Last Updated: 22nd Sep 2023


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Hunua Magic

Hunua, Auckland

Submitted by Andrew Scott

Last Updated: 22nd Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 44 ?

Gnarl Factor: 59 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.5%


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Estimated Times to Run

Not suitable






Run from carpark up gravel rd for just over 4.5km, Take Rata Ridge Track on your right. 
Follow up the hill over technical track, lots of tree roots, for about 1.5 km where it starts to descend again. 
At 8 km mark, cross a stream and up a steep climb for about 2 km, where you can continue to follow the ridge up through some great single track, be aware some big fallen trees over the track.

11.5 km mark is a turn off, this is the way back down the Upper Mangatawhiri Track, but if you want to continue the 600m to the top, its well worth the view! 
Note there is another turn off along here; Don't go Right down the Mangatangi Ridge track, continue Left to top Trig. 
Return same way to Upper Mangatawhiri Track (600m down from top) and follow magic undulating single track for 4.5km where it will meet Ernies Track, turn left here and follow back down the Piggots Camp, Water is available here.
Return To carpark via remaining 5km of grassy gravel road.

Upper Mangatawhiri Reservoir and Dam face. Native Bush, Native birds, 360 Views from Hunua Highest Point.

Parking and Public Toilets

13 km

19 minutes




Maybe 5 or 6 places with Trees fallen on the trail, mainly stick to the ridge and you don't need to go too far from the trail, like a few meters either side.

Very patchy.

Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

There is a hut 20m past the top trig point with Tank water and shelter

All sheltered bush, if you are used to muddy Hunua trails this may be more pleasantly dry.
A few stream crossings may get wet feet after rain.

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Trail Reviews

Hard as hell, beautiful native bush, streams to drink out of, the best of rooty trail running.
As I get stronger I look forward to piecing together more running in on the Mangatangi Ridge. The trick is keeping enough in the tank to have a really great blast on the way back down the Upper Mangatawhiri Ridge.

Dave Crofts

November 12, 2021

Definitely a challenge!
Don’t recommend after 2 weeks of rain & on a wet day (unless you enjoy spending most of time on your bum).
Beautiful bush & a good view from the top of Ernie’s.
Very technical & more of a hike than a run - or a slip & slide in the wet.

Lotte Parson

November 1, 2021

This is certainly not a running route. Unless you have goat like abilities the only real running opportunities are the gravel road up and back down. The rest of the track/route is very technical exposed roots and vines to try and catch you out at any time.It's great for a hiking, strength building outing if that's what you are after. It is continuously up and down in the bush without any views, good mental training .Personally this track is not a favourite of mine and wouldn't do it again. I prefer more views . But check it out if you want a test.

Jacqui Milton

June 14, 2020

Love this loop. Some seriously challenging climbs, and technical terrain that are hard to find in Auckland. Make sure to visit the trig and lookout at the top. Take plenty of water and fuel, you wont be done as fast as you plan to. Gravel road on the route up and back from the trailhead is a bit boring, but easily makes up for this

Brad Harris

March 3, 2020

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