THE COURSES

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For those out on the roads, tough hills in the middle of summer mean that replenishing your fluids throughout the race is essential. So we provide lots of water stations along all routes. You won’t miss them – our community group volunteers in their Waiheke-style finery will be sure to make you smile. Marshals will be strategically placed to direct you at those awkward junctions. We’ll also have a couple of checkpoints to monitor progress, and a tail-end Charlie bringing up the rear.
If you’re keen to learn how many hills you’ll climb, or what views lay ahead, click on the photos below to open MapMyRun links.

For the younger family members who want to emulate Mum or Dad’s running prowess, check out the Kid’s Dash and the Treasure Hunt (details below). These take place wholly within the Matiatia area in order to avoid roads and keep them safe.

25K ORAPIU TO MATIATIA

29769If you are up for a serious challenge amidst Waiheke’s finest scenery – then select the 25K event. This race starts at Orapiu Wharf which is reached via the dedicated Fullers Fun Run Ferry. There is a steep climb (500 metres) out of Orapiu which continues onto an undulating sealed road. After 2.4 kms turn left where the sign says Onetangi and continue on past Passage Rock Vineyard. The bottom of Mt Maunganui Hill (steep climb) is at the 5kms mark and it is another 2.2km to the top followed by a long downhill.  At the bottom of the hill (8.3km) follow the road around to the right (Awa Awa Roa Rd on left).  At 8.4km turn left into Waiheke Rd where the sign points to Onetangi (don’t go straight ahead onto the metal road). Wind up this hill to the top of Waiheke Rd.  Instead of following main road go straight ahead into Belle Tce – 11.3km – (one way street and the start of the urban area). This will loop back onto Waiheke Road. Run/walk down this long hill to Onetangi.
The course continues on Waiheke Rd and turns left into Onetangi Rd continuing to Matiatia as per the 12K course below.

 

12K ONETANGI TO MATIATIA

30827The less challenging 12K starts at The Strand, Onetangi Beach turns left into Fourth Ave which becomes Onetangi Rd (where it merges with 25K walkers and runners who have come from Orapiu). Go along Onetangi straight past the Golf Club. In Ostend turn left into Calais Tce (16.9 kms for 25K entrants) – just before the Countdown supermarket. After this steep short hill turn left into Natzka Rd, go past Anzac Bay and right into Ladd Rd. At the top of the hill (18km) turn left into Ostend Rd and down to Putiki Bay. Turn right into Wharf Rd. Join up with the main Rd (Causeway Rd) by turning left and go across the Causeway. Proceed through the roundabout and through Surfdale (this main road changes names several times – Alison, Mitchell, Miami and Hamilton Rds). 5K entrants join the run at this point.  Leave the main road by going straight ahead where Hamilton Rd veers right and becomes Surfdale Rd (20.7km). Turn left onto Lannan Rd and this becomes The Esplanade which is a metal road. Follow the sea wall around to Blackpool (back on sealed road), turn right in Moa Ave (22.1km), left into Nikau Rd, right into Tui St, left into Mako Street. At the top of this long slow hill turn left into Church Bay Rd (23.3 km) and then right into Nick Johnston Drive.  200 metres along the road you turn right and follow the Atawai Whenua track down to the finish line.

5K SURFDALE TO MATIATIA

29873New distance since 2015, the easier 5K, starts at Surfdale Beach by the park on Blake Street. It is designed with families in mind (though no buggies allowed because of the terrain). The course starts with a loop around the beach and Blake Street, then continues onto Hamilton Street, around to Lannan Road and along The Esplanade to Blackpool; up Mako Street to Church Bay Road, right onto Nick Johnstone Drive. 200 metres along the road you turn right and follow the Atawai Whenua track down to the finish line.

 

KID’S DASH

The Kid’s Dash will start and finish by the free Fun Fair Playground at Matiatia, which is close to the finish line of the road races.  It has been created for 6 to 8 year olds to run without parents, and will take them across a field and along trails, eventually joining the downhill stretch to the Finish Arch. There will be marshalls to guide them and make sure they finish safely.   At the end, they’ll be able to join in the fun of waterslides and other activities in the Fun Fair Playground. Online registration is preferred, but children can sign up on the day to join in the fun.

TREASURE HUNT

A fun Treasure Hunt has been designed to encourage young families, with children between 3 and 9 years old, to play together in the outdoors. At least one parent must accompany their children along the route. Finding clues along trails around Matiatia and returning as quickly as possible to the Fun Fair Playground is the aim of the Hunt. The course will be well signposted, and there may even be a few surprises along the way.  Families register on the day at the Fun Fair Playground.  Online registration is not required.