Hoka One One Kinloch Off-Road Challenge

Enjoy stunning views as you run or walk some spectacular trails in and around Kinloch, Taupo. Choose from four distances over one very scenic course! This event has a little something awesome for everyone, whether you amble around the 5km course or take on the full marathon, you’re guaranteed a great day out with great people.

What’s great about this event?

Once a year hundreds of action-loving runners and walkers descend upon the lakeside paradise of Kinloch to test themselves on the world class trails that litter the surrounding countryside. Due to its unparalleled scenic vistas and inviting trails, the Hoka One One Kinloch Offroad Challenge has become a bucket list event. With accommodation options in nearby Taupo, a weekend away is on the cards – come and make the most of it and experience the popular Kinloch Offroad Challenge. 

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, an experienced marathoner, or a brave weekend warrior this marathon course offers plenty of variety! You’ll be sent out on an out and back course that takes in the Great Lake Trail before heading around the expansive shores of Kawakawa Bay then through local trails hugging the Whangamata Stream before the final stretch of picturesque lakeside to the finish line.

Other course options take runners and walkers into exciting terrain offering spectacular views that’ll ensure you cross the finish line with a smile! There’s even a fun 5km course for beginners and children to enjoy!

The half and quarter marathon course runs along Kenrigg Road into the gullies and boardwalks of Boojum Dell then onto the lakeside Esplanade before heading over the marina footbridge to Mata Place where the waters of the beautiful Whangamata Stream guide you to a finishing track along the beach!

The Hoka One One Kinloch Offroad Challenge is one of New Zealand’s top trail events this spring, so lock it in the calendar and we’ll look forward to seeing you there!

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What people say about Total Sport events

Our first Coastal Challenge and our group loved it! Such a great day out and something for the whole team!

What an awesome event – thank you so much for putting on such a totally mad event with such an incredibly supportive atmosphere. I cannot remember how many times someone offered me a hand over a rock – and so of course in turn I did the same for those behind me.

“What a happy event! The atmosphere was exciting and so welcoming.”

Taupo Marathon 2014

This event looks awesome. How do I find out more or sign up?

Click the button below to go the Hoka One One Kinloch Off-Road Challenge website where you can find out more about the event, check out the prices and sign-up for one of the run/walks.

Check out the other events in the Run Taupo Series…

Date and location

Saturday 7 September 2019
Kinloch, Taupo


5km Mini Marathon
10km Quarter Marathon (walk or run)
21 km Half Marathon (run or walk)
42km Full Marathon (run only)

Check out the event video

Event enquiries

Marion Fournier
email: [email protected]
ph. +64 275 690 302

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