Lake Mangamahoe 4.5km

The Lake Mangamahoe 4.5km cross country is the third event of the Coastal Five.

Lake Mangamahoe is a 10-minute drive south from New Plymouth and popular with Mountain Bikers, runners and walkers due to the beautiful scenery and variety of tracks on offer. The 4.5 km cross country event will be an undulating one on a mixture of wide forest and single track trails.

Course Details


Saturday 16th November 2024

Entry Fee

Super Early Bird (until 14th Dec 23) $30 / student $20
Early Bird (until midnight 16th July) $35 / student $25
Standard (until midnight 16th October) $40 / student $30
Online Late (until midnight 13th November) $45 / student $35
Kids 11 and Under $15
In Person Late Entries Available at Bib Pick-Up


4.5 km

Start Time


Start Line

Lake Mangamahoe, New Plymouth


Limited parking available. Bus tickets $8 return from WITT, 20 Bell Street, Welbourn

Minimum Age

Open to all ages. All participants between the ages of 0 - 11 must register and be accompanied by an adult for the entire duration of the event. The accompanying adult must also register for the event and takes full responsibility for the safety of the entrant aged 11 years or under. Participants aged 12 years and over can complete the course without an accompanying adult.

Cut Off Time

6:30 pm

Timing Results

Timing results will be provided by age group category. Cross country age group categories are as follows for men and women; 0-10 years, 11-15 years, 16-34 years, 35-49 years, 50-64 years, 65+ years


Walkers are welcome to enter in the 4.5 km cross country. Please ensure walkers start at the back behind the runners and keep to the left at all times.


All cross country finishers will receive a finisher medal. Random draw spot prizes will be awarded at prizegiving.

Race Rules

The cross country course is not suitable for any form of wheeled conveyance including but not limited to cycles, roller blades, prams/buggies, skate-boards etc are not permitted to enter or participate in the event. Accompanying animals are not allowed on the course.

Course Details

Lake Mangamahoe course

The cross country starts with a short uphill before a 2km downhill section to get your legs moving - especially if you've raced the half marathon in the morning!

As you make your way down the slopes you'll be surrounded by radiata pine trees which are used for the local logging operations - visible in the early stages of the run.

Once through the pine trees the 4.5km circuit takes you close to the lake edge including some steep undulating sections with some potential for muddy areas if we've had some rain.

Pockets of native bush provide a cooling atmosphere and a home to many birds. Keep an eye out for cheeky fantails.

Keep following the track as it takes you through a small collection of redwood trees and out by the dam wall to the finish line.



> Super Early Bird (until 14th Dec 23) - $30 / $20 student

> Early Bird to midnight 16th July 2023 - $35 / $25 student

> Standard 17th July - 16th October 2023 - $40 / $30 student

> Online Late Entry 17th October - midnight 13th November 2023 - $50 / $40 student

> In Person Late Entries Available at Race Registration

> Kids 11 and Under - $15

VBW active kids

Active Kids cross country

One of our goals for the Coastal Five is to get kids participating and taking part in the events. At 4.5km the Devon Mile is a great distance for the little ones to come out and have a go.

  •  $15 race entry up to race day for 0-11 years.
  • Includes Coastal Five t-shirt and finishers medal. Please note the t-shirts have been ordered and are available during registration until sold out.
  • Please note that an adult is required to enter and accompany all under 12s.
  • Full road closure to provide a safe event.