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Challenge / Ernies Loop, Auckland

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Challenge / Ernies LoopIntermediate

Submitted by Andrew Scottt

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Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Plantation/exotic forest


4:00 (Slow)
3:00 (Moderate)
2:00 (Fast)



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Start at the Repeater Rd junction, head up gravel rd for 0.8 km, take the track on the right, continue up past Reapter Camp site.
Muddy sections through overgrown track take you along and down an undulating ridgeline for another 4km with some views of the Upper Mangatawhiri Res.
The track meets the Gravel Road at the 4km mark and follow this to the north for 1.7 kms. Turn right down the hill at the junction. then take the track on the left (Ernies) at the 7km mark. Follow single track for 6km over a big climb always trending right in a loop to the end of Lilburne Rd and follow back past the dam face and up Moumoukai Rd to the starting point. Whoa!

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Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 25%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 25%

Gravel Road: 40%

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Overlapping Runs

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

Ernie's loop

Ernie's loop

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Challenge Track

Length: 10.00km


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  • Access

    From Hinua Town, Head South 6km to Moumoukai Rd. Turn right, head onto gravel Rd, Taking the Right fork up to the top and about 4km from the the main rd there is a junction and parking at Repeater Rd.

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  • Staying Safe


    Very patchy.

    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Service building with water tank at start (end) of Lilburne Rd.

    Muddy / Wading along low sections

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