TARAWERA TRAIL MARATHON & 50K | TIKITAPU TRAIL RUN
The Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50k starts at Pohutu Geyser in the Whakarewarewa Thermal Field, Te Puia. From there, it’s ‘full steam ahead’ through Hemo Gorge and following Puarenga Stream into the heart of Whakarewarewa Forest. Following the hidden corners of Green Lake takes you to the views from the ridgetop on Woodstock Farm. Running past the sheep and back along the shores of Rotokakahi (Green Lake), it’s 15km along the new Tarawera Trail. With views of Lakes Tarawera and Rotomahana along the way, you’ll finish right under Mt Tarawera – at Hot Water Beach where you can soak in the natural hot water pool or jump in the lake. A scenic boatride and bus takes you back home. 2016 race guide.
Don’t feel like running a marathon or an ultra marathon? Then our Tikitapu Trail Run is just what you’re after! Short distance adventure run – achievable and great for anyone new to trail running.
The Tikitapu Trail Run is part of the Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50km since November 2016. You can choose between a 16 and 23km walk/run, both starting at Pohutu Geyser, Te Puia and finishing at at one of New Zealand’s most spectacular locations – Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake).
Why sign up for the Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50k or Tikitapu Trail Run?
No other running event in the world starts THAT close to a geyser.
Tea and scones with jam and whipped cream at an aid station? Heck yeah!
We take you to the most unexplored and scenic places in the forest. It’s a real adventure.
All marathon & 50k’ers get a 30min boat ride from the finish-line at Hot Water Beach, as part of their entry fee.
We make sure to add new adventure features every year. In 2016, it was definitely the bum sliding action on some muddy down hills.
Aid station heaven! Sweet potato fries, pizza, jet planes.. There will be plenty of food and drink options at the aid stations.
No matter what distance you are completing (16/23/42.2 or 50km) – everyone gets a beautiful wooden medal!
You prefer walking the event? No problem, we welcome trail walkers to join us. You will be surprised, there are some seriously fast walkers out there.
All marathon and 50k’ers get to soak in a natural hot pool at the Hot Water Beach finish-line. An experience like nothing else.
Our creative volunteers turn each aid station into a fun place to hang out and fuel up. (well, unless they are dressed as Zombies..)
Still not enough reason to sign up? Here’s some more!