2018 Schedule

Details for the 2018 event to be confirmed.


Thursday 8 February 2018

Scenic Boat CruiseDeparts 11.00amThe Landing, Lake Tarawera
Dogaine - Team Fun Run featuring dogsRegistration: From 4.45pm
Event Start: 5.30pm
Reserve next to Rotorua Holiday Inn
Race Briefing #17pmRotorua Holiday Inn, 10 Tyron Street, Rotorua

Friday 9 February 2018

Powhiri Welcome8.30amTe Puia, Hemo Rd, Rotorua
Race Briefing #211.00amRotorua Holiday Inn
Elite Athlete Q&A12 noonRotorua Holiday Inn
Expo12 noon to 8.00pmRotorua Holiday Inn
Registration3.00pm to 8.00pmRotorua Holiday Inn
Pre-Race Yoga*1.45pm to 2.45pmRotorua Holiday Inn (back garden)
Race Briefing #38:20pmRotorua Holiday Inn

Saturday 10 February 2018

Race Day6.00am 87/102km Start
7.15am 62km Start
87/102km: Start at Redwoods Visitor Centre
62km: Start at Millar Road

Sunday 11 February 2018

Sequoia BrunchFrom 8.00amSequoia Eatery, 10 Tarawera Road
Post-Race Yoga**9.30am to 10.30amUnder the sail in the Redwoods (behind the Redwoods Visitors Centre )
Prize-giving12 noon to 1.30pmRotorua Holiday Inn
Celebration Dinner6.00pmSkyline Rotorua, 178 Fairy Springs Road

* Pre-Race Yoga: Stretch, Focus and Warm-Up with a one hour class taught by Sarah Lei from RunYoga. Venue: Back garden at Holiday Inn (same location as race registration).  No experience necessary.  Email: info@runyoga.net or sign-up at race registration. Cost: $5 (all proceeds go to the Mental Health Foundation). Bring a yoga mat (if you have one) or a towel and a blanket.

**Post-Race Yoga: Stretch, Relax and Recover with a one-hour class taught by Sarah Lei from RunYoga. Venue: Under the sail in the Redwoods (behind the Visitors Centre on Long Mile).  No experience necessary.  Email info@runyoga.net to register or just turn up on the day.  Cost $5 (all proceeds go to the Mental Health Foundation).  Bring a yoga mat (if you have one) or a towel and a blanket.


Thursday 8 February

Scenic Boat Cruise on Lake Tarawera SOLD OUT.

When: Departs 11am. Return 2:30pm
Where: Departs from The Landing, Lake Tarawera. Limited to 50 people total.
Cost: Adults $80, children 12 yrs and under $40.

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to explore some of the most remote and inaccessible parts of the Tarawera Ultramarathon course by boat, hang out with some famous runners and meet the organisers. Lunch is included.

The tour leaves and returns to The Landing on Lake Tarawera. This includes a ‘get on and off’ at Humphries Bay and the Outlet for a recce of the course including the isthmus between Humphries and Okataina and part of the Tarawera Waterfalls Track. The tour concludes at Te Rata Bay – Hot Water Beach for a hot soak or a swim. Essentials: Swimming outfit, towel, camera.


NEW IN 2017!
The world’s inaugural DOGAINE

When: Registration from 4.45pm. Event Start 5.30pm
Where: Reserve next to Holiday Inn, 10 Tyron Street, Rotorua
Cost: Voluntary cash donation for SPCA

This year, the annual Tarawera Ultra Thursday evening fun run will be a Rogaine* run with a twist for a cause – every team must have a dog (=Dogaine) and we are raising funds for the Kawerau and Rotorua SPCA.

Teams of 2- 5 runners plus one dog per team must find as many hidden checkpoints in the forest as possible in one hour. Please sign up for the event on our Facebook page if you are interested in coming. The page can also be used to form teams and find your canine partners – if all fails, bring a fluffy toy dog with you. The event doubles as a fundraiser for the Kawerau and Rotorua SPCA’s through paws4kawerau – both centres will be present and bring some of their dogs to take part in the event also.

Event organiser Katrin Webb says the event will be hilarious total dog chaos and a test to see who is faster and smarter – dogs or humans! There will also be spot prizes up for grabs for your canine partners.

*A Rogaine is a ‘treasure hunt’ completed in teams, where you’ll be given a map with a number of points to find. The highest value points are placed the furthest away. You’ll have a fixed time to get as many points as you can within the allotted time (around one hour). For every minute that your team arrives after the cut-off time, you lose points.


Friday 9 February

Official Race Welcome

When:  8:30am
Where: Te Aronui a Rua Marae, Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua (10-15min walk from Holiday Inn)
Cost: FREE for all registered athletes and their family members.

Haere mai – Welcome to Rotorua, New Zealand! The official welcome to the event will be a Powhiri (welcome) at Te Aronui a Rua Marae, Te Puia, Rotorua. In the traditional style of the people of the Te Arawa tribe, you will be welcomed onto the marae (meeting house). It is an honour for the event to be welcomed onto such a magnificent and sacred site. You will be welcomed by Her Worship, Steve Chadwick, Mayor of Rotorua.


Event Expo

When: 12 noon to 8pm
Where: Pohutu Cultural Theatre, Rotorua Holiday Inn. 10 Tryon Street, Rotorua.

The Expo is where you can find all the latest and greatest stuff in the world of trail running, including specials from Compressport, Hoka One One, Ultimate Direction, Tailwind Nutrition and Buff Headwear.

The Tarawera Store will be open, selling Tarawera Ultra branded Compressport shirts, Buffs, silicone cups, thermal mugs, medal holders, Tarawera elevation profile tattoos, wall art (HALF PRICE!), 2017 wall planners and trail running books.

Cash, Eftpos and Credit Card.


Race Briefing

When: 11am-11:45am 
Where: Te Puna Aroha Room. Rotorua Holiday Inn.
Who: Paul Charteris, Tim Day, representatives of landowners along the Tarawera Ultramarathon course, and our Medical Director.

This covers the course, race rules, drop bags, relays, Aid Stations, spectating and crewing, travel times. Seating is limited to 300.


Elite Athlete Q&A

When: 12-noon to 1:20pm 
Where: Te Puna Aroha Room. Rotorua Holiday Inn.

Moderated by the ever-entertaining and knowledgeable Kerry Suter (2x Tarawera champion) from SquadRun. The elite athlete question and answer session will be your chance to ask some of the world’s top runners about their training philosophy, race strategy, nutrition, shoe choice, recommended beer… This session is always a favourite. Your chance to learn from the best.


Race Registration

When: 3pm to 8pm 
Where: Te Puna Aroha Room, Holiday Inn. 10 Tryon Street, Rotorua.

Pick up your race programme and race number during this time. No race numbers or timing chips will be handed out on race day morning or any other time.

We will check the photo ID of all runners when picking up their race programme and race number, so please bring your photo ID to registration.

87km and 102km solo entrants: You must be weighed before registering.

62km solo entrants and relay teams: If you cannot make it to registration between 3 and 8pm, someone else can pick up your race programme and race number. Please make sure that person brings a printed copy of your photo ID.

If compulsory gear is required, we may check this gear at registration. Please be prepared to bring the gear and have it ready to be inspected by a volunteer.

Your timing chip is on the back of your race number.

Make sure a volunteer records that you have received your race programme and race number.

Drop bag labels will be given to you at race registration. You must use the official drop-bag labels if you wish to use drop bags this year – our volunteers will be checking that you have the correct labels.  We will not be accepting any drop bags without the official labels.  Please leave your drop bags with the appropriate truck or van before 8pm. These will be in the carpark outside the Holiday Inn. Walk through the Expo to the drop bag zone.

You must indicate if you have decided to change your race distance, relay team name or team members (and pay the $30 admin fee). There will be a change-over desk at registration.

Athlete Emergency Contact: We will check the phone number of your emergency contact at race registration. This must be a contact who can be reached on race day.

Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions during the race check-in on Friday afternoon and during the pre-race briefing. Ask lots of questions!

If you do not register before 8pm on Friday, you DO NOT RACE the following morning. No exceptions!


 Saturday 10 February

Race Day – 102/87km
When: 6.00am 
Where: Redwoods Visitor Centre (Longmile Rd, Rotorua) – Please aim to be at the start line no later than 5.20am.

Race Day – 62km
When: 7.15am
Where:  Millar Rd (Lake Okareka). Please take our free shuttle bus at the Redwoods at 6.10-6.20am (immediately after the start of the two longer runs). There will be no public access to the 62km start area.


Sunday 11 February


When: 12 noon – 1:30pm
Where: Rotorua Holiday Inn, 10 Tyron St.

Please join us as we share the results, stories and photos from the previous day. The top placegetters will share their experience of the race – so your chance to learn how it went for some of the best ultrarunners in the world. We will have any unclaimed drop bags and lost property at prizegiving.


Celebration Dinner

When: 6pm
Where: Skyline, 178 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua

All runners, volunteers, friends and family are welcome to join the organisers as we celebrate the official end of race week. Dinner will be a full buffet at Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, Skyline – high above the city of Rotorua. We know you’ll be hungry!

Following a gondola ride to the top, Stratosfare features a stunning array of freshly prepared buffet and cooked-to-order dishes highlighting locally sourced seafood, meat and produce, Stratosfare takes you on a gastronomic journey. From the tidal mussel tank, ensuring the freshest mussels you can find, to the flame rotisserie, Art of the Grill chef station, seasonal salads and delicate cooked-to-order crepes, this restaurant is a unique and decadent Rotorua dining experience.

Seating is limited – so please reserve your place on the Facebook event page.

Return Gondola and Stratosfare Dinner Buffet
$59 per person, children 5-14yrs $29 and under five’s are free.