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Duder Regional Park, Auckland

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Submitted by Joyce Leevard

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


1:00 (Slow)
0:45 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



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There is only one carpark which is the starting point. No dogs are allowed, horses are allowed. First up is the cleaning station. From here there is two options that lead to many more.

For this route, head straight along the gravel path which is flat until you get to the hill (where the path also verges off to the right). Continue following the gravel path up the hill and to the left through the cattle unload area. Continue on straight, here you will swtich to farm land (don't forget to close any gates behind you!) and eventually you will spot a water tank up on your right on the hill but is easy to miss without a clear path, going up to the tank will lead you to the gravel track but for this run I continued straight.

The path is back to gravel, follow this up around another bend, you will come to where there is a bench seatt. Go right and head up the steep hill, if you head for the peak of it, it will give you a better view of the track to come. Head down the other side to join onto the gravel path (this is where going to the water tank joins you to). Follow this path and you will eventually come to a shed and 3 gates, you need to take the middle gate. Be observant before entering as there is often steer around (back up the hill is a good time to suss out where they are, I have gone through the paddock with them with no issue sticking to the fence away from them).

Following the fence line down hill and then back up the steep hill, you will come to another gate. Go through the gate and follow the path, it can get very narrow with cliff drops on both sides. You will have a little bit of a climb again and you are then to the furtherst east point looking out to Waiheke (left), Chamberlins Island (straight), Pakihi Island (right) and you can also see Kawakawa in the distance to the right of Pakihi. The return is out the way you just travelled. Follow the path back to the water tank from there through the field there is no clear path to join back to the path you were on but you won't get lost.

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Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 30%

Technical Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

Gravel Road: 40%

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  • Access

    Duder Regional Park car park

    Regional park parking open close times apply. No public transport. Toilets and picnic tables are at the parking. No rubbish bins on site.

    50 km

    58 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow the blue and red markers on the wooden poles.

    Generally good.

    Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    No drinkable water onsite

    Coastal track gets muddy in winter. Main concern would be calving (seasonal) and entering the paddocks.

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