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Mercer Bay Magic, Auckland

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Mercer Bay MagicBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Lucy Mills

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Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

1:30 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)



Trees are cleared and the trail is back open.

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Please do o your part to protect healthy kauri trees and prevent the spread of kauri dieback. Clean your footwear before and after visiting, and use the cleaning stations every time you pass one. Stay on the tracks and keep off kauri roots. Stay away from closed tracks.

The trail starts at the Mercer Bay Loop track at the northern side of the Log Race Road carpark (take the loop track anticlockwise). Follow the path along the cliff edge as it drops down the Te Ahua headland. Take the track on the right to the lookout point and check out the pou (marker sculpture) that marks the site of the pa. Return back to the main track and continue on, keeping the coast on your right, until you get to the fork and the signed track for Comans Track.

Follow Comans as it takes you on a short steep scramble up, and then drops you down towards Karekare. At the bottom of the hill, before you reach on Watchmans Road, turn left onto the Ahu Ahu Track.

This climbs back up to to the Mercer Bay Loop track where you continue up, taking the first right hand junction to complete the Loop back to where you started. 

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Features of interest

Former pa site and radar station. Breathtaking views across the Tasman. Plenty of native birds and bush. 

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 90%

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  • Access

    On Piha Road coming from Titirangi drive 1.2km past Karekare Road and turn left on to Te Ahu Ahu Road. Continue to the end where it turns into a gravel road and becomes Log Race Road. Park in the car park at the end by the old radar station.

    No public transport. The Log Race Road car park has lots of space and a toilet (long drop). 

    38 km

    51 minutes



  • Staying Safe



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

    Take your own

    Nothing out of the ordinary

    Exposed cliff edges and rockfall hazards

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