NZ Running Calendar

NZ Running Calendar 2017/2018 





Sunday 14th January: Nelson Striders Half Marathon & 10K

The Nelson Striders Half Marathon and 10K features and out and back course along Nelson's picturesque Maitai Valley Rd.

The Half Marathon has staggered start times so people will finish around 10:30am and there are prizes for the people who finish closest to their estimated time (down to the second). No watches are allowed for this event!

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Saturday 20th January: Taranaki Off Road Half Marathon 

The Good Home Taranaki Off-Road Half Marathon is back in 2018 on Saturday, 20 January at the same venue with the same course!

Along with the Half Marathon distance, runners could instead opt to tackle the slightly shorter, yet just as challenging, Quarter Marathon and 5km distances too.

This event proudly supports the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter.

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Saturday 10th February: Buller Gorge Marathon 

The Coast to Coast Mountain Run on Friday, 9 February 2018 covers the mountain run leg of the annual Coast to Coast multi sport event.

The competitors in the Mountain Run will register at Aickens Corner and start as the first cyclist in the two day event enters the Aickens transition. They will then complete the normal mountain run course of 33kms over Goat Pass and finish at Klondyke Corner in the Arthurs Pass National Park.

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Saturday 10th February: Tarawera Ultramarathon 

The Tarawera Ultramarathon on Saturday, 10 February 2018 is New Zealand's most prestigious ultramarathon and is part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour.

This annual trail run goes from Rotorua to Kawerau, with 62km, 87km and 102km events. The 62km & 87km distances can also be run solo or in a team relay. 

The spectacular course will also take runners through places of immense cultural significance to Maori people, the indigenous people of New Zealand. Around 1260 participants with more than 600 international athletes and many of the world’s best trail ultra runners, will run the race of their lives from Rotorua to Kawerau in February.

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Sunday 10th February: Orewa Beach Half Marathon 

The Platinum Homes Orewa Beach Half Marathon on Sunday, 11 February 2018 is an annual 21km half marathon, 10km and 5km fun run and kids 2km dash, and is the third race in the 2017/18 Auckland Half Marathon Series.

The event has a beautiful and scenic course, designed to give you a bit of everything. Starting and finishing on Orewa Beach, you are sent through the pretty Eaves Bush track followed by a run through Kensington Park Villas down some local roads to Orewa's new cycle/walkway and over to Silverdale and Millwater Estate. It really does have different surfaces and something new to look at the entire time.

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Saturday 17th February: Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon 

The Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon in Queenstown has full marathon, 30km, half marathon, 10km and 5km events on Saturday, 17 February 2018.

The entire event takes place on the private Ben Lomond High Country Station which is not normally accessible to the public.

Transport is provided to the start of the marathon at Pipeline Bungy, Skippers Canyon, Queenstown and the event ends at Moke Lake, Queenstown. The 30km, half marathon, 10K and 5K start and end at Moke Lake.

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Sunday 18th February: Cigna Round the Bays - Wellington 

The Cigna Round the Bays on Sunday, 18 February 2018 takes advantage of the picturesque setting which winds its way around Wellington's stunning inner city harbour.

There are several event options available for participants in this event with the 6.5km Fun Run/Walk, 6.5km Buggy Walk, Bluebridge 10km and the Cigna Achilles Half Marathon, all fantastic options for the casual or serious participant! All of these distances start at Frank Kitts Park and hug the harbour shoreline for various distances before returning to the finish line festival at Kilbirnie Park.

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Saturday 3rd March: Mountain to Surf Marathon 

The Bayleys Mountain to Surf Marathon on Saturday, 3 March 2018 has the full marathon, 2 or 4 person marathon relays and a half marathon in New Plymouth.

The course starts at the gates to Egmont National Park and finishes at East End Reserve, Nobs Line, New Plymouth. The half marathon starts at Hillsborough Hall, Cnr Egmont and Henwood roads, Bell Block.

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Sunday 4th March: Ports of Auckland Round the Bays 

The Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is an 8.4km fun run or walk starting at Quay Street (between Tinley St and The Strand Overbridge) along Tamaki Drive and finishing at Vellenoweth Green in St Heliers Bay.

This popular annual event attracts around 40,000 registered runners. It is currently organised as a joint collaboration between the Auckland Joggers Club and Fairfax Media and has been run each year since 1972.

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Saturday 10th March: Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon & 10km

The Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon and 10km on Saturday, 10 March 2018 start and finish at Kaiteriteri Beach.

The Half Marathon starts on the beachfront and follows the undulating and picturesque coastline before climbing the Sandy Bay Hill. Following the steady descent to Sandy Bay there's more undulating coastline as you make your way back to finish on the golden sands of Kaiteriteri.

The 10km is an out and back course from Kaiteriteri Beach towards Marahau and return.

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Saturday 10th March: Kirikiriroa Marathon

The Kirikiriroa Marathon on Saturday, 10 March 2018 is an annual event at Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The event was conceived as a low cost marathon, specifically to encourage and support those running one for the first time. It also showcases Hamilton's greatest iconic features.

The course is out and back, on sealed river paths. It begins and ends in the Hamilton Gardens and goes as far north as Horotiu Bridge.

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Saturday 17th March: Foundation Clinic Mauao Half Marathon 

The Foundation Clinic Mauao Half Marathon on Saturday, 17 March 2018 is a community focused fun run/walk which traverses one of the Bay Of Plenty's most iconic natural attractions, Mauao - Mt Maunganui.

Whether a competitive off road "Mountain Goat" runner or someone just looking for a challenge with breath-taking scenery, the Foundation Clinic Mauao Half Marathon appeals to all. The course involves ascending and descending Mt Maunganui three times and three laps around the Mt Maunganui base track. The event can be completed individually or in a 3 person team.

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Saturday 17th March: Run Milford Sound 

Run Milford Sound on Saturday, 17 March 2018 is a spectacular 35km out and back road running event.

The run starts and finishes near the waters edge at Milford Sound, and enjoys the most incredible view of Mitre Peak standing 1,690 metres tall. You have to see it to believe it!

Runners will make their way up the valley towards the Homer Tunnel (17.5km) whilst enjoying beautiful views of towering mountain ranges and waterfalls before turning around and surprisingly see everything in a different perspective whilst looking forward to the sight of Mitre Peak towering over the finish line at Milford Sound.

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Saturday 17th March: Taihape Half Marathon 

Not quite off road but certainly not your standard on road marathon, the Taihape Half Marathon on Saturday, 17 March 2018 is something special.

Taking runners and walkers through the stunning Maowhango Valley, the Taihape Half Marathon has been described as the most scenic half marathon in the North Island.

The event starts at Wainui Hall, 5km northwest of Taihape township. There are also 10km, 5km and kids 2.6km fun run and walk events.

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Sunday 18th March: Mizuno Coatesville Half Marathon 

The Mizuno Coatesville Half Marathon on Sunday, 18 March 2018 is an annual 21.1km half marathon, along with the 8km Classic, 4km Downhill Dash, and 2km Kids Dash, and is the fourth race in the 2017/18 Auckland Half Marathon Series.

The rural Coatesville Classic course treats you to spectacular views, from Sky Tower on one side to the Waitakeres on the other, and the road is closed for the event.

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Saturday 24th March: Southern Lakes Half Marathon

The Southern Lakes Half Marathon on Saturday, 24 March 2018 and is an annual event starting just below the Cardrona Ski Field entrance and finishing at Pembroke Park in the middle of town.

The half marathon course goes down the Cardrona Valley starting from just below the Cardorna Ski Field entrance (parking will be in adjacent field) finishing on Pembroke Park in the middle of town. The 10km course also starts on Cardrona Valley Rd with a straight run home to Pembroke park.

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Saturday 24th March: Hokianga Half Marathon 

The Hokianga Half Marathon on Saturday, 24 March 2018 starts at Rawene in Northland and runs along State Highway 12 to Opononi.

Proceeds from the event go to Hokianga Health & St John Ambulance Hokianga.

Prize giving and the finish line is at Opononi Area School. There are buses from Opononi to the start at Rawene, and then at the finish to take participants back to Rawene.

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Sunday 25th March: Huntly Half Marathon 

The Huntly Half Marathon on Sunday, 25 March 2018 is a well-established event on the running calendar and has a strong fan base, attracting approximately 3000 walkers and runners from Auckland, the Waikato and central North Island.

As well as the half marathon, there are 10km fun run/walk, 5km fun run/walk and kids 2km events.

The course starts from Riverview Rd Reserve, featuring a virtually flat single out & back route that follows the mighty Waikato River on completely on sealed roads. This course will only be used for the Half Marathon participants and no other event distances.

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Saturday 7th April: Ruapehu Ring of Fire 

The inaugural Ruapehu Ring of Fire on Saturday, 7 April 2018 will undoubtedly be one of the most challenging and exhilarating alpine adventure running events in the Southern Hemisphere with its unique combination of terrain, distance, altitude and views.

Participants will be treated to a mix of desert, scoria and lava fields, stunning native bush, scraggy tussock desert like terrain, crystal clear mountain streams as well as breath taking climbs and expansive views of one of the most treasured landscapes of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Saturday 7th April: Wanaka Sun Marathon 

The Wanaka Sun Marathon is an off road sporting event held in April each year, with this year's event on Saturday, 7 April 2018.

April is a great time to experience the autumn colours that really light up the river and forest trails.

The Marathon, 10km & 5km events all start at the Albert Town Tavern on the outskirts of Wanaka. All are loop courses and are run over well groomed trails that meander alongside the beautifully scenic Cluther River.

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Sunday 15th April: Tauranga Half Marathon 

The Tauranga Half Marathon, 15km, 10km, 5km and Matua Mile on Sunday, 15 April 2018 have scenic courses that take in numerous local parks, reserves and walkways.

All races are fully on-road in the CBD and along the seaside. Expect to post smart times on the rolling, scenic, half marathon course, which includes a loop of the Tauranga CBD streets, picturesque Memorial Park, plus Beach Road, Harbour Drive and Kulim Park. All events are fast and flat with very little elevation gain.

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Saturday 5th May: Rotorua Marathon  

The 54th Rotorua Marathon on Saturday, 5 May 2018 is an annual event with full 42.2km marathon, 21.1km half marathon, 10.55km quarter marathon and 5.5km running/walking events.

One of the unique charms of the full marathon is one lap of Lake Rotorua is almost exactly the full marathon distance (give or take a few hundred metres). No more. No less. Perfect.

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Saturday 5th May: Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon 

The Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon, 10km & 5km run on Saturday, 5 May 2018 is held annually, in the picturesque Village of Hanmer Springs, 130km NW of Christchurch.

The race, which is organised by Amazing Days on behalf of The Community Trust as a community fundraiser. The Hanmer 4 square half marathon takes competitors on a unique journey through Hanmer Forest amongst some amazing mountain scenery. The is a great pre race for The Christchurch Marathon.

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Saturday 5th May: Waiheke Half Marathon 

Come away to Waiheke Island for an incredible event incorporating a 21km half marathon and 5km & 10km fun runs on Saturday, 5 May 2018.

Take in the best of Waiheke Island with a weekend full of entertainment options and highlights of the Island. The course will take you by stunning beaches, past vineyards and along quiet country roads - all finishing at Alison Park where you can celebrate your efforts with friends and family.

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Saturday 12th May: Air NZ Hawke's Bay International Marathon 

The Air New Zealand Hawkes Bay International Marathon Run on Saturday, 12 May 2018 is a running festival with a 42km marathon, 21km half marathon, 10km fun run and a 3km kids fun run.

Take in the best highlights of the region, with flat easy running through local cycle trails, vineyards, olive groves, and quiet country roads - all finishing at the impressive Sileni Estates Winery where you can celebrate your efforts in style.

Escape away with friends for the weekend, experience all Hawke's Bay has to offer in late autumn and enjoy the challenge and festive celebration of running.

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Saturday 19th May: Mt Oxofrd Odyssey 

The Oxford Odyssey on Saturday, 19 May 2018 is a 42km mountain marathon run, 21km half marathon run or tramp, and 15km run or tramp over Mt Oxford in Canterbury.

Spectacular views of Canterbury await those who venture up 1364m to the summit. The descent takes you through beautiful native forest as you complete the loop.

The run starts at Coopers Creek car park and runs across some farmland before the tough but rewarding grunt to the summit.

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Saturday 26th May: Whitianga Half Marathon 

The Whitianga first Half Marathon is on Saturday, 26 May 2018, following a fast and flat scenic loop of Whitianga and the Mercury Bay on both pathways and sealed roads.

There is a 21km half marathon, a 10km & 5km fun runs/walks, and a 2km kids beach dash. Each course can be either run or walked at this fun family event. There will be a exciting and festive feel at Race HQ on Buffalo Beach Reserve. This event has been created to give back to the community. All profits will be donated back into the area.

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