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 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!

37 races

Wanganui 3 Bridges Marathon

Wanganui 3 Bridges Marathon
  • 2015-12-12
  • New Zealand | | Wanganui
  • Marathon
  • Walk Road Running

BIG EASY Mountain Marathon

BIG EASY Mountain Marathon
  • 2016-01-30
  • New Zealand | | Wanaka
  • Marathon
  • Trail Mountain

Buller Gorge Marathon

Buller Gorge Marathon
  • 2016-02-13
  • New Zealand | | Westport
  • Marathon
  • Relay

Pure South Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon

Pure South Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon
  • 2016-02-20
  • New Zealand | | Queenstown
  • Marathon
  • Trail Mountain

Bayleys Mountain to Surf Marathon

Bayleys Mountain to Surf Marathon
  • 2016-03-05
  • New Zealand | | New Plymouth
  • Marathon
  • Walk Relay

Motatapu Icebreaker Off Road Marathon

Motatapu Icebreaker Off Road Marathon
  • 2016-03-05
  • New Zealand | | Motatapu Station
  • Marathon
  • Hilly Walk Trail

Surf2Firth Bush Marathon

Surf2Firth Bush Marathon
  • 2016-03-12
  • New Zealand | | Coromandel
  • Marathon
  • Charity Trail

The DUAL Motutapu - Rangitoto Traverse

The Dual Trail Marathon
  • 2016-03-19
  • New Zealand | | Motutapu Island
  • Marathon
  • Hilly Trail

Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon

Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon
  • 2016-04-30
  • New Zealand | | Rotorua
  • Marathon
  • Walk Road Running

Christchurch Marathon

Marathon
  • 2016-06-05
  • New Zealand | | Christchurch
  • Marathon
  • Wheelchair Road Running

Wild Turkey Off Road Marathon, Half Marathon & 15 km

Wild Turkey Off Road Marathon
  • 2013-04-06
  • New Zealand | | Whatipu
  • Marathon
  • Hilly Trail

Greta Valley Marathon Relay

  • 2014-09-20
  • New Zealand | | Greta Valley
  • Marathon
  • Hilly Relay

Southland Festival of Running

Ascot Park Hotel Southland Marathon
  • 2014-10-19
  • New Zealand | | Riverton
  • Marathon
  • Road Running

Big Day At The Office

Around Mt Somers Mountain Marathon
  • 2014-11-22
  • New Zealand | | Methven
  • Marathon
  • Trail Mountain

PAK'nSAVE Marlborough Sun Run

Marathon
  • 2014-11-22
  • New Zealand | | Blenheim
  • Marathon