Trails: Kuataika Track – Kuataika Summit – Wainamu Junction – Smyth Ridge Track – Long Rd Track – Ridge Road Track – Cutty Grass Track – Ian Wells Track (No marks, track flooded) – Upper Nihotupu Dam car park.
Car Park: Yes. Ian Wells Track entry: Upper Nihotupu Dam car park, 30.0 km, 32 mins drive from Auckland city center. Kuataika Track entry: “217 Anawhata Road, Anawhata“. Car transfer: 11.5 km, 40 mins drive between two car parks.
Public Toilet: No
Weather: Check Weather before you go!
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Total climbing: 901 m
Total Time: 04:40:03
Total flat distance: 18.5 km, Climbing distance: 7.2 km, Descent distance: 6.8 km, Flat distance: 4.6 km, Maximum difference: 378 m, Final balance: 36.3 m
Difficulty Rating: 3.14 – M – M+
The “Total Time” is my time in April which includes morning tea time and lunch time. That day had drizzle and few showers and the track was slippy but not too bad. If you slow down to average 3.0 km/h plus 60 min stop then the total time will be around 7:15 hrs.
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