Waihohonu Option

For the first time in its 14 year history, the 2018 Tussock Traverse 26km course needed to use the 26km Waihohonu Option.
In 2019 we are once again in the position where we need to use the 26km Waihohonu Option.


WHY THE WAIHOHONU OPTION FOR 2019?

Tukino Access Road. The 2WD carpark (essentially the location of the historic 26km Tussock Traverse start line some 6.6km up the Access Road from the Desert Road/SH1) was initially named the 2WD carpark for a very good reason. While Tukino Access Road has been a rough gravel road, most 2WD vehicles could reach the carpark uneventfully and beyond the 2WD carpark you needed a 4WD. However; in recent years the road has deteriorated further each and every year. Significant rainfall in the lead up to the 2018 event flooded the Tukino Access Road and made the road inaccessible for our event traffic. The current state of the road is worse than 2018. We have tried every available solution within our control to get 500 entrants safely and efficiently through to the 2WD carpark for a race start on event morning – but it is simply not possible. Before we delve further into the 26km Waihohonu Option event details for 2019 we recognise there are a large number of Tussock Traverse fans out there who have participated in the event numerous times so we’d like to share our thoughts with you on where to for Tussock Traverse events in 2020 and beyond.

IN BRIEF. WHERE TO FOR THE EVENT IN 2020?
EXCITING NEW COURSES COMING AT YOU. 

2018 was the first time we staged the 26km Waihohonu Option. We hoped it would remain a fantastic alternative option, to be used only in exceptional circumstances.

Using the 26km Waihohonu Option two years in a row, and with now no ability to see future improvement in the state of the Tukino Access Road means the original course is now not a viable option to offer moving forward. The road has been challenging to manage as a component of the event, but more importantly it’s now given you (our valued Tussock Traverse entrants) a change in your plans two years in a row.

In 2020 we are committed to working with our fantastic stakeholders, and will be pursuing separate long event distance options which will be direct point to point events starting from just inside the Desert Road/SH1.
– 32km Tukino to Chateau Tongariro Traverse.
– 21km Waihohonu to Chateau Tongariro Traverse.
The 26km distance as we know it will become part of the event’s colourful 15 year history.
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HERE’S MORE COURSE INFO ON THE WAIHOHONU OPTION FOR 2019.
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WHAT CHANGES? WHAT DOES NOT CHANGE?
KEY CHANGES AND ACTION POINTS FOR YOU IN RED BELOW. 

  • You’ve entered an off-road run and an off-road run you shall get!
  • This option starts 150m off SH1 inside the Waihohonu Track and proceeds 5.5km up this track until you reach the Waihohonu Hut.
  • From the Hut you will head towards Tukino Access Road for 2.5km on the Round The Mountain Track, before reaching a turn point.
  • From the turn point, the final 18km (70% of the course) is run in the exact same way as the “standard 26km course”.
  • The distance does not change. The course is still 26km.
  • The cut-off times do not change. You must still reach the Hut (for the second time) within 3 hours.
  • All 26km entrants now have a slightly shorter bus ride around to your drop off point.  You can still expect to be on the bus for approx 1 hour. Bus transport to this drop off point is still compulsory.
  • No changes to the gear bag service. Look out for the gear bus on the shoulder of SH1 before making your way down to the start line.
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  • THERE WILL BE TWO EVENT WAVES.
    In 2018 entrants praised the alternative course, but with one wave start, entrants couldn’t open up as fast as they wanted to from the start line, so we’ve listened and have implemented two waves for 2019.

    **DETAILS FOR WAVE ONE**
  • Wave One starts at 0850hrs.
  • Wave One will be for running entrants who predict to go under 3 1/2 hours (to start here you need to run on average under 8 mins per km in a challenging offroad environment)
  • Wave One registration times are exactly the same.  You can register Friday night or up until 0630hrs Saturday morning. 
  • Wave One entrants will need to be up the top of Bruce Road ready to board your bus at 0650hrs.
  • If Wave One matches your predicted performance please log into your Event Plus profile at https://eventplus.net/TUS19 and select Wave One. On the Summary page, click on “Edit details”, scroll down the page, make your selection of Wave One and Save.  Please note: Those that haven’t selected Wave One or Wave Two prior to event registration opening will be entered into the most appropriate wave by our registration team as space allows.

    **DETAILS FOR WAVE TWO**
  • Wave Two starts at 0950hrs.
  • Wave Two will be for all walking entrants and running entrants who predict to complete the course in over 3 1/2 hours (if you think there’s a chance you’ll average over 8 minutes per km in a challenging offroad environment you’ll need to start in this wave).
  • Wave Two registration times are exactly the same Friday night. 
  • Wave Two registration times are slightly extended on Saturday morning.  You can register up until 0730hrs Saturday morning.
  • Wave Two entrants will need to be up the top of Bruce Road ready to board your bus at 0750hrs.
  • If Wave Two matches matches your predicted performance please log into your Event Plus profile at https://eventplus.net/TUS19 and select Wave Two. On the Summary page, click on “Edit details”, scroll down the page, make your selection of Wave One and Save.  Please note: Those that haven’t selected Wave One or Wave Two prior to event registration opening will be entered into the most appropriate wave by our registration team as space allows.

Special Thanks.
It’s at this point we wish to give a massive thankyou to the Lake Rotoaira Forest Trust, on behalf of the owners of Rangipo North 6C, for their assistance in allowing access for our contingency course on the lands that they administer.

Race Results
2018 Waihohonu Option can be found at  https://my2.raceresult.com/89743/

Waihohonu Option  – Maps and Elevation Profile


26km Waihohonu Option start line inside the Waihohonu Track.

Just up from the Waihohonu Option start line


2km in on the 26km Waihohonu Option course


4km in on the 26km Waihohonu Option course

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