Battle Hill - Puketiro LoopBeginner
Submitted by Helen Gittins
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As you face the Education Centre by the car park go through a gate to the right. Pass the riding school and follow the yellow markers through another gate and down the farm track to Transmission Gully. The track passes through a tunnel under the new road and diagonally across a field. Cross the stream to join the Puketiro Loop track.
The track is best followed in a clockwise direction to avoid being skittled by mountain bikes. A stiff climb through pine forest will eventually bring you to a sign board just below the ridge. Follow the short, grassy track to the ridge line and enjoy stunning views out over the Pauatahanui Inlet and to the South Island. On a very clear day Mt. Taranaki can be seen to the North. From here follow the yellow markers to rejoin the 4WD track and enjoy a downhill run through the forest back to the stream. Follow the farm track back through the farm to the car park.
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Features of interest
Battle Hill Farm is a lovely traditional working sheep farm and the site of a historical battle. The route passes under the Transmission Gully construction and up into pine forest. Look out for goats on the ridge line. Tom tits and bellbirds can be seen in the edges of the forest.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 1%
Easy Single Track: 4%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 90%
Gravel Road: 5%
Start at Battle Hill Farm on Paekakariki Hill Road. Park by the old tractor in front of the Ken Gray Education Centre.
Plenty of relatively safe parking available. Gates are open from 8am til dusk. No public transport. No dogs allowed.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Drinking water is available at Battle Hill.
Prepare to get your feet wet crossing the stream in winter or after rain.
Watch out for construction vehicles while crossing Transmission Gully.
Post run indulgence
Great coffee and a large range of brunch style and counter food. Very popular and can get very busy at peak times.
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