First Light Marathon

20 Jan 2024

First Light Marathon 2024: Residents of Aotearoa New Zealand

First Light Marathon 2024: Local Entry
20-20 Jan
1 days
100 NZD

The First Light Marathon & Half marathon takes place in Tairāwhiti Gisborne, which is known for being the first city in the world to see the sun each day. Its spectacular coastline and the steep green hills provide a magical backdrop to this unique race. Runners will herald in the sunrise as they crest the many hills and race along the white sand beach.

If you are looking to enjoy an extended holiday in Tairāwhiti Gisborne it is certainly possible to join the 5-day accommodation package.

Marathon: 175 NZD
Half marathon: 100 NZD



The itinerary is detailed below. This is what you'll be doing during your stay!

20 January 2024Race Day

First Light Marathon

Today's the big day! 

After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will make your way to the start line at Waikan, just a short walk away.  As the first light of day crests the horizon, you'll set off with music and excitement thrumming through your body. 

Both the marathon and half-marathon begin at 06:00. Both races will end at 14:00.

In the evening you can meet other runners at The Wharf Bar & Grill and share your winnings and impressions of today’s run while tasting an icecold beer. The first beer is on us. The Wharf is beautifull located with views of Gisborne Inner Harbour.

Price information

Have a look at package prices below.

Race Entry

Marathon:            NZD 175
Half-Marathon:  NZD 100 


Race entry includes: 

  • Exclusive First Light Marathon T-shirt
  • Medal
  • Experienced medical personnel 
  • Timing and results
  • Finish line refreshments
  • Manned water and supply stations along the route 

Important Info

Questions about the event

For more detals about the race, check out our Race Information


For more information about the course, check out Route & Elevation

Race Package Pickup

The goodie bag can be picked up in the start/finish area at Waikanae Surf Club Friday, 19 January between 6 pm and 8 pm. In case you can’t pick it up on Friday, it’s also possible to pick it up next to the start line Saturday morning from 05.00 am.

Book this package

You will be taken to our booking site where you can complete your booking.