The Future is Equal

Join us as we team up with the Rotorua Marathon to battle poverty

Photo / Alisha Lovrich

This May, the prestigious Rotorua Marathon marks its 55th birthday — and celebrates joining forces with Oxfam NZ to battle poverty and injustice.

On the 4th of May, participants now have the chance to take on the unique 42.2km ‘lap of the lake’ course around Lake Rotorua while fundraising for Oxfam NZ.

If you’re not keen on the full distance, the event caters for runners and walkers of all levels with options for an off-road half marathon (21km) as well as a 10km and 5km fun run.

Oxfam NZ invites everyone to sign up for their chosen distance and fundraise — with proceeds raised helping families across the Pacific overcome the injustices of poverty.

It’s a fantastic chance to take part in an iconic event and change lives at the same time.

The Rotorua Marathon is run on a scenic course like no other. Starting beside the historic Rotorua Museum located in the Government Gardens, it travels through the centre of the city, past famous thermal features including steam vents and mud pools.

It then winds around picturesque Lake Rotorua, through lakeside settlements and returning to the Government Gardens.

The Half Marathon heads through the Redwoods of Whakarewarewa forest and sulphur flats, with these off-road sections adding to the rugged course.

The 10km and 5km fun runs also start and finish in the Government Gardens and run through the unique sulphur flats.

If you’re interested in taking part, head to to enter and select Oxfam NZ when asked the question “I want to make my run count. I’m interested in running / walking to fundraise for charity.”

Have a question? Please contact our helpful Events Team on 0800 600 700.