Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Teal Bay, Te Araroa Trail Loop

Whangarei, Northland

Submitted by David Clark

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 19 ?

Gnarl Factor: 17 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.0%


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Estimated Times to Run







Start at the row of letterboxes on the short road leading into Teal Bay (Helena Rd). Head away from the beach and immediately turn right onto Webb Rd and run 700m up the sealed road to the top of the hill between Helena Bay and Teal Bay. At the 'High Chaparral' sign, turn left onto the Te Araroa Trail, (using the Kauri Dieback cleaning facilities).

Follow the orange trail markers along the trail, climbing steeply in places. Enjoy the kauri groves and native bush. After 5.5km, you will reach the high point, and enter 1km of open farmland, passing by the end of Hay Rd and following gravel farm roads. Pass through several stiles. Keep going and re-enter the bush for some more singletrack running.

At about the 7.7km mark, you will emerge onto a farm road which heads downhill and soon leads out to the gravel Kaiikanui Rd (turn left here, still following the Te Araroa Trail). The remainder of the run is flat or downhill on gravel. Stay on Kaiikanui Rd as you head northeast, passing the turnoff on the right where Te Araroa continues (Morepork trail). Pass the turnoff to Mimiwhangata on the right (where the road name changes to Webb Rd), and the turnoff to Ngahau on the right. Run all the way down Webb Rd and back to Teal Bay.

Have a swim to cool off!

Start and finish at a lovely northland beach (Teal Bay). Enjoy views over the coast and surrounding bush.

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There is parking at Teal Bay at the reserves at either end of the beach, or just on the road verge.

42 km

43 minutes




Watch carefully for the orange Te Araroa Trail markers


Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

No water on course

Muddy in winter

Avoid cows in the farmer's fields (jump the fence if they bother you)

Helena Bay Cafe
On road to Teal Bay
Excellent coffee and food

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