2015 – 2016 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

Bayleys Mountain to Surf Marathon

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

Motatapu Icebreaker Off Road Marathon

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

Te Houtaewa Challenge Marathon

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

Surf2Firth Bush Marathon

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

Arrowsmith Highcountry Marathon

  • March 21, 2015 - 08:00
  • Oceania | New Zealand | Methven
  • Marathon
  • Trail

The DUAL Motutapu - Rangitoto Traverse

The Dual Trail Marathon

  • March 28, 2015 - 09:30
  • Oceania | New Zealand | Motutapu Island
  • Marathon
  • Hilly Trail

Great Forest Events

Great Forest Marathon

  • April 11, 2015 - 07:30
  • Oceania | New Zealand | Levin
  • Marathon
  • Walk

Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon

  • May 02, 2015 - 08:15
  • Oceania | New Zealand | Rotorua
  • Marathon
  • Walk Road Running

T42 Trail Run

T42 Trail Marathon

  • May 02, 2015 - 09:15
  • Oceania | New Zealand | Central Plateau
  • Marathon
  • Trail

Christchurch Marathon

  • May 31, 2015 - 08:30
  • Oceania | New Zealand | Christchurch
  • Marathon
  • Wheelchair Road Running

Harbour Capital Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k

Armstrong Motor Group Wellington Marathon

  • July 05, 2015 - 07:30
  • Oceania | New Zealand | Wellington
  • Marathon
  • Walk Road Running

Five Bridges Marathon and Fun Runs

5 Bridges Marathon

  • August 22, 2015 - 08:00
  • Oceania | New Zealand | Petone
  • Marathon
  • Walk

Cadbury Dunedin Marathon

  • September 13, 2015 - 08:00
  • Oceania | New Zealand | Dunedin
  • Marathon
  • Road Running

The Legend Marathon

  • September 19, 2015 - 06:30
  • Oceania | New Zealand | Waitakere City
  • Marathon
  • Walk Road Running

Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf Marathon

  • October 03, 2015 - 07:20
  • Oceania | New Zealand | Port FitzRoy
  • Marathon
  • Walk Trail Fund raising