Running in New Zealand

Why trail run in New Zealand

New Zealand is renowned for its natural beauty, with a wide variety of trails that showcase everything from rugged coastal paths to alpine meadows.

When to trail run in New Zealand

The best time to trail run in New Zealand is during the summer season, from December to February.

Popular trail running cities in New Zealand

Queenstown, Wellington, and Nelson are popular trail running cities in New Zealand, known for their diverse and well-marked trails and beautiful scenery.

Run travel in New Zealand

Run adventures in New Zealand

Trail Run Adventures – New Zealand – Experience some of New Zealand’s most beautiful areas with this run adventure to Queenstown, Glenorchy, Te Anau, Piopiotahi, and the Fiordlands of Aotearoa.

Trail Run Adventures – Fiordland Running Adventure – 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!

Vacation Races – New Zealand – Stay tuned as Vacation Races puts the final touches on their inaugural New Zealand run adventure, which is sure to include stops at Hobbiton and Mt. Doom.

New Zealand run travel in 2023

See here for an updated list of travel run events by month in New Zealand in 2023.

Bucket list trail races in New Zealand

The Kepler Ultra and Tarawera Ultramarathon are two popular and challenging trail races in New Zealand that should be on any trail runner’s bucket list.

More about running in New Zealand

Here are our recent stories about running experiences in New Zealand.

Free Trail Race Training Plans For Every Distance

Trail race training plans for every distance, from trail half-marathons to 50K, 100K, and 100-mile trail events.