Hanmer 4 Square

Hanmer Half


Race Info

1 May 2021

The Hanmer Half Marathon takes competitors on a unique journey through Hanmer Forest amongst amazing mountain scenery. This is a great pre race for the Christchurch Marathon. 


After an initial 2km climb the route follows forest roads to a split at Jollies Pass Road. Here the half marathon takes participants through the main block of forest before linking up with the 10km route to run through the flat Heritage forest and a final sprint down the road to finish at Hanmer School. 

The final 5km course follows Jollies Pass Road for 2km where it joins the 10km and half marathon for the finish.


Walkers are welcome on each distance, however due to marshal constraints the marshals will move from their positions in the half marathon once the last runner has passed. 

Walkers must keep to the left to allow runners to pass and must not block the course. You must walk if entered as a walker, if you are seen to be running or jogging you will be disqualified. 

Race Categories

Marathon - Male and Female

Senior (18-39), Veteran (40-19), Masters (50-59), Classic (60+)

Half Marathon - Male and Female

Junior (12-17), Senior (18-39), Veteran (40-19), Masters (50-59), Classic (60+)


Overall Half Marathon Male and Female

Overall 10km Male and Female

10km - Male and Female

Junior (12-17), Senior (18-39), Veteran (40-19), Masters (50-59), Classic (60+)

Course Maps

Half Marathon

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On the Day

Half Marathon

Race Briefing: 10.00 at the Domain

Race Start: 10.20


Race Briefing: 10.00 at the Domain

Race Start: 10.30


Race Briefing: 10.30 at Jollies Pass Road near Dog Stream Reserve

Race Start: 10.45

Water Stations

There will be water stations apron every 5km for the half marathon and 10km. Please ensure you are carrying enough water as these stations are not designed to fill camel packs.

Suggested Kit

Hanmer Springs is an alpine village and can experience a wide range of weather conditions. We recommend you consider carrying the following. Layered clothing, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, hydration pack, survival blanket, energy bar. Please do not wear headphones as this limits your ability to hear directions from marshals and hazards.

Prize giving

The Prize giving ceremony will be held at the finish area at Hanmer School at approx 2.30pm or when the final results are received. The amount of prizes per grade will be determined by the number of entries to the grade. There will be one overall walker prize for the Half Marathon, 10km and 5km, there are no age categories for walkers. 

Enjoy Hanmer Springs

Food and beverages will be available throughout the event for purchase. Hanmer Springs is a gorgeous alpine village, so bring your family and friends along and stay the weekend. You can find accommodation options here.

Due to liquor licensing Hanmer Events do not allow BYO to their events. Please do not bring dogs to the event unless they are assistance dogs or with our marshals.



Registrations are not yet open for 2021

Half Marathon
$75 Senior
$60 Junior
$55 Senior
$35 Junior
$35 Senior
$25 Junior

Online Registrations close on the 30th April 2020, after this date you will need to register on Friday the 1st of May at The Domain in Hanmer Springs from 6.30pm-8.30pm or on Saturday morning 7.30am-9.30am 2nd May at The Domain. Late registrations will incur a fee of $20.00.

Changes and cancellations incur a fee of $10.00. No changes can be made to your registration after 4th of April . No refunds will be given after 4th of April 2020.

You must register for the race on Friday the 2nd of May at The Domain in Hanmer Springs from 6.30pm-8.30pm or on Saturday morning 7.30am-9am at The Domain.

For all juniors completing an indemnity form will need to be completed by a parent or legal guardian.


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