waikato and is well worth the detour. Come back from Buck Rock the way you came, and continue downhill along Cadman track. Keep taking the route to your right and you'll come right back to the carpark.
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Features of interest
Waiorongomai is the site of NZ's oldest known railway, and includes sections of track, information signs and historical relics.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 15%
Easy Single Track: 85%
At the end of Waiorongomai Loop Road south of Te Aroha. From Te Aroha follow Te Aroha-Gordon road and turn left onto Waiorongomai Loop road.
Plenty of parking.
The wooden signs make navigation easy, but also remember that if you keep heading downhill all tracks will lead back to the carpark sooner or later. If you plan to head over to Te Aroha, it would be sensible to consult and take a map with you.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Take own drinking water
Good to run in all seasons. Take care on some sections of narrow track/stream crossings to avoid slipping.
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