Event information

Tuesday Evenings over Summer (6th October 2020 to 30 March 2021)

Registration: from 5pm Outside Macs Brewbar, Taranaki Wharf

Race start: 5:45pm, behind Te Papa / next to the Diving Platform

Prizegiving: ~6:30pm (after the last finishers) outside Macs Brewbar


What is The Waterfront 5k??

It is a 5km run (or walk) - it's you against the clock.


Where is the Waterfront 5k?

The waterfront 5k is held on the waterfront in the Wellington CBD over an out and back course that stays close to the water’s edge the whole way

The start and finish is located on Taranakii Wharf behind Te Papa / nect to the diving platform.

The course Winds around the waters edge out onto Oriental Parade to a turn point located just past Carlton Gore road

When is it?

(nearly) Every Tuesday evening* during summer with the race starting at 5:45pm

For the 2020-21 summer, we run weekly from October 6th through until December 15th 2020,
then have a two week Xmas / New years break and restart again on January 5th until March 30th 2021.
(Thus 11 weeks before the Christmas Break, and another 13 weeks after)

What time does everything happen?

You can sign in from 5pm each Tuesday outside Macs Brew Bar on Taranaki Wharf
Race start is 5:45pm - from behind Te Papa/ diving platform
Prizegiving is held after the last runner/walker has finished (approximately 6:30pm) back outside Macs

Tell me more about the course?

It is a little different from most running courses you might have experienced. Largely due to the location.

We are not in a quiet park, early in the morning with no-one else around, we are in a slightly more busy location!

We must remember we are sharing the public waterfront in the Capital City while lots of the general public are heading home post work over the same public space (and they might not be aware of you) It is in the middle of town on the waterfront, at the end of the workday – we have to give room and consideration to other users of this wonderful public space!


What does it cost to join in?

The basic entry fee is $7 per event cash or $7.50 for electronic payment  - There are discounts for buying entries to multiple events at one time (multi-trip tickets – either 5, 10, or 20 trips are available that can be shared between friends and family – and there is also a season pass option for individuals )

You can either pay online when registering, or on the night before the event

You only need to register once for the season, after that just bring along your bib number each week to sign in and run.

Note: You don’t have to register before the event online – but it is much preferred and will makes things quicker and easier for you on the night


Do I need to be fast to do the waterfront 5k?

We have runners and walkers ranging from 15 minutes to 1 hour – this event is open to all, come along and  give it a go and run or walk whatever pace you like.
Note: if you are concerned about being a little slower and want to be back sooner – have a talk to the team on the night and we can arrange an early start for you and still get you a correct and official time (we have a handful each week that does such)



We are friendly!


I am coming from work, can I leave a bag/my gear somewhere while I run?

Yes, we have a bag drop located behind the rego tables outside Macs Brewbar