Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run

 Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run 9-10 February 2019 | Rotorua, New Zealand


The 2019 Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run is a challenging ultra-distance race in the Rotorua and Tarawera regions, New Zealand. Completing an anti-clockwise loop, the event starts and finishes at Government Gardens in Rotorua. Runners start in the dark on Saturday morning and many will run for 24 or more hours – finishing on Sunday.

The course features eight lakes, streams, rivers, native bush, planted forests, farmland and volcanic areas. A boatride takes runners across Lake Rotomahana.



START & FINISHGovernment Gardens, Rotorua and The Energy Events Centre, Rotorua.
START TIME 4:00am, Saturday 9 February
DISTANCE161km (100 miles).
INCLUSIONSHighly-prized and exclusive pounamu (New Zealand jade) for all finishers, free 100 miler BUFF, technical race shirt, buffet aid stations, free hotpools at finish, finish-line zone with refreshments and craft beer (18 years+), medical and safety support and finish-line hugs.
ENTRY INFOAll info is here
ENTRY LIMIT1000 runners
RUNNER CHECK-IN7 and 8 February at the Energy Events Centre, Rotorua.
BRIEFINGSFriday at the Energy Events Centre. COMPULSORY TO ATTEND.
COURSESingle loop. Combination of trails and forestry roads with some sealed road. Native bush, conifer forest, farmland, parkland and thermal landscapes.

The course will not be substantially different from 2018, there will be a more direct route to the finish from Blue Lake which means a little more distance added in the middle of the course. The historic Buried Village (with tea and scones) will be added to your journey.

Single track 59% | forest track minor forest route 21% | farm/park 2% | forest road 8% | public road 10%
SCENIC HIGHLIGHTSHaka at startline at Government Gardens, the solitude of the Tarawera Forest, boat ride across Lake Rotomahana, waterfalls on the Tarawera Falls track, twists and turns on the Eastern Okataina track, running through the archaeological site of Buried Village, towering redwoods, steam alongside the trail at Sulphur Point, run along eight lakes, finish at historic Government Gardens, Rotorua NZ.
EXTRA FEATURESOne of the most international, scenic and competitive 100 mile runs in the world. An achievable first-time 100-mile ultra trail run.
VERTICAL GAIN / LOSS +5132m / -5134m
EXPECTED TIME LAST FINISHER36 hours (4:00pm Sunday)
Yes, sub-30 hours finish required.
Yes. On UTMB website
RUN HOME FROM REDWOODSAll ultra runners may have as many people run to the finish with them from The Redwoods as they wish. These supporters run for free.


NUMBER OF ATHLETESLow (20-30)XMassive (2000+)
QUALITY OF ELITE FIELDNon-eliteXHighly competitive
DIVERSITY OF SCENERYAll the sameXExtremely varied
FRIENDLINESSGrumpyXWildly happy
TECHNICALITYNon-technicalXExtremely technical
HEATFreezing coldXExtremely hot
HUMIDITYDryXExtremely humid
NUMBER OF AID STATIONSSelf supportedXFully catered
QUALITY OF AID STATIONSVirtually nothingXEverything provided
-- VEGANVirtually nothingXEverything provided
-- GLUTEN FREEVirtually nothing XEverything provided
-- HOT FOODVirtually nothingXEverything provided
NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERSFew (20-30)XMany (2000+)
START LINENon existentXExcellent
FINISH LINE **Non existentXExcellent
MEDICAL & SAFETYFinish line onlyXEntire course

* parking security, atmosphere, entertainment, food and drink.
** parking security, atmosphere, food and drink.

Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run. New Zealand fern



The Miler course includes some of the Tarawera Ultramarathon course, the Tarawera 50k and 102k courses and much more. The course features narrow single track trails, wide trails, forestry and sealed roads. Forests, lakes, geothermal features, a boat-based lake crossing and the city of Rotorua. It will be a runnable, moderately hilly trail ultra marathon course.

The Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run takes a substantially different course to either of the  50k or 102k ultramarathon courses. The latter half of the 100 Miler course will share some trails in common with the Tarawera Ultra 102k courses.

We expect the winning male to complete the Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run course in 14 hours or less. As a rough guide, this a little faster than Western States and much faster than UTMB.


2019 Tarawera 100 Mile Course Map. Link to a high res. map suitable for printing (large PDF file).

Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run course map

2019 NOTE: Titoki will now NOT be accessible on race day. The Outlet ‘may’ be accessible – but due to high fire risk – this location may be shut to the public.


Tarawera 100 mile endurance run elevation profile

.gpx  and .kml files for download | Trace de Trail | Elevation Profile (PDF)


LocationDistance from StartDistance from last aidDistance to next aidDistance to FinishCut off timeSpectatorsDrop bagsPacers
Green Lake26.47.48134.6
Buried Village34.4814.9126.611:45amYY
Rerewhakaaitu (incl 1.7km on boat)
Outlet101.49.87.659.62:45amMaybe - possibility of no access due to fire risk. Y

* All runners must leave the Aid Station BEFORE the cut-off times.


The Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run is a qualifying race for the 2020 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. You will need to finish in 30 hours or less to qualify for WSER.


utmb qualifying raceUTMB QUALIFIER: The Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance Run is a qualifying race for UTMB. The race is worth 6 ITRA points.




Runners associated with sponsors of the event may receive a free or discounted entry from that sponsor. All policies listed on this page still apply to athletes associated with sponsors.

Tarawera River New Zealand


The following qualification standards are applicable to the 2019 event. They are not negotiable.

  1. There will be a requirement to complete a minimum of eight hours volunteer work to compete in the 100-mile race.
  2. Completion of a trail race, 80.00 km or longer between 1 June 2017 to 31 December 2018. You must have finished within the final cut off time for that event.
  3. Your result must be for completion of that event. This means, for example, you cannot submit a result showing you made it 85km into a 100km race.
  4. You will need to submit a web link to your result online (on the official race website) when you sign up – or modify your entry profile at some later date to include that link.
  5. Runs that are on sealed roads or timed runs (e.g. 6, 12, 24 hr.) on a running track will not be accepted.
  6. Unofficial events (e.g. training runs) will not be accepted.
  7. Self-timed events or self-reported events will not be accepted. An autonomous electronic timing system (such as chip timing) must be used. At the Race Directors discretion, a GPS file of an 80km (or above) run at such an event may be accepted.
  8. Race management reserve the right to reject any result deemed not meeting criteria 1-7.

Failure to meet the qualification standard will result in automatic cancellation of your entry with no refund. Therefore, it would be wise to have completed your qualifying run prior to entering.


Jim Walmsley 2017 Tarawera Ultramarathon


You do not need to provide a medical certificate to enter this event. When you enter online, you will complete medical and health questions. These include details of any medications you are taking, medical conditions or issues that may prevent you from completing this event.
AGE LIMIT:  This race is open to anyone born in 1999 or before.

Participant rules for the Tarawera Ultramarathon are posted online. These posted rules also apply to the 100 Mile Endurance Run. The additional rules below relate specifically to the 100 miler.

All 100-mile runners will be required to carry compulsory gear for the duration of the race. A compulsory gear inspection will need to be completed at the athlete check-in before you can collect your race bib. The compulsory gear is:
– Headlamp
– Base layer long top wool/polypropylene
– Base layer long pants wool/polypropylene
– Thermal hat (Buff accepted)
– Thermal gloves
– Waterproof jacket (seam-sealed + hooded)
– Survival bag – not a survival blanket*
– 2 metres of self-adhesive bandage
– Mobile Phone – charged in a waterproof container

* The survival bag must be sealed everywhere except the top opening (i.e it is a bag, not a blanket) – it must be large enough for you to climb into and pull tight around your shoulders – if it is a single-use bag (most foil survival bags are single use), then it must be in new condition. Survival bags from most outdoor retailers are perfect and range from $5 to $25.

Sally McRae Tarawera Falls

All 100 Mile runners will need a headlamp at the race start. You can swap your named headlamp at any aid station if you wish, but must carry a lamp at all times (use your official TUM headlamp tag, provided on your drop bag label sheets, in your race pack). Surplus clothing (which must also be clearly named/labelled) can be left with the volunteers at the start or first aid station and can be picked up at the finish or prize giving. Almost all 100 Mile runners will be running through Saturday/Sunday night and will need headlamps.

Pacers are companion runners that can accompany a 100 Miler entrant from various points to the finish-line in Rotorua. Pacers run for free. The Pacers role is to accompany their runner to provide moral support, pacing advice and companionship in the latter stages of the event. There are strict rules regarding pacing.

  • All pacers must wear a compulsory race number. Numbers must be picked up by runners at registration before race day. Runners will sign up their pacers at registration – the pacer may be present in person, but the runner will take ultimate responsibility for their pacer(s).
  • Pacer numbers will be white. This is so we know you are part of the event.
  • Pacer pick up locations are likely to be Okataina, Blue Lake Aid Station and Redwoods.
  • You cannot meet your runner before or after the designated pacer pick up locations or at intermediate points. Doing so results in disqualification.
  • Competitors, you can use two pacers – but only one at a time. They must change over at a pacer pick up location.
  • If you plan to make an exchange of pacers, the pacer number must be handed over from the previous pacer to the next pacer.
  • Pacers are responsible for their own transport to the pick up locations.
  • Pacers may not carry extra water, food or equipment for runners.
  • With the exception of an emergency or medical situation, pacers cannot provide any material assistance to their runners.
  • Pacers must carry their own set of compulsory clothing and equipment items to match that required by the runners.
  • In addition to formal pacers, 100 mile runners may be accompanied by friends and family from the Redwoods to the finish. These people are not an official part of the race, but can provide moral support to their runner.

Pacer at the Tarawera Ultramarathon