Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Burrill Blast

Great Barrier Island, Auckland

Submitted by Ian Gilmour

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 28 ?

Gnarl Factor: 42 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest


Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.2%


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The track is well cut, not overgrown at all, and very easy to follow. It is fairly hilly, but nothing close to a 8-9 hour walk (as DoC sign says). Spot the wild pigs and odd stray cat along the way. Some views along the way but unfortunately no final view down to Needles Point unless you want to bush bash past the Tataweka summit where the track finishes.

This trail includes the peak Tataweka.

Great trail. Old locked up hut and DOC trailer.

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A few parks across the road from trailhead - which you'll undoubtedly have to yourself

12 km

20 minutes




Follow the wide track, and don't go into the dense bush lining the trail. Pretty easy really.

Very patchy.

Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries

Best to bring your own water. There is a locked hut which has a tank but unsure if this is usable.

Would be fairly slippery in the wet

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Trail Reviews

Lots of up and downs on this trail up the north of Great Barrier. While there are a few glimpses of some nice views, you don't really get the expansive views which one might be expecting at the end of the trail at the trig. Still, it's a pleasant run through some nice bush on a decent track in an otherwise inaccessible area of Great Barrier.

Ian Gilmour

March 8, 2020

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