Shakespear Regional Park (map)
Shakespear's got it all - farmland, friendly animals, well-groomed single track, wider open trails, a waterfall, one or two decent hills, and stunning views! It is also home to NZ's most-visited wildlife sanctuary.
Shakespear Regional Park is less than 20km past the Northern Motorway exit at Silverdale. Allow 20mins – 30 minutes (max) to get to the event base from the Silverdale off-ramp.
Once exiting the Northern at Silverdale: Turn right at the first roundabout and head straight through the 2nd roundabout shortly after - staying on Hibiscus Coast Highway 17. After approx 3km turn right onto Whangaparaoa Road. STAY ON WHANGAPAROA RD ALL THE WAY TO SHAKESPEAR REGIONAL PARK – the huge Shakespear Regional Park signage should help you here!
At the very end of Whangaparoa Road (when the Army Bay carpark is on your left) make a right hand turn into the park. Shortly after make a left onto Bruce Harvey Drive and follow this road down to the event base.
Shakespear Open Sanctuary (SOS) is New Zealand’s most visited wildlife sanctuary with more than 700,000 visitors entering the park annually.
In 2011 the predator fence was erected within Shakespear Regional Park and Auckland Council has been supported by the community volunteer group Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society Inc (SOSSI) since 2003. Together they are ‘building a haven for wildlife’. With the help of the fence, SOS has become a predator free ‘mainland island’ with recent releases of endangered native birds such as Whitehead, North Island Robin, little spotted Kiwi, Saddleback and Hihi.
This major conservation project is special in that in combines the reintroduction of endangered native species and replanting of habitat but still maintaining farming and recreational activities.
SOSSI members assist with pest and predator control, plant nursery production and tree planting, monitoring of reintroduced bird species, track maintenance, farm work and public and school education. They are also strong advocates for conservation and help with fundraising for future reintroductions.
There are opportunities for members of the public to attend the weekly Tuesday volunteer days and to take part in this year’s community planting days on 19 June & 17 July.
Please visit SOSSI’s website for further details: www.sossi.org.nz
We recommend running with a Hydration backpack loaded with 500ml - 1 litre of liquid, and other nutritional nibbles. You can expect to be away from base for a decent period of time at these events, and we can't always get aid stations to the points where you may expect them to be.
While event medics will be at each event (they will be stationed at the event base, start / finish point) and participants may encounter on-course marshals with first aid on them, it also pays to be safety conscious and carry items like:
a basic first-aid kit
a cell phone
additional warm clothing
We have removed disposable cups from our aid stations in an effort to minimise our waste production. Please remember your reusable cup, hydration pack or water bottle to fill up! (You can purchase a collapsible silicone water cup at event base for $5).
Online registrations will close at 10am the Friday before event day or when sold out - whatever happens first!
FULL SERIES ENTRY - PRE-REGISTERED
If you've entered the whole 6-event Auckland XTERRA Series, on the morning of the event, simply head to your own Series Entrant Registration Tent. Your name and race number are on the Series Board in front of the black tent and you help yourself to your race number with the attached timing transponder.
If you're changing distance this weekend grab your race number/timing transponder and give it to the Total Sport staff member in your tent who will give you a new race number/transponder for your new distance. We recommend checking into this area at least 45 minutes prior to your scheduled start time.
INDIVIDUAL EVENT - PRE REGISTERED
If you've only entered one/a few of the XTERRA events, please head to the Pre-Registered area to collect your event bib and timing transponder. Our team will split the registrations alphabetically by surname e.g. A to G, H to O & P to Z. We recommend checking into this area at least 45 minutes prior to your scheduled start time.
REGISTER ON THE DAY - ONLY IF AVAILABLE!
Entry numbers are capped at 1000pax per event location - This does mean many locations will sell out before event day. Check the website or Facebook for announcements.
Whilst we are stoked to see more of you than ever out there enjoying the trails with us, we are aware that our XTERRA Series venues are not designed for quite so many people descending on them in the space of a few hours. The huge numbers put pressure on all sorts of areas at each event – parking, toilet queue, beer line, plus the congestion on the trails.
With this in mind, and following discussions with the landowners and stakeholders involved with the series, entry numbers are now capped at 1000pax for each of the Auckland XTERRA events.
1.1 Participant acknowledges that Total Sport reserves the right to:
(a) change the format of this event (and/or route of the Event) where it may become necessary or desirable to do so due to circumstances beyond the control of Total Sport, and if that occurs, Participant consents to the changes and agrees that each and every one of the Event rules, terms and conditions will apply to that changed Event; and
(b) postpone or cancel the Event whether due to poor weather, natural disaster, pandemic outbreak, any Force Majeure Event, or for any other reason beyond Total Sport's control. If the Event is cancelled (or postponed and Participant cannot make the postponement date), Participant acknowledges and accepts that Participant's entry fee is non-refundable, however, Credit will be given in accordance with clause 1.4.
1.2 Total Sport will make reasonable endeavours to postpone the Event rather than cancel.
1.3 If Total Sport cannot postpone the Event (or if the Event has been postponed once before already and the postponed Event cannot go ahead) the Event will be cancelled and a Credit will be issued.
1.4 Where the Event is cancelled in accordance with clause 1.1(b) Participant acknowledges that the amount of Credit given will depend on the amount of lead time between the circumstances rendering the Event cancelled (i.e. government lockdown announcement or weather event) and the Event date and:
(a) where there is more than 2 weeks’ notice, 100% Credit will be given; and
(b) where there is 2 weeks’ notice or less, 50% Credit will be given.
1.5 WITHDRAWALS & CREDITS - If Participant is sick or injured and cannot participate in the Event, they may transfer the value of the Entry Fee to any Total Sport event within the following 12 months, minus a $20 administration fee which Participant acknowledges there is a reasonable amount for the administrative dealings involved with changing Participant's Event entry. Participant must inform Total Sport no later than 48 hours before the Event in order to be eligible for this Credit.
Your entry is not transferable to another person. If you are unable to participate on the day, under no circumstances are you to give your race bib to anyone else.
You can change distances prior to online registration closing. This is possible through your online registration, click to amend through your confirmation email. If you can’t locate your registration confirmation email email@example.com. Note: There are no partial refunds if downgrading.
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