The event will go ahead regardless of weather. It will only be cancelled if it poses a danger to the competitors.
No refunds will be given in the unlikely event of cancellation or if you withdraw. If the event is cancelled your entry will be transferred to the postponement date or the following years event.
A secure gear drop area will be provided at the race start area on the reserve outside the Pāuanui Surf Life Saving Club. Please provide your own bag and ensure it is securely closed and clearly labelled with your name and phone number. This area will be supervised and we do our best to keep this area secure. The event organisers will take no responsibility for lost gear.
We ask that entrants refrain from using music devices during the pre-race safety briefing. Please demonstrate courtesy to your fellow competitors if you are planning to use a device while you run or walk.
Sorry, no dogs are to accompany you on the course. Pushchairs are not allowed on the 21.1km or 10km distance but you can participate with a pushchair on the 4.5km course.
The Pāuanui First Response Unit will be present at our Start / Finish area. A small first aid kit will be available at our aid stations (4.5km, 9.5km and 16.5km). Please let one of our race marshals know if you require assistance.
We do not have a separate category for runners and walkers, however, runners will be given priority in the line-up at the start line.
If you need to withdraw part-way through the event, please inform a marshal so they can report back to the Race Director. This allows us to account for all competitors.
Yes, of course. However, we ask that you are considerate of other competitors that wish to pass and that you only run two-abreast. Please ensure run in single file when running over the boardwalk at the start of the Tairua River Trail. Marshals will be present to remind all participants of this.
There are plenty of accommodation options in Pāuanui or in nearby Tairua or Whangamatā. Please see links below to local motels. Bookabach or Bachcare are also a great options for booking a house or Airbnb if you are looking for a room. Grand Mercure Puka Park, who are providing our major Spot Prize for the 2025 event, is a fabulous place to stay.Pāuanui
Pauanui Pines Motor Lodge -
Ocean Breeze Resort -
Pauanui Glade Motor Camp -
Grand Mercure Puka Park -

Fantail BnB - Tairua Shores Motel -
Pacific Harbour Villas -
Blue Water Motel -
Paku Lodge Resort Tairua -
Sunlover Retreat - Bed and Breakfast -

Breakers Motel -
Southpacific Motel & Conference -
Pacific Palm Resort -

For Pauanui and surrounding regions
Airbnb -
Bachcare -
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Yes! We have some fantastic spot prizes BUT you must be present at prize giving to receive these. If you are not there to claim your winning spot prize, we will redraw until we have a winner. These will be randomly drawn.
You can transfer your entry to another person should you not be able to participate. This can be done through your Race Roster account. A $2.50 transfer fee will apply to cover administration costs. You can also change your distance that you have originally registered to. This also can be completed through your Race Roster account. If you change to a lesser distance no refund for the difference will be given. If you change to a greater distance you will be required to pay the difference. A $2.50 transfer fee will apply to cover administration costs. The transfer option is only available until Thursday 13th March 11.59am.
Aid stations will have Water and Gu Energy Hydration Mix refill containers. Gu Energy are the official hydration partners for the Pāuanui Half Marathon. Visit them online for the widest variety, best tasting, and most nutrient rich hydration, energy, and recovery products on the market. an effort to cut down on waste, we will not have cups at our aid stations. You will need to carry a cup or hydration pack with you. You can purchase a Pāuanui Half Marathon collapsible cup on our event registration platform or at registration/race bib pick up. Collapsible cups are $5.00. Purchase now at