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!


151 Run events
Jumbo Holdsworth and Hooper Loop Trail Races 2021
image descriptionMt Holdsworth DOC campsite Wellington

The Jumbo Holdsworth Trail Race is probably the best known race in the beautiful Tararua ranges that follows one of the more popular multi day hikes.

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Colour Burst Queenstown 2021
image descriptionQueenstown Events Centre, Frankton Otago

Colour Burst Queenstown 2021 is a 4km colour run held in Frankton, Queenstown. The date has been provisionally set for the 31st of January 2021. The course takes in Queenstown's stunning mountain scenery whilst participants are doused with coloured powder.  

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Pegasus Bay Vine Run 2021
image descriptionWaipara Valley Canterbury

The Vine Run 2021 will return on the 31st of January 2021 with proceeds once again going to the NZ Brain Research Institute (NZBRI).

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YMCA Marathon Club's 10km Summer Series 4 Feb
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The YMCA Marathon Club hosts a weekly summer series in Auckland's Domain on Thursday evenings from October through to April. Runners and walkers can choose from 5km or 10km distances. Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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YMCA Marathon Club's 10km Summer Series 11 Feb
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The YMCA Marathon Club hosts a weekly summer series in Auckland's Domain on Thursday evenings from October through to April. Runners and walkers can choose from 5km or 10km distances. Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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Buller Gorge Marathon
image descriptionBuller Gorge West Coast

The Buller Gorge Marathon takes place at the dramatic Buller Gorge on the West Coast. The event offers a marathon and half marathon as well as a 4 person relay.

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Taupo Great Lake Relay 2021
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The Taupo Great Lake Relay is a team relay running challenging around Lake Taupo. The 26th Taupo Great Lake Relay will be held on the 13th of February 2021. Over 3,500 competitors take part in the event with a number of entrance options.

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Tarawera Ultra 2021
image descriptionRotorua Bay of Plenty

The Tarawera Ultra Marathon 2021 will take place on the 13th of February 2021 and offers a half marathon, 50km, 102km as well as the 100 Mile Endurance Run. Entries open 4th June 2020.

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Coatesville Half Marathon 2021
image descriptionCoatesville Auckland

The Coatesville Half Marathon will take place on the 14th of February 2021. Distances on offer include a Half Marathon, 8km, 4km & 2km.

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YMCA Marathon Club's 10km Summer Series 18 Feb
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The YMCA Marathon Club hosts a weekly summer series in Auckland's Domain on Thursday evenings from October through to April. Runners and walkers can choose from 5km or 10km distances. Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon and Trails Run 2021
image descriptionBen Lomond Otago

The Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon & Trail Running events are held annually on the challenging and diverse terrain of Ben Lomond Station near Queenstown.

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The Old Ghost Ultra 2021
image descriptionSeddonville West Coast

On the 20th February 2021, those that revel in exploring their mental and physical limits will have an opportunity to do just that.

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Run the Point
image descriptionHobsonville Auckland

Run the Point is the second race in the North Shore Run Series. Taking place in Hobsonville the course is a mix of boardwalk, gravel and concrete utility trail that is virtually traffic free.

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Wellington Round the Bays
image descriptionFrank Kitts Park Wellington

The Brendan Foot Supersite Round the Bays event is Wellington’s iconic fun run/walk. Save the date for the 2021 event on the 21st of February. There are options for ages and abilities which means the whole family can get involved. Our course options include a 6.

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YMCA Marathon Club's 10km Summer Series 25 Feb
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The YMCA Marathon Club hosts a weekly summer series in Auckland's Domain on Thursday evenings from October through to April. Runners and walkers can choose from 5km or 10km distances. Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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Cargo Plus Coastal Challenge
image descriptionDevonport Auckland

The Cargo Plus Coastal Challenge gives participants the chance to run, walk, wade, and rock hop all the way down Auckland’s extraordinary North Shore coastline.

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Walter Peak High Country Run
image descriptionWalter Peak Station, Queenstown Otago

The second Walter Peak High Country Run will take place on the 27th of February 2021. After crossing Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw, participants will depart at Walter Peak Station. On offer is a 10km and 5km trail run offering spectacular views of the lake and mountains.

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Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon
image descriptionNga Puna Wai Sports Hub, Christchurch Canterbury

The Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon will return on the 28th of February 2021, starting and finishing at Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub. This is an amazing course and with no vehicles, allows runners and walkers to concentrate on their running.

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Ports of Auckland Round the Bays
image descriptionSt Heliers Bay Auckland

Ports of Auckland Round the Bays is New Zealand’s largest fun run, boasting over 29,000 participants each year - and growing! Our home is the vibrant city of Auckland, with the 8. 4km course following the city’s picturesque coastline.

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YMCA Marathon Club's 10km Summer Series 4 Mar
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The YMCA Marathon Club hosts a weekly summer series in Auckland's Domain on Thursday evenings from October through to April. Runners and walkers can choose from 5km or 10km distances. Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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Ultra 24
image descriptionCable Bay Adventure Park Nelson Marlborough Tasman

Ultra NZ is an Ultra Series tackling New Zealand’s best terrain. Looking for your next Ultra or want to find your endurance limit? Ultra 24 gives you the chance to run as far as you can over 24 hours. 1 course, 24 hours of racing.

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Copthorne Rotorua Off Road Half Marathon 2021
image descriptionWhakawerawera Forest, Rotorua Bay of Plenty

The Copthorne Rotorua Off-Road Half Marathon takes place in stunning Whakawerawera Forest in Rotorua on the 7th of March 2021. Distances on offer include the Half Marathon run as well as a 10. 5km and 5km run /walk and a 1. 5km and 2. 5km Kids Run.

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Waipa Fun Run
image descriptionVictoria Square, Cambridge Waikato

The Waipa Fun Run will return to Victoria Square, Cambridge on the 7th of March 2021 and offers a 10km, 5km and 2km schools challenge. The event is a fundraiser for St Peters Catholic School.

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YMCA Marathon Club's 10km Summer Series 11 Mar
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The YMCA Marathon Club hosts a weekly summer series in Auckland's Domain on Thursday evenings from October through to April. Runners and walkers can choose from 5km or 10km distances. Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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Macpac Motatapu 2021
image descriptionQueenstown Otago

Macpac Mototapu is your one chance in the year to run, bike or complete an off triathlon in Mototapu, set in the stunning Wanaka to Queenstown high country. The event offers seven events catering to runners, triathletes and Mountain Bike riders.

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We Run the Night
image descriptionMount Maunganui Bay of Plenty

We Run the Night will return to Mount Maunganui on the 13th of March 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. All distances can be run or walked.

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Maraetai Half Marathon
image descriptionMaraetai Auckland

Taking place on the 14th of March 2021, 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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YMCA Marathon Club's 10km Summer Series 18 Mar
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The YMCA Marathon Club hosts a weekly summer series in Auckland's Domain on Thursday evenings from October through to April. Runners and walkers can choose from 5km or 10km distances. Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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90 Mile Beach Te Houtaewa Challenge 2021
image descriptionAhipara Northland

The 90 Mile Beach Te Houtaewa Challenge will take place on the 20th of March 2021 in Northland. The event offers runners and walkers the chance to take on the 62km ultra, Marathon, Half Marathon, 62km ultra team relay or 6km walk on the awesome 90 Mile Beach.

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Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon 2021
image descriptionKaiteriteri Beach Nelson Marlborough Tasman

A challenging Half Marathon and 14km courses - it has a couple of good climbs in there, but these can be forgiven when you consider you are running or walking in pure paradise. Your climbs lead you to magic views over bay and beyond.

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Northburn 100
image descriptionNorthburn Otago

The Northburn 100 will return in 2021 on the 20-21st March 2021 after the 2020 event was cancelled due to Covid-19.  

The event offers a 100 miler, 100km and 50km ultra distance runs as well as a marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km and a kids race.

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Run Albany
image descriptionAlbany Auckland

Run Albany will return on the 21st of March 2021.  The event is the third and final race in the North Shore Run Series. Distances on offer throughout the series include 15km, 10km, 5km & 2km.

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Les Mills City2Surf 2021
image descriptionChristchurch Canterbury

The Les Mills City2Surf which was due to take place on Sunday, 22nd March, 2020 has been postponed to the 21st of March 2021.  

The event offers a 14km and 6km fun run.

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YMCA Marathon Club's 10km Summer Series 25 Mar
image descriptionThe Domain Auckland

The YMCA Marathon Club hosts a weekly summer series in Auckland's Domain on Thursday evenings from October through to April. Runners and walkers can choose from 5km or 10km distances. Entry is $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

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Lake Hayes Run
image descriptionLake Hayes, Queenstown Otago

Save the date in your diary for the Lake Hayes Run on the 2nd of April 2021. The event is held annually over Easter each year at the stunning Lake Hayes in Queenstown. The event offers a Half Marathon, 10km & 5km trail run.  

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Christchurch Marathon 2021
image descriptionChristchurch Canterbury

The Christchurch Marathon will return on the 11th of April 2021.  Inspired by the 1974 Commonwealth Games marathon, the ASB Christchurch Marathon has been the South Island’s premier marathon event since 1981.

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PWYW Tauranga Half Marathon 2021
image descriptionTauranga Bay of Plenty

Returning on the 11th of April 2021, the Pay What You Want Tauranga Half Marathon offers a Half Marathon, 15km, 10km, 5km and 1km. The Half Marathon course has been measured to IAAF standards and is a two lap course which includes Beach Road, Harbour Drive and Kulim Park.

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Mt Oxford Odyssey 2021
image descriptionMt Oxford Canterbury

Mt Oxford Odyssey will return on the 17th of April 2021 following the cancellation of the 2020 event due to Covid-19.

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Arrowtown Autumn Festival Fun Run 2021
image descriptionArrowtown Otago

The Arrowtown Autumn Festival Fun Run will return in 2021 on the 18th of April.  There are two running and walking events to choose from. ‘Tobins Rush' is a 5km run to the top of Arrowtown’s popular walking track and back.

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Waiheke Half Marathon 2021
image descriptionWaiheke Island Auckland

The Waiheke Half Marathon 2021 has a provisional date of 1st May.  The Waiheke Half Marathon offers a half marathon, 10km and 5km run on stunning Waiheke Island.

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Hanmer 4 Square Half Marathon
image descriptionHanmer Springs Canterbury

The Hanmer Half Marathon due to take place on the 2nd of May 2020 has been postponed to the 1st of May 2021.  The Hanmer Half Marathon takes competitors on a unique journey through Hanmer Forest amongst amazing mountain scenery.

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T42
image descriptionTongariro National Park Manawatu-Whanganui

The T42 due to take place on the 2nd of May 2020 has been postponed to the 1st of May 2021.  

The iconic event takes place in beautiful Tongariro National Park and offers trail run and walking options as well as a mountain bike or eBike off-road adventure.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Old Forest Hanmer 100
image descriptionHanmer Springs Canterbury

The Old Forest Hanmer 100 will return on the 21st 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.

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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.

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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.

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Cambridge Half Marathon 2021
image descriptionCambridge Waikato

The annual Cambridge Half Marathon will not take place in 2020 and will return on the 12th 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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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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