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Hobson Hoedown , Auckland

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Hobson Hoedown Beginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Natalie Gallant

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Great Barrier Island

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

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



Really well maintained track. Foot cleaning for Kauri in back in force.

See DoC brochure here

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Well maintained and well marked DOC trail - hard to wander off the trail! Follow Hot springs track onto Peach Tree Track, onward to Mount Heale Hut and upward to top of Mount Hobson. LOTS of steps to the summit from about 1km after Mount Heale Hut. Return the way you came.

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Features of interest

Part of the 25Km Aotea Track loop. Hot springs (I stuck my feet in for a rest on the way back!) A few old Kauri logging relics. Beautiful view from Mt Heale Hut

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 80%

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  • Access

    Start at the Kaitoke Hot Springs track on Whangaparapara road (~8km from Claris). The track then follows a well marked DOC trail.

    Parking at trailhead is free. Space for maybe 8 cars. No public transport. Can pay for car transfers but these are very expensive - $80 from Medlands campground to start of the trail... Maybe best to just thumb a lift!

    16 km

    26 minutes



  • Staying Safe



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

    Water Available at the Doc Hut Mount Heale - may need to boil or take water purification tablets

    Boardwalks over wet areas so even with a lot of rain this track could still be manageable. Maybe slippy in exposed areas about 2km from Mount Heale Hut

    1 x Stream crossing - may swell after rainfall

  • Post run indulgence

    My Fat Puku
    Hector Sanderson Road, Claris
    Great Coffee and cake!

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