Fiordland Big 3 entries close 30th May 7pm

Athlete Info

For all you need to know on the day

This event wouldn't be possible without the continued support of our amazing sponsors. Thanks again Meridian and Mitre 10 Te Anau.
All funds raised from this event, go towards the upkeep of our beautiful trails.  


If you have booked transport to the start line, you will collect your bus ticket from the registration point.

Friday Registration 5pm - 7pm

Come along to Registration to pick up your bib on Friday night (can also be done Sat morning) 
Friday 4th August, 5pm to 7pm – Outside Sports, 38 Town Centre, Te Anau

Saturday morning Registration 8am -9.30am

Saturday 5th August, 8am to 9.30am – Meridian marquee, Lions Park

Bus Transport

Bus Departure times

Buses for each events start line will be leaving from 9.30am from Lions Park (each bus will leave as they are filled).  Your bib will have your bus ticket attached.  Please ensure you are ready for bus departure as the bus will not wait. 


Parking at Lions Park

Parking to access Lions Park is available via Mokonui Street.  Please note that some of Te Anau Terrace will be closed to the public.

Parking at Mitre 10 Te Anau 10km start line

Parking is available on the roadside on the Southern end of Golf Course Road, (see map) accessible from Queens Reach Road.
We highly suggest booking bus transport as parking will be limited.

Parking at Hydro Half start

Parking is available at the start line at Kepler Farm.  NO DOGS ON PROPERTY

We highly suggest you take the option of bus transport  due to limited parking (please note that this is almost sold out).   If you decide to leave your vehicle there, it must be collected before 5pm that evening.  This is private land and the gate will be locked after this point.

Course Route

Start Line

If you are walking or expect to finish in the 2nd half of the race pack, please ensure you start at the back of the race pack.

Race Briefing

Please ensure you are at the start line for your race by 10.15am 

A safety briefing will be held at 10.15am and the race will start at 10.30am.

Bag Drop

There will be a drop trailer available to leave personal items/coats – please provide your own bag and ideally label it with your name. These will be transported to the finish line to collect there. No valuables please

Zero Waste Event

This is a zero waste (cup free) event so we ask you bring your own water, or container. Suitable Speed Cups or collapsible cups are available from most sport shops in New Zealand.
Note: All Hydro Half entries will be receiving a free reusable cup from Meridian.


Lions Park Toilets

The public toilets at Lions park will be open for the public at no cost for the timeframe of our event. 

Course Toilets

Please see course map for location of toilets 


Sports Splits app

The 2023 Meridian Hydro Half Marathon is featuring the latest in real-time race tracking by providing Live Results via our partner SportSplits (MSA) - tracker.

Features Include:

Live Web Tracker - See times and current pace within seconds of a participant crossing each split point. Estimated times will be provided based on current pace.

Live Leaderboard - See who is winning via the Live Leaderboard. Top runners in each category will be displayed in real-time as they lead the way through the course.

Live Map Tracking - Participant locations will be plotted on the Interactive Course Map as progress is made on course. The position of each participant is estimated based on the most recent timing received from the bib read. NOTE: Participants do not need to carry their phones for this feature to work.

Text2Follow® - Follow participants in real-time via text notifications to your mobile phone.

Mobile App - Features include Live Participant Tracking, Push Notifications, Leaderboards, Map Tracking, Event Messages, Event Info and more!

PLEASE NOTE: Times posted during the event are Unofficial. Official results are posted upon completion of the event.

Water Stations

Water station Locations 

This is a zero rubbish (cup free) event so we ask you bring your own water, or container. Suitable Speed Cups or collapsible cups are available from most sports shops in New Zealand. Water will be available at the following locations:

•                  Start line
•                  Rainbow Reach
•                  Queens Reach
•                  Control Gates
•                  Marakura Yacht Club
•                  Finish line

Finish Line


We encourage you to cheer the athletes as they run along the lakefront and at the finish line at Lions Park.  While prams are not allowed on the trails for competitors, please feel free to cross the finish line with whom you wish. 


More FM will be at the finish line to bring you across strong.


Competitors  will have a choice of recovery foods to choose from.

Spectators & competitors will also have the chance to buy coffee, baking and bbq food at the finish line. 

Prize Giving

Early prize giving for place getters 

We plan to do the business end (photos, cheque) with our place getters earlier than previous years to ensure a fast prize giving at 2.30pmPlease note the change in prize giving time - this is due to the Rugby (NZ vs Australia) being on in Dunedin and we are aware that many are wanting to head away to watch the end of that.

Spectator Info

Race Viewing

You will see the top spots marked with "V" on the course map.

Although you can watch the athletes at the start at Kepler Farm, there will be a short delay exiting the car park as the athletes need to leave the area before the cars are allowed to depart along the road.

While there is some parking at Queens Reach, there is likely to be a wait to exit this area so it is not advised to view here by car.


Finish Line photos

These will be uploaded to our Facebook page after the event.  If you would like to have a copy, then please message us. 

Course Photos

Please be aware we will have an official event photographer on an e-bike during this event.
We will also be using drones to take footage and have secured all relevant permissions. 


Facebook - Facebook Link for event page to follow along


We absolutely love seeing your photos!  Please feel free to tag us in them! We will be using #hydrohalf and #fiordlandtrails

Photo Boards

We will have a range of photo boards around at the start and finish line. We will also have some finishers photo boards down at the lakefront to capture some after photos with your medals. 

Eating Out


Top picks for daytime eating & coffees (in no particular order).
- Sandfly Cafe
- Lakefront Cafe
- Ditto

Nightime Dining

Top Restaurants for Dinner time - please ensure you book ahead
- The Fat Duck
- The Ranch Bar & Grill
- La Toscana Pizzeria 


If you are feeling good after your weekend long run, we recommend 
- The Black Dog - Craft Beer, Cocktails
- The Te Anau Club - Kenny & Dolly tribute show (tickets $30)