Last Updated: 5th Jan 2024


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Ashley River Stopbanks Half Marathon

Last Updated: 5th Jan 2024


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Grunt Factor: 15 ?

Gnarl Factor: 2 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly


Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +0.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -0.5%


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Estimated Times to Run







Start at the BMX track and head east on the Rakahuri Trail. This undulates through bush along the edge of the river, some nice flowy single trail bits. After about 4km the trail ends and you jump onto the stop banks. Neat views over farmland to your south and the river to the north.

Duck under the Main North Road Bridge after 9km and box on for another 1500m or so before turning round once you hit the houses (you could continue on to Waikuku and the coast if you wanted extra kms). Head back the way you came. Piece of cake.

The mighty Ashley River.

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Heaps of parking at the BMX track

3 km

4 minutes




Follow the main trail. Lots of little offshoots to the river to explore if you want.

Generally good.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

At the BMX track start/carpark


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Trail Reviews

Nice if you want an easy flat run, but also want gravel roads, no cars and views of farmland, the river, the Port Hills/Mt Grey.
Just watch out for the head wind on the way back!

Claudia Petrie

February 14, 2022

Nice and relaxed run. Definitely continue down to the beach. That makes it about 24k.

Brad Spiers

September 15, 2019

Perfect cruise mode hitout

Tony Sharpe

July 10, 2019

Not very hilly or rugged, but fun nonetheless. Varied scenery, but no wilderness to speak of. Lots of other little trails nearby mean you can extend your run.

Pete Van Zandt

October 21, 2018

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