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Riverhead Rambling, Auckland

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Plantation/exotic forest


1:00 (Slow)
0:40 (Moderate)
0:25 (Fast)



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An anti-clockwise loop up Barlow Road, left at Barlow Anzac Link, up Stoker, out and further up Barlow road, drop into Baconator, NW along the gravel road to Joes Bridge the along Barlow Road to Joes Bridge.

This is a simple loop there are many other options in the forest.

Note: Stoker trail has moved slightly, presumably due to logging, but there is one that goes close by and links you back up to Barlow.

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Features of interest

The floating bridge, not on this route, but tucked away in Riverhead is quite neat.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 80%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

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  • Access

    Barlow Rd off Ararimu Valley Road. Plenty of parking in open area before forest gate.

    There are plenty of trails in the forest, used by MTB and horses so be aware of the other users, I run and MTB there without issue, both with the dog. It might pay to check whether the motocross folk have an event on before you go - it will be busy & noisy if they do!

    35 km

    33 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Trail Forks the MTB app has a whole bunch of the trails, as does Strava, Trail Forks runs without cell reception and is quite good to navigate through the varying trails.


    Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Few forest water dumps for the dog, carry your own.

    Famous for mud and slip in winter


  • Post run indulgence

    Good beer and food.

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