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!


119 Run events
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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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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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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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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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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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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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 18th of September 2021, the event is a 5 leg relay from Picton to Havelock and is open to runners and walkers.

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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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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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Hatuma Half Marathon
image descriptionWaipukurau Racecourse, Waipukurau Hawkes Bay

The full 21. 1km course takes in the entire circumference of Lake Hatuma with the start and finish at the Waipukurau Racecourse allowing for a relaxed and accessible base with plenty of parking.

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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 25-26th September 2021. 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 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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Crater Rim Ultra incorporating the NZ 2021 Trail Running Championships
image descriptionChristchurch Canterbury

The Crater Rim Ultra incorporating the NZ 2020 Trail Running Championships will take place on the 17th of October 2021 in Christchurch.

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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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Bell Hill Challenge
image descriptionBell Hill, Sheffield Canterbury

The Bell Hill Challenge will take place on the 30th of October 2021 at Bell Hill, Canterbury.  

The event is an off-road run or walk in the hills of the Canterbury.

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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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Kawerau King of the Mountain
image descriptionKawerau Bay of Plenty

The 66th annual Kawerau King of the Mountain will take place on the 30th of October 2021. The race is a gruelling 7 km return trip up and down Pūtauaki (Mt. Edgecumbe), 852m above sea level.

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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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Peak Trail Blazer
image descriptionHavelock North Hawkes Bay

The annual Peak Trail Blazer is home to the Wee Doo Loos King of the Peak, Hawke’s Bay Orthodontics Queen of the Peak, The Scorchers sub-50 minutes club & Hall of Flames sub-60 minutes club, along with the Master Blazer, Prince & Princess of Tainui, Little Prince and Little Princess...

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Boulder Bay Classic
image descriptionTaylors Mistake Beach, Christchurch Canterbury

The Sumner Running Club's Boulder Bay Classic 10km Trail Run will take place on the 31st of October 2021. The route takes in the stunning coastline views of the Godley Head Track.

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2021 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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Lochmara Lodge Half Marathon
image descriptionQueen Charlotte Sounds Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The annual Lochmara Lodge Half Marathon Will take place on Saturday 6th of November 2021. 22 km of running the Queen Charlotte Track with the finish at the beautiful lodge and lunch before your boat trip back to Picton.

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Tairua Trail & Tides Half Marathon
image descriptionTairua Waikato

The Tairua Trail & Tides Half Marathon will take place on the 7th of November 2020. 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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Woodbury Hill Country Challenge
image descriptionOrari Gorge Station, Geraldine Canterbury

The Woodbury Hill Country Challenge is an event that caters for the whole family. It has courses that range from the 4km Family fun run / bike where kids can bike and mum or dad can push a buggy to the challenging 37km trail run and 42km mountain bike.

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Colour Burst Queenstown 2021
image descriptionQueenstown Events Centre, Frankton Otago

Colour Burst Queenstown 2021 is a 4 - 5km colour run held in Frankton, Queenstown. The date has been rescheduled for the 7th of November 2021. The course takes in Queenstown's stunning mountain scenery whilst participants are doused with coloured powder.  

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Rotary AllFit Coastal Run
image descriptionDuder Regional Park Auckland

The Rotary ALLFIT Coastal Run is a community event organized by the Rotary Club of Pohutukawa Coast Inc. and is a run/walk from Duder Regional Park to Te Puru Park in Beachlands, Auckland, New Zealand that takes place on the first Sunday of November.

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Cole Murray Cape Kidnappers Trail Run
image descriptionTe Awanga Hawkes Bay

Taking place on the 13th of November 2021, the Cole Murray Cape Kidnappers Trail Run offers a 32km, half marathon, 15km and 5km trail run through the stunning Cape Kidnappers in the Hawkes Bay.

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Discover Waitomo Trail Run
image descriptionWaitomo Waikato

The Discover Waitomo Trail Run event will take place on the 13th Of November 2021.  

The event offers four distances including 6km, 11km, half marathon and 35km. All distances can be run or walked and the 6km and 11km are considered suitable for kids.

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Mt Isthmus Traverse
image descriptionLake Hawea Otago

The Solomon Mt Isthmus Traverse off-road running event will take place on the privately owned Glen Dene Station in Lake Hawea on Saturday 13th November 2021.

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Lugton's Round the Bridges 2021
image descriptionHamilton Waikato

Every year thousands of runners and walkers descend upon Hamilton City Centre for one of NZ's oldest and most beloved annually contested events, Lugtons’ Round the Bridges!

Located in the heart of Hamilton and with features including the Waikato River walkways and iconic bridges, Round the Bridges is one of New...

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The Molesworth Run
image descriptionMolesworth Station Nelson Marlborough Tasman

The Molesworth Station is New Zealand's largest high country station and is located in the upper half of the South Island. We will be running this event for the 26th time this year, on November 20, 2021.

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Xterra Trail Challenge Waihi
image descriptionWaihi Waikato

Xterra Trail Challenge Waihi is a trail run or walk through the beautiful Karangahake Gorge. The event includes a number of distance options for runners and walkers including 8. 2km, 13. 4km, 20. 5km as well as a marathon for runners only.

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Colour Zone Run
image descriptionDonnell Sports Park, Christchurch Canterbury

Since February 2011 we’ve all heard about the Red Zone. Well, on Sunday 21 November 2021 at 10:00am, we change this to The Colour Zone with The Colour Zone Run. Yes; this is the most colourful event you’ll ever see and be in.

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Pelorus Trust RUN & WALK Event
image descriptionHutt Valley Wellington

The Pelorus Trust RUN & WALk event will take place on the 21st of November 2021 and is the 34th running of the annual event. The event offers a flat and scenic course along both sides of the Hutt River.

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Ashhurst to Esplanade 2021
image descriptionAshhurst Domain Manawatu-Whanganui

The Manawatu Striders Ashhurst to Esplanade Half Marathon and Fun Run will take place on the 21st of November 2021. The event offers a half marathon, 12km and 3km.

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Valley Ultra 2021
image descriptionCraigieburn Valley Canterbury

ULTRA NZ is an Ultra Series tackling New Zealand's best terrain. We believe the best way to see Te Whenua o Aotearoa is on foot, and we're going to take you on epic journeys through some of the most beautiful, tough and iconic landscapes NZ has to offer.

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Rotorua Running Festival 2021
image descriptionRotorua Bay of Plenty

Save the date in your diary for the Rotorua Running Festival 2021 on the 28th of November 2021. The Running Festival offers a 50km Ultra, Half Marathon and 10km run, as well as the 5km run / walk and a 3km kids run.

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Sri Chinmoy Christmas Dash - 10km & Kids 3.2km
image descriptionHagley Park South, Christchurch Canterbury

The Sri Chinmoy Christmas Dash will be held on the 28th of November 2021 at Hagley Park in Christchurch. The event offers a festive fun run for the whole family. The course is a 3. 2 km loop in South Hagley Park.

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The Longbeach Coastal Challenge
image descriptionAshburton Canterbury

Set along the Canterbury coast, the Longbeach Coastal Challenge is a community run event with options for elite riders and runners to recreational athletes and families. The course crosses the privately owned Longbeach Estate and takes participants through farmland, gullies, streams and along the coastline.

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Kepler Challenge and Luxmore Grunt 2021
image descriptionKepler Track, Fiordland Southland

The 34th Kepler Challenge will be held on the 4th of December 2021 on the beautiful Kepler Track within Fiordland National Park. The course is 60km long with a total ascent and descent of 1350m.

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