Where in the Whakanui?Intermediate - Experienced
Submitted by Ian Tulloch
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Front country - easily accessible
Point to Point (one way)
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestBeachRiverside
Intermediate - Experienced
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The beginning is a long slow climb up a wide track - Whakanui Track - as you near the ridge you can get snippets across the valley. As you pass the McKerrow track the run get more technical and single track with tree markers showing the way. The downhill can be steep in some places until you reach the bottom where you meet the Big Bend Track - this track opens up following the Orongorongo river and then changes to the Catchpool Loop track for an easy finish on a wide well maintained track to the car park at Catchpool.
Features of interest
As part of the Rimutaka Forest Park there are native birds all around, some great views West and East on the ridgeline
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 30%
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Easy Single Track: 40%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Start at Hine Road in Wainuiomata, drive to the end of the road and look for the track to your right/south.
Plenty of parking on Hine road
After passing the McKerrow track turn off, keep alert for markers until you reach the valley floor.
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
Water is available from the Orongorongo river at the 9km mark
Winter can be very muddy and freezing along the ridge, heavy rain can swell the Orongorongo river. Sudden weather change in Summer can make the ridgeline section cold.
Post run indulgence
Moera, Lower Hutt
Fantastic Greek food and a cafe filled with wholesome meals and sweet treats, organic milk, cheese and ice cream. Check out the cake of the day!
Great selection of food and coffee, harbour view setting
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