Destination Westland South Island Ultra Marathon

West Coast Wilderness Trail

Destination Westland South Island Ultra Marathon

Saturday 8th May 2021

Due to Covid -19 - All 2020 Registered competitors have been automatically transferred to the 2021 event.

The South Island Ultra Marathon will be held on Saturday 8th May 2021 on the West Coast Wilderness Trail on the West Coast of the South Island.

3 Events:

  • South Island Ultra 100km Greymouth to Hokitika – Solo or Team of 2 (Teams change at Old Chch Road)
  • South Island Ultra 54km Old Christchurch Road to Hokitika – Solo or Team of 2 (Team Change at Sunny Bight Feed Station)
  • South Island Warm Up 24km Lake Kaniere to Hokitika – Solo 

There are 3 events all being held on the amazing West Coast Wilderness Trail where runners will experience Lakes, Reservoirs, Rivers, Streams, Water Races, Swing Bridges, Bridges from Historic Tram Lines, A Western Town, Forestry, Wetlands, Board Walks Mountains and the Sea just to name a few things. This trail has been described by so many as the Most Scenic Mountain Bike Ride in New Zealand. Now you have the chance to run it.

This run is limited to 1,000 participants on the day and with over 250 transferred from 2020, this may fill up for 2021.  This Ultra caters for the beginner through to the Elite Ultra Athlete looking to do their fastest time. The Trail is a Grade 2 Mountain Bike Ride and does give some good uphill climbs, with the finish a good downhill to the seafront finish in Hokitika, total elevation is 546m.   

3 Fantastic Runs on the West Coast Wilderness Trail, the 100km and 54km can be done as a Team of 2 or Individual. The 24km is an individual solo event.   

These Ultra Marathons give everyone the chance to experience some great racing in the beauty of the West Coast of New Zealand, whether you’re a first timer or an elite athlete, the challenge is here for you. 

This is a fast trail and gives you the opportunity to do a very fast 100km, potential sub 10 hours. Individual record 10 hours 15 minutes 16 seconds for the 100km (George Henderson) and 4 hours 52 minutes 56 seconds for the 54km (Angela Campbell)  

All 3 events finish on the Beach Front of Hokitika.