2014 – 2015 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 Christchurch 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!

36 races

Speights West Coaster Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | Bethells Beach
  • Marathon
  • November 29, 2014 - 07:30
  • Hilly Trail

Waiheke Island Trail Blazer Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | Waiheke Island
  • Marathon
  • November 29, 2014 - 07:30
  • Trail

Hanmer Holiday Homes Alpine Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | Hanmer Springs
  • Marathon
  • December 06, 2014 - 08:00

Wanganui 3 Bridges Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | Wanganui
  • Marathon
  • December 13, 2014 - 07:30
  • Walk "Road Running"

Hutt River Trail Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | Hutt Valley
  • Marathon
  • January 17, 2015 - 08:30
  • Trail

BIG EASY Mountain Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | Wanaka
  • Marathon
  • January 24, 2015 - 08:00
  • Trail Mountain

Buller Gorge Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | Westport
  • Marathon
  • February 14, 2015 - 08:30
  • Relay

Colville Connection Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | Colville
  • Marathon
  • February 21, 2015 - 10:00
  • Trail

Pure South Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | Queenstown
  • Marathon
  • February 21, 2015
  • Trail Mountain

Bayleys Mountain to Surf Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | New Plymouth
  • Marathon
  • March 07, 2015 - 07:45
  • Walk Relay

Motatapu Icebreaker Off Road Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | Motatapu Station
  • Marathon
  • March 07, 2015 - 08:00
  • Hilly Walk Trail

Te Houtaewa Challenge Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | Far North
  • Marathon
  • March 07, 2015

Surf2Firth Bush Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | Coromandel
  • Marathon
  • March 14, 2015 - 08:00
  • Charity Trail

The Dual Trail Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | Motutapu Island
  • Marathon
  • March 21, 2015 - 09:30
  • Hilly Trail

Arrowsmith Highcountry Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | Methven
  • Marathon
  • April 04, 2015 - 08:00
  • Trail