Last Updated: 24th Jan 2024

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Everything but the Gun Range

Orewa, Auckland

Submitted by Will Prosor

Last Updated: 24th Jan 2024

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Grunt Factor: 9

Gnarl Factor: 20

7.8km

230m

230m

90m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Coastal

Open farmlands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

5%
5%
30%
30%
30%

Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.2%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

1:00

Slow

0:45

Moderate

0:30

Fast

Upon entering the trail through the clearly marked gate, you want to stay going straight up the stairs, only stopping on the left detour to see the waterfall if you so choose. This will be the busiest section of the trail, and expect to see many young families.

After this, you will continue through stunning native bush until the climb to the summit. After washing your shoes again, make your way directly up towards the lone tree, then diagonal to the fence gate on the summit. From there, feel free to detour to the lookout for great views, or continue down the farm road edging the army base. Follow the road down to the second dip, and cut left down the mown grass to hug the treeline.

Feel free to stop here for an ocean view on the left detour, or continue up the dirt road past the gun embankment. Grind up the hill staying to the left side on the treeline, ignoring the gravel road dropping away to the right. Continue until the marker after the second fence crossing, and drop down into the clearly marked bush entrance.

At the bottom, turn right, then run down the road on the left. Don't take the road up, but instead run past the visitor center and take the second trail on your right, near the small wooden bridge. Cross the road at the top, and traverse down towards the pest proof fence where you exit. Follow the trail up to the main road entrance, where you will enter through the pest proof fence one last time. Wash your feet once more, and then head left. Turn left at the T, and enjoy the last little downhill back to your car.

A wildlife sanctuary with a huge range of New Zealand birds. Noteworthy stops are the waterfall which is accessible on both the out and the back as a small detour. Views up at the top are worth a stop, and if run at night the Tiritiri lighthouse lights up your run from time to time.

If you are very lucky/unlucky they will be test shooting at the firing range next to the park, which can add to some additional flavor to the trail to say the least. This run is fantastic at night with a headlamp, and the bird life really comes alive. It can be shockingly loud with the nocturnal calls, and kiwi sightings are not rare. Keep an eye out for the flash of metal on their leg, the easiest way to spot them in the night.

Tons of parking directly outside the entrance point.

18 km

25 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

Generally good.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

Water only at the public bathrooms 2/3 of the way through the run.

Ridge can be very windy as it is the most easterly part of the peninsula, but only for the top kilometre at most.

Careful of others on the trail, on several occasions I have had entire groups which refuse to step aside so an occasional polite but firm 'excuse me' early in the trail may be necessary. A popular short walk with easy car access, so be aware of crowd potential during busy periods.

Trail Legend

Angela Hewlett

Angela Hewlett

has completed Everything but the Gun Range 13 times in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Awesome trail with a bit of everything! Single trail, bush, waterfall, paddock great views, beach and flowing downhill to counter the steady ups. Missed the left hand turn at Pink Beach so ended up doing an extra loop. Also didn't quite understand instructions in the last km so came back down the road from the pest proof fence then ducked back onto the yellow trail. All good though - all adds to the adventure!

Anne-Louise Robertson

February 4, 2023

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