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Tramline Trail

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A short trail along an old (but still functional) tramline.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

86%

Runnable

680' 207 m

High

538' 164 m

Low

143' 44 m

Up

198' 60 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Views · Waterfall

Kauri trees grow along these trails. Please use the gear cleaning stations at the start and end of your run to prevent the spread of Kauri dieback.

This tramway is still in use for servicing the dam and pipeline. Be aware of your surroundings and ready to step off the track.

Runner Notes

The wooden beams of the tramway can be a bit slick if wet so use caution. Otherwise, a pretty flat trail with only a handful of steps to navigate on the south end.

Description

This literally named trail follows a tramline that was formerly used in the early 1900s to build the Waitakere Dam and now is used to service and maintain the dam and pipeline. From the Waitakere Dam Access Road, descend a concrete stairway to the tramline. The trail to the left is blocked due to unstable cliffs - continue to the right.

From here, the track follows the tramline and pipeline from the base of the Waitakere Dam along a ledge carved into the hillside. Runners will be treated to views of the Waitakere Valley and Waitakere Falls below the dam. This track offers the best view of the falls about a quarter mile in.

Runners will then continue through a small, rough-hewn tunnel that feels more like a goblin passageway than a tram tunnel. Be careful of your footing in the tunnel on the moist boards of the tramline.

Popping out the other side of the tunnel, you'll have traded the expansive valley views for a tunnel of trees. Apart from a small grass clearing with a shelter in the style of a small tram station (oddly placed about halfway in the track), the rest of the track is wooded. The pedestrian portion of the tramway ends at the West Tunnel Mouth Track before the longer tramway tunnel.

Flora & Fauna

Lowland podocarp and broadleaf forest.

Contacts

Land Manager: Auckland City Council

Shared By:

Kristen McGlynn

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