Last Updated: 30th Jun 2024

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Te Rau-o-te-Huia Summit

Huia, Auckland

Submitted by Robyn Lesh

Last Updated: 30th Jun 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 20 ?

Gnarl Factor: 23 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.3%


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Trail starts at the top of the parking lot. Wash station at trailhead & toilet facilities nearby. An optional side-loop to the left at the beginning of the trail.

1.5km in is a waterfall with a waterhole (great for swimming on the way back!). The track continues to up the mountain with stairs, switchbacks, small stream crossings, gravel track & boardwalk sections.

The main climb happens 1.5km-3km, after which the track flattens out through the bush before a final climb to the Te-Rau-o-te-Huia summit. 360 views of the Waitakeres, across to Manukau Heads and the ocean!

Return via the same route.

This trail includes the peak Te Rau-o-te-Huia/Mount Donald McLean.

Waterfall on the way up, lookout at the top. Trail parking is near the Huia Settlers Museum if of interest.

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There is parking on the west side of the road at the trail head or across the street at a beach access parking lot.

1 km

1 minutes





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

Streams for the first half, less towards the top.

Likely windy at the very top but all the rest great.

Huia Beach Store & Cafe
On the main road though Huia, keep an eye out & it's ~ the only thing there. If googler, 1194 Huia Road, Cornwallis, Waitakere City, Auckland
Delicious hot chips, food looked good & nice spot with an outdoor eating area. Nomz, nomz.

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Penny Oxley

Penny Oxley

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Trail Reviews

A very well groomed track, gravel all the way except where sections of board walk protect the forest from kauri die back. Lots of stairs provide a good workout for the legs and you are rewarded with stunning views at the top. I only gave it 4 stars as it lacked a bit of playfulness that you might get on a dirt track especially coming back down.

Angela Hewlett

March 21, 2022 prepared for lots and lots of stairs (over 1000!) An awesome track if you want a lot of elevation in not very much distance. Views across the harbour from Mt Donald McClean are definitely worth the effort though.

Ryan Cooke

March 14, 2021

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