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THE EVENT - 9th JULY 2022


9th July 2022

The course is approximately 28km 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 at Ship Cove post run, prizegiving buffet and boat transport included. All transport is from Picton with Beachcomber Cruises.

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 event was established in 1999 to meet the growing demand of runners wanting to experience the renowned Queen Charlotte Track.

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



Leading up to this event we will be sending out ‘pre-event’ emailers, that will give you important information. Watch this space for when you will receive them…


Entry fee for 2022 is $265. Entry includes boat transport to and from Picton, lunch at the finish line and prizegiving dinner.


To enter this event you must be able to complete a road half marathon in less than 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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 email us at [email protected] and we can discuss

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.

Please see Nelson Event Policies for further details.

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


Withdrawals must be received via email to [email protected]

Withdrawals received before 1st May 2022 refunded in full less $50 admin fee.

Withdrawals received before June 9th 2022 refunded $150 of their entry fee.

Withdrawals received from 9th of June 2022, no refund applicable.

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

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

Entries will open Sunday 6th March at 3pm.


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

Check Points

A check point and aid station will be stationed at The Pines Endeavour Inlet 12km into the event.

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.

The Aid station is operated by NBS Strider Hands.  Water will be provided.


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.

Post Run Gear

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.

Prizes and Prizegiving

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

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.

Please note that there is limited seating at the Pavilion, so only those registered competitors and pre-registered supporters (please email us if you wish to be added to the waitlist for any available prize-giving tickets) will be able to attend the evening function.


Please note – This map shows the course in reverse

Please let us know if you have not being receiving our pre-event emailers as these will have important event information in them.


Travel to and from Picton, is 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?

Then check out the Interislander Group rates below (Group rates quoted for Nelson Events 2022)

Booking Reference: GM5605

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

FARES: Peak Each Way (01-28 February 2022 & 14-19 April 2022)
PASSENGERS: Adult $57; Child $28;  Premium Lounge $80 18yrs plus
VEHICLES/EQUIPMENT: Car/Ute/Van/4WD/Trailer up to 5.5mt $146 each (additional half metre $24), Campervan/Motorhome up to 5.5mt $181 (additional half metre $45), Motorcycle $56, Kayaks $15 each, Pushbikes $15 each

FARES: Off Peak Each Way (01 March – 13 April 2022 & 20 April – 15 December 2022)
PASSENGERS: Adult $51; Child $28
VEHICLES/EQUIPMENT: Car/Ute/Van/4WD/Trailer up to 5.5mt $132 each (additional half metre $23), Campervan/Motorhome up to 5.5mt $155 (additional half metre $40), Motorcycle $45, Kayaks $15 each, Pushbikes $15 each

Group Booking conditions and instructions for members are:
Each reservation must be made direct with Interislander – Online at
NOTE: 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.
Prices subject to change with notification.
Fares valid from 01 February through to 15 December 2022.


Captain Cook’s Landing - Race Records - Men (Camp Bay to Ship Cove)
Under 40Robert Rawles1.51.492018
40-49Danny Carmine1.59.282019
50-59Michael Wray2.10.292019
60+Graeme Lear2.18.372018
Captain Cook’s Landing - Race Records - Women (Camp Bay to Ship Cove)
Under 40Olivia Bird2.15.592016
40-49Mel Aitken2.08.502017
50-59Cheryl Leuthart2.30.272015
60+Sue Jones2.52.212016
Captain Cook’s Landing - Race Records - Men (Ship Cove to Camp Bay)
Under 40Kim Hogarth1.54.172009
40-49Graeme Taylor1.55.152011
50-59Michael Morrissey2.03.282003
60+Mike Morrissey2.22.322014
Captain Cook’s Landing - Race Records - Women (Ship Cove to Camp Bay)
Under 40Klaarje van Schie2.12.122013
40-49Carline Macdonald2.05.092004
50-59Lois Reed2.31.202003
60+Yvonne West2.59.362014

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As of the announcement on 23/03 the mandate for event participants to hold a Vaccination Passport has been removed.
But, please note that if the government changes the mandates – then we will have to follow suit.