About the GJ Gardner Maraetai Half Marathon

Take in the complete majestic glory of the Pohutukawa Coast!

Join us on Sunday, March 17th, 2019 on the beautiful Pohutukawa Coast for the first ever GJ Gardner Maraetai Half Marathon. 99.5% flat, 100% jaw-droppingly beautiful. The course hugs the coastline of this stunning part of the City of Sails and offers unsurpassed views of the vast Waitemata Harbour.

The event is based in the enormous Te Puru park mid way between Beachlands and Maraetai. Its a 40 minute drive from the centre of Auckland city and with plentiful parking and a beach to cool off on post-race, it couldn’t be better. The signature half marathon course follows the coast along Maraetai Coast Road, passing the famous Maraetai Wharf and hidden beaches lined with Pohutukawas. A lap around stunning Duders Regional Park does include some modest elevation but, oh boy, the views make it all worthwhile. Like those in the 21k, those in the 10k will also enjoy a run through Omana Regional Park and the amazing landscaped foreshore of the Omana Esplanade. The finish line is a stone’s throw from the sparkling Waitemata Harbour, where you can cool off in the summer sunshine. All finishers will receive a beautiful commemorative medal and those in the 21k and 10k will accumulate points towards the season-long, Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series.

Duders Regional Park
Duders Regional Park may well be the most beautiful spot in our city that you’ve never even heard of. Situated on the coast road between Maraetai and Clevedon, the 200 acre park was owned by decendents of the Duder family until 1996. The park occupies an entire peninsula and continues to be a working farm with sheep and cattle roaming the hills. Beware! There is a small chance you will run directly into a cow pat as your eyes focus on the stunning views from the track!

Omana Regional Park
Nestled on the coast between Beachlands and Maraetai, Omana Regional Park is the second of the two beautiful regional parks we get to enjoy on this amazing journey. Omana is quite different from Duders with a well formed concrete utility path winding along the cliff edges and down to Te Puru Park.

Spectator Friendly
This is a great event to bring the whole family along to. With race options to suit everyone, no one gets left behind. Even for those not planning to take part, there is ample chance to cheer on the runners – especially those in the 10k who pass right through the venue at the half way mark! Food and coffee vendors will be on site to keep your reserves up. Meanwhile, free face-painting, an adventure playground and the nearby sandy beach will keep the kids occupied.

The penultimate event in the Auckland Half Marathon Series promises to be a coastal stunner … we hope you can join us.


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Entry Fees

2019 Event Sold Out

The 2019 GJ Gardner Maraetai Half Marathon has reached capacity. No more entries are available in any distance and there is no waitlist. If you missed out this year, please join us in 2020!’

Half Marathon

  • Until Mar 10th | Fee Info
  • 14 yrs & over

10km Classic

  • Until Mar 10th | Fee Info
  • No age restrictions

5km Fun Run & Walk

  • Until Mar 10th | Fee Info
  • No age restrictions

2km Kids' Dash

  • Until Mar 10th | Fee Info
  • Ages 3 – 10 yrs

Family 5K Pass

  • 2 Adults/1 Child | Fee Info
  • Extra Child (U16) $10
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Your Entry Includes …

  • Superb Race Organisation
  • Finisher Medal

  • Fully Pimped Out Race Number
  • Running Events Gift

  • Electronic Timing & Instant Results

Race Information

A comprehensive guide to the GJ Gardner Maraetai Half Marathon.

Race Day: March 17th 2019

Venue: Te Puru Park

Start Times

Half Marathon Start – 7:30am
10k Classic Start – 7:45am
5K Fun Run Start – 9:30am
Kids Dash Start – 10:30am

Race Guide

The Race Guide is a comprehensive document in PDF format which you can download and store on your smart device – or go old school and print it out. It contains a summary of all the important information to make sure you get the most out of your event experience. The Race Guide is now available for download. Don’t miss it!


Important Dates

Date Details
12 Nov 2018 Online registration opens.
06 Jan 2019 Earlybird entry rates expire.
17 Feb 2019 Last opportunity to claim 50% refund for withdrawal.
17 Feb 2019 Last chance to claim free delivery of your race number.
10 Mar 2019 Family entry packages expire.
11 Mar 2019 Race Week entry rates apply.
16 Mar 2019 4-5pm: Pre-race registration at the event venue.
16 Mar 2019 9pm: Online registration closes (if not already sold out)
17 Mar 2019 Race Day!

Race Day Schedule

Time Details
6:00am Race venue opens
7:15am Half Marathon: Safety briefing and warm up at the main stage.
7:30am RACE START Half Marathon (Runners & Hybrids)
7:33am RACE START Half Marathon (Competitive Walk)
7:35am 10k Classic: Safety briefing and warm up at the main stage.
7:45am RACE START 10k Classic (Runners & Hybrids)
7:48am RACE START 10k Classic (Competitive Walk)
9:15am 5k Fun Run & Walk: Safety briefing and warm up at the main stage.
9:30am RACE START 5k Fun Run & Walk
10:15am 2k Kids’ Dash: Safety briefing and warm up at the main stage.
10:30am RACE START 2k Kids’ Dash
11:00am Awards Ceremony and spot prizes at the main stage
11:30am (approx.) Event close

Event T-shirt

The Maraetai Half Marathon event t-shirt is available to purchase when you register. Made from light-weight, dry-fit material, the shirt design features the Maraetai Half Marathon logo. You can order your t-shirt during the entry process or – if you change your mind later – add it to your registration order. If you pay for a courier delivery, your t-shirt will be sent to you about 3 weeks out from the event. Otherwise, you can pick it up from the Merchandise tent at the venue during pre-race registration or on race day. The t-shirt design will be available soon.

Cost: $25


Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large
Chest (cm) 50 53 56 60 64
Length (cm) 74 76 78 80 82


8 10 12 14 16 18
Chest (cm) 45 47 49 51 54 57
Length (cm) 62 64 66 68 70 72

Important! Compare the chest measurement with a favourite t-shirt to be sure of your sizing. Our measurements are taken with the t-shirt laid on a flat surfaces. The length measurement is taken from the top of the neckline to the bottom of the shirt. The Chest measurement is taken from armpit to armpit.

Race Number

It is a requirement of your participation in the event that you wear your race number on the front of your shirt at all times whilst taking part. Your number should be secured to your shirt by a safety pin in each corner (if you don’t have any, come to the Registration desk on race morning). Your electronic timing tag is attached to the back of your race number so be careful not to crease, crush or puncture it.

Pimp Your Bib!
When you register, you will have the opportunity to select a nickname to print on your race number. Feel free to be creative – but please keep it clean folks! If you don’t select a nickname, your first name will be printed instead. If you prefer to fly under the radar – or you want to get creative with a sharpie – just put a full stop in the nickname field and we will leave it blank.

Important! Race numbers are printed in two batches. The first batch is sent to print approximately 28 days prior to the event and will include everyone registered in the event at that time. The second batch is sent to print 3-4 days before the event and includes everyone registered up to that time. Note that once your race number has been printed, it is no longer possible to change the printing. If you transfer your entry to another person and your race number has already been printed, your name will still appear on there.

Important! Please don’t lose your race number. Replacement numbers are $10.

Timing Tag

When you receive your race number, your electronic timing tag will be attached to the back. We are using disposable stick-on timing tags this year. We are sure you will appreciate the convenience of not having to attach a plastic tag to your shoes and then return it at the finish. All you have to remember is to secure your race number to the front of your shirt and you’re all set. Try to avoid holding your arm in front of the number as you cross the finish line (e.g. to turn off your watch) as this can sometimes affect the tag reading. Just wait until a few steps after the timing mat.

Important! There is no need to return your timing tag.

Important! Keep your race number with you when you finish as we will use it to register you in the prize draw for the Awards Ceremony – see below.

Finisher Medal

Everyone who finishes the Maraetai Half Marathon – irrespective of distance – will receive a stunning and exclusive commemorative Finisher Medal. Here at Running Events, we take great pride in providing the best finisher medals in the country. We are sure you will love and treasure yours! The design for the 2020 medal will be revealed here closer to the event.

Road Closures

In order for the event to take place safely, a SINGLE LANE road closure has been approved by Auckland Transport for  the Maraetai Coast Road from 7am – 11am on race day. During this time, vehicles will not be able to travel in an eastward direction (from Maraetai towards Duders). Traffic flow will only be permitted from Duders/Clevedon towards Maraetai.

Running Events are indebted to Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Franklin Local Board and the residents and businesses of beautiful Maraetai for their support for our event and their patience during this short closure. Signs to give plenty of advance warning of the closure will be placed in the area leading up to the event and a detour will be in place to guide vehicles on the inland route from Maraetai to Clevedon.

Important! Event operations will not impact use of the Maraetai Beach Boating Club and it’s associated boat ramp.


Our stunning venue at Te Puru Park in Beachlands provides for several parking areas to serve the over two thousands participants we are expecting on race day. Nevertheless, with such a large number of people taking part, parking will become progressively more challenging throughout the morning and we recommend allowing at least 15 minutes extra to find a parking spot and walk to the race venue. Don’t stress yourself out before you even get to the start line by arriving late.


Parking Areas:

  • The best parking for the event is on the grass parking reserves on the eastern (Maraetai) side of Te Puru Park. This parking area should accommodate several hundred vehicles and leaves you just a few metres from the finish line. We expect most people arriving early to park here. You’ll know this area is full when the spaces closest to the main road are filled up.
  • Another 100 spaces in marked bays are available inside the main entrance to Te Puru Park – on the city side of the park where the community centre building is located. Again, these are just a few metres from the finish line and super convenient. This parking area is not marshalled so if it is full, just loop around and head back out again. Please only park in marked parking bays.
  • There is plentiful street parking in the streets around Beachlands on the city side of Weathlerly Drive. We do not anticipate this reaching anything like capacity and access to the venue is a short and convenient walk across the park.

Spot Prizes & Merit Awards

The event will conclude with an Awards Ceremony where we will acknowledge some of the excellent performances on the day, as well as giving away thousands of dollars of spot prizes from our sponsors. The ceremony will take place on the main stage at the venue. See the Race Day Schedule for times.

Spot Prizes

We have many wonderful spot prizes to give away including vouchers for Mizuno shoe vouchers and the Garmin Forerunner GPS sports watches. The grand prize is a big screen TV. Remember – you must be present at the prize giving to claim your prize. Only those who scan their timing tags at the spot prize timing point will be eligible to win a prize. The prize draw timing point will be activated approximately 15-20 minutes before the ceremony – listen out for announcements. All you have to do is walk across the timing mat with your race number and you will be registered in the draw. Easy as!

Important! In the event of inclement weather, we may elect to cancel the Awards Ceremony. Listen out for announcements on the PA or check out our Facebook page. If this does happen, all prize winners will be announced on our Facebook page and prizes will be couriered out to them.

Merit Awards

Beautiful glass trophies will be awarded to:

  • Top 3 men and women overall in the following events …
    • Half Marathon Run,
    • Half Marathon Competitive Walk,
    • 10K Classic Run,
    • 10K Classic Competitive Walk
    • 5K Fun Run & Walk
  • Top 3 boys and girls in the 2K Dash for …
    • Ages 7 & Under
    • Ages 8 & Over


The iTab is a self-adhesive metal plate which is delivered direct to your home approximately three weeks after yourevent with your name, distance and time engraved on it. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate and immortalise your achievement. Where possible, our finisher medals have a recess on the back to fit your iTab insert.

iTabs are available for the following events:
– Tauranga Marathon
– Devonport Half Marathon
– Omaha Half Marathon
– Coatesville Half Marathon
– Maraetai Half Marathon
– Waterfront Half Marathon
– Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam (will include all five of your half marathon finishing times in the series)
– North Shore Run Series Super Slam (will include all three of your finishing times in the series)

You can purchase an iTab when registering for your event. For individual events, they are $15 and for the Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam and North Shore Run Series Super Slam medals, they are $19. The price includes delivery to your door. If you didn’t order one when you registered – but would like to do so now – you can do it via My tiktok up until race week. Just click on the LOGIN button at the top of the web site and follow the prompts from there.


Thanks to the good guys at Metro Run and the Auckland YMCA club, we will have pacers available to help you reach you race goals. Our pacers will be wearing a black Run More tshirt or singlet and a hydration pack with their target time flag attached. Look out for the coloured flags during the pre-race safety briefing or at the finish line. When you find them – stick to them like glue! Right to the finish line!

Target Time Colour
1’30” White
1’40” Green
1’50” Blue
2’00” Red
2’10” Yellow
2’20” Orange (subject to availability)

Information For Walkers

Running Events welcome walkers in all of our events, irrespective of the distance. Walkers routinely make up around 15-20% of the total field. We take the needs of our walkers seriously and have made changes to how our events operate to allow walkers to be appropriately recognised and accommodated. The notes here will help you, as a walker, to get the most from the event and help familiarise you with our setup for walkers.

Important! In the spirit of fair competition, we ask that all competitors adhere strictly to the rules. Competitive Walkers must not run or jog at any time during the event and must maintain contact with the ground at all times.

Hybrid Walk/Run or Competitive Walk?
When registering for a race distance which includes a competitive walk prize, you will be prompted to identify yourself as Runner, Hybrid Run/Walk or Competitive Walker. If you plan to walk most of the way but want to have the option to jog or run at any point, you should select the hybrid option. If you intend to walk throughout the event and want to measure yourself against other walkers, you should choose the Competitive Walk option.

Important! Hybrid run/walk competitors should start on the same start horn as the runners. For the 21K and 10K distances, Competitive Walk participants should start on the dedicated walkers start which will be three minutes after the main field.

Are There Prizes?
Please see the Merit Awards section for details of prizes. To be eligible for awards, walkers must enter in the Competitive Walk category, start on the Competitive Walk start signal and must only walk during the event.

How Is the Walking Competition Judged?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide walking judges for our events. Therefore, we rely upon the integrity of those taking part to adhere to the rules of the walking competition and not run or jog at any time. In our experience over the years, we have found that the most common error in the walking competition is where people register as a competitive walker but decide to run on race day. We have worked around this issue by having a dedicated race start for walkers wherever there are Competitive Walk merit prizes at stake.

Important! We do not make judgement calls on disqualifications based on reports from other competitors. Unless advised otherwise by the competitor in question, we trust the integrity of our competitive walkers. In all cases, the Race Director’s decision shall be final.

Cut-Off Times

The official cut-off times are:
3.5 hrs for the Half-Marathon
2.5 hrs for the 10km Classic
1 hr for the 5km Fun Run & Walk

Marshals, aid stations, traffic management, signage, etc. – may all be removed from the course on a schedule equal to the course cut off pace. If you are unable to maintain the course cut off pace, you must be ready to stop participating and make your way back to the finish area. At your option, you may elect to continue and complete the course at your own volition. This means you must carry sufficient water and nutrition for your needs, be able to direct yourself around the course and observe and care for your own safety. Where the event has been taking place on closed roads, you must move onto the footpath – where one exists – or to the side of the road and continue as a pedestrian.

Running Events want to encourage all of our participants to make it to the finish line – no matter how long it takes. The above conditions notwithstanding, we are normally at the race site conducting the awards ceremony or packing up the site for at least an hour after the official close off. Provided you make yourself known to us when you finish – and confirm that you followed the correct course – we will be delighted to record your finish time in the official results and present you with your finisher medal.

Event Safety

It is compulsory for all participants to attend, listen to and heed the advice of the safety briefing. Above all else, however, please understand that no roads are closed during the event. You have sole responsibility for your own safety. Do not leave any pavement, cross any road, pass any driveway unless you deem it is safe for you to do so.

Read the health and safety plan on the event web site which covers your behaviour and spectators who accompany you to the event. Please remind your own spectators that they should not attempt to accompany you in vehicles, bikes or otherwise. They must follow the normal rules of the road to reach vantage points.

Important! A copy of the approved 2019 Health & Safety plan is available from Running Events on request.

Course Safety

Even though we are operating inside a full road closure for this event, we cannot guarantee the field of play will be free of all vehicles. Vehicles such as emergency services or our own service or lead vehicles may also be present on the course.

Competitors are reminded to keep on the right side of the centre line cones at all times throughout the event. Crossing to the left side of the road means you are cutting the official course and will be disqualified if spotted.

Important! The section of Tamaki Drive from Ngapipi Rd to Mechanics Bay and back (km 3 to km 7) is not closed to traffic. Runners will have the use of both lanes on the seaward side of the road – one to head towards the city and one for the return. Again, you must take note of the cones placed down the centre of the running lanes and keep to the right of these at all times.

Please remember the golden rule … Always give way to vehicles. No matter who has right of way, vehicles always win.


Course & Venue Maps

Know where you’re going … then train to get there. Maps for all race distances and the event venue.

Half Marathon

If you know of a more scenic half marathon in the great city of sails, we’d like to hear about it because this … is 21.1km of of Pohutukawa fringed, white-sand splendour! And the view from Duders? Just unbelievable.

Half Marathon Course Map

10K Classic

This is a fast and scenic course which takes in the best views offered by Omana Regional Park, Te Puru Park and Leigh Auton Reserve. The grades are very mellow so even though you have to go up and down a little bit, you’ll hardly notice!

Half Marathon Course Map

5K Fun Run & Walk

Just right for the whole family! Feel the excitement of starting under the big arch and running (or walking) around the beautiful wide footpaths of Te Puru Park and Leigh Auton Reserve. There is a modest uphill grade towards the road section – please take care on the out-and-back road section.

Half Marathon Course Map

2km Kids’ Dash

Kids, start your engines! Flat and fast, this is high octane action for our juniors as the burn through 1000 metres of wide, safe and traffic free footpaths, then burn all the way back to the finish and an awesome finisher medal!

Half Marathon Course Map

Venue Map

Te Puru park in Beachlands is the place to be on race day for all the action. Check out the location of all the most important facilities – like toilets, toilets and toilets – so you know where to head on race morning.

Half Marathon Course Map

Past Events

Results, photos, video and more from previous editions of the GJ Gardner Maraetai Half Marathon

We can’t wait to hear how much you loved the first ever Maraetai Half Marathon. In the meantime, Here’s what people said about the last event we produced (prior to launching this web site) the Waterfront Half Marathon in April 2018.

“Fantastically well organised event.”

Fantastically well organised event. I’ve enjoyed all 5 of the series events this season but this was the most superb. Especially loved the entertainment along the way. And thanks for the bus transport option – totally inspired.
Can’t wait for next season!” – Shea Coffman

OMG what a fantastic event honestly would have to be the best half marathon I have done…. such fun the entertainers along the route the volunteers everything. Thank you so much it was a very fitting end to the series you guys outdid yourselves on this one.

Bob Dimond, Half Marathon

Best running event I’ve ever been to. From start to finish it was so well done! Great atmosphere, awesome having the big inflatable kilometre markers, the entertainment all over the course was fantastic, enthusiastic marshals, etc.

Kelly Armitage, 10k Classic

Such a great event. Loved the live tracker which meant the fam could watch my progress from home. The live entertainment along the way was great, all the marshalls were fabulous cheering everyone along. I’ll be back next year.

Britt Stewart, Half Marathon



Photo Gallery

A selection of photos from the 2019 edition will appear here shortly after the event.

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Running Events offer a 50% refund of the entry fee paid to anyone who is unable to take part in one of our events for medical reasons (or a 75% refund in the case of a Series Pass entry). Notification of your intent to withdraw must be made at least one calendar month prior to the event (in the case of a “Series Pass” entry – this must be one month prior to the first event in the series) using the online contact form on the event web site. Unfortunately, we do not offer deferral of race entries to future events under any circumstances.

Full details on our Refund & Transfer policy can be found here.

Important: Please DO NOT ASK for an exception – you are wasting your time and ours. In fairness to all participants, we do not make exceptions to these rules under any circumstances.

Everyone registered in the event more than 4 weeks out from race day can expect to receive their race number (with timing tag attached to the back) 2-3 weeks prior to the event.

Those who registered after this time will need to collect their race number from the venue during race weekend. Check the Info section of the web site for dates, times and locations for Race Packet Pickup.

If you ordered any merchandise, it will be available for collection on race morning from the Merchandise tent.

Our new timing tags are small stickers that can be found on the back of your bib.  The tag sends out a unique UHF signal that identifies the athlete and records the exact time at which the athlete passes the detection mats. The tags are designed to withstand rain and sweat as the mechanical part of the tag is covered by a foam spacer but please don’t fold or bend the bib as this can damage it.  All you need to do is make sure you have your bib attached to the front of your shirt and you’re good to go.

Of course! We love walkers and all of our events are open to runners, joggers and walkers alike. Many of our events offer specific merit prizes, start times and rules for competitive walkers. Please check the event web site and you will find this information on the “Walkers” tab.

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