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Rocky's Path Tararu, Waikato

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Rocky's Path TararuBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Gillian Twinem

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Urban fringe


Very hilly

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

1:30 (Slow)
1:10 (Moderate)
0:50 (Fast)



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A short sharp shock, straight up and down. Climb 344m in 2km on rocky rooty terrain, then descend 344m on soft bush track. No water on way up but follow a stream on way down. Last 5 min is on gravel road. Good swimming hole at start/finish.

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Features of interest

Gold mines, regenerating bush, Firth views.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 90%

Gravel Road: 10%

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  • Access

    Victoria St, Tararu - 4km north of Thames. There is a parking bay just inside entrance to Dickson's Holiday Park. DOC sign.

    Room for around 6 cars at parking bay, and plenty more on Victoria St. No public transport - yet.

    4 km

    6 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Orange DOC triangles throughout. There is a rotten bench at the top - no rest there! There is a gigantic orange triangle and a broken sign saying Rocky's where the track starts to descend. At the end of the track, in Tinker's gully, turn left on the gravel road to reach the car park.

    Perfect throughout.

    Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    This is a short track. There is no water on the upward leg but you follow a stream coming back down again.

    Stays dry on ascent but can be muddy on the descent and you cross the stream 3 or 4 times.

    Stream crossings with slippery rocks.

  • Post run indulgence

    Waiomu Beach Cafe
    Waiomu - about 10 drive north up the coast road
    On facebook.
    Home made grub, gluten and dairy free if you need it. Pizza menu. Ice cream, beer and wine! Open every day from early.

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