Orum Road/Te Araroa loopBeginner - Intermediate
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Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestRiverside
Beginner - Intermediate
From the car park, head down the road for approximately a hundred meters and turn right onto the Te Araroa trail. There are a number of stairs which are heavily eroded and take you down between two small stream waterfalls. Once at the bottom, cross the stream and head up into the native bush to the right and follow the trail (can be a little hard to follow through the thick bush, but is marked by orange tags).
There are a few small stream crossings as you run along the Wairoa river (on your left) of which some have some logs laid to cross. The trail begins to climb away from the river and zigzags up until a little over 1.5km from the start. From here, turn sharp right leaving the Te Araroa and continue heading uphill through the pine forests. The wide trail climbs uphill with a few undulations and can be very slippery after rain with mud under the pine needles. At approximately 2.7km the wide trail narrows and winds its way through thicker bush (marked with spray paint on trees and some tags) before you come out onto Orum Road.
Turn left and follow the road for another 2km keeping left. At approximately the 5km mark turn left back into the pine forest onto another wide trail and follow downhill - a lot of fallen pine trees cross over the trail along here. The track splits off at around the 6km mark, but keep right and continue down steeper downhill sections with some zigzags. The wide track comes out of the pine forest and meets the river and Te Araroa trail once again. Turn left onto the single trail and follow back along with the river to your right.
At around the 9km mark the trail starts climbing back up and away from the Wairoa river for about 500m to the point at which you first headed into the pine forest. Keep right and head downhill to the river and follow the trail you first came up. Keep to the left of the Wairoa river and follow the single track, over the stream crossings and back through the native bush until you get to the stairs which take you back out of the trail and onto the Cossey Access road. Turn left and head back up to the car park.
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Features of interest
The start and finish of the track runs along the Wairoa river through beautiful lush native forest and is part of the Te Araroa trail. Once leaving the trail, the loop climbs up through thick pine forests and up onto the Orum road (gravel). Before turning back into the pine forest, soak up the views down through the valley from the road. Head back down through the pine forests until you come across the Wairoa and enjoy the beautiful riverside trail linking back onto the starting trail.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 50%
Easy Single Track: 20%
Gravel Road: 20%
The track starts from the Cossey Access road car park near the Hunau Falls approximately 60km from Auckland city.
From Auckland City: Get on State Highway 1 from Hobson St, Follow State Highway 1 to the Papakura Exit (Beach Rd in Pahurehure, Papakura exit 458), turn left into Beach Road, which turns into Settlement Rd, take a right into Hunua Rd, then a left into White Road, then right into Falls Road and left onto Cossey Access Rd. The car park is on the left just before the barrier 1km up the road.
Travel by car (or cycle)
Parking is 1km up the Cossey Access Road on the left just before the barrier
Security is as normal for a trail - nothing of value left in sight.
Pedestrian and vehicle access: Open 24 hours
Approximately 1.5km from the start, keep right and head off the Te Araroa trail.
Keep a look out on Orum road for the turn back into the pine forest - its approximately 5km into the run but is quite a wide clearing on the left.
At around the 6km mark the wide track through the pine forest splits off, make sure you keep right
Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
No drinking water, ensure you bring in with you
Very muddy and slippery after rain
There are several slips and fallen trees along the track from weather events over the last year, so take care.
Post run indulgence
31 Papakura-Clevedon Rd, Clevedon, Auckland 2582
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