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Goldies Goodness, Auckland

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Goldies GoodnessBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Simon Wickham

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Trail Information







Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

1:50 (Novice)
1:25 (Intermediate)
1:00 (Elite)



Re-opened Nov 2018. Please be extremely vigilant with cleaning shoes and policing others.

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Head through the gate at road end, spray your shoes at the Kauri Dieback station and free your mind. Starting downhill for a few hundred metres you can choose to run this clockwise or anti-clockwise (this has a short steeper downhill first and a moderate incline uphill at the end or vice versa the other way). If clockwise take the first left and follow your nose on a well formed track, gravel base through native bush and when you reach a branch that veers left or right take the right and follow on for another km or so to the downhill section and stairs lead you down to the swingbridge and across the stream (across the bridge you have a choice, extend this run uphill to Constable Rd entrance (about a 1.5km uphill where you can spin round and enjoy the downhill you've just slogged up), alternatively stick to the loop. After crossing the bridge take the left track down to the stream bed. The track is more a route from here (it is marked) but you basically criss-cross many times through in and around the stream. Great summer swimming hole about halfway up. Just keep roughly following the better worn tracks on each side of the stream and the orange markers. You can't get lost, if you did you head back into the stream and keep following it up. You eventually come to a waterfall that you can't go past. Take some pics, freshen up and head back downstream where on your left about 100-200m you'll see the track head uphill on stairs. These take you to the track back to the carpark but take a short left at the top to the lookout platform for the falls. Then follow the main track back uphill to the carpark.

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Features of interest

This adventure run has it all, well formed single track, technical track and a route that follows in and out of the stream bed, my number 1 trail in the Waitakeres that can be added to Te Henga for distance and more hills

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 20%

Technical Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 40%

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  • Access

    Horsmans Rd entrance - take SH16 (Western M/way) to Taupaki Rd after about 5km turn left on Waitakere Rd then right after 4km onto Bethells Rd - on your right look out for and head down Wairere Road and follow this to intersection of Horsmans and Jonkers Rd (take Horsmans on the right) follow to road end and small right hand fork to the track start (about 45mins from CBD). Note: you can head to the other end of Goldies Bush (Constable Road) near Muriwai but its a longer drive

    Parking on road end, safe, no public transport to trail head

    33 km

    38 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the RunHunters app on your phone. View on RunHunters .

    Once in the stream bed section if you lose the track of feel you're off course you can always head back into the stream bed and follow the direction of the stream. There's so many crossings you'll end up finding the track again

    Very patchy.

    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone.

    You're in a stream for half the run so there's plenty around if you get desperate. I've used it before but I make no warranties as to whether or not you should. DOC would say boil everything but I never have.

    The DOC sign says don't head in here after or during heavy rain. I ignored that once and the stream gets very full (think water coming in the neck of your jacket full in one place). It's probably good advice of DOC's but unless you're alone or the rain's been very heavy I tend to go for it.

    You'll get your shoes wet!

  • Post run indulgence

    There's not a lot round - take your own cold beer

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