42.2 and 50km Run or Walk | From Geyser to Hot Water Beach




Both the marathon and the 50km are a stunning one-way point-to-point course from Te Puia to Hotwater Beach on the shore of Lake Tarawera. Both distances start at Te Puia and end at Hot Water Beach.


Course Map (PDF)  | Elevation Profiles (PDF)

Marathon | Total uphill vertical 1545 metres with 1545 metres of downhill. Download .GPX of the course.
50km  | Total uphill vertical 1720 metres with 1710 metres of downhill.  Download .GPX of the course.

Download the .kmz file for Google Earth.


Marathon Course* 

Aid stationMarathonDistance to next aid station
Start: Te Puia07
Puarenga Nice!75.5
Pondy Vista12.51.5
Green Lake Picnic146
Green Lake Picnic return207
Buried Village27 The cutoff time to here is 2:30pm for all competitors. 7
Twin Streams344
Finish: Hot Water Beach42

* All distances are in km

50km Course*

Aid station50km courseDistance to next aid station
Start: Te Puia07
Puarenga Nice!75.5
Pondy Vista12.51.5
Green Lake Picnic147
Woodstock Woolshed217
Green Lake Picnic return287
Buried Village35* The cutoff time to here is 2:30pm for all competitors. 7
Twin Streams424
Finish: Hot Water Beach50

All distances are in km

Start to Puarenga Nice ! Start to 7 km
Single track, forestry roads  

The event starts in the Whakarewarewa Thermal Field, Te Puia. You will run through the thermal field and under a tunnel which leads straight into the hemo gorge track. Continue on single track trails through hemo gorge and past the Waipa Mountainbike area, over the bridge and onto the Yellow Track through the Redwood Grove, Bakers Hollow and then Nursery Road.  Follow Nursery Road to through the Puarenga Stream Track to the first aid station ‘Puarenga Nice’ at the intersection of the Puarenga Stream Track and Nice Road.

Puarenga Nice to Green Lake Picnic: 7 to 14 km
Forestry Roads, marked route

It’s a gently uphill on Nice Road to Reservoir Road (with a water supply at the drinking fountain), along Ring Road through a new ‘secret shortcut’ in the Forest south of the Pondy Mountainbike tracks, over the forestry road summit. At the summit, look back over your shoulder at the views of Rotorua city and Lake Rotorua before dropping down to the Green Lake Picnic area via Pondy Road.

The Woodstock Loop (50km only) 14 to 28km
Farm tracks, forestry roads, single track, marked route, sealed road. 

Leaving Green Lake Picnic you stay along Green Lake for only a short time before veering right and onto Mossy Track. At the high point of Mossy, you follow a marked route to the Woodstock Farm Boundary. Follow the ridgeline along Woodstock Farm. You run right through the middle of the property ascending all the way to the Woodstock Woolshed before plunging down through little farm tracks to Green Lake and tracing the western shore of the lakefront back to the Green Lake Picnic Station.

Green Lake Picnic to Buried Village: 20km or 28km to 28 km or 35km
Forestry roads, sealed road, single track.

Leaving Green Lake Picnic you skirt along the western shore of Rotokakahi (Green Lake) to the peninsula before turning and returning to Green Lake Picnic via the lakeside redwood track. From Green Lake Picnic you follow the northern shore of Green Lake to the Blue/Green lake lookout, and turn right down the sealed road and right again into the Tarawera Trailhead. Almost immediately after the Tarawera Trailhead you make a left turn into Buried Village.  The aid station will be inside Buried Village – an important excavation site following the 1886 eruption. You’ll run under the Wairere Falls and up along Te Wairoa stream before joining the Tarawera Trail.

All competitors need to reach Buried Village by 2:30pm to meet the cutoff.

Tarawera Trailhead to Hotwater Beach: 28km or 35km to finish.
Single Track trail 

The trail plunges quickly from the high plateau with the waterfall visible on your left as you descend. The twisty turny trail follows the southern shore of Lake Tarawera underneath Pohutukawa along Kotukutuku Bay, Hawaiki Bay and to Twin Creeks at Te Hinau Bay where you can fill your water bottles from the natural springs. From there is more beautiful single track along Lake Tarawera and inland as you cross over the Wairua stream and up the final climb before descending to Hotwater beach at Te Rata Bay, Lake Tarawera.

Enjoy a soak in the natural hotpools or a swim in the lake before taking a boatride back to the Landing at Lake Tarawera. If you don’t have someone to collect you, we’ll have buses going back to Rotorua at regular intervals.