Event diary

Although the race preparations start in January, from a runner's perspective the first date to note is online entry day! Below is a step-by-step diary to take you through the whole thing.


Online registration

Registration for the 2018 event opens at 6.30am (NZ time) on 7th July 2018.

Refund date 1 - 31st October

75% cancellation fee.

Refund date 2 - 14 days before race day

No refund on entry fees from now. (For full refund information please read the withdrawals and refunds page and conditions of entry.)

The event weekend – dates and times.

Friday 30th November 2018

Race packs and check-in

This will be available from 12:00pm on the day before the race (Friday) at the Real Journeys Community Events Centre, Te Anau. For more on the registration process please see the FAQ page. Photo ID may be required. Note that you must be at check-in before 7:00pm

Runners briefing

This is compulsory, for both events, and held the evening before the race; 7:30 till 8:00pm at the Real Journeys Community Events Centre.

Gear sale

There will be a gear sale again this year. Further Faster will be there with great deals and staff to advise on their merchandise.

Check them out on their website to get your shopping list organised!  They are offering a 15% discount to Kepler competitors!

December 1st 2018

Race-line check-in and start

You must check-in again at the start line:
From 5:30am - FreshChoice Kepler Challenge
Race starts at: 6:00am

From 6:30am - FreshChoice Luxmore Grunt
Race starts: 7:00am

There is a free bus to the start line which departs:

  • Sutherland’s Paper Plus, Town Centre
    5:15am and 6:15am
  • Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, Lake Front Drive,
    5:20am and 6:20am
  • Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park,
    5:25am and 6:25am

Please wait at the roadside.

Shuttle bus

During the day there will be an on-demand shuttle bus running between the finish-line and Te Anau. Look out for the van around the finish line and if you can't see it... do feel free to ask anyone with an orange vest.

Drinks at the Moose

After the race why not head along to the Moose Bar on the lake front and have a drink. The Moose offer a free drink to all runners - look for the voucher in your race pack!

2nd December 2018

Event breakfast

8:00am - This is available prior to the prize giving on Sunday at the Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas. Make sure you place your order on the entry form if you wish to attend. A limited number of extra breakfasts may be available at pre-race check-in.

Prize giving

10:00am - To be held the morning after the race at the Real Journeys Community Events Centre. Be sure to bring your race number along to be in to get your spot prize!