About the Mizuno Waterfront Half Marathon

A unique event unlike anything you have ever experienced before, this is the Waterfront Half Marathon.

Welcome to the 2022 Waterfront Half Marathon. This is the half marathon that Auckland runners and walkers have been waiting for and five thousand athletes are expected to toe the line on stunning Tamaki Drive in April. Flat, fast, traffic free and spectacularly scenic, the  Waterfront Half Marathon falls beautifully at the end of a summer of fitness in the City of Sails, making it the Grand Finale of the Shoe Science Auckland Half Marathon Series.

The event base is Selwyn Domain, right in the heart of Mission Bay. The race starts on Tamaki Drive, heading first to Mechanics Bay with the city skyline as a sighter before heading back along the stunning waterfront ribbon towards St Heliers. Finishers will feel the spray from the iconic Mission Bay fountain as they cross the line, earning themselves a beautiful commemorative finisher medal and … probably … a new PB. And if you’re not quite up to the half marathon just yet, there’s still the 10K Classic, 5K Fun Run & Walk or 2K Kids’ Dash to aim for. Yep, you guys get a medal too!

On Course Entertainment
We know it, running a half marathon is tough! That’s why we’ve lined up awesome entertainment and giant inflatable arches for every single kilometre of the route. Whilst you’re enjoying the taiko drums, cover bands and DJs, your legs have forgotten how tired they were!

Live Timing
The Waterfront Half Marathon features one of the most advanced timing operations in the world. Athletes are tracked in real-time for every single kilometre of their journey, providing friends and family – at the venue and following along at home – with unique insight into their athlete’s progress. Mates can’t be there? Get them to follow your progress on the online splits and leaderboards and cheer you on to the finish!

Spectator Friendly
The Waterfront Half Marathon aims to be the most spectator friendly event in the country. Those taking on the 21K will pass the race site three times on their way to the finish line, so there’s no shortage of opportunities for cheers and encouragement. Meanwhile, whilst you are on the road, they can enjoy Mission Bay’s cafes, beach and play area without missing any of the action.


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Entry Fees


For all postponement, cancellation and pandemic information, please see the [INFO] section below PRIOR to registering.

Half Marathon


10km Classic


5km Fun Run & Walk


2km Kids' Dash


Race Information

A comprehensive guide to the Waterfront Half Marathon.

Race Guide

The Race Guide is a comprehensive quick-reference toolkit – in PDF format – for all your most important race weekend questions. Download and store on your smart device – or go old school and print it out. Don’t miss it!


Pandemic Information


Following the latest updates to the Covid Protection Framework, we are delighted to announce that the 2022 Waterfront Half Marathon will take place without pandemic restrictions of any sort on April 10th, 2022. No wave starts, no “virtual” awards, no vax pass. Instead, we look forward to bringing you our full race production with only minimal changes.
Important! Half marathoners note the earlier start time from previous years (7am) and a modified course which does not take in the full length of the causeway (to Mechanics Bay). Check out the updated course map below.

Race Day: Sunday, 10 April 2022

Race Day
10 April 2022

Start Times

Half Marathon Start – 7:00am
10k Classic Start – 9:00am
5K Fun Run Start – 9:30am
Kids Dash Start – 10am

Important Dates

Date Details
23 Jan 2022 Super earlybird entry rates expire.
13 Feb 2022 Earlybird entry rates expire.
13 Mar 2022 Last chance to claim free delivery of your race number.
03 Apr 2022 Family entry packages expire.
04 Apr 2022 Race Week entry rates apply.
09 Apr 2022 3-5pm: Pre-race registration at the event venue.
10 Apr 2022 Race Day!

Race Day Schedule

Time Details
5:30am Race venue opens
6:45am Half Marathon: Warm up at the main stage
6:50am Half Marathon: Move into start chute. Look for your appropriate pace time entry point
6:55am Half Marathon: Safety briefing in the start chute
7:00am RACE START Half Marathon (Runners & Hybrids)
7:03am RACE START Half Marathon (Competitive Walk)
8:45am 10k Classic: Warm up at the main stage
8:50am 10k Classic: Move into the start chute
8:57am 10k Classic: Safety briefing in the start chute
9:00am RACE START 10k Classic (Runners & Hybrids)
9:03am RACE START 10k Classic (Competitive Walk)
9:15am 5k Fun Run & Walk: Safety briefing and warm up at the main stage
9:30am RACE START 5k Fun Run & Walk
9:45am 2k Kids’ Dash: Safety briefing at the start line
10:00am RACE START 2k Kids’ Dash
10:30am Awards Ceremony and spot prizes at the main stage
11:15am (approx.) Event close

Start Line Congestion

Start lines will stay open for up to 15 minutes (up to 5 minutes for 5K and kids dash) after the official start time to allow those who want to keep their distance from others. Your official time will not start until your cross the timing mats. Time limits and course management (ie. road closures, marshals, etc) adhere to the original start time.

Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser will be readily available at the refueling station, registration, gear drop and waste stations areas. Please help yourself as often as needed.

Important!  Please do not attend if you:

  • are unwell
  • are a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  • are waiting for a test result for COVID-19
  • are self-isolating.

Continue to practice good hygiene. This means:

  • Keeping 2 metres away from people you don’t know
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or coughing/sneezing into your elbow
  • Disposing of used tissues appropriately in a bin
  • Using the hand sanitiser located around the event site:
    • before eating or handling food
    • after using the toilet
    • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
    • after touching public surfaces

Everyone who registered at least five weeks prior to the event – by midnight on March 6th – will have their race number sent out to them. If you registered with an Auckland Half Marathon Series (AHMS) Pass, you will have received race numbers for all five events in the series – plus your free hoodie – by courier. For those entering just the Omaha event, your personalised race number will have arrived through the mail.

Keep your race number safe! Your race number includes your integrated, disposable timing tag on the back. Because of this, replacement bibs cost $10 – so don’t lose yours!

I Don’t Have My Race Number Yet!
If you registered after March 6th, you will need to collect your race number from the Registration tent at the race venue on race weekend. There are two opportunities to do this:

  • Pre-race registration runs from 4pm – 5pm at the race venue on the day prior to the event (Saturday)
  • Race-day registration opens at 6:00am. We advise those who still have to collect their race number to allow a little bit more time on race morning.

The Registration Tent is easy to find once you get the event venue. Just look for the green marquee with “REGISTRATION” written on it!

Important! Remember to bring your e-ticket. It makes things so much quicker on race day. A link to your e-ticket was sent to you by email when you registered.

Race Number

It is a requirement of your participation in the event that you wear your race number on the front of your shirt at all times whilst taking part. Your number should be secured to your shirt by a safety pin in each corner (if you don’t have any, come to the Registration desk on race morning). Your electronic timing tag is attached to the back of your race number so be careful not to crease, crush or puncture it.

Pimp Your Bib!
When you register, you will have the opportunity to select a nickname to print on your race number. Feel free to be creative – but please keep it clean folks! If you don’t select a nickname, your first name will be printed instead. If you prefer to fly under the radar – or you want to get creative with a sharpie – just put a full stop in the nickname field and we will leave it blank.

Important! Race numbers are printed in two batches. The first batch is sent to print approximately 5 weeks prior to the event and will include everyone registered in the event at that time. The second batch is sent to print 3-4 days before the event and includes everyone registered up to that time. Note that once your race number has been printed, it is no longer possible to change the printing. If you transfer your entry to another person and your race number has already been printed, your name will still appear on there.

Important! Please don’t lose your race number. Replacement numbers are $10.

Bib Collection Times

If your number wasn’t posted out to you, you will need to collect this from the Registration Tent during race weekend.  There are two opportunities to do this:

  • Saturday 10th April – 4-5pm
  • Sunday RACE DAY – any time from 6am

Please remember to bring along your eticket to show the team (on your phone is fine) and it helps us to find your number quicker.

Timing Tag

When you receive your race number, your electronic timing tag will be attached to the back. We are using disposable stick-on timing tags this year. We are sure you will appreciate the convenience of not having to attach a plastic tag to your shoes and then return it at the finish. All you have to remember is to secure your race number to the front of your shirt and you’re all set. Try to avoid holding your arm in front of the number as you cross the finish line (e.g. to turn off your watch) as this can sometimes affect the tag reading. Just wait until a few steps after the timing mat.

Important! There is no need to return your timing tag.

Important! Keep your race number with you when you finish as we will use it to register you in the prize draw for the Awards Ceremony – see below.

Finisher Medal

Everyone who finishes the Waterfront Half Marathon – irrespective of distance – will receive a stunning and exclusive commemorative Finisher Medal. The design for the 2021 medal will be revealed here closer to the event. You can see the 2020 medal below – everyone loved it!


The revTab is a self-adhesive plate which is delivered direct to your home approximately three weeks after your event with your name, distance and time engraved on it. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate and immortalise your achievement. Where possible, our finisher medals have a recess on the back to fit your revTab insert.

revTabs are available for the following events:
– Tauranga Marathon
– Devonport Half Marathon
– Omaha Half Marathon
– Coatesville Half Marathon
– Maraetai Half Marathon
– Waterfront Half Marathon
– Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam (will include all five of your half marathon finishing times in the series)
– Run Orewa
– Run The Point
– Run Devonport
– Run Albany

You can purchase a revTab when registering for your event. For individual events, they are $17.50 and for the Auckland Half Marathon Series Grand Slam, they are $19. The price includes delivery to your door approx. 2-3 weeks after the event. If you didn’t order one when you registered – but would like to do so now – you can do it via my.runningevents.co.nz up until race day. Just click on the LOGIN button at the top of the web site and follow the prompts from there.

Road Closures

Running Events, organisers of the Waterfront Half Marathon, are indebted to Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Orakei Local Board and the residents and businesses of the beautiful eastern bays for their support for our event.

Tamaki Drive: Mechanics Bay to Ngapipi Rd

A contra-flow system will be in operation on the causeway section of Tamaki Drive – from Mechanics Bay to Ngapipi Rd – from 5am until 9am. During this time, vehicular traffic heading east and west will share the two lanes on the landward side of the road. The two lanes on the seaward side of the road will be reserved for runners. Drivers are encouraged to slow down and proceed with caution through the causeway section of Tamaki Drive during the event.

Tamaki Drive: Ngapipi Rd to Maheke St

In order for the event to take place safely, a full road closure of Tamaki Drive between Ngapipi Rd and Long Drive will be in place from 4am – 11.30am on race day. During this time – other than race and emergency services vehicles – absolutely no vehicles will be permitted access within the road closure. Cyclists – this means you too. Limited, single-file access to Orakei Marina and Kohimarama Yacht Club may be provided at the organiser’s sole discretion. Please check with the commodore for details.

Event Shuttle Bus



Coaches will operate to/from Auckland City and to/from the North Shore (stopping at Albany and Smales Farm) for those who have PRE-PURCHASED a bus ticket. The early bus will arrive at the race site in plenty of time for the Half Marathon start and the later bus will cater for all other events. It’s important to register for the event and secure your bus tickets as early as possible as buses may fill closer to the event and additional services may not be possible.

A return bus service will operate to return you to your pick up point. All buses will depart Mission Bay as soon as possible after the conclusion of the Awards Ceremony (approximately 11:30am).

Important! Please check the bus information below for pickup locations and times and to make sure your name is on the list for the correct bus.



CITY LATE BUS (10K, 5K & 2K)


NORTH SHORE BUS (All distances)

Spot Prizes & Merit Awards

The event will conclude with an Awards Ceremony where we will acknowledge some of the excellent performances on the day, as well as giving away thousands of dollars of spot prizes from our sponsors. The ceremony will take place on the main stage at the venue. See the Race Day Schedule for times.

Spot Prizes

We have many wonderful spot prizes to give away including vouchers for Mizuno shoe vouchers and the Garmin  GPS sports watches. The grand prize is a big screen TV. Remember – you must be present at the prize giving to claim your prize. Only those who scan their timing tags at the spot prize timing point will be eligible to win a prize. The prize draw timing point will be activated approximately 15-20 minutes before the ceremony – listen out for announcements. All you have to do is walk across the timing mat with your race number and you will be registered in the draw. Easy as!

Important! In the event of inclement weather, we may elect to cancel the Awards Ceremony. Listen out for announcements on the PA or check out our Facebook page. If this does happen, all prize winners will be announced on our Facebook page and prizes will be couriered out to them.

Merit Awards

Beautiful glass trophies will be awarded to:

  • Top 3 men and women overall in the following events …
    • Half Marathon Run,
    • Half Marathon Competitive Walk,
    • 10K Classic Run,
    • 10K Classic Competitive Walk
    • 5K Fun Run & Walk
  • Top 3 boys and girls in the 2K Dash for …
    • Ages 7 & Under
    • Ages 8 & Over

As this event is also the culmination of the eight-month long Mizuno Auckland Half Marathon Series, we will present awards to our series champions.

  • Top 3 men and women overall in …
    • Half Marathon Run Series,
    • Half Marathon Competitive Walk Series,
    • Classic Run Series,
    • Classic Competitive Walk Series
  • Age group champions in the Half Marathon Run Series
  • Age group champions in the Classic Run Series


IMPORTANT!!  In line with social distancing recommendations, we will not have pacers for the 2020/21 season sorry.

Thanks to the good guys at Metro Run and the Auckland YMCA club, we will have pacers available to help you reach you race goals. Our pacers will be wearing a black Run More tshirt or singlet and a hydration pack with their target time flag attached. Look out for the coloured flags during the pre-race safety briefing or at the finish line. When you find them – stick to them like glue! Right to the finish line!

Target Time Colour
1’30” White
1’40” Green
1’50” Blue
2’00” Red
2’10” Yellow
2’20” Orange (subject to availability)

Information For Walkers

Running Events, organisers of the Waterfront Half Marathon welcome walkers in all of our events, irrespective of the distance. Walkers routinely make up around 15-20% of the total field. We take the needs of our walkers seriously and have made changes to how our events operate to allow walkers to be appropriately recognised and accommodated. The notes here will help you, as a walker, to get the most from the event and help familiarise you with our setup for walkers.

Important! In the spirit of fair competition, we ask that all competitors adhere strictly to the rules. Competitive Walkers must not run or jog at any time during the event and must maintain contact with the ground at all times.

Hybrid Walk/Run or Competitive Walk?
When registering for a race distance which includes a competitive walk prize, you will be prompted to identify yourself as Runner, Hybrid Run/Walk or Competitive Walker. If you plan to walk most of the way but want to have the option to jog or run at any point, you should select the hybrid option. If you intend to walk throughout the event and want to measure yourself against other walkers, you should choose the Competitive Walk option.

Important! Hybrid run/walk competitors should start on the same start horn as the runners. For the 21K and 10K distances, Competitive Walk participants should start on the dedicated walkers start which will be three minutes after the main field.

Are There Prizes?
Please see the Merit Awards section for details of prizes. To be eligible for awards, walkers must enter in the Competitive Walk category, start on the Competitive Walk start signal and must only walk during the event.

How Is the Walking Competition Judged?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide walking judges for our events. Therefore, we rely upon the integrity of those taking part to adhere to the rules of the walking competition and not run or jog at any time. In our experience over the years, we have found that the most common error in the walking competition is where people register as a competitive walker but decide to run on race day. We have worked around this issue by having a dedicated race start for walkers wherever there are Competitive Walk merit prizes at stake.

Important! We do not make judgement calls on disqualifications based on reports from other competitors. Unless advised otherwise by the competitor in question, we trust the integrity of our competitive walkers. In all cases, the Race Director’s decision shall be final.

Cut-Off Times

The official cut-off times are:
3.5 hrs for the Half-Marathon
1.5 hrs for the 10km Classic
1 hr for the 5km Fun Run & Walk

Marshals, aid stations, traffic management, signage, etc. – may all be removed from the course on a schedule equal to the course cut off pace. If you are unable to maintain the course cut off pace, you must be ready to stop participating and make your way back to the finish area. At your option, you may elect to continue and complete the course at your own volition. This means you must carry sufficient water and nutrition for your needs, be able to direct yourself around the course and observe and care for your own safety. Where the event has been taking place on closed roads, you must move onto the footpath – where one exists – or to the side of the road and continue as a pedestrian.

Running Events want to encourage all of our participants to make it to the finish line – no matter how long it takes. The above conditions notwithstanding, we are normally at the race site conducting the awards ceremony or packing up the site for at least an hour after the official close off. Provided you make yourself known to us when you finish – and confirm that you followed the correct course – we will be delighted to record your finish time in the official results and present you with your finisher medal.

Event Safety

It is compulsory for all participants to attend, listen to and heed the advice of the safety briefing. Above all else, however, please understand that no roads are closed during the event. You have sole responsibility for your own safety. Do not leave any pavement, cross any road, pass any driveway unless you deem it is safe for you to do so.

Read the health and safety plan on the event web site which covers your behaviour and spectators who accompany you to the event. Please remind your own spectators that they should not attempt to accompany you in vehicles, bikes or otherwise. They must follow the normal rules of the road to reach vantage points.

Important! A copy of the 2020 Health & Safety plan is available from Running Events on request.

Course Safety

Even though we are operating inside a full road closure for this event, we cannot guarantee the field of play will be free of all vehicles. Vehicles such as emergency services or our own service or lead vehicles may also be present on the course.

Competitors are reminded to keep on the right side of the centre line cones at all times throughout the event. Crossing to the left side of the road means you are cutting the official course and will be disqualified if spotted.

Important! The section of Tamaki Drive from Ngapipi Rd to Mechanics Bay and back (km 3 to km 7) is not closed to traffic. Runners will have the use of both lanes on the seaward side of the road – one to head towards the city and one for the return. Again, you must take note of the cones placed down the centre of the running lanes and keep to the right of these at all times.

Please remember the golden rule … Always give way to vehicles. No matter who has right of way, vehicles always win.

Course & Venue Maps

Know where you’re going … then train to get there. Maps for all race distances and the event venue.

Half Marathon

The big kahuna! 21.1 kilometres of waterfront magic, the half marathon course is two laps of stunning Tamaki Drive – all the way from St Heliers to Ngapipi Road. LAP ONE: includes a short additional out-and-back section near on the new board walk near Ngapipi Road to make up an additional 1.1km. LAP TWO: is an exact copy of the 10k course.

Half Marathon Course Map

10K Classic

Flat, fast and full of action, the 10K course takes you on a single lap littered with entertainment, high fives and good vibes! Mission Bay, Kelly Tarlton’s, Okaku Bay, Kohimarama and St Heliers … it’s got the lot!

Half Marathon Course Map

5K Fun Run & Walk

Just right for the whole family! Feel the excitement of starting under the big arch in Mission Bay. After a quick 500 metres towards the city, turn and head to St Heliers and back. Easy As! Scenic As! Awesome As!

Half Marathon Course Map

2km Kids’ Dash

Kids, start your engines! Flat and fast, this is high octane action for our juniors as the burn through Mission Bay east and west on their way to a fabulous finish and an awesome finisher medal!

Half Marathon Course Map

Venue Map

Selwyn Domain in the heart of beautiful Mission Bay is the place to be on race day for all the action. Check out the location of all the most important facilities – like toilets, toilets and toilets – so you know where to head on race morning.

Half Marathon Course Map

Past Events

Results, photos, video and more from previous editions of the Waterfront Half Marathon



2020 Event Cancellation

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, gathering restrictions forced the cancellation of the 2020 Waterfront Half Marathon. The format of the event was changed to a virtual run and the results of this can be found here.


2019 VIDEO
2018 VIDEO

Photo Gallery

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Your my.runningevents.co.nz dashboard allows you to make a variety of changes to your registration without even needing to ask us. How good is that? From within your account, you can update your contact details, upgrade or downgrade your race selection or transfer your entry to another person. You can also add additional items like t-shirts and revTabs to your registration and pay the extra online. Just click on the LOGIN  link in the menu and follow the prompts to access the system or create a new account. Provided your account is email validated, you will find all of your registrations listed here. Select the one you wish to change and follow the Make Changes options from there. If you do have any difficulties, please just get back to us through this Contact Form.

Full details on our Refund & Transfer policy can be found here.

Important: Please do not ask for an exception. Our refund and transfer policy is clearly stated and applied evenly. We do not make exceptions to this policy under any circumstances whatsoever.

Everyone registered in the event more than 4 weeks out from race day can expect to receive their race number (with timing tag attached to the back) 2-3 weeks prior to the event.

Those who registered after this time will need to collect their race number from the venue during race weekend. Check the Info section of the web site for dates, times and locations for Race Packet Pickup.

If you ordered any merchandise, it will be available for collection on race morning from the Merchandise tent.

Our new timing tags are small stickers that can be found on the back of your bib.  The tag sends out a unique UHF signal that identifies the athlete and records the exact time at which the athlete passes the detection mats. The tags are designed to withstand rain and sweat as the mechanical part of the tag is covered by a foam spacer but please don’t fold or bend the bib as this can damage it.  All you need to do is make sure you have your bib attached to the front of your shirt and you’re good to go.

Of course! We love walkers and all of our events are open to runners, joggers and walkers alike. Many of our events offer specific merit prizes, start times and rules for competitive walkers. Please check the event web site and you will find this information on the “Walkers” tab.

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