About Run Orewa

The North Shore Run Series Kicks Off in Western Park, Orewa

Welcome to Run Orewa! The team from Running Events are thrilled to be back in Orewa-town after a four year absence.  Race venue is stunning Western Reserve, right on the banks of Orewa estuary and right across the road from one of Auckland’s longest beaches. Western Reserve falls directly onto the famous Te Ara Tahuna estuary walkway and this forms the bulk of all race courses. With options from 2k – for the kids – all the way up to 15k for the super-keen, Run Orewa will not diasppoint. So sign up now and be there for the first ever edition!

Western Reserve
Event base is Western Reserve in Orewa. Access is super-easy from the Twin Coast Discovery Highway – as you arrive in Orewa from the city, Western Reserve is on your left just after crossing the estuary bridge. There is parking immediately adjacent to the venue near the Arts Centre & skateboard park. You’ll also find plenty of street parking around the venue and a huge car park at Orewa Surf Club is a five mintue walk away.

Te Ara Tahuna Walkway
The Te Ara Tahuna Walkway is a 7.5km concrete utility path which snakes its way right around the estuary, taking in Orewa in the north and Millwater and Red Beach suburbs in the south. The walkway is a magnet for weekend fitness heroes and you’ll find plenty of support as you go around … but look out for bikes!

Earn That Medal!
All finishers in all events will receive an exclusive Run Orewa finisher medal … the first one ever!

Enter Now

Let’s do this! Sign up for Run Orewa here …

Entry Fees



In these uncertain times, Running Events are doing everything we possibly can to give us the best possible oppertunity to deliver the outstanding event experience our participants expect. The COVID-19 pandemic (and some crazy weather events) have taught us a great lesson … hope for the best, plan for the worst. To this end, we have developed a contingency plan which we believe covers all possible scenarios.
Important! From 06/10/2021 – and only during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, where government advice is that the safety of our events is best served by only allowing COVID-19 vaccinated participants, we may require proof of vaccination as a condition of your participation. This is now included in our standard entry waiver. We strongly reccommend participants familiarlise themselves with this – and all of our terms and conditions – prior to entering.

For current event status, please see the [INFO] section below.


Run Orewa 15k


Run Orewa 10k


Run Orewa 5k


Run Orewa Kids' Dash


Run Orewa is Part of the North Shore Run Series

With an NSRS Series Pass, you get four races for the price of three and a free tshirt! Click the button for details …


Race Information

A comprehensive guide to Run Orewa.

Postponement Information



Date Designation Status
17 October 2021 Original Date  UNAVAILABLE  Due to pandemic control restrictions.
16 January 2022 Contingency #1  BOOKED IN!  THIS IS OUR RACE DAY!
30 January 2022 Contingency #2  IN RESERVE  Available if needed.
tbc Contingency #3  IN RESERVE  Available if needed.

Event Postponed! … What are your options?

Race on the New Date

Maaaaaate, this is the easiest option of all!

Whaddya have to do? Nothing! Not a single thing!

Your registration is automatically transferred to the newly scheduled date. All you need to do is turn up in the right place at the right time and you are good to go. It doesn’t matter that your e-ticket, race number or phone reminder are all still pointing to the original race date. The new date will be on the front page of the web site and published on our facebook page. Just turn up on race weekend and you’re good to go!

Switch to Virtual Run

It ain’t a thing unless you get that bling!

If you can’t make it to the rescheduled event – but you are fully committed and dedicated to securing our superb finisher medal (and maybe even the stunning Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam awards) – then switching to the Virtual Run is the best option for you. Not only will we send your finisher medal out to you by courier (at our expense) but we’ll also provide a voucher to 50% of the value of the entry fee you paid. That’s our way of saying “thanks!” for sticking with us during this difficult time for event.

Important! check your emails seven days after the conclusion of the virtual event. All Virtual Finishers will get their 50% credit voucher at this time and we’ll also get a confirmed address to send your precious finisher medal to.

Important! Moving to the virtual option is only available until midnight on the Friday prior to the in-person event. Choose carefully please … once you have move your registration to virtual, you will not be able to transfer back to the in-person event (even if the date changes or your other circumstances change).


Transfer to A Later Event

Available now! If you cannot make the postponement date and the virtual event isn’t for you, you can defer your entry to another of our events later this season, or just defer to this event next year. There is a one-off service fee of $9 ($5 for kids’ dash) to help cover costs already incurred (it does not come close to covering them completely).

Important! Event transfers are only available until midnight on the Friday prior to the in-person event. Choose carefully please … once you have transferred your registration, you will not be able to transfer back to the in-person event (even if the date changes or your other circumstances change).



Race Day: Sunday, 16 January 2022

Race Day
16 January 2022

Start Times

10/15k Runners – 8:00am
10k Walkers – 8:03am
5k Runners – 8:15am
5k Walkers – 8:18am
Kids Dash Start – 9:30am

Race Guide

The Race Guide is a comprehensive document in PDF format which you can download and store on your smart device – or go old school and print it out. It contains a summary of all the important information to make sure you get the most out of your event experience.


Important Dates

Date Details
08 Jun 2021 North Shore Run – Series Pass & Run Orewa registrations open
25 Jul 2021 Run Orewa Super-Earlybird rates expire
21 Nov 2021 Run Orewa Earlybird rates expire
9 Jan 2022 Run Orewa Standard rates expire
10 Jan 2022 Race Week entry rates apply for Run Orewa
16 Jan 2022 Race Day!

Race Day Schedule

Date What’s Happening
6:30am Late entry & race number collection opens
7:50am Compulsory race briefing – 10km / 15km
8:00am RACE START 10km/15km Runners
8:03am RACE START 10km Walkers
8:10am Compulsory race briefing – 5km
8:15am RACE START 5km Runners
8:18am RACE START 5km Walkers
8:20am Kids’ 2km Dash race-pack pick up and late entry
9:15am Kids’ 2km Dash race briefing – compulsory for kids & parents
9:20am Kids’ 2km Dash warm up
9:30am RACE START Kids’ 2km Dash
9:50am Last finishers (approx)
10:00am Awards Ceremony & Spot Prizes
10:30am (approx) Event close

Series T-shirt

All Series Pass entrants into the North Shore Run Series will receive a fantastic dry fit tee to mark their participation. A great shirt for running in, you’re sure to get more than a few envious stares at the gym. Your t-shirt will be included in your race pack along with your bib and timing chip. You don’t have to wear it on race day … but loads of people do!

Important! All of our t-shirts are produced months in advance of the event and quantities and sizes are strictly limited. Please register early to secure your chosen size – once they’re gone, they’re gone!


Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large
Chest (cm) 50 53 56 60 64
Length (cm) 74 76 78 80 82


8 10 12 14 16 18
Chest (cm) 45 47 49 51 54 57
Length (cm) 62 64 66 68 70 72

Important! Compare the chest measurement with a favourite t-shirt to be sure of your sizing. Our measurements are taken with the t-shirt laid on a flat surfaces. The length measurement is taken from the top of the neckline to the bottom of the shirt. The Chest measurement is taken from armpit to armpit.

Start Line Congestion

We don’t want anyone to feel as though they can’t participate in the event. If you’re worried about starting close to people, we’ll have the start line open for up to 15 minutes and you may start whenever you like in that period.  Please use this time to maintain social distancing if needed.  Your official time will not start until you cross the timing mats.

Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser will be readily available at the refueling station, registration, gear drop and waste stations areas. Please help yourself as often as needed.

Important!  Please do not attend if you:

  • are unwell
  • are a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  • are waiting for a test result for COVID-19
  • are self-isolating.

Continue to practice good hygiene. This means:

  • Keeping 2 metres away from people you don’t know
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or coughing/sneezing into your elbow
  • Disposing of used tissues appropriately in a bin
  • Using the hand sanitiser located around the event site:
    • before eating or handling food
    • after using the toilet
    • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
    • after touching public surfaces

Please remember to scan the Covid QR code poster when you arrive at the event site.

For those entering just the Run Orewa event, your personalised race number will need to be collected from the event site during the race weekend.

All North Shore Run Series entrants who registered before 21 November 2021 will have had their race pack sent out to them. If you registered with an North Shore Run Series Pass, you will receive a single race number for all four events in the series – plus your free event t-shirt – by courier.

Important!  All race bibs must have the additional “VACCINE VERIFIED” logo on them. For series entrants who already had their race bibs sent out, you will need a VACCINE VERIFIED sticker attached to the race bib.  If you uploaded your pass prior to the mailout  (4th January) and received this in the mail, just pop it on your race bib as shown and you’re good to go.  If you have not received one but are showing as Vaccine Verified, please head to the green registration tent at the event site to collect your Vaccine Verified sticker.

Where do I go on arrival?

If you have been VACCINE VERIFIED and this is showing in green on your eticket, please head straight to the green Registration Tent if you need to collect either your race bib or Vaccine Verification sticker. If you have both of these already, you are ready to race.

If you are VACCINE UNVERIFIED and this is showing in red on your eticket, please go first to the yellow “Vax Pass Verification Here” tent with your My Vaccine Pass to have that verified, before then, going to the Registration Tent to collect your race number.

Keep your race number safe! Your race number includes your integrated, disposable timing tag on the back. Because of this, replacement bibs cost $10 – so don’t lose yours!

I Don’t Have My Race Number Yet!
If you registered for the one event or are a series entrant who registered after 21st November 2021, you will need to collect your race number from the Registration tent at the race venue on race weekend. There are two opportunities to do this:

  • Pre-race registration runs from 4pm – 5pm at the race venue on the day prior to the event (Saturday 15th January)
  • Race-day registration opens at 6:00am. We advise those who still have to collect their race number to allow a little bit more time on race morning.

Important! Remember to bring your e-ticket. It makes things so much quicker on race day. A link to your e-ticket was sent to you by email when you registered.

Race Number

It is a requirement of your participation in the event that you wear your race number on the front of your shirt at all times whilst taking part. Your number should be secured to your shirt by a safety pin in each corner (if you don’t have any, come to the Registration desk on race morning). Your electronic timing tag is attached to the back of your race number so be careful not to crease, crush or puncture it.

Pimp Your Bib!
When you register, you will have the opportunity to select a nickname to print on your race number. Feel free to be creative – but please keep it clean folks! If you don’t select a nickname, your first name will be printed instead. If you prefer to fly under the radar – or you want to get creative with a sharpie – just put a full stop in the nickname field and we will leave it blank.

Important! Series Pass entrants will use the same race bib for ALL four races in the series. After each race, pop it somewhere safe and use for the next race. Replacement numbers are $10.

Important! All Series Pass race numbers will be sent by courier along with your series t-shirt and other items until the cut-off date 21 November 2021. Any series entrants registering after this time will need to collect your race pack from the Registration Tent at Race One. All single race numbers must be collected at the race venue during the pre-race or race day registration sessions.

Important! Please don’t lose your race number. Replacement numbers are $10.

Timing Tag

When you receive your race number, your electronic timing tag will be attached to the back. We are using disposable stick-on timing tags this year. We are sure you will appreciate the convenience of not having to attach a plastic tag to your shoes and then return it at the finish. All you have to remember is to secure your race number to the front of your shirt and you’re all set. Try to avoid holding your arm in front of the number as you cross the finish line (e.g. to turn off your watch) as this can sometimes affect the tag reading. Just wait until a few steps after the timing mat.

Important! There is no need to return your timing tag.

Important! Keep your race number with you when you finish as we will use it to register you in the prize draw for the Awards Ceremony – see below.

Finisher Medal

Everyone who finishes Run Orewa– irrespective of distance – will receive an exclusive commemorative Finisher Medal. The design for this year’s medal will appear here soon!


The revTab is a self-adhesive plate which is delivered direct to your home approximately three weeks after your event with a record of your name, distance and time. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate and immortalise your achievement. Where possible, our finisher medals have a recess on the back to fit your revTab insert.

revTabs are available for the following events:
– Tauranga Marathon
– Devonport Half Marathon
– Omaha Half Marathon
– Coatesville Half Marathon
– Maraetai Half Marathon
– Waterfront Half Marathon
– Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam (will include all five of your half marathon finishing times in the series)
– Run Orewa
– Run The Point
– Run Devonport
– Run Albany

You can purchase a revTab when registering for your event. For individual events, they are $17.50 and for the Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam, they are $19.The price includes delivery to your door. If you didn’t order one when you registered – but would like to do so now – you can do it via my.runningevents.co.nz up until race day. Just click on the LOGIN button at the top of the web site and follow the prompts from there.

Road Closures

There are no road closures in place for this event. Please stay on the utility trail or footpath unless directed otherwise by a race official. Take extra care at any point where you may interact with vehicles or other road users. These interactions will be at an absolute minimum.

Please remember the golden rule … Always give way to vehicles. No matter who has right of way, vehicles always win.


There is lots of off street parking in the vacinity of the race venue as well as a large car park near the Orewa Surf Club (about 5 minutes walk away).

Spot Prizes & Merit Awards

Each event in the series will conclude with a prize ceremony where we will give away thousands of dollars of spot prizes, thanks to our wonderful sponsors. Each individual series event will also include a small number of merit awards for the overall winners. The Grand Finale will also include an Awards Ceremony where we will acknowledge some of the excellent performances across the series, as well as crowning the latest group of Shore Legends.

Spot Prizes

We have many wonderful spot prizes to give away including shoe vouchers and a Garmin GPS sports watch. The grand prize is a big screen TV. Remember – you must be present at the prize giving to claim your prize. Only those who scan their timing tags at the spot prize timing point will be eligible to win a prize. The prize draw timing point will be activated approximately 15-20 minutes before the ceremony – listen out for announcements. All you have to do is walk across the timing mat with your race number and you will be registered in the draw. Easy as!

Important! In the event of inclement weather, we may elect to cancel the Awards Ceremony. Listen out for announcements on the PA or check out our Facebook page. If this does happen, all prize winners will be announced on our Facebook page and prizes will be couriered out to them.

Merit Awards

Beautiful glass trophies for Run Orewa winners will be awarded to:

  • Overall champion male and female in the following races …
    • 5K Run
    • 10K Run
    • 15K Run
    • 5K Walk
    • 10K Walk
  • Overall champion boy and girl in the 2K Kids’ Dash for …
    • Ages 7 & Under
    • Ages 8 & Over

In addition to these awards, points are accumulated from each race in the North Shore Run Series and special series points awards will be presented at the Grand Finale.

Information For Walkers

Running Events welcome walkers in all of our events, irrespective of the distance. Walkers routinely make up around 15-20% of the total field. We take the needs of our walkers seriously and have made changes to how our events operate to allow walkers to be appropriately recognised and accommodated. The notes here will help you, as a walker, to get the most from the event and help familiarise you with our setup for walkers.

Important! In the spirit of fair competition, we ask that all competitors adhere strictly to the rules. Competitive Walkers must not run or jog at any time during the event and must maintain contact with the ground at all times.

Should I register in the Walk?
If you plan to walk most of the way but want to have the option to jog or run at any point, you should select the RUN entry category. If you intend to walk throughout the event and want to measure yourself against other walkers, you should choose the Competitive Walk option.

Important! The walking competition is limited to the 5k and 10k races only. If you are registered as a walker and complete the 15k distance, you will be moved into the run category.

Are There Prizes?
Please see the Merit Awards section for details of prizes. To be eligible for awards, walkers must enter in the competitive Walk category, start on the Walk start signal and must only walk during the event.

How Is the Walking Competition Judged?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide walking judges for our events. Therefore, we rely upon the integrity of those taking part to adhere to the rules of the walking competition and not run or jog at any time. In our experience over the years, we have found that the most common error in the walking competition is where people register as a competitive walker but decide to run on race day. We have worked around this issue by having a dedicated race start for walkers wherever there are Competitive Walk merit prizes at stake.

Important! We do not make judgement calls on disqualifications based on reports from other competitors. Unless advised otherwise by the competitor in question, we trust the integrity of our competitive walkers. In all cases, the Race Director’s decision shall be final.

Event Safety

It is compulsory for all participants to attend, listen to and heed the advice of the safety briefing. Above all else, however, please understand that no roads are closed during the event. You have sole responsibility for your own safety. Do not leave any pavement, cross any road, pass any driveway unless you deem it is safe for you to do so.

Please remind your own spectators that they should not attempt to accompany you in vehicles, bikes or otherwise. They must follow the normal rules of the road to reach vantage points.

Important! A copy of the approved Health & Safety plan is available from Running Events on request.

Course Safety

Even though we have road closures for this event, we cannot guarantee the field of play will be free of all vehicles. Vehicles such as emergency services or our own service or lead vehicles may also be present on the course. Stick to the pavement where one exists or unless otherwise instructed and do not cross any intersection unless you have determined to your own satisfaction that it is safe to do so.

Please remember the golden rule … Always give way to vehicles. No matter who has right of way, vehicles always win.

Course & Venue Maps

Know where you’re going … then train to get there. Maps for all race distances and the event venue.

5K / 10K / 15K

We have two exciting courses to follow for Run Orewa! The 10k course takes in the full goodness of the Te Ara Tahuna walkway in an anti-clockwise direction. The 5k course follows the same route for the first km before an exciting tiki tour of the crescents and cul-de-sacs of Maygrove Drive. And if you’re in the 15k??? You get to do both! Just stay on the Te Ara Tahuna trail past the exit to the finish chute, cross the start line again (this is your exact 10k split) and continue on to the 5k course. Mint!

Course Map

2km Kids’ Dash

Feel the thunder! The kids course is an easy, flat and traffic free out-and-back course along the banks of the estuary. Fast out, flat out back and a medal to finish! Awesome!

Course Map

Venue Map

Superb Western Park on the banks of the Orewa Estuary and gateway to the Te Ara Tahuna walkway is our venue for Run Orewa. It couldn’t be any easier to find, adjacent to Twin Coast Discovery Highway (old SH1) on the left as you come down the hill and cross the bridge into Orewa from Silverdale. See ya there!

Course Map

Past Events

Results, photos, video and more from previous editions of Run Devonport




Photo Gallery

Contact Us

Get answers to any question about your next Running Event …

We’d love to hear from you, but first …
… we’ve listed the five questions we get asked most often in the list below. You can save yourself (and us!) a whole heap of time by checking these Questions and Answers to see if this might answer your query. There’s a good chance this will nail it and you’ll be all set!

Your question may also be listed in our Frequently Asked Question page found HERE

Your Covid Vaccine Pass questions are answered in the Frequently Asked Questions under the “VACCINE PASSES” category.

Your my.runningevents.co.nz dashboard allows you to make a variety of changes to your registration without even needing to ask us. How good is that? From within your account, you can update your contact details, upgrade or downgrade your race selection or transfer your entry to another person. You can also add additional items like t-shirts and revTabs to your registration and pay the extra online. Just click on the LOGIN link in the menu and follow the prompts to access the system or create a new account. Provided your account is email validated, you will find all of your registrations listed here. Select the one you wish to change and follow the Make Changes options from there. If you do have any difficulties, please just get back to us through this Contact Form.

Full details on our Refund & Transfer policy can be found here.

Important: Please do not ask for an exception. Our refund and transfer policy is clearly stated and applied evenly, without exception. We do not make exceptions to this policy under any circumstances whatsoever.

Single Race Registrations

  • Your race number will be ready for collection from the Registration Tent at the event venue during the pre-race or race-morning registration sessions. See the event web site INFO section for details.

Series Pass Registrations

  • If you registered for an Auckland Half Marathon Series Pass at least 28 days prior to the Devonport Half Marathon, all of your race numbers (for all of the series events) and other materials will be sent to you by courier. You can expect to receive this approximately 7-10 days prior to the Devonport event. If you registered within the final 28 days prior to the Devonport Half Marathon, your race numbers and other materials will be available to collect from the Registration Tent at the Devonport event venue during the pre-race or race-morning registration sessions. See the event web site INFO section for details.
  • If you registered for an North Shore Run Series Pass before the courier delivery deadline (please refer to the Important Dates section), your race number and other materials will be sent to you by courier. You can expect to receive them approximately 7-10 days prior to the first race of the series. If you registered after the courier deadline, your race number and other materials will be available to collect from the Registration Tent at the first event during the pre-race or race-morning registration sessions. See the event web site INFO section for details and to check the exact date of the courier deadline.


  • If you ordered any merchandise with your registration, it will be available for collection from the Merchandise tent at the event venue during either the pre-race or race morning registration times. See the event web site INFO section for details.

Our MyLaps disposable timing tags are small stickers that can be found on the back of your race number.  The tag sends out a unique UHF signal that identifies you and records the exact time at which you passed the detection mats. The tags are designed to withstand rain, sweat and normal wear-and-tear – but please don’t fold or bend the bib as this can damage it.  All you need to do to make sure your result is properly recorded is to wear your race number on the front of your shirt throughout the event. The tag is disposable – you do not need to return it after the event.

Important! Keep hold of your race number after you finish. You will need it to register for the prize draw at the Awards Ceremony. Listen out for announcements.

Of course! We love walkers and all of our events are open to runners, joggers and walkers alike. Many of our events offer specific merit prizes, start times and rules for competitive walkers. Please check the event web site and you will find this information on the “Walkers” tab.

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