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Atiwhakatu Track

Easy/Intermediate

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4.2 mile 6.7 kilometer point to point
96% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 774' 236 m
Descent: -73' -22 m
High: 1,811' 552 m
Low: 1,109' 338 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Flowing, benched track following the true right of the Atiwhakatu River gradually up the valley.

Kerry Suter

Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildlife

Runner Notes

The track is easily runnable and on free-draining gravel pathways, trail shoes are not required. The quality of the trail drops sharply beyond the hut.

Description

From the top of Donnelly Flat Loop, the Atiwhakatu Track gradually ascends the valley alongside the Atiwhakatu River (on it's true right). The trail is benched and graveled and easy to follow. The track offers a flatter alternate to the surrounding mountainous trails.

The track crosses many, many small tributaries and streams, using a mix of wood and steel bridges as well as occasional wire rope bridges.

The Atiwhakatu Hut greets you about 7 km after departing the Holdsworth carpark. At the hut, you can continue up the valley or climb steeply towards Mount Jumbo.

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The longest of the wire rope bridges on the Atiwhakatu Trail.
Aug 7, 2016 near Masterton, NZ
Atiwhakatu Hut.
Aug 7, 2016 near Masterton, NZ
Wire Rope Bridge on the Atiwakatu Track.
Aug 7, 2016 near Masterton, NZ

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