The 25th Papatowai Challenge is a pre-season fun run and walks from a holiday home in the Catlins. It is signposted at the south end of Tahakopa River Bridge, Papatowai. Runners must be 13 years & over. Papatowai is located approximately two hours from Dunedin and one and a half hours from Invercargill. The Southern Scenic Route is now fully sealed.
The Papatowai Challenge is run over the measured distance of 15.5 km and is over a varied scenic course of well-formed bush tracks, beach running, and local roads.