Event Info

We have taken the time to create some pretty spectacular courses, which will take in the best bits in the Whangarei Heads region. There are some amazing beaches, tracks and trails, and we’ve done our best to jam them all into the event courses on offer.

Event Date

Saturday 4 April, 2020

Entries open late 2019

Event options

The region has got some decent bumps and climbs, so will provide testing yet achievable challenges across all courses – event options include:

  1. Multi-sport (individual or teams) – 10km sea kayak, 25km MTB, 14km run (final 3km completed with all team members if participating in a team)
  2. 21km run/walk
  3. 15km run/walk
  4. 8km run/walk
  5. 3km kids dash

IMPORTANT MESSAGE – KAURI DIEBACK DISEASE

We are very privileged to have access to some wonderful tracks through some amazing native bush around the Breamhead Scenic Reserve. We also want to keep the bush that way!! The Kauri Dieback Disease is thought to be a soil-borne species that basically root’s Kauri tress, and kills them. No good at all! So please ALL follow these steps below, and if you have been running or driving in area’s known to have the disease (most areas of native bush) please be extra vigilant when washing your shoes, and bike tyres!

Make sure shoes, bikes, and equipment are clean of dirt before and after visiting kauri forest.

Clean shoes, bikes, and any other equipment that comes into contact with soil after every visit, especially if moving between bush areas.

Keep to defined park tracks at all times. Any movement of soil around the roots of a tree has the potential to spread the disease.

Check out www.kauridieback.co.nz for more information on how you can help stop the spread.

Event start times

All MTB and Run/Walk events start at the Urquharts Bay car park (approx. 3km from the event base, located at Taurikura Bay) – we will transport all participants to the start.

Event option Briefing time Start time Cut off (max) time
Multi-sport (individual/teams) 7.30am 08.00am 8 hours / 4.00pm*
Multi-sport Kayak 7.45am 08.00am 2 hours / 10.00am
Multi-sport MTB n/a n/a 1.00pm
21km run/walk 8.50am 09.00am 7 hours / 4.00pm
15km run/walk 9.50am 10.00am 6 hours / 4.00pm
8km run/walk 10.50am 11.00am 5 hours / 4.00pm
3km kids dash 12.50pm 1.00pm 3 hours / 4.00pm

*If you arrive at Smugglers Bay after 4pm, you will be required to take the short cut through to finish and your finish time will not be official

Multi-sport (individual/teams)

Briefing time : 7.30am Start time : 8.00am Cut off (maximum) time : 8 hours / 4.00pm*

Multi-sport Kayak

Briefing time : 7.45am Start time : 8.00am Cut off (maximum) time : 2 hours / 10.00am

Multi-sport MTB

Briefing time : n/a Start time : n/a Cut off (maximum) time : 2.00pm

21km run/walk

Briefing time : 8.50am Start time : 9.00am Cut off (maximum) time : 7 hours / 4.00pm

15km run/walk

Briefing time : 9.50am Start time : 10.00am Cut off (maximum) time : 6 hours / 4.00pm

8km run/walk

Briefing time : 10.50am Start time : 11.00am Cut off (maximum) time : 5 hours / 4.00pm

3km kids dash

Briefing time : 12.50pm Start time : 1.00pm Cut off (maximum) time : 3 hours / 4.00pm

*If you arrive at Smugglers Bay after 4pm, you will be required to take the short cut through to finish and your finish time will not be official

Entry prices

Online registrations will close midday Thursday 11th April *2019 pricing still subject to change*

Super Early entry tba/11/18 – 15/12/18 Early entry 16/12/18 – 7/3/19  Standard entry 8/3/19 – 11/4/19  Late entry 12/4/19 – 13/4/19
Multi-sport – individual $119.00 $134.00 $149.00 $160.00
Multi-sport – individual (60+ / under 18) $79.00 $94.00 $109.00 $120.00
Multi-sport – team of 2 $139.00 $154.00 $169.00 $180.00
Multi-sport – team of 2 (60+ / under 18) $99.00 $114.00 $129.00 $140.00
Multi-sport – team of 3 $159.00 $174.00 $189.00 $200.00
Multi-sport – team of 3 (60+ / under 18) $119.00 $134.00 $149.00 $160.00
21km run/walk $64.00 $74.00 $84.00 $95.00
21km run/walk (60+ / under 18) $44.00 $54.00 $64.00 $75.00
15km run/walk $54.00 $64.00 $69.00 $75.00
15km run/walk (60+ / under 18) $34.00 $44.00 $49.00 $55.00
8km run/walk $44.00 $54.00 $59.00 $65.00
8km run/walk (60+ / under 18) $24.00 $34.00 $39.00 $45.00
3km kids dash (12 & under) $10.00 $15.00 $20.00 $20.00

Super Early entry : tba/11/18 – 15/12/18 Early entry : 16/12/18 – 7/3/19 Standard entry : 8/3/19 – 11/4/19 Late entry : 12/4/19 – 13/4/19

Multi-sport – individual

Super Early entry : $119.00 Early entry : $134.00 Standard entry : $149.00 Late entry : $160.00

Multi-sport – individual (60+ / under 18)

Super Early entry : $79.00 Early entry : $94.00 Standard entry : $109.00 Late entry : $120.00

Multi-sport – team of 2

Super Early entry : $139.00 Early entry : $154.00 Standard entry : $169.00 Late entry : $180.00

Multi-sport – team of 2 (60+ / under 18)

Super Early entry : $99.00 Early entry : $114.00 Standard entry : $129.00 Late entry : $140.00

Multi-sport – team of 3

Super Early entry : $159.00 Early entry : $174.00 Standard entry : $189.00 Late entry : $200.00

Multi-sport – team of 3 (60+ / under 18)

Super Early entry : $119.00 Early entry : $134.00 Standard entry : $149.00 Late entry : $160.00

21km run/walk

Super Early entry : $64.00 Early entry : $74.00 Standard entry : $84.00 Late entry : $95.00

21km run/walk (60+ / under 18)

Super Early entry : $44.00 Early entry : $54.00 Standard entry : $64.00 Late entry : $75.00

15km run/walk

Super Early entry : $54.00 Early entry : $64.00 Standard entry : $69.00 Late entry : $75.00

15km run/walk (60+ / under 18)

Super Early entry : $34.00 Early entry : $44.00 Standard entry : $49.00 Late entry : $55.00

8km run/walk

Super Early entry : $44.00 Early entry : $54.00 Standard entry : $59.00 Late entry : $65.00

8km run/walk (60+ / under 18)

Super Early entry : $24.00 Early entry : $34.00 Standard entry : $39.00 Late entry : $45.00

3km kids dash (12 & under)

Super Early entry : $10.00 Early entry : $15.00 Standard entry : $20.00 Late entry : $20.00

Age Categories

There will be merit prizes awarded to the overall winners in each event option (male and female), and will recognise the winners (ie. no prizes) in each age category, as outlined below;

  • Under 20
  • 20 – 39 years
  • 40 – 49 years
  • 50 – 59 years
  • 60+ years

Pre Event Registration and Race Pack collection

Registration and race pack collection will be held at the Hub information Centre located at 91 Dent Street in the Town Basin. Our team will be onsite from 3pm to 7pm on Friday 12th April. If there is no way you can make it to registration on Friday evening we will also have registration available at the event base from 6:30am Saturday morning for the multi-sporters and from 8.00am at Urquharts Bay for the run/walk participants.

Multi-sport specific event day information

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Car Parking

For all Run/Walk participants there will be ample car parking available at Whangarei Heads School located at 28 Whangarei Heads School Road. For all Multisporters please park in the event base and follow signage and/or event staff instructions off Taurikura Bay. We are aiming to keep the local residents happy and are wanting to avoid too much disruption to their day. We have provided a car parking option at the event base for Multi-sport competitors only to make it easier with bike and kayak drop offs etc.

Transport

All Run/Walk events (excluding team and individual multisporters) park at Whangarei Heads School (28 Whangarei Heads School Road) and will be transported to the Run/Walk starts at Urquharts bay. The buses will leave when full and will be on a continuous loop to and from the car parking to the event start location. Please allow plenty of time to park and board the bus which will take you to the start line. We recommend allowing an hour to park, board the bus, be driven to the start and collect your race number and transponder then be briefed before the start. We request that only participants take the provided transport to the start location and supporters walk the approx 500m to the event base from the school park parking via a short track through the back of the school. There is of course an exception for the kids 3km dash event. Parents/caregivers are welcome to travel with their kid(s). Plus note: no bus transport is provided for the multisport event.

Prize Giving / Post Event

There will be an event prize giving held at the finish line / event base at Taurikura Bay at 3.00pm. At the event base, we will create a great spot to hang out and relax following your event, or to wait for your friends and/or family members. There will be some awesome, authentic food offerings from local providers, an event bar, event MC as well as entertainment for the kids. The event finish line/base is across the road from a lovely, safe swimming beach, so pack the togs and towels!

Post Event Dinner

There will be special discounted options for event participants available at the Parua Bay Tavern (1034 Whangarei Heads Rd, Parua Bay) & Jimmy Jacks Rib Shack (117 Bank Street, Whangarei) post event.

The Mount Manaia Club is also just up the road from the event base (2145 Whangarei Heads Road), and has plenty of meal options if you are staying nearby.

Whangarei Heads

With the sheltered beaches of the Whangarei Harbour on one side, the sweep of the Pacific Ocean on the other, and dotted with small close knit communities, taking some time out in this wonderland is a must. The Bream Head Scenic Reserve is classified as an outstanding ecosystem supporting a diversity of species, contains unique archaeological, historical and landscape features and represents the largest area of coastal pohutukawa-broadleaf forest remaining in Northland, and one of the best in the country. For a huge choice of accommodation options, details of local service, as well as maps, images and useful information about this nature-lovers paradise, check out www.discoverwhangareiheads.nz To learn more about the region – and how the Wild Kiwi fits in – visit the Whangarei region’s offical site! Full of all sorts of helpful info and advice for visitors.

Prize giving

Prize giving will be held at the event base at 3.00pm

Spot Prizes

2 x $50 Parua Bay Tavern vouchers

2 x $50 Jimmy Jacks Rib Shack vouchers

2 x Salming shoe vouchers worth ($250)

2 x 30min massage vouchers

$60 Ciele voucher

Plus many more, so make sure you stick around for prizegiving at 3pm!

Make sure you call into the iconic waterfront tavern, Parua Bay Tavern, or Jimmy Jacks Rib Shack for a meal and beverage while you are in this beautiful part of the world. Both are regular supporters of the Wild Kiwi event.

Compulsory Gear

Depending on the weather/forecast for event day, a call will be made by event staff on Thursday as to whether we will be implementing the below options for the competitors in the Multisport (Run & MTB), 21km & 15km events. This will be communicated to you before race day, but plan to need it all, and leave out the items not required if that call is made. (Final decision to be made and communicated on event morning).

  • Option 1: Nothing
  • Option 2: Seam sealed jacket
  • Option 3: Long sleeve top (polyprop or wool), beanie (polyprop or wool), survival blanket, seam sealed jacket.

While some of this gear may seem excessive, we ask you to bring it for your safety. You may not need it while you are running or walking but if something happens and you have to stop, you will need it. The event is on very rugged/inaccessible terrain and it can be very cold if you have to stay in one spot.

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