The Full Arapuke

The Full Arapuke (grade 5 loop)


Back Track to the top, Jack Frost, Riff Raff, Top of Jack be Nimble, Jumping Jack, Humpty Jumpty, Checkpoint Charlie, Jack and the Beanstalk, Yeah Nah, Siberian Express, Number 8 Wire, About Time, Billy Goat, Rocky, Rambo, Jack Frost, Rhythm and vines, Back Track, Pupu Rahi, Kissing Rock back down to car park.


Distance: 20+km


Time: 1.5-2.5 hours


Description:Pretty much all the trails in the park.

From Kauterawa Rd car park head up the road across Black Bridge and up Back Track to the top, around 4k of climbing to get the legs warmed up.

Once at the top car park head into Jack Frost and follow it round till it joins Riff Raff and continues up to the Container trail hub, across the road from the trail hub Jack be Nimble heads down the hill, about 100m in you cross a road after this veer left into Jumping Jack and jump your way down till it meets ZigZag Rd, cross and continue down Humpty Jumpty to the Culvert trail hub. Cross ZigZag Rd and head up Checkpoint Charlie till the intersection with Jack and the Beanstalk, carry on up Jack and the Beanstalk till you reach the seat at the top. From the seat ride up Arapuke Rd till it reaches an obvious crest with a turn up to the right, carry on straight ahead and 50m down the road Yeah Nah is on your right. At the end of Yeah Nah the trail rejoins Checkpoint Charlie for 100m or so, Siberian Express turns off to the right. Climb back up to Arapuke Rd, ride along the gravel for 100m or so till you see another trail post on your left, drop in to continue down a short tech chute then follow the trail right around till it exits on the end of Checkpoint Charlie. Turn right and head back up the gravel rd (Arapuke Rd) till you see the entrance to Number 8 Wire on your left, next to the shuttle turn around. Follow Number 8 down till it connects into About Time then continue to the bottom of the trail, before the bridge at the bottom turn right and head up Billy Goat, this takes you back to the start of Rocky. Rocky has a short steep roll in at the start and then winds down to a rocky knoll which is a challenge to climb, drop into Rambo and hit the rock drops down to the bottom. Head right and join in to Jack Frost, follow it up to the intersection of Arapuke Rd and Zig Zag Rd, cross the road and head down Rhythm and Vines to Back Track, turn Left and ride a few hundred metres up Back Track till you reach Pupu Rahi on the left, ride up till you get to the culvert (big concrete pipe) and the Culvert trail hub. Cross Zig Zag Rd and hit Kissing Rock. Your final challenge of the day will keep you on your toes down to the bottom, at the half way point you re-cross Zig Zag Rd, the trail continues straight ahead of you, carry on down till you pop out just above Black Bridge on Zig Zag Rd, head back to Black Bridge and the car park.

Jemma Cheer

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