Event info

Enjoy a great morning out running or walking along gravel roads through majestic pine forest and, if you’re doing the half marathon, a beautiful section of rugged New Zealand west coast beach.

Event date

The Santoft Forest and Beach Half Marathon, 10 & 5km run/walk is scheduled for Saturday, 26 October 2019.

See the race day schedule below for starting times of the different distance options.


Scott’s Ferry, Parewanui Road, Santoft.

All the event options will start on Forestry Road, c/o Forestry Rd and Parewanui Rd. Event parking is available a short walk away at Scott’s Ferry.

To get to the venue, head to Bulls and take Parewanui Road towards the coast, heading to Scott’s Ferry. The event location, registration and parking will be clearly marked.


A public parking space is provided in a field at the far end of Scott’s Ferry. While ample parking is available, we request that you consider the environment and carpool to the event as far as possible.

Race day schedule

8:30amRegistration opensScott’s Ferry
9:20amHalf Marathon Walk race briefingc/o Parewanui
& Forestry Rd
9:30amHalf Marathon Walk start
10:20amHalf Marathon Run race briefing
10:30amHalf Marathon Run start
10:35am10km Walk race briefing
10:45am10km Walk start
10:50am10km Run race briefing
11:00am10km Run start
11:05am5km Run & Walk race briefing
11:15am5km Run & Walk start
1:30pmPrize-givingScott’s Ferry

Course maps

Click on the map below to download a high resolution copy.

The three distance options in the Santoft Forest and Beach Run/Walk start and finish along the same forest track, with each distance traversing a different loop through the forest. Each distance option is made up of a single lap – no multiple laps to make up distance.

The 5km and 10km loops are fully contained within the Santoft Forest roads network, while the Half Marathon option includes a very special event-only loop through the Raumai Range, an area not accessible to the public, as well as an exhilarating stretch along the beach on the way back to the finish.

Aid stations

Aid stations serving water and Hammer Endurolyte Fizz will be available at regular intervals : 3 drink stations along the course for the 21.1km, and 1 drink station about halfway for the 10km. The finish line aid station will have water, Hammer Endurolyte Fizz and fruit.

Race day refreshments

As part of its fundraising efforts, the parents of the South Makirikiri School are preparing delicious lunch packs that can be pre-ordered for delivery on the day – just what you need after a good workout! The image above are indicative of the lunch to be provided. Only 500 lunch packs will be available, so be sure to order yours when you enter online.

There will also be homemade food available to purchase on the day.

A coffee cart offering barista coffees and other refreshments will also be available on site.

Medals and prize-giving

Finishers medals will be awarded to finishers of all the event options in the Santoft Forest and Beach Half Marathon, 10 & 5km. Details to be announced.

  • Prize giving will commence at 1:30pm.
  • Spot prizes will be drawn and presented at prize giving. You have to be present to be eligible for a spot prize.
  • Male and female category winners in each event will be acknowledged in the following age categories:
    • Junior (Under 18)
    • Open (18-39)
    • Veteran (40-49)
    • Master (50-59)
    • Grandmaster (60-69)
    • Great grandmaster (70+)

Schools Challenge

The 10km and 5km event distances include the option to enter (at half price) as part of a school team.

  • School teams can enter in the 5km or 10km races (at half price).
  • School teams need to be made up of 4 or more members.
  • Age categories are Junior 1 (Year 3-5), Junior 2 (Year 6-8), Intermediate (Year 9-10) and Senior (Year 11-13).
  • All members run together. They all run the full event distance (5km or 10km, depending on event entered) at the same time as the main event (so it is NOT a relay-style team run).
  • The results of the 4 fastest finishers in a team are used to determine team winners.

See the Entry Details page for shool team entry fees.

Compulsory/recommended gear

As the majority of the course is run along sheltered forestry roads, a compulsory gear list is not specified. However, participants are reminded that spring conditions can be changeable – please consider the conditions and dress accordingly.