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Submitted by Jon Peter Hart
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The Nature Trail lower loop is closed until further notice. You can do the upper loop, then cut across and do the plant ID loop then back down. Total distance is 5k.
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Begin at the bottom of Exhibition Drive at the Huia Road end. From here head up Exhibition drive to the right (there is a closed gate straight ahead which leads to the Pipeline track). After 500 meters uphill you will come to a small carpark with an option to either head right through a closed gate along Exhibition Drive or straight onto the Beveridge Track. Take this track and follow it all the way to Arataki visitors centre (approximately 2km). Head towards the centre and when you reach it turn right towards the Arataki Nature trail (not the Hillary Trail.) This trail goes through a tunnel under Scenic Drive and then re-enters Native Bush. Once here you want to follow the 'Upper Loop'. Approximately 500 meters along the Upper Loop turn left onto the 'Lower Loop'. This will take you on a loop back around the Nature Trail and back to Arataki. Once here head back the way you came to enjoy some sweet downhills through stunning bush all the way to the end.
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Features of interest
Native bush, beautiful views out towards the West coast as well as towards the city. Lots of signage about Native plant species and the history of the area along the route. A great way to experience the Waitakeres without running on any council/Rahui closed tracks
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 85%
Gravel Road: 13%
Sealed Road: 2%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Park at the start of Exhibition Drive (Huia Rd end)
Plenty of parking around the start of Exhibition Drive. If busy you can drive up Exhibition Drive to the carpark at the top (you will then need to run down to the start to complete the route). Some bus services are available along Huia Road.
All tracks are well signposted.
Water available at Arataki Visitor Centre
Some cyclists use the Beveridge track so be careful on the uphills
Post run indulgence
Good range of food with all dietary requirements catered for.
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