Auckland Council   AC Parks  Phone 301 0101

The Hunua Ranges covers approximately 16,000 hectares and contains the largest block of native forest in the Auckland Region. Get your free network pass to ride on the Hunua trails.

Terrain and Trails

The start of the trail is a wide vehicle track, an old metalled road. There is basically only one loop track that runs down to Lower Mangatawhiri and back, total distance 6.9kms. There are toilets etc at the Lower Mangatawhiri campgrounds (the halfway area).

Access and Parking

Access to the Hunua horse riding trail is a bit of a pain. Because the loading area is inside a Watercare services gate, you need to phone the ranger before you want to ride to check the combination number for the gate (Watercare change it periodically and without notice. There is no cellphone coverage at the gate, so double check with the call centre before you set off! ).

There is a reasonable sized parking area, which is level and allows for horse trucks or floats to turnaround without having to reverse. There are no other facilities at the parking area.

Map and Directions

How to Get there:

  • Access is off Hunua Road, about 8km south of Hunua Village.
  • Turn left into Moumoukai Road - this road is sealed for the first 2 km then becomes a narrow winding dirt road, steep up hill then even steeper downhill into the heart of the Hunua Ranges. Be very careful driving along here as there is other traffic and trucks using this road.
  • At the bottom of the hill there is a road off to your right, Mangatangi Hill Road. This is a private Watercare Road and ARC will provide a combination number to horseriders to get access along this road (this road is flat so if you have made it to the bottom of the hill you will be fine from there on.)
  • The off loading zone is off of Mangatangi Hill Road, to the right onto Manning Road.