TARAWERA TRAIL MARATHON & 50K | TIKITAPU TRAIL RUN

Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50k Events Cancelled for 2018

Dear runners,

The team at NZ Trail Runs Ltd. has been working really hard over the last couple of months to put together our 2018 and 2019 season events.

The Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50k event is one of our favourites and it’s pretty hard to beat a hot water beach finish with a craft beer and a boat ride – but it’s expensive to put the event on.

We’ve thought long and hard about it, and have decided to incorporate those great race elements into the 2019 Tarawera Ultramarathon Festival, with a marathon (or thereabouts) distance as part of that festival.

Therefore the Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50k will not be held in 2018.

We thank you for being part of and supporting this event over the past four years.

What the event has been able to achieve in those four years is extraordinary. You runners and walkers have come from all over the world attend this event. For many of you, this was your first ever marathon or trail run.

We are particularly proud of the trail work we have been able to contribute, the community groups supported and the positive impact this event has had on the Tarawera area as a destination and recreation area.

We are sorry to those who had their hearts set on it being in November, and thanks to those of you who’ve joined us for one or more of the first four years. We’ll reveal further details about the even greater Tarawera Ultramarathon Festival in the coming 4 weeks. For those with an adventurous spirit, watch this space for more details of the Tikitapu Trail Run.

With much appreciation,

Paul Charteris and Tim Day
14 June 2018.


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.   

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).

Tarawera Trail Marathon&50k and Tikitapu Trail Run images

Why sign up for the Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50k or Tikitapu Trail Run?

Geyser start-line No other running event in the world starts THAT close to a geyser.
Aid station food Tea and scones with jam and whipped cream at an aid station? Heck yeah!
Scenic trail run We take you to the most unexplored and scenic places in the forest. It’s a real adventure.
Boat ride at the finish line All marathon & 50k’ers get a 30min boat ride from the finish-line at Hot Water Beach, as part of their entry fee.
Adventure trail run 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 buffet Aid station heaven! Sweet potato fries, pizza, jet planes.. There will be plenty of food and drink options at the aid stations.
Wooden finisher medal Everyone receives a medal and a finish-line hug!
Trail walk 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.
Natural hot pool at the finish line 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.
Volunteers come up with aid station themes 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!