Perhams Road LoopIntermediate
Submitted by Gary Crilley
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Back country - remote
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestOpen farmlands
Aug 2020: Most of it is still runnable, but the section through Wainui Station is closed for logging works so not possible to create a full loop. Currently expected to be closed through to Jan 2021.
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Popular mountain bike route, all intermediate climb and descent - no flat sections. Start at Whareroa and follow the 'zig-zag' mtb climb to Campbell's Mill Rd. Turn right on a 4WD track (or left - can be run either way) and climb to Akatarawa Forest. Climb gate then keep turning left till Perhams Rd (4WD track) and follow down to Mangakotukutuku Rd (sealed). Turn left and gentle climb for 1km and turn left on Campbells Mill Rd. Follow back to the top of the zig-zag and return.
Features of interest
Whareroa Farm is the site of the Paekakariki Marine Base during WW11, and some of this run is where the Marines used to run in training for battle.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 36%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 60%
Sealed Road: 4%
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
Whareroa Farm at MacKays Crossing on SH1. Follow signs on exit ramps from either direction.
Plenty of parking, no public transport
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Once over the gate at the top of Campbell's Mill Road and into Akatarawa Forest, there are three intersections of 4WD tracks, keep taking the left hand turn. They are all signposted.
Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Water at start of track, then none. Always carry water.
Much of the track is clay, which is dry and highly reflective in summer (wear sunnies), and slippery and dangerous in winter. You run from coastal sea level into a low mountain range and weather can change considerably. This is a 'wet' track with an unavoidable creek 1.6km from the start and another at halfway.
The zig-zag track and Campbells Mill Rd are mountain bike tracks, two way, so watch for bikes. Once over the gate into Akatarawa Forest there will be motorbikes and occasional 4WD vehicles. Cellphone coverage over the back of the course is non-existent and outside the weekends, traffic is almost none - very isolated.
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