Who we are

Who we are

Marathon Tours provides customised and escorted running tours for New Zealanders.

Our team are marathon travel specialists, and have been taking New Zealand runners and walkers to the world’s premium marathon events for unforgettable experiences.

With guaranteed entry into some of the worlds most iconic marathons, tour leading and marathon running experience, there’s every reason to book your next challenge with Marathon Tours.


So why choose us?

Firstly, we’re travel professionals who are runners too and so we understand the hard work you put in and what you need leading up to the run and how to enjoy the rest of your trip following the event.

Secondly, we send multiple experienced staff as tour leaders to key events to provide on-the-ground assistance to our clients. They are all trained in first-aid, knowledgeable of travel and event management and have a love of travel. They lead the supporter tours on race day ensuring partners and families get to see their runners and walkers on the course and have just as an amazing time as the runners do. They also operate our own Help Desks in the hotel to assist with last minute travel bookings and changes.

And thirdly we have a proven track record of professionalism and provide 24-7 assistance free-of-charge to our clients, that ensures you will have an exceptional experience with us. Because of our people and our record, we are proud to be the official partner to amazing organisations such as Achilles New Zealand, GetRunning, Cure Kids and Doug Healeys Influence Crew. They trust us to manage their athletes and supporters and so can you.

We're a little bit different

No ballots, no qualifying times, guaranteed entry

Make sure you’re you cross the finish line to your next marathon with Marathon Tours. Being an International Travel Partner (ITO) to some of the world’s most exclusive marathons, we can ensure your entry is guaranteed when you secure your package with us.

Expert travel knowledge

Our travel specialists have carefully created tailormade itineraries for you to make the most of your time while overseas. From learning traditional food making in Bagan to viewing the Statue of Liberty by cruise, we make sure you don’t miss out.

As a division of Calder & Lawson House of Travel, a fully bonded travel agent, we are able to assist with pre and post travel arrangements including adventure tours, cruising and coach touring. We will ensure your trip will run as smoothly as possible.

We participate too

We don’t just sell Marathons, we participate in them too! As runners, walkers and supporters, our travel specialists are passionate about supporting you. We have participated in events throughout the globe including along the Great Wall of China, through the five boroughs of New York, past the sacred temples of Bagan and even ran in one of the most untouched parts of the world, Antarctica. We accompany all major events, to provide our travellers support and knowledge throughout their journey.

Major event packages

We are here for you, right from the time you book to when you arrive home. With our packages being created with you in mind to make sure everything goes as planned and you maximise your time while on the ground, we personalise our events by adding additional services including:

  • Centrally located hotel
  • Marathon Tours tour leader
  • Marathon Tours Help Desk
  • 24 hour emergency service
  • Sightseeing guides including our own personal recommendations
  • Closed Facebook group for travellers
  • Meet and greet for all group airport transfers
  • Escorting to key events
  • Exclusive group inclusions such as race briefings, welcome drinks and celebration dinners

100% Kiwi owned

Marathon Tours is a division of Calder & Lawson.  Established in 1984, Calder & Lawson are extremely proud to be Waikato owned and operated, and to have a real involvement in the community. At Calder & Lawson, we can proudly say our team include some of the best travel consultants in the country. As travellers ourselves, our experience in managing the special intricacies of travelling means we can confidently say we know how to take care of you.

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