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!


117 Run events
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.

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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 set for the 11th of April 2021. The course takes in Queenstown's stunning mountain scenery whilst participants are doused with coloured powder.  

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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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Mizuno Waterfront Half Marathon
image descriptionMission Bay Auckland

The Mizuno Waterfront Half Marathon will take place on the 11th of April 2021.  

The Mizuno Waterfront Half Marathon held in Mission Bay, Auckland is the final event in the Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series.

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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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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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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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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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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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Arrowtown Autumn Festival Fun Run 2021
image descriptionArrowtown Otago

The Arrowtown Autumn Festival Fun Run will return in 2021 on the 25th 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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tailwind 3 Marathons in 3 Days
image descriptionAtherton Tablelands, North Queensland QLD

The Tailwind Nutrition 3 Marathons in 3 Days is due to take place from the 9th to 11th of July 2021. The Tailwind Nutrition 3 Marathons in 3 Days held in the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland has many entry options, varying in distance and days.

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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.

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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 11th of July 2021, the event is held at Cougar Mountain Bike Park in Tokoroa. Distances on offer include a half marathon, 14.

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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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Mackenzie Half Marathon
image descriptionFairlie, Mackenzie Canterbury

The inaugural Mackenzie Half Marathon due to take place on the 11th of April 2020 has been postponed until the 18th of July.  The event offers a half marathon, 10km, a 5. 5km, and 2. 5km fun run for kids and grandparents.

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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.

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Taupo Marathon 2021
image descriptionTaupo Waikato

The 2021 Taupo Marathon will take place on the 1st of August 2021. The annual event offers a Marathon Run, Half Marathon and 10km and 5km run / walk.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4 Paws Marathon 2021
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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Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon 2021
image descriptionAoraki Mount Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Canterbury

The Aoraki Mount Cook Marathon is a road running event held in early October each year, with the next event taking place on Saturday 2nd October 2021 in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand.

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Takahē to Akaroa Relay
image descriptionTakahe Canterbury

The Takahe to Akaroa road relay will take place on the 2nd of October 2021. 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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Marina 2 Marina 2021
image descriptionPicton Nelson Marlborough Tasman

Now in its 8th year, the Marina 2 Marina is an annual running event that takes place in stunning Picton and Waikawa. With 4 event distances to choose from there is a distance for all abilities.

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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 10th of October 2021. All events start and finish at the Stead Street Wharf in Invercargill and distances offered include a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5km. The half marathon course heads past Pleasure Bay lagoon towards Bluff.

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Dargaville Veterinary Centre Run/Walk
image descriptionDargaville Northland

Join us in the Dargaville Veterinary Centre - Dargaville Run/Walk event taking place in the heart of Dargaville. Take your pick on either a 10. 5km or a 5km run/walk through the main streets of Dargaville along and over the Northern Wairoa.

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Kaikōura Mountains to the Sea
image descriptionKaikoura Canterbury

The Kaikōura Mountains to the Sea will take place on the 23 of October 2021.  The Kaikōura Mountains to the Sea run is a joint fundraising event for Kaikoura High School and the Kaikoura Lions. The event offers a marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km fun run.

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Mission Mt Somers
image descriptionMt Somers Canterbury

Mission Mt Somers is an annual trail running event held in Canterbury based around the Mt Somers DOC walking track. The event offers four distances including 5km, 10k, half marathon and marathon.

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ASB Auckland Marathon 2021
image descriptionVictoria Park Auckland

The ASB Auckland Marathon will take place on the 31st of October 2021. Distances offered include Marathon, Half Marathon, 11km, 5km Family and a Kids Marathon.

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