Race Details

ENTRY FEE View Entry Fees
DISTANCE 102.3km with 3089m elevation gain 
START TIME 7:00am 
START LINE Firmin Field, Kawerau. View start line map
BUSES An optional shuttle bus is available for $11.00. Pick up from Village Green on Lake Rd between 5:00am and 5:30am. Dropping you at the start line at Firmin Field, Kawerau. Limited parking is available at the start line, if you prefer to drive yourself. Book your shuttle bus from your MyEvents account
FINISH LINE Village Green, Lakefront Drive, Rotorua. There is on-street parking on the surrounding street, which is $1/hour from 9am to noon on Saturday and free from noon until Monday morning
ENTRY INCLUSIONS Athlete t-shirt, finisher medal, buffet aid stations, finish-line zone with refreshments, medical and safety support
MINIMUM AGE Must be 18 years of age on race day
EXPECTED TIME FIRST FINISHER 7 hours, 45 minutes (2:45pm)
EXPECTED TIME FINAL FINISHER 30 hours (1:00pm, Sunday)
TIMING RESULTS Timing results will be based on gun time and provided by the following age group categories for men and women: 18-19 years, 20-34 years, 35-39 years, 40-44 years, 45-49 years, 50-54 years, 55-59 years, 60-64 years, 65-69 years, 70-74 years, 75-79 years, 80-84 years, 85+ years. Your age group will be determined by your age as at 31 December 2024
PRIZES All TUM102 finishers will receive a finisher medal. There will be a prize giving for the top 5 overall male and female finishers - see event schedule
UTMB The TUM102 is a qualifying race for UTMB
WESTERN STATES 100 MILE ENDURANCE RUN The TUM102 is a qualifying race for the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. You will need to finish in 17 hours or less to qualify for WSER

* Last updated: 13.09.2023, course and start times are subject to change


The TUM102 is one of the most scenic ultra marathon runs in the world. If you’re a seasoned marathon runner or endurance athlete, with the right training and preparation, you’ll love the experience of running our 102km course.

Your journey starts at Firmin Field, Kawerau, approximately one hour east of Rotorua. You’ll run 102km back to Rotorua, soaking up the most spectacular landscapes the region has to offer.

The highlights include running along five different lakes, the solitude of the Tarawera Forest, the waterfalls on the Tarawera Falls track, twists and turns on the Eastern Okataina track, the towering redwoods, steam alongside the trail at Sulphur Point and finishing at the Village Green in downtown Rotorua.

The course features a combination of trails and forestry roads with native New Zealand bush, conifer forest, farmland, parkland and thermal landscapes.


TUM 102km map v3




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Course is subject to change


climb 2

Vertical Gain/Loss
+3089m / -2843m

Single Trail 2

Single track 60%

Forest Track 4

Forest track 23%

Farm Park 1

Grass 5%

Forest Road 1

Forest road 7%

Public Road 2

Sealed road 5%

Aid Stations

START 0km   Yes Yes
MANGAWHIO 14.2km      
TITOKI 31km 4:05pm, Saturday    
OUTLET 40.8km 7:00pm, Saturday Yes (via bus) Yes
HUMPHRIES 48.4km      
OKATAINA 58km 12:00am, Sunday Yes (via bus) Yes
MILLAR 74.4km      
LAKE TIKITAPU 86.2km 8:15am, Sunday  Yes  Yes 
REDWOODS 95.4km   Yes  
FINISH 102.3km 1:00pm, Sunday  Yes  Yes 

* Athletes must leave the Aid Station BEFORE the cut-off times

Aid Stations are generously stocked with:

  • Lollies 
  • Potato chips
  • Sandwiches
  • Fruit 
  • Ice
  • Water
  • Näak nutrition
  • Soft drinks
  • Sunblock
  • Toilets

The order of the Aid Station offerings will be:

Food > Fruit > Drinks

Please note we are a cupless event. In an effort to cut down on waste, we will have no drinking cups at aid stations. You will need to carry a cup or hydration pack with you. Limited stock of cups and hydrations packs will be available for sale at the event expo, but we encourage you to purchase one in advance and use it in your training.

Signs will be placed 200m before each Aid Station and exit signs will indicate the distance to the next Aid Station.

As per the race rules, outside assistance can only be given within 200m of Aid Stations.

Support Crew

Your support crew can be a big part of your day at Tarawera Ultramarathon by UTMB, and they're more than welcome to help get you through your Tarawera journey. Support crews can see you and assist you at specific aid stations, but may not assist you outside of these points. Assistance can include moral and verbal support, physical support, food and nutrition, hydration, and gear and equipment changes.

You should work with your support crew to formulate a detailed plan for them to assist you at various points on course. This includes estimating when you expect to arrive at supported aid stations, what support you might want at each, when they will need to meet you there and how they will get there.

The table below includes drive times between supported aid stations, as well as coordinates for each supported location to help with your planning. 

START Yes Yes   38°05'42.0"S 176°42'28.6"E
TITOKI No  No     
OUTLET Yes (via bus) Yes Park at Firmin Field (start line) and catch the shuttle in to Outlet Aid Station. 45 mins on shuttle bus to Outlet Aid Station.  (to Firmin Field Parking) 38°05'42.0"S 176°42'28.6"E
OKATAINA Yes (via bus until 5am Sunday) Yes 45 mins on shuttle bus return to Firmin Field parking, plus 30 mins drive to Rotoiti Rugby Club parking, plus 20 mins on shuttle bus to Okataina Aid Station. Total travel time approx 1:35 from Outlet Aid Station (To Rotoiti Rugby Club Parking) 38°03'18.1"S 176°26'58.0"E
MILLAR No  No    
LAKE TIKITAPU Yes Yes 20 mins on shuttle bus return to Rotoiti Rugby Club parking, plus 27 mins drive time to Tikitapu Aid Station. Total travel time approx. 50 mins from Okataina Aid Station. 38°11'11.4"S 176°19'41.7"E
REDWOODS Yes No  10 mins, 7.5km from Tikitapu Aid Station 38°09'23.3"S 176°16'21.9"E
FINISH Yes Yes 10 mins, 5km from Redwoods Aid Station 38°07'55.9"S 176°15'09.8"E

Support crews, please note:

  • Support Crews can only assist their runners at the aid stations indicated with spectator access above. This includes 200m either side of the aid station on course. Outside of these areas support crews cannot provide material support (physical, nutritional, gear or otherwise) to runners on course. 
  • Please be courteous to other runners and support crews at aid stations.
  • If you intend to meet your support crew at an aid station, do not use the drop bag service for this aid station.
  • Support crews have just as long a day as the runner. Take the time and care to look after yourselves - plenty of food and water, dress for the conditions, and take the time to rest (sleep/naps encouraged) when you can between meeting points. 
  • Many roads that access aid stations are rural and narrow, windy roads. Please take care driving on these, particularly with increased traffic during the event.
  • The actions of the support crew are the responsibility of the runner. Any rules breached by crew will result in penalties or disqualification for the runner. 

Drop Bags

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A drop bag service is available which allows you to have your own personal supplies (gels, food, change of socks, shoes, shorts, lubricant etc) available at certain aid stations.

At Athlete Check-in you will be supplied drop bag labels. Attach the corresponding bag label to your bag/s (see Aid Station table above for locations where drop bags are available) and drop your bag/s at the designated area at Athlete Check-in before 8pm on Friday. Your start line drop bag is dropped on race day at the start line info tent.

Please note:

  • Drop bags must not contain any glass
  • All liquids must be in secure containers
  • We cannot move bags between aid stations for you, i.e you must provide a bag for each location where you wish to have personal supplies.
  • Bags must be soft and of reasonable size. Please don’t pack the kitchen sink!

If you have a drop bag at an Aid Station you will be asked to move it from the ‘unused pile’ to the ‘used pile’ even if you did not use your drop bag. This allows us to transport your drop bag/s quickly back to the finish line and will help allow the drop bag tent to remain orderly for the benefit of athletes yet to arrive.

You will receive one ‘Authority to Collect’ card at Athlete Check-in. This entitles your support crew to collect your drop bag/s from the finish line on your behalf. No one other than you (with your race bib as identification) or supporters with an ‘Authority to Collect’ card will be able to collect drop bag/s.

Please try not to use the drop bag service for any Aid Stations where your support crew will be attending.