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16 or 23km Tikitapu Trail Run / Walk : From Geyser to Blue Lake.

New in 2016, the much-loved Tikitapu Trail Run will now be part of the Tarawera Trail Marathon & 50km. Starting steamy at Pohutu Geyser, Te Puia, Rotorua, taking in sublime forest trails and finishing at one of New Zealand’s most spectacular locations – Lake Tikitapu or Blue Lake.

enterstrokeWith two distances, there is something for all abilities, from the recreational walker to the competitive runner. We are looking to cater to everyone, all you need is a positive attitude to get outdoors and challenge yourself. You get the same amazing geyser-land start as the marathon and 50k, the same buffet aid stations and you finish right at Blue Lake where each finisher receives a custom-made wooden medal.

Tikitapu trail run course map


16km Run or Walk
For the avid runners and walkers, the forest lovers and those that love to explore new places. This gentle course takes you through some amazing trails and forestry roads. We have plotted the most diverse, enjoyable (yet entirely doable) route from Geyser to Blue Lake.

Aid Stations: Puarenga (7km).
–  +416m, -288m
–  3% paved (geothermal field), 40% single trail, 55% forestry 4wd tracks, 2% off-trail, easy, flowing, smooth trails with gentle gradients.
– There are no cutoff times.
– Trail or road shoes are fine.


23km Adventure Run or Walk
For the adventurers! Starting at Pohutu Geyser, Te Puia,  you will go from trail forestry roads to goat track then in to the magical native bush lands above Blue Lake. Just when it looks like the trail stops, the adventure starts as we will take you into the unknown as you go “off trail”, we will even provide ropes to assist you as you traverse the ridge line above the lake. It does not matter if are a first timer or a competitive athlete.

Aid Stations: Puarenga (7km), Pondy Vista (12.5km),  Tuhoto Ariki (18km).
–  +927m, -795m (so twice as hilly as the 16km).
–  2% paved (geothermal field) 63% single trail, 25% forestry 4wd tracks, 10% off-trail
–  Trails from easy to very technical, with some very steep off-trail climbs and descents.
– There are no cutoff times.
– Trail shoes are recommended.

Pohutu Geyser, Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua. Allow time to walk 400 metres from the Te Puia entranceway to Pohutu Geyser. If you come early – we’d love to have you cheering the marathon and 50k athletes on their way!

8am start: 23km Adventure Runners and walkers. Event briefing at 7:45am at Pohutu Geyser.
8:15 am start: 16km Trail Runners and walkers. Event briefing at 8:10am at Pohutu Geyser.

FINISH: Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake). This is spectator and child friendly with amazing swimming spots, clean modern toilets, barbecues, a play area and ample parking. Jump in the lake for a refreshing swim when you finish. If you do not have friends and family crewing for you, we will transport your finish-line bags to Blue Lake. Please drop them off at registration on Friday.

Expected times:
Fastest 23km adventure runner – 1 hour and 35 minutes. 9:35am at Blue Lake.
Fastest 16 km runner – 1 hour. 9:15am at Blue Lake.
Final 16 or 23km runner or walker. – 5.5 hours.  1:45pm.

If you do not have your own transport back to the start or Rotorua, you can purchase a bus ticket for $20. There are no buses to transport spectators/crew from the Tikitapu Trail Run start to the finish-line.

A free shuttle bus will be available for you from the Blue Lake finish-line to Buried Village or the Landing on Lake Tarawera – if you have pre-purchased a boat ticket and wish to watch your friends finish the marathon & 50k.


Tikitapu Adventure Run – Blue Lake, Rotorua from John Colthorpe / / EIVOMEDIA on Vimeo.


The Tikitapu Trail Run was originally delivered by NDuro Events – a leading Rotorua-based event organiser and world-famous in mountainbike circles. We thank Tim and Belinda at NDuro for all they have done to create and foster this wonderful event for the trail running community. We hope to continue the spirit of this event in a ‘slightly’ new format. You never know – you may even see Tim and Belinda at the finish-line this year. If you do – make sure they give you a big hug 🙂