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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 Puarenga Park, Rotorua. The course is run on a mixture of trail paths and gravel 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 Puarenga 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.
  • 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 Puarenga 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

The course starts on the path alongside the wastewater treatment plant, heading towards the forest. The start is in line with the archery club 70m arrow.
It’s two laps in a clockwise direction. Head north along the Sulphur Track for around 750m before turning right. Cross your first geothermal area and over a stream, follow the Sulphur Track through manuka. Keep straight on the path. You will run through an open expanse of geothermal areas and back into the bush. At the next path intersection turn right and run beside the archery club and wastewater treatment plant to complete one lap.
Run a second lap of the same. The finish line is approx 120m from the start line.


Toilets 100m away from start.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts on the path alongside the wastewater treatment plant, heading towards the forest.

Getting there by public transport

Nearest bus stop is 500m from the start, Routes 3 and 10 stop there. See the baybus website for timetable.

Getting there on foot

From the city centre follow Te Ngae Rd footpath to the Puarenga Park entrance, turn left and head towards MIGS at the rear of the car park. Alternatively follow the cycleway, accessible beside the Sudima Hotel, follow the path to the start area (do not make any turns off the path).

Getting there by road

From town/city centre and west: Follow directions for Whakatane (SH30) Te Ngae Rd, turn left at Puarenga Park (first left after the Pak n Save lights) and follow road to end.

From east: Follow signs for city centre and turn right at Puarenga Park (first right after Sala St lights).

Parking is in the tar-sealed car park (in between the buildings) or on the right beside the park. There is no time limit or charge.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Ciabatta Bakery, White Street - please come and join us!