30km Adventure Run


The Shotover Moonlight 30km Adventure Run starts in Skippers Canyon on the beach beside the Shotover River, and follows the same course as the marathon for the first 10km. This is all single track running, predominantly on historic water races. The route takes you high above the Shotover River and Stony Creek, before turning south to run through beech forest in Murphy’s Creek into the heart of Ben Lomond Station.

The scenery continues to be magnificent and you will be able to enjoy views down Moonlight Creek towards Ben Lomond and Bowen Peak before arriving at Moonlight Lodge at approx 15km halfway. The course then follows farm roads along the Point Block and you will cross the Moonlight River on the stock bridge, just as the 4000 merino wethers do each year on their journey to the woolshed for shearing.

The final gruelling climb of the race takes you high above the historic gold mining settlement of Sefferstown, before descending to Moke Creek. After negotiating numerous creek crossings and even a tunnel you will reach your well deserved finish at Moke Lake.


Saturday 15th February 2025

ENTRIES OPEN: Entries Open 1st August


Earlybird: $210 (first 50 entries)

Regular Entry: $240

Helicopter Race Package: $360 (includes race entry)

Inclusions; all race items (bus transport to start line, race bib, timing, medical support and aid stations), additionally all finishers will receive a medal and special Altitude Brewing beer at the finish line. 

  • Optional Extras: Race T-Shirt, Post Race Transport


The course starts on the beach below the Pipeline Bridge in Skippers Canyon and traverses abandoned gold mining water races, sheep tracks, razorback ridges, beautiful beech forest, river valleys until the finish at Moke Lake, near Queenstown.


Water race, ridgeline and other single track 14 km 45%

Riverbed, river valley 6 km 20%

Farm 4WD track 9 km 30 %

Actual distance approximately 29.5km


Approximately 1400m of climbing and descending.


Elite – 3hrs to 3.5hrs

Competitive Runners – 3.5 to 4.5hrs

Casual Runners - 4.5 hrs to 6hrs


Mens; 2:47.33 - Loughlin Kennedy (2019)

Womens; 3:20.11 - Tania McWillliams (2019)

30km Adventure Run Course Map and Information - View

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Accommodation Packages

Are you entering the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon, 30km, Half Marathon or the 10km? 

Would you like to helicopter to the start?

You could stay at either Ben Lomond Lodge or Moonlight Lodge the night before the race.

Leave your car at the finish line at Moke Lake and we'll take you into our lodges for a fantastic meal and great company. 

Self Catered Accommodation Packages (from $440pp)
Packages include 4wd transport to Ben Lomond Lodge, 1 night pre-race accommodation at Ben Lomond Lodge, and a stunning helicopter flight to the start of your race on Saturday morning.

For more information contact bookings@benlomond.co.nz

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Accommodation Packages (from $740pp)
Packages include heli-flight to Moonlight Lodge on Friday evening, 1 night pre-race accommodation at Moonlight Lodge, dinner & breakfast,  and a stunning helicopter flight to the start of the race on Saturday morning.

For more information contact bookings@benlomond.co.nz 

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