Last Updated: 8th Jul 2024

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The Wenderholm Wonder

Orewa, Auckland

Submitted by Tracy Southern

Last Updated: 8th Jul 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 11 ?

Gnarl Factor: 57 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest



Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -14.2%


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There are a few different routes to take, but all are well signed and colour coordinated, I run on my own up there, never have I had an issue with getting lost, it is very clear and easy to follow, you do run very close to the cliff edge but again it is all clearly marked out.

Bird life is awesome, lots of history, amazing views and scenery

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Lots of parking at the located car park. Never had a problem with safety, there seems to be people working around the area keeping a good eye out

44 km

41 minutes




If I can find my way around anyone can!!! The signs are beautifully clear, everything up there is well maintained


Waterproof leggings, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

There are water fountains around the area

Could become very muddy in places and slippy on the steps and boardwalks after down pours

You do have to take care, its very distracting because its so beautiful, but you have to stay focused lots of tree routes out to get you, some low lying branches that could cause a bit of damage, lots of steps and board walks that could become slippy, some tough down hills but there are some bloody good down hills to that are great fun, I did also appreciate that I had my good trail shoes on, so I wouldn't advise road shoes

Puohi Pub
5 Saleyards Rd Puohi Village
Beer of course! :)

Workshop Cafe
7 Furnace Place Silverdale
Beautiful Coffee and wonderful food, the cafe is a container cafe so very different than you normal cafe, and the people that own it are wonderful

Kiwi Cafe
5 Agency Lane Silverdale
The "BEST" home made pies around!

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Debbie Skilton

Debbie Skilton

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Trail Reviews

Due to major treefall it looks like Auckland Council is currently rerouting the start of the track linking to the Perimeter Track. You may find yourself accidentally picking through a half finished section. Post the 2023 storms, the first major downhill is also not very runnable. It's currently very muddy and slippery. Depending on whether you prefer to slip and slide up or down will dictate whether you run this in reverse to the gpx file (although the gpx is really not needed). Either way, wear your grippiest shoes!! Bonus of going in reverse is having the legs to do the fantastic runnable bits - I will try to remember that next time! The Auckland Council sign at the top of the first hill advising that the next section of the track is more of a tramping track is not wrong!!

Kirsten Fryer

June 5, 2023

Nice little trail network close to Auckland. Ran in late July 2019 - mostly groomed trails with boardwalks and gravel, so mud really wasn't an issue in the winter. Lengthen it out by linking a few tracks and doing a few loops.

Zane Adams

August 7, 2019

Loved this place. Just beautiful. Gate doesnt open until 6am so be too early or you will be left waiting like me (you can car before gate so its not really an issue). I managed to extend my run to over 8km by going around the campground. Definitely would do the loop again if wanted more time on feet. Lots of stairs and quite rooty so I didnt get much actual running done, but still enjoyable!

Melissa Franklin

January 2, 2019

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