For unsurpassed natural beauty and a route that largely avoids sealed roads, Queenstown is an international marathon that’s hard to beat.
Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you’ll understand why. The town sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic ranges.
It’s an area suited to all kinds of
adventure. This marathon is
one of them.
Choose from the full distance, half marathon or 10km; each is run
point-to-point to finish at the Queenstown Memorial Centre Recreational Ground.
The views you’ll see along
the way are simply stunning.
The marathon starts at Millbrook Resort, near Arrowtown. The course is described as easy running, mainly flat, with a few undulations to keep it interesting. It offers a unique mix of running terrain, with 70% on smooth hard packed trails and 30% on road.
The route takes in the best highlights of the region. From Millbrook runners pass through historic Arrowtown, follow the Arrow River, take the road around Lake Hayes, cross the Lower Shotover river on the Old Shotover Bridge, take the Twin Rivers trail along the Kawarau River to Frankton Arm on Lake Wakatipu. From there it’s a beautiful trail along the Frankton Arm walkway via Queenstown Gardens to the finish.
Choose the half marathon and you’ll start 21km out at Speargrass Flat Road. The 10km starts at the top of the Frankton Arm, on Allan Crescent.
Online entries close on 27th October – unless sold out prior – and $10 from the Marathon and Half Marathon entry fees plus donations made at time of entry go to the Queenstown Trails Trust for maintenance and further development of trails throughout the Wakatipu Basin.
Take a few days to explore the area after the marathon. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan you’ll recognize many of the locations of Middle-earth here.
Twenty minutes from Queenstown, Arrowtown’s gold-mining history is alive and vibrant. Visit the Lakes District Museum or go gold panning.
Forty minutes from Queenstown at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu is rural Glenorchy and Paradise Valley. From here it’s a short drive into the Mt Aspiring National Park and the start of some of New Zealand’s great walks.