Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Titirangi - Arataki

Huia, Auckland

Submitted by Sean McWilliams

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 7 ?

Gnarl Factor: 11 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.7%


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Estimated Times to Run







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.

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.

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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




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.

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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Bryan Stout

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Trail Reviews

Would have been there and done this many times in my AK days. Old stomping ground, must revisit if the kauri dieback lets us!

Tony Sharpe

March 21, 2020

Slip track is open (1-Dec-19)

Matt Rowbotham

December 1, 2019

Nice and easy for the majority of the run - slip track has bit of elevation. Nice to come back via Beveridge Tk.

Jon Turner

July 12, 2017

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