Gulf Harbour Tiki TourBeginner - Intermediate
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Undulating, some big hills
Native bushBeachCoastalOpen farmlandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
Track must be run at mid to low tide only, high tide will require more than a reasonable rock scramble. High tide routes are available along roads which slightly shortens the distance.
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This route is part of the Shoe Science Auckland Collection
Leaving Yogis Bar and Grill, you run following the marina on your left, ensuring to take the grass turnoff on your left following the footpath. This pops out where you can swing by the 4 Square to pick up anything you may have forgotten, before following the trail around the rest of the Harbour village. Turning right onto Bella Vista, and immediate left after the bridge. Take the stairs, not the bridge or ramp, and follow until the T intersection where you turn right. Up the huge staircase, and turning left at the top to follow the road.
Turning left at the T, and then a soft right at the end of the road to head up the hill. Left at the roundabout, and down to the bottom of the hill. Left at Fishermans Rock Reserve, and up the opposing boat ramp onto the grass until opening in Pacific Parade Reserve. Take the stairs on the left, down to the beach. If tide is high, follow road up and around instead.
Up off the beach and into Shakespear Park following the Waterfall trail until breaking out onto farmland where you aim for the top. Once on top of the hill past the lookout, keep the fence on your left until you have come the full way around - will require one fence climb over. Take the second entrance on the right past the visitor center to go up the hill, detouring to see a giant tree on the left by the ocean if you like.
Once on Shakespear Road, take the trail on the left and follow between the homes and cliff edge. Follow the path with the blue feet through golf course section, past gated community entrance, until you are looking south to the city along the road. Follow the road, staying on the left side to take the side street final loop. Finally return to Yogis Bar and Grill, for a great post run meal and drink.
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Features of interest
Shakespear Park is a bird sanctuary with stunning views from Auckland to Great Barrier Island and everything in between. Waterfalls, trees, birds, mansions, more than can be mentioned.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 40%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%
Gravel Road: 0%
Sealed Road: 20%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
At the Fairway Bay Marina, in front of Yogis Bar and Grill
Plenty of free parking.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
The entire purpose of this run is to keep the ocean on your left side as you run clockwise. If in doubt, aim for the closest you can get to this goal between the choices. The only exceptions are between Bella Vista drive turn off and the top of the long stairs.
Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Water at Army Bay, Shakespear Park, and Yogis Bar and Grill.
Must be low or mid tide only when run to ensure beach sections are safe. If in doubt, take inland detours.
Cliff edges along about 80% of the run, so stay to the trails. Once again, be careful to not do with stormy seas or higher than mid tide.
Post run indulgence
Yogis Bar and Grill
Start and finish line
Fantastic food, great drinks, lovely people, can't say enough good things. There is a reason it is always packed with locals.
The Kitchen Door
Start and Finish
World renown British chef set up a pop up in a shipping container here, and people are more than willing to travel for his amazing food. As with all British food, on the heavier side but goes down great after a half marathon. A pie and a hangout on the beach goes a long ways after 23.5k.
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