Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Mt Urchin Magic

Turangi, Waikato

Submitted by Orla Drylie

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 23

Gnarl Factor: 60








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +17.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -17.0%


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This provided a much shorter alternative to the full Urchin-Umukarikari Loop if you're short on time but want to bag a peak.

This out and back track is quite a climb but wow, those views at the top make you forget all about the climb you endured. The first 2km are continuous climbing, the 3rd km is undulating and last 700 metres you are above the tree line and clamber up along some loose stones. Very exposed at the top.

Incredible views from the top

No public transport available. 4WD recommended

21 km

18 minutes




Follow the orange triangles - they'll see you right, but there really is only the one trail


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

No water available en-route.

The final 700 metre climb is hazardous and extremely exposed, so if it is too windy, do not attempt to reach the ridge

Creel Tackle House and Cafe
189 Taupahi Road, Turangi
Very small cafe with limited seating and limited menu but what they do serve is outstanding.

Hydro Cafe
17 Ohuanga Road, Turangi
Delicious menu, especially the date scones and great coffee

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Trail Reviews

Great outing. The summit had beautiful views. The return leg was an awesome downhill session.

Adrian Herron

September 15, 2022

Beautiful trail, take the time to enjoy the view at the top it’s so worth it on a clear day.

Virginia Comer

January 24, 2022

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