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 adidas 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

Motatapu Icebreaker Off Road Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 2390
  • Marathon
  • March 07, 2015 - 08:00
  • Hilly Walk Trail

Te Houtaewa Challenge Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 1833
  • Marathon
  • March 07, 2015

Surf2Firth Bush Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 17652
  • Marathon
  • March 14, 2015 - 08:00
  • Charity Trail

The Dual Trail Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 8867
  • Marathon
  • March 21, 2015 - 09:30
  • Hilly Trail

Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 1834
  • Marathon
  • May 02, 2015 - 08:15
  • Walk "Road Running"

T42 Trail Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 17684
  • Marathon
  • May 02, 2015 - 09:15
  • Trail

Pure South Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 11429
  • Marathon
  • February 22, 2014
  • Trail Mountain

Arrowsmith Highcountry Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 8591
  • Marathon
  • April 05, 2014
  • Trail

Great Forest Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 2498
  • Marathon
  • April 12, 2014 - 07:30
  • Walk

Christchurch Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 1273
  • Marathon
  • June 01, 2014 - 08:30
  • Wheelchair "Road Running"

Armstrong Motor Group Wellington Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 1906
  • Marathon
  • June 22, 2014 - 07:30
  • Walk "Road Running"

5 Bridges Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 2493
  • Marathon
  • August 17, 2014 - 08:00
  • Walk

The Legend Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 2496
  • Marathon
  • September 13, 2014 - 06:30
  • Walk "Road Running"

Cadbury Dunedin Marathon

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 1832
  • Marathon
  • September 14, 2014 - 08:00
  • "Road Running"

Greta Valley Marathon Relay

  • Oceania | New Zealand | 17198
  • Marathon
  • September 20, 2014
  • Hilly Relay