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.

Cancelled due to Covid-19 - new 2021 date TBC

Covid-19 Update


Since making the decision to postpone the Northpower Wild Kiwi (one that we had to make hastily during a time of uncertainty) we have been working behind the scenes towards finding a suitable date later this year. Unfortunately after much planning, consideration and discussions with other stakeholders, it has become clear that delivering the event at that time of the year is unachievable.

It is heart breaking for all of our team to have to share this news with you. These are challenging times! But we must look towards 2021 and have that become our focus. We can’t at this moment provide you with a date for the 2021 event, but we are extremely determined and excited to deliver a memorable event experience next year and will need the continued help and support of you all once again.

Please take care of yourself and your loved ones during this time, it will pass, and onwards we’ll go again.

Much love from the Total Sport team.

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. Northpower Wild Kiwi 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. Northpower Mild Kiwi Multi-sport (individual or teams) – 5km sea kayak, 18km MTB, 10km run (final 3km completed with all team members if participating in a team)
  3. BDO Whangarei 21km run/walk
  4. Whangarei District Council 15km run/walk
  5. Activ8 Northland 8km run/walk
  6. PAK’nSAVE Whangarei Kids Dash

Course Maps

Northpower Wild Kiwi Multi-sport Course

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MTB Elevation Profile

Run Elevation Profile

Northpower Mild Kiwi Multi-sport Course

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MTB Elevation Profile

Run Elevation Profile

BDO Whangarei 21km Course

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View profile comparison with XTERRA Waihi and Speights West Coaster

Whangarei District Council 15km Course

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Elevation Profile

Activ8 Northland 8km Course

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Elevation Profile

Kayak Course

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PAK’nSAVE Whangarei Kids Dash

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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

The 8km, 15km & 21km events start just beyond the Urquharts Bay car park (approx. 3km from the event base, which is located at Taurikura Bay) – we will transport all participants to the start.

Event option Briefing time Start time Cut off (max) time
Northpower Wild Kiwi Multi-sport (individual/teams) 7.30am 08.00am 8 hours / 4.00pm*
Northpower Wild Kiwi Multi-sport Kayak 7.45am 08.00am 2 hours / 10.00am
Northpower Wild Kiwi Multi-sport MTB n/a n/a 1.00pm
Northpower Mild Kiwi Multi-sport (individual/teams) 8.30am 09.00am 7 hours / 4.00pm*
Northpower Mild Kiwi Multi-sport Kayak 8.45am 09.00am 1.5hrs hours / 10.30am
Northpower Mild Kiwi Multi-sport MTB n/a n/a 1.00pm
BDO Whangarei 21km run/walk 8.50am 09.00am 7 hours / 4.00pm
Whangarei District Council 15km run/walk 9.50am 10.00am 6 hours / 4.00pm
Activ8 Northland 8km run/walk 10.50am 11.00am 5 hours / 4.00pm
PAK’nSAVE Whangarei 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

Northpower Wild Kiwi Multi-sport (individual/teams)

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

Northpower Wild Kiwi Multi-sport Kayak

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

Northpower Mild Kiwi Multi-sport MTB

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

Northpower Mild Kiwi Multi-sport (individual/teams)

Briefing time : 8.30am Start time : 9.00am Cut off (maximum) time : 7 hours / 4.00pm*

Northpower Mild Kiwi Multi-sport Kayak

Briefing time : 8.45am Start time : 9.00am Cut off (maximum) time : 1.5 hours / 10.30am

Northpower Mild Kiwi Multi-sport MTB

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

BDO Whangarei 21km run/walk

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

Whangarei District Council 15km run/walk

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

Activ8 Northland 8km run/walk

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

PAK’nSAVE Whangarei 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

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

Age Limits

21km Run/Walk & Both Multisport Events

Children aged 14 and under are not able to participate in these events.

8km & 15km Run/Walk

Children aged 11 and under are not able to participate in these events.

Kids Dash

It is suggested children 11 and under run/walk with a parent or guardian.

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 3rd 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


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.


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. Plus note: no bus transport is provided for the multisport event.

Prize Giving

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.

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.

Cup-Free Event

We take waste seriously and are working hard to reduce our environmental impact.

We have removed disposable cups from all aid stations. Please remember your reusable cup, hydration pack or water bottle to fill up! We’ll have collapsible silicone cups available at event base for $5.

Reusable cup

Scholarship Program

The Northpower Wild Kiwi Scholarship Program was created to help Northlanders who would not normally have the health and wellness support around them to participate in the Northpower Wild Kiwi event on Saturday 4th April.

Scholarship recipients will be working towards completing the Activ8 8km run or walk and improving their physical and mental wellbeing along the journey.

If you or someone you know want to make a health and fitness lifestyle change but need a little helping hand, the Northpower Wild Kiwi Scholarship Program could be perfect.

An 8-week journey, from late January until the event in April, successful applicants will be provided with a training program, nutritional and lifestyle advice, and goal setting sheets.

Applicants will also need to commit to group (bootcamp) training sessions, twice a week for a period of six-weeks.

There are no costs involved in being part of the Nothpower Wild Kiwi Scholarship Program and all recipients receive the following benefits:

  • An initial group meeting with Activ8 Northland, including a goals worksheet and training plan.
  • Access to two bootcamp sessions* a week for 6-weeks with the team at Activ8. Starting January 2020.
  • Inclusion in a closed Facebook group for motivation and support.
  • An entry into the Activ8 8km run/walk at the Northpower Wild Kiwi on Saturday 4th April 2020
  • A pack designed to help you with your fitness goals thanks to BDO Northland
  • A running coaching session with the team at Activ8.
  • 2 yoga classes with the team at Activ8 Northland.
  • Practice run/walks over the course with the Activ8 team.
  • A Northpower Wild Kiwi tee.

Bootcamp times:

  • 6.00am Mon / Wed / Fri
  • 9.15am Mon / Wed / Fri
  • 4.30pm Mon / Tue / Thu
  • 5.30pm Mon / Tue / Thu

Sound like a bit of you? Or do you know someone who might benefit from this? Take the time now to complete the application form or send a link to your friend or family member.

If you are ready to make a change, then let’s do this!

Download and complete this application form, then email it to markf@totalsport.co.nz before Saturday 30th November. We will be contacting all applicants by Wednesday 16th December to let them know if they have been accepted into the programme for 2020.

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