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Riverhead Gates Challenge, Auckland

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Riverhead Gates ChallengeIntermediate

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest


10:00 (Slow)
8:00 (Moderate)
6:00 (Fast)



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This is a run with a difference! While a route and gpx file are provided there are multiple ways you can attack this challenge. The goal is simple - visit each and every gate within the forest boundaries - there are 17 of them. Where you start, what order you do them in, and how you get between them is entirely down to you. Good luck!

NOTE: we suggest you take a gps map app with you as there are so many trails it is easy to get lost. There is no water on course, so take your entire supply with you. Also plenty of food. 

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Features of interest

There are many trails intertwining throughout this pine forest. Ideal for bikes, both pedal and motor, runners, walkers and horses and dogs. So the trails can be very busy at times. Some good climbs, and is notoriouosly muddy during winter - so go then you have more fun.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 50%

Gravel Road: 50%

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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



Length: 29.20km


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  • Access

    Suggested start is at the Barlow Road entrance to Riverhead Forest off Ararimu Valley Road.

    Plenty of room to park at the entrance way. If this carpark is full, there are a few entrances to the forest nearby you could park and walk back to the start of Barlow Road.

    36 km

    34 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Take a map app with you such as maps.me or trailforks

    Very patchy.

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

    No water on course.

    Extremely muddy on trails during the winter months. Summer there is little to no water in streams.

  • Post run indulgence

    Boric Food Market
    Coatsville Riverhead Highway on the corner

    Hallertau Brewery

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