The event begins with a short section on the shell path on the western section of the Devonport foreshore, with stunning views of Auckland City, the Harbour Bridge and the navy frigates in the dockyard. A right turn before the Navy base entrance is met with the imposing climb up Huia St, which provides an urgent wake-up call for the quads. Turn left at the summit into Calliope Rd and continue on the wide footpath all the way to the entrance to Stanley Bay Park, crossing the road as directed by race marshals.
The path through Stanley Bay Park leads you into the NZ Navy’s superb Ngataringha Bay sports facility. Follow the perimeter road on a wide clockwise circuit around the fields – enjoying fantastic views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Exit the base on the access road which becomes Jim Titchener Parade. A sharp left turn takes you onto a pedestrian bridge across the creek and into Abbotsford Terrace. Follow Abbotsford Terrace until a left turn into Victoria Rd brings you to the entrance to Ngataringa Park.
Follow the concrete path through the centre of Ngataringa Park, past the skate park, until it joins up with Lake Rd and the 5km marker. Exiting Ngataringa Park, at 5km, turn north along Lake Rd before leaving the busy traffic behind turning into Ngataringa Rd. A couple of turns and a short hill will take you over the ridge and down to Kawerau Ave. At the end of Kawerau Ave, a reserve and boardwalk carry you over the mangroves to Plymouth Reserve. The path through the reserve enjoys wide views of the harbour before joining Plymouth Cres and on to Roberts Ave.
Cross Roberts Ave and track through Bayswater Park to the crossing of Bayswater Ave. You will now enter the stunning new “Green Route” utility trail. The next 3km comprise the most wonderful section of this fabulous new resource for the city. Wide concrete paths lead on to the raised boardwalk “Bayswater Bridge” over the mangroves. On the other side, the utility trail hugs the shoreline, passing through more green space before a final elevated boardwalk section brings you to the turnaround at Francis St. Throughout, you are treated to amazing views of the inner harbour and our famous Harbour Bridge.
As you complete the Green Route, cross back through Bayswater Park to retrace your steps through Plymouth Reserve and side streets to bring you back to the point where Ngataringa Park joins Lake Rd. Stay on the footpath of Lake Rd all the way to the Albert Rd roundabout. Bear right onto Albert Rd and cross over at the pedestrian crossing. Albert Rd becomes Victoria Rd. Follow it down the hill, bearing left until a left turn into Kerr St leads you past Mount Victoria Reserve.
At the end of Kerr St, bear left into Saint Aubyn St. A left turn at the end of Saint Aubyn St takes you onto Church St where you may encounter 10km competitors heading north from the sea front. 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 10km marker, and then turn left into Matai Road. Run to the end of Matai Road – enjoying the view over beautiful Cheltenham Beach and 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.
At the bottom of Cheltenham Rd, turn left for a short section along King Edward Parade 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. The finish line is almost close enough to touch but don’t be deceived! You still have almost 600 metres to go. Follow the promenade out to the sea and around the point and then back towards the ferry terminal. Just before the terminal, take a victory lap of Victoria Wharf for 360 degrees views of our beautiful city and harbour.
As you come off the wharf, the glorious finish line is directly ahead of you. You made it!