Course Info

Tauhara Trail Run / Walk

Tauhara Trail Run / Walk


Event date: Sunday 1 July, 2018

Maps and Profiles

There is nothing better than on a crisp cool day in Taupo, popping on a couple of layers and hitting the superb trails for a wee jaunt. Come Sunday 1st July, you can do just that at the revamped Tauhara Trail Run/Walk event, based on the Off Highway just 5 minutes out of Taupo.

There are four course distance options – an honest 21km, a solid 10km number, a swift 5km course taking in some fine farmland tracks and trails & a 1 Mile Kids dash near the event base. All courses can be run or walked.

The Tauhara Trail Run/Walk is event number one of the Hoka One One Run Taupo Series, a series of 3 distinctive events, held over a 3 month period (1 July – 1 Sep), over three different top quality courses. For more on the series entry options, have a look here;

For those of you doing the 21km and/or 10km course, read on for a bit of an overview…

We start on a nice open paddock, jostle for position and then head through the quarry. Once through here, we’re immediately into some pretty cool single/double track and we meander along for a few km. We pop out onto some forest roads and it’s all reasonably easy going at this stage.


At about the 2.5 – 3km mark, we hit the first hill, a wee pincher that us mere mortals might walk, and there’s absolutely no shame in that! Back into some pretty sweet single track through some mature pine – twisty, turny and a whole lot of fun.

Not too long later and it’s time to bid farewell to the 10km course, which deviates off to the right, and misses out the back part of the 21km course. The 10km’ers pop back on to the 21km course with about 3km to go. Now at this point there’s a fairly good hill heading your way. It’s on a nice forest road section, so not technical but quite likely a “walker”, unless you’re feeling sweet. But what goes up must of course come down, it’s a great finish with a massive downhill, farmland section, complete with stunning sweeping views back towards Taupo and beyond.

Back to the 21km course…

We hit a forest road section not long after the 10km split, where we run an out-and-back section on a mostly flat piece of forest road. It’s a good part of the course, and the out and back gives us a chance to see where the competition is at!

At about the 11-11.5km point, we head off the forest road and make a left hander into an awesome, undulating single track section, possibly the best single track section on the whole course. With a few ups and a few downs, and some sweet switchbacks, it’s a minter – enjoy!


At about the 18km mark, we are faced with a pretty stiff climb. Around 1.5km of up on a well graded forest road, it’s an honest climb but not a technical one, so get the head down and guts it out.

We are well rewarded at the top, however, when we deviate off the forest road, onto some farmland where we are offered some fairly outstanding views of the stunning scenery back towards Taupo, but even better, a solid downhill to the finish. If you’ve got some in the tank, this is the point to gear up and give it some.

Well done troops, we hope you enjoy your day. Please feel free to hang around post event and soak up the festive atmosphere. Tell us, your mates, family and friends how great you were out there, and get those feet up for a well-deserved rest.


Aid stations, at the following approx distances:

5km Course.There will be an aid station at approx. 2.5kms.

10km Course.There will be aid stations at 3.5km and 7km.

21km Course.You will find aid stations at 3.5km, 9km and 18km.

Event Safety

Participant responsibility code

It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure that they have read and understand all the course, event and safety information obtaining to their chosen event before entering the event. It is also the responsibility of the participant to ensure they are at a competent level to complete their choose event. All personal, contact, emergency and medical information given to Total Sport must be true and accurate.

Risk Disclosure

“I have read and understand the safety information regarding this event and understand that I participate in this event at my own risk. I hereby attest and verify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for and reviewed the course descriptions and difficulty ratings of the event that I have chosen to enter. I agree to comply with the rules and directions of event officials and their personnel. I hereby allow the use of my name and image to be used in the media and for marketing purposes. I understand and accept that my details will be added to the Total Sport event database and I will be contacted from time to time in regards to upcoming events and promotions. I understand that my details will never be distributed to a third party. I hereby agree that in the case of event cancellation due to extreme inclement weather (at the discretion of event officials), my entry fee shall be non‐refundable. I hereby acknowledge this risk disclosure, release and indemnity discharge all persons, corporations, associations and bodies involved or otherwise engaged in promoting or staging the event and their servants, agents, representatives, officers and employees. This includes but is not limited to the various committees, members, and employees of all independent contracted suppliers to the event, local councils, cities and districts and their respective officers, directors, employees, independent contractors, representatives, agents, volunteers, event organisers and sponsors whether or not the loss, injury or damage is attributed to the act or neglect of any or more of them. I agree to disclose any personal medical conditions which may affect staff, myself or other participants at a Total Sport event. I agree to disclose any specific patient details and/or relevant medical information when treated by a Total Sport staff member or Event Medic for an accident, for the purpose of continual improvement of the Safety Management System. The Privacy Act (1992) prevents Total Sport from releasing specific patient details, without patient consent.”

Required Competencies

    • Sufficient preparation to complete your chosen event
    • Ability to follow course marking
    • Must carry any required gear with you
    • Appropriate experience for the event you are competing in (see course ratings)
    • Read all course and safety information prior to participating


    Course ratings

    (The ratings below are the minimum experience level required to participant in each specific event)

      • 5km run/walk – First time
      • 10km run/walk – Beginner
      • 21km run/walk – Beginner



        • All participants must follow the course marking signs and instructions, this is your responsibility.
        • Participants are not allowed to go off course routes. Should you wish to withdraw you must notify an event official e.g. marshal or course crew and await instructions.
        • On completing the event you must cross the finish line as the timing transponder records you as finishing – this is used as a safety check for participants.
        • Participants who require any personal medication or disability assistance devices while participating must carry those items. This is your responsibility. You must wear your event number on your front so it is visible at all times.
        • You must wear your timing transponder correctly at all times, on your shoes, around your ankle or on the fork of your bike for mountain bikers.
        • NO LITTERING please
        • When over taking other runners/walker you must signal to them that you are attempting to pass. Pass on the right.
        • You must respect and treat fellow participants with care. Be friends out there.
        • If you are entered in a walk event you must walk only
        • Leave gates as you found them



        Recommended Equipment
        – Waterproof and windproof jacket. NB – emergency ponchos not recommended
        – Thermal layer – long top. NB – cotton is not recommended. Thermal hat – buff/beanie/balaclava acceptable. – NB – wool or polypropylene recommended
        – Thermal gloves – wool or polypropylene recommended.
        – Survival blanket (silver foil type)
        – Whistle. NB – pea-less so works when wet
        – Personal medication (if required). NB – includes glasses, corrective lenses and/or other disability assisting devices.
        – Personal hydration and nutrition. NB – although aid stations are present on course they should not be relied upon as your sole source of hydration and nutrition.

        This is a recommended equipment list and is only a guideline to what participants should consider taking during the event. It is the responsibility of the participants to participant with equipment that is suitable for the conditions and their ability.


          • Vehicles
          • Other participants
          • Inclement weather – Heat/Cold
          • Personal injury and individual physical condition
          • Challenging terrain
          • Natural hazards e.g. rough surfaces, livestock, (Long and S/Long) slippery rock, ocean and unstable cliffs
          • Manmade hazards e.g. stairs, fences, bridges, gates


          Course Restrictions (cut-offs etc if required)

          For the safety of the participants and marshals on course there will be a cut-off time at the half way point on the 21km course. Runners and walkers who don’t get to the halfway mark before 12.30pm will be given a ride back to event base by the course crew.

          Incident Protocol

          Should you encounter an incident on course, please follow these steps:

            • STOP – do not place yourself in danger
            • Try to communicate with the person
            • Assist with basic first aid if you are capable and can do so safely
            • Send the next participant through to notify the next event official of the situation and location of the incident e.g. two bikers collided, 4km back on the trail, one requires assistance to a sore arm.
            • Stop the next participant and request assistance if required.


            Incident reporting form

            If you have recently be involved with a Total Sport event and were involved or witnessed an incident please complete this Incident Reporting Form and email us or post to us.