2016 – 2017 New Zealand Marathon Calendar

Bridges seem to play an important role in the New Zealand marathon scene, what with the 5 Bridges Marathon in Petone and the Wanganui 3 Bridges Marathon.

And it could be said that there is even a marathon in New Zealand that spans the full history of the 42.195 km marathon. Indeed, was it not here at the Ascot Park Hotel Southland Marathon that the now legendary distance was run for just the second time (in 1909, shortly after the distance started to become standard at the 1908 London Olympics)? Speaking of bridges, there are sure to be lots of river crossings, but not a lot of bridges at the spectacular Motatapu Icebreaker Off Road Marathon that takes participants along a historical Maori route that is only open to the public on race day.

It only makes sense that a country with such a coastline (in terms of sheer length, and, above all, beauty) would feature a few coastal runs, and would you be surprised to learn that the one run along 90 Mile Beach is considered one of New Zealand’s most challenging? That is, in any case, what organizers and participants have to say about the Te Houtaewa Challenge Marathon up in the Far north.

Another run – but one where you won’t get sand in your shoes, is the Buller Gorge Marathon in Westport that lays claim to the title of “most scenic athletic event” in New Zealand!

New Zealand certainly has a wealth of scenic wilderness marathons, but of course it also features a few city marathons, as well:
The capital city, Wellington, hosts the Armstrong Motor Group Wellington Marathon.

The streets of Christchurch are the site of an annual marathon in June, which also bills itself as one of the world’s fastest (and most scenic and supportive, as well) : the Marathon.

The country’s largest city, Auckland, is the place to be in November when the ASB Auckland Marathon rolls into town.

So depending where you’re based, it may take you some time to get to New Zealand, but there are plenty of running opportunities that will make it well worth the trip!

40 races

Christchurch Marathon

Marathon
2016-06-05
New Zealand / Christchurch
Marathon
Road Running Wheelchair

Monaco/Nelson Mid Winter Marathon

2 Person Relay
2016-06-19
New Zealand / Monaco, Nelson
Marathon
Walk Relay

Monaco/Nelson Mid Winter Marathon

6 Person Relay
2016-06-19
New Zealand / Monaco, Nelson
Marathon
Walk Relay

Monaco/Nelson Mid Winter Marathon

Solo Run
2016-06-19
New Zealand / Monaco, Nelson
Marathon
Walk

Armstrong Motor Group Wellington Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k

Armstrong Motor Group Wellington Marathon
2016-06-26
New Zealand / Wellington
Marathon
Walk Road Running

Five Bridges Marathon and Fun Runs

5 Bridges Marathon
2016-08-28
New Zealand / Petone
Marathon
Walk

Greta Valley Marathon Relay

2016-09-03
New Zealand / Greta Valley
Marathon
Hilly Relay

Cadbury Dunedin Marathon

Cadbury Dunedin Marathon
2016-09-11
New Zealand / Dunedin
Marathon
Road Running

Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf Marathon

Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf Marathon
2016-10-01
New Zealand / Port FitzRoy
Marathon
Walk Trail Fund raising

Rotorua Ekiden

2016-10-08
New Zealand / Rotorua
Marathon
Walk Road Running Relay

Blackmores XTERRA Trail Challenge Waihi

Blackmores XTERRA Trail Challenge Waihi Marathon
2016-10-22
New Zealand / Waihi
Marathon
Trail

ASB Auckland Marathon

ASB Auckland Marathon
2016-10-30
New Zealand / Auckland
Marathon
Charity Road Running

Feilding Marathon

Feilding Marathon
2016-11-05
New Zealand / Feilding
Marathon
Walk Road Running Relay

The Taniwha

Marathon
2016-11-05
New Zealand / Lake Whakamaru
Marathon
Hilly Trail Relay

Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon

Marathon
2016-11-19
New Zealand / Queenstown, New Zealand
Marathon
Fast Flat Green