2016 – 2017 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!

40 races

The DUAL Motutapu - Rangitoto Traverse

The Dual Trail Marathon
2017-03-25
New Zealand / Motutapu Island
Marathon
Hilly Trail

Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon

Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon
2017-05-06
New Zealand / Rotorua
Marathon
Walk Road Running

Hawke's Bay Marathon

Air New Zealand Marathon
2017-05-13
New Zealand / Napier
Marathon
Flat Road Running

Christchurch Marathon

Marathon
2017-06-04
New Zealand / Christchurch
Marathon
Road Running Wheelchair

The Legend Marathon

The Legend Marathon
2015-09-19
New Zealand / Waitakere City
Marathon
Walk Road Running

Wairarapa Country Marathon

Wairarapa Country Marathon
2015-10-11
New Zealand / Masterton
Marathon

Southland Festival of Running

Ascot Park Hotel Southland Marathon
2015-10-18
New Zealand / Riverton
Marathon
Road Running

Big Day At The Office

Around Mt Somers Mountain Marathon
2015-10-31
New Zealand / Methven
Marathon
Trail Mountain

Wanganui 3 Bridges Marathon

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

Hutt River Trail Events

Hutt River Trail Marathon
2016-01-23
New Zealand / Hutt Valley
Marathon
Trail

BIG EASY Mountain Marathon

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

Colville Connection

Colville Connection Marathon
2016-02-13
New Zealand / Colville
Marathon
Trail

Bayleys Mountain to Surf Marathon

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