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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 at Owairaka Park, Auckland. The course is run entirely on tarmac paths. 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 Owairaka 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.
  • 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.
  • It is not permitted to run with a pushchair and a dog at the same time.
  • 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.
  • You are welcome to take part with a dog, but please keep the dog on a short lead or short harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.
  • Runners pushing buggies are welcome, but please take care of others around you and do your best to start at an appropriate place in the field for your pace.

We hope these tips help to ensure that Owairaka 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 course is an out and back in two directions, starting at the bottom of Owairaka Park, near the end of Hendon Ave. From the start, it immediately crosses the bridge over Oakley Creek/Te Auaunga and turns right to head west, using the underpass below Richardson Rd and crossing Te Whitinga bridge over the SH20 motorway. Turning left from the bridge, continue past the Waterview tunnel entrance to the turnaround point near New North Rd. On the return, continue past the start/finish to the eastern turnaround point at Beagle Ave, then return to the start/finish point.


Owairaka Park has a children’s play area including a flying fox, skatepark and basketball half-courts. There are public toilets by the carpark. Near the parkrun start/finish area is a community garden. Adjacent to the bike path on the course are a BMX pump track and Māra Hūpara, a traditional Maori play area, both only a two minute walk away.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the bottom of Owairaka Park, near the end of Hendon Ave.

Getting there by public transport


  • The 24R bus goes from Victoria St in the CBD to Owairaka Ave. Get off the bus at stop number 8810, right outside the park.
  • Bus route 66 travels east/west from Pt Chev to Sylvia Park (and vice versa). Get off at Stop 8820 or 8829 on Mt Albert Rd, and walk to the park via Owairaka Ave (10 minutes).
  • Similarly, bus route 670 travels between New Lynn and Otahuhu and stops on Stoddard Rd, Stop 8270, and walk (15 minutes) via Richardson Rd and Owairaka Ave.


  • The nearest train station is Mt Albert, on the Western Line. Owairaka Park is 2.1km from the train station by foot (warmup distance), via New North Rd, turning left onto Richardson Rd, then left onto Owairaka Ave.
  • Alternatively, the 66 bus is a short walk from the station (see above).

Getting there on foot

The main entrance to Owairaka is at 56-60 Owairaka Ave. Follow the path to the start/finish area at the bottom of the park. This is adjacent to the road end at 209 Hendon Ave. Other points of access close by lead to the bike path across the bridge from the start/finish area, including Wainwright Ave, O’Donnell Ave, Richardson Rd, McGehan Close and Beagle Ave.

Getting there by road

Coming via the motorway from the northwest, north and CBD, come through the Waterview Tunnel on SH20 and take the first exit, number 19, at Maioro Rd. Turn left onto Maioro Rd, left onto Stoddard Rd, then merge right onto Richardson Rd. Turn right onto Hendon Ave at the next traffic lights and continue to the end of Hendon Ave (or continue to the main park entrance via Hallam St and Owairaka Ave).

Coming via the motorway on SH20 from the southeast, exit at Maioro Rd, exit 19, then turn right onto Maioro St, then continue as above.

From surrounding suburbs, Owairaka Ave can be accessed from Richardson Rd to the south or Mt Albert Rd in the north.

There is a carpark in the park, adjacent to Owairaka Ave, with 35 spaces. There is additional road parking on Owairaka Ave, Hendon Ave (northern end), Wainwright Ave (off O’Donnell Ave) and other surrounding streets.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at L’Oeuf, near the corner of Owairaka Ave and Mt Albert Rd (600m from the start/finish). Turn right onto Owairaka Ave out of the park and continue to the end of the road. Café opens at 8:00am - please come and join us!