athlete info

race day information

2023 athlete briefing

start times and locations

coastal half marathon

The race start and finish is at Ngamotu Beach. The start line is on the Port Office's private road before turning right onto Bayly Road. The finish line is in the horseshoe shaped carpark on Ocean View Parade. Start time is 6:15am.

Pukekura Park 5km

The 5km event is a two lap course with the start line up next to the Brookland Zoo entrance and finish line in front of the Bowl of Brooklands stage. Start time is 12:30pm.

Lake Mangamahoe 4.5km

The cross country event starts approximately 100m along the gravel road at the Plantation Road entrance. The finish line is at the cul-de-sac end of Plantation Road. Start time is 5:00pm.

PUKEITI 10km climb

The start and finish of the Pukeiti 10km Climb is in the same point in front of the entrance to Pukeiti. Start time is 7:00am.

Devon street mile

The Devon Street Mile starts 50m back from the Clock Tower on Devon Street West and finishes at the junction of Devon Street West and Queen Street. Start time is 12:00pm.

race registration

thursday & friday

Brian Bellringer Pavillion between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 16th November and 2pm to 7pm on Friday 17th November

Registration includes:

  • Race bib pick-up including timing chip
  • Pick-up of pre-purchased merchandise and Active Kids t-shirts
  • Pick-up of pre-purchased bus tickets for travel to Pukeiti and Lake Mangamahoe
  • Option to purchase Coastal Five running tees and singlets, collapsible cups and any remaining bus tickets.
  • Late entries to all events

If you are not able to pick up your bus tickets on the Thursday/Friday or at a Saturday registration, please email us at and we will have your tickets available for you at the bus.

race weekend

Registration will be open at the race start for a short period before each event for any timing chip and race bib collection.

  • Coastal Half Marathon
    Saturday 5:30-6:15 am
  • Pukekura Park 5km
    Saturday 12:00-12:30pm
  • Lake Mangamahoe 4.5km
    Saturday 4:30pm-5:00pm
  • Pukeiti 10km
    Sunday 6:30am-7:00am
  • Devon Mile
    Sunday 11:15am-12:00pm

aid stations

coastal half marathon

All aid stations will have PURE Nutrition electrolyte drink and water. The aid stations are cupless so you will need to run with either a collapsible cup, hydration pack or water bottle.

  • Fitstop New Plymouth 3.5km/18km
    On St Aubyn Street and the Coastal Walkway opposite Fitstop New Plymouth
  • Waiwakaiho Beach Reserve 7.5km
    As participants turn off the path onto the road at the river mouth. Public toilets are situated 50m past the aid station.
  • Riversdale Drive 14km
    On the grass area where the path exits from the Waiwakaiho river across from Skeet Place.

In addition to the aid stations at East End and Waiwakaiho Beach Reserve there are public toilet facilities next to the Wind Wand (3km), East End SLSC (5km), Lake Rotomanu (9km), the Breakwater carpark (20km).

PUKEITI 10km climb

All aid stations will have PURE Nutrition electrolyte drink and water. The aid stations are cupless so you will need to run with either a collapsible cup, hydration pack or water bottle.

  • Plymouth Road turnaround
    At the 5km turnaround point by Plymouth Road.
all events

All events have PURE Nutrition electrolyte drink, water and fruit provided at the finish line.

transport options

  • Coastal Half Marathon
    Plenty of street parking is available along Ocean View Parade and Breakwater Road.
  • Pukekura Park 5km
    Street parking is available on Brooklands Road and Somerset Street. You can also park on Rogan Street and walk into Pukekura Park from the Rogan Street entrance.
  • Lake Mangamahoe 4.5km
    Limited parking available on Plantation Road. This will be first in first served and is also open to the general public. We encourage participants to purchase bus tickets for travel to the Lake.
  • Pukeiti 10km
    Limited to approximately 150 carparks. As with the Lake we encourage participants to purchase bus tickets for travel to Pukeiti.
  • Devon Mile
    Street parking available around Devon Street. Participants can also use the Centre City carpark and walk to the start line.
bus tickets

As parking is limited at the Lake Mangamahoe 4.5 km and Pukeiti 10 km events we encourage participants to purchase bus tickets.

Tickets are $6 return and can be purchased during registration or by logging into your Race Roster or Onetime account. Tickets will be collected at bib pick-up.

A limited amount will be available to purchase at the race registration so we encourage you to buy these in advance.

Bus Pick-Up / Drop-Off

The bus pick-up and drop-off area is at WITT, 20 Bell Street, Welbourn.

The bus departs WITT for the Lake Managamahoe 4.5km on Saturday 18th November at 4:15pm and 4:30pm returning once full approximately 5:45pm and 6:30pm.

The bus departs WITT for Pukeiti on Sunday 19th November at 6:00am returning once all runners/walkers have finished and the road reopens.

map of bus pick-up and drop-off area

more info

bag drops

A bag drop tent will be provided at every start/finish line for you to store your belongings. Bags will be labelled with your race number and you will need your bib to collect your bag.

payment facilities

Cash and eftpos facilities are available at the registration and help desk for payment of late registrations, bus tickets and merchandise sales.

zero waste event

The Coastal Five is a cup-less event which means that you will need to run with a collapsible cup or alternative hydration system. Coastal Five collapsible cups will be available for purchase at registration for $10.

pace runners

There are no pace runners provided for the 2023 event. If you are interested in being a pace runner for the 2024 event please contact us at

timing and race results

Electronic timing is provided with the timing mats at the start and end of each event. For 2023 there are additional timing splits at the 5km and 16.5km points so that friends and family can track the progress of runners.

Race results will be available online throughout the event on the Race Roster platform.

road closures

Road closures are in place for the Pukeiti 10km and Devon Mile events. For the 10km event Carrington Road will be closed from the Plymouth Road intersection to Pukeiti from 6:45am until the last entrant finishes at approximately 9:00am. If you wish to leave Pukeiti before the road is open please do so via the alternative route through Pitone.

Devon Street will be closed from 11:30am until the last entrant finishes approximately 12:30pm.

No road closure can be guaranteed so please treat all roads as if they were open and be aware of your surroundings.

race day check

  • Your race number (and pins to attach it)
  • Your bus stickers attached if you have booked on the event bus shuttle services
  • Collapsible cup or hydration system if you want to use the water stations on course
  • Weather appropriate clothing, plus sunscreen and cap

Please pin your race number to the front of your t-shirt or running vest and make sure it is clearly visible.

You must not use someone else’s number, nor let someone else use yours. Marshals will remove you from the race before you cross the finish line.

Your race number identifies you in case of an emergency. You must wear your race number to be classified as a starter and a finisher of the race and have your time recorded.

Please dispose of your bib after your race (or final race for Individual 42.2km athletes) in the bin at the finish line so we can recycle appropriately.