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Waitawa Regional Park

  • Waitawa Regional Park NEw Zealand (map)

Tucked away on the south east coast of Auckland this hidden gem makes for some truly stunning running conditions!

Made up of three small peninsulas Waitawa boasts outstanding views across the Firth of Thames on every peak and some wicked sections of native bush packed with neat trails just screaming out to be used.

This one is a also a good entry level course with enough undulation to certainly keep it interesting but without the intimidating elevation or very technical terrain of some of the other locations. And did we mention the views?!

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$).

IMPORTANT MESSAGE – IT’S UP TO US TO PROTECT OUR KAURI

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF KAURI DIEBACK

MAPS & PROFILES

START TIMES

Compulsory event briefings will be held 10 minutes before the start of each event - please be at these!

  • Super long – 9:00am

  • Long – 9:00am

  • Mid – 10:00am

  • Short – 11:00am

COURSE INFORMATION

SHORT COURSE

Distance: 6.5km +/- 100m

Course Elevation: TBC

Course Overview: As with all event starts at Waitawa, there’s a nice 1km of gravel road to begin with, which will allow you to jostle for position before hitting the sweet single track. Many of these trials have been sculpted with mountain bikes in mind. That means bermed corners (which are wicked fun) and fast rolling sections, guaranteed to suit the speedsters. The first few kms are undulating single track through open farmland. There is a gradual climb towards the top and some stunning views once you get there. You’ll re-join the other course here and descend to the water for a short coastal section before finishing.

There is a short uphill to finish, so make sure you save one last squirt of energy for this (and I’ll apologise now)!

Drink Stations: 3.5km (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 +/- 200m

Course Elevation: TBC

Course Overview: As with all event starts at Waitawa, there’s a nice 1km of gravel road to begin with, which will allow you to jostle for position before hitting the sweet single track. Many of these trials have been sculpted with mountain bikes in mind. That means bermed corners (which are wicked fun) and fast rolling sections, guaranteed to suit the speedsters. The first few kms are undulating single track through open farmland, followed by a stunning trail that descends through the bush – with sea views in the mix. A steady climb back up to a carpark and you’re rewarded with close to 360 degree views at the top. Here you can see Pakihi Is, Ponui Is & Waiheke Island. You’ll also see where you’re heading next – down, all the way down to the ocean. Enjoy that fast downhill cause she’s a steep, slow climb back to the top but well worth the effort as you drop down the other side with picturesque views across to Kawakawa Bay - which is right next door by the way. After a small coastal section, you can wave goodbye to the longs and super longs as you head up to finish.

There is a short uphill to finish, so make sure you save one last squirt of energy for this (and I’ll apologise now)!

Drink Stations: 3.5km, 8.5km (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: 18km +/-500m

Course Elevation: TBC

Course Overview: As with all event starts at Waitawa, there’s a nice 1km of gravel road to begin with, which will allow you to jostle for position before hitting the sweet single track. Many of these trials have been sculpted with mountain bikes in mind. That means bermed corners (which are wicked fun) and fast rolling sections, guaranteed to suit the speedsters. The first few kms are undulating single track through open farmland, followed by a stunning trail that descends through the bush – with sea views in the mix. A steady climb back up to a carpark and you’re rewarded with close to 360 degree views at the top. Here you can see Pakihi Is, Ponui Is & Waiheke Island. You’ll also see where you’re heading next – down, all the way down to the ocean. Enjoy that fast downhill cause she’s a steep, slow climb back to the top but well worth the effort as you drop down the other side with picturesque views across to Kawakawa Bay - which is right next door by the way. After a small coastal section, you’ll pass the finish shoot on your right, and head back out. Only this time, you’ll likely be travelling a little slower which will enable you to really absorb the views on as you go – perfect! You’ll split off half way through the first open farmland section this time, essentially cutting the course in half, and re-join the Super Long as you drop down to the finish together.

There is a short uphill to finish, so make sure you save one last squirt of energy for this (and I’ll apologise now)!

Drink Stations: 3.5km, 8.5km, 11.5km, 15km (Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations)

Toughness Factor: 6/10

SUPER LONG COURSE

Distance: 22.5km +/-500m

Course Elevation: TBC

Course Overview: As with all event starts at Waitawa, there’s a nice 1km of gravel road to begin with, which will allow you to jostle for position before hitting the sweet single track. Many of these trials have been sculpted with mountain bikes in mind. That means bermed corners (which are wicked fun) and fast rolling sections, guaranteed to suit the speedsters. The first few kms are undulating single track through open farmland, followed by a stunning trail that descends through the bush – with sea views in the mix. A steady climb back up to a carpark and you’re rewarded with close to 360 degree views at the top. Here you can see Pakihi Is, Ponui Is & Waiheke Island. You’ll also see where you’re heading next – down, all the way down to the ocean. Enjoy that fast downhill cause she’s a steep, slow climb back to the top but well worth the effort as you drop down the other side with picturesque views across to Kawakawa Bay - which is right next door by the way. After a small coastal section, you’ll pass the finish shoot on your right, and head back out to do it all again. Only this time, you’ll likely be travelling a little slower which will enable you to really absorb the views as you go – perfect!

There is a short uphill to finish, so make sure you save one last squirt of energy for this (and I’ll apologise now)!

Drink Stations: 3.5km, 8.5km, 11.5km, 15km, 20km (Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations)

Toughness Factor: 6/10

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

Should you come across an injured participant, stop and apply first aid if you are trained. Send the next participant through to the next marshal or course crew location (or back if you had recently past one) and notify them of the participants; race number, name, location and description of incident.

If you happen to become lost or disoriented on course, stop and remain calm before retracing your steps to the last know course marking. If you still cannot find the course marking, stop and put on your additional warm clothing and blow your whistle.

It's all about personal responsibility!

Earlier Event: May 19
Shakespear Regional Park
Later Event: June 30
Waiuku Forest