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Mangere Mountain Crater loop, Auckland

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Mangere Mountain Crater loopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Richard Lake

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Undulating, some big hills

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

0:50 (Slow)
0:40 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



All tracks through the crater are now closed so it's no longer possible to do the final loop of this route.

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There are numerous trails, this run was 5k but it'd be easy to increase that without repeating the same tracks.

The tracks are quite visible but many of the lower tracks around the cone are livestock tracks and are thin with high grass sides, take care not to trip over hidden rocks hidden in the grass. The main tracks aren't too steep but on the Auckland City side of the cone there are some short tracks to the summit that are steep, rooty and are covered with loose scoria. Some of the tracks around the top of the crater rim are also quite rocky. I wore road shoes but was very careful on some of the steep downhill. You could make a substantially longer run by adding in the Watercare Coastal Walkway that is nearby.

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Features of interest

Mangere Mountain is one the largest volcanic cones in the Auckland Volcanic Field, from the top there are stunning views over Auckland and across Manukau Harbour to the Manukau Heads. There are also historic earthworks from a large pa that are fairly easy to identify though covered with grass.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 5%

Easy Single Track: 94%

Sealed Road: 1%

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  • Access

    This run starts on the concrete footpath that leads into the domain opposite 91 Coronation Road, but there are numerous entry/exit points.

    There is a bus stop just outside the domain entrance and plenty of parking on Coronation Road.

    21 km

    20 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Perfect throughout.


    No water in the domain, nearest known is near the public toilets on the old bridge

    Slippery on the steep slopes after rain.

    Steep slopes

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