Mount Aubrey LoopBeginner
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Once parked run about 100 metres back the way you drove in and just as the road starts to rise there is a wooden staircase on the left... head in there.
In about 100m (of mainly climbing) you will come out onto a playground, head over that onto the street, head down the left looking for the Te Araroa Trail sign pointing to a walkway between house to the left. Follow this down then right across the front lawn of a house to the orange triangles you can see beckoning, then follow that trail to the road again.
Follow this road and keep on it as it veers left. You will see multiple driveways at the end, but one semi-road has several signs ... ignore them and head up there and in about 100m you will reach the start of another trail - the Reotahi Walking track. Follow this along the coast. When it ends follow the road for about 500m until you see a grassy field on your right with another road above it.
Cut across the field and up onto that road and turn right. Follow that up and turn right into Reotahi Rd again. Head up Reotahi Rd until you reach the signs on the left for Tiller Park. Head in there and onto the trail up and over Mt Aubrey. Lots of steps and a pretty straightforward trail. Several of the big rock formations have unofficial side trails up and on to them.I went part way up one but it got too slippery for me and I aborted... be very careful if you do go up.
Follow the main trail right along the top of the range and down the other side. At the bottom you will reach a cross trail, turn right and follow this to your car.
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Features of interest
Some amazing shape and character coastal rock formations and some great views. And lots of steps!
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 10%
Easy Single Track: 55%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 5%
Sealed Road: 20%
Find your way to Reotahi Road right out towards Whangarei Heads. Follow Reotahi Road and it becomes Beach Road and then dead-ends. Find a spot to park down near the water.
Parking for a few vehicles.
Take a copy of my map or ask the guys to put it on RunHunters. If you study my guide and have a map on your phone you should have no problem.
Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
No fresh water
Could be a bit slippery, especially the down section after rain.
A few steep fall-offs to take care on, generally ok
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