Aoraki Mt Cook National Park Marathon to Take Place in April 2014

Travel News Asia Videos Podcasts Latest Travel News Asia Tuesday, 4 February 2014

New Zealand will host two brand new marathons this year, the Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon and  Queenstown International Marathon.

Taking place in April 2014, the Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon is already attracting international athletes wanting to put their endurance to the test in one of the most pristine running environments in the world.

The principle event will include a half marathon, 10km and 5km run, set across diverse terrain. The event offers challenges for all ages and abilities and will see competitors taking in the glacial wonderland of the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

Located on the South Island, near the popular tourist towns of Twizel and Tekapo, the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park is home to the spectacular Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealands highest mountain. 

During the event runners can expect to experience the golden alpine tussock shoreline of the shimmering Lake Pukaki and a run through Glentanner Station - a high-country working sheep farm.

The Tasman River valley, home to the mighty Tasman Glacier, complete with the dramatic backdrop of the Southern Alps round out the marathon that finishes in the Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Village.

Along with taking part in one of the most scenic road races in the world, the Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon gives competitors the chance to stay, play and explore one of New Zealands most stunning landscapes.

Framed by the famed peaks of the Southern Alps, Aoraki Mt Cook, and the surrounding Mackenzie District offers plenty of year-round, outdoor adventures.

Visitors can jump on their bikes to experience the pure beauty of The Alps to Ocean, one of New Zealands spectacular cycle trails.

Glaciers, covering 40% of the Aroaki Mt Cook Nation Park, and 23 peaks covering over 3,000m make this area a prime spot for summer walkers, hikers and hardy mountaineers.

Star-gazing is another major draw card for visitors to this region. The clear star-filled skies over the Mackenzie District have recently been recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve. This reserve is the largest and one of the most striking in the world.

The Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon will precede another equally scenic running event. The Queenstown International Marathon is set to take place in the tourist mecca of Queenstown, on the South Island of New Zealand, in November 2014. This unique international event will be set against the backdrop of the world renowned Crown and Remarkable mountain ranges and takes in the best highlights of the Queenstown Lakes region.

New Zealand, Triathlon, Marathon

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