Wainuiomata Recreation AreaBeginner
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Undulating, some big hills
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From the car park, cross the road and head along the gravel path down past the swimming hole and across the bridge, turning left on the other side on Gums Loop track.
At the next intersection, bear right into Nikau Track and follow this upstream about 800m to the benches at the end. Retrace your steps back to the intersection, and keep right on Gums Loop. After another 800m, take the right turn up Tana Umaga Track. This is steep and can be slippery in places.
After another 1k, you'll come to a T-junction joining Sledge Track. Turn right here again and follow the trail down through the bush and emerging onto a grassy track. When you reach the fork, head left up the gravel path and across the boardwalk then you'll come to the remains of Mackay Cottage (which houses a picnic table if you need a breather).
From here, follow the path downhill to the right, head over the swingbridge, then turn left and follow the path that runs alongside Reservoir Road for the last km back to the car park.
NB: Due to kiwi in the area, dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and are not permitted at all on the Lower Dam walk above the swingbridge junction (not part of the route)
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Easy Single Track: 100%
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Car park information board at the end of Whitcher Grove / Reservoir Road
Plenty of safe parking in a well-used area. If taking public transport, buses stop on Hine Road, and you can cut through Richard Prouse Park.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Map.
You're close to streams throughout this run, but you shouldn't need to use them for such a short one
The steeper parts (Tana Umaga and Sledge tracks) can be quite slippery in places
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