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!


161 Run events
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.

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Rat Race Takapuna - 4th of August
image descriptionMilford Cruising Club, Milford Auckland

The 5km Rat Race runs throughout the year every Wednesday (except for Christmas and lockdowns). The Race starts at the Milford Cruising Club in Milford, Auckland. The next race in the series will take place on the 11th of August 2021.  

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Ellesmere Road Runners Fun Run - 4th Of August
image descriptionLeeston Canterbury

The Ellesmere Road Runners Fun Run and Walk is a weekly fun run taking place on Wednesday evenings in Leeston. The event offers both 3km and 6km distances.  The course is a 3km circuit, so those running 6km do 2 laps.

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University Of Waikato Parkrun - 7th Of August
image descriptionUniversity Of Waikato, Hamilton Waikato

The University Of Waikato Parkrun is a 5km fun run that takes place every Saturday at 8am at the University Of Waikato.  First-timers to parkrun need to register and bring along a printed barcode to the event to receive a timed result.

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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.

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Onehunga Half Marathon
image descriptionOnehunga Auckland

The Onehunga Half Marathon will take place on the 8th of August 2021 as part of the Run 21 Series Of Coastal Half Marathons in Auckland. Distances include a 21km half marathon, 10. 5km fun run and a 5km run or walk.  

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Rat Race Takapuna - 11th of August
image descriptionMilford Cruising Club, Milford Auckland

The 5km Rat Race runs throughout the year every Wednesday (except for Christmas and lockdowns). The Race starts at the Milford Cruising Club in Milford, Auckland. The next race in the series will take place on the 18th of August 2021.  

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Ellesmere Road Runners Fun Run - 11th Of August
image descriptionLeeston Canterbury

The Ellesmere Road Runners Fun Run and Walk is a weekly fun run taking place on Wednesday evenings in Leeston. The event offers both 3km and 6km distances.  The course is a 3km circuit, so those running 6km do 2 laps.

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University Of Waikato Parkrun - 14th Of August
image descriptionUniversity Of Waikato, Hamilton Waikato

The University Of Waikato Parkrun is a 5km fun run that takes place every Saturday at 8am at the University Of Waikato.  First-timers to parkrun need to register and bring along a printed barcode to the event to receive a timed result.

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Impact Plumbing and Roofing Surf to Stadium Fun Run
image descriptionForsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin Otago

The Impact Plumbing and Roofing Surf to Stadium Fun Run offers a 10km and 4km run or walk. The event will be held at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on the 15th of August 2021.  

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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.

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Marlborough Duathlon Series - Race 4
image descriptionWither Hills Farm Park, Blenheim Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Marlborough Duathlon series has run and bike events for anyone of any ability. There are 5 races total. Race 4 will take place on the 15th of August 2021. Choose between a road cycle duathlon, a mountain bike duathlon and a kids mountain bike duathlon.

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The Honest 10 Fun Run - 15th of August
image descriptionWellington Waterfront Wellington

The Honest 10 Fun Run is held once a month at a flat out-and-back course around the Wellington Waterfront. The event is an accurately measured 10km fun run started from Freyberg Pool in Oriental Bay. Photos are free of charge and posted online alongside results after the race.

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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.

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Rat Race Takapuna - 18th of August
image descriptionMilford Cruising Club, Milford Auckland

The 5km Rat Race runs throughout the year every Wednesday (except for Christmas and lockdowns). The Race starts at the Milford Cruising Club in Milford, Auckland. The next race in the series will take place on the 25th of August 2021.  

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Ellesmere Road Runners Fun Run - 18th Of August
image descriptionLeeston Canterbury

The Ellesmere Road Runners Fun Run and Walk is a weekly fun run taking place on Wednesday evenings in Leeston. The event offers both 3km and 6km distances.  The course is a 3km circuit, so those running 6km do 2 laps.

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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.

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University Of Waikato Parkrun - 21st Of August
image descriptionUniversity Of Waikato, Hamilton Waikato

The University Of Waikato Parkrun is a 5km fun run that takes place every Saturday at 8am at the University Of Waikato.  First-timers to parkrun need to register and bring along a printed barcode to the event to receive a timed result.

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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 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.

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Tussock Run
image descriptionSeddon School, Seddon, Blenheim Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Tussock Run is a school fundraising event for Seddon School and is suitable for anyone of any fitness ability.  There are multiple distances to choose from, including 5km, quarter marathon and 15km.

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Rat Race Takapuna - 25th of August
image descriptionMilford Cruising Club, Milford Auckland

The 5km Rat Race runs throughout the year every Wednesday (except for Christmas and lockdowns). The Race starts at the Milford Cruising Club in Milford, Auckland. The next race in the series will take place on the 1st of September 2021.  

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Ellesmere Road Runners Fun Run - 25th Of August
image descriptionLeeston Canterbury

The Ellesmere Road Runners Fun Run and Walk is a weekly fun run taking place on Wednesday evenings in Leeston. The event offers both 3km and 6km distances.  The course is a 3km circuit, so those running 6km do 2 laps.

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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.

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Secondary Schools Beast
image descriptionBay Of Islands Northland

The Edge Secondary Schools Beast will take place on the 27th of August as part of the Fullers Greatsights Bay Of Islands BEAST.

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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.

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The Dun Run
image descriptionNelson Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Dun Run will take place on the 28th of August 2021. Rugged but runnable - up into the “ Backwoods of Nelson” and along the sub alpine mineral belt.

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University Of Waikato Parkrun - 28th Of August
image descriptionUniversity Of Waikato, Hamilton Waikato

The University Of Waikato Parkrun is a 5km fun run that takes place every Saturday at 8am at the University Of Waikato.  First-timers to parkrun need to register and bring along a printed barcode to the event to receive a timed result.

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Race Track Run
image descriptionHampton Downs, Ta Kauwhata Waikato

The Race Track Run will take place on the 29th of August 2021. The event is open to all runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels. The idea is to run as many laps of the 2. 7km track you can in two hours.

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Trail Fuel 5km Run/Walk Series - 30th Of August
image description51 Brownston Street, Wanaka Otago

The Trail Fuel 5km series is a weekly run/walk held every Monday night at 51 Brownston Street, Wanaka. Participants meet at 5. 45pm at the Trail Fuel food truck.  The 5km course heads around Eely point and finishes back at the truck.

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U18 Cross Country Races
image descriptionHansen Park, Ōpāwa Canterbury

The U18 Junior Cross Country Race will take place on the 4th of September at Hansen Park, Ōpāwa. Every August, several hundred youth runners meet to enjoy the flat fast course around Hansen Park.

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Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series Race 6 Riverhead Forest
image descriptionRiverhead Forest Auckland

Race Six of the Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series will to take place on the 5th of September.  

The Xterra Auckland Trail Run Series is a series of six trail runs that take place in and around Auckland during the winter months.

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2021 North Shore Marathon
image descriptionMilford Reserve, Craig Road, Milford Auckland

The North Shore Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 5km Fun Run & Walk & Kids Marathon will take place on Auckland’s beautiful North Shore and is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most Scenic Marathon & Half Marathon events.

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Marlborough Duathlon Series - Race 5
image descriptionWither Hills Farm Park, Blenheim Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Marlborough Duathlon series has run and bike events for anyone of any ability. There are 5 races total. The 5th and final race will take place on the 5th of September 2021. Choose between a road cycle duathlon, a mountain bike duathlon and a kids mountain bike duathlon.

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Trail Fuel 5km Run/Walk Series - 6th Of September
image description51 Brownston Street, Wanaka Otago

The Trail Fuel 5km series is a weekly run/walk held every Monday night at 51 Brownston Street, Wanaka. Participants meet at 5. 45pm at the Trail Fuel food truck.  The 5km course heads around Eely point and finishes back at the truck.

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Christchurch 10km Series Race Four Park Night
image descriptionChristchurch Canterbury

Race 4 of the Christchurch 10km Series will take place at Hagley Park on the 10th of September 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.

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Kaikoura Whale Run
image descriptionKaikoura Canterbury

The Kaikōura Whale Run will take place on the 11th of September 2021.  

Now in it's 15th year, the Kaikōura Whale Run is organised by Kaikōura Suburban School and offers a half marathon, 12km, 5km and MaraFun run for kids aged 8 and under.

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Kinloch Off-Road Challenge
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The Kinloch Off-Road Challenge is the finale in the Run Taupō Trail Series. Taking place on the 11th of September 2021, the event offers a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km, 5km as well as a Kids Dash. The courses utilize the excellent trail network in and around Kinloch, Taupō.

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Race Tekapo
image descriptionLake Tekapo Canterbury

Race Tekapo will take place on the 11th of September 2021. 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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Marton To Wanganui Relay
image descriptionMarton Manawatu-Whanganui

The Marton To Wanganui Relay will take place on the 11th of September 2021. The event is a 66. 3km run in which you can race as a team or individual.

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Foundation Clinic Mauao Half Marathon
image descriptionMt Maunganui Bay of Plenty

The Foundation Clinic Mauao Half Marathon is a community-focused fun run/walk which traverses one of the Bay Of Plenty's most iconic natural attractions, Mauao (Mt Maunganui). The course involves ascending and descending Mt Maunganui three times and three laps around the Mt Maunganui base track.

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NorthCloud Whangarei Run/Walk Festival 2021
image descriptionWhangarei Northland

The NorthCloud Whangarei Run/Walk Festival is a perfect day out for the whole family with a choice of three distances, a Half Marathon, 9km and 4km.

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Cherry Blossom Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & Kids 2.2km
image descriptionNorth Hagley Park, Christchurch Canterbury

The Cherry Blossom Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & Kids 2. 2km will take place on the 12th of September 2021 in North Hagley Park, Christchurch.  The event offers a distance for all abilities on a flat, certified 2. 6km loop using pathways inside Hagley Park.

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Trail Trilogy 2021
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 12th of September 2021 after the 2020 event was cancelled due to Covid-19 uncertainties.

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Tamaki River Half Marathon
image descriptionTamaki River Auckland

The Tamaki River Half Marathon will take place on the 12th of September 2021 as part of the Run 21 Series Of Coastal Half Marathons in Auckland. Distances include a 21km half marathon, 10. 5km fun run and a 5km run or walk.  

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Hutt Marathon
image descriptionHikoikoi Reserve, Petone, Lower Hutt Wellington

The Hutt Marathon will take place on the 12th of September 2021.  

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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Redwoods Forest Relay
image descriptionThe Redwoods / Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua Bay of Plenty

The Redwoods Forest Relay will take place on the 12th of September 2021.  

The course is the only running and walking relay event in the Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua and comprises a mixture of footpath, grass and forest tracks.

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Trail Fuel 5km Run/Walk Series - 13th Of September
image description51 Brownston Street, Wanaka Otago

The Trail Fuel 5km series is a weekly run/walk held every Monday night at 51 Brownston Street, Wanaka. Participants meet at 5. 45pm at the Trail Fuel food truck.  The 5km course heads around Eely point and finishes back at the truck.

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Governors Bay to Lyttelton Road Race
image descriptionGovernors Bay Canterbury

The Governors Bay to Lyttelton Road Race will be held on the 18th of September 2021. The event is a 10km handicapped run with runners starting in different waves.

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Cambridge Half Marathon 2021
image descriptionCambridge Waikato

The annual Cambridge Half Marathon will return on the 19th of September 2021. In addition to the half marathon the event also includes a 10km, 5km as well as a 2km Kids Run.

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Garmin Tauranga Marathon 2021
image descriptionTauranga Bay of Plenty

The Tauranga Marathon will take place on the 19th of September 2021. The Tauranga Marathon incorporates an Ultra Marathon, Marathon, Half Marathon, a flat and fast 10k as well as a 5km and 2km kids dash.

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