Highland Events

Highland Events offers both endurance and family-oriented outdoor adventures in one incredible environment.

The mighty and the strong will enjoy the Mt Difficulty Ascent and the Northburn 100. Events within an event enable entry-level access for youth, families and team entries. Rogaine events are popular with families and competitive athletes who enjoy challenging the body and mind.

The Big Easy is an epic 48km Mountain Bike course in the Otago region. The route includes a loop around the Snow Farm cross-country ski trails, a traverse to the top of Mt Pisa, and a full 20km of downhill to Luggate - dubbed one of the most amazing descents in New Zealand!

The Big Easy – Bike

January

The Big Easy – Bike

The Big Easy Marathon is the highest mountain marathon in New Zealand!!

The route follows the MTB route (held on the same day) which includes a loop around the Snow Farm cross-country ski trails, a traverse to the top of Mt Pisa, and a beautiful descent to Luggate.

The Big Easy Marathon

January

The Big Easy Marathon

Starting in the dark, the Ultra Easy takes you across 107km of some of New Zealand's finest trails. And it's a UTMB qualifying race, so a win win all round! This is an individual race but there is also the option to run in a relay as part of a two, three, four or five member team.

The Ultra Easy 107km Run

January

The Ultra Easy 107km Run

Running at night is a great wee adventure. The 5km home loop is a hilly 5ks of a trail and 4WD tracks well market out with reflectors. You will need a good headlamp or torch, and there will be other people around and a tail end Charlie so you won't is left out there by yourself!

Northburn 5k & 10k Night Race

March

Northburn 5k & 10k Night Race

The Northburn Half Marathon, taking place on Saturday March 23, 2019, is a great event for those to experience what the beautiful Northburn has to offer! The Mountain running is a great 3 loop course set on and around Northburn High Country Sheep Station.

Camping and BBQ is at the start/finish area all weekend long....it's very much a family environment and fun weekend!

Northburn Half Marathon

March

Northburn Half Marathon

100 miles is 161km folks, and this course will have you climbing and descending around 10,000m (32,808 feet) across some of New Zealand's finest landscape. Thats a good honest effort!

For those less keen on 100 miles, there is also the Petzl 100km Ultra, the Altra 50km Skyrun, and a 42.2km Sky Marathon.

Northburn 100 Miler

March

Northburn 100 Miler

Southern Lakes Half Marathon and 10K is a fun and festive event, and an ideal event for any runner looking to achieve their new PB. It's fast and scenic providing opportunity for lots of great prizes to be won!

Southern Lakes Half Marathon

April

Southern Lakes Half Marathon

Autumn Rogaine is heading back to Poolburn in 2019 with 3 hour, 6 hour, and 12 hour events!

Rogaining is the sport of long distance cross-country navigation in which teams of two to five members visit as many checkpoints as possible in the time allotted to the event. Usually, teams travel entirely on foot, navigating by map and compass between checkpoints in terrain that varies from open farmland to steep hilly bush-clad country-side. Teams must stick together.

Anyone from elite athletes to families, children and grandparents can share the satisfaction that comes from cross-country navigation. There are no set routes and teams can choose to go after whichever checkpoints they want but must return to base before time is up, so come out, challenge yourself, and enjoy an adventurous team building event!

Rogaine Wanaka

May

Rogaine Wanaka

Take in the scenery of Mt Difficulty in this challenging 44km or 25km distance trail run. This course is not one for the faint-of-heart, with some parts of the climb reaching 50', as well as a 200m set rope as part of the descent. If you love all types of terrain, this course has it covered.

Mt Difficulty Ascent

June

Mt Difficulty Ascent

THE RUSTIC RUN & WALK, held on 8 JUNE 2019, is an easy, moderate fun-oriented event that compliments the extreme Mt Difficulty Ascent race that is held on the same day. The half or full marathon options are run in 5.275 km laps through the Bannockburn Sluicings near Cromwell, Central Otago. Challenge yourself, or enter a team of colleagues, family or just a group of mates. Run in any order or any distance. Enjoy the atmosphere, camaraderie and meet others with the same goals!

Rustic Run/Walk

June

Rustic Run/Walk

The Cromwell Half Marathon and 10km fun run takes you around the shores of beautiful Lake Dunstan, passing through the Heritage Precinct, with a backdrop of spectacular mountain views. This is a family-friendly, fun event which attracts runners of all levels.

The half marathon can be run solo or as part of a corporate teams half marathon relay, with up to 11 legs from 1.1km to 2.4km each.

Cromwell Half Marathon, 10km & Teams Relay

October

Cromwell Half Marathon, 10km & Teams Relay

Test your fitness limits with this 75km endurance ride through the iconic Nevis Road from Garston to Bannockburn.

And if this sounds like too daunting a challenge, there is also the option to get some mates or colleagues together and tackle the climbs in a relay.

The Nevis Valley Gutbuster

November

The Nevis Valley Gutbuster

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