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Cascade Shorty, Auckland

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Cascade ShortyBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Vera Alves

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



CLOSED DUE TO KAURI DIEBACK. You can sign up to e-updates re the track situation in both the Waitakere and Hunua Ranges here.

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Starting from the car park drop down the hill on a gravel path, cross the creek and turn left on Auckland City Walk. After around 1 km turn right on Anderson Track which before long crosses a shallow stream (usually possible to keep feet dry with some nimble rock hopping.) On the far side of this stream the trail starts to climb steeply, with several long flights of steps to negotiate.
Towards the top of the climb you enter a beautiful grove of young kauri trees and at about 2.5km reach a junction where you turn right, following the signpost to 'Waitakere Tramline Walk'. A short, gnarly downhill (watch out for slippery boulders) spits you out on the Tramline Walk. Turn right and follow one of the few genuinely flat bits of Waitakere trail, along the tramlines and through a short tunnel (headlight not necessary but maybe advisable for the more nervous!)

The tramline ends a short way further on and you leave it to your left and climb a series of concrete steps to reach the Watercare road. Turn right across the dam and at the far end turn left and almost immediately right to stay on Fenceline Track. This will take you back to the Auckland City Walk, where you started. When you join Auckland City Walk, turn left and follow the track all the way back to the carpark, back over the little bridge and the patch of grass you passed in the beginning.

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Features of interest

This short run has a number of points of interest, including running along the Waitakere Tramline, the waterfall you see along the tramline (if it's been raining, it can be really pretty), and the forest of young kauri trees at the top of Andersons Track.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 35%

Easy Single Track: 50%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 5%

Sealed Road: 0%

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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 Kauri V2

Cascade Kauri V2

Length: 15.50km

Cascade Kauri Outer Loop

Cascade Kauri Outer Loop

Length: 15.50km


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  • Access

    This run begins at the Cascades Car Park, right at the end of Falls Road (past the golf course). Park anywhere there and you will see the signs for the start of the trail. Be sure to spray your shoes at the station to prevent the spread of kauri dieback.

    No public transport to the start but plenty of parking. The car park isn't huge but it's usually quiet if you arrive early in the morning. It gets busier in the middle of the day during summer but there's always a spot somewhere.

    28 km

    35 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    The route is well marked but it's important to keep paying attention as there are a number of different tracks in the area. Keep following the signs for the tracks listed in the detailed description and you will not get lost.


    Short-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There is a water fountain at the start point in the carpark and you will cross a stream early in the run. Always a good idea taking some water with you (bottle or hydration pack) in case you take a wrong turn and run longer than intended.

    There are a few slippery boulders on the track after Andersons (before you reach the tramline). Mind your step, especially if it's been raining.

  • Post run indulgence

    Swanson Station Cafe
    760 Swanson Rd, Auckland 0612
    Delicious food on your way back into Auckland. Service is fast and the coffee is tasty. There's plenty of parking nearby so you won't need to put your legs through any extra effort to get to your food.

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