Last Updated: 10th Oct 2023


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Running in the Eaves

Orewa, Auckland

Submitted by Melissa Franklin

Last Updated: 10th Oct 2023


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Grunt Factor: 5 ?

Gnarl Factor: 27 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run


Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.0%


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Starting at the entrance to the reserve following the track always taking the straight through option. Once you move off the groomed trails and meet the more technical (mainly tree roots) and muddier section you'll generally take right hand option. The track, even if divides two ways all ends up in the same place following the creek. Near the end of the track you will cross the creek via a bridge, once over the bridge go right and continue to follow the creek until you cross it again and head up the hill. Continue to climb the hill to the top and once on the road, go right and run for about 200m to get the view of Orewa beach. Turn around and head back the way you came but this time as you head down the hill you will see a track going off to the left. This route back to the creek may be a bit over grown and slippery, but eventually you will get back to the creek and see the first bridge you crossed. Don't cross the bridge but instead go left here to return the way you came and back to your car.

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Parking available on side of the road next to the reserve. Alternatively you can park at the beach carpark and run up.

1 km

2 minutes




Generally good.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map


Track gets quite muddy and slippery after rain

The end section of the track is used by mountain bikers - keep eyes and ears open!

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DJ Gillming

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Trail Reviews

Trail is closed at the Old North Road entrance due to Kauri dieback, but is accessible from Hillcrest Rd. The first 500m or so down from Hillcrest Road was on wet clay and was really, really slippery. I was having to hold onto some Manuka as I made my way down to avoid ending up on my backside. Parts of the trail are also pretty overgrown but passable. You can still get approx. 1.5km down from Hillcrest Rd before you reach the other side of the trail closure, and exit onto Eaves Bush Parade to extend your run. I'd suggest leaving this trail on your wish-list until it gets drier and/or the Old North Rd end of the trail reopens.

Matt Rowbotham

August 10, 2019

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