Drink and Food Stations will be located throughout the run:
These will be located at:
Lands End/Bossu Roads Intersection 21km
French Farm 34km
Summit/Middle Roads Intersection 41km
Pigeon Bay 48km
Port Levy 61km
Port Levy Spur Car Park 70km
Gebbies Pass 86km
Kennedy’s Bush entrance 96km
Finish Halswell Quarry 101km
We recommend that you have your own electrolyte drinks and water with you.
We will have at the stations, water, R-Line Electrolyte drinks, bananas, coke, lollies and chips. You will be able to refill your carriers with these fluids. We are not providing plastic cups at aid stations, as we can’t have any plastic cups being taken on to the course. We recommend you have a silicon cup which can be purchased from CJM’S Events and numerous retailers throughout New Zealand.
Cut Off times
These cut off times will be adhered too.
Finish cut offs:
101km 19 hours – Average 11.3 minutes per kilometre
53km 16 hours – Average 18.1 minutes per kilometre
15km 14 hours Plenty of time
With the 3975 vertical meters this allows time for competitors to meet the cut off times
Halswell Quarry - Midnight
Support runners will be allowed on the trail from Port Levy Spur to the Finish. This gives runners the opportunity to have a support runner over Mt Herbert. If you are having a support runner we will need their name emailed to us by Sunday 2 January 2022 and a seperate number will be provided for them. If we are not notified of the Support Runner, they will not be able to support you.
All competitors in the 101km and the 53km events are to be 18 years of age or older on race day.
All competitors in the 15km event must be 10 years or older.
Bag Drops will be at the Registration the day before the event by 3:00pm. These can then be sorted and taken to Aid Stations, if you require these specifically for you.
The Drop Bags MUST be sealed and clearly marked with:
Location of Bag to be taken too
E,g: Joe Bloggs, 100km, Number 100, Location Pigeon Bay
If you are dropping off a bag, please make sure this is sealed and nothing is loose and will fall out, as we don’t want anything falling out as we will have a large number of these at Aid Stations.
No paper or plastic bags can be used for bag drops.
If you are putting frozen items in your back drop, please make sure that this is sealed and will not thore out and leak. "Other competitors don't necessarily want to taste your coconut milk etc."
Please note that No Bag drops can not be guaranteed to be at feed stations, if asked to be dropped the morning of the event.
Support teams will be allowed to be at Aid Stations to support competitors and feed them.
bus to the Start
If you require a bus to the start you can purchase this for $40.00
Buses will run from:
Christchurch to Little River, the 101km start leaving at 3:10am
Christchurch to Pigeon Bay, the 53km start leaving at 5:50am
Halswell Quarry to Gebbies Pass, the 15km start leaving at 9:10am - from Halswell Quarry main entrance Kennedys Bush Road
The time table for the bus departure will be finalised the week before the Ultra.
There will be departure from the sponsor Hotel, Central City and Halswell Quarry for the 101km and 53km, while the 15km will depart only from Halswell Quarry.
We recommend that competitors use the bus from Christchurch, especially for the 53km and 101km starts as there is limited parking at the starts. Spectators will not be able to travel from Pigeon Bay to Port Levy Spur via the same route as the runners, therefore not able to see the runners again until Port Levy Spur.
Bus tickets can be purchased online when entering. The buses are only for the runners as the buses wil drop competitors off and leave straight away, the buses aren't for spectators.
Toilet requirements - Poo Bags
What you take int the run you must bring back out, this includes fesses, if a toilet on route is not used. There are porta-loos and toilets in locations throughout the run and a map will be provided closer to the event.
If you need to go to the toilet before you reach one of these, you will need a poo bag (best you calculate how often you believe you will need to go during the event and have sufficient bags). We’d hate to see some of our native birds to be choking on some of your finest or any waterways getting polluted.
With the 101km start, spectators will see their runners disappear along the road. The next best viewing of them will be as the run up the Akaroa Harbour through Wainui, French Farm and Devaullcelles. Then at Pigeon Bay. We do not want vehicles leap frogging along the road with their runners as roads will be open on the day and don’t want excess traffic on these roads.
From Pigeon Bay, spectators won’t be able to travel on the road between Pigeon Bay to Port Levy Spur. Spectators and support people will be able to access Port Levy via Purua Bay. Vehicle won’t be able to go from Port Levy up Western valley Road to Port Levy Spur. Those spectators and support people can access Port Levy Spur from Little River.
At the top of Gebbies Pass spectators and support people will see their competitors although there is very limited car parking and we want to limit the amount of traffic on the Summit Road for the safety of the competitors.
At the Finish “Halswell Quarry” spectators will need to utilise the car parking and road side parking for the event.
As an Ultra Marathoner we know you will be prepared for the event. This means you must have trained and be physically fit enough to complete the event within cut off times. If you have had health issues that you think may restrict you from completing the event within the time frames, we request that you seek medical advice prior to the event.
If you have or have had symptoms of Covid-19 we request that you be tested for this prior to taking part and only taking part if you have a negative result for the Virus.
You will be running on Banks Peninsula for 90% of the event and on a peninsula, weather conditions can change very quickly. Plus, at the summit of some of the climbs the prevailing winds can have a much cooler wind chill factor and be strong in these exposed places.
On the Summit of Mt Herbert competitors will be 991m above sea level, there ore we are asking for compulsory gear and depending on the weather forecasts. December/January in New Zealand the weather can be inconsistent and wet and then again it could be very hot. Compulsory gear may be reduced and all competitors will be advised in the days prior to the event. Please prepare to the full compulsory gear requirements.
Compulsory Gear for all 101km and 53km competitors:
Long sleeve top wool/polypropylene
Thermal Hat (Beanie not Buff)
Waterproof jacket (seam-sealed with hood)
Reflective gear, for front and back, (For those competitors starting/finishing in the dark, 101km especially)
Mobile Phone – charged in a waterproof container with Race Directors number in the phone 027 2267769
The 2 Ultra Marathons are limited to 350 competitors at any time, this is due to our Department of Conservation (DOC) Concession for the event and we encourage you to get your entries in quickly to avoid disappointment.
The 350 is the total number in the 2 Ultra events, we’re not limiting the numbers in each event, as more may want to do the 101km against the 53km or vice versa.
Aotearoa Ultra Marathon is is part of CJM’S Events Ltd group of events. CJM’S Events run a number of Ultra and Half Marathons including South Island Ultra Marathon, South Island Half Marathon, Canterbury Half Marathon and Christchurch Motorway Half Marathon. To check out all of their events, go to www.cjmsevents.co.nz