Trails: Falls Road car park – Upper Kauri Track – Cascade Track – Robinson Ridge Track – Fence Line Track – Ridge Road Track – R.G.B Track or RGB Track – Chateau Mosquito Track – Hettig Track – return back on Chateau Mosquito Track – Sisam Track – Smyth Ridge Track – Smyth Corner – Upper Kauri Track – car park.
Caution: Experienced tramper only!
NB: Auckland Council had made a mistake (from June) on their website showng that Robinson Ridge Track, R.G.B Track, Chateau Mosquito Track and more closed tracks were reopened from 1th July 2015. Today (6th July 2015) they changed this mistake and put red “Track closed until further notice” status back on all those tracks.
Car Park: Yes. Very end of Falls Road. It’s about 35 km 40 minutes drive from Auckland city centre.
Public Toilet: Yes
Weather: Check Weather before you go!
For better map display, click the buttons (Full Screen, Hide/Show Photos and Back to Center) in the top right corner of the map to study the tracks we took or any other tracks. For more information about these hiking tracks you may go to Waitakere Ranges.
Total climbing: 1133 m
Total Time: 04:32:11
Total flat distance: 15.6 km, Climbing distance: 6.7 km, Descent distance: 6.8 km, Flat distance: 2.4 km, Maximum difference: 303 m, Final balance: 0 m
Difficulty Rating: 3.03 M dry tracks – 3.33 M+ wet tracks
The “Total Time” is my time in July which includes morning tea and lunch time. That day was drizzly and cloudy. Tracks were quite slippery and muddy due to a heavy rain in the morning. If you slow down to average 3km/h plus 60 min stop then the total time will be around 6:20 hrs.
Photos on the map. Click opened photo to close.