Titirangi - AratakiBeginner
Submitted by Sean McWilliams
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This route is part of the Further Faster Beginners Collection
Head west along Exhibition Drive and follow this road west into the forest. Stay on Exhibition Drive for approx. 3.5km. to the intersection with Huia Rd. Here on the right you will see the track entrance for Pipeline Rd. Follow this road to Pipeline Track, then follow signage and turn right onto Slip Track. This begins the ascent to the Arataki Visitors Centre and the finish of this course.
Features of interest
Plenty of native forest and native bird habitats throughout. Arataki is the gateway to the Hilary Trail and the Waitakere Range; this course skirts the lower Nihotipu Dam.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 20%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%
Gravel Road: 40%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Intersection of Scenic Drive and Exhibition Drive, Titirangi.
An easy walk (or jog) from Titirangi village, where there is off-and-on- street parking available. The 195 bus from Britomart also runs to Titirangi.
This is a very simple course to navigate, it's signposted the whole way.
Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.
None that I'm aware of until Arataki, where there are taps.
The bush can be very dry during summer, and be wary of wasps. Sections of Slip Track, in particular, can be very muddy following rain. It's a clay track with little metal cover.
Slippery steps on the ascent to Arataki can be a hazard, and be mindful of the railway line running through the bush at the top of Slip Track as it is in (limited) use. You are not permitted to run along the train line.
Post run indulgence
Arataki Visitors Centre
Scenic Drive, Oratia
A cafe on site, and a caravan next door that makes fantastic ice creams! And of course, it's right at the end of this course.
421 Titirangi Rd
Good food and drinks in a lovely spot in the middle of Titirangi village
521 Sth Titirangi Rd
Great food and coffee, and a very kid-friendly environment. Perfect for post-run brunch.
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