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Fernhill & Burnside Escarpments, Auckland

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Fernhill & Burnside EscarpmentsBeginner

Submitted by Cameron Walker

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Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


1:00 (Slow)
0:50 (Moderate)
0:35 (Fast)



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Run along river trail to Bush Rd, cross bush Rd and continue on true RH of river through to Tawa Dr.

Zip through Clenmows orchard via Rosedale Rd and Kristen lane. CAREFULLY Cross the natural rock dam 20m down stream of the pipe bridge.

Cross back over Bush Rd (westwards). Dive back into the bush (true LH side) back to Albany Highway.

Note: End of track towards Tawa Dr is just cut and not really developed. Ropes have been installed. Gnarly.

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Features of interest

Running river side. Massive totaras.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 5%

Technical Single Track: 35%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 25%

Sealed Road: 5%

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  • Access

    On Albany Highway, just before the pedestrian bridge (which is beside and below the vehicle bridge), true RH side of the river.

    Best to park at the cemetery (200m towards Albany Village). The walk to the start is a great warm up.

    19 km

    23 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    When heading eastwards just stay beside the river. Most track junctions have been marked with maps and trail signs (by volunteers).

    Generally good.

    Cellphone, Map.

    No water available.

    Proceed with caution after heavy rainfall events.

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