If you are on the hunt for a 10km PB on one of the most stunning courses in New Zealand, you’ve come to the right place. The Brooks 10K Classic features a pancake flat course which crams in a huge number of the sights, sounds and smells of this unique city.
The 10k commences at the south eastern corner of the Village Green, at the very top of Fenton St. Runners will assemble on Memorial Drive for the race start – slower runners please see yourself appropriately. Walkers at the back of the field.
The first 2.5km is a thrilling mass charge down Rotorua’s primary thoroughfare, Fenton St. A left turn into Ward Ave is followed by a slight detour via Hilda St and Clouston Crescent. Ward Ave becomes Scott St for a short period before the crossing of Sala St.
Once across Sala St, a packed dirt path along the banks of stunning Puarenga Stream winds along past the 4km mark. The outskirts of famous Whakarewarewa Forest are on the other side of the stream and slower runners and walkers may even see the leaders in the half marathon.
The path eventually arrives at busy State Highway 30, Te Ngae Rd, but an underpass that you may have driven over a hundred times without ever realising it even existed, gives safe passage for runners. The main roads are left behind and the next 1.5km continues along the banks of the stream.
Puarenga Stream feeds into Lake Rotorua at Sulphur Bay and the entire area is a thermal wonderland of sights, sounds and, yes, smells! At 5.5km, the route leaves the stream to cross the famous salt tracks. The next two kilometres is an assault on the senses … perfect for taking your mind off those aching limbs.
Past the 7km markers and the natural highlights are replaced by Rotorua’s cultural wonders. The Polynesian Spa, Blue Baths and world famous Rotorua Museum follow in quick succession.
Past 8km and the route joins the edge of Lake Rotorua with stunning views across the water. This is your companion now all the way to the finish line. A mixture of road and track takes your around the headland and the 9km marker signals the final turn for home.
Our finish line is directly in front of the magnificent lake front and provides a spectacular backfdrop to your achievement. It will – we promise – be a day and a run you will remember for a long, long time.