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The James Vowles Inspiration Circuit , Auckland

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The James Vowles Inspiration Circuit Beginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Stu Houston

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Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

1:40 (Slow)
1:10 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)



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This neat set of bush trails can be linked to form a grunty little circuit and is in places a guite technical rooty, rocky trail. It's a great idea to take your phone with the circuit logged on it as there are many interconnecting trails throughout this reserve area .

Starting from the small Kauri Point carpark head south down the trail then turn right heading west in an anticlockwise loop through native bush up and down stairs and at times very rough terrain till the track drops down to pretty Kendall Bay.

After Kendall Bay follow the trail east up more steps and take the small detour out to Kauri Point with its wonderful views of the Harbour and towers of downtown Auckland.

Retrace your steps back to carry on east to the Chelsea sugar factory. From the factory you can extend the run into the Chelsea Estate Heritage Park or retrace your steps back to the Colonial road Bridge cross to the north side of the bridge where a fabulous little trail takes you up Duck Creek to a bridge that crosses over to the south side of the creek. From here you can loop back Colonial Road. Turn west back onto the Kauri Point track network and back to the carpark.

The trails are in places very narrow and rough but this is a good technical workout in the city. This Circuit is dedicated in loving Memory of James Vowles who loved this place and he hopes you enjoy it too. Take Pleasure -  Spend Time - Leave Only Footprints.

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Features of interest

Great views of the Waitemata Harbour and the Auckland CBD through native bush past nice beaches.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 30%

Sealed Road: 10%

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  • Access

    You can start this run at the Kauri Point track car park on Onetaunga Road at the intersection of Chelsea View Drive or at the Chelsea Sugar Factory.

    There is limited parking at Kauri Point Carpark for about 10 cars or there is plenty of parking at the Chelsea Sugar Factory.

    11 km

    17 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Take a map or Google but its hard to get lost!

    Generally good.

    Windproof jacket, Cellphone, Map.

    Take water with you

    Year round great running

    Lots of roots and uneven ground keep an eye on your foot placement

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