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Submitted by Glenn Nicol

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest


4:00 (Slow)
3:00 (Moderate)
2:00 (Fast)



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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.

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

Make Up of Run

Gravel Road: 100%

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  • Access

    Gate at northern end of Forestry Road

    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



  • Staying Safe


    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.

  • Post run indulgence

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

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