The marathon is an out and back course on the scenic Great Lake Trail, starting and finishing at the Kinloch Domain.

You will first follow the roads through Kinloch and the Marine Terrace Recreation Reserve, then onto Boojum Dell where you head down to the lake front via the Boardwalk.  Along the lakefront to the Marina and over the bridge to head back past the Domain.  From there, you head along the cliff top reserve to the Whangamata Stream, take a right and follow the stream up to Whangamata Road where you cross the stream and head back down to the lake front. 

An easy right turn and you will now begin your picturesque journey to on the Great Lake Trail through Kawakawa Bay to the turnaround at the Orakau car park before returning and enjoying the scenery and lake and mountain views again, back to the finish line at Kinloch Domain.

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Start Information

The start line is at the Kinloch Domain

Start time - 7.00am


For safety reasons, we enforce a cut-off. You MUST be at the Orakau car park turnaround (25km) by 10.45am (3hrs 45mins) or you will be officially withdrawn from the event.


To minimise waste we are reducing cups at the drink stations and encourage you to bring your own bottle, cup or hydration pack. The stations are equipped for you to refill these. We will have reusable cups for sale at registration if you wish to purchase one ($5 cash). 

Aid stations are at the top of the Whangamata Steam (6km), Kawakawa Bay (16km and 34km) and the Orakau car park turnaround (25km) and will have water, nuun hydration drink, Clif Bars, and/or Clif Bloks.

Toilets are at the Marina, Kawakawa Bay, the Orakau car park turnaround, and Kinloch Domain.


The course will have roving marshals and first aid.  If you come across an injured person check they are ok, send someone forward to the next marshal for help.  All marshals are in radio/phone contact with Event HQ. Unless the injury is serious anyone needing transport back to the finish will come back with tail end charlie. 

First Aid is also provided by Peak Safety at the finish line.

Compulsory Gear

After spending a lot of time out on the course and working with our safety experts we have compiled a compulsory gear list for this event. We have beefed it up a bit for your safety, which is our number one priority.

All participants of the Marathon - will be required to have the compulsory gear items at registration.   Gear checks will be carried out at registration and there will also be random checks on Saturday morning at the start line and throughout the course. If you do not have the correct gear you will not be allowed to continue on the course. This is for your own safety. The course takes part in an alpine environment in spring where conditions can change rapidly and you need to be prepared. Please do not underestimate how quickly the weather can change in this region.

There are four compulsory gear options. The decision about which option you will need to take on course will be made prior to the event depending on the weather forecast. 

  • Option 1: No complusory gear needed
  • Option 2 : Long sleeve top (polyprop or wool), beanie (polyprop or wool), survival blanket
  • Option 3: Long sleeve top (polyprop or wool), beanie (polyprop or wool), survival blanket, seam sealed jacket, gloves (polyprop or wool)
  • Option 4: Long sleeve top (polyprop or wool), beanie (polyprop or wool), survival blanket, seam sealed jacket, gloves (polyprop or wool), tights