Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon


The Shotover Moonlight Marathon follows abandoned 1880's gold mining water races, sheep tracks on razorback ridges, climbs past stunning waterfalls on ladders and passes through an abandoned gold mining tunnel. This is arguably New Zealand's most spectacular Mountain Marathon.


Exceptionally challenging, with over 2500m of climbing and descending on demanding single track running it really is a must do for any mountain runner.

Whether you want to challenge the course record, challenge your personal records or simply spend the day running through a normally private high country station with your friends, the Shotover Moonlight Marathon is for you.


Saturday 16th February 2019

ENTRIES OPEN: Entries open 4th July

Early Bird Entry Fee - $195 (Opens 4th July)

Standard Entry Fee - $235 (from 1st October)

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


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.

The race covers a variety of terrain, with over 60% single track type terrain where good footwork and balance is essential.



Water race (single track) 13 km 30%

Ridgeline and other single track 13 km 30%

Riverbed, river valley 8 km 20%

Farm 4WD track 8 km 20 %

*The tunnel, ladder and scree run are all included in the above!


Over 2500m of climbing and descending. 



Elite – 4.5hrs to 5.5hrs

Competitive Runners – 5.5 to 7hrs

Casual Runners - 7 hrs to 9hrs

Race Record -

Mens 4.25.25min Ryan Carr, New Zealand

Womens 4.57.31 Lucy Bartholomew, Australia


The course traverses a wide variety of terrain from ridges to rivers and as such conditions may dictate changes to the course to suit conditions.

Cut off times apply to the course for your own safety and that of the volunteers, marshals and staff. Please respect the decisions made by race officials with regards to cut of times.

Short Course Cut off - Ben Lomond Lodge – 6 hours (2.00pm)

If you arrive at the Ben Lomond Lodge after this time you will be directed along a shorter course to the finish. The shorter course will reduce the total distance by 5km and remove 500m of climbing and descending. You will will still run approx 37km however the 5km reduction in the course by-passes one of the more difficult, challenging sections of the marathon course.

Overall Cutoff – 12 hours (8pm)

Competitors still on the course at 8pm will be picked up by 4WD vehicle and transported to the finish line at Moke Lake.


Please note the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon course is on private property and no access is permitted outside of race day.

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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

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