Queenstown International Marathon, Half & 10K 2024

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5
Date
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 of New Zealand, it offers a myriad of options for outdoor enthusiasts.

Be part of the 10th running of The New Zealand Sotheby’s Queenstown International Realty Marathon! Set between the backdrop of the world-renowned Crown Range and The Remarkables, it is one of the country’s most scenic races.  Starting at the five-star Millbrook Resort and finishing in the heart of Queenstown, you will take in the best highlights of the Queenstown Lakes region including historic Arrowtown, Lake Hayes, the Shotover River, Lake Wakatipu and finally Queenstown Gardens and downtown.

New Zealand offers a variety of contrasting and beautiful landscapes. Not only is it a dream destination, but it 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 or the neighbouring country of Australia!

Meals Included

Meals Included

Daily breakfasts & 2 dinners

Guide

Guide

Welcome Cocktail Reception & Guidance and support from our team

Transfers

Transfers

VIP transfer to the race start for all Marathon Tours entries

Trip Extension

Trip Extension

3-night pre-race extension to explore Auckland & Waiheke Island available upon request

Accommodation

Accommodation

5 nights stay at the Crowne Plaza Queenstown

Entry

Entry

Guaranteed race entry with a choice of distance available

Celebration Party

Celebration Party

Celebration dinner cruise included

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Queenstown Marathon Packagege/5 Nights/13 - 18 November 2024

      Wednesday 13 November 2024
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      Arrive in Queenstown and take an Uber (or taxi) from the airport to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Check-in is at 15:00pm, however, should you arrive earlier, your bags can be held and you can begin to explore! This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception and trip briefing in the Hotel Atrium.

      Thursday 14 November 2024
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      Today you can explore Queenstown at your leisure or join us for the optional Milford Sound Cruise (additional cost).

      Milford Sound Cruise Full Day Tour (06:45am – 19:00pm)

      Milford Sound, situated on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, is a world-renowned natural wonder with towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, and amazing wildlife. Join us on a scenic bus ride with a few picture-perfect rest stops along Milford Road. Enjoy lunch before departing on a 2-hour cruise of Milford Sound on the Milford Haven. Newly refurbished, Haven has large windows, a spacious deck and lounges offering uninterrupted views of towering peaks and surging waterfalls. Keep watch for dolphins, seals and, in season, the rare Fiordland crested penguin! This is a day not to be missed!

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      Explore Queenstown on your own

      You should also plan to attend the EXPO to pick up your race packet and check out the gear offerings.

      (Breakfast included)

      Friday 15 November 2024
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      Enjoy another day at your leisure or join us for the optional Shotover River Rafting tour (additional cost).

      Shotover River Rafting (10:00am – 14:30pm)

      Depart Queenstown after breakfast and start with an unforgettable 4WD trip into Skippers Canyon, famous for its exciting cliff edges and gold mining history. Hold on on this epic paddle experience exploring the Shotover River to places those jet boats fear to go! Rafting from Deep Creek over peaceful waters at first, you will head toward the exhilarating rapids of the lower Canyon. Your guide will get your adrenaline pumping as you paddle through Grade 3-5 rapids! Experience the complete darkness of Oxen Bridge Tunnel (170 meters) before you shoot down Cascade Rapid to complete your adventure.

      Please note: time/date may change due to weather conditions and number of participants. Competent swimming ability and moderate fitness is a must.  Those who are pregnant, have a heart condition or high/low blood pressure are not permitted to participate. Wetsuits & Safety gear provided.

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      Explore Queenstown on your own

      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 16 November 2024
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      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 17 November 2024
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      Recover, explore and enjoy Queenstown at your own pace. Tonight, we celebrate as a group aboard the TSS Earnslaw, as we cruise Lake Wakatipu to Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant for a buffet dinner and unforgettable working sheep dog show. These dogs are smart and not to be missed! Be sure to confirm and coordinate your departure time for tomorrow.

      (Breakfast and Dinner included)​

      Monday 18 November 2024
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      Departure Day

      After breakfast, transfer under your own arrangements 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

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

      • Three nights hotel accommodations at the voco Auckland City Centre from 10 November 2024
      • 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 on 13 November
      • 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

      Rates – please refer to our Packages & Rates section

    • 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).  Most flights will arrive early in the morning (so be sure to get some sleep in the air) and your room may not be ready. Leave your bags at the hotel and explore the quaint shops of Parnell Village, have lunch on the Wharf or visit the shopping district downtown.  Tonight, meet your Marathon Tours & Travel host and other guests in the Kereru room 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 harbors. 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 Auckland Harbor offers culture, culinary delights, community, and more.

      (breakfast included)

      Wednesday 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 5 nights from 13 November 2024
      • Daily breakfasts, except on arrival day
      • Welcome Cocktail Reception
      • Pre-Race Pasta Dinner
      • Farewell Dinner Cruise
      • VIP Transfer to the race start (if your entry is booked with Marathon Tours & Travel
      • Guidance and support from Marathon Tours & Travel team

      Travelling with children?

      Contact us for a quote.

      Room Policy

      Marathon Tours & Travel’s policy is that anyone staying in our room block must be part of our package. If you plan to bring a spouse or guest, they must purchase our package. For example, if there are two of you, the rate would be the double occupancy rate (per person). If you purchase a single occupancy rate package, then only you are allowed in your room. To attend any of our activities, you must be part of our package.

      Note

      • 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.

      Rates
      All prices are per person in UK pounds sterling
      5 nights from 13th November, 2024Double OccupancySingle Occupancy
      Crowne Plaza Queenstown - Standard Courtyard Facing£ 1285£ 2015
      Extra Nights & different room typesOn RequestOn Request
      Optional Extras
      All prices are per person in UK pounds sterling
      Guaranteed Queenstown Marathon Entry 2024£ 140
      Guaranteed Queenstown 21K Entry 2024£ 100
      Guaranteed Queenstown 10K Entry 2024£ 70
      Milford Sound Cruise (14 November)£ 195
      Shotover River Rafting (15 November)£ 175
      Optional Waiheke Island Day Tour (Auckland 12 November) £ 165
      Optional pre-race extension: Auckland
      All prices are per person in UK pounds sterling
      3 nights from 10th November, 2024Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
      voco City Centre Auckland£ 1065£ 1375
      Extra Nights & different room typesOn RequestOn Request
  • Hotels

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

      New Zealand’s premier accommodation with an elegant twist! Enjoy Kiwi charm for which New Zealand is world-renowned and relax in premium accommodation 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 an expertly crafted cocktail and uninterrupted views over the Auckland city skyline! Spacious guest rooms feature free Wi-Fi as well as other modern amenities.

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      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 short, 10-minute walk from the finish.

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  • Event Information

    • Race Date: November 16 2024

      Start Time:

      • 07:45am Havana Coffee 10K
      • 08:00am La Roche Posay Half-Marathon
      • 08:20am 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 only for 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 race 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 10:30am
      • The corner of Speargrass Flat Road/Slope Hill Road (19.5K) by 11:58am
      • Aid Station 7 / Spence Road (26.5K) by 13:12pm
      • Aid Station 9 / Frankton (32K) by 14:13pm

      Due to course management and road closure restrictions, the course will officially close at 16:00pm.

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

      • Thursday November 14: 15:00pm – 19:00pm
      • Friday November 15: 09:00am – 21:00pm

      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 the 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.

      Payments

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

      Travel advice

      Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for New Zealand’s current entry restrictions and requirements. For UK passport holders please check here.

      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.

  • Seven Continents Club ®

    • The Seven Continents Club®️ (SCC) offers a unique opportunity for runners to run on all seven continents of the globe, as well as providing numerous benefits to its members. The club operates as a global frequent traveller club for runners, offering waitlist priority for high-demand events, early pre-registration periods for a number of races in popular destinations and tour package vouchers for money off international tour packages. What’s more, Seven Continents Club®️ rewards all its members for the extraordinary achievement of running marathons on each continent with their own special finishers medal and certificate of completion. Join the SCC today!

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