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Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland city at night

Situated between two bays on the North Island of New Zealand, Auckland is a Beta World City known for its culture and commerce. It’s geographic location on a rainforested, volcano-speckled isthmus, make it a world-class destination for business or pleasure. Our guide to running in Auckland incorporates the city’s unique natural setting, with harbors on the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

Auckland is a great city for running. With pristine city parks, beautiful beaches, and paved paths winding through skyline and coastal views, Auckland offers running routes of all stripes and colors. The highlights of running in Auckland include several paths along the water and beaches such as Tamaki Drive and Pakuranga Pathway, a run up the dormant volcano of Mt. Eden, Auckland Domain, and several routes in the bush (wooded trails). Runners seeking an extra dose of adventure can retreat into “the bush” for elevation gains through seemingly enchanted forests, where we feature several routes.

Buses are the main form of public transport in Auckland, though there’s an extensive ferry system, and rail that goes to the suburbs. Most of our central Auckland routes can be accessed without a car, though you’ll need one to make it out to the bush routes.

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  • Weather & Climate
  • Where To Stay
  • Stores & Group Runs
  • Events

Tamaki Drive Path

Auckland, New Zealand

The pristine walking and cycling path along Tamaki Drive from Judges Bay to St. Heliers delivers striking views of the city skyline from across the bay as well as sections of sweeping beach. It's 8.1 km one-way, with frequent buses between the two points.
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Auckland Domain

Auckland, New Zealand

We love this popular loop through Auckland Domain — which is the equivalent of Auckland’s Central Park. It traverses all of the park’s best features, including a look at The Auckland War Memorial Museum, a quaint pond, and a run down Lover’s Lane.
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Mt. Eden

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower has arguably the best views in the city, but if you prefer surveying the landscape in fresh air, a run up the summit of Mt. Eden is just the ticket.
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Pakuranga Pathway

Auckland, New Zealand

These lovely shared use paths along the peninsula will take you from Pakuranga to the point of Buckland's Beach. Water views much of the way. The whole path is 13.6 km one-way. A bus runs between the two points, making a long one-way run possible.
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Cornwall Park

Auckland, New Zealand

Cornwall Park is home to Auckland’s famous One Tree Hill, and in fact, a number of other hills which make this seemingly easy park run a pleasantly surprising challenge complete with rolling farmland.
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Tamaki Drive Path

Auckland, New Zealand

The pristine walking and cycling path along Tamaki Drive from Judges Bay to St. Heliers delivers striking views of the city skyline from across the bay as well as sections of sweeping beach. It's 8.1 km one-way, with frequent buses between the two points.
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With record levels of sunshine and relatively mild temperatures year-round, Auckland is a great running destination in any month. The subtropical climate experiences warm humid summers and mild damp winters. Average high temps in summer (January) are 24C (75F), with cool-ish nights. In winter, average high temperatures are 14C (mid-50s), and lows in the mid-40s, so you’ll need a layer. Rainfall is plentiful year-round, especially in winter. Locals say the best part of the day for a run is early morning, before the sea breeze kicks up.

Auckland has a few neighborhoods to choose from when it comes to lodging.

  • Central Business District: Queen Street, Viaduct Harbour, and nightlife.
  • Ponsonby: hip shopping, eateries, and nightlife on Karangahape road.
  • Parnell: fancy Victorian neighborhood with high class restaurants.
  • Newmarket : Auckland’s shopping center.
  • Devonport : Beaches, views, cafés, shops and galleries.

Group Runs

Auckland Joggers Club: Holds group training sessions throughout the city

Auckland Runners Meetup: Weekly runs at Cornwall Park and Western Springs

 

Stores

Shoe Clinic

Shoe Science

Athlete’s Foot

Rebel Sport

 

Auckland Joggers Club has an up-to-date list of events around the city, including:

The Rat Race

parkrun

The Auckland Marathon