Kuataika Half MarathonBeginner
Submitted by Simon Wickham
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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%
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!)
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
Top of Piha Rd and Scenic Dr
Cold beers, nice raneg of wines, good small plates and tasty food
Good coffee open super early for an on the way out wake me up
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See other runs nearby:
Centennial Park trails (Campbells Bay)
Cascade Kauri V1
Hunt For The Wilderpeople
Cascades - Piha Bliss
Kuataika Double & Wainamu Bush
Cascade Kauri V2
Puke Ariki (Point View Reserve)
Inner City Bush Trails
Cascades - Waitaks 20km Loop
The Big Dirty
Waikowhai Stairs, Bush & Beach
Wainamu - Why Not?
Cascade Kauri Outer Loop
Arataki Parau Puffer Loop
Flat Fun in the East
Rangitoto - Motutapu Double
Rangitoto - Motutapu Double V2
Puhinui Stream Forest Trail
Te Ara Hura West
The Wenderholm Wonder
It may be only 4.5km... BUT...
Duder Regional Park
Mangere Mountain Crater loop
Motuihe Island Loop
Watercare Coastal Walkway
Partial Lunacy Mission
Around the Outside at Te Atatu
Fernhill & Burnside Escarpments
Te Henga Trail
The James Vowles Inspiration Circuit
Riverhead Gates Challenge