Te Houtaewa Challenge
Annual event – Mid-March
The Te Houtaewa Challenge is a marathon event that is held each year in mid-March, it consists of various different runs and walks. Te Houtaewa was a descendant of the Te Aupōuri chief Te Ika Nui, and is legendary renowned for his endurance, for his speed of running, and his tenacity as an athlete. Te Houtaewa pūrākau, a narrative of his run on Te Oneroa a Tohe beach, from Te Kao to Ahipara which took place about 1830, in Muriwhenua, the Far North of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
What makes this run special is that you will be following in the footsteps of the Legend Te Houtaewa. As a participant, you will receive a kumara at the starting line and you will be challenged with the task of returning the kumara back to Ahipara.
Annual event – End of March
The Ngai Takoto 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza is arguably the biggest Snapper Surf Casting Competition in the world, a one species fishing competition which runs for 5 days in March on the famous Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (90 Mile Beach), Northland New Zealand.
Selling out each year, attracting 1000 anglers, it is estimated that at each prize giving there is a total crowd attendance of between 1500 and 3000 people enjoying the entertainment.