Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf Marathon
Mountain bike, run or walk a full or half marathon through native forest with scenic views.
The course begins at Port FitzRoy Wharf in the north of Great Barrier Island and ends at Tryphena Wharf in the south. Following the northern harbour and down to the Kaiaraara Stream the course then continues up and down tracks, through regenerating native bush. This is the most challenging and rewarding section of the marathon reaching an elevation of 180metres with spectacular views. The course then winds around the bottom of Te Ahumata and the second half of the course is on the road with views of white sandy beaches, green farmland and small settlements, finishing at Tryphena wharf in the south.
Km’s 0 – 3 Undulating gravel road (along Kaiaraara Bay Rd), nice views to the water. Km’s 3 – 16.5 wide 4WD track (known as Forest Rd), with some technical bits, more up than down with some pretty solid (and lengthy) climbs. Km’s 16.5 – 21.5 A short, but sharp climb, followed by about 4km of unbelievable trail goodness. with some technical bits, boardwalks and spectacular views. Km’s 21.5 – 42.2 As far as a road section goes, this is pretty good. A couple of reasonable climbs and one harder one at the “10km to go point” that is about 2.5km. A lot of dropping in and out of very scenic bays with a flat 1km to the finish at the Tryphena wharf.