Escape New Zealand winter in August for some time in the semi-tropical warmth. In just a short 3 hour flight from Auckland, you can be enjoying wonderful French cuisine and culture, beautiful crystal clear waters, and relaxing on the beach in the French speaking tropical Paradise that is New Caledonia. Marathon day is Sunday 25 August. There is a 10km, half or full marathon option. You could take the family-there is even a 2km event for 8 to 12 year olds.