My Next Challenge helps you find your next running event in New Zealand. Whether you are looking for a fun run for the family, your next marathon or half marathon, ultra-distance run, trail run, bucket list runs through vineyards, along beaches or up mountains, challenge yourself, be inspired and get active!


53 Run events
Run Auckland Series - Race 1
image descriptionAmbury Park, Mangere Auckland

The Run Auckland is a series of 6 running events hosted at purpose-picked locations around Auckland to offer all types of runners a challenge. Race 1 in the series will take place on the 26th of May 2024 at Ambury Park.

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Possum Night Trail Run
image descriptionWairakei Resort Bay of Plenty

The Possum Night Trail Run will take place on the 15th of June 2024. Grab your headtorch and run or walk 5km, 12km or 21km through the dark.  

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Run Auckland Series - Race 2
image descriptionOnepoto Domain Auckland

The Run Auckland is a series of 6 running events hosted at purpose-picked locations around Auckland to offer all types of runners a challenge. Race 2 in the series will take place on the 16th of June 2024 at Onepoto Domain.

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Sri Chinmoy Auckland Series - Race 4
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The Sri Chinmoy Auckland Series is a series of eight running and walking events that take place in the Auckland Domain and War Memorial Park, Mt Roskill. Race Four of the series will take place on the 23rd of June in the Domain.

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Gazley Volkwagen Wellington Marathon 2024
image descriptionSky Stadium Wellington

The Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon has been the Capital City’s favourite footrace for more than 35 years.

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Krayzie Midwinter Backyard Ultra
image descriptionSpencer Park, Christchurch Canterbury

The Krayzie Midwinter Backyard Ultra will take place on the 29th and of June 2024. The event is a backyard ultra format. Participants must complete the 6. 7km lap in less than one hour, with the race finishing when one person completes one more lap than anyone else.

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Run Auckland Series - Race 3
image descriptionTe Atatu Peninsula Auckland

The Run Auckland is a series of 6 running events hosted at purpose-picked locations around Auckland to offer all types of runners a challenge. Race 3 in the series will take place on the 7th of July 2024 at Te Atatu Peninsula.

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The Wuu-2k Trail Marathon, and Ultra-Marathon
image descriptionWellington

The WUU2K will take place on the 13th of July 2024. The WUU2K or 'Wellington Urban Ultra 2K', is a trail-running endurance event around the hills that surround New Zealand's capital city. The event offers a 21km, 43km and 65km Ultra Marathon.

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Sri Chinmoy Auckland Series Race 5
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The Sri Chinmoy Auckland Series is a series of eight running and walking events that take place in the Domain and War Memorial Park, Mt Roskill. Race Five of the series will take place at the Domain on the 14th of July. Distances available include Half Marathon, 10.

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Mackenzie Half Marathon 2024
image descriptionFairlie, Mackenzie Canterbury

The Mackenzie Half Marathon will take place on the 20th of July 2024.  The event offers a half marathon, 10km, a 5. 5km, and 2. 5km fun run for kids and grandparents. All distances can be run or walked.

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Run Auckland Series - Race 4
image descriptionWestern Springs Auckland

The Run Auckland is a series of 6 running events hosted at purpose-picked locations around Auckland to offer all types of runners a challenge. Race 4 in the series will take place on the 28th of July 2024 at Western Springs.

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Taupo Marathon 2024
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The 2024 Taupo Marathon will take place on the 3rd of August. The annual event offers a Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km and 5km run. The Half Marathon, 10km and 5km courses can also be walked.

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Run The Forest
image descriptionRotorua Bay of Plenty

Run The Forest is the only reason you need to get up and get going this winter. Three distances across Rotorua’s unique geothermal and Redwood trails. Expect on-course entertainment, finish line vibes, tunes, food and more.

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Sri Chinmoy Auckland Series Race 6
image descriptionDomain Auckland

The Sri Chinmoy Auckland Series is a series of eight running and walking events that take place in the Domain and War Memorial Park, Mt Roskill. Race Six of the series will take place on the 11th of August 2024 at the Domain. The course is a 1.

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Run Auckland Series - Race 5
image descriptionFarm Cove, Pakuranga Auckland

The Run Auckland is a series of 6 running events hosted at purpose-picked locations around Auckland to offer all types of runners a challenge. Race 5 in the series will take place on the 18th of August 2024 at Farm Cove, Pakuranga.

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The Great Naseby Water Race - Ultra Running Events
image descriptionNaseby Otago

The Great Naseby Water Race will take place on August 28th 2024.  The event is a series of ultra running events. Distances include 50, 60, 80, 100, 160, 200km and 200mile. Must be 18 years or older to participate.

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Kinloch Off-Road Challenge 2024
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The Kinloch Off-Road Challenge will take place on the 7th of September 2024. The event offers a Marathon, Half Marathon, 12km and 7km as well as a Kids Dash. The courses utilize the excellent trail network in and around Kinloch, Taupō.

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Run Auckland Series - Race 6
image descriptionMillwater Estuary Auckland

The Run Auckland is a series of 6 running events hosted at purpose-picked locations around Auckland to offer all types of runners a challenge. Race 6 in the series will take place on the 8th of September 2023 at Millwater Estuary.

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Hutt Marathon
image descriptionHikoikoi Reserve, Petone, Lower Hutt Wellington

The Hutt Marathon will take place on the 15th of September 2024. Distances available include a 5km fun run, 10km, Half Marathon and full Marathon. The Half Marathon, 10km and 5km can also be walked.  

 

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Kerikeri Half Marathon 2024
image descriptionKerikeri Northland

Run, Wheelie (wheel chair), Run/Walk, Competitive Walk or just walk! We have you covered!

The Kerikeri Half Marathon will take place on the 16th of September 2024.  The Kerikeri Half Marathon is flat and fast and offers Half Marathon and 5km distances.

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Race Tekapo 2024
image descriptionLake Tekapo Canterbury

Race Tekapo will return in 2024 on the 21st of September!

The event is an exciting destination race taking place in the heart of Tekapo. Enjoy breathtaking lake and mountain views while running through Lake Tekapo, Mt John and the Regional Park.

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Blue Lake 24 Hour Challenge
image descriptionLake Tikitapu, Rotorua Bay of Plenty

The Blue Lake 24 Hour Challenge returns on the 28-29th September 2024. The course is a clockwise 6km around the beautiful Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) in Rotorua. Participants can run as little or as much as they choose up to 24 hours.

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Rakiura Challenge 2024
image descriptionStewart Island

Held annually amongst the pure wildness of Rakiura National Park, this event brings a high buzz to the small Stewart Island community whereby the population on the Island doubles in size over the weekend.

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4 Paws Marathon 2024
image descriptionBottle Lake Forest, Christchurch Canterbury

Finally, a chance to run with your best friend! An off road walking/running event set in the beautiful Bottle Lake Forest and beaches of Christchurch. The 4 Paws Marathon is a dream inspired by a passionate Sport & Exercise Doctor who loves running with his dogs.

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Abel Tasman Coastal Classic 2024
image descriptionAbel Tasman Nelson Marlborough Tasman

If there's one event to put on the list for the run of a lifetime, it's the Abel Tasman Coastal Classic. Come stride into paradise. The Abel Tasman Coastal Classic first began in 1994 and quickly became one of New Zealand's most popular Trail Runs.

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Taupo Ultramarathon 2024
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The Taupo Ultramarathon is a 100km run across a network of interconnected trails alongside beautiful Lake Taupo. The 100km challenge is also open to teams. In addition, there are a number of additional entry options such as the 70km run as well as 50km and 24km run or walk.

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Trail Trilogy 2024
image descriptionWaihi Waikato

After the unfortunate cancellation of Trail Trilogy 2023, the event will be back on the 20th of October 2024. The event is a trail running event held along the Hauraki Rail Trail with all distances finishing in Waihi.

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Run Orewa 2024
image descriptionTe Ara Tahuna Estuary Walkway, Orewa Auckland

Run Orewa takes place on the 20th of October 2024. The event has distances for runners of all abilities; 2km, 5km, 10km & 15km and is the first race in the North Shore Run Series.

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Kaikōura Mountains to the Sea
image descriptionKaikoura Canterbury

The Kaikōura Mountains to the Sea will return in 2024 on the 26th of October.  The Kaikōura Mountains to the Sea run is a joint fundraising event for Kaikoura High School and the Kaikoura Lions.

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River-Run Backyard Ultra 2024
image descriptionWaipukurau A&P Showgrounds, River Terrace, Waikpukurau Hawkes Bay

Hawkes Bay's only backyard ultra! Run as many of the 6. 7km laps as you can. Entry is free although koha is greatly appreciated. All profits from the event will be donated to the Waipukurau Rotary River Pathways Trust.

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Mission Mt Somers 2024
image descriptionMt Somers Canterbury

Mission Mt Somers is taking place on the 2nd of November 2024. The event is an annual trail running event held in Canterbury based around the Mt Somers DOC walking track.

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Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Marathon 2024
image descriptionVictoria Park Auckland

The Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Marathon will take place on the 3rd of November 2024. Distances offered include Marathon, Half Marathon, 11km, 5km Family and a Kids Marathon and Wheelchair Marathon.

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Corporate Challenge Christchurch
image descriptionNorth Hagley Park, Christchurch Canterbury

The Corporate Challenge Christchurch is taking place on the 6th of November 2024. The Corporate Challenge is a 5km run, jog or walk organised exclusively for businesses and organisations. The second in the Corporate Challenge series takes place in Christchurch at North Hagley Park.

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Lochmara Lodge Half Marathon
image descriptionQueen Charlotte Sounds Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The annual Lochmara Lodge Half Marathon will take place on the 9th of November 2024. The event offers 22km of running the beautiful Queen Charlotte Track. The course finishes at Lochmara lodge with lunch before your boat trip back to Picton.

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Mt Isthmus Traverse
image descriptionLake Hawea Otago

The Mt Isthmus Traverse, will take place on the 9th of November 2024. The Mt Isthmus Traverse off-road running event will take place on the privately owned Glen Dene Station in Lake Hawea.

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City to Surf Tauranga - Mt Maunganui 2024
image descriptionTauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, Tauranga Bay of Plenty

The City to Surf Tauranga - Mt Maunganui Fun Run Walk will return on the 10th of November 2024. The event offers a half marathon, 11km and 5km. All distances can be run or walked.

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Corporate Challenge Wellington
image descriptionWaitangi Park Wellington

The Corporate Challenge is a 5km run, jog or walk organised exclusively for businesses and organisations. The first event in the Corporate Challenge series takes place in Wellington on Wednesday the 13th of November 2024 at Waitangi Park.

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New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Queenstown Marathon
image descriptionQueenstown Otago

The Queenstown Marathon will return on the 16th of November 2024.

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Featured event
Coastal Five 2024
image descriptionNew Plymouth Taranaki

A running festival like no other where you can experience a new spin on the classic marathon with the chance to finish a marathon event in 5 events over 2 days. Race one or race them all to become a Coastal Five legend in New Plymouth, Taranaki.

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Corporate Challenge Auckland
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

Corporate Challenge Auckland is taking place on the 20th of November 2024. The Corporate Challenge is a 5km run, jog or walk organised exclusively for businesses and organisations.

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Run the Point 2024
image descriptionHobsonville Auckland

Run the Point is back and due to take place on the 24th of November 2024!

Run the Point is the second race in the North Shore Run Series.

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Kepler Challenge and Luxmore Grunt
image descriptionKepler Track, Fiordland Southland

The Kepler Challenge takes place on the 7th of December 2024. The event will take place on the beautiful Kepler Track within Fiordland National Park. The course is 60km long with a total ascent and descent of 1350m.

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Harcourts Cooper and Co Run Devonport 2025
image descriptionNavy Fields, Devonport Auckland

Run Devonport is race three of the Harcourts Cooper & Co North Shore Run Series. The course is flat and fast and distance options include 15km, 10km and 5km as well as a 2km kids dash.

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Tarawera Ultra Trail New Zealand 2025
image descriptionRotorua Bay of Plenty

Tarawera Ultra Trail New Zealand will take place from the 15-16th of February 2025. Tarawera Ultra Trail New Zealand offers a half marathon, 50km, 102km as well as the 100 Mile Endurance Run.

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Motatapu Ultra Run 2025
image descriptionQueenstown Otago

Traversing the absolutely stunning ridges and valleys of the Harris Mountain Range between Wānaka and Arrowtown. The mountain run track covers 52km of exposed and physically challenging back-country terrain across the Motatapu and Soho Stations on an old travellers' route that is steeped in New Zealand history.

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Motatapu Allpress Espresso Trail Marathon 2025
image descriptionQueenstown Otago

This iconic trail run or walk is through the magnificent Motatapu, Soho, and Glencoe Stations.

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Motatapu UDC Finance Miners Trail 2025
image descriptionArrowtown Otago

A spectacular loop from Arrowtown, ascending the historic Tobin's Track up onto the Crown Terrace before entering the magnificent Glencoe Station. The Motatapu is a hugely enjoyable and social event, famous for its relaxed southern vibe and huge comradery. For more information visit www. motatapu. com

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Motatapu Jennian Homes Junior Trail Run 2025
image descriptionArrowtown Otago

Starting and finishing at Wilcox Green, Arrowtown participants head on a 4km loop along the Arrow River Bridges Trail.

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Maraetai Half Marathon 2025
image descriptionMaraetai Auckland

Taking place on the 9th of March 2025, the Maraetai Half Marathon offers a half marathon, 10km, 5km run/ walk and a 2km kids dash on Auckland's beautiful Pohutukawa coast.

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Run Albany
image descriptionAlbany Auckland

Run Albany will return on the 16th of March 2025.  The event is the fourth and final race in the North Shore Run Series. Distances on offer throughout the series include 15km, 10km, 5km & 2km.  

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