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!


120 Run events
South Island Ultra Marathon
image descriptionHokitika West Coast

The South Island Ultra Marathon will be held on Saturday 8th May 2021 on the West Coast Wilderness Trail on the West Coast of the South Island.

More details
Saint Clair Vineyard Half
image descriptionWairau Valley Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon due to take place on the 9th of May 2020 has been postponed until the 8th of May 2021. The Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon takes place amoungst the vineyards in the gorgeous Marlborough region in New Zealand.

More details
The Rotorua Marathon 2021
image descriptionRotorua Bay of Plenty

Australasia's oldest marathon event, the Rotorua Marathon will take place on the 8th of May 2021. Celebrating its 57th running, the event offers a Marathon, Half Marathon as well as a 10km and 5. 5km run or walk.

More details
Eukanuba Tails and Trails 2021
image descriptionRiverhead Forest Auckland

Eukanuba Tails and Trails is a 5km and 10km run or walk in Riverhead for canines of all sizes & abilities and their two-legged friends.

More details
Lionel Fox Relays
image descriptionWoodend Beach Domain Canterbury

The Lionel Fox Relays will take place on the 8th of May 2021. The event is an afternoon of off-road relays with your family and friends.  Relays are a great way to step up to racing by being part of a team.

More details
Christchurch 10km Series Race Two
image descriptionChristchurch Canterbury

Race 2 of the Christchurch 10km Series will take place at New Brighton on the 9th of May 2021. The Series will take place across the year with 2 day and 2 night events. In 2021 the series will be taking participants across the world with themed races.

More details
O'Hagans 5km Fun Run - 11th Of May
image descriptionO'Hagan's Irish Bar, Viaduct Harbour Auckland

The O'Hagans 5km Fun Run is will take place every Tuesday until the end of May and then fortnightly until mid-August at O'Hagan's Irish Bar.  Every finisher receives a free beer, wine or non-alcoholic drink and goes into the spot prize draw at 7pm.

More details
Old Forest Hanmer 100
image descriptionHanmer Springs Canterbury

The Old Forest Hanmer 100 will return on the 14-15th of May 2021.  A fully achievable forest trail ultra-run, great for those wanting to try off road ultra's or step up to new distances for the first time but still enough to keep the old hands occupied.

More details
New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Hawke's Bay Marathon 2021
image descriptionNapier Hawkes Bay

The New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Hawke's Bay Marathon due to take place on the 19th of September 2020 has been postponed until the 15th of May 2021. Distances on offer include a marathon, half marathon, 10km and 3km kids run.

More details
We Run the Night
image descriptionMount Maunganui Bay of Plenty

We Run the Night due to take place on the 13th of March has been postponed to the 15th of May 2021.  

The distances include a ​21km half marathon, 10km and 5km. Runners are encouraged to wear their own bright lights, to dress up and run the night.

More details
The Dual, Motutapu-Rangitoto Traverse
image descriptionRangitoto Island Auckland

The Dual Mototapu-Rangitoto Traverse is your only chance in the year to do an event or mountain bike on Mototapu and Rangitoto islands. The event includes a trail run/walk, MTB, and off-road triathlon options as well as a kids dash.

More details
Huntly Half Marathon
image descriptionHuntly Waikato

The Huntly Half Marathon will take place on the 16th of May 2021. The event includes a half marathon, 10km, 5km as well as a 2km kids run. All distances can be run or walked.

More details
Bay of Islands Run/Walk
image descriptionPaihia Northland

This iconic event offers a choice of three run or walk distances – 6km, 8. 7km and 21. 1km which starts and finishes in the heart of the coastal town of Paihia.

More details
Great Southern Half Marathon
image descriptionAldinga Bay SA

South Australia’s premier half marathon, 10K & 5K event with a stunning course taking in sections of scrub, wetlands, beach, esplanade & quiet back roads around Aldinga Bay. Our events are open to runners & walkers alike.

More details
Summerhill Skedaddle
image descriptionSummerhill Mountain Bike Park, Papamoa Bay of Plenty

The Summerhill Skedaddle will take place on the 16th of May 2021. The event is a free trail running event on the sweet single trails of Summerhill in a bid to finish 5km laps for up to 6 hours. Run as a solo or in teams of 2.

More details
O'Hagans 5km Fun Run - 18th Of May
image descriptionO'Hagan's Irish Bar, Viaduct Harbour Auckland

The O'Hagans 5km Fun Run is will take place every Tuesday until the end of May and then fortnightly until mid-August at O'Hagan's Irish Bar.  Every finisher receives a free beer, wine or non-alcoholic drink and goes into the spot prize draw at 7pm.

More details
Manawatu Striders Marathon and Half Marathon
image descriptionMassey University, Palmerston North Manawatu-Whanganui

The Manawatu Striders Marathon and Half Marathon will be held on the 23rd of May 2021. The event offers a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km as well as a Kids MaraFun Race which has two distances available.

More details
O'Hagans 5km Fun Run - 25th Of May
image descriptionO'Hagan's Irish Bar, Viaduct Harbour Auckland

The O'Hagans 5km Fun Run is will take place every Tuesday until the end of May and then fortnightly until mid-August at O'Hagan's Irish Bar.  Every finisher receives a free beer, wine or non-alcoholic drink and goes into the spot prize draw at 7pm.

More details
Mt Runners and Walkers Half Marathon 2021
image descriptionMount Maunganui Bay of Plenty

The Mt Runners and Walkers Half Marathon is due to return on Queen's Birthday weekend in 2021. The event had to be cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19.  The Mt Runners and Walkers Half Marathon offers a half marathon, 10km and 5km.

More details
O'Hagans 5km Fun Run - 8th Of June
image descriptionO'Hagan's Irish Bar, Viaduct Harbour Auckland

The O'Hagans 5km Fun Run is will take place every Tuesday until the end of May and then fortnightly until mid-August at O'Hagan's Irish Bar.  Every finisher receives a free beer, wine or non-alcoholic drink and goes into the spot prize draw at 7pm.

More details
The Rustic Run And Walk
image descriptionMt Difficulty Otago

The Rustic Run And Walk will take place on the 12th of June 2021. The event is an individual or team marathon or half marathon, running 5. 3km laps through the Bannockburn Sluicings in Otago.  

 

More details
Mt Difficulty Ascent
image descriptionMt Difficulty, Cromwell Otago

The Mt Difficult Ascent is an adventure run up Mt Difficulty in Otago. This is a challenging mountain trail ‘run’ with some sections of the ascent between 40-50 degrees as well as a 200m section with a set rope in part of the decent.

More details
Ranui Farm Park Half Marathon, 12k & 5.5k
image description785 Nicholls Road, Waipukurau Hawkes Bay

The Ranui Farm Park Half Marathon, 12km and 5. 5km is race 3 of the Hammer Nutrition Hawke's Bay Trail Run Series. The event will take place on the 13th of June 2021 at Ranui Farm Park in Waipukurau.

More details
Sri Chinmoy Auckland Half-Marathon, 5-10k & Children's 2.5k Series 2021 Race 4
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The Sri Chinmoy Auckland Half Marathon, 5-10k and Children's 2. 5k Series is a series of 9 running and walking events that take place in the Domain and War Memorial Park, Mt Roskill. Race Four of the series will take place on the 14th of June in the Domain.

More details
Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series Race 2 Waitawa Regional Park
image descriptionWaitawa Regional Park Auckland

The Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series is a series of six trail runs that take place in and around Auckland during the winter months. The series aims to encourage people to give trail running or walking a go and to get out and about during the colder months.

More details
Mt Vernon Grand Traverse
image descriptionRedwood Street Gateway Car Park, Blenheim Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Mt Vernon Grand Traverse is an 18km hill run up Mt Vernon following the boundaries of the Wither Hills Farm park. With 950 meters of climbing and ascent to 422 meters this is a challenging run.

More details
Sri Chinmoy Sumner Esplanade 10km, 5km & Kids 2.5km Race 2
image descriptionSumner, Christchurch Canterbury

The Sri Chinmoy Sumner Esplanade 10km, 5km & Kids 2. 5km Series is a series of three family friendly runs held at Sumner, Christchurch. Race 2 of the series will take place on the 13th of June 2021 and offers a 10km, 5km as well as a kids 2.

More details
Possum Night Trail Run
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The Possum Night Trail Run will take place on the 19th of June 2021. Run or walk 5km, 12km or 21km through steaming fields on single track. Then relax and soak in the hottest pools.

More details
O'Hagans 5km Fun Run - 22nd Of June
image descriptionO'Hagan's Irish Bar, Viaduct Harbour Auckland

The O'Hagans 5km Fun Run is will take place every Tuesday until the end of May and then fortnightly until mid-August at O'Hagan's Irish Bar.  Every finisher receives a free beer, wine or non-alcoholic drink and goes into the spot prize draw at 7pm.

More details
Wellington Marathon 2021
image descriptionWestpac Stadium Wellington

The Wellington Marathon will take place on the 27th of June 2021.  The Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon has been the Capital City’s favourite footrace for more than 30 years.

More details
Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series Race 3 Waiuku Forest
image descriptionWaiuku Forest Auckland

The Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series is a series of six trail runs that take place in and around Auckland during the winter months. The series aims to encourage people to give trail running or walking a go and to get out and about during the colder months.

More details
O'Hagans 5km Fun Run - 6th Of July
image descriptionO'Hagan's Irish Bar, Viaduct Harbour Auckland

The O'Hagans 5km Fun Run is will take place every Tuesday until the end of May and then fortnightly until mid-August at O'Hagan's Irish Bar.  Every finisher receives a free beer, wine or non-alcoholic drink and goes into the spot prize draw at 7pm.

More details
Captain Cook's Landing Trail Run
image descriptionCamp Bay Nelson Marlborough Tasman

Captain Cook's Landing Trail Run will take place on the 10th of July 2021. The course is approximately 28km from Camp Bay to Ship Cove along the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand.

More details
Cougar Trail Run - Run Taupo Series
image descriptionTokoroa Waikato

Cougar Trail Run is race one of the Run Taupō Trail Series. Taking place on the 10th of July 2021, the event is held at Cougar Mountain Bike Park in Tokoroa. Distances on offer include a half marathon, 14.

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

The WUU2K due to take place on the 11th of July 2020 has been postponed to the 17th of July 2021.  The WUU2K or 'Wellington Urban Ultra 2K', is a trail-running endurance event around the hills that surround New Zealand's capital city.

More details
Sri Chinmoy Sumner Esplanade 10km, 5km & Kids 2.5km Race 3
image descriptionSumner, Christchurch Canterbury

The Sri Chinmoy Sumner Esplanade 10km, 5km & Kids 2. 5km Series is a series of three family friendly runs held at Sumner, Christchurch. Race 3 of the series will take place on the 18th of July 2021 and offers a 10km, 5km as well as a kids 2.

More details
O'Hagans 5km Fun Run - 20th Of July
image descriptionO'Hagan's Irish Bar, Viaduct Harbour Auckland

The O'Hagans 5km Fun Run is will take place every Tuesday until the end of May and then fortnightly until mid-August at O'Hagan's Irish Bar.  Every finisher receives a free beer, wine or non-alcoholic drink and goes into the spot prize draw at 7pm.

More details
Mackenzie Half Marathon
image descriptionFairlie, Mackenzie Canterbury

The inaugural Mackenzie Half Marathon will take place on the 24th of July 2021.  The event offers a half marathon, 10km, a 5. 5km, and 2. 5km fun run for kids and grandparents.

More details
Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series Race 4 Hunua Ranges
image descriptionHunua Ranges Auckland

The Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series is a series of six trail runs that take place in and around Auckland during the winter months. The series aims to encourage people to give trail running or walking a go and to get out and about during the colder months.

More details
Christchurch 10km Series Race Three Beach Night
image descriptionChristchurch Canterbury

Race 3 of the Christchurch 10km Series will take place at New Brighton on the 9th of May 2021. The Series will take place across the year with 2 day and 2 night events. In 2021 the series will be taking participants across the world with themed races.

More details
Taupo Marathon 2021
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The 2021 Taupo Marathon will take place on the 31st of July 2021. The annual event offers a Marathon Run, Half Marathon and 10km and 5km run / walk.

More details
Summit Forests Kaitaia Run/Walk
image descriptionKaitaia Northland

This is a fun event with options to run or walk either the 12. 5km or 4. 6km course. The course starts and finishes at the Te Ahu Centre.

More details
O'Hagans 5km Fun Run - 3rd Of August
image descriptionO'Hagan's Irish Bar, Viaduct Harbour Auckland

The O'Hagans 5km Fun Run is will take place every Tuesday until the end of May and then fortnightly until mid-August at O'Hagan's Irish Bar.  Every finisher receives a free beer, wine or non-alcoholic drink and goes into the spot prize draw at 7pm.

More details
Rotorua Forest Festival
image descriptionRotorua Bay of Plenty

The Rotorua Forest Festival will take place on the 8th of August 2021.  

We Run the Forest offers a marathon trail run as well as a half marathon, 12km and 7km forest run which can be run or walked.

More details
Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series Race 5 Totara Park
image descriptionTotara Park Auckland

The Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series is a series of six trail runs that take place in and around Auckland during the winter months. The series aims to encourage people to give trail running or walking a go and to get out and about during the colder months.

More details
O'Hagans 5km Fun Run - 17th Of August
image descriptionO'Hagan's Irish Bar, Viaduct Harbour Auckland

The O'Hagans 5km Fun Run is will take place every Tuesday until the end of May and then fortnightly until mid-August at O'Hagan's Irish Bar.  Every finisher receives a free beer, wine or non-alcoholic drink and goes into the spot prize draw at 7pm.

More details
Canterbury Road Champs
image descriptionCanterbury Agricultural Park, Christchurch Canterbury

The Canterbury Road Championships will take place on the 21st of August 2021. This a competitive Canterbury local event and a selection trial for the NZ Road Run Championships. ​Runners compete in their own grades and can become thier age grade champions.

More details
Craters Trail Run - Run Taupo Series
image descriptionCraters Mountain Bike Park, Taupo Waikato

The Craters Trail Run will take place on the 22nd of August 2021.  

Craters Trail Run is race 2 of the Run Taupō Trail Series. The event will be held at Craters Mountain Bike Park in Taupo and offers a half marathon, 12km and 7km.

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

The Great Naseby Water Race will take place from the 26th to the 28th of August 2021. The event is a series of ultra running events. Distances include 50, 60, 80, 100, 160, 200, and 320km. Must be 18 years or older to participate.

More details
Clyde to Alexandra Road Race 2021
image descriptionClyde Otago

The Clyde to Alexandra Road Race will take place on the 28th of August 2021. The Clyde to Alexandra Road Race is a long running event organised by the Alexandra Harrier and Walkers Club.

More details