Race Info


More Race Day information will be displayed on this page closer to the event.

Race pack pick up
Pre-race pick up: You can collect your race pack at the following
times from the Explore NZ offices in Paihia – 60 Marsden Road:
10am to 4pm on Friday 01 June
10am to 4pm on Saturday 02 June

We strongly recommend you use this opportunity to collect your race pack so you can avoid race day queues.

Race day pick up: If you cannot collect your race pack in advance, you can collect it on race day from
the registration tent from 7am. It is important that you leave plenty of time for this so please arrive
early to avoid any last minute rush. We want to get to your to start line with minimal stress!
You must take your confirmation with you or you may not get your bib and chip.

T-shirts: These will be availbale when you pick up your race packs. If you want to purchase one these will be available at the registration tent on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June

Getting to the event and Event parking
The Event Village and start/finish line will be in the carpark in front of the Copthorne Hotel and Resort
in Waitangi. The address is 1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi. If you need help, just put Copthorne Paihia
into google maps and it will take you straight there.

Parking: Parking will be available on the grass reserve opposite the Copthorne (marked on the map
below). We ask you not to park in the Waitangi Visitors car park or at the Copthorne. Please do not
park over driveways, exit gates or boat ramps.
Drop off zone: If you are being dropped off and your driver is planning on leaving once the race starts,
please use the Shippy’s car park just prior to Waitangi Bridge for this. We do not want congestion on
Waitangi Bridge with spectators trying to get back across.

IMPORTANT: The Waitangi Bridge will be closed for the Half marathon and 5km start while
runners/walkers make their way over the bridge. This will be from approximately 8.10 to 8.35am. As
such, we strongly advise you to arrive early for your event.

Gear bag drop
If you have a gear bag you wish to leave with us while you are on the course you can drop that off at
our gear drop point at the registration tent. Please make sure your belongings are contained in a bag.
There removable bag tag with your race number on your race bib which you can remove and attach
to your bag for this purpose. Please note that while all care will be taken to ensure the security of your
belongings, MaD Running Ltd takes no responsibility for any loss or damage to your belongings while
they are under our care.

Race day schedule – TBC

The course
This is an extremely hilly course. Please be advised that a certain standard of fitness applies. If you are
wanting to attempt the 21km distance but think it may take you longer than 4 hours please reconsider
your options. There is a 12km and 5km event distance also.
Understand also that if you are a runner you may run/walk. However, if you are entered as a walker
you cannot run. It does become an issue if a walker has run and does not tell us as we take podium
finishers times.

Drinks stations
There will be marshals situated throughout the course, as well as traffic management at key points.
They will ensure you stay on the course and keep you motivated! There will be drinks stations
supplying water on the course for 12km and Half marathon entrants. There are three stations for the
12km event and four for the Half marathon event. In addition, there will be a drinks tent at the finish
line for all entrants. This is a tough course so if you are worried there will not enough drinks station or
if you want more than water, then think about carrying extra fluids with you.

There will be toilets at the Event Village. There are also a number of public toilets along the beachfront
for Half marathon runners and there will be portaloos not long after you come out of Haruru Falls

Weather conditions
Queens birthday weekend is typically on the cool side and sometimes wet so please ensure that you
wear appropriate clothing. It would be a good idea to bring warm clothes with you to get changed into

You will be issued with a timing chip when you collect your race pack. Your timing chip should be
attached to your shoelaces prior to race start. Click on the link below for tips on how to fix your timing
chip to your shoe. Please hand your timing chip in at the finish line. There will be a timing chip drop
box there. Entrants will be charged $40 for any chips not returned.

Event photos
Photographers are going to be on the course. Event photos will be available after the event from
Photos4sale. You must be wearing your race bib on the front, not the back. This will help you find your
image on Photo4sale afterwards.

We have had traffic issues in the past due to supporters watching the start and then trying to drive
back to Paihia. We would encourage you to use the drop off zone instead and find another vantage
point to watch your family and friends. There are a number of possible vantage points including along
the Paihia waterfront, Shippys café, Leading into the Haruru Falls bush track, and Waitangi Golf
Course. Please do not follow competitors in your vehicle. This is simply too dangerous.

The Event Village
Some of the highlights you can look forward to at the Event Village include:
• Our MC from Going Bananas will keep the music going and will keep your spirits up.
• There will be food and coffee vendors

Prize giving and After Party
Prize giving will be from 4pm at the Alongside Bar in Paihia. Podium finishers will be presented with
their medals and trophies. We have a number of spot prizes available which will be drawn including
some great prizes from:
• Explore NZ
• Alongside Bar

Afterwards there will be live music, dancing and food so stay the weekend and make the most of it!
Thanks to our sponsors

This event has been brought to you by MaD Running Ltd. We owe a huge amount of thanks to our
sponsors who have helped us to successfully bring the Paihia Half Marathon to you. In particular,
thanks goes to:

Title Sponsors Explore
Major Sponsors Copthorne Hotel, Waitangi Treaty Ground, Alongside Bar, Omata Estate