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!


76 Run events
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 22nd of May 2022. The event offers a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km as well as a Kids MaraFun Race which has two distances available.

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Heart and Soul Women's Run Series 2022 Event 2
image descriptionMatatu Reserve, Tauriko, Tauranga Bay of Plenty

The Heart and Soul Women's Run Series is a series of four women's only running events. The second in the 2022 series will take place on the 29th of May in Matatu Reserve, Tauriko Tauranga. Run or walk the 2. 5km or 5km courses, or run the 7.

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Possum Night Trail Run
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The Possum Night Trail Run will take place on the 11th of June 2022. Run or walk 5km, 12km or 21km through steaming fields on single track. Then relax and soak in the hottest pools.

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Bay of Islands Run/Walk Festival
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.

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Wellington Marathon 2022
image descriptionWestpac Stadium Wellington

The Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon has been the Capital City’s favourite footrace for more than 30 years.

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Run Auckland Series - Race 1
image descriptionAmbury Park 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 19th of June 2022 at Ambury Park. Distances include 10km, 5km and a kids dash.

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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 9th of July 2022, the event is held at Cougar Mountain Bike Park in Tokoroa. Distances on offer include a half marathon, 14.

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Forest Run Fest
image descriptionBottle Lake Forest, Christchurch Canterbury

The Forest Run Fest will take place on the 10th of July 2022.  A morning for all levels of walkers and runners, get out there, compete and breathe in the fresh forest air with your family and friends. Choose from the Half Marathon, 10km and 5km.

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Run Auckland Series - Race 2
image descriptionWaiatarua Reserve 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 10th of July 2022 at Waiatarua Reserve. Distances include 10km, 5km and a kids dash.

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

The WUU2K will take place on the 16th of July 2022. 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 marathon and 62km Ultra Marathon as well as a 2-person team relay event.

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Run Auckland Series - Race 3
image descriptionSanders Reserve 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 31st of July 2022 at Sanders Reserve. Distances include 10km, 5km and a kids dash.

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Taupo Marathon 2022
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The 2022 Taupo Marathon will take place on the 6th of August 2022. 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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Summit Forests Kaitaia Trail Run/Walk
image descriptionKaitaia Northland

This is a fun event with options to run or walk either the Half Marathon, 11km or 4km. The start line of the event is 16. 7km North of Kaitaia.  

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

The Craters Trail Run will take place on the 21st of August 2022. Craters Trail Run is race 3 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.

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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 21st of August 2022 at Western Springs. Distances include 10km, 5km and a kids dash.

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Secondary Schools Beast
image descriptionBay Of Islands Northland

The Edge Secondary Schools Beast will take place on the 26th of August 2022. The event is an off-road, cross country running event in which secondary school kids dress up and navigate 5km of mud, hills, creeks and rugged farm terrain.

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Clyde to Alexandra Road Race 2022
image descriptionClyde Otago

The Clyde to Alexandra Road Race will take place on the 27th of August 2022. A long running event organised by the Alexandra Harrier and Walkers Club, the event usually offers a 10km as well as shorter distances including a 6km, 4km and a 2km race.

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Mount Maunganui Half Marathon 2022
image descriptionMt Maunganui Bay of Plenty

The Mount Maunganui Half Marathon will take place on the 27th of August 2022 at beautiful Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty.  

The Mount Maunganui Half Marathon includes a Half Marathon, 10km and 5km and all distances can be run or walked.

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The Dun Run
image descriptionNelson Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Dun Run will take place on the 28th of August 2022. The Dun Run is a 26km trail run from the Maitai Dam. The route climbs the Dun Mountain Saddle (875m) and offers stunning views of the Tasman Bay.

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Kinloch Off-Road Challenge
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The Kinloch Off-Road Challenge will take place on the 10th of September 2022. The Kinloch Off-Road Challenge is the finale in the Run Taupō Trail Series. The event offers a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km, 5km as well as a Kids Dash.

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NorthCloud Whangarei Run/Walk Festival 2022
image descriptionWhangarei Northland

The NorthCloud Whangarei Run/Walk Festival will take place on the 11th of September 2022.  

The NorthCloud Whangarei Run/Walk Festival is a perfect day out for the whole family with a choice of three distances, a Half Marathon, 8. 5km and 4km.  

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Trail Trilogy
image descriptionWaihi Waikato

Trail Trilogy is a trail running event held along the Hauraki Rail Trail with all distances finishing in Waihi. The event will return on the 11th of September 2022 and offers distances including 9km, a half marathon, marathon as well as a 55km and 100km ultra.

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Run Auckland Series - Race 5
image descriptionHenderson Park 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 11th of September 2022 at Henderson Park. Distances include 10km, 5km and a kids dash.

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Queen Charlotte Relay
image descriptionPicton School, Kent Street, Picton Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Queen Charlotte Relay is one of the oldest road relays held in New Zealand and still running on a State Highway. Taking place on the 17th of September 2022, the event is a 5 leg relay from Picton to Havelock and is open to runners and walkers.

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The Rotorua Marathon 2022
image descriptionRotorua Bay of Plenty

Australasia's oldest marathon event, the Rotorua Marathon will take place on the 17th of September 2022. The event offers a Marathon, Half Marathon as well as a 10km and 5. 5km run or walk.

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Race Tekapo 2022
image descriptionLake Tekapo Canterbury

Race Tekapo will return in 2022 on the 17th 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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Tauranga Marathon 2022
image descriptionTauranga Bay of Plenty

The Tauranga Marathon will return in 2022 on the 18th of September.  

The Tauranga Marathon incorporates a 50km Ultra, Marathon, Half Marathon, a flat and fast 10k as well as a 5km and 2km kids dash.

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Hutt Marathon
image descriptionHikoikoi Reserve, Petone, Lower Hutt Wellington

The Hutt Marathon will take place on the 18th of September 2022. The event starts at the Petone Rugby League Clubrooms at Hikoikoi Reserve and takes you around the Beautiful Hutt River. Distances available include a 5km fun run, 10km, Half Marathon and full Marathon.

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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 24-25th September 2022. The course is a clockwise 5. 5km 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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Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon
image descriptionAoraki Mount Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Canterbury

The Aoraki Mount Cook Marathon will take place on the 1st of October 2022. The Aoraki Mount Cook Marathon is a road running event held in early October each year, with the next event taking in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand.

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Takahe to Akaroa Relay
image descriptionTakahe Canterbury

The Takahe to Akaroa road relay will take place on the 1st of October 2022. The event incorporates the classic 8-person relay from Takahe to Akaroa domain. Eight people each run a single lap in the 8-lap 76km course. Distances of each leg range from 6. 8km to 10.

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4 Paws Marathon 2022
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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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 2nd of October 2022 at Millwater Estuary. Distances include the Half Marathon, 10.

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Taupo Great Lake Relay 2022
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The Taupo Great Lake Relay is a team relay running or walking challenge. Taking place on the 8th of October 2022, participants can compete in a team from 5 to 10 runners or walkers to complete the 100km distance.

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Marina 2 Marina
image descriptionPicton Nelson Marlborough Tasman

Marina 2 Marina is an annual running event that takes place in stunning Picton and Waikawa. Returning on the 8th of October 2022, the event has 4 event distances to choose from.

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Abel Tasman Coastal Classic
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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Southland Festival of Running
image descriptionInvercargill Southland

The Southland Festival of Running will return on the 9th of October 2022. All events start and finish at the Stead Street Wharf in Invercargill and distances offered include a Marathon, 10 Miler, 10km and 5km.  

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Taupo Ultramarathon
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

Now taking place on the 15th of October 2022, 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.

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Whitianga Marathon
image descriptionBuffalo Beach Reserve Whitianga Waikato

The Whitianga Marathon will return on the 15th of October 2022 at Buffalo Beach Reserve. Distance options include the 5km and 10km run or walk as well as a Half Marathon, 22. 5km track and trail event as well as the 42km Whitianga Marathon.

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Cambridge Half Marathon 2022
image descriptionCambridge Waikato

The Cambridge Half Marathon 2022 will take place on the 16th of October 2022

In addition to the half marathon the event also includes a 10km, 5km as well as a 2km Kids Run.

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Huntly Half Marathon
image descriptionHuntly Waikato

The Huntly Half Marathon will take place on the 16th of October 2022. The event includes a half marathon, 10km, 5km as well as a 2km kids run. All distances can be run or walked.

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Crater Rim Ultra 2022
image descriptionChristchurch Canterbury

The Crater Rim Ultra will return in 2022 on the 16th of October.  

On offer is a distance for all abilities from the 83km and 53km ultras to 30km, 22km 10km and kids fun runs with stunning hill, city, and harbour views.

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Kaikōura Mountains to the Sea
image descriptionKaikoura Canterbury

The Kaikōura Mountains to the Sea will return in 2022 on the 22nd 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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Mission Mt Somers
image descriptionMt Somers Canterbury

Mission Mt Somers is taking place on the 29th of October 2022. 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 2022
image descriptionVictoria Park Auckland

The Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Marathon will take place on the 30th of October 2022. Distances offered include Marathon, Half Marathon, 11km, 5km Family and a Kids Marathon and Wheelchair Marathon.

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2022 Aorangi Undulator 100
image descriptionAorangi Forest Park, Wairarapa Wellington

The Aorangi Undulator 100 is a trail-running race in which competitors cover over 100km in 3 days.

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Discover Waitomo Trail Run
image descriptionWaitomo Waikato

The Discover Waitomo Trail Run will take place on the 5th of November 2022. The event offers four distances including 6km, 11km, 21km and 36km. All distances can be run or walked and the 6km and 11km are considered suitable for kids.

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Tairua Trail & Tides Half Marathon
image descriptionTairua Waikato

The Tairua Trail & Tides Half Marathon will return on Saturday 5th of November 2022. The 5km, 10km and half marathon courses can be run or walked and showcase this beautiful seaside town on the Coromandel Peninsula.

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City to Surf Tauranga - Mt Maunganui 2022
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 6th of November 2022. The event offers a half marathon, 11km and 5km. All distances can be run or walked.

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Cole Murray Cape Kidnappers Trail Run
image descriptionTe Awanga Hawkes Bay

The Cole Murray Cape Kidnappers Trail Run will take place on the 12th of November 2022. The Cole Murray Cape Kidnappers Trail Run offers a 32km, half marathon, 15km and 5km trail run or walk through the stunning Cape Kidnappers in the Hawkes Bay.

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