Cooksen Kauri Trail Beginner
Submitted by Kirstine Collins
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
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The trail is wide gravel that starts climbing gently beside the Waiora Stream, crossing a couple of times by bridge. The steep climb then begins up a series of steps totalling 700 in all. There is a viewing area for the Cooksen Kauri at the top. Return the same way.
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Features of interest
Cooksen Kauri is a huge mature Kauri tree
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 100%
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
Head south out of Thames on SH25. At the BP turn left onto Banks Road. At the end of Banks Street turn right onto Parawai Road. Continue for 18 km to Wainora Campsite. Go into the campsite and follow road to carpark.
Large gravel carpark and toilets
Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit.
Stream by the river for the first and last 1500m
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