Last Updated: 20th Dec 2023


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Te Rau Puriri Regional Park

Helensville, Auckland

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 20th Dec 2023


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Grunt Factor: 20 ?

Gnarl Factor: 35 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Back country - remote


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


Open farmlands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.7%


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The first thing you will notice when you arrive is that the trails are all below you... so it's down on the way out (mostly) and up on the way back - yeehaa!!! To the left of the carpark is the map. You are taking the orange trail (the horse trail).

Start off following the orange and red poles heading left to do a clockwise loop. You will come onto a well formed farm road and you need to stay on that to the end. Once you pass the end you will see the poles ahead of you are just red... however to the left they are orange. This is the was we are going - the red is a boring easy farm track... the orange will warm you up!!! Eventually the orange and red tracks merge again, then about halfway up the return leg at the top of one wee climb you will see another orange only pole to the left, that's the way to go and follow it to the carpark.

Great views over the Kaipara Harbour.

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Plenty of parking and a loo

34 km

33 minutes





Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

No drinkable water.

From the end of July until about November is lambing time. The good news is that these guys don't close the trails, the bad news is that they have animals in just about every paddock and (especially early in the season like today) when the lambs are young and there are quite a few who haven't dropped their lambs yet, then you need to walk quietly around the mums and not scare them.

Animals.... if you don't handle being around farm animals then don't go on this trail, as there are paddocks full of of sheep and cattle. That said, they all seem quite comfortable with humans and unlikely to give problems.

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Andrew Shelling

has completed Te Rau Puriri Regional Park 9 times in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed this trail and the views. Ran this just after heavy rainfall. Paddocks on the second half were a little water-logged. Nothing major though. Also quite exposed. Felt that wind when it picked up.

Gordon McMath

November 20, 2022

Love this trail, although I prefer going anti-clockwise on the shorter loop, as the view out is stunning and I am a lumbering, wheezing meat-sack in need of distraction.

Simone Michaux

August 1, 2021

Great trail, a good mix of terrain, and some step slopes! Just when you think you're at the same height as you parked the car you get to dip back down on the "horse track" and loop back up :-)

Trent Vannisselroy

May 19, 2020

Great track, had me pretty buggered on the way back up the hills! Loved it.

Gary Richardson

February 22, 2020

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