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The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is in Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin. The course is run on a mixture of tarmac paths, gravel paths and grass. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place.

Please remember that the parkrun uses shared paths. For the continued success of the event, please give way to other park users. This won't hurt your time, it won't stop you from getting a PB and it will make sure everyone continues to enjoy the event.

Please, wherever possible walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event. If you do have to drive, please consider car-sharing to reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users. Please also watch out for other park users when arriving and leaving. Parking may be limited so try to arrive early.

Course Safety

The Dunedin parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the run as safe as possible, so runners, spectators and helpers are asked to take care about the following:

  • Please be considerate to the park and other park users at all times.
  • Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.
  • Please arrive by foot, by pedal-power or by public transport if you can - your efforts help to reduce our impact on the park and the planet.
  • Please consider volunteering to help occasionally - this event survives only because of your generosity - please visit the volunteer page for more information.
  • Take care near roads and car parks - some vehicles drive very quickly. Please congregate away from the cars and be careful in particular if you have children. If you’re driving to the run, please drive carefully even if you’re late!
  • When running, take care on uneven surfaces - whether on grass or on tarmac. Watch out for cyclists, other runners, pedestrians, children, dogs, wildlife, park animals, vehicles, park maintenance work, falling branches, bollards, posts and other obstacles around the course.
  • Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles) with us. Health advice about running can be found at the excellent Runners' Medical Resource website (although this external website focuses on preparation for a race and does not describe parkrun events).
  • Remember to warm up before the run.
  • If you see a runner with a serious problem, please stop to help them out and get help as soon as possible.
  • If you’re watching, keep clear of runners on the course, and look after any children and dogs you may have with you.
  • Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. Consider protecting yourself by wearing repellent when at parkrun events in grassy or wooded areas. See for further details.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • The course contains steps and we suggest wheelchair and buggies users please contact the team before hand to discuss the course.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Dunedin parkrun is fun and safe for everyone.

Age Grading

All parkrun events use Age Grading to help parkrunners compare results.

Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.

For more information, please see our Support page.

Course Map

Course Description

This 5km course is made up of two laps of the lower garden followed by 2 laps of the upper garden. Starting at Croque-O-Dile cafe, an anti-clockwise direction of the lower garden is taken, past the pond towards New World. The route follows the wide tarmac path, along then left up towards the exit at North Road. Without exiting the park, head left again, always following the wide path through the rose garden towards Castle Street. The course turns left, just before the bridge on to Castle street, down a narrower tarmac path for 60 metres before heading left again, without crossing the river, back towards Croque-O-Dile cafe. Complete a second lap of the same loop. Next head right over the bridge at Croque-O-Dile and right again heading out along the undulating gravel track alongside the river towards Gore place. Just before the end of the track turn left over a grass area for a sharp 100m uphill section on a wellformed earth track. The view at the top is fantastic and well deserved. From here it's downhill heading across a small grassed area and along the left hand path for 500m. At the next junction, head straight over continuing for 200m before turning back at the cone to return to the same junction. This time heading right, down the hill to the bridge where this loop began. Complete this loop again. Finish by crossing back over the bridge, turning right and crossing the line on the green after the duck pond.
It is a wonderful course and we are privileged to be using it. Please be mindful of other park users, giving right of way to pedestrians and sticking to the set route.

Please Note that the course contains steps and we suggest wheelchair and buggies users please contact the team before hand to discuss the course.
Dogs are not permitted in the Botanic Gardens.


Parking: there is limited parking in the carpark which is free. There is ample free street parking along Great King Street and Opoho Road.

Toilets: there are two public toilets in front of the New World carpark. There are toilets in the Botanic Garden below the Croque-O-Dile Café.

The park is a fantastic place for families with a great play area just near the start/finish and the cafe Croque-O-Dile welcomes little ones.
Dunedin Botanic Garden has a multitude of different areas and collections, the Rhododendron Dell, the Knot Garden and Aviary to name a few. A walk around would be a great way to cool down whilst viewing the beautiful array of flora and fauna.

Getting There

Location of start

The run starts in the lower garden near the Croque-O-Dile café.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: Orbus routes 5,6,8,10,11,15 all stop at the Botanic Garden. See the Otago regional council website for details.

Getting there on foot

The starting point is in the lower garden just near the cafe, toilets, glass house and information shop. From any entrance of the lower garden, head straight to the buildings in the middle.

Getting there by road

From the centre of town follow State Highway 1 Northwards. Stay in the right hand lane, turning right at the stop sign onto Cumberland street. The Botanic Garden car park is on your left.

From the State Highway 1 Southwards, on driving into Dunedin, down the hill, the Botanic Garden carpark is on your left after a left turn to Northeast Valley. Alternatively there is street parking along the Northeast Valley turn, Great King street.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Croque-O-Dile café - please come and join us!