BDO Parihaka Trail Run

Explore a mixture of native, forestry and MTB trails as you navigate your way around Whangarei's most popular offroad running routes. 

About

The BDO Parihaka Trail Run is the first event in the Sport Northland Run/Walk Series and the first half marathon in the Conbrio Half Marathon Series.

 

Join us as we showcase some of Whangarei's most popular landmarks including Otuihau also known as Whangarei Falls which is where your journey begins. This majestic 26 metre waterfall cascades over basalt cliffs (formed over 2 million years ago) into an enticing pool at its base.  This waterfall is known as one of New Zealand’s most “photogenic”.  Participants will then navigate the winding trails of Parihaka, an ancient volcano, the Parihaka Scenic Reserve was once reputedly the site of the largest pā in New Zealand. It contains the visible remains of fortified settlement including three pā sites, housing terraces, storage pits and defensive palisades along its ridgeline. Participants will conclude their journey where it all began, at Otuihau. 

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What is the Sport Northland Run/Walk Series?

 The Sport Northland Run/Walk Series of seven events attracts 8000 people annually, with the Northland Waste Kerikeri Half Marathon the flagship event of the series. The series attracts people of all ages, from all walks of life, all over the country and afar. Whether you're a complete newbie wanting to get out for a casual run/walk or you may want to set some goals, whatever the reason is to get active, the Sport Northland Run/Walk Series can help you get to the finish line. 

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What is the Conbrio Northland Half Marathon Series?

While the Sport Northland Run/Walk Series is to cater for everyone of all fitness levels, the Conbrio Northland Half Marathon Series is for those who are ready to up the intensity and training throughout the year. ​Set a goal to run or walk Northlands popular half marathons as we showcase some stunning locations and provide you with a mixture of trail running and road running events. 

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BDO Parihaka Trail Run

Entry Fees

Super Early Bird - 

Early Bird - 

Standard - 

Half Marathon

SEB - $60.00
EB - $71.00
ST - $81.00

Entry Includes;

Medal 

Results

Photos

Aid Stations

Start time 7:30am

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12km

SEB - $32.00
EB - $37.00
ST - $48.00

Entry Includes;

Medal 

Results

Photos

Aid Stations

Start time 7:50am

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5km

SEB - $22.00
EB - $27.00
ST - $38.00

Entry Includes;

Medal 

Results

Photos

Aid Stations

Start time 8:00am

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Course Maps

From 5km to 21.1km, we have you covered.
Click on the course images below to see a description of the course.

Due to the use of MTB tracks for this event, we cannot give out GPX files or allow access to interactive maps, as we have special permission to use these MTB tracks for event day only.

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Kauri Die Back

Arrive clean and leave clean in and out of the forest and around Kauri, follow the simple instructions at hygiene stations, keep to the track, always consider kauri in all off-track activities and work or operations involving vehicles and machinery.

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What people are saying

"The views were fantastic, Northland flavour and limited entry. The course was really neat - challenging but achievable."

"All the happy people!   The nice volunteers and Marshals and everyone who was involved to make this event to that what it was: unique, fantastic!"

"Amazing course, beautiful well maintained trails and impossible to get lost with all the marshals and arrows. Nice and challenging, a real epic race. Not too crowded with people."

"The course was really fun, scenic, different and challenging.   The organisation was spot on!  Love my wooden medal!"

 

BDO Parihaka Trail Run

Event Information

Race Day Schedule

6.30am - Bib Collection opens

7.20am- Safety Brief for half marathon
7.30am - Half marathon starts
7.45am - Safety Brief for 12km
7.50am - 12km starts

7.55am - Safety Brief for 5km

8.00am - 5km starts

10.30am - Place getter Prizegiving 

Start/Finish

The Start/Finish is situated at the Whangarei Falls. 

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Parking

  • You are welcome to park in one of many surrounding streets around the Whangarei Falls, there is plenty of parking, but obviously the earlier you arrive, the closer you are to the Start/Finish. 

Timing and Results ​​​

  • The event will use a timing system.

  • All participants will need to have their bib visible showing on the front of their torso. 

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you are wearing the event number that has been registered to you.

  • Please do not mix these up with other participants.

 

​Prizegiving/Awards

  • There will be no prizegiving. However, we will have our spot prize board up, so make sure you check it out. Place getter awards for 1st place male and female participants for each distance will take place at 10:30am

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Drink Stations

  • This event is cupless and will require you to bring your own vessel for hydration.

Portaloo's

Public toilets are at the start/finish and situated at the summit of Parihaka.

  • 12km - Start/Finish and at approx 6km

  • 21.1km - Start/Finish and at approx  11.5km​





 

 

Past Event Results

Do you want to check out past results or compare times?  See links below.

2019

2020*

2021

2022 (12km) (21.1km) **

* Event postponed then cancelled due to COVID

** The 2022 event was impacted by COVID Traffic Light System