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Cascade Kauri Outer Loop, Auckland

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Cascade Kauri Outer LoopBeginner - Intermediate

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

3:15 (Slow)
2:20 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)



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Start from Falls Rd Carpark on the Whatitiri Track, firstly across the embankment before getting onto the farm track. Follow this through a river crossing up into the first hills. You will need to cross a farm paddock, stay left and follow the fence line until you hit the second farm track. This track will lead up towards Long Road Track, turn left at the junction and follow this gravel farm track up to the top.

At this stage there is a wooden gate to a grass track on the left, follow this to continue on the Long Road Track until you hit the Simla Junction. Take the left turning onto Fence Line Track and follow this down along the Waitakere Reservoir to the dam. Cross the dam and head towards the Waitakere Tramline Walk. Access to the Tramline Track is down a steep set of stairs off the Waitakere Dam Walk. Follow the Tramline, through a short tunnel to the West Tunnel Mouth Track, before turning left onto the Anderson Track. The Anderson Track will take you through to the Auckland City Walk, which you will turn left onto. This will lead you back to the start and your car park.

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Features of interest

Couple small river crossings, tramlines, short tunnel and other interesting items to see on the way.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 15%

Moderate Single Track: 25%

Easy Single Track: 45%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 15%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Cascade Kauri V1

Cascade Kauri V1

Length: 10.70km

Cascade Shorty

Cascade Shorty

Length: 7.40km

Big W on a Stick

Big W on a Stick

Length: 19.00km

Cascade Kauri V2

Cascade Kauri V2

Length: 15.50km


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  • Access

    Starting Point is the carpark at the end of Fall Rd. The main access to tracks is directly in front when entering the carpark. For this loop take the Whatitiri Track, which starts in the right most corner of the carpark.

    There are two carparks. Can be busy in peak hours.

    28 km

    36 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow the sign posted tracks, in order:
    1. Whatitiri (Left onto)
    2. Long Roak Track (left onto)
    3. Fenceline Track (right onto and across the Dam, then left onto)
    4. Waitakere Tramline Walk (left onto)
    5. West Tunney Mouth Track (left onto)
    6. Anderson Track (left onto)
    7. Auckland City Walk (finish)


    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    No drinking water available

    Can be very muddy after rain, especially at this time (October). Fine to walk considering.

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    Swanson Station Cafe
    Swanson Road

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