The event begins on Victoria St in the centre of Devonport village and turns onto Queens Parade in front of the famous Esplanade Hotel and along the western section of the Devonport foreshore, with stunning views of Auckland City throughout. After a 180 degree turn, head back towards the start line and Ferry Terminal on the Queens Parade footpath and follow our directions around Windsor Reserve and along King Edward Parade, heading towards North Head.
At the controlled crossing, turn away from the sea front and into Church St. Half way along Church St, 25k and 15k runners will join from your left. Cross to the east side of Church St at Cracroft St and continue to the junction with Albert Rd where you will turn right and then cross over Albert Rd shortly thereafter. Please take care here, Albert Rd is busy and is on a bus route.
From the north side of Albert Rd, turn right into Derby St and continue past Waitemata Golf Club to a path between the Plunket Centre and bowling green takes you through to Wairoa Rd. Stay on the footpath on the golf course side of Wairoa Rd past Woodall Park to the pedestrian crossing of Old Lake Rd in front of Narrow Neck Beach. Enjoy the views of this beautiful beach, with Rangitoto as a back drop, but take care at the end of the beach where you cross over the boat ramp.
You are now on the Vauxhall Rd footpath for a long, but relatively benign, uphill push takes you past our former venue, Fort Takapuna. At the top of the hill, you begin to drop down towards Cheltenham. Bear left into Tainui Road, where you will find the 5km marker – you’re half way there! – and then turn left into Matai Road. Run to the end of Matai Road. Enjoy the view over beautiful Cheltenham Beach, then cross to the other footpath before a left turn joins you onto the seaward footpath on Oxford Terrace. At the end of Oxford Terrace, turn left for a short section down Cheltenham Rd to the famous McHugh’s of Cheltenham restaurant. Cross over to the other footpath and continue back along Cheltenham Rd.
Turn left into Takarunga Rd and head towards the entry gate into North Head. Bear left onto the grass footpath and follow the signs and marshal directions for a full loop around North Head, enjoying stunning views to Rangitoto and back to Auckland City. Arriving back at the main gate, proceeed back down Takarunga Rd on the opposite footpath and turn left back into Cheltenham Rd.
Just before the bottom of Cheltenham Rd, turn left for a short out-and-back section along Jubilee Ave. At the end of Cheltenham Rd, turn left again onto King Edward Parade for another out-and-back, and run down to the award winning Navy Museum at Torpedo Bay before returning along the Devonport foreshore. Just past the junction of Church St (where 5km and 10km participants turn) bear left onto the shoreside gravel path – you are almost home now!
Approaching Devonport Village, bear left onto the boardwalk and then promenade past Devonport Beach. With Windsor Reserve (and the finish line) on your right, run along the Devonport foreshore with your adoring crowd cheering you on. Run towards the ferry terminal and then, opposite the wharf, take a right along the path into Windsor Reserve. The glorious finish line is directly ahead of you. You made it!