42km Run | 1022m Climbing | 875m Highest Point
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!