Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland Viaduct/Nelson Street Cycleway

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This quick, centrally located run is a favorite of local business people who want to squeeze in a lunchtime jog. It’s also favored by night runners. Why? The brilliant hot pink Nelson Street Cycleway is lined with lamps that light up different colors as you cruise along — a fun and futuristic attribute that will make you want to return to this course again and again. You can cruise back and forth on the Cycleway if you like, but during the daytime it’s worth a spin out to the Viaduct, a delightful waterfront walkway with views of shops and ferries and coming in and out of port. It’s all flat, a safe space from cars, and a great way to explore downtown Auckland if you’ve only got a little bit of time.

Add-Ons/Alternative: Combine this route with our Quay St./Tamaki Dr. route — it’s 3 km between Silo Park and Dove Myer Park, and then another 8 km along Tamaki Dr. alkong the water. Can also combine with Auckland Domain.

Essentials
  • 6.25 km (3.9 miles)
  • 258 feet
  • Viaduct Basin
  • This route is perfect for anyone staying close to town — you can hop on at any point, but Viaduct Basin is a good start with parking.

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Molly G
5 months ago

I ran this route in the morning and was not ready for the steep hills I faced. Parts of the run were nice, but there was a lot of stopping at road crossings and waiting. I deviated to the Tamaki drive path to add a few more miles to my run starting at the Quay.

I highly recommend Tamaki drive over the viaduct/ cycle way route.

This route was pretty confusing to follow in spots, so make sure you have your GPS on!

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Essentials
  • 6.25 km (3.9 miles)
  • 258 feet
  • Viaduct Basin
  • This route is perfect for anyone staying close to town — you can hop on at any point, but Viaduct Basin is a good start with parking.