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Start at the corner of Hurstmere Road and The Esplanade near the northern end of Takapuna Beach. Run south along the beach, then up Clifton Road, along Lake Road and left onto Winsombe Road just past Takapuna Grammar. Follow Seacliffe Avenue and Hamana Road all the way down to Vauxhall Road at Cheltenham Beach. Head back the way you came for a nice 10-12 km run that takes in a good combination of quiet suburban streets, parkland and beach running, with great views of Rangitoto Island. There are some really nice houses to look at along the way. When you get back, have a quick shower and then grab a nice meal and a beer from one of the many nice restaurants or cafes on Hurstmere Road - a great way to finish an invigorating run! One Red Dog is a pretty cool place to eat.