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Must Love Sand and Stairs., Auckland

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Must Love Sand and Stairs.Intermediate

Submitted by Mark Craig

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Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


5:30 (Slow)
4:30 (Moderate)
3:30 (Fast)



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Can be run in either direction but doing east to west would involved more ascent than descent!

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Mercer Bay loop track to Comans track - exit Watchmans Rd, run past Karekare Beach car park and onto Pohutakawa glade emerging onto Karekare beach, stay close to cliffs until you see track markers and follw these to Tunnel point camp (good spot for a rest). Leave tunnel point and head right at the fork straight out to the beach following the water line all the way Whatipu heading inland to start the well signposted Omanawanui track and following all the sign posts to Karamatura track in Huia (with a compulsory out and back to bag Mt Donald McLean of course!)

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Features of interest

Old Tramway, waterfalls, lots of birds

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 30%

Easy Single Track: 70%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Karamatura Loop

Karamatura Loop

Length: 11.20km


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  • Access

    Right hand side of Mercer Bay Car Park

    Lots of parking, can get busy though.

    38 km

    49 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make sure you go over the dunes staying inland at Karekare to find the Hillary Trail markers that will take you to Tunnel Point.


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

    Water at Karekare, Tunnel Point and Whatipu.

    Can be very hot, very cold, extreme wind

    Wind, waves

  • Post run indulgence

    Huia Store

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