Thames Over The TopBeginner - Intermediate
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Back country - remote
Point to Point (one way)
Undulating, some big hills
Beginner - Intermediate
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The trailhead is clearly signposted off the high point of Waitotahi Road. The first km or two are a gentle uphill on easy single track, but then it gradually becomes more rooty and technical.
5-6k in you'll reach the junction with the Karaka Track, head straight on towards Crosbies Hut.
The next junction is some 4k on. Turn right on to the Wainora Track for about another 3k, then stay left at the next junction towards Wainora campsite.
Another couple of kms of technical single track lead you to some large kauri trees and shortly after the trail improves dramatically, becoming a well gravelled and stepped descent into Wainora campsite, where hopefully you have a car waiting for you!
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Features of interest
Large kauri trees on Cookson Kauri Walk towards the end of the run.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 40%
Moderate Single Track: 35%
Easy Single Track: 25%
Waitotahi Road on the outskirts of Thames.
Limited parking, room for just a few cars in a pull-out at side of road. But this is not a busy track so unlikely you'll have much competition for a spot.
Being a point to point run you'll either want a support vehicle or shuttle one car to the finish at Wainora Campsite in the Kaueranga Valley before starting.
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All junctions are well signposted.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Compass, Map.
There is very little, if any, drinkable water on the route so take everything with you.
The tracks can be horrendously muddy after heavy rain.
Plenty of roots and ankle-turning terrain. Take care on the more technical sections.
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