Courses/Maps


Event Base  Event Base

All events will start and finish at Home Bay, on the Eastern side of Motutapu.

42.2km Trail Marathon  Course Map Course Profile

Starting at Home Bay, Motutapu Island the Marathon course gets straight into the good stuff. An honest climb to warm up the legs and lungs, with magical sea views out over Auckland City, the viaduct basin and the multitude of other Hauraki Gulf islands. The following section leads you across farm land, around the southern-most tip of Motutapu Island, Emu Point.

Over the causeway and onto the basalt surrounded gravel roads of Rangitoto Island; here you'll start the slow but steady grind to the top of the 600 year old volcano. On the climb you will divert onto a beaut little single track that takes you on a loop past the Lava Caves and around the edge of the crater; you'll then stride out down the direct route through the awesome Pohutukawa Forest to the Rangitoto Wharf. Once you're back on deck at sea level it's into the coastal track. This 6km "jungle" like section will keep you on your toes with its technical contours as you follow the historical trail through the lava fields along the coast line. It's magic!

Ticking off the halfway mark and it's back to the flowing farm trails of Motutapu. Making your way clockwise around the North-West of the Island you'll have ocean vistas making your way past a number of old World War Two gun emplacements. The Northern Junction turnaround point sees you descending back down to Home Bay through some lush native bush - thanks Motutapu Restoration Trust!

As you pass by Home Bay you have 8km to go, phew - soak up that atmosphere, but don't look at the Speight's tent! Following the gravel road you now make your way back over the hill towards the causeway before finishing via a soaring downhill with some inspiring views down to the event base.

The total ascent (ie. vertical metres gained) over the course is 1103 metres.

Course terrain breakdown:

  • Gravel road
  • Single track (forest & volcanic / lava)
  • Grass track & trail

21km Trail 1/2 Marathon   Course Map Course Profile

Taking the direct route to Rangitoto Island you head up and over Motutapu Island via the gravel road to the causeway. On to Rangitoto the scenery dramatically changes from rolling farm pastures to harsh lava fields and beautiful native trees. The landscape is amazing!

Starting the slow but steady foray to the top of the 600 year old volcano you'll then be able to stride out through some awesome Pohutukawa trees to the Rangitoto Wharf. Once you're back on deck at sea level it's into the coastal track, this 6km "jungle" like section will keep you on your toes with its technical contours as you follow the historical trail through the lava fields along the coast line. It's magic!

Back onto Motutapu, basalt is traded for meadows on the final 4km, ‘arh' you'll be thinking. As you climb to the highest point on the Island (121m) you will be treated to some magical views of the Hauraki Gulf and back across to the Viaduct Basin. The final 2km is all downhill before your smiling face crosses the finish line back at Home Bay, soak up the atmosphere!

The total ascent (ie. vertical metres gained) over the course is 553 metres.

Please note, the 21km Half Marathon has SOLD-OUT in the last three years, if you're keen make sure you get in early!

Course terrain breakdown:

  • Gravel road
  • Single track (forest & volcanic / lava)
  • Grass track & trail

10km Run / Walk   Course Map Course Profile

Starting at the Tranquil Home Bay, you’ll make a small climb on a gravel road which will take you past a beautiful regenerating native bush and get you some height for the vast views to come. At the top you head onto the trails where you will be able to stride out on a gradual downhill. Make sure you tilt your head up to see the best view of the event base and beyond. From the bottom there is another steady foray up the main route on Motutapu with an aid station to look forward to at the top. From there it's a gentle downhill out to the southern end of the island on farm trails. Now on the home stretch, return to the event base up and over another hill with more rewarding views at the top and onwards as you make your gracious decent to the finish line. Time for an ice cold Speights!

With around 320 metres of vertical climb, and the most incredible views in the business, this 10km-er will be one to remember.

Please note, the 10km event has SOLD-OUT in the past three years, if you're keen make sure you get in early!

Course terrain breakdown:

  • Gravel road
  • Grass track & trail

6km Run / Walk   Course Map Course Profile

Starting at the Tranquil Home Bay, you’ll make a small climb on a gravel road which will take you past a beautiful regenerating native bush and get you some height for the vast views to come. At the top you head onto the trails where you will be able to stride out on a gradual downhill. Make sure you tilt your head up to see the best view of the event base and beyond. From the bottom there is another steady foray up the main route on Motutapu and farm trails with more rewarding views at the top. These only get better as you make your gracious decent to the event base and finish line. Grab an ice cold Speights and soak up the atmosphere.

With around 204 metres of vertical climb, and the most incredible views out of Auckland City and other Hauraki Gulf islands.

Course terrain breakdown:

  • Gravel road
  • Grass track & trail

42km Mountain Bike   Course Map Course Profile

Starting with a climb up and out of Home Bay to spread the pace line and pump up the heart rate. From Northern Junction you will head south on the central road for the first time, this gravel road is fast flowing with great 360 degree views.

Heading across the causeway and onto Rangitoto Island, the landscape changes to beautiful native bush and awesome lava flows. Here you'll start the slow but steady grind to the top of a 600 year old volcano, at the top quench your thirst and take in the view for a second or two. From here it's a fast downhill to the furthest point on the course. The 10km ride back to Motutapu is flat and fast, rolling past the historical baches under the shelter of the towering Pohutukawa trees.

Back onto Motutapu Island you will be into some quality farm track riding. Now heading clockwise around the North-West of the Island, ocean views will meet you while riding next to a number of old World War Two gun placements. Ripping down the centre road for the second and final time you are now getting close to the finish. Heading down to the causeway, you will make a left and head onto farm land tracks again for the final 4km. From here you climb to the highest point on the Island (121m), where you will be treated to some magic views of the Hauraki Gulf and neighbouring Islands. The final 2km is all downhill before your smiling face crosses the finish line back at Home Bay for an ice-cold Speight's!

The total ascent (i.e. vertical metres gained) over the course is 758 metres.

Course terrain breakdown:

  • Gravel road
  • Single track (forest & volcanic / lava)
  • Grass track & trail

26km Mountain Bike   Course Map Course Profile

Starting with a climb up and out of Home Bay to spread the pace line and pump up the heart-rate. This is where the course has been slightly tweaked; you'll now take the direct route to Rangitoto resulting in 4km less hard slog, while still getting all the great 360 degree views Motutapu Island has to offer!

Heading across the causeway and onto Rangitoto Island the landscape changes to beautiful native bush and awesome lava flows. Here you'll start the slow but steady grind to the top of a 600 year old volcano, at the top quench your thirst and take in the view for a second or two. From here it's a fast downhill to the furthest point on the course. The 10km ride back to Motutapu is flat and fast, rolling past the historical baches under the shelter of the towering Pohutukawa trees.

Back onto Motutapu you'll head onto farm land tracks for the final 4km. As you climb to the highest point on the Island (121m) you will be treated to some magic views of the Hauraki Gulf and back across to Auckland City. The final 2km is all downhill before your smiling face crosses the finish line back at Home Bay for an ice-cold Speight's!

The total ascent (i.e. vertical metres gained) over the course is 635 metres.

Course terrain breakdown:

  • Gravel road
  • Single track (forest & volcanic / lava)
  • Grass track & trail

Off-Road Triathlon - 1km Swim, 26km MTB, 10km Run

MTB  Course Map Course Profile

Run  Course Map Course Profile

Kicking off with a 1km swim in the sheltered bay of Home Bay. The swim will be two 500m laps at the southern end of Home Bay before you get out of the water and on to your mountain bike.

Starting with a climb up and out of Home Bay to pump up the heart-rate. From Northern Junction you will head south on the central road for the first time, this gravel road is fast flowing with great 360 degree views.

Heading across the causeway and onto Rangitoto Island the landscape changes to beautiful native bush and awesome lava flows. Here you'll start the slow but steady grind to the top of a 600 year old volcano, at the top quench your thirst and take in the view for a second or two. From here it's a fast downhill to the furthest point on the course. The 10km ride back to Motutapu is flat and fast, rolling past the historical baches under the shelter of the towering Pohutukawa trees.

Back onto Motutapu you'll head onto farm land tracks for the final 4km. As you climb to the highest point on the Island (121m) you will be treated to some magic views of the Hauraki Gulf and back across to Auckland City. The final 2km is all downhill before your smiling face crosses the finish line back at Home Bay.

Lace up and onto the run section, starting off with a small climb on a gravel road which will take you past a beautiful regenerating native bush and get you some height for the vast views to come. At the top you head onto the trails where you will be able to stride out on a gradual downhill. Make sure you tilt your head up to see the best view of the event base and beyond.

From the bottom there's another steady foray up the main route on Motutapu with an aid station to look forward to at the top. From there it's a gentle downhill out to the southern end of the island on farm trails. Now on the home stretch, return to the event base up and over another hill with more rewarding views at the top and onwards as you make your gracious decent to the finish line. Time for an ice cold Speights!

Course terrain breakdown:

  • Ocean / Salt Water
  • Gravel road
  • Single track (forest & volcanic / lava)
  • Grass track & trail

Wet suit and Non-wet suit accepted.