Last Updated: 1st Jul 2024

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Totara Park Track

Manukau, Auckland

Submitted by Orla Seymour

Last Updated: 1st Jul 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 12 ?

Gnarl Factor: 23 ?

10.0km

260m

260m

120m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Combo

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup

20%
40%
40%

Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -4.9%

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Estimated Times to Run

1:45

Slow

1:15

Moderate

0:50

Fast

From the carpark, head down the gravel hill for 100 metres, then slip into the bush on the right. Follow Puhinui Stream Forest Trail, you will then come back on to the gravel road where you began, approx 1.5k. Head right, up the incline, then left before the playground back into the bush and back on to Puhinui Stream Forest Trail. Turn right over the bridge, and up, then keep to the right at the top. Back onto gravel, stay to the right. You go through a field, then turn left onto Bridal Path. I then like to do a little out-and-back up to the highest point up to the left behind the houses on Goodwood Drive. Then follow Bridal Path down to the left and you will start on the mountain bike tracks. Follow the 'long' or 'intermediate' track the whole way around in a loop, to bring you back on to Bridal Path, then up the gravel road back to the carpark

A nice mixture of single mountain-bike tracks, native bush tracks, and gravel roads

Public toilets located at the start (https://maps.app.goo.gl/iytHnDqRWihqvqym6) and at the top of the park (https://maps.app.goo.gl/DACydCzm8GFNj2Uo7).

There is a very large carpark here. Relatively secure, but best not to leave your valuables in the car. Public transport is definitely an option too. Many buses passing by.

6 km

10 minutes

Yes

No

Moderate.

All the mountain bike tracks eventually come back to the same place. None of them are exceptionally long

Perfect throughout.

Lightweight fleece top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Take your own.

Mountain bike tracks get quite slippy in steeper areas after rain, and may be prone to slips.

Cafe Melba
Manukau
http://www.melba.nz/
Great brunch, great coffee

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Jon Culley

Jon Culley

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Trail Reviews

I've been running this trail quite regulalrly over the last year couple of years and over the last month (June 2024) the MTB club has done a heap of work on the Pony Express trail which has made it into compressed gravel trail from what used to be a tricky single track. I understand why these works happen, however, it really does take some of the fun out of the run so my latest review sees a drop from 5 stars to 4 stars.

Jon Culley

Monday at 1:50pm

It's been 15 years since I was on some of these trails (on a bike) so great to explore again. The GPX file got confused just prior to descending down towards the Pony Express however and I ended up running blind down there which meant by the time I finished I lost 1.5km. I'll create my own GPX based on this one and try again.

Bruce Nixon

January 9, 2024

Great trail introduction for a new trail runner. Puhinui stream forest trail is an added bonus. Good mix of terrain and stairs makes it more interesting and a nice way to get used to elevation for new runners.

Sandeep Nannepaga

June 3, 2023

Lovely trail with a bit of everything on my doorstep! First time I’ve run a lot of those sections. Really good fun, won’t make any wrong turns next time out! Lots of cows in the MTB section so had to slow down for some parts.

Jon Culley

January 11, 2022

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