Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Maratoto To Golden Cross

Thames, Waikato

Submitted by Kirstine Collins

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 18 ?

Gnarl Factor: 33 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.3%


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From the DOC trail sign across the bridge you gently climb 600m on a dirt forestry track to the road end. The trail is to the right snd marked with orange triangles.

After 20m you cross the Maratoto Stream and follow a lovely single track through the bush for 3km, crossing the stream another 6 times. The trail emerges onto farmland and you follow the blue and orange marker poles through open land and bush before getting onto a farm track which descends to a track junction.

There are information boards showing the site of the old Golden Cross mine and information about it. Go left towards the Lake loop which takes you around the old tailings area which is now a lake. This loop will bring you back to the junction and you turn left to head down the farm track, over a stile and down a gravel road to the carpark.

Turn around and head back to the junction. Turn left following the signs to Maratoto track until you get back to the bush. Now enjoy the downhill as you return to the track start.

Golden Cross is the site of an old gold mine. Gold was discovered at Golden Cross in 1892, and an underground mine operated there from 1895 to 1920. The area reverted to farmland after the mine was closed, until the new Golden Cross Mine started operating in late 1991. The new mine operated as both an open-cast and an underground mine. The mine closed again in late 1997 – early 1998

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North end: See start point description for 3 parking options depending on type of car.

South end is a large carpark with toilets.

32 km

30 minutes





Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map

Follow stream for first and last 4km


Stream may rise with lots of rain.

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Trail Reviews

Really enjoyed this run, great mix of beautiful bush single track, stream crossings and runnable farm road. Interesting learning about mining history of the area too. Will definitely do again.
Instructions on getting there and parking are spot on and really helpful.

Raewyn Peters

December 23, 2020

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