The Event

10th annual Tarawera Ultramarathon | 10 February 2018 | Rotorua New Zealand


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Details for the 2018 event to be confirmed.


DateSaturday 10 February 2018
Distances62, 87, 102 km. Relay options: 2 or 4 person for the 87km distance, 2 person relay for the 62km. More details on the Tarawera Ultra course.
EntryEntry opens on 1 June at 11am (NZ) time each year. Expect the race to sell-out. Entry is limited to 1000 entrants *each relay team counts as one entry.
Minimum age17* for the 102km and 16* for other distances. Note -athletes aged 17 and intending to compete in the 102km and athletes aged 16 and competing in either the 62 or 87km will be required to submit evidence to the organiser that they have participated in similar events.
Prizes and prize moneyThe top five place finishers (male and female) in each solo ultra distance receive a custom medal. The 102k winners receive a trophy. There is no prize money.
Race programmeThe latest race programme is here
Start Line87km/102km runners: The Redwoods Visitors Centre - Rotorua New Zealand. Map
62km runners: Millar Road, Lake Okareka. Map
Start time87/102km runners: 6.00am
62km runners: 7.15am
Finish-line Firmin Field Kawerau for all distances.
Race Week ScheduleRace week starts on Thursday with a Dogaine fun run. There is an official Race Welcome, Expo and Registration on Friday. Race day is Saturday and Prizegiving on Sunday. Here is the latest schedule for the Tarawera Ultra race week.
The courseA point to point run from Rotorua to Kawerau. The majority of the run is on singletrack trails through native bush or forestry roads with no road running. In the Tarawera Forest you will be on deserted forestry roads, some of it, alongside the river. This is a trail run - not a road race.

The running surface is excellent with free-draining volcanic soils with some technical roots and rocks on the Okataina and Tarawera section of the course from Humphries Bay to The Outlet. More Info.
Information for Crew & Spectators Crew & Spectators information is here.
Information for PacersRelevant information for pacers can be found here.


Tarawera Ultramarathon Mobile App
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  • Race week starts on Thursday morning and ends on Sunday evening. You are welcome to attend all race week activities.
  • Race Expo is at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre.  Between 12-noon and 8pm Friday on Friday 10 February.
  • There will be Tarawera merchandise plus sponsors products at the Expo.
  • Registration is at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre from 3-8pm on Friday. Bring your Photo ID to register and compulsory gear if required.
  • If you cannot make it, a friend can pick up your race number (62km solo/relay only) – they will need a printed copy of your Photo ID.
  • Do not queue up for registration before it opens if you can avoid it.
  • Remember to pick up safety pins at the registration desk.
  • Your timing chip is on the back of your race number.
  • Do not bend or break your race number and make sure it is visible and facing forward on race day.
  • Safety information is printed on the back of your race number.
  • All drop bags and headlamps must be labelled (we provide pre-printed labels for you and your supporters).
  • You can change your distance at race registration on Friday. A $30 admin fee will apply.
  • You can buy a forest permit for your car ($5) or a bus ticket ($20) at the Expo on Friday.
  • All 87 and 102km ultrarunners must be weighed before they can register, therefore no one can register on their behalf.
  • All runners: plan to be at the 102/87km start-line in the Redwoods forest no later than 5.20am. Traffic will be heavy.
  • Our shuttle buses will take all 62km runners to the start-line on Millar Road immediately after the 102/87km start.


  • Race start for the 87/102km is 6am at The Redwoods, Longmile Road, Rotorua. It will be dark at the start – arrive early.
  • 62km runners will board the free shuttle buses to their race start at Millar Rd immediately after the 6am start.
  • Race start for all 62km runners is 7.15am.
  • If we request compulsory gear – we will inspect EVERY runner at a checkpoint.
  • Be a safe, courteous and patient crew member / supporter at all times. Do not speed.
  • The free shuttle from the Rotoiti Rugby clubrooms will take spectators and crew to Okataina.
  • Pick up your drop bags from Kawerau by showing your race number or handing in the tab that shows your runner’s number.
  • Be safe and look after each other at all times.