Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Pukapuka Track

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 24

Gnarl Factor: 46




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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.7%


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From the Upper Mangatawhiri Carpark head south into the grass area, you’ll soon reach a cleaning station. Clean your shoes and continue straight across the bike skills area.

After a couple of hundred metres, veer right onto the road and continue straight along the road. From here there will be a couple of forks, keep left at both of these and head up the hill.

After a while you’ll reach a sign saying Pukapuka Track, pointing to the left. Follow this and head along the track. Here you’ll have lots of technical trail with lots of tree roots that can get muddy in winter.

There are plenty of orange DoC arrows to follow but please be aware the trees have fallen in some areas so you may need to pick around some of these. Eventually the track comes out onto Lilleburn Road, take a left and run down the hill back to the Carpark.

No public transport but plenty of parking for your vehicle.

15 km

20 minutes




Very patchy.

Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

There’s a campsite prior to turning onto the Pukapuka track with a water tank. Take the track to the right of Pukapuka to access this. There is no other water on the trail.

It gets muddy after plenty of rain.

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