Te Ārai straddles the line between Wellsford and Mangawhai and two beaches; Te Arai Point and Forestry sit on the Wellsford side while its northern beach Black Swamp sits in Mangawhai.

This magnificent park features views of Pākiri Beach, Mangawhai Heads, Sandspit and Tomarata Lakes and is home to dune lake ecosystems, wetlands, a coastal broadleaf forest and regenerating forest.

Come discover this stunning location and take part in our event on the 13th October.

Here’s a sneak look at the park and its terrain!


  • The event base is at Te Arai Regional Park.
  • The event base will be here HERE
  • And parking is HERE. Park in the paddock as directed and then walk to the event centre which is around 1km away.  So please bring all you gear and set up at our event base for the day.  We will have a tent to leave your gear while you run.
  • Refer course map below for parking and event centre locations.
  • Please allow time to get from the parking area to the event centre.

  • Allow 1 hr 20 to to 1 hr 30 to get there from Central Auckland
  • Please drive slowly and be aware of runners and walkers


We’ve set up a group associated with the Wild Auckland Facebook Page to try and facilitate carpooling to our events.

People will post to here looking for rides and if you have space and want company head on over and offer some space in your car to the events.

Check out the Wild Auckland Carpooling Group here


If you’re looking at this on a mobile device you might need to swipe left to see the details of the table

Kids Dash (2-3km)

The Tour (7-10km)

The Discover (12-15km)

The Expedition (18-25km)

Registration at the venue

 From 8am
From 8am
From 8am
From 8am

Race Briefing











The Expedition and Discovery courses have to cross a stream (see below) at 13.5km and 12km respectively which is shin to knee deep.

Courses will be clearly marked with course marking and marshals where necessary.

As a condition of our permit with Auckland Council, courses may be subject to change due to weather and ground conditions.

A map which shows all courses is below – everyone follows the same route with the turn around points for each course marked with relevant coloured arrow.  We put km markers in the various course colours too so you can try and follow the route on the map?!

Maybe click on the image to see a higher res version you can print out for peace of mind on the day!


If you did the first of the Wild Auckland events then please bring along the race bib/number you got then, as we’ve allocated that number to you for the series.  If you’ve lost that bib, then please get in touch shaun@lacticturkey.co.nz so we can allocate a different number to you.

Please keep your race bib from this event for future Wild Auckland events.


Please ensure you have enough nutritional supplies and water for your needs.  Saying that, we will provide a water stop on the course at the distances indicated above for each course.  This water station will have water and jet planes!

At the finish we will have water and Tailwind electrolyte drink.

Don’t forget your reusable cup if you attended our first event. If this is your first Wild Auckland event then you’ll get a cup for free when you arrive.


The event base is quite far away from any shops or anything so we’ve worked hard to get a coffee vendor and food truck along to cater for you after the event!

So we have…..


Local Mangawhai coffee cart serving a variety of hot and cold drinks.


Quality fries, hand cut and cooked on the spot.  Bringing authentic Dutch style fries to New Zealand.  Served in a cone with a selection of european inspired sauces


Because this regional park is still getting developed there is no tent camping allowed on Saturday night before the event.  There is a limited number of SCC spots.  We have booked the entire SCC camping area so if you are wanting to bring a SCC campervan then please email shaun@lacticturkey.co.nz.  There are 10 spots available on a first in first served basis.

There are toilets but no water or rubbish facilities so it is a true SCC site.  Refer HERE for the council page for this SCC site.


For this series of events, due to the nature of the courses we do not insist on any compulsory gear.  However we recommend the longer course participants take the basics as it’s good practice to carry this type of gear anytime you hit the trails!

We recommend the following: Whistle, wind and waterproof seam sealed jacket, thermal hat/Thir, at least 1 litre of fluid, a survival blanket, a mobile phone and a first aid kit.

You will also need your reusable cup as we will not have paper cups at aid stations – these are provided in your race pack if you are doing your first Wild Auckland or bring your one from last time if you did the event last month.


Results should be available live on the day on our event website RESULTS PAGE HERE


We’ll be handing smaller spot prizes out during the day randomly as people cross the finish line.
The main prizegiving for some token merit prizes (fastest male and female on each course) and major spot prizes will be at around 1pm.


Photos4sale will be on the course taking photos on a PWYW (pay what you want) basis.  Go to photos4sale.co.nz and enter your bib number and all the photos taken of you will be displayed.


A Total Endurance Fuel – All you need, all day. Really!

The strength, growth and flexibility you need now…

Roam Energy Nut Butter is an almond butter mix made from the goodness of almonds. Roam is suitable for any activity, whether it be outdoors, before or after the gym, or as a healthy snack in between meals.


Lactic Turkey Events tries to do our bit for the environment and we’ve been #paperplasticcupfree for our trail runs for two years now.  We’ve sourced a new type of 220ml foldable/crushable reusable cup as per below.

Thanks to IronOak Financial Services, everyone will get one of these free for their first event, to use at our events or any other event that is cupless!

If you lose your cup for some reason then you can purchase replacements for $4.  These can be purchased at registration on the day.

There will not be any paper/plastic cups at the aid stations throughout the day or at the finish line, so you will need to take this on the run with you to use.


For this event we have two groups that are our volunteers/marshals in return for a donation:

  • MAGS Orienteering team who help at all the Wild Auckland events as a fundraiser to get the team to local and international events – including the World Secondary School Champs
  • A local group for Te Arai – the New Zealand Fairy Tern Charitable Trust (NZFTCT).  Here is some information about this group
    • Formed by concerned community people and ornithologists in 2008 with the aim of ensuring the survival of this endearing little seabird for future generations of New Zealanders and to preserve part of NZ’s biodiversity;
    • Supports and participates in the New Zealand fairy tern Recovery Project initiated by Department of Conservation (DOC) in 1991 by complementing their management efforts;
    • Fundraises to logistically support DOC volunteers at all current breeding and wintering grounds, so that participation is affordable to willing helpers;
    • Advocates for this endemic NZ sub-species, to raise awareness of its plight, via public talks, displays, leaflet drops and media articles;
    • Circulates NZFT news and information to our members with a regular bulletin and our website;
    • Has five permanent trustees and an annually elected executive committee of 10 members who meet monthly.
    • DoC’s current figure for NZFT is 35.
    • The threat ranking is Critically Endangered, the most endangered bird species in New Zealand.
    • The Trust fund raises every year to fund a full-time trapper at Mangawhai – he traps 12 months of the year, during the breeding season is out every day.  Mangawhai is the most significant breeding area for the birds, usually having 5 – 6 Pairs (10-12 birds, approx. one third of the current population), nesting on the sandspit.
    • Volunteers are transported out to the spit two days a week by a Trust owned dingy.


The idea of the Wild Auckland series is to introduce you to new parks and trails now that the Waitakere Ranges and increasingly more parks close due to Kauri Dieback.  The parks we take you to may not be closed but best practise dictates that we use the same principles of Kauri Dieback management in all regional parks.

We continue to work with the Auckland Council to ensure that we mitigate the risk of the event spreading Kauri dieback.  Through these measures and education of participants and supporters we ensure that we are using best practice to minimise the risk of spreading the disease that is affecting New Zealand’s greatest and most majestic native trees.

The event also aims to help raise awareness of the Kauri dieback issue to the wider public.

Please ensure you read all the information on Kauri dieback here which outlines what the issue is and what you can do – whether part of the event or in your training.  Lets all help raise awareness of the issue!

The New Zealand College of Chiropractic

The New Zealand College of Chiropractic is excited to have a presence at the Wild Auckland Series! We’ll be at each event supporting in any way we can. We are excited to explore the Auckland area together. We want to know how your training has been going, how your races have been and any future goals you may have! If you’re curious to learn more about how chiropractic can play an integral role in achieving yourgoals, enhancing your performance, and improving your overall health and wellbeing come to our tent and have a chat with us. We look forward to seeing you all there!