Tarawera Ultra: Waterfall and Northern Tarawera Track

Shortly after the 62km start, the trail follows the Tarawera river past the Tarawera Falls, alongside massive boulders, cascades, rivers and bridges along the Tarawera Falls track.

The Tarawera aid station follows shortly after, which brings runners ever closer to their destination of Rotorua.

For Tarawera Ultra runners, Tapahoro – or The Tarawera Outlet provides the first glimpse of the lakes which define this route. The 18 sparkling lakes and rivers around Rotorua are treasured natural assets and taonga to the Te Arawa people. Tarawera ultra runners get to experience the most beautiful places.

Runners follow a lakeside trail towards Humphries Bay, all the while catching glimpses of the lake and mountain beyond the treeline.

After taking some fuel and a quick break at the colourful Humphries aid station (which is only accessible by boat or on foot), runners dive back into the bush on the eastern Okataina walkway. This trail is one of the more technical sections of the course, and offers glimpses over the lake as runners duck in and out of the bush under massive pohutukawa.

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