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Tarawera Ultramarathon

Saturday 12th February 2022 - Date TBC

Rated 4.8 (5 reviews)

Location: Bay of Plenty

Distances: 100 miler, 102km, 50km, 20km

Entries Open: Opened 3rd June 2021 - Date TBC

Entries Close: Closed

Take Rotorua's spectacular lakes and forests, add a cultural heritage that has been nurtured for hundreds of years, drop in over 3,000 national and international trail runners, and you get New Zealand's most esteemed ultramarathon - the Tarawera Ultra.

Starting amongst ancient trees in Rotorua's Redwood Forest, traditional Maori performers ignite fire in the belly with a kapa haka performance to bid you farewell and good luck. Heading off on the 102km point-to-point course to Rotorua, the Tarawera Ultra takes runners on a journey of New Zealand's best kept secrets with views of four beautiful lakes as well as breathtaking waterfalls and crystal-clear streams.

Steeped in Maori culture, the Tarawera Ultra is a celebration of New Zealand, featuring sites of immense cultural pride along the trail.

Presenting athletes with their ultimate challenge, the Tarawera Ultra is stop number two in the Ultra-Trail World Tour - a series of the 20 most prestigious ultra-running races in the world.
From the Lake Tarawera cruise to the rogaine fun-run and official powhiri welcome, the Tarawera Ultra is not just a race, it's a whole week experience where events and gatherings forge lifelong friendships and unforgettable moments.

VIP ENTRIES TO BE WON:

We have 3 FREE ENTRIES to give away - one to each of the 21k, 50k or 102k races.

Contest Closes: 3rd June 2020

Contest Closed

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Race Reports:

Project Managing an Ultra Marathon - Tarawera 102k

Project Managing an Ultra Marathon - Tarawera 102k

If you want a Race Report with a difference ask a Project Manager to write it. After all, as Mike points out, an Ultra is just a large scale project that requires careful managing!

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Tarawera Ultra: A Farmer’s Perspective.

Tarawera Ultra: A Farmer’s Perspective.

If you want a story told in true no bullshit fashion then get it from a farmer! Chrissy's account of her first Ultra is as honest as it is hilarious. Enjoy!

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Tarawera 87k - a Relay Runner's Perspective

Tarawera 87k - a Relay Runner's Perspective

Team 'The Left Socks' took on the 87k Relay at this year's Tarawera Ultra. The mud monster 3rd leg fell to our author, Jemma. Read how she and the team got on...

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Tarawera 100 Miler -  A Pacer's Perspective 

Tarawera 100 Miler -  A Pacer's Perspective 

Some people like having them, some prefer to go it alone. We often hear them referred to by runners in their race reports but we don't so often read of the pacer's experience. Lesley puts that right...

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Tarawera 62k - "a little run in the rain"

Tarawera 62k - "a little run in the rain"

Returning for another crack at the Tarawera 62k - familiar but different, as it was run in reverse direction this year - Kath Broad relives the "three trimesters" that make up this race, that because of the conditions presented extra challenges this year.

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Joining the Dots - the Tarawera 87k

Joining the Dots - the Tarawera 87k

Wellingtonian Stewart (Stu) Milne had covered pretty much all the 87k course at TUM before, but not in one go and not in the 'reverse' direction. It was time to join the dots and, along the way, learn some important lessons...

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The inaugural Tarawera 100 Miler

The inaugural Tarawera 100 Miler

The ups and downs of running a truly LONG way in piss awful weather are captured magnificently in this piece by Wild Thing Will Bell.

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