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!


145 Run events
Ring of Fire Ruapehu
image descriptionTongariro National Park Manawatu-Whanganui

The Ring of Fire Ruapehu will take place on the 12th of March 2022. The 73km Volcanic Ultra Run is an incredibly tough physical and mental challenge that only carefully prepared individuals will take on.

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Kaikoura Whale Run - Event Postponed
image descriptionKaikoura Canterbury

The Kaikōura Whale Run has been postponed to the 12th of March 2022 due to Covid-19 in our community.

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Round the Vines
image descriptionMartinborough Wellington

The Martinborough Round the Vines event will take place on the 12th of March 2022.  

Round the Vines is a fundraiser for Martinborough School. The event offers a half marathon and 10km which can be run or walked.

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Tararua Mountain Race
image descriptionMarchant Road, Kaitoke Wellington

The Tararua Mountain Race traverses the Southern Crossing tramping route from Kaitoke to Otaki Fork over the course of 1 day instead of the usual 3-day hard tramp. The route is point to point and with a total distance of 35.

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90 Mile Beach Te Houtaewa Challenge 2022
image descriptionAhipara Northland

The 90 Mile Beach Te Houtaewa Challenge will take place on the 18th and 19th of March 2022 in Northland. The event offers runners and walkers the chance to take on the Marathon, Half Marathon, 42km team relay or 6km walk on the awesome 90 Mile Beach.

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Discover Waitomo Trail Run - Event Postponed
image descriptionWaitomo Waikato

The Discover Waitomo Trail Run, due to take place on the 13th Of November 2021, has been postponed to the 19th of March 2022 due to Covid-19 restrictions. The event offers four distances including 6km, 11km, half marathon and 35km.

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Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon 2022
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 2022 on the 19-20th March.   

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. The 100 miler (161km) includes approximately 10,000m of elevation and descent.

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42 KM Marathon
image descriptionTe Oneroa-a-Tōhē Northland

The 42 km Marathon Challenge begins at North Hukatere beach and follows the ultramarathon route to Ahipara.

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Half-Marathon (21KM)
image descriptionTe Oneroa-a-Tōhē (90 Mile Beach) Northland

Half the distance with all the glory, the half marathon is a perfect opportunity for anyone to get their toes wet in unique running experience. Beginning at North Waipapakauri ramp this race is a relaxed challenge to the festival finish in Ahipara.   Register today!

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42 KM Team Relay Open
image descriptionTe Oneroa-a-Tōhē (90 Mile Beach) Northland

This unique challenge is the opportunity to come together as a team and support one another as you each take on a leg of the ultra-marathon course. This special relay is the moment for everyone and anyone to get their toes wet in the sport of running. REGISTER TODAY!

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Team-up Taitamariki Relay
image descriptionTe Oneroa-a-Tōhē (90 Mile Beach) Northland

The youth version of a Marathon Team Relay.   Exactly the same in terms of requirements to participate but sponsored by Te Houtaewa Maori Charitable Trust to ensure that this korero will be here for Mokopuna of tomorrow.   Click the Event Website button to learn more. Register today!

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Run Albany
image descriptionAlbany Auckland

Run Albany will return on the 20th of March 2022.  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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Foundation Clinic Mauao Half Marathon - Event Postponed
image descriptionMt Maunganui Bay of Plenty

The Foundation Clinic Mauao Half Marathon, due to take place on the 11th of September 2021, has been postponed to the 20th of March 2022 due to Covid-19.

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Queenstown Alpine Grind
image descriptionCoronet Peak, Queenstown Otago

The Queenstown Alpine Grind will take place on the 26th of March 2022 at Coronet Peak.  

The event includes 3 running events on a variety of terrain including mountain trails, single track, ridge line running, 4wd tracks and ski trails. Distances include 4. 43km, 8. 86km & 13.

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Marina 2 Marina - Event Postponed
image descriptionPicton Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Marina 2 Marina, due to take place on the 9th of October 2021, has been postponed to the 26th of March 2022 due to the uncertainty around Covid-19.

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We Run the Night
image descriptionMount Maunganui Bay of Plenty

We Run the Night will take place on the 26th of March 2-21.  

The distances include 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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Cape Brett Challenge
image descriptionKaingahoa Marae, Rawhiti Northland

The Cape Brett Challenge will take place on the 1st and 2nd of April 2022.  

Taking place in Rawhiti, Bay of Islands, the Cape Brett Challenge includes three distances of trail running. Choose between the Rakaumangamanga 2km marathon, Whangamumu 17km or the Pukehuia 7km.

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The Riverhead Backyard Relaps Ultra
image descriptionRiverhead Forest Auckland

The Riverhead Backyard Relaps Ultra is a last person standing format event where participants run one 6. 7km lap an hour until the last person is standing. The event also includes an 8 hour, 12 hour and 24 hour teams relay.  

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PWYW Tauranga Half Marathon 2022
image descriptionTauranga Bay of Plenty

Returning on the 3rd of April 2022, 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 2022
image descriptionMt Oxford Canterbury

Mt Oxford Odyssey has a provisional date of the 9th of April 2022.  

Mt Oxford Odyssey offers a 15km Trail Run or Tramp, a 21km Half Marathon Run or Tramp over the mountain, the Further Faster 32km Mountain Challenge, or the Salewa Mountain Marathon.

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Christchurch Marathon 2022
image descriptionChristchurch Canterbury

The Christchurch Marathon will return on the 10th of April 2022.  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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Alpine Lodge Loop the Lake
image descriptionLake Rotoiti Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Alpine Lodge Loop the Lake is a fantastic introduction to trail running - many runners have had their first taste of off road running by completing this one. The course is an anticlockwise circuit of Lake Rotoiti commencing from the Lake Rotoiti waterfront. Approximately 25km.

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Arrowtown Autumn Festival Fun Run 2022
image descriptionArrowtown Otago

The Arrowtown Autumn Festival Fun Run will return in 2022 on the 24th 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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Routeburn Classic Adventure Run
image descriptionTe Anau Southland

The Routeburn Classic Adventure Run held in late April annually is an exclusive event and limited to 350 lucky athletes. The track is 32 Kilometers long and climbs to 1127meters above sea level.

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Omokoroa Coastal Challenge - Event Postponed
image descriptionOmokoroa Beach Bay of Plenty

The Omokoroa Coastal Challenge, due to take place on the 31st of October 2021, has been postponed to the 1st of May 2022 due to Covid-19.  

Taking place on Omokoroa Beach, the Omokoroa Coastal Challenge offers a Half Marathon, 10km, 5km as well as a Kids Dash.

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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.

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Hanmer 4 Square Half Marathon
image descriptionHanmer Springs Canterbury

The Hanmer Half Marathon will renturn on the 7th of May 2022. The Hanmer Half Marathon takes competitors on a unique journey through Hanmer Forest amongst amazing mountain scenery. This is a great pre race for the Christchurch Marathon.

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Saint Clair Vineyard Half
image descriptionWairau Valley Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon will take place on the 7th of May 2022. The Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon takes place amoungst the vineyards in the gorgeous Marlborough region in New Zealand. The event offers a 12km and Half Marathon to both 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 7th of May 2022. Celebrating its 57th running, the event offers a Marathon, Half Marathon as well as a 10km and 5. 5km run or walk.

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T42
image descriptionTongariro National Park Manawatu-Whanganui

The T42 will take place on the 7th of May 2022. 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 the 14th of May 2022 on the West Coast Wilderness Trail on the West Coast of the South Island.

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New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Hawke's Bay Marathon 2022
image descriptionNapier Hawkes Bay

The New Zealand Sotheby's International Realty Hawke's Bay Marathon will take place on the 14th of May 2022. Distances on offer include a marathon, half marathon, 10km and 3km kids run.

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Eukanuba Tails and Trails 2022 - Event Postponed
image descriptionRiverhead Forest Auckland

Eukanuba Tails and Trails, due to take place on the 26th of September 2021, has been postponed to the 15th of May 2022 due to Covid-19.

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Whitianga Marathon
image descriptionBuffalo Beach Reserve Whitianga Waikato

The Whitianga Marathon will return on the 21st of May 2022 at Buffalo Beach Reserve. Walk or run at your own pace. There are distances available for everyone, from a 5km fun run to the new premier 42km marathon.  

 

 

 

 

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Huntly Half Marathon
image descriptionHuntly Waikato

The Huntly Half Marathon will take place on the 29th of May 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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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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Taupo Marathon 2022
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The 2021 Taupo Marathon will take place on the 6th of August 2022. The annual event offers a Marathon Run, Half Marathon and 10km and 5km run / walk.

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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 course starts and finishes at the Te Ahu Centre.

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The Dun Run - Event Postponed
image descriptionNelson Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Dun Run, due to take place on the 28th of August 2021, has been postponed to the 28th of August 2022 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Rugged but runnable - up into the “ Backwoods of Nelson” and along the sub alpine mineral belt.

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Trail Trilogy - Event Postponed
image descriptionWaihi Waikato

Trail Trilogy is a trail running event held along the Hauraki Rail Trail with all distances finishing in Waihi. The event has been postponed to the 11th of September 2022 due to Covid-19 uncertainties.

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Hutt Marathon - Event Postponed
image descriptionHikoikoi Reserve, Petone, Lower Hutt Wellington

The Hutt Marathon, due to take place on the 12th of September 2021, has been postponed to the 11th or 18th of September 2021 due to Covid-19 (Date to be confirmed).

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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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Race Tekapo 2022
image descriptionLake Tekapo Canterbury

Race Tekapo will return in 2022 on the 17th of September! (Date TBC)

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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Crater Rim Ultra 2022
image descriptionChristchurch Canterbury

After the unfortunate cancellation of the 2021 Crater Rim Ultra, the event will return in 2022 on the 16th of October.

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