30km Adventure Run


The Shotover Moonlight 30km Adventure Run starts in Skippers Canyon on the beach beside the Shotover River, and follows the same course as the marathon for the first 10km. This is all single track running, predominantly on historic water races. The route takes you high above the Shotover River and Stony Creek, before turning south to run through beech forest in Murphy’s Creek into the heart of Ben Lomond Station.

The scenery continues to be magnificent and you will be able to enjoy views down Moonlight Creek towards Ben Lomond and Bowen Peak before arriving at Moonlight Lodge at approx 15km halfway. The course then follows farm roads along the Point Block and you will cross the Moonlight River on the stock bridge, just as the 4000 merino wethers do each year on their journey to the woolshed for shearing.

The final gruelling climb of the race takes you high above the historic gold mining settlement of Sefferstown, before descending to Moke Creek. After negotiating numerous creek crossings and even a tunnel you will reach your well deserved finish at Moke Lake.


Saturday 16th February 2019

Early Bird Entry Fee - $165 (Opens 4th July)

Standard Entry Fee - $195 (from 1st October)

Entry Fee includes; finishers medal, race t-shirt and bus transfer to start - and a celebratory beer.

ENTRIES OPEN: Entries open 4th July

Early Bird Entry Fee - $165 (Opens 4th July)

Standard Entry Fee - $195 (from 1st October)

Entry Fee includes, race t-shirt and bus transfer to start.


The course starts on the beach below the Pipeline Bridge in Skippers Canyon and traverses abandoned gold mining water races, sheep tracks, razorback ridges, beautiful beech forest, river valleys until the finish at Moke Lake, near Queenstown.


Water race, ridgeline and other single track 14 km 45%

Riverbed, river valley 6 km 20%

Farm 4WD track 9 km 30 %

Actual distance approximately 29.5km


Approximately 1400m of climbing and descending.


Elite – 3hrs to 3.5hrs

Competitive Runners – 3.5 to 4.5hrs

Casual Runners - 4.5 hrs to 6hrs


Mens; 3:01.39 - Daniel Borquez

Womens; 3:21.21 - Sarah Douglas

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Accommodation Packages

Are you entering the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon, 30km, half marathon or 10km race? 

Would you like to helicopter to the start?

You could stay at either Ben Lomond Lodge or Moonlight Lodge the night before the race.

Leave your car at the finish line at Moke Lake and we'll take you into our lodges for a fantastic meal and great company. 

2018 Race and Supporters Packages to be announced.
Packages include transport to either Ben Lomond or Moonlight Lodge, dinner, bed, breakfast and a stunning helicopter flight to the start of the race.

There is now a waitlist for spaces at Ben Lomond & Moonlight Lodges to add your name to a list please contact ginny@benlomond.co.nz

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