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Karamatura Half , Auckland

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Karamatura Half Intermediate

Submitted by Dan Boulton

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Trail Information







Urban fringe


Very hilly

Native bush
Open ridges/tops


4:20 (Slow)
3:20 (Moderate)
2:20 (Fast)



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This is great half marathon option if you want to build your trail running distance. Quite technical and a little muddy in winter, however these are some of the better tracks in the Waitakeres.

Head out of the carpark and straight up Karamatura track to the junction, about 3km with 500m of climb, steep in parts. Turn right at the junction onto Huia Ridge Track, you only stay on this for about 300m before turning left onto Walker Ridge Tk. You stay on Walker Ridge Tk for 3.6km, before turning left on Gibbons Tk which takes gradually down to Whatipu after 4.2km. Follow around the campsite and before you hit the car park turn right and take the Omanawanui Tk up the cones you can see on your right.

You stay on Omanawanui Tk for 3.2km, ascending the two cones before crossing over the gravel road and onto Puriri Ridge Tk. Follow Puriri Ridge Tk for 2km before turning left onto MCDonald Maclean Tk. Stay on this all the way up the Karamatura Junction ( 1.7km) before descending down Karamatura Tk back to the car park.

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Features of interest

Great native bush, bird life and sea and harbour views.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 45%

Easy Single Track: 25%

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  • Access

    Drive to Huia, about 35-40min from AKL. Drive through Huia and turn left after the one way bridge. After about 800m, turn right after a bridge and head up a gravel driveway to the car park of the Karamatura trails. Start of Section 2 of the Hillary

    Lots of parking. Toilets back across the main road or in Huia next to the beach. You can swim just off the car park, good to get the mud off at the end of a run.

    1 km

    2 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Water at Whatipu Campsite, I drink from it and have never had an issue. They recommend boiling.

    Muddy under foot in winter.

  • Post run indulgence

    Huia Cafe
    Great food and coffee. 5min from the end.

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