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Centennial Park trails (Campbells Bay), Auckland

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Centennial Park trails (Campbells Bay)Beginner

Submitted by Jenny Hirst

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Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest


1.00 (Slow)
45 (Moderate)
30 (Fast)



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Centennial Park is a 70 hectare treasure in Campbells Bay. It has a network of tracks (7 main ones) that can be run in various combinations making up a good little run in terms of distance. It is very close to Kennedy Park above Castor Bay and also Campbells Bay and other beaches so can form part of a longer run or walk. A suggested route would be to start on Beach Rd, and take the Magnolia Walk (narrow concrete path) for around 200 m to the start of the bush section. Take the second entrance (Baylis Track) and run this uphill until in intersects with Mamaku Track (the longest trail in the park). This can be followed all the way to East Coast Rd (mix of hard trail, tree roots, pine needles, boardwalk, bridges, stairs). Then loop around to the left and take Aberdeen Track which passes through some open grassed space. You will reach the park road - two options here - either take the Walking Bus track back down into the bush or cross the road and run through the Avenue of Remembrance, a grove of mature pohutukawa. Both these tracks will get you back to the start, where you can do another loop, this time taking the first entrance to the Tui Track, running that until it intersects with Kohekohe track, the other long trail in the park. Veer left onto this and then run it until it meets Mamaku. Turn right onto Mamaku and run downhill until you meet the Putaputaweta track - head down this back onto Kohehohe and to the start. There are other side trails worth exploring, and you will not get lost!

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Features of interest

Extensive native bush. Two streams, two old WWII sentry boxes. Plenty of bird life. Bordered on one side by Pupuke Golf Club and also adjacent to Campbells Bay tennis club. Nice magnolia grove and many large kowhai that bloom in spring.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Easy Single Track: 50%

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  • Access

    Beach Rd in Campbells Bay about 500m north of the intersection with Aberdeen Rd. Can also be accessed from East Coast Rd between the intersections with Forrest Hill Rd and Aberdeen Rd. Kowhai Rd in Mairangi Bay has another entracne near the playcentre.

    Carparking on street or within the park - however note the park gates close at 6.30pm in winter and 8pm in summer. Also on main bus route.

    15 km

    19 minutes



  • Staying Safe


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    Although there are numerous windy trails they all end up at a road or looping back into each other, and they are well signposted. Finding your own way or a good combination is part of the fun here. It is a good place for a novice trail runner to explore safely or for a more experienced Wild Thing to get a trail fix.

    Perfect throughout.


    Drinking fountain at East Coast Rd entrance beside the 16th hole of Pupuke Golf Course

    Lower trails by rivers can get a bit muddy in winter

    None of note. Upper Mamakiu trail has lots of tree roots

  • Post run indulgence

    Paper Moon Cafe
    Mairangi Bay
    Well located, good menu, has small side cafe selling ice cream, snacks and coffee. Various other venues etc in Mairangi Bay and Milford are handy too.

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