Athlete check-in

We are making 2019 bigger and better than ever and are excited to announce a new Athlete-check in venue: Queenstown Events Centre in Frankton (near the airport). Over the past 5 years we’ve outgrown the Queenstown Memorial Centre so this change will mean your check-in experience will be much smoother. You can look forward to:

  • Less wait times,

  • More carparks,

  • It’s on the way into town from the Airport, Cromwell, Christchurch and the South (great if you’re one of our out-of-town athletes)

  • There is a public bus stop which is a 2min walk from the venue. Bus routes leave from downtown Queenstown, Arrowtown and the airport.

  • The Sports Expo and our merchandise store will be bigger than ever!

Athlete Check-in is compulsory for all participants. You will collect your race number (if not received via post) & official gear bag.

Location: Queenstown Events Centre. click for Google Map directions

Opening hours:

    • Thursday 14 November: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Friday 15 November: 9:00am - 9:00pm

*If you cannot make it to Athlete Check-in, a friend or family member can collect your race pack on your behalf providing they can show us a copy of your confirmation email and your Photo ID.

Even if you have received your bib in the post, you still need to come to athlete check-in to complete the following:

  • Collect your official Race Bag – this is the only bag you are able to use for the bag drop system

  • Your athlete gift

  • Pick up any pre-purchased merchandise (or purchase something new to run in!)

  • Collect your safety pins

  • Visit the Sports Expo – which is has grown considerably this year!

Getting to athlete check-in 

There are plenty of ways to get to our new athlete check-in venue at Queenstown Events Centre.

There is a public bus which is a 2-minute walk from the Events Centre. The bus routes leave from downtown Queenstown, Arrowtown and the Airport. For more information on the bus timetable and route click here.

To work out the best way to get to athlete check-in using public transport click here to plan your journey.

The venue is also only a 1.1km walk from the Airport or alternatively, you can catch a taxi or hire a rental car.

Athlete Check In walk

Race day checklist

  • Your race number (and pins to attach it).
  • You official gear bag for bag drop labelled with supplied bag tag.
  • Your shuttle bus sticker if you are taking the Shuttle Bus (this will be printed on your race number).
  • Weather appropriate clothing, plus sunscreen and cap.
  • Please ensure you have completed the back of your race number with your name, any medical conditions and a contact name and phone number (other than your own or someone else running) in case of emergency.
  • Please pin your race number to the front of your T-shirt or running vest and make sure it is clearly visible. You must not use someone else’s number, nor let someone else use yours.
  • Your race number carries your disposable timing chip which is your unique timing device for the race. You must wear your race number to be classified as a starter and a finisher of the race and have your time recorded. Timing chips do not need to be returned.
  • This is a fully supported marathon with 11 Aid stations (5 Aid stations for the half marathon), so you do not need to carry a hydration pack unless you want to. You do not need to wear trail shoes as the course is smooth, easy, hard packed trails.

Training Plans

Personalised Coaching with Squad Run

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SQUADRUN is proudly the affiliated training partner for Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon.  They deliver coaching support and tailored training programmes for hundreds of athletes of ALL abilities. 

Normally $69, get a 4-week introductory trial with SQUADRUN for just $29 (inc GST). To register for this introductory offer just log in to your Active Account and select additional purchase. 

Once you sign up, the SQUADRUN team will be in touch with you to get you started! After your 4-week training period, if you like the program, you can choose to continue to train directly with SQUADRUN for just $15/w (+GST). 


SQUADRUN will work with you to create a ‘priority based’ training plan, with your race goals and fitness in mind.  You get around 7 runs per week to choose from, ordered in importance by priority.  Most athletes will typically select 3-4 of the ‘higher priority’ runs and plan their week around their busy lives, their jobs and family commitments.  You decide how much training you can do and with the guidance of two of regions most qualified and respected coaches you’ll be in great shape come race day.

No set-up fee, no hidden costs and you can leave at any time.

Get help with nutrition and hydration, pacing strategies, running tips for improving your form, efficiency and race day execution.  All these things and more are part of a complete training package that is much more than the programme itself.  SQUADRUN will help you with everything throughout and chances are they’ll even be there to see you get it done on race day!

Proactive Physio has also put together this free handy marathon nutrition guide for you. 


Mobile App

The Runaway Marathon Series mobile app is a fantastic tool for both athletes and supporters. It includes key information on all that is happening at the Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon, including maps and an athlete tracker so you can follow your friends.

Download via your App store below.

Apple Store        Google play


The closest public car parking to the finish line at Queenstown Memorial Centre is on Boundary Street (off Gorge Rd) approximately 100m away.

Parking is also close at the Wakatipu High School fields (accessed from Gorge Road) and a $5 donation applies.

There is also public parking at the Man Street car park approximately 300m away which can be accessed from Isle St, Hay St and right into Man St.

Road Closures

With an event of this size, we rely on the goodwill of businesses and residents to help us make the event a success. To assist those that live or work near or on the course, we will produce a map of the traffic access plan, including road closures and parking restrictions that will be in place on Saturday 17 November 2018..

Download the 2018 Road Closure Map

Queenstown Airport Orbus Service

The Otago Regional Council, with support from the Queenstown Lakes District Council and New Zealand Transport Authority, brings you Orbus - a new bus service for Queenstown.

It is the easiest, most convenient and most affordable way to get around Queenstown with flat-rate fares for just $2. Just purchase your GoCard for $5 from Queenstown Airport or on every bus that is part of the $2 bus network.

The buses run to and from Queenstown Airport regularly throughout the day from 6am until midnight – locals and visitors can plan their route via the real-time Choice app to ensure they reach their flight on time, without having to consider traffic and parking. 

For further information please ring 0800 ORBUSQT or visit their wesbite



Sat, 16 Nov 2019