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Hunua Falls - Cossey Massey Loop, Auckland

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Hunua Falls - Cossey Massey LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Nigel Owen

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Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

1:30 (Slow)
0:50 (Moderate)
0:35 (Fast)



Small diversion onto roadway between top of stairs after the swing bridge up to the damn.

The Cossey part of this track will be closed from 9 May for approx 2 months for track maintenance as per signs at the track from Auckland Council.

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From the car park cross the bridge and turn left. A few hundred meters of easy trail takes you to the loop junction. Clockwise or Anticlockwise - it doesn't matter as both are great. I like anticlockwise as it's a shorter climb - you start with a good mix of stairs and uphill single track to undulating single track to more uphill track to the highest point at 345m. A further 250m along at 330m you'll come to the Wairoa-Cossey track junction - this track has a gate and will be on your right. To continue the loop stay left. From there it's down hill time, single track down, undulating, down and down with loads of fun turns, steep bits and flat bits. Around 4.5km in, you'll come down to the top of the Cossey's reservoir, run along the water edge on sealed road to a junction where the road heads left - you head right along the water, past the giant overflow to a car park. Here there are toilets and a picnic table. Head past these and look on your left for the trail (Cossey George track) entrance. From here it's down stairs, to some fun single track undulating, about 6.5km in you hit the stairs. Enjoy the stairs. At the bottom you're almost done, some flat track takes you to a small river crossing, great on a hot day to sooth the feet, then it's uphill and back to the start of the loop. Hang a right back to the carpark.
Be mindful as there are some sections with roots and trippy bits so keep your wits about if running fast.

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Features of interest

Hunua Falls Loop Walk. 10 minutes, 800m. This is a great way to see the popular Hunua Falls from all angles and enjoy the surrounding forest. The track is clearly signposted from the Hunua Falls car park. The track climbs from the Wairoa River through beautiful lush forest, follows along a shady stream and arrives at an excellent lookout platform. Once you have soaked up the views, continue along the track as it loops through more of the forest and back to the base of Hunua Falls.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Easy Single Track: 45%

Sealed Road: 5%

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  • Access

    The track starts from the Hunua Falls car park. Hunua Falls is 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 follow this road to Hunua Falls.

    Travel by car is the best way - or you could cycle.
    Parking is at the end of Falls Road, Hunua, Auckland. There are loads of car parks.
    Security is as normal for a trail - nothing of value left in sight.
    Pedestrian access: Open 24 hours, Summer gate opening hours: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Daylight savings). Winter gate opening hours: 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Non daylight savings).

    4 km

    5 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Near the highest point is the junction to Wairoa-Cossey track - this track has a gate and will be on your right. To remain on the loop stay left and don't go through the gate.


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

    No drinking water available. Bring with you or purchase from the dairy in Hunua - about 1km up the road.

    Be mindful of heavy rain as this can cause slips and may increase the water level for the river crossing. Take care crossing the stream - if too high continue following the road all the way back to the Hunua Falls car park.

    2/5/17: Hunua Falls open - car park and short walks to falls are open. Please take care as there may be surface damage to track following the recent weather events.
    There is a detour in place for Cossey Gorge Track down the road - this allows you to still do a loop walk up Massey Track and across Wairoa dam. The track is closed from the park noticeboard. Follow the road for approximately 1.4km and you will see a small track to your left which reconnects you to the bottom end of the Cossey Gorge Track.

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