Queenstown International Marathon, Half & 10K 2024

16 November 2024
  • 10k
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon

Queenstown International Marathon, Half & 10K

Queenstown, known as the “Adventure Capital of the World”, will impress you from the moment you step off the plane! Located on the South Island, it offers a myriad of options for outdoor enthusiasts.

The New Zealand Sotheby’s Queenstown International Realty Marathon is the country’s most scenic race. It is set between the backdrop of the world-renowned Crown Range and The Remarkables; and takes in the best highlights of the Queenstown Lakes Region including the five-star Milbrook Resort, Arrowtown, Lake Hayes, Shotover River, Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Gardens and finishes in the heart of Queenstown itself.

New Zealand offers a variety of contrasting and beautiful landscapes. Not only is it a dream destination, but also boasts an impressive history of world record holders in distance running with the likes of Rod Dixon, Peter Snell, John Walker, Don Quax and Allison Roe to name a few. Our package gives you the opportunity to visit Auckland for wine tastings, black beaches and an optional day tour of Waiheke Island in the North; and then travel to the South Island for your race and more adventure. We are happy to work with you to create your customized itinerary to extend your time in New Zealand.


Meals Included

Meals Included

Daily breakfasts & 1 Dinner



VIP transfer to the race start for all Marathon Tours & Travel runners

Trip Extension

Trip Extension

Auckland Pre-Race Trip extension available upon request



3 nights stay at the Crowne Plaza Queenstown



Guaranteed race entry with a choice of distance available

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Queenstown Marathon Package/3 Nights/14th - 17th November, 2024

      Thursday 14th November, 2024
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      Arrival Day

      Arrive in Queenstown and take an Uber (or taxi) from the airport to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Check-in is at 3:00 PM, however, should you arrive earlier, your bags can be held and you can begin to explore!

      Friday 15th November, 2024
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      Leisure Day & Pasta Dinner

      Enjoy another day at your leisure.  If you did not go to the EXPO, today is your last chance. This evening we will gather for our pre-race pasta dinner.

      (Breakfast and Dinner included)​

      Saturday 16th November, 2024
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      Race Day

      Race Day! After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the start of your respective event.  The finish is a short walking distance from your hotel.

      (Breakfast included)

      Sunday 17th November, 2024
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      Departure Day

      After breakfast, make arrangements for a transfer to the airport for return flights home or to your next destination! We are happy to arrange additional travel around New Zealand or to Australia.

      (Breakfast included)

  • Extensions

    • PRE-RACE EXTENSION | 10 November – 13 November 2024 | Auckland | 2024 rates coming soon

      Marathon Tours & Travel pre-race extension package to Auckland includes the following:

      • Three nights hotel accommodations at the voco Auckland City Centre from 10th November, 2024
      • All hotel taxes
      • Daily breakfasts, except on arrival day
      • Full-day city sightseeing tour
      • Welcome reception in Auckland at the voco Auckland City Centre
      • One-way flight from Auckland to Queenstown
      • Group transfer from hotel to Auckland airport
      • Arrival transfer from Queenstown airport to the Crowne Plaza Queenstown
      • Services of Marathon Tours & Travel Staff

      Accommodation – please refer to our hotel section for details of our Auckland hotel

    • Pre-Race Extension to Auckland/3 Nights/10th - 14th November, 2024

      Sunday 10th November, 2024
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      Arrival in Auckland. After collecting your luggage, make your way to the hotel via taxi or Super Shuttle (both located just outside of Baggage Claim). Today you will check-in to the voco Auckland City Centre Hotel and meet your Marathon Tours & Travel host who will provide a brief introduction. Tonight, the group will gather for a Welcome Reception.

      Monday 11th November, 2024
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      After breakfast we will meet for a full-day Auckland tour. See first-hand why Auckland is known as the City of Sails as you enjoy a trip over the Harbour Bridge. Visit the famous Auckland landmark of Mount Eden, a dormant volcano whose summit offers excellent panoramic views of the city and harbours. From this fantastic vantage point you will find evidence of Auckland’s volcanic history, the most significant volcano of Rangitoto Island at the entrance to Waitemata Harbour. After lunch and a stroll in Parnell Village, our guide will take us on a tour of two wineries with tastings and a stop along the windswept rugged coastline and the famous black sand beaches of Muriwai. This impressive coastline offers easy access to viewing platforms that allow you to get close and personal with the local gannet colony.

      (breakfast included)

      Tuesday 12th November, 2024
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      (Optional Full-Day Tour to Waiheke Island)

      Explore Auckland on your own or opt to add the full-day tour to Waiheke Island to your itinerary. This unique island in the Auckland Harbor offers culture, community, and more. 

      (breakfast included)

      Wednesay 13th November, 2024
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      After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for the two-hour flight to Queenstown. 

      (breakfast included)

      (activities subject to change)

  • Packages & Rates

    • Guaranteed 2024 Queenstown International Marathon, Half or 10K Entry

      We are pleased to offer you guaranteed entry for the 2024 Queenstown International Marathon. You can buy the entry from Marathon Tours & Travel if you also buy the accommodation package from us. 

      Marathon Tours & Travel Queenstown package includes the following:

      • Stay at the Crowne Plaza Queenstown Hotel for 3 nights from 14th November, 2024
      • Daily breakfasts, except on arrival day
      • Pre-Race Pasta Dinner
      • VIP Transfer to the race start (if your entry is booked with Marathon Tours & Travel
      • Guidance and support from Marathon Tours & Travel team


      • You should fly in and out of Queenstown (unless on the pre-race extension to Auckland).  The airport code is ZQN. We recommend booking a window seat! The view from the plane as you fly over the mountains into Queenstown is stunning!

      Refer to Extensions Section for details of our 3 nights pre-race extension package to Auckland.

      3 Night Package in AUD
      Double / Twin Room Single Room
      Crowne Plaza Queenstown Standard Room$1,420 per person$2,350 per person
      Additional Nights$310 per person$580
      Race Entry in AUD
      Half Maraton $189
  • Hotels

    • Crowne Plaza Queenstown

      Crowne Plaza Queenstown sits in the heart of Queenstown, enjoying panoramic views over The Remarkables Mountain Range and Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand’s longest lake. From luxurious bedding to spacious accommodation, the Crowne Plaza knows the importance of a great night’s sleep. Every room has its own private balcony or courtyard. Restaurants and shopping are just outside the door and it is located just a 10 minute short walk from the finish.

      voco Auckland City Centre (applicable to pre-race extension)

      New Zealand’s premiere accommodation with an elegant twist! Enjoy Kiwi charm for which New Zealand is world-renowned and relax in premium accommodations with design touches that will make your stay feel more like home. Stroll to the city’s best shopping and dining precincts including Britomart and the Viaduct, or head down to the wharf to hop on a ferry to beautiful Waiheke Island. Catch up with friends over a slice of artisan fired pizza at voco’s authentic trattoria or head to the Bar Albert on the 38th floor, the highest rooftop bar in New Zealand, for a expertly crafted cocktail and uninterrupted views over the Auckland city skyline! Spacious guest rooms feature free WI-FI as well as other modern amenities.

  • Event Information

    • RACE DATE: 16 November, 2024

      START TIME: 

      • 7:45 AM Havana Coffee 10K
      • 8:00 AM La Roche Posay Half-Marathon
      • 8:20 AM Sotheby’s International Realty Marathon

      COURSE: The course starts at The Avenue, Millbrook Resort and finishes at the Queenstown Memorial Centre Recreation Ground.  It is a bit hilly and challenging; and offers a unique mix of running terrain, with 70% of the course on smooth hard packed trails and 30% on road. Regular running shoes are fine for this course. Trail running shoes are an acceptable alternative.

      The course takes in the best highlights of the region including Millbrook, Arrowtown, Arrow River, Lake Hayes, Old Shotover Bridge, Twin Rivers trail, Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown Gardens. Keep your eyes open for sheep dotting the countryside…it is picturesque!

      RACE ENTRY FEE: You will be provided with a special code to register for the race after we receive your booking. This special fee includes the VIP Race Transfer to the start.

      NOTE: A VIP Race Transfer is for only those who purchase their entry with Marathon Tours & Travel. If you register directly with the race, then you should also purchase the shuttle bus ticket to the marathon/half marathon start when you register online. If you missed this when you registered, you can still modify and add this feature. It is important to note that the race day transfer provided by the event is different from the Marathon Tours & Travel race day transfer.

      ELIGIBILITY: Marathon entrants must be 18 years of age on race day. Half-Marathon entrants must be 16 years of age and the minimum age to participate in the 10K is 10. Children under twelve must have an adult running with them.

      TIME LIMIT: The course time limit is seven (7) hours.  You must meet the following cut-off times:

      • The start of the Lake Hayes Trail (distance 11.65K) by 10:30 AM
      • The corner of Speargrass Flat Road/Slope Hill Road (19.5K) by 11:58 AM
      • Aid Station 7 / Spence Road (26.5K) by 1:12 PM
      • Aid Station 9 / Frankton (32K) by 2:13 PM

      Due to course management and road closure restrictions, the course will officially close at 4:00 PM.

      NUMBER PICK-UP:The Sports Expo at Queenstown Events Center (Joe O’Connell Drive, Frankton, Queenstown) is open during the following times:

      • Thursday 14 November, 2024: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
      • Friday 15 November, 2024: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

      Entry to the Sports Expo is FREE, so bring along your family and friends. It is a picturesque walk (approx. 1.5 hours), a 35 minute bus ride or a 12 minute taxi ride to the Expo from the Crowne Plaza. Another option is to rent a bike and get there in 30 minutes! Information on travel to the Expo can be found here.

      AWARDS: Everyone who finishes the Queenstown Marathon, Half-Marathon, or 10K will receive a Finisher Medal. Prize money will be awarded to the top three Men & Women in the Marathon & Half-Marathon.  In addition, non-monetary prizes will be awarded to first, second and third placing male and female in each running age group category for each event.

      TEMPERATURE: Average temperatures are between 40 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain is always possible!

      Difficulty: Moderate, with challenging hills.

  • Registration & Booking

    • Conditions of Sale

      Please note we cannot sell race entry without accommodation package. Race entry is not refundable.

      If you wish to make any changes to your reservations administration and/or service fees might apply. For our general T&C’s please see here.

      How to Book

      To make your booking, click on the orange button at the top of the page, ensuring that you select the correct number of rooms and types for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place.


      When you confirm your booking, we will take a deposit payment. Subsequent payments are taken automatically.

      Travel Insurance

      Travel insurance is an essential part of any holiday you take, and we highly recommend that you purchase suitable insurance for your trip. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy also covers you to participate in running events.

      Security Policy

      Marathon Tours & Travel’s security policy requires that anyone staying in our room block must be registered as part of our package. If a registered client attempts to house a non-registered guest and /or invite them to attend any of our scheduled activities, the registered guest’s tour package will be forfeited and parties may be denied access to future tours. Please note that no exceptions will be made as this policy will be strictly enforced.

      Race Rules

      Our itinerary and details regarding the race are based on current information available at the time this package was released for sale. Whilst we expect the details to remain correct, changes are possible and will be confirmed nearer to the trip after the race organisers have confirmed final instructions. All race rules and procedures need to be followed.