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Onetangi/Trig Hill loop, Auckland

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Onetangi/Trig Hill loopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Sarah Jackson

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Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

4:30 (Slow)
3:30 (Moderate)
2:15 (Fast)



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From the beach pick up Waiheke Road (up 4th Ave). Follow this uphill and then down for several km past Manowar road junction to Awaawaroa turning. After few hundred metres take signed right turn and follow gravel road to Awaawaroa track sign. Steep slippy uphill to top then even steeper slippier downhill with rope assist!

Track gets better up to Trig Hill but hard to follow on very top (head right to fence if stuck). Pick up main Te Ara Hura over fence and follow all way to Rocky Bay, then Dotties Lane and MTB track (Cathedral) to Gordon’s road.

Cross road and take walking tracks to Onetangi Sports Field then across golf course to road.

Turn right - track alongside Onetangi Rd back to village

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Features of interest

Great views across island from the two hilltops. Beach at Rocky Bay plus fab one at Onetangi. Some nice challenging singletrack through the bush. Mini waterfalls on way down to Rocky Bay. Could divert to wineries en route if fancied! Watch for the 'Little Library' on the way out!

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 5%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 30%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%

Gravel Road: 10%

Sealed Road: 40%

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  • Access

    The Strand, Onetangi

    Lots of parking down at beach. Bus 51a/b comes to beachfront and past end of Seaview Rd/gas station.

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  • Staying Safe


    Only tricky bits are finding the trail on top of Trig Hill after the cow paddock (head across to the wire fence where you can see a gravel road - it's there) and the various mtb/walking tracks around Rocky Bay and near the sports pavilion. I used Dottie's Land and then Cathedral tracks near Rocky Bay to get to the road, but you could do others. Once over the road, check out the sign with all the tracks on as to how to get down to the pavilion (or just follow the road!) Track past there to road goes through the golf course and is signed.

    Generally good.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Might be some in the 'Little Library' hut at start of Awaawaroa Road. Untreated tap water at Rocky Bay. Gas station/dairy at Onetangi.

    Awaawaroa track will be slippy if it's rained as it's very steep and clay downhill.

    Watch that downhill off the first hill - hang onto the rope!

  • Post run indulgence

    Fish and chip shop at gas station
    Gas station, Onetangi Rd /Seaview Rd junction
    $10 lunchtime F&C deal!

    Charley Farley's
    Beachfront, Onetangi
    Lots of food and drink options. Cold beer!

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