The Course

The course is 5000m (5k) long. This has been accurately measured by us with a professional measuring wheel. The course is at University of Waikato, Hamilton. The course is run on a mixture of paved paths, boardwalks 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

University of Waikato parkrun is a fun, free event organised by volunteers for the benefit of everyone. We wish to make the event as safe as possible, so participants, 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.
  • 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 one dog by your side, within reach at all times, on a short, handheld, non-extendable lead. Please also see this Support Site entry for further details about parkrunning with dogs.
  • 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 University of Waikato 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 5km course goes around the beautiful park-like grounds and lakes of the University of Waikato. The course includes artworks and botanical planting of interest, it passes the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts and a fitness island and provides attractive campus vistas. The parkrun course starts and finishes at the same location; the Village Green. The area is well serviced, and extensive general parking is available within 150m.

Participants assemble under the shelter of the shops of the Village Green, off Gate One Knighton Road. From the broad start line the running course tapers to 2m wide paved paths, boardwalks and short grassy areas. An initial clockwise circuit of Oranga Lake is followed by two complete loops of the sports fields, and then a full circuit of Knighton and Oranga Lakes. A turn and short final section brings participants back to the start/finish area where you enter the finish chute and collect your finish token ready for barcode scanning.


Toilet facilities are available within shops at the Village Green.

Getting There

Location of start

The event starts at the Village Green.

Getting there by public transport

Bus: The Clockwise Orbiter bus arrives on Knighton Road right by the University of Waikato. You can enter through Gate 2A and follow the path past Unirec to the village shops. There will be signage out, so follow the signs. The Orbiter timetable can be viewed by visiting

Getting there on foot

Enter the University of Waikato campus at Gate Two off Knighton Road, follow the path past UniRec to the shops, before the shops turn left to the Village Green, the meeting point is under the shops shelter.

Getting there by road

Turn off Knighton Road into Gate One, enter the car park on the left. The start at the Village Green is approximately 150m from the car park. Follow the path past UniRec to the shops, before the shops turn left to the Village Green, the meeting point is under the shops shelter. There is no charge for parking on campus on the weekend.

Post Run Coffee

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Jack's Coffee Lounge, 1/31 Cambridge Road, Hillcrest - please come and join us!