The Te Houtaewa Challenge Race - Run or Cycle!
This annual beach run (held in March) along the Tohe (90 Mile Beach) in Far North New Zealand, honours the Maori history of Te Houtaewa. You can choose to either run or cycle.
1/2 marathon which starts at Waipapakauri
Full marathon which starts at Hukatere
Ultra Marathon - the 60k run that Te Houtaewa did when getting Kumara for his mother. This starts at The Bluff on the Tohe - 90 Mile Beach.
The unique feature of this race is that the start time depends on the tides of the day. The Ultra Marathon starts at "The Bluff" - the only bend in the Tohe. Start time will be after the high tide, and you have the turn of the tide to challange you. Aslo, you are running on sand and the sand can be soft, hard or anything else that nature decides to create.
There is usually always a constant breeze (sometimes strong wind) coming off the ocean, so as you race along the Tohe, the wind is constantly there, sometimes pushing you up towards the dunes. The sweeps can come from no where and catch you unawares, which means an unscheduled swim!
Equipment: Water and sunblock are the two main pieces of equipment you will need. Make sure that you remain hydrated, although there are support stations all the way along.
Even if it is an overcast day, wear sunblock because when the clouds move aside for the sun, even for a small time, you can easily get burnt!
- Hiking and Walking
Snapper Classic Fishing Competition
The Tohe ( 90Mile Beach) is the site of the world's biggest snapper surf-fishing contest, which is held in end Januaray - Beginning of February each year.
The event runs over 5 days. Contestants are allocated areas on the Tohe for fishing. the area allocated depends on the vehicle that they have. There are daily prizes as well as the big prize for the biggest snapper caught.
Entry Fee: NZ$250.00
Equipment: Sunblock, water and what ever fishing equipment you use :-)