Event Info

6.5km Run / Walk

The 6.5km is a stunning loop, perfect for family groups or people experiencing off-road events for the first time. The course will start and finish at the Chateau Tongariro. Enjoy the scenery and the adventure that includes rock hopping, lava fields, desert, alpine trace and beech forest.

13km Run / Walk

The 13km will start and finish at the Chateau Tongariro. There’ll be some great views of the National Park while you encounter lava fields, alpine tracks, beech forests and do a bit of rock hopping. An achievable distance for most people or perfect for beginners wanting a challenge!

26km Run / Walk

The 26km run/walk course begins approximately 6km up the Tukino Road in the Rangipo Desert (entrance off the Desert Road, SH1) with a long hard climb straight up! Take in the fantastic views of the National Park and mountains as you head for the finish line at the Chateau Tongariro.

Please refer to this page for all event details, including compulsory event gear, start times, supporters info, and event rules etc.

Event options

Run or Walk

26 km (limited to 500 participants)
13 km (limited to 500 participants)
6.5 km (limited to 500 participants)

Categories

The following age group categories will be used for the event; 

Young Tussock Men (Under 23 years)Older Tussock Men (50 years plus)
Young Tussock Women (Under 23 years)Older Tussock Women (50 years plus)
Open Tussock Men (under 40 years)Oldest Tussock Men (60 years plus)
Open Tussock Women (under 40 years)Oldest Tussock Women (60 years plus)
Masters Tussock Men (40 years plus)
Masters Tussock Women (40 years plus)

Event Start Times

Walk

26 km – participant briefing 08.45am, start time 9.05am
13 km – participant briefing 08.15am, start time 8.30am
6.5 km – participant briefing 09.15am, start time 9.30am

Run

26 km – participant briefing 08.45am, start time 9.00am
13 km – participant briefing 08.45am, start time 9.00am
6.5 km – participant briefing 9.45am, start time 10.00am

Course Information

6.5km Course
Starting up behind the Chateau you head out on your 6.5km loop course on the Upper Taranaki Falls Track. On your way out you’ll climb slightly for a km or two, while popping in and out of the scrub giving great views down the mountain. The turnaround point is the top of the Taranaki Falls, at this point you’ll make a left onto the Lower Taranaki Falls Track. After a few steep stairs (don’t worry, they are of the down variety!) you’ll pass close to the bottom of the Falls and head into heavier bush tracks and then make your way to the finish line in front of the Chateau Tongariro.

Course Elevation: 6.5km – 208m

13km Course
The 13km course starts out the same way as the 6.5km does. You head out on the Upper Taranaki Track enjoying some great views down the mountain. When you get to the end of the Upper Taranaki Falls Track continue straight onto the Waihohonu Track, this is effectively where the out and back section of your course starts, and what a section of track it is! You’ll cross many small mountain streams as you make your way out to the turnaround point close to the stunning Tama Lakes. You’ll then turn and head for home the same way, on the recently improved sections of track, they are a joy to run/walk. You’ll then be directed right on to the Lower Taranaki Falls Track, where you’ll pass the amazing falls on your way back to the finish line at the Chateau.

Course Elevation: 13km – 428m

26km Course
The 26km Tussock Traverse starts approx. 6km up the Tukino Road in the Rangipo Desert. Your day starts off with a gut busting 2km climb, but the view from the top (and the downhill on the other side) make it well worth it. From the top you’ll head right, off the road, and north on to the round the mountain track. Once you’ve descended down the first hill you’ll head through a series of dry river beds and valleys for a number of kilometres, until you reach the Waihohonu Hut (10km). From there you will start heading west on the Waihohonu Track. This track is sure to keep you on your toes as you adulate your way through the ever changing vegetation, and with Mt Ruapehu on your left, and Mt Ngauruhoe to your right, you really do feel alive! You’ll then pass the impressive Tama Lakes as you make your way down to and past the equally impressive Taranaki Falls, you then descend and head through some thicker bush (and some much needed shade) for the last couple of kilometres to the finish line.

Course Elevation: 26km – 689m

Downloads

6.5km Map (351kb pdf)26km Map (520kb pdf)
6.5km Profile (6kb pdf)26km Profile (158kb pdf)
13km Map (743kb pdf)Driving directions (158kb pdf)
13km Profile (7kb pdf)

Course safety

Event Rules

This event may be postponed or cancelled in extreme weather conditions at the Event Manager’s discretion; Victory Events will then attempt to run the event on either a contingency course or on Sunday 28 January 2018, which ever is more appropriate. If both these options are also not possible the event will be officially cancelled.

  • The Event Manager will advise at the race briefing if all compulsory equipment will be required depending on the weather conditions on the day. Any entrants clothing etc taken to the start of the race that is not required can be left in a clearly marked bag and checked in with a designated event marshal. Those bags will then be taken back to the Chateau event base and can be collected by the entrant at the finish.
  • All entrants must stay on the course and pass all marshals. Tail-end marshals will follow the last competitor and ensure everyone is off the mountain safely.
  • If you are entered as a ‘walker’ you will be disqualified from the race if you are seen jogging or running by an event official, course marshal or Victory Events staff member.  If you’re intending to run even one step in either of the three races please register as a ‘runner’.
  • The tracks are open to the public so please respect their space.
  • Qualified mountain safety medical support will be available both on the course and at the event base, but please acknowledge this is an off-road event and access could be difficult.
  • You are entering an alpine mountain environment with extreme weather changes possible. All entrants must carry the compulsory equipment which will be checked before the race.
  • This event is held within the Tongariro National Park, a World Heritage Area, it is a special place and we are privileged to be able to hold this event in it. Please keep to the track at all times and take all rubbish with you. This event is run by Victory Events, in conjunction with Project Tongariro, to promote this magic place and we ask you to participate in this spirit.
  • Entrants must help other entrants in trouble. Having everyone finish safely is the number one event priority.
  • Entrants not reaching the Waihohonu Hut (approximately 10km from the start) within 3 hours of starting will be asked to leave the event and walk out to the Desert Road. Transport will be provided from there back the event base at the Chateau.

Compulsory equipment and support stations – 26km event

Compulsory event gear for all distances WILL be checked prior to the start and/or during the event on the course. Depending of the weather conditions on the day Victory Events may reduce the equipment requirements if the weather is suitable, please ensure that you bring all compulsory equipment to the event registration on the Friday evening, and also to the event start line as there will be random gear checks before the event briefing.

A wind/rainproof jacket, thermal top and beanie, emergency blanket and fluid must be carried during the race. We recommend carrying a minimum of 2 litres of water as there is no safe water supply on the mountain and there will be no drink/aid station stops on the event course.
R-Line electrolyte (www.rline.co.nz) and Tongariro Water (www.tongarirowater.com) will be available at the Chateau Lawn (finish line) for you to refuel and recover.

Compulsory equipment and support stations – 13km & 6.5km event

Compulsory event gear for all distances WILL be checked prior to the start and/or during the event on the course. Depending of the weather conditions on the day Victory Events may reduce the equipment requirements if the weather is suitable, please ensure that you bring all compulsory equipment to the event registration on the Friday evening, and also to the event start line as there will be random gear checks before the event briefing.

A wind/rainproof jacket, thermal top and beanie, and fluid must be carried during the race. We recommend carrying a minimum of 750ml of water.
R-Line electrolyte (www.rline.co.nz) and Tongariro Water (www.tongarirowater.com) will be available at the Chateau Lawn (finish line) for you to refuel and recover.

Highly recommended equipment:

Thermal long-johns, gloves and sun hat.

Contingency Day

In the event of foul weather, some or all of the events could be cancelled, and will then be moved to either the contingency courses on the Saturday, or the contingency day on Sunday 28 January, 2018 (depending on what the weather situation calls for).  It will be at the discretion of the event organisers and the mountain safety team as to whether the event goes ahead as intended or not.  If you are unsure on the day if the event will be going ahead please contact The Chateau (0800 242 832)and they will have further info, they will be updated early on the Saturday morning if there are any changes to the event.

Race entry including transportation will automatically be transferred to the contingency day but unfortunately Victory Events can not take responsibility for extra accommodation or transport costs outside of the event.

Pre-Event Registration

LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AT PRE EVENT REGISTRATION

 

Date: Friday 26 January, 2018 
Time:
 4.00pm – 10.00pm
Location: Tongariro Room, The Chateau Tongariro, Whakapapa Village

Date: Saturday 27 January, 2018
Time:
 6.00am – 9.45am
Location: Tongariro Room, The Chateau Tongariro, Whakapapa Village

Supporters

Accommodation

The Chateau Tongariro, in Whakapapa Village, is the preferred accommodation provider for the Tussock Traverse and official registration and awards ceremony/dinner venue. Offering elegant, old world charm the Chateau also provides convenience with all events finishing on the lawn outside the hotel. Book your stay directly through to the Chateau booking page.

Transport

Getting to National Park and Whakapapa Village

Driving directions (158kb pdf) 

From Auckland – View Driving directions on Google Maps

Follow SH1 south through Hamilton, Cambridge, Putaruru and Tokoroa through to Taupo and then Turangi. From there take SH47 for 38km, before turning left onto SH48 (Whakapapa ski-hill road), and the Chateau Tongariro is 6km up this road. (These are suggestions only, please consult a map for final directions.)

From Wellington – View Driving directions on Google Maps

Take SH1 through to Bulls, SH3 to Wanganui and then SH4 to National Park, at National Park make a right onto SH47, follow this for 9km, before turning right onto SH48 (Whakapapa ski-hill road), and the Chateau Tongariro is 6km up this road. (These are suggestions only, please consult a map for final directions.)

26KM ENTRANTS – PLEASE BOOK YOUR BUS TICKETS WHEN YOU ENTER ONLINE.

When selecting 26km bus tickets online, 26km entrants can choose from a pick up outside the Tussock Tavern (boarding 6.45am, departing 7.00am) or a Rangipo pickup at 7.20am. More details below.

#1. Tussock Tavern. 6.45am boarding, 7.00am departing. Multiple 26km entrants buses leave from outside the Tussock Tavern on Bruce Road. The Tussock Tavern is approx 100m prior to the Chateau Tongariro on the right hand side of the road when travelling up Bruce Road from SH47.

#2. Rangipo 7.20am. Those boarding from Rangipo must be waiting on the corner of SH1 and SH46 (gravel skid) by 7.20am.

A gear van will be available to bring gear bags back from the start of the 26km event to the finish area.

PLEASE NOTE * THERE WILL BE NO ORGANISED TRANSPORT IN AND OUT OF THE NATIONAL PARK VILLAGE FOR THE 2018 EVENT. ALL THOSE WISHING TO GET TO THE START OFF THE 26KM EVENT NEED TO BOARD FROM OUTSIDE THE TUSSOCK TAVERN OR IN RANGIPO.

* The 13km and 6.5km events start and finish in the same area. Parking is available in and around the Whakapapa Village. .

Saturday Night Dinner and Prizegiving

Prizegiving will take place on the lawn outside The Chateau (if fine) at 5.00pm at or at the Tussock Tavern (if wet) on Saturday 27 January, 2018 

This will be followed by a Event Celebration Meal (BBQ style buffet dinner, dessert and drink) at the Chateau Tongariro. Dinner will be served at 6.00pm.  Tickets can be purchased with your online entry here until they are sold out.

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