GBI Wharf to Wharf Marathon 2017
October 7, 2017
Great Barrier Island’s Wharf 2 Wharf Barry Mouat Memorial Marathon is a unique event. Mountain Bike, Run or Walk a Full Marathon or a Half Marathon 10k and 5k Run or Walk sections so there’s a section for the whole family to take part in.
The course begins at Port FitzRoy Wharf and finishes at Tryphena Wharf.
Participants will experience rugged Native bush, kauri stands , beautiful nikau as they make their journey amid some of the most unspoilt forest left in New Zealand. Reaching the heights there are expansive views over white sandy beaches and across the ocean to an undisturbed horizon as well as green farmland dotted with picturesque settlements amongst beautiful harbours.
The course follows the road overlooking Port FitzRoy Harbour and bays then down to Kaiaraara Stream. Continuing up and down Forest Road Track, the rugged bush is home to many of NZ’s native birds, the course reaches an elevation of 180 metres. One part is described by Aaron Carter of Total Sport as “4km of unbelievable trail goodness…….and views from out of this world”. Although arduous and challenging at times this event is a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the best scenery that Great Barrier Island has to offer.