Bucketlist Runs

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The Old Ghost Ultra is a relatively new Ultra staring in 2016, based on the west coast of the South Island. The course follows The Old Ghost Road in a north to south direction (starting at the Seddonville end of the trail and finishing at Lyell).

Location

South Island, NZ

Distance

85km

Elevation Gain

2600 meters

Reason

This has been on my list for a couple of years now, however as it's only a month or so out from Tarawera Ultra, timing hasn't fitted in with doing it.  Photos I've seen of the course show some amazing scneray which just really peaks my interest.

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The Kepler Challenge is probably one of the more saught after Ultra races in NZ,  running through the mountains of Te Anau.  This event is usually sold out with minutes (if not seconds) from opening and due to it's increasing popularity, they have decided to move it's entry to a ballot system.

Location

South Island, NZ

Distance

60km

Elevation Gain

1350 meters

Reason

Very saught after event entry, epic course, beatuiful scenary

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Abel Tasman Coastal Classic

Trail Run from Awaroa to Marahau along the renowned Abel Tasman National Park.

Location

South Island, NZ

Distance

33km

Elevation Gain

1200 meters

Reason

Abel Tasman is one of the most scenic places in the South Island, with wonderful views of the bush and many bays, it would be hard not to want to run this.  I know a number of people who have run this and all have said it's a must do.

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Motatapu Ultra Run

The iconic Motatapu Off-Road Sporting Event is held annually in March in Queenstown and Wanaka, traversing Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe stations.  Known for its challenging-yet achievable course, the event snakes its way through stunning high country terrain only accessible to the public one weekend a year for the Motatapu event, making it even more unique.

Location

South Island, NZ

Distance

51km

Elevation Gain

2790 meters

Reason

As per the description above (taken from their Motatapu website), it's through high country terraing which is only accessible to the public one weekend a year,  it's a challenging course, and in part of my favourite part of New Zealand