2019 Schedule

Wednesday 6 February 2019. Waitangi Day. 

ActivityTime Location
Tarawera Forest Tour9:00am to 3:00pm (approx.)The Tarawera Forest, accessed from Kawerau.
Race Director's BBQ5:30pmParadise Valley Springs, 467 Paradise Valley Rd, Rotorua

Thursday 7 February 2019

ActivityTimeLocation
Scenic Boat CruiseDeparts 8:45am from The Energy Events Centre carparkQueens Drive. Rotorua
Race Expo9am-7pmEnergy Events Centre. Queens Drive. Rotorua
Athlete check-in. All distances10:00am to 7:00pmEnergy Events Centre. Queens Drive. Rotorua
Rogaine Team Fun RunRegistration opens at 4:45pmRedwoods Visitor Centre, Longmile Road, Rotorua
Rogaine Event Start5:30pmRedwoods Visitor Centre, Longmile Road, Rotorua
Ultra Race Briefing #17:00pmEnergy Events Centre. Queens Drive. Rotorua
100 Mile Race Briefing #18:00pmEnergy Events Centre. Queens Drive. Rotorua

Friday 8 February 2019

ActivityTimeLocation
Powhiri Welcome8.30amTe Puia, Hemo Rd, Rotorua
Race Expo9:00am - 7:00pmEnergy Events Centre. Queens Drive, Rotorua
Race Start: 20k9:00am Lake Okareka
Athlete Check In.
All distances.
10:00am - 7:00pmEnergy Events Centre. Queens Drive, Rotorua
Race Briefing, 160k runners 12-noonEnergy Events Centre. Queens Drive, Rotorua
Race Briefing, 50, 102k runners 1:00pmEnergy Events Centre. Queens Drive, Rotorua
Elite Athlete Q&A2:00pmEnergy Events Centre. Queens Drive, Rotorua
Seminar for First Time Ultra Runners3:00pmEnergy Events Centre. Queens Drive, Rotorua
Race Briefing, 50, 102k runners 7:00pmEnergy Events Centre. Queens Drive, Rotorua
Expo and registration closes7:00pmPlease ensure you are registered by now and all your dropbags have been delivered to us.

Saturday 9 February 2019

ActivityTimeLocation
Race Start: 100 Miler4:00amGovernment Gardens, Rotorua
Optional Bus to 102k start in Kawerau4:20am to 4:45am departureEnergy Events Centre carpark, Rotorua
Race start: 102k6:00amFirmin Field, Kawerau
Mandatory bus to 50k start on Lake Tarawera8:00am to 11:00amEnergy Events Centre carpark, Rotorua
Race start: 50k9:00am - 12noonTo be confirmed

Sunday 10 February 2019

ActivityTimeLocation
Prize-giving: All distances 4:30pmEnergy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Rotorua
Celebration Dinner6.00pmSkyline Rotorua, 178 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua

Wednesday 6 February

Tarawera Forest Tour
When: 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Where: The Tarawera Forest. You will need your own transport to Kawerau. If you have room, please carpool from the Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive Rotorua (assemble outside the Energy Events centre at 8am) or self-drive to Waterhouse St Kawerau.
Cost: $170. Not suitable for under 10 years of age.

Spend Waitangi Day (New Zealand’s national holiday) in the best way possible. We will transport you to Kawerau and deep into the Tarawera Forest for a fun and relaxing day in the sun. Enjoy a relaxing downhill walk on the Tarawera Falls track, jump into the swimming holes, raft down the Tarawera River, a picnic in the forest and blackberry picking from our favourite secret spots.

 

Race Director’s BBQ
When: 5:30pm – 8:00pm.
Where: Paradise Valley Springs. 467 Paradise Valley Rd, Ngongotaha Valley.
Cost: $35 (adults) and $10 for 5-15 year olds. Under fives are free.

Race Director Tim Day and the Rotorua Trail Running Club invites you to our traditional Wednesday evening barbecue with a range of tasty New Zealand food and drinks.

Your chance to catch up with friends from all over the world, drink some Paradise Pure water or a Croucher ULTRA craft beer and ask about the race.

Our hosts, Paradise Valley Springs invite you to take the beauty of their venue, amazing trout pools, natural springs, tree-top canopy walks and New Zealand native bird-life.

There will be no tickets available at the BBQ.

 


Thursday 7 February

Buried Village, Scenic Boat Cruise on Lake Tarawera and Lake Rotomahana and Waimangu Thermal Valley.

When: 8:45am to 2:00pm on Thursday.
Where: Bus Pickup from The Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive Rotorua.
Cost: $220 (adults) and $120 for 5-15 year olds. Not suitable for under five-years of age. Walking is required and it’s a long-ish trip.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the area. This tour has been customised especially for the ultra. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to explore some of the most remote and inaccessible parts of the Tarawera Ultramarathon and 100-miler courses by boats (note TWO boat trips), hang out with some famous runners and meet the organisers. Highlights include:
– A guided tour of Te Wairoa – The Buried Village including complimentary Devonshire morning tea and scones.
– Scenic boat trip on Lake Tarawera including Humphries Bay, The Outlet and the Isthmus with Totally Tarawera.
– Lunch and swim or soak in the thermally-heated waters of Hot Water Beach, Lake Tarawera.
– 20 minute walk over the isolated Te Ariki Isthmus from one lake to the next.
– Scenic boat rides past the steaming cliffs on Lake Rotomahana, underneath Mt Tarawera.
– Tour through Waimangu Volcanic Valley past amazing thermal attractions.
– Bus pickup and dropoff.

The tour leaves and returns to the Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive Rotorua. Essentials: Swimming outfit, towel, camera.


Event Expo

When: 9:00am to 7:00pm
Where: The Energy Events Cantre, Queens Drive Rotorua 

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

The Tarawera Store will be open, selling Tarawera Ultra branded Compressport shirts, Buffs, silicone cups, thermal mugs, medal holders, wall art and trail running books. Paul’s info. desk is the place to ask all of your race and Expo / rego questions.

Cash, Eftpos and Credit Card.


 

Athlete Check In
When: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Where: The Energy Events Cantre, Queens Drive Rotorua 

We will check the photo ID of all runners when picking up their race number, so please bring your photo ID to registration. You must be weighed before registering. You must bring your compulsory gear for inspection. All other procedures as described below apply.


Rogaine Team Fun Run
When: Registration from 4:45pm. Event Start 5.30pm
Where: The Redwoods Visitor Centre, Longmile Rd, Rotorua
Cost: Free

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.

Teams of 2- 5 runners 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. 


Race Briefings
When:
– 6:00pm. Race Briefing –  160k runners
– 7:00pm. Race Briefing –  50k and 102k runners

Where: The Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Rotorua
Who: Paul Charteris, Tim Day, representatives of landowners along the Tarawera Ultramarathon course, and our Medical Director.
What: This covers the course, race rules, drop bags, relays, Aid Stations, spectating and crewing, travel times.



Friday 8 February

Official Race Welcome

When:  8:30am
Where: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua (10-15min walk from the Distinction Hotel)
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: 9:00am to 7:00pm
Where: The Energy Events Cantre, Queens Drive Rotorua 

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

The Tarawera Store will be open, selling Tarawera Ultra branded Compressport shirts, Buffs, silicone cups, thermal mugs, medal holders, wall art and trail running books. Paul’s info. desk is the place to ask all of your race and Expo / rego questions. Cash, Eftpos and Credit Card.


Athlete Check In. All distances.
When: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Where: The Energy Events Cantre, Queens Drive Rotorua 

We will check the photo ID of all runners when picking up their race race number, so please bring your photo ID to registration. You must be weighed before registering. You must bring your compulsory gear for inspection. All other procedures as described below apply.


20k Race Start
20k Start time and location | 9:00am, Lake Okareka.


Race Briefings
When:
– 12-noon. Race Briefing. 160k runners
– 1:00pm. Race Briefing – 50k and 102k runners
– 7:00pm. Race Briefing –  50k and 102k runners

Where: The Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Rotorua
Who: Paul Charteris, Tim Day, representatives of landowners along the Tarawera Ultramarathon course, and our Medical Director.
What: This covers the course, race rules, drop bags, relays, Aid Stations, spectating and crewing, travel times.


Elite Athlete Q&A
When: 2pm to 3pm 
Where: The Energy Events Centre. Queens Drive, Rotorua.

Moderated by the ever-entertaining and knowledgeable Kerry Suter (2x Tarawera champion) from SquadRun and Meghan Hicks from iRunFar.com. 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.


 

First Time Attempting an Ultra? How to survive

When: 3pm to 4pm 
Where: The Energy Events Centre. Queens Drive, Rotorua.

Panicking (just slightly) about tomorrow? We have a panel of experienced runners, coaches and authors to give you some tips on what you can do right, what can go wrong (and horribly wrong) and how to make the most of what will be a memorable day.

If you do not register before 7pm on Friday, you DO NOT RACE the following morning. No exceptions!

 



 Saturday 9 February

Race Day 
100 Miler Start time and location | 4:00am, Government Gardens, Rotorua.
Optional buses (for runners only) for 102km  leave outside the Rotorua Museum, Government Gardens between 4:20 and 4:45am.
102k Start time and location | 6:00am, Firmin Field, Kawerau.
50k Start time and location | 9:00am-12-noon. To be confirmed.


Sunday 10 February

Prizegiving. All distances.

When: 4pm
Where: Energy Events centre. Queens Drive, Rotorua. 

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.

Return Gondola and Stratosfare Dinner Buffet
$60 per person, children 5-14yrs $30 and under five’s are free. Please pay on arrival at Skyline on Sunday evening.