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Ernie's Pukupuka Combined Loop, Auckland

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Ernie's Pukupuka Combined LoopBeginner - Intermediate

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

5.15 (Slow)
4.00 (Moderate)
3.00 (Fast)



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Starting From Upper Mangatawhiri campsite, head along the gravel road past the toilet block. Follow this road for about 3km running alongside the dam. Ernie's Track is on the left. It is technical in a lot of places, with a couple of stream crossings and with a steep climb up to 500m.

Here you will get great views of the multiple Hunua Dams. The trail then opens up slightly as you head down towards Lilburne Road. You pop out of the first bush section at Piggots campsite where there is a hut with a toilet and water tap. Head up the hill and continue along the road for about 2km until you join the Pukupuka Track on your right.

You are back into more technical track and climbing. As you run out of the bush and are back on the gravel road, turn right. There is a long downhill (12% gradient) to open up and get out some lactic build-up before an easy 5km along a gravel road finishing off where you started.

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Features of interest

The track takes in great views of multiple dams along the way.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 15%

Easy Single Track: 15%

Gravel Road: 40%

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  • Access

    Start From Upper Mangatawhiri campsite.

    Parking is readily available at the campground, access is along Gravel Road.

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  • Staying Safe


    Very patchy.

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

    Water is available in two creek crossings in the first half and a tap is available at a hut halfway through the loop.

    Rain can bog down some of the more technical sections, so expect slow going in winter. Great cover most the way In the summer heat.

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