Run the Meridian Hydro Half Marathon

Saturday 3 August 2024

Spectacular backdrops, stunning scenery and a vibe that can’t be beaten – it has to be the Meridian Hydro Half Marathon.

The annual event was created in 2019 by the Fiordland Trails Trust to raise funds to expand the trail network and help maintain the existing Lake2Lake trail. The community-focused event also features a 10km option for those keen on a shorter saunter. A new 2km Kids fun run is kicking off this year!

The course offers riverside and lakeside running, trails through native bush and small sections of road and 4WD tracks – there are also some undulating sections, with a maximum elevation of 240m.

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Next event date: 3rd August 2024
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Need to know

Essential information for your race

Pre Race Info

Held in August, it’s a fantastic opportunity to experience the bracing freshness of a Fiordland winter’s day, when crisp clear days are the norm.

With mighty Mt Titiroa behind you and the World Heritage Fiordland National Park to your left, the scenery will enthral even the seasoned runner or walker. 

Running or walking under the snow-capped mountains, you’ll snake your way through sections of beech forest and alongside the crystal clear Waiau River before finishing up at picture perfect, lakefront Te Anau.

10:00am start at the location of the original Manapouri Hydro Construction Village at Kepler Farm,  you cross the Te Anau-Manapouri Highway and drop into Balloon Loop where you join the Fiordland Trails Trust’s Lake2Lake Trail and head on past Rainbow Reach, Horseshoe Bend and onto Queens Reach.

A relaxed and enjoyable vibe flows through the field as you draw inspiration from the breath-taking scenery.

You then follow the Upper Waiau River before reaching the Lake Te Anau control gates – from here you make your way around the stunning lakefront trail. There’s plenty to take in as you pass Tui Bay and the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary (try to spot a takahe or a kākā) before heading along  to finish at Steamers Beach on the Lakefront. 

Five water stations and six toilet stops can be found along the way. Tailwind will be on course as our event nutrition at water stations along with fruit and lollies 

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Anyone participating in the Meridian Hydro Half Marathon must be at least 16-years-old on race day and attend the race briefing at 9.45am at start line. 

  • The following are not permitted, roller skates, skateboards, prams, strollers, bicycles, tricycles, wheelchairs or pets etc
  • On race day, under no circumstance are you permitted to give your bib to another person. The safety of our athletes is paramount; therefore we need to ensure we have correct details of all our runners on course.
  • If any participant becomes distressed or exhausted the safety director or race director have the right to withdraw that person from the event.
  • Runners and walkers should remain vigilant, obey normal pedestrian rules and respect other trail users at all times.
  • The trail is still open to the public, although is usually quieter in winter. However, runners and walkers should constantly be on alert and follow all directions from the course safety marshals.
  • Runners and walkers must follow the indicated channelling of the cones where necessary.
  • Walkers should walk no more than two abreast, keep single file and to the left on narrower section of the course to allow runners to pass safely.
  • Runners and walkers should be certain that they are fit enough and sufficiently well trained to complete this event. If you are unsure about your general health or fitness consult your family doctor before embarking on a training program. There are many running/walking training programs available on the internet.
  • There is a cut of time of 12:00pm at Queens Reach. 
  • The Race Director may ask to speak to any minors entered to ensure physically and mentally capable


  • Withdrawals up to 01 July 2024 will receive an 80% refund (or defer to 2025 event, and incur a $20 administration fee)
  • Withdrawals from 02 July to noon on 31st July 2024 will receive a 25% refund (or defer to 2025 event, and incur a $20 administration fee)
  • There will be no refunds or deferments after 01 August 2024
  • Athletes who have deferred into this event from a previous year or entered through the use of a complimentary entry are not eligible for athlete withdrawal refunds.
  • Any request for a refund or deferments must be made via booking system here and fee paid. A follow up email may come from


 Entry Transfer

  • Transfer of a registration to another person is only available up to 01 August 2024, and will incur a $20 administration fee.
  • Any request for a transfer must be made via booking system here and fee paid. A follow up email may come from


 Cancellation policy

  • In the event of cancellation of the race due to any adversity, be it weather, flooding or any other force majeure, including restrictions due to Covid 19, the organising committee reserves the right to decide whether to defer entries to the 2025 event (after which point there would be no refunds), and/or to make arrangements for entrants to request an 80% This will be communicated to all participants via email.

A list of participants will be updated here on 1st July & 1st Aug

Daniel Ellis
Neil Sutherland
Oscar Patterson
Oliver McKenzie
Kyle Dawson
Campbell Hills
Fred Fraser
Emma Stevenson
sagar khemani
Josh Boyd
Jeremy Beck
Haylea Rodgers
Hayley Holmes
Emma Crichton
Pete Wilkinson
Anton Dickens
Brendan Lopez
Cain Duncan
James Benstead
Shaun Rennie
Aleigha Butcher Bell
Hamish Cochrane
Jane Pairman
Jason Hall
Lars Wyatt
Rory Costello
Ceri Aldiss
Stef White
Russell Mackay
Hayden Mckenzie
Daniel Simmons
Pippa Windsor
Simon Windsor
Awhina Russell
Matt Eather
Becky Clements
Regan Pearce
Richard Brockwell
aleks hyland
Georgia Blount
Blair Devlin
Jamie Cooper
Calum Brown
Ben Ross
Kate Severn
Oska Mills
Hayden Knight
Jayden Heaps
Chris Baines
shane gilder
Claire Smith
Ellie Dowling
kristen Finnerty
Jayde Kruger
Zachariah Mirfin
Rebecca Shirley
Rosa Niewiara
Roxanna Zamani
Daniel Hayes
Nigel Lines
Jason Loft
Cam Nelson
Larry Mitchell
Bridey Flynn
Stephanie Braaksma
Daniel Terry
Becky Nixon
Philip White
Dermot Murphy
Anna Frampton
Rosie Windsor
Matthew Moore
Tom Williams
Emma Johnston
Branko Cvjetan
Elizabeth Nguyen
Jay van den Arend
Andy Willmott
Greg Gamble
Gaven Burgess
Alan Little
Tessa Honeyfield
David Lamercerie
Blair McKenzie
James Pemberton
Wendy Hawkes
Jono Duffy
Vinnie Yeo
Mary Affleck
Jonathan Batchelor
Legy Anne Puyat
Jacob Priergaard-Petersen
Andrew McWilliam
Sara McWilliam
Kirsty Moran
Kent Lines
Anton Simpson
Sarah McIntosh
Jay Templer
Niall Coombes
Sara Litchfield
Dannika Collins
Freya Eddy
Eammon Conaghan
Moira Finn
Michelle Blanchard
Sophie Tunnicliffe
Ross Gatenby
Jason Mosdell
Fraser Squires
Jennie Hodges
Blake Tait-Jones
Belinda Todd
Kelsey Schroder
Hamish Cooper
Josefine Taube
Lawrence Taylor
Nienke Jansen
Campbell Squires
Josh Haywood
Fiona Hamilton
Erin Stagg
Stephen Clements
Gabbie Ernst
Poppy Stowell
Andrea LeBreton
Phoebe Omeara
Heidi Bendikson
Dayle Kirby
Karen Page
April-lily Sule
Grant Tremain
Lee Farley
Jason McKenzie
Briar McKenzie
Shayna McArley
Tayla Sklenars
Shenay Reardon
Stephen Poole
Mariet Torr
Liz Sharp
Cameron Higgins
Ellie Keown
Sophie Trembath
Connor D’Arcy
Myra Teeuwissen
Samantha Flaws
Alisa Speight
Josie Taylor
Conor Bishop
Tania Walker
Kris Harrison
Tara Hopwood
Tara Roberts
Fleur Douglas
Andy Yule
Jo Hicks-Beach
Debbie Ballantyne
Anna-Louise Coaching
Elizabeth Glen
Georgia Gray
Jill Sklenars
Ann-Maree Reed
Amy Kubrycht
Simon Budd
Kerri Maclennan
Tony Wilson
Marie Ford
Sigrid Bishop
Stuart Cooke
Roger Brown
Frank de Jong
Paula Cunquero
Steve Henderson
Kelly Hunter
Mark Hunter
Kat Scharlott
David Andrews
Katie Harris
Sylvia Bell
Shelley Alexander
Kate McKenzie
Holly Kempthorne
Kirsty Quertier
Ruth Bellew
Kaitlyn Hamilton
Bonny Lawrence
Val Cleverley
Caroline Raynes
Chloe van der Burg
Hayden Slee
Kate Slee
Blair Falconer
Katy Macpherson
Kerstie Twiname
Sandy McKay
Andrew Voss
Kathy Voss
Hilary Strang
Caroline Holland
Stephen Clayton
Terri Clayton
Connor Read
Nigel Lines
Murray Bennett
Courtney Hansen
Les Cooper
Kristie Williams
Nichollette Brown
Paul Sullivan
Shaun Hedley
Mary-Anne Lindsay
Gemma Tomsett
Nigel Finnerty
Alana Kennedy
Aliesha Ngahiwi
Jane Douglas
Caitlyn Bell
brett horwell
Stephen Mclachlan
Tracy Pasco
Mackenzie Neely
Jody Clements
Sophie Noone
Kylie Brown
Katie Wilmshurst
Lauren Giles
Katrina McLeod
Lynette Child
Toni Evans
Jordon Traill
George Gericke
Kirsten Baxter
Tracy Henderson
Madi Gainsford
Kate McKenzie
natalie Tanner
Caycee Cormack
Michaela Blacklock
Megan Bogisch
Kate Cross
Alan Rolton
Maree Abernethy
Rachel Irwin
Anne Russell
Jennifer Hayes
Leanne Tangney
Raewyn King
Sharlene Ballie
Shirley Kennelly
Charlotte Derosa
Nina Abbott
Kathy Wilson
Nicola Cooper
Vickie Heaps
Tracey Braven
Jo-Anne Perkin
Wendy Paterson
Yvonne Smith
Leanne Sutherland
David Glen
Alison Walker
Lisa Cooke
Derrith Bartley
Madeline Vaughan
Sam Robertson
Lesley Paterson
Renee Cubitt
Ella Kincaid
Darylann Sim
Francisco Fioriti
Cristina Saldivar
Louise Hitchcock
Wanetta Davidson
Chloe Hills

Race Info

Important Dates

  • 29th Feb– 1st July -$110,  – includes personalized bib
  • 2nd July – 31st July – Late entries  $120 – non personalized bib
  • 1st August entries close 9am (if you have missed the cutoff please email the events team to see if a spot has become available)


Safety pins will be provided for the bibs. Do not give your bib to anyone else. Any issues with bibs please see the team at registration desk

Athletes have two options to collect their bibs in town

  • Friday night at Outside Sports in town 5pm – 8pm  -Outside Sports also offer 30% off instore on 1 item of clothing during this time with race bib
  • Saturday at the Meridian Marquee at Steamers Beach 8am – 9.00am

Start line

Race Starts 10am Must attend safety briefing at 9.50am

Once at the start line please follow the directions of the Race Director.

There will be a drop trailer available to leave personal items/coats – please provide your own bag and ideally label it with your name. These will be transported to the finish line to collect there. No valuables please.

This is a zero waste (cup free) event so we ask you bring your own water, or container. Suitable SpeedCups or collapsible cups are available from most sport shops in New Zealand.


You are welcome to walk this event, please ensure you start at the back of the start line. No prams are allowed

There is a cutoff time of 12pm at Queens Reach (halfway point)


Competitors  will have a choice of recovery foods to choose from and receive a BBQ token once they cross the finish line to get a pattie from our event BBQ (there will also be Vegan/GF options available)

Spectators & competitors will also have the chance to buy coffee, and BBQ food at the finish line.

Finish Line photos

These will be uploaded to our Facebook page after the event.  If you would like to have a copy, then please message us.


Facebook and insta


We absolutely love seeing your photos!  Please feel free to tag us in them! We will be using #hydrohalf and #fiordlandtrails

Photo Boards

We will have a range of photo boards around at the start and finish line. We will also have some finishers photo boards down at the lakefront to capture some after photos with your medals.

2km Fun Run

Thanks to GWD Motor Group we have a new event this year!
  • 11.30am start ( main events start at 10am)
  • For kids 12 and under
  • Starting at the finish line for the main events and running or walking along towards the township, this is an out and back track. ➡️Prize giving will be once all kids have crossed the finish line.
  • FREE sausage and finishers medal for all entries!
  • Parents/ caregivers welcome to run alongside – recommended for children 5 and under
  • Spot Prizes

Transport from the check in to the start at Kepler Farm is available at $20pp Book your transport via the  registration link.

For those that have booked the bus transport, bus stickers will be pre placed on your bib, If not please make your way on Saturday to the start line at Kepler Farms  9.45am safety briefing. Signage will be out.

Bus Departure

Bus Departure times will be advised at your registration, leaving from Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday park & Motels  (early bus to leave approx 9.15am)

We highly suggest you take our bus transport option.


You can also choose to find your own way to Kepler Farm. There will be parking for spectators and athletes here although we request all vehicles are removed before 5pm on race day as this is a private farm and the gates will be locked at 5pm.

Parking at the finish line can be found around the DOC visitor Centre, Ivon Wilson Parking area and along the roadside. 

No dogs allowed on Kepler Farm (not even left in vehicles) 

Although you can watch the athletes at the start at Kepler Farm, there will be a short delay exiting the car park as the athletes need to leave the area before the cars are allowed to depart along the road.

The best opportunity is at the 6km point at Rainbow Reach where there is adequate parking. There is also parking at the Kepler Track carpark.

Although there is some parking at Queens Reach, there is likely to be a wait to exit this area so it is not advised to view here by car.

Spectators & competitors will also have the chance to buy coffee, and BBQ food at the finish line.

The 2024 Meridian Hydro Half Marathon is featuring the latest in real-time race tracking by providing Live Results via our partner SportSplits (MSA) – tracker.

Features Include:

Live Web Tracker – See times and current pace within seconds of a participant crossing each split point. Estimated times will be provided based on current pace.

Live Leaderboard – See who is winning via the Live Leaderboard. Top runners in each category will be displayed in real-time as they lead the way through the course.

Live Map Tracking – Participant locations will be plotted on the Interactive Course Map as progress is made on course. The position of each participant is estimated based on the most recent timing received from the bib read. NOTE: Participants do not need to carry their phones for this feature to work.

Text2Follow – Follow participants in real-time via text notifications to your mobile phone.

Mobile App – Features include Live Participant Tracking, Push Notifications, Leaderboards, Map Tracking, Event Messages, Event Info and more!

PLEASE NOTE: Times posted during the event are Unofficial. Official results are posted upon completion of the event.

 GWD 2km Kids Fun Run – Kids 12 and under can enjoy a quick run around the lakefront, family and friends are welcome to join in. All kids entered get a GWD medal and BBQ sausage 

Post Race Info

A medal will be awarded to every athlete to cross the finish line. But don’t forget prizegiving will be at the Meridian Marquee, at the finish line, 2pm.

1st Male $300 & 1st Female $300 & 1st Non Binary $300
2nd Male $200 & 2nd Female $200 & 1st Non Binary $200
3rd Male $100 & 3rd Female $100 & 1st Non Binary $100


*We understand that gender identity can be a private concept for some. If you choose to participate in the gender-diverse category and succeed in placing in 1st, 2nd or 3rd, the following options are available to you:
a. Receive your award on the podium as per the winners from other categories.
b. Have your award sent to you privately

We have some very generous supporters of the event who normally donate a large number of spot prizes.
There will be a pre drawn list of spot prizes, it is up to the competitors to check at the Meridian Tent if their bib number has won a prize . There will also be spot prizes drawn at prize giving randomly.



Post-race images will be available to view from a link on this website.

Click here to view the 2023 event video

Click here to view the 2021 event video

Click here to view the 2020 event video

Click here to view the 2019 event video

Well done to all participants!

Click here to view 2023 event results

Click here to view 2022 event results

Click here to view 2021 event results

Click here to view 2020 event results

Click here to view 2019 event results