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Crosbies Hut via Karaka Track , Waikato

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Crosbies Hut via Karaka Track Intermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Jacki Mayne-Davis

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Back country - remote

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

6:00 (Slow)
4:30 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



May close if Kauri disease outbreak or track in disrepair - check before running.

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Strictly follow all signs to Crosbies Hut, then back again to Thames via Karaka Track. There are lots of track options along the way, but DOC has put a great deal of work into clearly signposting the way (provided you stop and read the signposts properly!)

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Features of interest

Lovely views across Kauaeranga Valley (track winds around mountain so you get views both sides). Crosbies Hut is a lovely modern hut to stay overnight (bookings required), there are also 4 chipbark tent spots if you prefer camping.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 40%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    End of Karaka Road in Thames Township (after Thames Hospital). There is a big DOC sign that lists all the destination options from Karaka Track, including Crosbies Hut (12.9km).

    Limited parking at start of Karaka Track. Better off parking further back in town, towards hospital or along Karaka Road. 

    2 km

    5 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow every signpost up to Crosbies Hut, then every signpost back to Thames (only signpost closest to town lists Karaka Track -- as Karaka Junction). If you end up on Waiotahi Track (which is a nicer 4WD track anyway) you'll end up in Thames just north of Karaka Track entrance.


    Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    A couple of freshwater springs at beginning of track, then nothing until Crosbies Hut.

    Coromandel floods easily, and roads often close in bad weather.

  • Post run indulgence

    Cafe Melbourne
    715 Pollen St Thames
    Tasty brunch/lunch options. Spacious cafe in case you're sweaty.

    Grahamstown Bar and Diner
    700 Pollen St
    Great for later-in-the-day refuelling (lunch/dinner).

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