Last Updated: 18th Nov 2023


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Riverhead, Auckland

Submitted by Glenn Nicol

Last Updated: 18th Nov 2023


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I've done it Done


Grunt Factor: 21 ?

Gnarl Factor: 4 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Average Uphill Gradient: +3.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -4.4%


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An easy, pleasant run in Riverhead Forest on forestry roads so nothing technical. From start gate follow Long Bush Road for 1km then left up Link Rd then right following Barlow Road until it connects with Long Bush Road around 5km. Follow Long Bush Road (the main road, fairly obvious) until it reaches the intersection with Rahanui Road. Turn right and head north following Rahanui Road to the northern end of the forest, terminating at Bald Hill Road, where there is another entrance gate. Good views north here. Head back south following the same track until the Barlow Road/Long Bush Road intersection. Option to return on same track or take Long Bush Road which returns to the start. To get to 29km turn around at Link Road at the 25km mark and repeat the Long Bush Road climb (1.5km) then back to start.

Some nice views to the south east around the 4km mark. Nice farmland views at the northern end of the forest.

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Plenty of parking on gravel road outside gate at northern end of Forestry Road. Can be busy on weekends as numerous groups use the forest for various activities but should always find a park. Public transport on surrounding roads but nothing direct to start.

27 km

24 minutes




Generally follows the main road which is obvious as being the widest road. If in doubt follow Long Bush Road. Generally well sign posted.

Generally good.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Not aware of any options for water.

Can be very dry during summer months, and muddy/slippery during winter and after rain, although the forestry roads are generally fine all year round. Exposed in parts but can easily shelter in the pine trees if needed.

Large trees so avoid in high winds.

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1171 Coatesville-iverhead Highway
Great beers, great food, great atmosphere.

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Trail Reviews

Great one for a long run. The road is slanted all the way, which made my ankles complain at the end, but overall not technical.

Jaco Scherman

July 11, 2020

First run out in Riverhead and can see exactly why people keep coming back for more! The run flew by and I didn't want it to be over. You don't realize how much you have been running downhill until the turn around point, a bit slower pace on the return than expected until back at the top again. Looking forward to trying more and more out here soon.

Will Prosor

June 5, 2020

Great place to get some kms in and not busy. Rolling hills. Uncomplicated but watch out for signs, we missed a couple and ended up with a much longer run. Gravel gravel gravel.

Ruth Bell

January 19, 2020

Fantastic all weather course, with plenty of opportunities to increase your distance via other forestry roads.

Matt Rowbotham

August 21, 2019

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