87km Course

Solo entry | 2-person relay team | 4-person relay team


Please note: In 2018, the 62, 87 and 102km ultra and relay courses will likely be reversed so they finish in downtown Rotorua. A final decision has not been made on the course direction or course alignments. As a guide, the information below shows the 2017 courses.


StartRedwoods Visitors Centre, Longmile Road, Rotorua
FinishFirmin Field, Waterhouse Street, Kawerau
Aid stations9
Vertical gain+2262
Vertical loss-2560
Hardest cutoff pace required (min./km)11:32/km
Expected time first finisher 12:20pm
Expected time last finisher 11pm
Trail typeNative forest single trail 57%, minor forest track / road 26%, major forest road 5%, single track exotic forest 5%


Aid StationKm coveredDistance to next (km)Distance from previous (km)Cut-OffCut-off pace (min/km)Est. time: Front runnerEst. time: Final runnerCrew / spectator accessRelay change-overDrop bagsPacer start point          
Start: Redwoods, Long Mile Rd016.706:00 AM6:00 AMYesLeg 1: 16.7km
Tikitapu (Blue Lake)16.76.816.710:00am14.22/km06:5009:30YesLeg 2: 23.2kmYes
Millar Road23.516.46.807:3011:00
Okataina Lodge39.99.616.41.50pm11.46/km08:3013:50Yes, Shuttle busLeg 3: 22.5kmYes
Humphries Bay49.57.69.609:2015:00
Tarawera Outlet57.15.37.610:0017:20YesYes
Tarawera Falls62. 4: 24.6kmYesYes
Fisherman's Bridge77.14.95.311:4021:00YesYesYes
River Road8254.912:0022:00YesYes
Finish-line8705No final cut-off12:2323:00Yes

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Change from 2016: The start has been realigned to avoid congestion and will include more sections of Tokorangi Pa to the water tank. Removal of Direct Road means a flatter and quicker run to Blue Lake. Removal of almost all sealed road and inclusion of scenic lakeside singletrack at Okareka. Fishermans Bridge aid station has moved to the south side of the river and runners will follow the southern side of from Fisherman’s the River to Cummings Road.

Relay teams

  • Each member of a relay team gets a race number. They are identical and all have your team name on them.
  • 87km relay teams swap at Tikitapu (Blue Lake), Okataina and Tarawera Falls.
  • All relay team runners will receive an individual medal at the finish-line in Kawerau.
  • Team members can run more than one leg if a team-member has dropped out.
  • Two cars per relay team is a good idea to get around the course efficiently (especially for fast teams).
  • There are no shirts given to relay team runners. Tarawera t-shirt are available for purchase at our online store, or at the event expo.
  • All race rules and cutoff times apply to relay teams.
  • Relay runners are not allowed to have pacers.
  • Relay team runners do not need drop bags.