The marathon is an out and back course over the Kawakawa Bay Track and Great Lake Trail, finishing at the Kinloch Community Hall.

Follow the 10k course to the Whangamata Stream then follow the stream a short way up to the first turnaround. Back at the start of the stream head right to Kawakawa Bay then follow the Great Lake Trail to the turnaround at Whangamata Road, return to Kawakawa Bay then Kinloch and follow the beach track to the finish line.

Start Information

The start line is now on the Kinloch Domain.

Start time - 7.00am


You MUST be at the 23km mark turnaround (Whangamata Road) by 10.30am (3hrs 30mins) or for safety reasons you will be officially withdrawn from the event.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 Kawakawa Bay (approx 13km and 33km) and the Whangamata Road turnaround (approx 23km) and will have water, Nuun Hydration Drink, lollies, bananas, pretzels and toilets.

Toilets are at the Marina, Kawakawa Bay, the Whangamata Road turnaround and finish area.


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