Off-Road Marathon - Motatapu multi sport event sent in beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand
42km Run
1022m Climbing
875m Highest Point

Race Details


Saturday 10 March 2018

Entry Fee

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Start Time


Start Line

Motatapu Station near Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka

Race Briefing

Off-Road Marathon Race Briefing

Finish Line

Wilcox Green, Arrowtown


Friday 9 March, 4:00pm - 7:30pm, Wilcox Green, Arrowtown. See map here.

Saturday 10 March, 7:30am - 8:50am, Mount Aspiring College, Wanaka. See map here. (Directions)


When entering you will need to select your registration location.


Note: If you have booked a bus from Queenstown or Arrowtown to the start line on race morning, you MUST register Friday in Arrowtown. 

Transport to the Start Line

Free shuttle buses are provided from Wanaka to the start line. These shuttles depart from Mount Aspiring College at 9:00am. You cannot drive to the start line.

Shuttle buses are also available at an extra charge from Arrowtown. Click here to find out more.

Transport from the Finish Line

Car parking and pick-up is available near the finish line. Shuttle Buses are available post race to Queenstown and Wanaka - click here to find out more.

Minimum Age

Must be 18 years of age on race day to compete

Race Categories

Run: 18-39 yrs, 40-49 yrs, 50-59 yrs, 60+ yrs                   

Walk: 18+ yrs

Please note: if you plan to run/walk the event then you must enter as a runner. The walk category is for walkers only.

Mandatory Gear List  

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Cut-off Times 

Cut off at Aid Station 1 (9km from start line) - 12:30pm  

Cut off at Aid Station 2 (17km from start line) - 2:15pm  

Course cut off - 7:30pm

Prizegiving time

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Race records

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Course Details

5 Unique events in beautiful Motatapu, Queenstown New Zealand.

Completing a Marathon is an amazing achievement and it is made all the more memorable when it is set in such a stunning location as the Motatapu Marathon.

The marathon starts at Motatapu Station near Lake Wanaka and finishes at historic Arrowtown. Your journey follows a route early Maori used for hunting and gathering, and to move Pounamu (Greenstone). The valley was not discovered by European explorers until around 1862, during the gold rush.

This course takes you on an iconic off-road run through the magnificent Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations, which thanks to the owners, are opened once a year to the public for this event. 

You will go through numerous river crossings, climb some hills, overcome your own personal challenges and no doubt be awe struck with the spectacular views of these southern high country valleys.

First-time competitors often tell us they will never run on-road again after completing the Motatapu Marathon!

Course Map