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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, towards Ernie's Track running alongside the dam. Ernie's Track is technical in alot of places, with a fairly big climb up to 500m.

Here you will get great views of the multiple Hunua Dams, then the trail opens up slightly as you head down towards Lilburne Road. There's a toilet and water tap at the hut as you come out of the first bush section.

Along the road further you join the Pukupuka Track, back into more technical track and climbing. As you exit this section, there is a long downhill (12% gradient) to open up and get out some lactic buildup before a easy 5km along a gravel road home.

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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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