Last Updated: 3rd Jul 2024


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Wairoa Suspension Loop

Hunua, Auckland

Submitted by Gareth Davies

Last Updated: 3rd Jul 2024


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Grunt Factor: 13 ?

Gnarl Factor: 21 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.1%


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This is an easy to get to and enjoyable track, easy to follow with only a few junctions which are well marked. Run it either direction or double/ triple it up.. Not a terribly exciting track but it's a good training run that's close to Papakura and relatively safe. Also there is a toilet at the bottom of the dam, go down the road when you get out of Wairoa loop before you head up the road to the top of the dam.

Run over the Wairoa Dam, View of Upper Mangatawhiri Reservoir

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Plenty of parking

8 km

8 minutes





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

No drinkable water

Pretty good year round

Current (Dec 2018) washout on Wairoa loop, still open and crossable but take extra care

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Rachael Tobeck

Rachael Tobeck

has completed Wairoa Suspension Loop 5 times in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Elevation, bush, well sign-posted, beautiful views. What more could I ask for. Except for poor phone reception and ended up running it in reverse. Lovely run out back in NZ after 2 months in UK

Jon Culley

April 10, 2022

Love me some single track, especially if it is under canopy! This trail is awesome, coupled with some fantastic views of the reservoir and dam. The track is very well maintained.

Kirsten Fryer

April 2, 2022

Gorgeous track, well maintained, and stunning view from the bench seat 400m prior to the Lookout turnoff - when running the loop anticlockwise.

Brendon Pascoe

January 12, 2020

Completed it again with a 2.5 year old on my back. The council/doc has put more time into this track fixing one of the slips that were there but also adding in more stairs. Unfortunately, the stairs on the fast 1Km down hill section that was so joyful to run before so whilst it's still a great accessible track the massively enjoyable part I used to fly down is now a bit slower as I have to navigate the stairs.

Gareth Davies

January 6, 2020

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