East End

Nobs Line, Strandon, New Plymouth, 4312

Type of Course – Out and back

Shoes Required – Road

Things to know

Toilets, beach access, children’s playground if you follow Nobs Line down past the skating rink and across the bridge.

Free parking with parking suitable for motorhomes.

Not permanently marked

Left your barcode behind? Email the RD to print one off.

Cold showers (people quite often will jump in the sea)

Very low risk of cancellation

Cafe: The Kiosk at the Fitzroy Surf Club

Location of start:

The event starts on the grassy area, between Fitzroy and East End Surf Clubs.

Getting there by public transport

There is no public transport available for this parkrun. 

Getting there on foot

Along the walkway from town: Follow walkway along the beach until you see East End Surf Club on your right. Start line will be on the grassy area between East End and Fitzroy Surf Clubs.

Along the walkway from Bell Block: Follow walkway along the beach until you see Fitzroy Surf Club. Start line will be on the grassy area, between Fitzroy and East End Surf Clubs.

Getting there by road

From town: Continue along Devon St and turn left into Nobs Line. Veer left and head towards the car park near East End Surf Club.

From Bell Block: Turn right at the traffic lights after the Waiwhakaiho Bridge onto Devon St East. Turn right into Nobs Line and head towards the car park near East End Surf Club.

Parking spaces can be found around East End Surf Club as well as Fitzroy Surf Club. There are also parking spaces past the surf club around the East End skate park and indoor hockey rink as well as neighbouring streets.


First run: September 22, 2018

Inaugural attendance: 109

Record attendance: 138 (21/09/2019)

Course records 

Women: Emily Roughan 17:26 (30/04/2022)

Men: Paul Martelletti 15:25 (13/03/2021)

The Story Behind East End parkrun…

Trevor Masters, event director

It probably started with (co-ED) Erin. In the end I had a discussion with her at another event. I was thinking about setting it up and she had already made contact so we joined forces.

I was in Sydney in March 2012 and a friend of mine told me about it. I went to St Peters [the first in Sydney] and thought it was fantastic. I thought it would go well here but it was still early days.

I didn’t get much support for it because it was still very new to New Zealand so I put it on the back burner.

I always thought the obvious place for a parkrun in New Plymouth was Pukekura Park but council weren’t keen on that at all. The second choice was by one of the streams in town but parkrun didn’t like that. They felt a couple of bridges were too narrow.

The final run was chosen almost spontaneously and it’s been great. We take it for granted – it’s a run I do quite regularly anyway.

I’d run a couple of parkruns before we started but I’d never volunteered before.

I don’t think we had any expectations. We were overwhelmed with numbers and a bit of pressure on the timing, making sure everyone was okay.

We’d not run a test event so it was a bit terrifying! But it was great.

We didn’t know what we were growing but looking at it now it’s incredible to see the number of families who come along. It’s very rewarding.

I was doing it for my own selfish reasons, which is ironic because I hardly get to run any more.

While in New Plymouth…

Coastal Walkway

Brooklands Zoo

Pukekura Park

Len Lye Centre

Goblin Forest


Read my road trip and run report here.