Race Details

ENTRY FEE View Entry Fees
DISTANCE 21.8km with 734m elevation gain 
START TIME 9:30am (self-seeded mass start)
START LINE Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) Reserve. View start line map
BUSES An optional shuttle bus is available for $6.00. Pick up from the Village Green on Lake Rd between 8:00am and 8:45am. Dropping you at the start line at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) Reserve. 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 Finisher medal, buffet aid stations, finish-line zone with refreshments, medical and safety support
MINIMUM AGE Must be 16 years of age on race day
EXPECTED TIME FIRST FINISHER 1 hour, 25 minutes (10:55am)
TIMING RESULTS Timing results will be based on net time and provided by the following age group categories for men and women: 16-17 years, 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 TUM21 finishers will receive a finisher medal. There will be a prize giving for the top 5 overall male and female finishers - see event schedule

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


The TUM21 is an achievable, point-to-point 21km trail run that has all the fun of the other distances with less of the run! This is a great option for first-time trail runners and families.

Your day will start next to the beautiful shores of Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake). You’ll run or walk your way around the 5.5km Blue Lake track and then continue back towards Rotorua.

The highlights include the atmosphere and views at the Lake Tikitapu Reserve startline, the towering redwoods, steam alongside the trail at Sulphur Point and finishing at the Village Green in downtown Rotorua.

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


TUM21 21km map v3




tum21 capra mapping app

Course is subject to change


climb 8

Vertical Gain/Loss
+734m / -873m

Single Trail 1

Single track 60%

Forest Track 5

Forest track 23%

farm park 10

Grassland 5%

Forest Road 4

Forest road 7%

Public Road 5

Sealed road 5%

Aid Stations

START 0km   Yes Yes
LAKE TIKITAPU 5.7km   Yes  
REDWOODS 14.9km   Yes  
FINISH 21.8km  6:30pm, Saturday 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.

Drop Bags

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A drop bag service is available which allows you to have your own personal items (nutrition, change of socks, warm clothing etc) transported back to the finish line from the start line, or you may also choose to have a separate drop bag at the finish line for when you finish.

At Athlete Check-in you will be supplied drop bag labels. Attach the corresponding bag label to your bag/s (see table above for locations where drop bags are available) and drop your finish line bag 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
  • Bags must be a soft, reasonable size. Please don’t pack the kitchen sink!

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.