New Zealand's FRIENDLIEST MARATHON. Organised and run by
volunteers this is a 'real' community event where locals join in or
are out there encouraging and supporting the competitors. Past
competitors comment on this almost more than the actual marathon.
"Very friendly and encouraging", "I loved being greeted by name at
Read what else they say;
The Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf Marathon is a unique event,
half track and half road, ideal for serious athletes as well as for
families. Mountain Bike, Run or Walk a Full Marathon or a Half
Marathon or do the Duathlon
(Men/Women - Half Track Bike - Half Road Run).
The course begins at Port FitzRoy wharf and finishes at Tryphena
wharf. Participants will experience rugged native bush, kauri,
nikau, manuka, fern and some of the most unspoilt native forest left
in New Zealand. Reaching the heights there are expansive views over
white sandy beaches and across the ocean to an undisturbed horizon
as well as green farmland, and picturesque settlements dotted around
The course follows the road overlooking the Port FitzRoy harbour and
bays and down to the Kaiaraara Stream. Continuing up and down
through rugged native bush, home to many of NZ’s native birdlife,
the course reaches an elevation of 180 metres. One part of the
course is described by Aaron Carter of Total Sport as “4km of
unbelievable trail goodness….and views from out of this world”.
Although arduous and challenging at times this event is a unique
opportunity to enjoy some of the best scenery that Great Barrier
Island has to offer.
2014 Results -
Past Years -
2011 - 2014 Winners + Times