Tarawera 50km

The Tarawera 50km was a brand new event for 2019 and returns in 2020 with a new course that makes the most of Rotorua’s geothermal areas, lakes and forests. The 50km is similar in flavor to the other events, with forests, lakes and single trails, and similar elevation to 2019.

All runners and walkers will need to complete athlete check-in on Friday 7th February between 9:00am and 9:00pm at the Lakefront Reserve, Rotorua.

– The start line location for the new 2020 course is at Te Puia.
– There will be a short race briefing at each race start.
– Make sure your race number is facing the front.
– You can leave a labelled start line bag with us and we will transport it back to the finish.

– The finish line location is Lakefront Reserve, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua.
– There will be plenty of fruit and drink at the finish line plus extra food and drink to buy.


BUSESShuttle buses are available for purchase when registering (or at a later date from your MyEvents account) for $10. Pick up from Lakefront Reserve between 5:45am and 6:15am. Limited bookings available.
FINISHLakefront Reserve, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua. Parking will be available on Lakefront Reserve (limited). Alternatively, there is on-street parking on the surrounding street, which is $1/hour from 9am to noon on Saturday and free from noon until Monday morning.
INCLUSIONSWooden engraved finishers medal for all, technical tee, buffet aid stations, finish-line zone with refreshments, medical and safety support.
ENTRY INFO All entry info
2020 COURSECombination of trails and forestry roads with native bush, conifer forest, parkland and thermal landscapes.

Single track 69% | forest track minor forest route 22% | park 3% | forest road 6%
2020 SCENIC HIGHLIGHTSHaka at startline in Te Puia, towering redwoods, native forest single track, steam alongside the trail at Sulphur Point, run alongside Blue Lake and Lake Rotorua, finish at the Lakefront Reserve in downtown Rotorua.
VERTICAL GAIN / LOSS+1572m / -1588m
Yes, 2pts
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
Green Lake22.79.16.629.1
Green Lake
Blue Lake35.7139.216.1YY
Finish51.86.9004pm, SundayYY


2020 Tarawera 50km Course Map

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UTMB QUALIFIER: The Tarawera 50km is a qualifying race for UTMB. The race is worth 2 ITRA points.