Submitted by Lyn Stanton
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushBeachCoastalOpen farmlands
This route forms part of Te Ara Hura. Consult the Auckland Council site for up to date status of this and adjacent trails.
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Can be run in either direction
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Head south from Mudbrick on Church Bay Rd. After about 0.5km you will see tracks to right and left - ignore these for the moment, you will be here again later. At about 1.2km look for the track signposted to the left. There are toilets here. Enjoy the fast downhill run to the beach through regenerating bush and birdsong.
At Te Wharau Bay turn right and follow the coastal track as it undulates around Park Point via Matarahui Bay and onward to Cable Bay. There are a few short shoreline stretches which could be splashy if the tide is in and waves are high. After Cable Bay the trail turns inland - do not take Cable Bay Lane but look for the signs to Church Bay. Enjoy the next lovely stretch of creekside bush running.
Before Church Bay the coastal track is closed - turn right up a narrow grassy access path across private land. At the top of the hill cross the farm road at the marked gates and enjoy the final bush descent back to the road. Turn left and 0.5km takes you back to Mudbrick.
Features of interest
Lovely coastal views
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 60%
Sealed Road: 20%
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
Mudbrick vineyard, Church Bay Road, Waiheke
There is parking at the vineyard if you are eating/staying there. The road is a bit narrow for roadside parking. Or you could walk/run/bike from Oneroa.
Keep an eye out for the Te Ara Hura signs. The intersection at Church Bay is slightly confusing - you want the creekside track not the Lane.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.
No water on the route.
Could get wet feet at very high tide.
Post run indulgence
Cafes at Oneroa
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