Ngawhatu Explorer start Ridgeway - Course Description
Ngawhatu Explorer start/finish Ridgeway/Baigent corner.
Turn RIGHT on the stopbank and follow the path which soon drops left off the stopbank. This path eventually brings you to the new road bridge over the stream. Turn LEFT & cross the bridge and continue on the gravel road to the base of the steep hill.
Go up the relentless steep zigzaggy black track to pop out onto Huntaway Close. Follow the road LEFT slightly uphill, past the barriers, and into the housing and finally downhill! Turn LEFT into Woolshed Drive, then RIGHT into Quail Rise, heading downhill all the time.
This track takes you through to Marsden Cemetery. Veer slight LEFT and join the sealed service road when you reach it. (Do NOT carry on along the gravel track over the next chain as this takes you through all the graves).
Follow the service road downhill to the next junction and turn RIGHT (against flow of one-way traffic marking). Follow this nice curved road, to the roundabout (about 150m) and look out for a gravel track on your RIGHT dropping down through the trees. Follow this zigzag gravel track down and to the LEFT, looking for the Caretaker’s yard. Pass alongside the fence to the yard, with the fence on your LEFT shoulder.
Then the path veers RIGHT and drops down a grassy bank and pops you out on the downhill side of the Marsden Valley Road bridge.
Turn RIGHT (uphill), cross the bridge and safely immediately cross over the road, jump the low chain barrier into the paddock, and veer diagonally to your RIGHT across the paddock, keeping the copse of pine trees on your RIGHT. Head to the far right corner and a track leading up out of the paddock past an old forestry gate. Climb the main narrow, gently rising track, heading LEFT towards the sea (ignoring the first inconspicuous track junction) and then reach a wider sharp turn RIGHT and continue up the rough track to finally pop out onto Panorama Drive.