Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Whareroa/Akatarawa Loop

Paekakariki, Wellington

Submitted by Glen Strong

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 61 ?

Gnarl Factor: 16 ?

48.0km

1770m

1770m

540m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Loop

Very hilly

Native bush

Run Makeup

25%
55%
10%
10%

Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.0%

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Estimated Times to Run

10:00

Slow

7:30

Moderate

5:30

Fast

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.

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.

Plenty of parking, no public transport

4 km

4 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

Well signposted for a back country trail.

Non-existent.

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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Mike Richardson

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