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Kuataika Half Marathon, Auckland

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Kuataika Half MarathonBeginner

Submitted by Simon Wickham

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


3:30 (Slow)
2:45 (Moderate)
2:00 (Fast)



CLOSED DUE TO KAURI DIEBACK. You can sign up to e-updates re the track situation in both the Waitakere and Hunua Ranges here.

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Start on Anawhata Road at the Cutty Grass Track end. Run down Anawhata Rd a few kms to the Kuataika Track entrance. Jump the fence and head across farmland to the Kuataika Track and make your way along this track down, up, down up across a couple of valleys on a wide track that's got good climbs and a great view from the trig (a short detour on the last section of climb on Kuataika). You'll reach a junction with Wainamu Bush Tk, Houghtons Tk and Smyth Ridge Track (you take the Smyth Ridge Track) basically running on and then upwards towards Long Road and Ridge Road track.

At the end of Smythe Ridge Tk you turn right onto Long Road/Ridge Road and follow this along many undulations past a junction with Upper Kauri Tk and Simla and basically follow the Ridge Road track all the way to its end (there is a short detour off to the right to a cool University Tramping Club hut full of old road signs and a couple of pianos (worth a look, unlocked hut).

At the end of Ridge Road Tk you are at a T junction - turn right and head down this track back towards your car (again a short while down this track there is a discreet entrance on your right to a short track and another hut where Hunt for the Wilderpeople was filmed - it's a locked hut). Run past your car and across the road you'll see a track to a lookout - take it and add a short climb and another couple of km to get your half and a great view over Piha.

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Features of interest

Couple of huts

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 60%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Gravel Road: 20%

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  • Access

    Down Anawhata Rd you'll see a second carpark and track entry (Cutty Grass Tk) park here and run down Anawhata Rd from here

    No transport but parking is free and always available (that's rare in Auckland aye!)

    37 km

    53 minutes



  • Staying Safe



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

    There's a few creeks on the way down Kuataika, none really thereafter - but take your own it's only a half marathon you won't be out all day (hopefully)

    None really, it can get slippery on Kuataika after rain and the streams can rise - take some care if it's pouring or been pouring

    Use the trigene wash stations to prevent the spread of Kauri Dieback please

  • Post run indulgence

    Elevation Cafe
    Top of Piha Rd and Scenic Dr
    Great views

    Cold beers, nice raneg of wines, good small plates and tasty food

    Hardware Cafe
    Good coffee open super early for an on the way out wake me up

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