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Ferry Landing to Hidden Bay, Waikato

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Ferry Landing to Hidden BayBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Kirstine Collins

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest

Beginner - Intermediate

1:50 (Slow)
1:20 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)



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From the ferry carpark take the track to Whitianga Rock. It follows the water for 20m then up some stairs. At the junction go straight ahead to play tourist and take a detour up some neat rock steps up to the highpoint of Whitianga Rock.

Back at the junction turn right to head down the hill. At the large orange triangle follow the marked trail left, down the hill and over the bridge. Now the steep uphill which takes you to a viewing platform where you can catch your breath. Continue on to the top of the hill to the bench looking at the view in the other direction.

On the opposite side of the trail from the bench is a small unmarked track perpendicular to the main trail. Follow this faint unmarked track heading straight for about 40 meters and search for the orange triangle. The triangle is not visible until you get close. Once you find the orange triangle you can follow the clear and well marked trail as it winds along the side of the hill above Whitianga Harbour and along a small peninsular before dropping into a small bay. Touch the water and enjoy the isolated bay then return the way you came.

The trail varies from narrow raw angled trail to beautifully benched and maintained flowing singletrack with distracting views.

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Features of interest

Beautiful views over Whitianga and the harbour

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 1%

Technical Single Track: 15%

Moderate Single Track: 55%

Easy Single Track: 29%

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  • Access

    Take the ferry from Whitianga to Ferry Landing.
    By car drive south from Whitianga on SH25 for 23km. Turn left onto Hotwater Beach Rd. After 1.8km turn left onto Purangi Rd, signs for Cooks Beach. After 12km you will reach Ferry Landing. Park at the Ferry Terminal carpark

    Large carpark with public toilets

    38 km

    37 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    The trail is well marked except the 40m from the main trail at the top of the hill from Ferry Landing. You will need to search to find the first orange triangle. Once you find it the trail is easy to follow and well marked.

    Generally good.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone.

    There are several streams that cross the trail.

    Some clay sections will be slippery in the wet


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