Like all Albatros Adventure Marathons, the First Light Marathon is designed to be more than just a race. It's also about enjoying time together with family, friends and other running-minded spirits and immersing yourself in a new culture. Spectators welcome!
In order to register for First Light Marathon, you must sign up for one of the tour packages.
Aotearoa New Zealand is a land of many wonders. From dazzling night skies to killer surf to the rich, indigenous Māori culture, come experience all that the country has to offer.
The First Light Marathon is more than just a marathon - it's a journey through Aotearoa New Zealand! The adventurous can get up-close-and-personal with stingrays, catch some waves on a surf lesson, or visit the sacred mountain, Maunga Hikuranga. For those who prefer a more relaxed vacation, renowned beaches and world-class wineries beckon.
All package prices are per person and are based on two people sharing a room. If you are traveling with a companion and book together, you will automatically be put in the same room. If you book separately but would still like to share with a specific person, simply put the name and/or booking number of your companion in the ‘comments’ section of your booking.
If you are a solo traveller, you will be paired with another traveller of same gender. Please note that the Studios at Portside Hotel and all rooms at Captain Cook only offer Queen beds (twin beds not offered) and best suitable for couples and solo travellers in own room.
Any participants that wish to have a room for themselves can pay a single supplement fee in order to obtain a single room.
Located in the city centre of Tairāwhiti Gisborne, this 4-star hotel offers easy access to cafés, cultural attractions, and the inner harbour marina. The rooms are light and elegant, featuring TVs, complementary wi-fi, air conditioning, and amenities such as coffee machines, toiletries, and ironing boards. The hotel also boasts a beautiful tropical pool courtyard and a bistro. At Emerald Hotel you have the choice of staying in a Standard or Executive Suite. When staying at Emerald Hotel daily breakfast is included.
Just 500 meters down the road from Emerald Hotel lies Portside Hotel. Sitting right on the water's edge in the city centre, this 4-star hotel offers stylish and comfortable accommodations. The amenities in the rooms include, among others, complemetary wi-fi, air conditioning, TVs, and kitchen facilities including mini-fridges, microwaves, and dishwashers. The hotel also offers an outdoor lap pool as well as a cardio room where you can get your muscles warmed up in preparation for the race. At Portside Hotel you have the choice of staying in a Studio or a 1 bedroom suite. When staying at Portside Hotel Continetal breakfast is included. Please note that in the Studios only Queen beds are offered and are suitable for couples and solo travellers in own room.
Also in the city centre, this 4-star inn is one of the most sought-after motels in Tairāwhiti Gisborne. They offer comfortable, modern accommodations with great access to both the inner harbour marina and the downtown attractions. Amenities include air conditiong, free wi-fi, fridges, TVs, and outdoor BBQ area, and others. At Pacific Harbour Inn you have the choice of staying in a Studio or a 1 bedroom unit. Continental breakfast is included and brought to your room daily.
Captain Cook Motor Lodge is located 2 minutes walk from the beach and 10-minute walk from Gisborne City Center. It offers ground floor economy rooms and studios. The rooms and studios both feature a private bathroom, tea/coffee making facilities and a fridge. Please note that only Queen beds are offered and are suitable for couples and solo travellers in own room.