Harcourts Cooper & Co Run Orewa

Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Walkway


Welcome to Harcourts Cooper & Co Run Orewa! The teams from Running Events and Harcourts Cooper & Co are thrilled to welcome you to the beachside jewel at the top end of the North Shore's world class coastline. Our 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.

Event distances go from the "main event" 10K Classic - which takes in one full lap of the Te Ara Tahuna walkway - the more achievable 5k Fun Run & Walk - which snakes through quiet and leafy suburban cul-de-sacs - right up to the 15k event - which combines the 10k and 5k courses. For our junior athletes, the 2k Kids Dash is a straight out blast along the estuary footpath and back to the finish line.

We take our finisher medals seriously

The team at Running Events take the task of creating the best finisher medals in New Zealand very seriously. We want every single person who crosses the finish line and smashes their fitness goals to take home a beautiful moment of a great day out and an awesome goal acheived.
Stay tuned for this year's medal design!

Event Venue & Course
Our event base for Harcourts Cooper & Co Run Orewa is stunning Western Reserve in Orewa. Access is super-easy and the finish line will be visible as you drive into Orewa from the city on Twin Coast Highway. Parking couldn't be easier with (weather permitting) parking at the race site with huge overflow car parks at the skateboard park and the surf club.

The course takes in the enture Te Ara Tahuna Walkway - 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!

Trade Up To North Shore Run Series

Run Orewa is race one of the Harcourts Cooper & Co North Shore Run Series, four amazing events at four great North Shore locations. The series is spread right throughout summer and offers a fantastic fitness goal for the warmer months. Make this your fittest summer ever and trade up to North Shore Series Pass. Find out more at North Shore Run Series.

Earn That Medal!
All finishers in all events will receive an exclusive Harcourts Cooper & Co Run Orewa finisher medal … a collector's item and a great token of a goal achieved!



By The Numbers

The magnificent Te Ara Tahuna walkway brings you all this ...


Race Day

2 - 15
Distances (km)


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North Shore Run Series

Run Orewa is Race One of the North Shore Run Series. You can sign up for all four events with a special Series Pass entry ... and score an exclusive, free series t-shirt. For info, head over to nsrs.werun.nz


Four To Choose From!

Important! Please familiarise yourself with our T&Cs (see below) prior to registering.

No Age Restrictions

15k Run


Until Oct 14|info

  • Beautiful Finisher Medal
  • Electronic Timing & Awards
  • First Class Event Experience
No Age Restrictions

10k Classic


Until Oct 14|info

  • Beautiful Finisher Medal
  • Electronic Timing & Awards
  • First Class Event Experience
No Age Restrictions

5k Fun Run


Until Oct 14|info

  • Beautiful Finisher Medal
  • Electronic Timing & Awards
  • First Class Event Experience
Kids Aged 3 - 10 Years 1

2k Kids' Dash


Until Oct 14|info

  • Beautiful Finisher Medal
  • Electronic Timing & Awards
  • First Class Event Experience


When entering one of our events, you will be required to accept our Waiver, which includes vitally important information we do not want you to miss. Above all else, you must acknowledge that your registration is non-refundable and cannot be deferred to a later edition of this event or transferred to another event (read our Refunds & Deferrals Statement). To be fair and equitable to all - we will not deviate from this position under any circumstances. You will also be acknowledging our Participation & Competition Rules including the important stipulation that - in all disputes - the Race Director's decision shall be final.


  1. Age restrictions are calculated using the participant's age on race day.

Please also note:

  • All amounts are in NZD and inclusive of GST. You will be directed to our secure online payment partner, Windcave, to complete your payment. All payments over $100 are eligible to use our "FlexiREV" facility to split your payment into 4 fortnightly installments (5% service fee applies).

Race Options

From 2k to 15k, There's a Race Option For Everyone

15km Run
Start Time:8:00 a.m.

The 15km Run is the ultimate challenge at Run Orewa. 15k'ers will follow the 10k course first and then proceed on to the 5k course ... read more about those two routes below. Participants in the 15k will encounter their "Decision Point" at approximately 9.8km - on the Te Ara footpath as it passes through Western Reserver. 10k athlete will turn right off the footpath and proceed up the finish chute to the finish line. Those in the 15k must stay on the footpath and continue on to begin the 5k course. Onya!

START: Te Ara Tahuna Walkway

FINISH: Western Reserve

10k Classic
Start Time:8:00 a.m.

The superb 10k Classic course takes in the full fruit of the famous Te Ara Tahuna estuary walkway. The initial westward section hugs the estuary with uninterrupted views of the Orewa River. After crossing the bridge to the new subdivision at Arran Point, a short out-and-back ensures the accurary of the course. Next stop is Millwater and Metro Park with an extended loop on Millwater Parkway. The rest of the course is on estuary reserve until crossing the old SH1 bridge, passing the skateboard park and approaching the finish line. Remember to bear right off the footpath at 9.8km to head for the finish line (otherwise you'll be running an extra 5k!).

START: Te Ara Tahuna Walkway

FINISH: Western Reserve

5k Fun Run & Walk
Start Time:8:15 a.m.

Our 5km fun run & walk course is truly a unique experience! The intiial section mirrors the 10k course along the beautiful estuary esplanade before turning right into the leafy Orewa suburbs. The course includes two "race track" sections around the uniquely shaped Settlers Grove and Nickell Place cul-de-sacs. Back out onto the main road we go past Orewa College to Centreway Reserve where a tree-lined footpath takes you all the way back to the Western Reserve and the finish line!

START: Te Ara Tahuna Walkway

FINISH: Western Reserve

2k Kids' Dash
Start Time:9:30 a.m.

Feel the thunder! The kids course is an easy, flat and traffic free out-and-back course along the banks of the estuary. The kids get to start under the same arch and follow the same westward outbound course as the adults. Just before the 1km mark the kids hit their turnaround and head back towards Western Reserve and the finish line ... remember to KEEP RIGHT on this course kids! And what do you get when you make it back to that finish line? That's right ... you're awesome finisher medal!

START: Te Ara Tahuna Walkway

FINISH: Western Reserve

Info Centre

Everything You Need to Know About Run Orewa


Race Guide

The Race Guide is our single-page, quick reference for everything you need to know to make the most of your event experience.
Keep it close by on your phone or go old-style and print it out.

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Race Schedule

Don't get caught at the finish line when you should be at the start line. Here is the full run down of what's happening where and when, including those all important start times ....

Race Day Schedule

Race Number Collection

Race Numbers must be collected from the race site Registration tent; Saturday 2pm-4pm and Sunday/Race Day from 6:30am.

Race Pack Collection Guide

Merit Awards

We have beautiful glass trophies to award to the top finishers in each race. Check out the full list on offer and - if you plan on competing hard for these - ensure you are familiar with our competition rules ....

List of Merit Awards
Competition Rules

Race Number & Timing Tag

A valid race number (with timing tag on the reverse) must be worn on the front of your shirt whenever taking part in any of our events. Find out what it looks like, how to attach it and when you will receive it here ....

Race Number & Timing Tag

Aid Stations

An aid station is placed at the half way mark of the 10k course (Metro Park, Millwater) and another, for 15k competitors) near the finish line. Check out the course maps in the Race Options section for exact locations ....

Finisher Medal

Every finisher - no matter the distance - will receive a beautiful Run Orewa finisher medal. Wear it loud and proud - you earned it! Check out last year's medal below ...

2021 Event Recap!

iTab Medal Insert

Immortalise your achievement with an iTab medal insert. iTab is a self-adhesive plate, accurately cut for the recess on the back of your medal. It is delivered direct to your home and shows your name, distance and time ....

iTab Medal Insert Info

Parking & Transport

Parking for Run Orewa could not be any easier or more plentiful. Weather permitting, we will have on site parking accessed from Edgewater Grove (see venue map below). Otherwise many parks are available at the Skateboard Park, the Surf Club or in side streets ....

PDF Venue Map

Cut-Off Times

Whilst we want to see every single person make it to the finish line and smash their fitness goals, the need to open roads, free up resources and release race marshals all require definite cut-off times to be implemented. Read about them here ...

Cut-Off Times


Walkers are made very welcome at all of our events and will often be 10% of the total field. Check out our walking guidelines with info on how to register as a walker and the competition rules ....

Walking Rules & Info


The safety of our participants, crew and the public is our number one concern. First, last and always. Find out more about our safety procedures and what to expect at our events here ...

Safety Information

Virtual Events

Can't make it to the event? You can still take part - and earn that all-important finisher medal - by completing the event virtually and uploading your finish time. Find our more about how this works on our dedicated info page ...

Virtual Run Info

Past Events

Run Orewa is just getting started. Here's what we've achieved so far.


How did you do?

Event Recaps

Check out photo galleries, videos, medal designs from previous events.