This brand new marathon course wraps around the lake edge, passing through Taupo’s lakeside communities and along its picturesque bays. Starting and finishing at the Tongariro Domain (Great Lake Centre), the course first heads out and back along lake terrace, then passes back through riverside park and out along Acacia Bay Rd to complete a lake side loop before heading back into town/riverside park. 

The second half takes place on the stunning (25 year strong) half marathon course, heading along Lake Terrace and the highway, all the way out to Mahuta Road. From there the course returns back along the lake edge pavements to the Tongariro Domain to finish.

The course is as close to 42.195km as humanly possible without having the course AIMS certified. We used all of the following forms of measurement:

  • GPS - using two separate devices
  • Measuring wheel
  • Vehicle/bike odometers

Start Information

Start area - Tongariro North Domain access lane (behind tennis courts).

Start time 7.30am - a waved start with runners first followed by walkers.

Aid Stations

Drink stations (with water and GU Hydration Mix) will be positioned at approximately the 7, 11, 15, 21, 26, 30, 35, 37, and 40km points.

There are toilets at all aid stations and approximately every 2kms along the course from the 21km mark.

Cut Off Times

  • 7km -    9.00
  • 11km - 10.00
  • 15km - 10.45
  • 21km - 12.00
  • 26km - 13.00
  • 30km - 14.00
  • 35km - 15.00
  • 37km - 15.30
  • 40km - 16.00
  • Finish - 16.30

General Course Information

All courses are marshalled and signposted. The courses are not suitable for wheelchairs and all entrants must complete the same course. Please obey marshalls at all times.

No dogs on the courses please! Supporters and spectators must not accompany runners and walkers at any stage during the event.


The marathon course is now fully onroad and so the marathon of two halves is no longer an option.