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Air NZ Hawke's Bay International Marathon

Napier is known as the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand boasting incredible and inspiring architecture built throughout the 1930s after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 1931. Tremains Art Deco weekend is held every February attracting enthusiasts from around the world to the region to celebrate with their cars, costumes and other condiments. Art, culture, exhibitions and shows are all well embraced in this area.

The region boasts thousands of acres of vineyards, orchards and farms, providing a picturesque backdrop, and making the region well known for its wine and food production. Soak up the tastes and views while wine and cheese tasting at one of the well-known vineyards.

The Hawke's Bay International Marathon showcases the region and takes you through a scenic tour of one of the most spectacular regions of New Zealand.


The event courses are flat, easy running. They each offer a unique mix of running terrain, with a combination of running on-road, bike trails and through vineyards. The courses take in the highlights of the Hawke's Bay region which overall include running along the waterfront in Napier, Hawke's Bay cycle trails and quiet country roads, with the last 10km of the courses running through private vineyards and olive groves. The finish area, at the stunning Elephant Hill Estate and Winery, offers New Zealand's best finish line festival where you can relax, soak up the atmosphere, refuel and enjoy celebrating your achievement with friends and family. 

The Hawke's Bay International Marathon takes in the highlights of Hawke’s Bay, including the waterfront, cycle trains, quite country roads and private vineyards.


Race packs must be collected from the expo.

                Location:     Napier Soundshell, 60 Marine Parade

                Time:            Friday 9:00am-7:00pm (check in desk open until 9:00pm)
                                      Saturday from 8:00am, info desk

Start Time

Marathon              8:15am at West Quay, Ahuriri, Napier
Half Marathon      8:00am , start line TBC
10km                     7:45am, start line TBC

Cut off

Runners must reach the Brookfield's Bridge (15km) by 10:45am. Runners who do not make the cutoff time will not be permitted to continue due to the need to reopen the roads. The course is officially closed at 4:00pm.

Aid Stations

Aid stations will provide water, Isotonic sports drink, toilet facilities and first aid.


Results are based on net (mat) times. Age group place getters will be recognised, based on net times.


Awarded to the first three place getters in the Marathon, based on gun time. All marathon finishers receive a medal.


Race day transport to be advised.

Baggage Service

There will be a bag drop service available at the start area of each race. Only event Race bags can be used and must be accompanied by the race number bag tag given at the athlete check in. Bags will be transported to the finish line. 

The Hawke’s Bay area, encompassing Napier and Hastings, is one of New Zealand’s must see regions. Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, occupying around 14,000 square kilometre of diverse and amazing landscapes from mountains to coastal plains. The Bay has many great things to do, places to stay, plus amazing food and wine, architecture, beaches and wildlife to experience.

We believe that it's important to find accommodation to suit you. Just tell us your preferences for your travel to the Hawke's Bay International Marathon and we'll do our best to match you with your perfect location. We have a range of travel options to suit your budget, whatever it is. Let us put together an itinerary to suit your travel needs. Our commitment to you is to meet your needs, not have you meet ours.


  • Guaranteed Entry to the Hawke’s Bay International Marathon (or associated event)
  • Accommodation to suit
  • Gear bag tag
  • Medical support on the day
  • Aid stations on the course
  • Post event recovery area
  • Finishers’ medal
  • Race day shuttle transfer (if required)


RunFun Travel is a full service travel agent and can assist you with:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Overseas SIM (phone) card
  • Airport transfers (where not included)
  • Overseas car rental, driving routes, suggested stops along your way
  • Ongoing transfers and travel plans

Please contact us for an obligation free quote that will enhance your trip and we’ll make sure you run the time of your life!

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