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 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 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!

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41 races

Buller Gorge Marathon

Buller Gorge Marathon
February 11, 2017 Race day in 4 months
New Zealand / Westport
Marathon
Relay

Pure South Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon

Pure South Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon
February 18, 2017 Race day in 5 months
New Zealand / Queenstown
Marathon
Trail Mountain

Bayleys Mountain to Surf Marathon

Marathon
March 04, 2017 Race day in 5 months
New Zealand / New Plymouth
Marathon
Walk Relay

Motatapu Icebreaker Off Road Marathon

Motatapu Icebreaker Off Road Marathon
March 04, 2017 Race day in 5 months
New Zealand / Motatapu Station
Marathon
Hilly Walk Trail

Surf2Firth Bush Marathon

Marathon
March 11, 2017 Race day in 5 months
New Zealand / Coromandel
Marathon
Charity Trail

The DUAL Motutapu - Rangitoto Traverse

The Dual Trail Marathon
March 25, 2017 Race day in 6 months
New Zealand / Motutapu Island
Marathon
Hilly Trail

Wanaka Sun Marathon

April 08, 2017 Race day in 6 months
New Zealand / Wanaka
Marathon
Trail

Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon

Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon
May 06, 2017 Race day in 7 months
New Zealand / Rotorua
Marathon
Walk Road Running

T42 Trail Run

T42 Trail Marathon
May 06, 2017 Race day in 7 months
New Zealand / Central Plateau
Marathon
Trail

Hawke's Bay Marathon

Air New Zealand Marathon
May 13, 2017 Race day in 8 months
New Zealand / Napier
Marathon
Flat Road Running

Christchurch Marathon

Marathon
June 04, 2017 Race day in 8 months
New Zealand / Christchurch
Marathon
Road Running Wheelchair

The Legend Marathon

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

Big Day At The Office

Around Mt Somers Mountain Marathon
October 31, 2015 Cancelled
New Zealand / Methven
Marathon
Trail Mountain

Te Houtaewa Challenge Marathon

Te Houtaewa Challenge Marathon
March 12, 2016 Cancelled
New Zealand / Far North
Marathon

Kirikiriroa Marathon

March 19, 2016 The race has already taken place.
New Zealand / Hamilton
Marathon
Walk