Kiwi Fun Run & Walk

 118 Wharekaho Road, Wharekaho 3592, Waikato 118 Wharekaho Road, Wharekaho 3592, Waikato - Map Directions
3 October 2020
10:00 AM To 01:30 PM GMT +12:00
 021 632721
$ 10

Grab your mates and be part of the very first ever Kiwi Fun Run. This is a once a year opportunity to run or walk 5km or 7km up to the kiwi or transmitter above Wharekaho. 

Whitianga is already an iconic holiday destination for many Kiwi families and the next school holidays just got even better with the creation of the Kiwi Fun Run or Walk.

This exciting trail run and walking event will take place on Saturday the 3rd of October at Wharekaho (Simpsons Beach), just 5 minutes from Whitianga.  This is a once per year opportunity not to be missed.

Starting and finishing at the well-known Simpsons Beach campground, the event will take participants on a fairly steep journey up to the iconic Kiwi symbol 2.5km away.  The views and steep uphill will quite literally ‘take your breath away’.  For those with more steam in the tank, a further 1km climb will take them right up to the Repeater tower at the very top of the hill overlooking the beautiful Mercury Bay.  Then it is simple a matter of returning back to the start line on the same course.

Nick Reader from the Mercury Bay Events Trust says, ‘After the success of the Night Strider night fun run we did in the July School Holidays, I think that that the Kiwi Fun Run will provide another exciting fitness challenge for locals and visitors alike.’

Registration starts at 10:00am with the race kicking off at 11:00am.  A complimentary sausage sizzle is on offer with cold drinks or coffee available to purchase.  We encourage people to take part in the event and hang around for lunch and to enjoy all that Wharekaho Beach has to offer.

Runners and walkers are welcome and a moderate fitness level is required for this event.  Parents may carry small children in front or backpacks, but prams are not allowed.







Registration ends


Race start


Sausage sizzle at Simpsons Beach Campground


Final walker expected home


Event ends



The course involves a shallow creek crossing in the first 500 metres.  Either wade across or take your shoes and socks off if you want to stay dry.

The course is steep the whole way up, so move at a pace that you can maintain.

The 5km course is 2.5km up to the Kiwi symbol and return.

The 7km course has an additional 1km up and 1km back from the repeater.

Take care when running or walking on the steep downhill back to the finish!!


Covid-19 – please comply with any Covid risk management strategies at this event

This is a and fun event has no official time keeping or prizes. 

This event is proudly brought to you by the Mercury Bay Community Events Support Trust.



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