Christies LollipopBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Simon Wickham
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Beginner - Intermediate
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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Starts down a well graded easy single track turn left onto the Dam access (gravel) road and follow this down the lakeside (looking to your right just after the first bridge for the waterfall) for 2 kms or so till you reach the Dam. Cross the Dam and you'll see steps and a track leading to the Christies/Summit tracks junctions. You can choose either direction, this course goes right on Christies Track. Technical bush track well defined but rough underfoot its a gem and gets mud between the toes in places esp. in winter. After crossing a small stream (look for Koura at night) Christies Tk has a short steep uphill back to the road. Turn left and follow the road through to Huia Dam and a bridge on your left takes you up Smiths Rd to Hamilton Tk. Go uphill on a single track (well formed) to Hamilton Tk Summit (large signboard here). At this junction take Summit Track north and climb up and over the ridge back to the Christies/Summit junction. From here follow your nose back down the steps over the dam and back to the car.
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Features of interest
Takes in Upper Nihotipu Dam (runs across it) and Huia Dam lake, Christies Track streams and great technical single track, forestry roads connect up to Hamilton Track and some technical single trail across the ridge on Summit Track
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 25%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 15%
Gravel Road: 40%
Down Piha Road you'll see a large carpark on the left at bottom of first hill. Park here and the trail head is well marked at the back of the carpark
No transport to here but plenty of parking
Note Connect Track is closed for Kauri Dieback protection so this course includes taking the gravel roads to connect Christies and Hamilton Tk via the Huia Dam roading system (still very nice running surrounded by bush)
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
Various small streams you could use if you had to at your own risk - I have without any bugs or gremlins to date
Warning Christies Tk contains mud, you may get your shoes dirty and your legs may change colour.
Post run indulgence
Has a view to die for over the city and pizza
Iti (formerly Takahe)
Good coffee great tapas and craft beer
Eclectic mix popular with locals with coffee and food available
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