Branford Park Loop
7km loop run with lots of hills.
This is a great “after work calorie burn” loop. Drive to the Branford Park car park, left off Maitai Valley Road before Gibbs Bridge. There are toilets near the car park.
Warm up on the lower track heading toward Botanical Hill. Run up the switchbacks and then the paved track to The Centre of New Zealand. Now head out along the lower track on the bluff. Just before the 4th gate hop the fence on the right and climb the steep hill to the top of the bluff. Find the twin track on top of the bluff and run back toward Botanical Hill. Go up The Centre for a second time and then head back along the upper Branford Park track. You could go directly back to the car park at this point but for full value you’ll want to go via the extra little hill as shown on the map.