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The Hillary - Trail Run/Walk (16, 34 & 80km)


Sat 24 Feb 2018, 6:00am

Where: Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Waiatarua, Waiatarua, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: Shaun Collins

Sir Ed himself said, “In some ways, I believe I epitomise the average New Zealander: I have modest abilities, I combine these with a good deal of determination, and I rather like to succeed.”

These typically modest words were spoken by arguably the most famous New Zealander - a sporting and adventure hero, who scaled heights and reached places where no human being had gone before. Hence the pull of the Hillary Trail for so many today: we all want a challenge!

The Trail follows a variety of terrain and scenery - many claim a magical pull of the trail and keep coming back for more. Stunning views throughout the trail, rugged West coast beaches, magnificent native bush including the hundreds of year old native Kauri trees. Past large waterfalls and sand dunes, along cliff tops or through marshlands - there is something for everyone.

The 80km course follows the Hillary Trail from the Arataki Visitors Centre West of Titirangi all the way to Muriwai, via Huia, Whatipu, Karekare, Piha and Bethells. There is no denying, this is a tough challenge - mentally and physically. With 3,700m climb, the current fastest time is 8 hours 23 minutes. Many would think this seems a long time for 80km but, those that have done would agree - this is no ordinary 80km.

The 34km course follows the Hillary Trail from Piha to Muriwai and the 16km course follows the Hillary Trail from Bethells to Muriwai.

The Official Hillary Trail is four-day (approx. 75km) tramping trail through the Waitakere Ranges and along Auckland’s west coast. Named the ‘Hillary Trail’ after pre-eminent mountaineer and explorer Sir Edmund Hillary. The Hillary Trail officially opened on 11 January 2010 and connects a network of existing regional park tracks and basic backpacker campgrounds.

Our 80km event adds approximately 5km extra to the official Hillary Trail with a loop at the start, some extra distance at the end and a detour at Pararaha to avoid the beach section into Karekare as this is a scientific reserve as such no events are allowed on it.

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