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Lake Wainamu Loop, Auckland

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Lake Wainamu LoopBeginner

Submitted by James Taylor

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Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


1:20 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)



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The track is easy going at first, following along the creek. During summer weekends, the track can be very busy with walkers and families heading for a swim at the lake (run through the creek to avoid them if its especially busy, as you'll be getting your feet wet soon anyway). Eventually the track splits in two; keep left, crossing into the creek. From here, the track follows through the creek bed, skirting around the steep sided dune. The track will be obvious on your left after about 800m. This will take you to the lake edge, where some nice graded single track takes you into the bush to circumnavigate the lake. Halfway round you'll come across a Pouwhenua standing guard at Wainamu Falls. Carry on along more nice gravel single track, then you'll emerge out onto the huge sand dune. Climb straight up, over the top and then back down the other side to rejoin the track back to the carpark.

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Features of interest

Sand dunes, Pouwhenua, waterfall

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 15%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 75%

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Te Henga Trail

Te Henga Trail

Length: 20.00km


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  • Access

    Start of the track is right next to the carpark. Clearly marked.

    Parking is to the left as you come across one way bridge. Can be very busy during summer weekends, although there is normally more parking available down the Te Henga Walkway carpark across the road.

    36 km

    42 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone.

    No water on the track itself, but there are taps down at the public toilets near the beach.

    Running through a stream for part of the track so be mindful in heavy downpours.

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