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Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Auckland

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Submitted by Simon Wickham

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


1:40 (Slow)
1:20 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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Starts with a downhill and follow the 4WD road a few hundred metres staying left to the start of the single track. Meanders slightly uphill through some stunning single track and a few bogs (especially so in winter) to the stream - look for koura and kokopu if its dusk - just after the second stream crossing there's a small cave to the right full of cave wetas (looks like an old mine shaft). Back on the trail it meanders along the stream side a few hundred metres before heading up to Cutty Grass track, turn left at the junction with Cutty Grass, follow this all the way to the end and veer right along the road avoiding many other options for tracks (lots of possible out and back extensions exist from here). Follow the road veering right to the signs that direct to you Anawhata Rd. Once back on the track (off the gravel) shortly after you'll need to keep your eyes firmly peeled for a little right hand unmarked track to the hut. Follow your nose to the hut, spin round and run back.

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Great run on some technical single track with a bit of 4WD trail for speed. Cutty Grass has Kokako released so if you are super lucky you'll hear their call at dusk or dawn. You end up at the hut (locked) that Hunt for the Wilderpeople was filmed at. Wetas and glow-worms in a cave if you wish, great at night

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%

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  • Access

    Head down Piha Road past the first carpark on left for Nihotipu Dam and slow down looking for a small driveway and gate on the right about 200m up the road. There's parking for 1 or 2 cars here otherwise head back to the park you just drove past

    Never had any issues parking here day or night.

    27 km

    36 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Very patchy.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Stream crossings but can get silted up after rain

    Expect a lot of mud in winter in places - fun mud

  • Post run indulgence

    Iti (formerly Takahe)
    Good coffee and craft beer for post run goodness

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