Captain Cook's Landing

Sat, 21/07/2018 Saturday 21st July 2018 ... Sold Out, the wait list is operational

The Nelson Events Team are planning to to recognise the 20th edition with something special in 2018

Event day is Saturday the 21st July 2018

The course is approximately 26km from Camp Bay to Ship Cove along the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand.

The finish at Ship Cove allows you the chance to breath in the beauty that kept Captain James Cook coming back. He spent over 100 days on five seperate occasions at Ship Cove making it his favourite anchorage in New Zealand.

An enjoyable active day with lunch, prizegiving buffet and boat transport included.  All transport is from Picton.

The event was established in 1999 to meet the growing demand of runners wanting to experience the renowned Queen Charlotte Track.  2018 will be 20th year of the Captain Cook's Landing.

This event is run under a concession contract with the Department of Conservation and numbers are therefore limited.

Captain Cooks Landing Honours Board

Men  Sub 2hrs

Kim Hogarth Nelson 1.54.17 2009
Graeme Taylor  Nelson 1 55.15 2011
Blair McWhirter Christchurch 1.55.43 2013
Dave Parsons Wellington 1.56.15 2012
Dave Parsons Christchurch 1.56.40 2013
Nick Hirschfeld  Hamner Springs 1.57.42 2014
Dallas Wichman Christchurch 1.58.18 2012
Nicholas Browne Wellington 1.59.04 2007
Martin Lukes Christchurch 1.59.58 2001
Marc Lidiard Christchurch 1.59.59 2005

Camp Bay to Ship Cove Direction

Chris Dunell Christchurch 1.51.58 2017
Andy Good Christchurch 1.52.32 2017
Sarwan Chand Greymouth 1.53.33 2015

Women Sub 2hrs 25min

Carline Macdonald Wellington 2.05.09 2004
Klaartje van Schie Nelson 2.12.12 2013
Carline Macdonald Wellington 2.17.27 2002
Louisa Andrew Dunedin 2.20.49 2011
Di Cooper   Nelson 2.23.35 2005
Aubrey Begley Wellington 2.23.48 2009

Camp Bay to Ship Cove Direction

Mel Aitken Greymouth 2.08.50 2017
Olivia Bird Nelson 2.15.59 2016
Imogene Scott Nelson 2.19.46 2015
Florence Van Dyke Nelson 2.20.16 2017
Frances Riley Nelson 2.23.31 2016


Race Records:

(Camp Bay to Ship Cove Direction)

Under 40 Chris Dunell 1.51.58 2017
40-49 Andrew Royle 2.15.39 2017
50-59 Robin Grant 2.11.45 2015
60+ Michael Morrissey 2.27.53 2017


Under 40 Olivia Bird 2.15.59 2016
40-49 Mel Aitken 2.08.50 2017
50-59 Cheryl Leuthart 2.30.27 2015
60+ Sue Jones 2.52.21 2016

(Ship Cove to Camp Bay)

Under 40 Kim Hogarth 1.54.17 2009
40-49 Graeme Taylor 1 55.15 2011
50-59 Michael Morrissey 2.03.28 2003
60+ Mike Morrissey 2.22.32 2014
Under 40 Klaarje van Schie 2.12.12 2013
40-49 Carline Macdonald 2.05.09 2004
50-59 Lois Reed 2.31.20 2003
60+ Yvonne West 2.59.36 2014


Event Day Merchandise
The Course
Safety and Compulsory Gear

Event Information

The course is approximately 26km from Camp Bay to Ship Cove along the Queen Charlotte Track.

All Race Day transport is included as part of the entry fee package ex Picton.

The event will run once again from Camp Bay and in waves head off to finish at Ship Cove.  All boat transport as per previous years is included in your race entry with Beachcomber Cruises ex Picton.

We plan to once again maximise your viewing pleasure with a sailing back to Picton during daylight hours, back to our Prizegiving and Dinner venue of the Port Marlborough Pavilion in Picton.


The 2018 event entry will open 1st February 2018 - 20th Anniversary Year

Entry includes boat transport to and from Picton, lunch and prizegiving dinner.

To enter this event you must be able to complete a road half marathon in less than 2.45 hours

All competitors must be a minimum of 18 years of age to enter this event (unless prior agreement given from Race Director).

If you are unsure of your suitability please contact the Race Director, Graeme West, on (03) 548 3655 or email

Please note that all competitors compete at their own risk and the Organising Committee will accept no liability for any mishap or injury, or loss/damage to personal property during the event.

In the event of extreme weather conditions, the Organising Committee reserves the right to substitute an alternative course or if necessary, cancel the event.


All event merchandise must be pre-booked.
Event T-Shirt (S, M, L, XL, XXL or 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 or 18)  -$45

Event Hooded Jacket (Male and Female fit in S, M, L, XL, XXL) - $100

Event Day Trucker Cap (one size fits most...) - $25

Survival Compact First Aid Kit -$15

Check In

Check in is at Beachcomber Pier, Picton Town Wharf, 7.30am

Please note that there are usually three boats that will travel down.  The boat will you travel on is dependent on your start time - this is calculated from your half marathon estimate provided upon entry. 
You will be advised which start boat to board on race morning.

Race Packs

Race numbers will be distributed on board the Beachcomber Cruise launches en route to the start.

You will need to bring your Registration Certificate with you - this will be emailed out to all participants in the week preceeding the event.  Please also ensure you have photo ID with you to uplift your race pack.

Start Time

Start times are advised on week prior to the event - this is calculated according to your honest half marathon estimate provided upon entry.
We allocate this way so that your day will follow our safety guidelines and you won't beat us to the finish!  This should also ensure that you are running with competitors of comparable pace.  If you have never completed a half marathon, it does not matter, just time yourself for one kilometre (running at your typical race pace) on the road and multiply by 21.

The first start wave will begin at approximately 9.15am-9.30am

The Course

Camp Bay to Ship Cove - approximately 26km in distance

QC Track Map

Safety and Compulsory Gear

All competitors must carry the following minimum equipment on them at all times to cover all possible weather conditions:
*  Polypropylene, or equivalent (eg woollen) Top
*  Polypropylene, or equivalent (eg woollen) Hat
*  Polypropylene, or equivalent (eg woollen) Gloves
*  Windproof Jacket/Parka
*  Survival Blanket
*  Whistle

You will have a gear check prior to the start and there are also gear checks on route.
No Gear - No Start (simple as that).
We have this policy in place to ensure that if we strike wet/cold weather, or if you are injured on route that we know that you have the necessary gear to keep you warm until our safety crew can get you out.

Please note that for safety reasons, use of ipod, mp3 player, Walkman or similar is not permitted.  Enjoy the surroundings of the Queen Charlotte Track - the sounds are worth listening to as you enjoy your event.


This is a trail run, therefore it is important that you encompass training on uneven terrain to prepare appropriately and to also familiarise yourself with the process of following trail/track markers.

The markers on this track are as pictured

Check out Training plans from Martin Lukes in in tab above.

Out there on the Trail

Check Points

A check point and aid station will be stationed at Endeavour Inlet.  It is necessary to carry your own water/drinks. 

Please bring your drink bottles/camelbaks already filled before boarding your Beachcomber Cruise on event morning.

Competitors must have their race number recorded at all checkpoints.  Ensure your number is clearly visible at all times on your front and call your number as you come through.


Faster runners to call 'passing' and pass on the seaward side of the track.  Slower runner to step to inside (landward) side of track.


There are toilet facilities on board the Beachcomber Vessels, as well as a toilet at Camp Bay and Ship Cove and at numerous points along the track.

Track Users

There are likely to be other users on the track - please respect them.


All food/supplement wrappers etc must be numbered to comply with the track's pack-in pack-out rubbish policy. As it can be awhile between having your breakfast on Saturday morning and starting at Camp Bay, we suggest you may like to take a few energy nibbles for your boat ride, and you can also make yourself a hot drink on board. (*If travelling on the smaller vessel, you will be able to make a drink prior to boarding to take with you)


Each competitor can take a small bag with them on the boat with warm gear for the finish.  You will take this with you on the boat - so you can remove any extra warm/dry clothing on your person before starting and place into this bag.  Please listen to instructions by our crew as to where to place this before disembarking the boat at Camp Bay.


Any medical conditions should be advised in writing at entry point, noted on your Event Registration Certificate, and also noted on the back of your race number (marker pens are available on board the boats for this purpose)
Those who suffer adverse effects from wasp/bee stings etc are reminded to carry appropriate medication and advise the organisers.
Emergency medication to be carried by the competitor at all times. 


We have a limited number of spots available for supporters to join you in your day in the Sounds.  Supporters will travel down on board a Beachcomber Vessel to Endeavour Inlet for an approx 13km walk to the finish at Ship Cove.  Please note that this is an unaided walk.
$170 - includes boat transport ex Picton, lunch and prizegiving function dinner.

Prizes and Prizegiving

Performance and spot prizes will be awarded in all age groups as per below.
(First only will be awarded if less than 7 entries, 2nd - less than 10 entries, 3rd - with 10 or more)

Runners - Under 40, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ (Male and Female)

Performance and spot prizes will be awarded at the Prizegiving Dinner Function at the Port Marlborough Pavilion, Endeavour Park, 181 Waikawa Road, Picton upon our return post run.  If you are a North Island competitor and won't have vehicle transport available, then let us know, and we can look to hook you up with a fellow competitor (with transport) or one of our crew.  Showers are available at the Pavillion for your use.

(Dinner is included as part of your entry).  The Bar will be open for cash sales from 4.30pm.

Please note that there is limited seating at the Pavilion, so only those registered competitors and pre-registered supporters will be able to attend the evening function.

Withdrawal of Entry and Refunds

Withdrawals received

By 1st June 2018 refunded in full less $30 admin fee

By 7th July 2018 refunded $75 of entry fee.

After 7th July, there is no refund of entry fee.

Please note that we do not allow entries to be transferred to other competitors, other events or for future years.


The 2018 edition is now sold out

We are operating a Waitlist which you can apply to be on by downloading Entry Form below and emailing to

We do not require entry fee be paid until a spot has been offered to you.



Download entry form

Training Plans based on a 30k Off Road Distance

This is a trail run, therefore it is important that you incorporate off road running into your training.

Beginner's Ten Week Training Plan - Martin Lukes

Intermediate Level Ten Week Training Plan

Advanced Level Ten Week Training Plan - Martin Lukes


Travel to and from Picton, included in your entry fee or Supporters Walk package, is via Beachcomber Cruises' Mail Boat.

For more information on the area, check out the Queen Charlotte Track Website -

Travelling from the North Island?


Coming from across the Strait?
Then check out the Interislander Group rates below
Nelson Events 2018

Booking Reference:        GM5605

The below rates are based on return travel, prices to date, inclusive of GST and subject to availability.

Fares:                        Off Peak Each Way
Adult                                     $47.00
Premium Lounge                     $55.00  18yrs plus
Child                                      $25.00
Car/Ute/4x4/Trailer up to 5.5    $124.00 each
Additional half Metre                $20.00
Campervan up to 5.5               $145.00
Additional half Metre                $37.00
Motor Bikes                             $40.00
Kayaks & Bikes                        $15.00 each
Pushbikes                               $15.00 each

Off Peak Dates:
01 March – 28 March 2018
04 April – 18 December 18

Fares:                        Peak Each Way
Adult                                       $52.00
Premium Lounge                      $55.00  18yrs plus
Child                                       $25.00
Car/Ute/4x4/Trailer up to 5.5    $137.00 each
Additional half Metre                $22.00
Campervan up to 5.5                $170.00
Additional half Metre                $42.00
Motor Bikes                             $50.00
Kayaks & Bikes                        $15.00 each
Pushbikes                                $15.00 each
Peak Dates:
01-28 February 18
28 March -03 April 18

Group Booking conditions and instructions for members are:

Each reservation must be made direct with Interislander –
    Online at
Putting GM5605 into the Discount Code box.
•    Every reservation will be given an expiry/payment date, required to be paid in full by that date.
•    Space is subject to availability at the time of the booking request.
•    90% refundable if cancelled prior to final check in time – no refund if cancelled after.
•    Email confirmation of event entry to be shown at check in – otherwise full retail fares will be charged.

FARES ARE VALID FROM 01 Feb through to 18 Dec 2018


2018 Entrant List

Please let us know if you have not being receiving our pre-event emailers as these will have important event information in them
Emails sent thus far:
Email Confirmation: sent automatically upon entering

Pre Event Emailer #1 - sent 4th May 2018

Also - if you entered more than one person with the same email address, only one email is sent by the system to any email address, ie if two people are registered with the same email address, only one email will be sent (and addressed to one person only, with their event information) - unfortunately this is not something we can change.  If you would like to receive one personalised to you, please provide a different email address to us and we can amend.  Email your full name and the email address to

Please note that this list is not complete and will be updated regularly up until event day


Sarah Anderson U 40 F
Bruce Anderson 50 - 59 M
Georgina Archbold 40 - 49 F
Kevin Arthur 40 - 49 M
Liz Atkins U 40 F
Ben Bakker U 40 M
Stephanie Barker U 40 F
Dominic Barrington Prowse 40 - 49 M
Phil Barry 50 - 59 M
Gregory Bassam U 40 M
Stephen Bates U 40 M
Marc Becker U 40 M
Andrew Beer U 40 M
Matthew Bennett 40 - 49 M
Jo Bethell 40 - 49 F
Olwyn Bolitho 40 - 49 F
Tony Boon 40 - 49 M
Liz Brady 40 - 49 F
Jan-Maree Brown 60 + F
Mellissa Brown 40 - 49 F
Hannah Brown U 40 F
Abbie Brown 40 - 49 F
Marianne Brunner 50 - 59 F
Belinda Buck 40 - 49 F
Jared Buck 40 - 49 M
Tania Burden 40 - 49 F
Darren Burden 40 - 49 M
Tim Burnside 40 - 49 M
Jude Burnside 40 - 49 F
Emma Buscke U 40 F
Kirsty Bush 40 - 49 F
Sally Chippendale U 40 F
Wendy Chrisp 50 - 59 F
Jo Clark U 40 F
Heather Collins 50 - 59 F
Kathryn Conradson 40 - 49 F
Richard Cook U 40 M
Rachel Cooper 40 - 49 F
Tania Cooper U 40 F
Geoffrey Cornelis U 40 M
John Cotter U 40 M
Sue Courtney 50 - 59 F
Alicia Cowey 40 - 49 F
Dominica Cresswell 40 - 49 F
Antonette Cross 40 - 49 F
Leigh Davidson 50 - 59 F
Julie Davison 40 - 49 F
Lucy Doherty U 40 F
Anneliese Doig U 40 F
Wendy Donaldson 50 - 59 F
Fiona Dowling U 40 F
Ashleigh Elmey U 40 F
Christopher Fairbairn U 40 M
Katie Farman 40 - 49 F
Sarah Fawcett U 40 F
Kathryn Finn U 40 F
Nathan Foley U 40 M
Kirstin Foley 40 - 49 F
Keryn Ford 40 - 49 F
Mark Ford 40 - 49 M
Mark Forward 40 - 49 M
Kate Fowler 40 - 49 F
Kerrie Galbraith 40 - 49 F
Caroline Garcon U 40 F
Pauline Gee 50 - 59 F
Jane George 50 - 59 F
Karen Goodger 40 - 49 F
William Graf 50 - 59 M
Sarah Green U 40 F
Amanda Greenwood 40 - 49 F
David Gundry 50 - 59 M
Vanessa Gundry 50 - 59 F
Nathan Guy 40 - 49 M
Erica Guy 40 - 49 F
Mandy Hancock 50 - 59 F
John Hancock 40 - 49 M
Roger Heale 40 - 49 M
Nigel Hickey 40 - 49 M
Nick Hirschfeld 40 - 49 M
Mark Hocquard 50 - 59 M
Rachel Hodge U 40 F
Zoe Hollander U 40 F
Paul Howells 50 - 59 M
Hannah Hudson U 40 F
Jessie Hunt U 40 F
Kirsty Huxford U 40 F
Robyn Hyde 40 - 49 F
Donna Inwood 40 - 49 F
Tony Jackson 40 - 49 M
Zannah Johnston U 40 F
Luke Johnston U 40 M
Victoria Johnston U 40 F
Elaine Joyce 50 - 59 F
Raechel Keepa 40 - 49 F
Hamish Kelland 60 + M
Sarah Kelland U 40 F
Craig Kenny U 40 M
James King U 40 M
Rochelle Kingi 40 - 49 F
Angela Kleehammer 40 - 49 F
Nick Lane U 40 M
Sheree Lavender U 40 F
Darren Lavender 40 - 49 M
Christine Lear 50 - 59 F
Graeme Lear 60 + M
Andrea Livingston 50 - 59 F
Greg Lloyd 40 - 49 M
Ryan Lock U 40 M
Don MacKenzie 40 - 49 M
Lindsay Malpas 60 + M
Dion Matheson 40 - 49 M
Dean McDougall 40 - 49 M
Anna McDougall 40 - 49 F
Brent McKay 40 - 49 M
Peter McKenzie 60 + M
Ryan McMaster U 40 M
Bill McSweeney 50 - 59 M
Bruce Middleton 60 + M
Julie Millar U 40 F
Polly Miller 40 - 49 F
Kate Mitchell 40 - 49 F
Rebecca Moore 40 - 49 F
Margaret Moretti 60 + F
Alex Morrison 40 - 49 M
Simon Mortimer 50 - 59 M
Richard Murphy 40 - 49 M
Nicola Nation 40 - 49 F
Mark Newlands 40 - 49 M
Yolande Oakley 40 - 49 F
Anna O'Brien U 40 F
Jo ONeill 40 - 49 F
Mel Orange 50 - 59 M
Andrew Parkin 40 - 49 M
Philippa Parkin 40 - 49 F
Helena Parsons 40 - 49 F
Mark Pearce 40 - 49 M
Neil Phillips 50 - 59 M
Scottie Phillips U 40 M
Mark Potter 40 - 49 M
Robert Rawles U 40 M
Maree Rawles 50 - 59 F
Susan Rawles U 40 F
Gwenda Reece 50 - 59 F
Maria Rickerby 40 - 49 F
Scott Rose 40 - 49 M
Carl Rowling 50 - 59 M
Andrew Royle 40 - 49 M
Marisa Ruhter U 40 F
Paul Rutledge 50 - 59 M
Charlotte Rutter U 40 F
Natalie Ryder U 40 F
Maree Sandbrook U 40 F
Charlotte Sankey 40 - 49 F
Kay Schrader 60 + F
Chris Short 40 - 49 M
Hamish Sisson 50 - 59 M
Noeline Soper 40 - 49 F
Lizzie Spencer U 40 F
Penny Stark U 40 F
David Steele 40 - 49 M
Chris Stewart 60 + M
Camille Stranks 40 - 49 F
Megan Stratford U 40 F
Richard Stringfellow 50 - 59 M
Graham Sutherland 50 - 59 M
Libby Sutherland U 40 F
Amy Symington 40 - 49 F
Mike Taylor 40 - 49 M
Greg Taylor 50 - 59 M
Sarah Taylor 40 - 49 F
Karina Te Ahuru 40 - 49 F
Blanche Thompson U 40 F
Tina Thorpe U 40 F
Shelley Tietjens 40 - 49 F
Tracy Tischler U 40 F
Anne Toohey 40 - 49 F
Rachel Townrow U 40 F
Maria Voigt 50 - 59 F
Garry Walker U 40 M
Tracey Watters 40 - 49 F
Greg Watters 40 - 49 M
Bron Williams 40 - 49 F
Kevin Willis 50 - 59 M
Sharon Wilson U 40 F
Cynthia Winkworth 40 - 49 F
Jason Wisnowski U 40 M
John Wood 60 + M


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