Captain Cook's Landing

Sat, 14/07/2018 Saturday July 15th 2017 SOLD OUT

Good news is we are looking towards a 'brilliant day' in the words of our trusty sea captain Tony Crapper of Beachcomber Vessels.  There is a 'bit of a draft at present but clearing'.  So keep the hydration up, especially if you are travelling across the strait today and we look forward to welcoming you 7.30am tomorrow morning at Beachcomber Pier, Picton Town Wharf.

A safety alert from our regional DOC office
DOC have completed track maintenance work within the last week, however, given the weather over the last few days it is likely there will be a few obstacles on the track.

The track down from Ship Cove is extremely slippery this year so please take care on this final downhill section into Ship Cove.



The course is approximately 26km from Camp Bay to Ship Cove along the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds of 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.  2017 will be 19th 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 to 150 competitors.

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

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

Olivia Bird Nelson 2.15.59 2016
Imogene Scott Nelson 2.19.46 2015
Frances Riley Nelson 2.23.31 2016


Race Records:

(Camp Bay to Ship Cove Direction)

Under 40 Sarwan Chand 1.53.33 2015
40-49 Mike Anthony 2.19.36 2015
50-59 Robin Grant 2.11.45 2015
60+ Murray Laird 2.31.28 2015


Under 40 Olivia Bird 2.15.59 2016
40-49 Claire Sykes 2.25.52 2015
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 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.

That's right - 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.

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

The 2017 event has reached capacity - to find out when entry opens for 2018 sign up for news on the homepage of this website

Entry of $195 (GST inclusive) 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)  $40
Survival Compact First Aid Kit $15

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

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 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.

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

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.
$150 - 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.

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.

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.

Withdrawal of Entry and Refunds
Withdrawals received prior to June 22nd receive a refund of $75. After this date there is no refund of entry fees.
Please note that we do not allow entries to be transferred to other competitors, other events or for future years.


The 2017 event has SOLD OUT

To be kept in the loop for 2018 entry opening make sure you sign up for news on the homepage of this website






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 2017

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                                     $45.00
Premium Lounge                     $45.00  18yrs plus
Child                                      $25.00
Car/Ute/4x4/Trailer up to 5.5    $124.00 each
Additional half Metre                $19.00
Campervan up to 5.5               $142.00
Additional half Metre                $37.00
Motor Bikes                             $39.00
Kayaks & Bikes                        $15.00 each
Pushbikes                               $15.00 each

Off Peak Dates:
01 March – 12 April 17
19 April – 18 December 17

Fares:                        Peak Each Way
Adult                                       $52.00
Premium Lounge                      $45.00  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                             $49.00
Kayaks & Bikes                        $15.00 each
Pushbikes                                $15.00 each
Peak Dates:
01-28 February 17
13-18 April 17

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.


2017 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 Saturday 6th May 2017
Pre Event Emailer #2: sent Saturday 10th June 2017
Pre Event Emailer #3: sent Sunday 18th June 2017
Pre Event Emailer #4: sent Sunday 2nd July 2017
Pre Event Emailer #5: sent Sunday 9th July 2017
Pre Event Emailer #6: sent Friday 14th July 2017


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


Wave 1:  00:00:00 (approx 9.15am)
Wave 2:  00:05:00
Wave 3: 00:10:00
Wave 4: 00:20:00
Wave 5: 00:35:00
Wave 6: 00:40:00
Wave 7: 00:45:00
Wave 8: 01:00:00
Wave 9: 01:05:00
Wave 10: 01:15:00
Wave 11: 01:20:00
Wave 12: 01:25:00
Wave 13: 01:30:00
Wave 14: 01:35:00
Wave 15: 01:40:00
Wave 16: 01:45:00

first_Name last_Name Address_2 CAT Gender WAVE
Steve Aitken Greymouth 50 - 59 M 13
Mel Aitken Greymouth 40 - 49 F 16
Cath Anderson-Carroll Vogeltown 40 - 49 F 9
Ben Bamford Hari Hari U 40 M 14
Frances Barnfield Redwood U 40 F 4
Claire Barry Christchurch U 40 F 6
Sarah Blair Christchurch 50 - 59 F 9
Anna Bolitho Nelson U 40 F 6
Ben Bolitho Nelson U 40 M 13
Andre Bonny Tapawera U 40 M 16
Paul Bowskill Auckland 60 + M 13
Jan-Maree Brown Otaki 50 - 59 F 7
Hannah Brown Lower Hutt U 40 F 10
Douglas Bull Christchurch U 40 M 9
Jai Burrows Christchurch U 40 M 11
Jon Cable Wellington 40 - 49 M 10
Dave Candy Christchurch 50 - 59 M 9
Danny Carmine Christchurch U 40 M 16
Bree Catterall Christchurch U 40 F 3
Michelle Clark Nelson 40 - 49 F 9
Helen Cosgrove Palmerston North 50 - 59 F 7
Paul Coull Christchurch 60 + M 14
Katie Craddock Westport U 40 F 4
Robyn Daly Christchurch 50 - 59 F 12
Peter Daly Christchurch 60 + M 13
Teresa Dann RD 2 40 - 49 F 5
Lee Davidson Lower Hutt 50 - 59 F 3
Helen Davidson Lower Hutt U 40 F 5
Hugh Davidson Wellington 40 - 49 M 14
Julie Davison Porirua 40 - 49 F 2
Greg Delaney Nelson 40 - 49 M 6
Kristen Diederich Waiau U 40 F 9
Rebecca Donaldson Christchurch 40 - 49 F 5
Melanie Dooley Rangiora U 40 F 7
Jonathan Drury Christchurch U 40 M 15
Angelene Dryland Takaka 40 - 49 F 9
Chris Dunell Christchurch U 40 M 15
Sarah Dwen Lower Hutt 40 - 49 F 1
Karen Eden Nelson 40 - 49 F 9
Linda Erasmus St Arnuad 50 - 59 F 9
Lani Evans Wellington U 40 F 8
Janne Falkner Murchison 60 + F 4
Alison Fleming RD 5 50 - 59 F 8
Adam Fleming Christchurch U 40 M 12
Deeane Flewellen Glengarry U 40 F 4
Keryn Ford Christchurch U 40 F 12
Mark Ford Christchurch U 40 M 13
Olivia Goh Tokoroa U 40 F 3
Andy Good Christchurch U 40 M 16
Shanon Grainger Manakau U 40 M 11
Ruth Groom AUSTRALIA 40 - 49 F 3
Vanessa Gundry Nelson 50 - 59 F 4
Ruth Guthrie Takaka U 40 F 1
Brody Halkett Blenheim U 40 M 14
Mike Hamilton-Jenkins Wellington 60 + M 7
Annabel Harris R.D.1 U 40 F 9
Amanda Hodson Christchurch 40 - 49 F 2
Clive Holyoake Nelson 60 + M 14
Ashley Isherwood Papakura U 40 M 8
Daniel Isherwood North Canterbury 40 - 49 M 11
Courtenay Isherwood Nelson 40 - 49 M 14
Annabel Jeaffreson Wanaka 40 - 49 F 14
Kathryn Jennings Nelson U 40 F 8
Alex Jepsen Christchurch U 40 F 12
Garry Keir Christchurch 50 - 59 M 6
Tracey Kelly Eastbourne 50 - 59 F 4
Craig Kenny Woburn U 40 M 14
Kathy Kingsbury Hamilton 40 - 49 F 7
Harriet Kingston Waitara U 40 F 15
Ina Kinski Dunedin U 40 F 6
Justin Knauf Kaikoura 40 - 49 M 13
Andrew Knewstubb Lincoln 40 - 49 M 8
Sheree Lavender Nelson U 40 F 3
Richard Leary Christchurch U 40 M 15
Sam  Leith Motueka U 40 M 15
Philip Macalister   50 - 59 M 6
Scott Macalister RD4 U 40 M 12
Max Mackay Whakatane U 40 M 14
Don Mackenzie Christchurch 40 - 49 M 11
Louise Manvell Puramahoi 40 - 49 F 1
Keith Maslin Karori 60 + M 12
Wendy Matthews Culverden U 40 F 4
Georgina Mccall Tapanui U 40 F 7
Adam Mccall Tapanui U 40 M 7
Gavin McKay USA U 40 M 3
Berne McNaughton Nelson 50 - 59 M 9
Kylie Middlewick Nelson 40 - 49 F 5
Bianca Miller Auckland 40 - 49 F 10
Wilma Minnee Palmerston North 50 - 59 F 13
Martin Minnee Palmerston North 50 - 59 M 13
Margaret Moretti Christchurch 60 + F 4
Zarnia Morrison Christchurch 40 - 49 F 10
Michael Morrissey Kaikoura 60 + M 14
Richard Murphy Taupo 40 - 49 M 15
Petra Nugent Hope 40 - 49 F 2
Samantha Pearson Nelson 40 - 49 F 8
Jane Penno-Chisnall Upper Moutere U 40 F 9
Silvia Philip Christchurch U 40 F 1
Mike Pilgrim Longbush U 40 M 13
Mark Potter Lower Hutt 40 - 49 M 11
Alister Pye Timaru U 40 M 8
Brendan Quirke Lower Hutt 40 - 49 M 16
Elizabeth Riley Murchison 50 - 59 F 2
Willam Risk Levels U 40 M 8
Marlene Robertson RD 2 50 - 59 F 5
Tejada Robinson   40 - 49 F 6
Viv Rounce Nelson 50 - 59 F 11
Andrew Royle Wellington 40 - 49 M 16
Jenny Rutherford Culverden 40 - 49 F 4
Claire Samuel Brooklyn U 40 F 14
Veronika Sander Auckland 40 - 49 F 6
Claudia Schneider Invercargill 60 + F 1
Amanda Scott Christchurch U 40 F 12
Steve Scott Nelson 50 - 59 M 13
Gavin Sendall Nelson 50 - 59 M 8
Mandy Shand Culverden U 40 F 9
Maria Siegruhn Nelson 40 - 49 F 8
Debbie Skilton Devonport 40 - 49 F 11
Cherie Smith Rotorua 40 - 49 F 1
Catherine Smith Hanmer Springs U 40 F 5
Jill Spooner Blenheim 50 - 59 F 8
Penny Stark Stratford U 40 F 10
Fiona Stokes Porirua 40 - 49 F 11
Richard Stringfellow Taupo 50 - 59 M 13
Clare Sunde Christchurch U 40 F 12
Mel Thompson Te Anau U 40 F 4
Phillip Thompson Porirua 40 - 49 M 11
Susan Todd Fernhill 40 - 49 F 6
Hilary Totty Ashburton U 40 F 12
John Totty Ashburton U 40 M 14
Cara Trenberth Christchurch 40 - 49 F 8
Kylie Turner Christchurch U 40 F 3
Charity Tycer Manakau 40 - 49 F 8
Grant Tyrrell Mairehau U 40 M 2
Florence Van dyke Nelson U 40 F 15
Ben Wallbank Nelson U 40 M 15
Nikita Watkins Blenheim U 40 F 15
Coral Weaver RD 2 50 - 59 F 5
Rowan White Nelson U 40 M 11
Emily Wiechern Westport U 40 F 3
John Wood Greymouth 60 + M 10
Iain Wood Christchurch 40 - 49 M 15
Karl Woodhead Wellington 40 - 49 M 15
Timothy Yates AUSTRALIA U 40 M 4
Leeanne Yeoman Christchurch U 40 F 8
Tom Young Nelson 50 - 59 M 10
Tessa Zant Christchurch U 40 F 9


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