Making sure everyone gets to their correct Start Lines for each of the events is achieved thanks to the efforts of our Registration volunteers and Fullers ferry crews and Waiheke Bus Company drivers.


If you are travelling from Auckland to Waiheke Island for the race, there are specially discounted ferry tickets to get you to your start line and back to Auckland. The cost is $32 for adults and $16 for children. These can be purchased from Fullers online or at a Fullers Ticket office. You will be able to print your tickets at home. No ticket, no boarding!

Two options are available.

The Waiheke Special Charter Wharf 2 Wharf – Special Sailing Return ticket is for the chartered Fun Run Ferry (25K participants only) on race day. Your ticket takes you all the way to Orapiu; you do not need to purchase any other ticket. You may use this ticket to return to Auckland up to Monday 23rd January.

Please note the updated scheduled sailing times shown in red below

The Wharf 2 Wharf – Waiheke Return ticket is for travel on a regularly scheduled ferry from Friday 20th January to Monday 23rd January inclusive. If you plan to travel from Auckland for the 12K or 5K event on race day, you should purchase this ticket and catch the 7:10am scheduled sailing for the 12K event, or 8:10am for the 5K event. You may use this ticket to return to Auckland up to Monday 23rd January.

Your race bib also serves as a bus ticket for 5K & 12K entrants to get you to your start lines. There will be a special Charter bus to the start of the 12K Onetangi race which will meet the 7am boat. Participants in the 5K event need to catch the scheduled bus service up to Oneroa get off opposite the Red Cross building where there will be a bus departing at 9:45am for the Surfdale 5K start.

You just need show your race bib to get on the normal or charter bus services for free.

Purchase your ferry ticket HERE

Please note that AT HOP Cards and Senior Super Gold Card tickets are not valid for the chartered Fun Run Ferry.

For those wanting to catch the Fun Run Ferry from Matiatia, to the Orapiu Start line for 25K event, tickets will be available for $10 at Race Packet pick up on Friday 20th January or on race day before boarding the ferry at Matiatia. The ferry leaves Matiatia at 7.05am sharp. No ticket, no boarding.


We do not recommend driving to start lines, as parking space is extremely limited due to road closures for the race.

25K entrants: Reasons NOT to drive to Orapiu on Saturday morning:

  • Parking is extremely limited because of narrow roads around the start line area. Ask a friend to drop you off.
  •  No bus service to Orapiu, so unless you have a guaranteed means of transport to return to collect your vehicle later in the day, you’ve got a long walk back.
  •  The earliest Sealink Ferry does not arrive at Kennedy Point in time for you to drive and park at Matiatia to catch the Fun Run ferry to Orapiu. Travel to Waiheke and stay overnight on Friday if you plan to bring your car over.

12K entrants: At Onetangi please allow time to find a car park on Second, Third or Fourth Ave. The Strand will be closed to traffic from 8:00AM onward.

5K entrants: At Surfdale, entrance to Blake Street will be closed for safety reasons. Please use the dedicated car park by Stefano’s/Ideal Electric and walk along to Blake Street.  Access to the Old Post Office car park will be restricted for the safety of runners and walkers in the longer distance events.