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 following the sign for Kauaerangi Valley Road. The trail undulates on a ridgeline for 2.5 km before a short climb to Orange Peel Corner. Continue straight following the sign for Kauaerangi Valley Road. The trail starts dropping, gently at first and then steeply for 2.5 km to another junction.
The track to Booms Flat is now closed so follow the markers to the right which takes you to Whangaiterenga Campsite. You continue dropping until reaching Whangaiterenga Stream. Cross over and climb steeply up to the spurline and down the otherside to Waikato Stream which you cross twice to reach Whangaiterenga Campsite and Kauaerangi Valley Road.
Features of interest
Beautiful native bush
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 40%
Moderate Single Track: 50%
Easy Single Track: 10%
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
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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.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
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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See other runs nearby:
Pinnacles & Billy Goat
Rocky's Path Tararu
Booms Flat Waiora Circuit.
Kauaerangi Small Trails Tour
Cooksen Kauri Trail
Maratoto To Golden Cross
Crosbies Hut via Karaka Track
Crosbies Hut via Waiomu Track