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Pete's Luck At Last, Waikato

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Pete's Luck At LastBeginner - Intermediate

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest

Beginner - Intermediate

1:00 (Slow)
45:00 (Moderate)
30:00 (Fast)



Some tracks in this area are closed but Luck at Last is open per entrance to forestry road.

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The track is mostly flat following a creek/river through native bush and pine plantations. Easy trail running which can be fast if you wish. The trail described here is in and out but can be extended to approximately 30Km with several long hills etc,

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Features of interest

The track leads into an old mining site so for those interested in this there are some cool relics to see.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 5%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 85%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Approximately 5 Km north of Whangamata on SH25. Signposted forest entry "Taungatara Recreation Area". Just over 3Km on forestry road there is a small car park on the left hand side where the trail begins. You can of course park the car by SH25 and run from here.

    I have parked here numerous times over a 15 year period without security issues.

    11 km

    15 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    To find the Luck At Last mine site just follow the track and the creek. If you wish to extend your run there are numerous other tracks in the forest surrounding the mine site. These can be circuits or out and back. If you are unsure about natural navigation make sure you have a map of the area if you go exploring.


    Short-sleeved thermal top, Gloves, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Bring your own drinks if you do not want to risk drinking creek water.

    Can be muddy in patches following heavy rain or floods.

    Apart from the trail itself there are mine relics and mine shafts in and around Luck At Last. Generally the track to and from the mine site is very good to run on.

  • Post run indulgence

    Creek Soaking
    Adjacent to beginning of trail.
    Cool water to calm the leg muscles.

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