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Only One Hill! Karekare Half Marathon, Auckland

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Only One Hill! Karekare Half MarathonBeginner

Submitted by Mark Craig

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Front country - easily accessible


Totally/mostly flat

Native bush


4:00 (Slow)
3:00 (Moderate)
2:00 (Fast)



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Starting at the Karekare car park, head straight out to the beach - at the waterline turn left and get ready for 10km of sand all the way to Whatipu. If you start at the right time you will be treated to the most spectacular sunrise.

Once at Whatipu, go left at the camp to the well signposted Gibbons track - this is the one hill! It is about 4km long, at the top you'll be directed onto Muir track which drops into the Pararaha Valley.

The track then takes you out to Karekare beach again - follow the Hillary Trail markers heading right to Tunnel Point, this track will take you back to the car park.

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Features of interest

Kauri logging remains at Tunnel point. Whatipu Scientific Reserve.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 50%

Easy Single Track: 50%

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  • Access

    Karekare Beach Carpark.

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  • Staying Safe



    Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Water at Karekare, Whatipu, Pararaha Valley, Tunnel Point. All rain or river water.

    It can get very wild on the beach with the wind and it can be extremely hot in summer.

  • Post run indulgence

    Piha Bowling Club
    Piha Domain
    Cheap Beer, best chips in Piha - only a 10 minute drive from the finish point.

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