Hunua Ranges - Sunday 8th July 2018


Important Event Information

The Hunua Ranges is an amazing indigenous forest and form a block of hills to the southeast of Auckland. With a wide variety of quality off-road goodness, awesome dirt and gravel trail with a couple of little stream crossings and some undulating single track trails.

All our Auckland XTERRA Series events are now CUPLESS! As trail runners and nature lovers we're keen to do our part to protect our beautiful planet and reduce the environmental impact of our events, so we have removed disposable cups from our aid stations in an effort to minimise our waste production. 

 Please remember your reusable cup, hydration pack or water bottle to fill up. 

Event Options

We've made it easy for you to gather the entire gang, irrespective of varying fitness and age levels, and head out of the city for an action-packed family outing. The Mid and Short courses are available as walks too, so one event you may get to stretch out in the long or super long while your partner takes a wee whipper snapper or two around the mid or short course.

  • Short course, 5-8km (walk or run)
  • Mid course, 10-14km (walk or run)
  • Long course, 16-20km (run only)
  • Super long course, 20km+ (run only)

MAPs & Profiles

start Times

Compulsory event briefings will be held 15 minutes before the start of each event - please be at these!

EventTime
Super long 9:00am
Long 9:00am
Mid 9:45am
Short 10:30am
 

Important Message

kauri die back prevention

A recent Auckland Council decision on increasing kauri die back protection across the region means a Controlled Area Notice is now in place in parts of the Hunua Ranges. A Controlled Area Notice means there are certain things you must do before visiting these areas. 

  • All footwear, gear and vehicles must be free from all visable soil before entering the park boundary.
  • Foot wear should then be disinfected once soil has been removed.
  • Stay on tracks and off Kauri roots. 

MPI Control Officers will be in attendance on event day to ensure our compliance.

Please be aware – failure to have clean footwear /gear / vehicles will result in you not being allowed entry to the park. This decision will be made by MPI control officers, not Total Sport staff.

For further information on what you can do to help check out the Keep Kauri Standing webiste. 

Course Information

You will be following hanging blue Total Sport tape (attached to trees, posts etc) and our standard red arrows on a white backing. Where you reach an intersection where there is a decision to be made (generally based around the event option that you are doing), this will be clearly marked telling you which way to go - please stop for a moment at these points to ensure you are going the right way, let's not have you spoil your day for not having a quick look at these points!

When you reach an intersection do not cross any tape that is laid on the ground at any time - this tape is laid out to stop you going in a particular direction. After you have passed an intersection you will again be following generic hanging yellow Total Sport tape and red arrows. These courses will be checked and rechecked on the morning of the event but it is important you keep your eyes open out there!

Short course

Distance: 6.2km

Course Elevation: 74m

Course Overview:  Shorties will start in the Upper Mangatawhiri camp site. The course is a 50-50 mix of awesome dirt trail with a couple of little stream crossings and open gravel road. Nothing in there that is too tough on the short course. The gravel is all flat and the trail has a few more ups and downs - watch out for the odd patch of mud and the tree roots that will try and trip you up. Roads and trails used: Blackberry trail, Mangatangi Hill Rd, Moumoukai Valley Rd, River trail.

Drink Stations: 2.9km . Please do not rely on these aid stations, they are there as a back-up. You should come prepared with anything you might need while out there.

Toughness Factor: 5/10

Mid course

Distance: 12.1km

Course Elevation: 199m

Course Overview: Start in the Upper Mangatawhiri camp site. The course is a 50-50 mix of awesome dirt and gravel trail with a couple of little stream crossings and open gravel road. This course will be predominantly flat for the first half, and then kicks into some more undulating stuff when you get into the single track trails. Road/ trails used: Blackberry trail, Mangatangi Hill Rd, Moumoukai Valley Rd, River trail, Farm trail, Manning Rd.

Drink Stations:2.9km, 8.3km. Please do not rely on these aid stations, they are there as a back-up. You should come prepared with anything you might need while out there.

Toughness Factor: 6/10

Long course

Distance: 17.1km

Course Elevation:  664m

Course Overview: Start in the Upper Mangatawhiri campsite. It has a number of steep climbs and some technical running through narrow tramping tracks that have a bit of mud and lots of tree roots to catch you out. It is important to stay alert and maybe sacrifice some speed for accuracy of foot placement. Be prepared for a good workout!

Road/trails used: Blackberry trail, Mangatangi Hill Rd, Moumoukai Valley Rd, River trail, Farm trail, Manning Rd, Graeme White Rd, ARA Drive, Pukapuka Track, Lilburne Rd across the Dam face.

PLEASE READ THE COURSE SAFETY SECTION IN REGARDS TO COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT AND CUT OFF TIMES.

Drink Stations: 2.9km, 6.1km, 8.2km, 14km. Please do not rely on these aid stations, they are there as a back-up. You should come prepared with anything you might need while out there.

Toughness Factor: 9/10

Super Long course

Distance: 22km

Course Elevation: 805m

Course Overview: Super starts in the Upper Mangatawhiri campsite. It has a number of steep climbs and some technical running through narrow tramping tracks that have a bit of mud and lots of tree roots to catch you out. It is important to stay alert and maybe sacrifice some speed for accuracy of foot placement. Be prepared for a good workout!

Road/trails used: Blackberry trail, Mangatangi Hill Rd, Moumoukai Valley Rd, River trail, Farm trail, Manning Rd, Graeme White Rd, ARA Drive, Pukapuka Track, Lilburne Rd across the Dam face.

PLEASE READ THE COURSE SAFETY SECTION IN REGARDS TO COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT AND CUT OFF TIMES.

Drink Stations: 2.9km, 10.1km, 12.2km, 19km. Please do not rely on these aid stations, they are there as a back-up. You should come prepared with anything you might need while out there.

Toughness Factor: 9/10

Course SAFETY

Long and Super long course

Due to the exposed nature of the Hunua Super and Long course, participants will be required to carry mandatory equipment. Specifically:

  • Waterproof and Windproof Jacket
  • Thermal Hat (Buff acceptable)
  • Gloves
  • Survival blanket
  • Thermal top (in addition to what is worn).
  • Whistle 

Event organisers will conduct spot checks on the start line and will strictly enforce the mandatory equipment rule. Non-compliance will result in disqualification or participants will be transferred to the mid/short, there will be no exceptions. This is for safety reasons due to the isolated and exposed nature of the super course.

Course Cut Off: For safety reasons there will be a 11:30am cut off at the entrance of the Pukapuka Track.

Bad Weather Contingency: In the event of variable conditions or poor weather, event organisation may choose to adjust the Super Long course. Should this occur and a map of the contingency course will be posted on the 'Event Information' board, outside registration and participants will be notified by event organisation.

General

We recommend running with a Hydration back pack loaded with 1 - 2 litres of liquid, and other nutritional nibbles. You can expect to be away from base for a decent period of time at these events, and we can't always get aid stations to the points where you may expect them to be.

While event medics will be at each event (they will be stationed at the event base, start / finish point) and participants may encounter on course marshals with first aid on them, it also pays to be safety conscious and carry items like:

  • a basic first aid kit
  • a cell phone
  • a whistle
  • additional warm clothing

Should you come across an injured participant, stop and apply first aid if you are trained. Send the next participant through to the next marshal or course crew location (or back if you had recently past one) and notify them of the participants; race number, name, location and description of incident.

If you happen to become lost or disoriented on course, stop and remain calm before retracing your steps to the last know course marking. If you still cannot find the course marking, stop and put on your additional warm clothing and blow your whistle.

It's all about personal responsibility!