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Pipeline Loop , Auckland

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Pipeline Loop Intermediate

Submitted by Melissa Franklin

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Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


1:15 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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Follow the Opanuku Pipeline Track until it reaches Christian Road and then go right on sealed road until you see the start of the Swanson Pipeline Track on your left. Follow this track until you reach its intersection with Peripatus Track which will go to your left. Continue on the Peripatus Track until you reach Scenic Drive (if you go for a little trot up the road you can get great veiws of Auckland). The Peripatus track joins the East Tunnel Mount Track which takes you back to the Opanuku Piperline track. On you way back down you will see the remains of the Waikakere Tramline. You will also pass the filter stations for the dam.

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Features of interest

Piperlines, tunnels and the Waitakere Tramline

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 75%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Sealed Road: 5%

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  • Access

    Travelling up Mountain Road (from Henderson Valley Road) the track starts on the right

    You can park your car at the start of the track

    25 km

    30 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Just keep an eye for track markers, read all signs and stick to track.


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

    No water

    Very muddy in winter or after lots of rain

    Some steep slips and low tunnels to get through

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