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Titirangi - Arataki, Auckland

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Titirangi - AratakiBeginner

Submitted by Sean McWilliams

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Urban fringe

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


1:00 (Slow)
0:45 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



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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.

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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%

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  • Access

    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.

    14 km

    18 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    This is a very simple course to navigate, it's signposted the whole way.

    Perfect throughout.

    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

    Stripe Cafe
    521 Sth Titirangi Rd
    Great food and coffee, and a very kid-friendly environment. Perfect for post-run brunch.

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