Submitted by Glen Strong
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Popular mountain bike route, all intermediate climb and descent - no flat sections.
Start at Whareroa and follow the 'zigzag' climb to Campbell's Mill Rd. Turn right on a 4WD track and climb to Akatarawa Forest. Climb gate, then turn left onto Titi Road and right onto Whakatiki Road. Loop follows Whakatiki Road, Pram Track, Hukinga Road, Deadwood Road, Devil's Staircase, Titi Road. Recommend obtaining 'Akatarawa Forest Map'. There are steep inclines (25%) and deep stream crossings. Do not attempt in heavy rain as streams prone to flooding.
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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. Loop section is the same as that used for Karapoti Classic MTB race.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 10%
Easy Single Track: 10%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 55%
Gravel Road: 25%
Whareroa Farm at MacKays Crossing on SH1. Follow signs on exit ramps from either direction.
Plenty of parking, no public transport
Well signposted for a back country trail.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Course crosses a number of streams, recommend carrying a filter.
Whareroa Farm zigzag section of single track can be very slippery in wet (clay-like base). Friends of Whareroa are working to improve this and putting gravel down. Sections of track prone to slips.
Devil's Staircase is very steep and technical in sections.
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