Rooty Rocky Waiohine Intermediate - Experienced
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Intermediate - Experienced
Not Suitable (Slow)
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Cross the big swing bridge then keep following track signs to Totara Flats hut. The first 4kms of the trail are the toughest in terms of technical running. A few sections are non-runnable due to the roots and rocks and if you do run beware of picking your feet up to clear the obstacles! After this part, the track runs closer to the river and you get to run alongside the water before following easy open winding grassy trails for the final 2kms to the hut.
Turn around at the hut.
Take your time on this run, the bush, river and wildlife are worth it.
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Features of interest
There are 4 swing bridges on the route but the first takes the cake. It is quite long and has beautiful views over the river and a cool waterfall feature.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 50%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 10%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 0%
Drive towards the signposted Waiohine Gorge camping site. Go right to the very end of the road, after heavy rain this may be impassable due to a couple of small ford crossings. In dry conditions any 2WD vehicle will get to the parking area if you drive slowly as there are numerous potholes. Watch for oncoming traffic on the narrow gravel road.
There is plenty of parking space at the end of the road with toilets. No public transport available to this area.
Just keep following the signs to Totara flat (not cone hut) and you can't go wrong
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
From about 4kms in you will start crossing streams and be closer to the river which you can easily fill up from.
This is definitely best run in dry conditions due to the potential for mud and slippery rocks on the trail. The drier it is the more runnable the technical parts of the trail become. It is well sheltered on gale force W wind days in the Tararuas making it a good option when ridgelines will be too windy.
If the river is swollen you are required to follow another route along the top of the bank halfway in. Wouldn't recommend trying to run it in this case anyway as the track would be muddy.
Post run indulgence
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