Queenstown International Marathon

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Run between the Crown and Remarkable Mountains in what some say is the most beautiful marathon in the world. Great for all runners, this pan-flat course features stunning views of the lakes and mountains. Come for the quality medal and finisher's stash.

Review summary

4.6
8 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Ruby Y
"Absolutely phenomenal run. Excellent kiwi hospitality from race bib collection..."

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Gareth J
"A more accurate course description would be better. It is not a flat fast..."

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John C
"The hills are mostly small, but are numerous and leg sapping. Due to the..."
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How to enter the Queenstown International Marathon

  1. Marathon

    Running: Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km, Run 21.1km
    NZD $165–NZD $175
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 21.1km
    NZD $115–NZD $125
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  3. 10K

    Run 10km
    NZD $70–NZD $80
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  4. Kids Run

    Run 2.2km
    NZD $25–NZD $30
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Queenstown International Marathon routes

Marathon

Runners make their way down The Avenue at Millbrook Resort, right onto Malaghans Road, left onto Manse Road, left onto Surrey Street, right onto Villiers Street and onto Buckingham Street through Arrowtown, straight ahead onto Nairn Street & right onto Arrow River track, after third bridge turn right up track,  across and left on to Centennial Avenue, turn right to cross McDonnell Road and left onto Hogans Gully Road, left onto Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Road across onto Lake Hayes lakeside trail at the northern entrance and around Lake Hayes (clockwise direction), exit lake on to Rutherford Road, turn right onto Slope Hill Road, left onto Speargrass Flat Road, left onto Lower Shotover Road, right onto Domain Rd, left onto the Domain Rd trail, down and along the trail beside the river passing under Old Shotover Bridge before turning left up to meet Spence Rd and left over the Old Shotover Bridge.

Continue left onto trail under Frankton-Ladies Mile Highway, left onto Shotover Delta Rd until trail veers left from the road, straight along and right onto the Twin Rivers trail alongside the Kawarau River, then left onto Robertson Rd to the end of this road.

Cross Southberg Ave, proceed along Kawarau Rd footpath, cross Kawarau Rd, turn left onto Boyes Crescent, left onto Allan Crescent and down onto Frankton Arm Walkway trail towards Queenstown, left around Queenstown Gardens, continue on to Marine Parade, into Rees Street, up Duke Street and to the finish area in Queenstown Recreation Ground.

Half Marathon

Runners start on Speargrass Flat Road, turn right onto Lower Shotover Road, right onto Domain Rd, left onto the Domain Rd trail, then down and along the trail beside the river passing under Old Shotover Bridge before turning left up to meet Old School Rd, then on to Spence Rd and left over the Old Shotover Bridge.

Continue left onto trail under Frankton- Ladies Mile Highway, left onto Shotover Delta Rd until trail veers left from the road, straight along and right onto the Twin Rivers trail alongside the Kawarau River, then left onto Robertson Rd to the end of this road.

Cross Southberg Ave, proceed along Kawarau Rd footpath, cross Kawarau Rd, turn left onto Boyes Crescent, left onto Allan Crescent and down onto Frankton Arm Walkway trail towards Queenstown, left around Queenstown Gardens, continue on to Marine Parade, into Rees Street, up Duke Street and to the finish area in Queenstown Recreation Ground.

10km

Runners start on Allan Crescent, turn right onto Boyes Crescent and right onto Bridge St, right onto the Frankton Arm Walkway towards Queenstown, and left around Queenstown Gardens.

Continue on to Marine Parade, into Rees Street, up Duke Street and to the finish area in Queenstown Recreation Ground.

Kids Run

The kids start by the Queenstown Gardens Rotunda, run through the Gardens, veer left and follow the 4wd road through the woodlands to link on to the Marathon Course.

Continue on the track around the Queenstown Gardens in a clockwise direction. Then on to Marine Parade, into Rees Street, up Duke Street and to the finish area in Queenstown Recreation Ground.

What’s Included

Entry fee inclusions

  • Personalised Race Bib if entered prior 27 October 2018
  • Official Gear Bag
  • Finishers medal (all distances)
  • Medical support/assistanceAid stations on the course (with water, POWERADE Mountain Blast sports drink, toilets and first aid)
  • Post-event recovery area at the finish area with food and drink
  • Category Winners Prizes

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Queenstown International Marathon weather forecast

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Queenstown International Marathon reviews (8)

4.6 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    Absolutely phenomenal run. Excellent kiwi hospitality from race bib collection onwards; well organised on the day with shuttle bus options to start line. The course itself - no words! Fairly flat, stunningly beautiful, only about 20% road and the rest dirt trails past lakes and through mountains. Plenty of rest stations and friendly medical staff, and then the finish line vibes were next level. Cant recommend highly enough, I will most certainly be back!
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    A more accurate course description would be better. It is not a flat fast course. Otherwise a great event
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    The hills are mostly small, but are numerous and leg sapping. Due to the jostling undulations dont worry if you have a bit of an upset stomach as you go, many people will. Wear a tracksuit to the start (not just race kit) and use the gear truck to take it to the hall at the finish.
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    It's not really that flat despite the elevation profile suggesting it. There are actually a lot of small hill that don't show up unless you zoom in more closely to the elevation profile. I'd hate for a competitive type to train extensively for this marathon seeking a PB only to find out that it is more like a hilly downhill trail adventure run than a gold standard certified marathon course. One thing that frustrated me was walking a few kms in the cold to drop my bag and use the toilets at the start. Also there were no water stations or bins at the start line for competitors who take a pretty race gel.
  • Did the Marathon in 2018

    Race was amazing even though it was my slowest of the last 5 years. Really enjoyed the slight change to course at Frankton under the new bridge. The trail was really well marked, volunteers outstanding and number of drink stations spot on. Start times were great, no real congestion on the trail even though we had to run through the slower half runners/walkers. I love this race. Its a real special one for a number of reasons and we ok be one I continue to support. Thanks team