Best places to run in Auckland

1.    Okura Bush North Shore               Approx. 8km

 

IMG_1666.JPG

 

 You begin this run at the end of Haigh Access Road on the North Shore. It is about a half an hour drive from Auckland City.  Okura is a scenic run that is mostly on smooth trail and boardwal. It is an out and back run and is roughly 8km there and back. You begin with a steep climb but once you are over the first big hill it is undulating most of the way out to the beach. The turn around point is at Karepiro Bay, which is so remote and so scerene. Has to be my favourite run in Auckland!

 

2.    Bethells Beach - Te Henga walkway                   Approx. 10km

IMG_0255.JPG

 

I usually begin this run at the Te Henga car park. This run can either be an out and back run OR if you have a friend to pick you up you can run all the way to Muriwai (about 10km one way). There are some steep climbs in this trail, parts of it I definitely have to walk! But it is an amazing view from the top of the cliffs looking out to the West Coast .  I usually go out here and do a few loops around the trails.

 

3.    Takapuna to Devonport     Approx. 15km

This is my long run loop (about 15km) I do on the North Shore! I start in Takapuna and head up through Lake Road all the way into Devonport. Once I hit Mount Victoria I go around the mountain (challenge yourself to go up if you’d like!) and then head towards the water front. I run down King Edward Parade then up Vauxhall Road toward Chaltenham Beach. I follow the coast up to Seacliff Avenue then turn left past Takapuna Grammer and right back onto Lake Road. Follow Lake Road back to Takapuna. This is a nice road run and good training run for those running the Auckland Marathon or Half!

 

4.    City Loop         Approx 12km

IMG_8687.JPG

 

This loop is a good loop if you live in the city and pushed for time to travel. It is approximately 12-13km and has a few good climbs involved. Start in Herne Bay at Point Erin pools, head under the harbour bridgeand toward the city. At Silo park turn right and follow the water front until you get to The Strand. Turn right onto The Strand and loop onto the cycle path at the bottom of Parnell Rise. Follow the cycle path up to Upper Queen and cut across Canada Street to the famous Pink Path. Follow the pink path to Nelson Street then turn down Wellington Street and head up to Franklin Road. Go down Ponsonby Road toward Jervois Road and head back to Point Erin Park.

 

5.    Birkenhead Trails            Approx. 4-5km

I love this trail because it is so close to the city but feels like you are a million miles away. Although it is a short track, I could run back and fourth for hours, it is so beautiful. I usually par at Little Shoal Bay and head into the bush from here. If you head over past the tennis court you till find the trail and head left. You can follow the trail in many different directions but the longest it would go for is about 3-4km up into Birkenhead. You will come up to an amazing waterfall and run partly on board walk. It is a well prononuced track so not too muddy and easy to run on.

 

6.    Piha - Kitekite Waterfall

IMG_4293.JPG

 

This would be one of my favorite runs in the Waitakeres. I would usually encorporate this loop in with a longer run and head either north or south of Piha. You can begin this loop at the carpark at Glenesk Road. The track is clearly labelled and it is about a 2-3km run from the carpark to the waterfall, with the loop being around 5km.