Several guests have asked about opportunities for running/jogging directly from the front door of accommodation in Mapua.
Definitely! Indeed , better than definitely! The simplest is to just to head out along the Great Taste Trail – but you can head in two directions , East or West. …and never have to be on a road (well, almost never!!)
First, how far /how long you want to jog/run (or walk!) – 30 minutes? 60 minutes? a couple of hours? And what sort of surfaces – hard pack trails or sidewalk style .
There are several options. The simplest is to just to head out along the Great Taste Trail – but you can head in two directions , East or West.
East…Taking the ferry across to Rabbit Island (2 minutes!!) from the Mapua Wharf
you can run for 20 minutes along the cycle trail along a mostly dirt hard pack track – not the mose attractive visually becasue of loggin done a few years ago, but replanting has started. BUT after this 20 minutes you can cut to the beacj at Rabbit Island and you have 10km+ of stunning hard pack sand running….almost have the entire beach to yourself. Beautiful !!
OR you can head West out of Mapaua . This is pretty, although its mostly along a paved , wide sidewal used ofr cycling and walking…util you reach Pine Hill Crescent. The Great Taste trail climbs here – not a steep hill, but the kind hill loving runners will enjoy. This part is stunning visually – rolling hills tussock gum trees….then you emerge out on a ridge that has views to die for across the water to the East and over foothills to Mount Arthur to the West . Great stuff! Here is a vimeo video that will give you the flavour from a bike!