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Great Barrier Island Wharf 2 Wharf Marathon

This week’s SNO sees us ditch our jets and jump into our light aircraft, light twin, helicopter, whatever and head over the amazing Hauraki Gulf to one Auckland’s best keep secrets, Great Barrier Island.

 

This annual Great Barrier Island event is open to mountain bikers, runners and walkers. Full and Half Marathon plus Duathlon. Half track, half road.

The marathon begins at Port Fitzroy Wharf in the north of Great Barrier Island and ends at Tryphena Wharf in the south.  The first half of the marathon begins along the road with scenic views of Port Abercrombie before reaching the Kaiaraara stream.  From the stream the course continues on tracks up and down through regenerating native bush which is home to some of NZ’s native species such as the chevron skink and kaka, kereru, tui, grey warbler and fantails. This is the most challenging and rewarding section of the marathon reaching an elevation of 180metres with spectacular views and requiring some technical skills for the bikers and offering spectacular views.  The course then winds around the bottom of Te Ahumata (White Cliffs), the site of silver mining on the island, and comes out on Blind Bay Road, Okupu. From here the second half of the course is on the road with views of white sandy beaches, green farmland and small settlements.  There is a couple of reasonable climbs along the way and a bigger climb just before the finish.

Full details can be found at the 100% Pure New Zealand Website.

 

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Airports

NZAA Auckland, New Zealand

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 CallsignRadio NameFrequencyFreq
CTRNZCH-R_CTRAuckland Control126.000
APPNZAA_APPAuckland Approach124.300
TWRNZAA_TWRAuckland Tower118.700