Sherwood Reserve

Sherwood Reserve, 145 Glencoe Road, Browns Bay, Auckland, 0630

Type of Course – Three laps

Shoes Required – Road (mostly footpath with a grass section)

Things to know

There is a great children’s playground and a couple of public toilets available, very close to the course start in Sherwood Reserve.

A dairy is located in the block of shops beside the playground (off Glencoe Rd) where water or other provisions can be purchased.

Parking is free. If travelling by motorhome park on the street.

Not permanently marked

Low risk of cancellation

Cafe: White Flower Cafe, 88 Clyde Rd, Browns Bay.

Location of start:

The event starts in Sherwood Reserve near the end of the boardwalk.

Getting there by public transport

The 865 bus takes just 7 minutes from Albany bus station. Get off the bus at stop 3115 – 71 Glencoe Road, and it is just a short 5-minute walk along Glencoe Road to Sherwood Reserve. If you are coming from the city centre, take the Northern Express bus to Albany Bus Station and change there to the 865.

From the East Coast Bays, the 856 follows Beach Road. Disembark at stop 3098 – Beach Road/Woodlands Crescent (from the south) or stop 3109 – 29 Bute Road (from the north) and it is about a 15-minute walk through Freyberg Park to the start.

For more options and timetables please consult the Auckland Transport Journey Planner

Getting there on foot

Sherwood Reserve is located at 145 Glencoe Road, Browns Bay.

From/to White Flower Cafe: Walk along Bute Road, and continue across Beach Road to Woodlands Crescent and Freyberg Park. Go through Freyberg Park and across the bridge into Sherwood Reserve. It is about a 15-minute (1.2km walk).

Getting there by road

From Albany Expressway or the Motorway (SH1), take UR25 (Greville Road) towards Pinehill, then turn left onto UR21 (East Coast Road) and right onto Oaktree Avenue.

Follow Oaktree Avenue to the end, and turn right onto Glencoe Road, then left onto Beach Road and left again onto Woodlands Crescent.

Freyberg Park will be on your left where there is plenty of parking. It is then a short walk through the park to the start in Sherwood Reserve.


First run: July 3, 2021

Inaugural attendance: 265

Record attendance: 265 (03/07/2021)

Course records 

Women: Hannah Oldroyd 19:28 (22/01/2022)

Men: Ruan Meintjies 17:35 (07/05/2022)

The story behind Sherwood Reserve parkrun…

Scott Arrol, founding co-Event Director

There was a group of us who had been on the lookout for the last couple of years to try to get a parkrun up and running on the North Shore of Auckland.

It was a bit tricky as there were lots of parks but they were all quite small and they didn’t meet the safety requirements.

There’s been a core group of between 15 and 20 poking around trying to find somewhere.

Then we found there had been some changes at the Sherwood Reserve to their waterways. That opened it all up because they put a whole new walkway in and areas that made it possible for a three lap course.

We decided to get it going here.

Nowhere in the world has got native short-finned eels on their parkrun – and they’re a protected species. You can see them as you run past.

When people come to Sherwood Reserve parkrun we’ve named all the different sections.

When you go over the bridge by the eels that’s Eely bridge.

If you’re not going too quickly you can stop and have a look. I don’t know how many are there but there would be a good 50-odd.

After that you head on further around the course to Stonehenge, as we call it, then back up and under the troll bridge to the turnaround and you do that three times.

It’s a fantastic course.

We’re getting good feedback how everyone is able to see each other out on the course.

While in Browns Bay…

Visit Browns Bay Beach Reserve

Browns Bay Heritage Walk

Wine tours

Visit any of the North Shore beaches