Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Orum Road/Te Araroa loop

Hunua, Auckland

Submitted by Matthew Leach

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 17 ?

Gnarl Factor: 39 ?

11.1km

540m

540m

384m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe

Combo

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Riverside

Run Makeup

20%
20%
50%
10%

Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.8%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

2:20

Slow

1:40

Moderate

1:00

Fast

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.

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.

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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

4 km

6 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

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

Non-existent.

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.

Clevedon Co-op
31 Papakura-Clevedon Rd, Clevedon, Auckland 2582
Great coffee and pies! (and a lot of other fresh healthier options :-))

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Trail Reviews

Parts of the trail still closed due to logging operation.

Matt Rowbotham

January 21, 2023

Awesome trail, nice and easy to follow. Gravel hill gets a bit hot in the summer sun. The hill on the way down is a little overgrown and quite steep in parts. Overall enjoyable trail, I'll be back!

Trent Vannisselroy

February 26, 2021

A really pretty track in the Hunuas, and not so well used it seems. Only saw one other runner out there. A bit overgrown in places, but that adds to the interest. Quite a narrow track in places and so pretty running along the river with the spring wildflowers popping up. Took a wrong turn at one point but luckily I had my NZ Topo50 app to help me out 😊. At the end of the day it added to the run distance which is all good. Recommended!

Lisa Parnell

December 6, 2020

The trail description is very accurate and I had no problems following it. Enjoyed this even in the pouring rain with heaps of mud underfoot. But the Wairoa River and that part of the TA Trail is quite pretty

Sharelle Blundell

June 27, 2020

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