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Totara Park

Another of Auckland's hidden gems, Totara Park is packed with variety in every course distance and delivers heaps of smile-inducing running and walking. You'll breathe in plenty of fresh air as you run or walk through the trails and encounter some fast, hard single trails twisting their way throughout the green rolling hills.

Just a hop, skip and jump from Auckland’s city centre, this natural bushland setting will still provide you with a marvellous escape to the wilds.

WE HAVE GONE CUPLESS!

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! (You can purchase a collapsible silicone water cup at event base for 5$).

MAPS

START TIMES

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

  • Super long – 9:00am

  • Long – 9:00am

  • Mid – 10:00am

  • Short – 10:30am

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Download driving directions here (468k pdf)

COURSE INFORMATION

We've made it easy for you to gather the whole gang (regardless of age or fitness level), and head out of the city. The Mid and Short courses are available as walks as well as runs, 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

Distance: 6km

Course Elevation: 138m

Course Overview: Head out of event base on a nice, wide path that follows the tree-line west towards Everglade Drive. Soon you will enter the forest, passing the beautiful Totara trees that give this park its name. Popping out of the bush to the north, a small incline will set you up to wind your way around the hillside on the fast, super-fun hard-packed trails this park is known for. A treat awaits as you slip back into the final, beautifully tranquil bush loop before crossing the finish line with a smile on your dial.

Drink Stations: 4km (Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations)

Toughness Factor: 5/10

MID COURSE

Distance: 11km

Course Elevation: 257m

Course Overview: Nice wide path to begin, heading out of the event base along the path following the tree line west towards everglade drive. Then it's into the forest and past some beautiful Totara trees that give this park its name. Heading north out of the bush there is a small incline then your off, winding your way around the hillside on the fast / super fun hard pack trails this park is well known for. Finally its back through another tranquil bush loop as you bring it home to the finish in style. You will be a happy camper after completing this loop!

Drink Stations: 4km and 8km (Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations)

Toughness Factor: 5/10

LONG COURSE

Distance: 17.5km

Course Elevation: 400m

Course Overview: Nice wide path to begin, heading out of the event base along the path following the tree line west towards everglade drive. Then it's into the forest and past some beautiful Totara trees that give this park its name. Heading north out of the bush there is a small incline then your off, winding your way around the hillside on the fast / super fun hard pack trails this park is well known for. Finally it's back through another tranquil bush trail. You will be passing the finish location on your way to do another lap of the epic first half of the course only this time taking the short course and flying down the middle of Totara park to a second lap of the beautiful bush loop and home to the finish shoot. Complete and content, time for a Speights!

Drink Stations: 4km, 8km and 15km (Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations)

Toughness Factor: 5/10

SUPER LONG COURSE

Distance: 21km

Course Elevation: 520m

Course Overview: Nice wide path to begin, heading out of the event base along the path following the tree line west towards everglade drive. Then it's into the forest and past some beautiful Totara trees that give this park its name. Heading north out of the bush there is a small incline then your off, winding your way around the hillside on the fast / super fun hard pack trails this park is well known for. Finally, it's back through another tranquil bush trail as you pass near the finish and head out for a second lap which includes an new section tho time near the end that only the super long participants will have the pleasure of running. You then pass through the bush for a second loop and fly down to the finish nestled in amongst the trees. Done deal, time for a well earned Speights!

Drink Stations: 4km, 8km, 15km (Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations)

Toughness Factor: 5/10

COURSE SAFETY

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

It's all about personal responsibility!

Earlier Event: June 30
Waiuku Forest
Later Event: August 11
Riverhead Forest