Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Suspension Bridge Track

Hunua, Auckland

Submitted by Lydia Handsfield

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 7 ?

Gnarl Factor: 36 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.3%


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Estimated Times to Run







This run can be anywhere from 4km to 20+km depending on which loops you want to tack on to it. If you just do the Suspension Bridge Loop, it's about 4km. If you add in Wairoa Loop Track (leaves from the same parking lot), that is another 6.2km. If you peel off the Suspension Bridge Track, you can jump on the Wairao-Cossey Track and head all the way over to the Cossey-Massey Loop, which is an 8.3km loop - but I'm not sure the distance between the two loops as I did not have time to go over - maybe someone else can add this information please?

A few cheeky peeks of nice views through openings in the bush.

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There is a carpark down a little hill on the Wairoa Reservoir Access Road (off Moumoukai Road).

8 km

8 minutes




Each intersection is very well labeled, just know which trails you want to go on before you set off!


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

Did not see any drinking water.

The main loop track is well maintained, but the Wairoa Cossey Track gets really muddy in the winter/rain.
Parts of the track can be closed due to pest control at various times throughout the year, best to check the Auckland Regional Parks website. Dogs are not allowed during lambing season.

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Bethany Cantwell

Bethany Cantwell

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Trail Reviews

Done the track again (delayed review), this time with mr7 in tow. Still love this track and even more so seeing mr7 love it too. We counted the stairs along the way to hold the attention. Nice entry track for a mini mild thing.

Joyce Leevard

February 16, 2021

My first run for about 5 weeks, so something not too long. :) Lovely run, awesome views (made better by the stunning weather today).
A large amount of stairs in both directions, and when going clockwise an easy downhill gravel road finish which makes the previous undulating trail seem a distant memory. :-)
Car parking is plentiful, at least in the early spring and early-ish in the morning. Wonder how busy it gets in summer.

Gerald Masters

October 3, 2020

Lovely little track. The part on the map that goes straight up to Cossey at the top is closed so I added more onto this mission to match the distance/elevation (finished on 4.4km) within the open part of the track. I remember the raised platform with steep stairs that you can go onto (2 years ago) is no longer there either. Will be back for sure. Also don't forget to do it a second time when you do the Wairoa Suspension trail that is also listed and max your leader board points for the day!

Joyce Leevard

October 29, 2019

Track has changed somewhat due to no access to Wairoa Cosseys Track for Kauri Dieback reasons. Loop is still 4km of goodness if you start at the Otau car park.

Tony Frith

October 27, 2019

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