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Our philosophy here at Nelson Events is to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Our focus is to make sure everyone involved leaves with a smile on their face and a story to tell. We have traditionally operated on a user pays system where we try to make our events sustainable for ‘the long run’. Quality not quantity, and creating a unique experience are words often repeated of our events. Our events are run on some of the most scenic parts of New Zealand and many have historic elements to them – think Captain Cook’s Landing (where Captain Cook touched down), or the Abel Tasman Coastal Classic (one of New Zealand’s top tourist attractions).

We are not out there to give large amounts of prizemoney to only a few individuals, instead, we aim for every one to have the chance to take away some fantastic mementos. Our prize tables are renowned and many people leave with some awesome prizes.

We are passionate about our events and hope you enjoy what we can offer you.

Mission Statement

We are here to challenge ourselves, each other and our participants to positively experience and share in our whanau centric events.

We are passionate about providing safe, supported and enjoyable events. We are proud of what we do, what we offer, where we have come from and where we are headed.


Graeme West


It all began back in 1991 with the Riwaka ½ marathon – now Kaiteriteri Gold.

Then in 1994 the Abel Tasman Coastal Classic made its appearance.

Since then we’ve made the most of the geographical wonderland that we live in at the Top of the South.

Our Trails provide camaraderie in their boutique nature, giving competitors and supporters an awesome experience.

The “WestTeam” and their loyal StriderHand Volunteers all have a running passion which flows onto all that join us at our amazing events in our stunning locations.

Averil West


I’ve been passionate about running for most of my life – started with track at childrens athletics’, then to road which eventually took me off the tar and onto the trails.

I love to see the excitement and satisfaction of individuals as they cross a finish line – be it their first time, their fastest time or for some the sheer relief that it is over (for today anyway).

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