Crew Supporters Pacers

Crew and Spectator Information

Support crews are most welcome at the Tarawera Ultra Marathon. We love support crews – especially those that dress up and cheer loudly! The more people and the more enthusiastic you are – the better the atmosphere for the runners. To keep the event manageable as well as fair and safe for all runners, and to make sure support crews do not get lost, there is some information that support crews need to know.

Support crews are in for a real treat. This is a spectacular course and you’ll get to see some an amazing part of New Zealand. Please bear in mind that there will be hundreds of support crew vehicles driving and parking on narrow roads. Please keep your speed down and be careful entering and exiting all parking areas. There is absolutely no need to speed to see your runner at the next Aid Station. You have plenty of time.

There is cellphone coverage on the first 5km and the last 2km of the 100km course only. The remainder of the course is a cellphone deadzone. There is cellphone coverage in Rotorua until you travel a few kilometres past the airport.


Pacers run for FREE. All pacers must check-in at the finish line in Kawerau and pick up a pacer number on race day. Pacer numbers will be white. This is so we know you are part of the event.

You can pace your runner from the Aid Stations: The Outlet, Tarawera Falls, Titoki, Fisherman’s Bridge and River Road. Competitors, you can use two pacers – but only one at a time (they must change over at an Aid Station). Pacers are responsible for their own transport.


NOTE: from the 2015 race onwards, due to space restrictions, the Okareka and Okataina will only be accessed using shuttle buses.

  • The township of Okareka is too small to accommodate 1000+ cars. Buses also remove cars and runners from the same road.
  • There is not enough parking space at Okataina for 1000+ cars.
  • There are multiple hazards in the Tarawera Forest from having so many cars:
    • Dust hazard – increasing likelihood of car-car and car-runner collisions.
    • Fire hazard.
    • Lost and confused support crew.



You can view runners at the following locations:

  • Start at the Rotorua Redwoods.
  • Top of the water tank on Tarawera Road.
  • Opposite the Black House on Tarawera Road.
  • At the far-right of the carpark when you first arrive at Blue Lake. This is the Bus pick-up and drop-off point.
  • Blue Lake Aid Station. This is the lookout between Blue and Green Lakes. Limited space for vehicles at this aid station. We suggest viewing points 4 and 6 if not required by your runner at Blue Lake Aid Station.
  • Blue Lake/Loop Road intersection. This is the Bus pick-up and drop-off point.
  • Okareka Aid Station. BUS ONLY. Also first relay change over. You can only access this point by using the bus from the Blue Lake pick-up and drop-off point. Due to congestion. NO cars will be allowed in Okareka township.Okareka Bus:
    Pick-up: Blue Lake Reserve, Tarawera Road.
    Drop-off: Steep Street.  400 metre walk from Okareka Aid Station.   10-12 minutes.

If you wish to access the Okataina aid station. Parking will be at the Rotoiti Rugby Clubrooms. Board the bus at Emery Field, Rotoiti Rugby Club on the main road (past the Okataina turnoff). This takes you directly to Okataina aid station. Expect 25 minutes each way. You must not park at the Outdoor Education Centre that day – because there is a wedding there. Bus is free.





  • Turn off the main road to Kawerau and park at the Waterhouse Street Reserve in Kawerau. No permits are required.

Tarawera Forest:
You will need a forest access permit to enter the Tarawera Forest and The Outlet, Tarawera Falls (60km finish), Titoki, Fishermans’ Bridge and River Road Aid Stations. Due to forest fire safety, some carparks are distant from aid stations. If you wish to access some of the most distant aid stations, you must be prepared to walk (and no whining!).

– 100 metre walk to The Outlet.
– 1500 metre walk to Tarawera Falls. (60k finish)
– 1800 metre walk to Titoki.
– 300 metre walk to Fisherman’s Bridge.
– 200 metre walk to River Road.

To avoid extreme congestion at the Tarawera Falls, we encourage 85/100 runners’ crews and 60k/relay crews to take two different routes through the Tarawera Forest.

PLEASE NOTE – The Tarawera Forest is private land. The forest owners can prevent private cars from entering the forest on race day. This will be enforced by forest security.
Kawerau Finish Line

The Kawerau finish line is on Firmin Field, Waterhouse Street, Kawerau. This is next to the Tarawera River. You will be instructed where to park.

100/85km spectators, crew and supporters
Travel to The Outlet, this is the first place to see your runner after the Okataina aid station. This requires a small 100 metre walk to see your runner.  After The Outlet, you will have plenty of time to travel down the road to view your runner at Titoki. From the Titoki carpark area, you have a 1.5km walk to the aid station to see your 100km runner, or a 50 metre walk to see your 85km runner (after they have left the Titoki aid station).

60km/Relay spectators and crew
Travel to the Tarawera Falls and park at Carparks 1,2, or 3. You will need to walk in 1.4km to meet your runner.

Significantly, in 2015 the event falls during Waitangi weekend – New Zealand’s national holiday. Rotorua will be busy – so be prepared.


– ALL vehicles require an access permit.
– Fires are NOT permitted.
– Smoking is not permitted.
– In case of emergency call 111.
– Unless authorised, do not cut, fell or remove any live or dead trees, shrubs or other forest produce.
– Keep within the forest boundaries noted on your access permit.
– Always follow instructions of any forestry security staff (from ISCL Ltd.) – be courteous.
– If you observe any unsafe or suspicious activity (such as smoking) contact ISCL 07 347 8880.
– Every permit holder must carry with them photographic identification along with their – Access Permit.
– All people using the forests must comply with New Zealand law.
– Always be courteous to other forest users.
– For further instructions and access instructions please refer to your permit.

– Always drive to the road conditions and be prepared to stop within half the visible road distance ahead.
– Observe the speed limits within the forest – 70km/hr
– The provisions of the New Zealand Road Code must be observed.
– Keep left at all times
– Park safely – as far off road edges as is practicable
– Do not drive in a dust cloud – pull over until the dust settles-
Max 30km/hr in any area where there are runners.

Kawerau Finish Line
The Kawerau Finish Line is on Firmin Field, Waterhouse Street, Kawerau. This is next to the Tarawera River. If you are driving in to the Tarawera forest the finish area is on your right – just before you go over the bridge. The parking area is 100 metres from the finish-line.