Taharoa Domain / Kai Iwi Lakes

Sunday 4th October 2020

Sport Northland is delighted to bring you this iconic off-road running event, set in the picturesque Taharoa Domain – better known as Kai Iwi Lakes. Starting at Pine Beach picnic area, the course follows a mostly flat sandstone surface with gentle undulations and spectacular views of the jewel-like fresh water lakes that the area is famous for. There are three different running or walking distances to choose from – half marathon, 14km and 5km. Entrants will receive finisher medals, podium prizes and bragging rights. Participant numbers are strictly limited so don’t delay – enter today.

Pace yourself

…stay a little longer

The Kai Iwi Lakes nestled within the Taharoa Domain, are one of New Zealand’s best holiday spots to stay and play in. Only three hours from Auckland, 35 kilometres from Dargaville. The Lakes sit amongst 538 hectares of premier recreation reserve with white sand, freshwater dune lakes that are renowned for their jewel-like beauty and clear waters.

Perfect for a wonderful camping experience with the choice of two camp grounds located on the lake foreshore, both offering an ideal camping experience for tents, caravans or motorhomes.

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Half Marathon

    • Super early bird pricing – $55.00 (25 entries) SOLD OUT
    • Early bird pricing – $65.00 (25 entries) SOLD OUT
    • Standard pricing – $75.00 (100 entries)

Start Time: 8.00 am


    • Super early bird pricing – $30.00 (25 entries) SOLD OUT
    • Early bird pricing – $35.00 (25 entries) SOLD OUT
    • Standard pricing – $45.00 (50 entries) 


Start Time: 9.30 am


    • Super early bird pricing – $20.00 (25 entries) SOLD OUT
    • Early bird pricing – $25.00 (25 entries) SOLD OUT
    • Standard pricing – $35.00 (50 entries)

Start Time: 9.35 am

Start Times

 To increase safety on the course, start times will be staggered in order of Run, Run/Walk, Walk for each distance.

• 21.1km will start at 8.00 am

• 14km will start at 9.30 am

• 5km will start at 9.35 am

The first category, Runners will start first, with each subsequent category, Run/Walkers, Casual Walkers starting approximately 1 minute apart.


Please read the information below to help ensure that you have an enjoyable event.

IMPORTANT: Taharoa Domain rules and regulations stipulate NO DOGS are permitted at the grounds. Thank you for your understanding.


To increase safety on the course, start times will be staggered in order of Run, Run/Walk, Walk for each distance.

• 21.1km will start at 8.00 am

• 14km will start at 9.30 am

• 5km will start at 9.35 am

The first category, Runners will start first, with each subsequent category Run/Walkers, Casual Walkers following. 


Parking is available at the Pine Beach Campground


There will be an option available for participants to store gear at the start/finish area while out on course. Gear can be left at the registration tent which can be located at the start/finish area. All gear must be clearly labelled with your event number. You will need to present your event number to collect gear. While all reasonable care is taken of gear, Sport Northland is not responsible for any lost or damaged items. Please do not leave valuables.


The Aid Station/Portaloo locations listed below are approximate distances throughout the course. This event is cupless (oncourse); therefore, no cups will be available at any aid stations throughout the entire course. You will need to bring your water bottle, running vest or something that can hold water. The Aid Stations are self-service which means you will need to top up your water. Please be mindful of other people when getting your water at the Aid Stations – Help yourself to water and move on.



Aid station – None on course.

Toilets – Campground toilets at the start/finish and two portaloos based at approx—the 4km mark. 



Aid station – 4km, 8.5km, 11km.

Toilets – 6km, 8.5km, 11km and start/finish


Half Marathon 

Aid station – 4km, 11km, 13km, 16km, 19km.

Toilets – 6km, 11km, 16km 19km and start/finish

Finish Aid Station

Upon finishing everyone will receive Water, R-Line and a scone with Jam and Cream. There will be biodegradable cups upon finisishing. 



  • As we mentioned right from the beginning, this event is cupless (oncourse), which means the aid stations on course will have no cups so please bring a water bottle or something that can hold your water.

Aid Station Etiquette 

  • We will have aid stations spread throughout the course, offering water, r-line, and at selected aid stations, we will have oranges and ready salted chips. 
  • Do not expect the marshal on the drink station to pour your water or hand you oranges etc. If you want something from the aid station, then please help yourself.
  • Respect that people will want access to the aid station so please grab what you need then kindly move out of the way.  



Your race number will need to be collected from the locations below:

Sport Northland Office – 97 Western Hills Drive, Kensington, Whangarei

  • Date & Time: Thursday 1st October 2020 – 8.00am – 5.00pm

Pine Beach Campground, Kai Iwi Lake

  • Date & Time: Saturday 3 October 2020 – 3pm – 5pm

Pine Beach Campground, Kai Iwi Lakes (start/finish area at admin)

  • Date & Time: Sunday 4 October 2020 – 6.30am – 9.30am

Your event number has been supplied with pins; please attach this high on the front of your t-shirt or singlet.


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All 3 distance are electronically timed.


• 75% refund – individuals withdrawing from the 7th of July through to the 31st of July 2020

• 50% refund – individuals withdrawing from the 1st of August through to the 24th of August 2020

• 25% refund – individuals withdrawing from the 25th of August through to the 17th of September 2020

• No Refunds from the 18th of September 2020

Why can’t I get all my money back?

• About 60-70% of costs are incurred (and spent!) well before race week begins. There are staff costs (wages), purchasing capital items (like a start gantry), marketing, accommodation, clothing, medals, timing…. the list goes on.

• The big ‘hidden’ (because you will never see them) costs are associated with health and safety compliance, operational planning, people planning, landowner access etc. These can (and do) add up to hundreds of hours of work.

• We are runners/walkers just like yourself who also enter events and understand from a participant point of view the frustrations of asking for a refund therefor we have done a bit of research and we believe we offer one of the fairest refund policies around.

• For more information on our refunds policy please follow this link here


• The first five men and women finishers from the half marathon will be allocated points which will go towards their series total on the Pak’nSave Leader Board.

• To be eligible for points towards the Leader Board you will need to enter the half marathon. You must start at the half marathon start with the runners.

• For more details on the Pak’nSave Leader Board refer to https://www.sportnorthlandevents.co.nz/leaderboard


St Johns Ambulance will be positioned at the start/finish area and on course (position on course yet to be determined)

Please inform a marshal if you or someone else requires assistance on the course. A tail marshal will follow the event.

  • Place getters are acknowledged at the finish area at approximately 10:30 am
  • There will be a spot prize tent at the finish area from 10:00 am onwards. All participants can go to the spot prize tent to try their luck and see if they have won a spot prize.
  • Check to see if your number is showing on the spot prize board, if it is then you are a winner.
  • Entrants for all events are eligible for spot prizes.

For your safety, the use of iPods/MP3 players are discouraged. Should you choose to use an iPod/MP3 player during the event, please have the volume at a level that ensures you are aware of your surroundings and other participants.


Due to the uneven terrain on this course, no prams are permitted.


Due to Health and Safety planning and the nature of the course, wheeled conveyances (e.g. bikes, rollerblades or skateboards) are not permitted in this event.

Due to Health and Safety planning and the nature of the terrain, this course is unsuitable for anything with wheels or with more than 2 legs. That means no scooters, prams, bikes or wheelchairs, and definitely no dogs!


Safety Regulations

  • Marshals will be wearing high-visibility vests and are there for your safety. Always follow their instructions and those of the event organisers.
  • This is an off-road event. However, some parts are held on public roads. Please obey all traffic laws and regulations.
  • Always treat all roads as open and expect oncoming and overtaking traffic
  • Take extreme care when approaching driveways and side roads – expect vehicles
  • Where there is a lane coned for participants, you are always required to remain within the cones.
  • The off-road section of the course may include steep hills which will be slippery when wet.
  • Take extreme care negotiating the course as there may be potholes, tree roots, stairs, and uneven surfaces.
  • There will be a lead and tail marshal following the first and last participant in each distance. If assistance is required, please stop, and wait for the tail marshal or notify the nearest marshal.
  • All 3 courses are predominantly off-road. Surfaces include but not limited to, clay, loose metal, sand, road, Grass paddock and is narrow in places with exposed tree roots under foot – take extreme care.
  • No animals are permitted to accompany participants during the event under the rules of Kai Iwi lakes.
  • Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
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