Mountain Run Stage

The 30.5km Mountain Run section of the Coast to Coast uses the DoC Mingha – Deception Route which crosses the Goat Pass. This route is often referred to simply as Goat Pass. There are route guides downloadable from the DoC website, competitors should download the West to East guide.

For up to date hazards or warnings in the area talk to the Arthurs Pass DoC visitor centre or visit the DoC website and Plan Your Trip with the Mountain Safety Council

The route forms part of the Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail. Te Araroa is a continuous 3,000 km walking track from Cape Reinga to Bluff. For more information about Te Araroa visit -

Athletes are able to train on the track; however you must be suitably prepared. The route traverses an alpine environment with numerous stream and river crossings, weather conditions can change rapidly and without warning. This route is only suitable for well-equipped people with previous backcountry experience. The route is open to the public and anyone training on the track must be courteous and respectful to other users and of the natural flora and fauna by staying on the marked trail. Our DoC Concession states a ban can be put on pre race training if there are adverse effects (physical or social) so runners need to be mindful and courteous of walkers.

There is a DoC office located in Arthurs Pass and it is strongly encouraged that you check in at the DoC office for the most up to date track information before starting your journey.

Arthur’s Pass National Park Visitor Centre
State Highway 73, Arthur’s Pass
03 318 9211

A long range weather forecast and current local weather conditions can be found at

Guided mountain running trips 

Independent guided running trips are available and we highly recommend you invest in a guided trip, especially first timers.

The Coast to Coast Mountain Run is a legendary part of New Zealand's recreation history. Chris Cox's Guided Run Guides will make your day easier. We organise your travel logistic, providing expert guides and practical support during the day's adventure. You don't even have to be doing the Coast to Coast Race either; this is an opportunity for runners of all abilities and experience. Sign up now so we can guarantee you a place on the day. We also cater for people who want a personalised experience or want a corporate group training day. All booking details on:

Alternative Training Course

If the river levels are high or could be high on the Mingha-Deception route there is a an alternative, slightly longer (34km) Cass Lagoon Saddle Track DoC recommend that you do not leave vehicles on the Cass side over night as it's beside the road.


Stop the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests. Remember to Check, Clean, Dry all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.


DoC Mingha – Deception Route information

Mountain Safety Council River Safety Information

Local weather conditions

FREE Mountain Safety Council Trail Running guide

The Trail Running guide is a collaborative effort from the recreation community, it's filled with valuable advice from highly skilled and respected NZ trail runners and partner organisations. This is truly created by the trail running community for the trail running community.