2017 – 2018 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 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 Gazley Volkswagen 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 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!

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42 races

Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k

Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon
June 18, 2017 Race day in 4 months
New Zealand / Wellington
Marathon
Walk Road Running

Five Bridges Marathon and Fun Runs

5 Bridges Marathon
August 20, 2017 Race day in 6 months
New Zealand / Petone
Marathon
Walk

Cadbury Dunedin Marathon

Cadbury Dunedin Marathon
September 10, 2017 Race day in 7 months
New Zealand / Dunedin
Marathon
Road Running

Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf Marathon

Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf Marathon
October 07, 2017 Race day in 8 months
New Zealand / Port FitzRoy
Marathon
Walk Trail Fund raising

Tauranga International Marathon

Marathon Run / Walk
October 07, 2017 Race day in 8 months
New Zealand / Tauranga
Marathon
Walk Flat Road Running Fast

Wairarapa Country Marathon

Wairarapa Country Marathon
October 08, 2017 Race day in 8 months
New Zealand / Masterton
Marathon

ASB Auckland Marathon

Marathon
October 29, 2017 Race day in 8 months
New Zealand / Auckland
Marathon
Charity Road Running

The Loaded Taniwha

Marathon Run
November 04, 2017 Race day in 8 months
New Zealand / Lake Whakamaru
Marathon
Hilly Trail Relay

Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon

Marathon
November 18, 2017 Race day in 9 months
New Zealand / Queenstown, New Zealand
Marathon
Flat Green Fast

The Legend Marathon

The Legend Marathon
No race in 2016
New Zealand / Waitakere City
Marathon
Walk Road Running

Colville Connection

Colville Connection Marathon
No race in 2017
New Zealand / Colville
Marathon
Trail

Monaco/Nelson Mid Winter Marathon

2 Person Relay
June 19, 2016 The race has already taken place.
New Zealand / Monaco, Nelson
Marathon
Walk Relay

Monaco/Nelson Mid Winter Marathon

6 Person Relay
June 19, 2016 The race has already taken place.
New Zealand / Monaco, Nelson
Marathon
Walk Relay

Monaco/Nelson Mid Winter Marathon

Solo Run
June 19, 2016 The race has already taken place.
New Zealand / Monaco, Nelson
Marathon
Walk

Greta Valley Marathon Relay

September 03, 2016 The race has already taken place.
New Zealand / Greta Valley
Marathon
Hilly Relay