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Beach Haven Bridges to Pitches, Auckland

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Beach Haven Bridges to PitchesBeginner

Submitted by caitlin knox

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Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


1:00 (Slow)
40:00 (Moderate)
30:00 (Fast)



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This trail is an epic 5km intro into trail running on a path with a few bits that are more technical than solely gravel! It’s also a great addition to a longer run as it can link super easily with Eskdale reserve, as well as towards Witherford and Manuka Reserve’s and beyond.

Starting at the Beach Haven Road Bridge, follow the main trail to the left of the bridge for 2km of undulating trail. There’s only the one trail, with all of the turn offs being road accesses. If you end up at a road, turn back and take the other path. Keep following the twists and turns of the trail until you get to the estuary lookout with the seat, take the gravel path on the right.

From here, keep following the gravel trails, taking the path on the right at every split, until you reach the 4WD road. There should be a gravel path directly across from you that goes up towards the football pitches. About 50m up it splits off again, turn right and go up to the football pitches, doing an anticlockwise loop of the lower pitch to catch your breath and up the distance a bit. Run back through where you came up to the pitch, back to the trail split, and take the path on the right side following that trail for 100m or so until you reach the estuary lookout again. Now that you’ve completed the anticlockwise loop of Shepard’s park, you can retrace the 2km of trail back to the starting point.

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Features of interest

The best kind of route - a lollipop: an out and back with a loop at the midpoint.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Easy Single Track: 30%

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  • Access

    The trail starts at the Beach Haven Road bridge, at the “dip” of beach Haven Road. The two wooden bollards mark the start and end of the route.

    Parking is super accessible along Beach Haven road as the start of the path is straight off from the road. There are also plenty of buses that stop along this road so public transport friendly too.

    15 km

    19 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    It’s pretty easy to follow the main trail, if you feel lost in Shepard’s park, keep taking right turns and you’ll end up back at the estuary lookout.

    Perfect throughout.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.

    There is a water fountain at the football field but I would recommend carrying your own if you’re wanting water, just in case it’s not working.

    Very muddy after rain and can be a bit slippery. Wear trail shoes if you can.

    After big storms there can often be a few branches down so if you’re not a fan of a little bit of mid-run tree climbing, avoid this trail after a storm.

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