Tarawera 50k

The Tarawera 50k is a brand new event for 2019. It features the incredible trails on the southern side of Lake Tarawera, the redwoods, steaming trails in the Rotorua thermal zone and a finish at the historic Government Gardens, Rotorua. 

Due to space constraints at the start-line, the race will start in waves approximately 15 minutes apart. All runners and walkers will be required to take the free bus from the Energy Events Centre to Lake Tarawera and a boat across the lake. You can choose your preferred start wave online prior to race day (see below).

Make sure you read the instructions which apply to all athletes.

All runners and walkers will need to complete athlete check-in on Thursday or Friday. Your race number is your bus and boat ticket. The bus (departs from the Energy Events Centre to Lake Tarawera) and the boat ride across Lake Tarawera is included in your race entry. Due to space constraints, we will not allow private cars to park at the boat pick up point at Lake Tarawera.

– Please line up at the race start ready to go.
– There will be 40 runners and walkers per wave start. Please note details about the Tortoise a Wave for fast runners.
– There will be a short race briefing at each race start.
– Make sure your race number is facing the front.
– See below on how to choose your start wave.
– You can leave a labelled start line bag with us and we will transport it back to the finish.
– Your race photos are 100% free – so make sure you have your race number facing forward. No visible race number = no photos.

– The finish line is The Energy Events Centre, Rotorua (the same place you checked-in).
– You are welcome to a free soak at Blue Baths adjacent to Government Gardens when you finish. Your race number is your ticket.
– There will be plenty of fruit and drink at the finish line plus extra food and drink to buy.


STARTLake Tarawera Isthmus (on the southern shore after a boat ride).
START TIMEStarts at the Isthmus from approx. 7:15am to 12-noon.
Saturday 9 February.

Buses depart Energy Events Centre from 6:00am to 11:15am.

Boats depart Boatshed Bay from 6:30am to 11:45am.

START WAVESAll waves have 40 runners and walkers. The times refer to the Bus pick-up time at the Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Rotorua.

Wave 1 6:00am TORTOISE WAVE | Wave 2 6:15am | Wave 3 6:30am | Wave 4 6:45am | Wave 5 7:00am | Wave 6 7:15am | Wave 7 7:30am | Wave 8 7:45am | Wave 9 8:00am | Wave 10 8:15am | Wave 11 8:30am | Wave 12 8:45am | Wave 13 9:00m | Wave 14 9:15am | Wave 15 9:30am | Wave 16 9:45am | Wave 17 10:00am RABBIT WAVE | Wave 18 10:15am | Wave 19 10:30am | Wave 20 10:45am | Wave 21 11:00am | Wave 22 11:15am

You will be able to pre-select your preferred wave time from the online entry system
anytime from 12-noon Tuesday 22 January onwards.

WAVE 1 Tortoise Wave. For walkers that will take 12 or more hours to complete the 50k course. Any runners starting in this wave will be immediately disqualified and transported off the course.

Wave 17 10:00am. The Rabbit Wave. All runners who intend to race fast and podium in the 50k must start in this wave or later. There will be no podium awards for fast runners starting earlier than 10am.
FINISHThe Energy Events Centre, Rotorua
INCLUSIONSWooden engraved finishers medal for all, technical race shirt, bus to lake, scenic boat ride to start-line, 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 INFO All entry info
ENTRY LIMIT1250 runners and walkers.
COURSECombination of trails and forestry roads with native bush, conifer forest, parkland and thermal landscapes.

Single track 64% | forest track minor forest route 17% | farm/park 4% | forest road 10% | public road 4%
SCENIC HIGHLIGHTSThe isthmus start and scenic boatride, the Tarawera Trail alongside the lake, fresh scones at the Buried Village aid station, run under a waterfall, towering redwoods, steam alongside the trail at Sulphur Point, run along four lakes, finish at historic Government Gardens, Rotorua.
VERTICAL GAIN / LOSS+1833 / -1865 metres
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.


LocationDistance from StartDistance from last aidDistance to next aidDistance to FinishCut off timesSpectatorsDrop bags
Start: Tarawera Isthmus0015.650.7NY
Buried Village15.615.614.135.17:00pmY
Green Lake29.714.16.821N
Tikitapu (Blue Lake)


2019 Tarawera 50k Course Map. Link to a high res. maps suitable for printing (large PDF file).

Tarawera Ultramarathon 50k Course Map

Tarawera Ultramarathon 50k Course Map

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

Tarawera 50k elevation profile