Trail running NZ

Doesn't every runner has a favorite training run near or from home? I love Mount Maunganui (Mauao) in New Zealand. It is a prominent headland, an extinct volcanic cone, overlooking the ocean on one side and across the harbor to the Kaimai Ranges on the other.

And it is laced with trails, with a hard packed base track and single trails all leading to the top, it offers variety within a very short time frame and it is steep for a good lung buster!  

 "Ascending" the North side

"Ascending" the North side

My favorite route is the single trail on the North side overlooking Matakana Island. It really gives that feeling of isolation I love when trail running in the wilderness, although actually only minutes from my car. 

Mt Maunganui, NZ

 

My favorite route is the single trail on the North side overlooking Matakana Island. It really gives that feeling of isolation I love when trail running in the wilderness, although actually only minutes from my car.

Summiting "the Mount".