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Running in New Zealand – Run The Trails Of Middle Earth’s Mountains

Welcome to the runner’s paradise of New Zealand, where pristine landscapes and awe-inspiring trails await. Whether you’re seeking a challenging mountain run, a serene coastal jog, or an immersive trail adventure, New Zealand has it all. With its stunning natural beauty, diverse terrain, and warm Kiwi hospitality, this country offers an unforgettable running experience for every avid runner. Strap on your running shoes and embark on a journey through New Zealand’s captivating trails, where every step leads to breathtaking vistas and unforgettable moments.

When To Run In New Zealand

New Zealand’s temperate climate makes it a year-round destination for running enthusiasts. The summer months, from December to February, offer longer days and pleasant temperatures, perfect for exploring the country’s diverse trails. Autumn, from March to May, unveils a symphony of colors as the leaves change, creating a scenic backdrop for your runs. Winter, from June to August, brings snow-capped mountains and crisp air, providing unique trail running opportunities. Spring, from September to November, brings vibrant blossoms and milder temperatures, ideal for coastal and forest runs. Whenever you choose to run in New Zealand, be prepared to be swept away by its natural wonders.

The Must-Run Spots In New Zealand

Experience the best of New Zealand’s running trails in these must-run spots:

Queenstown: Adventure Capital of the World

Begin your New Zealand running journey in Queenstown, the adrenaline-fueled adventure capital of the world. Run along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by majestic mountains, as you soak in the unparalleled beauty of this iconic destination. Challenge yourself with a trail run on the Queenstown Hill Track, offering panoramic views of the town and the stunning Remarkables mountain range. Explore the nearby trails of the Ben Lomond Track or embark on the famous Routeburn Track for an epic multi-day adventure. Queenstown will leave you inspired and craving more of New Zealand’s running delights.

Abel Tasman National Park: Coastal Serenity

Discover the coastal beauty of Abel Tasman National Park, where golden sandy beaches meet lush forests. Run along the renowned Abel Tasman Coast Track, a scenic trail that meanders through secluded coves, over swing bridges, and past crystal-clear streams. Feel the cool ocean breeze on your face as you explore this coastal paradise, with opportunities to spot seals, dolphins, and native birdlife along the way. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Abel Tasman National Park and let the rhythm of your footsteps harmonize with the gentle lapping of the waves.

Tongariro National Park: Volcanic Splendor

Experience the raw power of nature in Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its volcanic landscapes and awe-inspiring trails. Embark on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of New Zealand’s most famous day hikes, which offers a challenging and rewarding trail running experience. Run past steaming vents, colorful crater lakes, and majestic volcanic peaks as you traverse this otherworldly terrain. Tongariro National Park presents an unforgettable blend of adventure and natural beauty that will leave you in awe.

Run Travel Events in New Zealand 2023

New Zealand Running Holidays


Trail Run Adventures – New Zealand – March 15 – 23, 2023

Experience some of New Zealand’s most beautiful areas with this run adventure to Queenstown, Glenorchy, Te Anau, Piopiotahi, and the Fiordlands of Aotearoa. You’ll summit mountains, take a cruise around Milford Sound, a scenic helicopter ride to your run, a jet boat down a river, and more. This one’s definitely an adventure!


Vacation Races – New Zealand – November 18 – 27, 2023

Get ready for the trip to remember as you run from Hobbiton up to Mt. Doom (okay, fine, there’s more than just Lord of the Rings reference points to like about this incredible country). Stay tuned as Vacation Races puts the final touches on their inaugural New Zealand run adventure.

To be announced

Trail Run Adventures – Fiordland Running Adventure – 2023 TBA

Get to know another side of New Zealand with a run adventure that’ll take you through Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound and the surrounding Fiordlands.  There’s more to be announced, so keep an eye out for the dates and the rest of the itinerary!

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