Entry, Schedule and Registration

Event Pricing Information

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Sky Waka Vertical Challenge
Sky Waka Vertical Challenge

Friday 10th March 2023
Entry, Registration, and Event Times coming soon. More information here.

Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire - Ruapehu

Ring of Fire Relay from $519.00 (team of three people)

Ring of Fire 73km Ultra from $449.00

Ring of Fire 50km Ultra from $299.00

Prices indicated are Super Early Bird rates. Click the respective links above for full pricing periods.

Tussock Traverse
Tussock Traverse - Tongariro

32km Run or Walk from $179.00 (includes event transport)

21km Run or Walk from $159.00 (includes event transport)

12km Run or Walk from $69.00

6km Run or Walk from $39.00

6km Run or Walk Family Entry from $117.00
(2 adults and 2 children under 13y/o, or 1 adult and 3 children)

Prices indicated are Super Early Bird rates. Click the respective links above for full pricing periods.

Payment Plan

Pay For Your Entry In 3x Instalments
Entries received in 2022 (excluding those for the 6km/12 Tussock Traverse events) are eligible for instalment payments.
– 1st payment is required at the time of sign up.  Payment will be 1/3 of entry fee + a $15 service fee.
– 2nd payment is required by September 8th, 2022.  Payment will be 1/3 of entry fee
– 3rd payment is required by December 28th, 2022.  Payment will be 1/3 of entry fee

 
Basic Terms and Conditions for Instalment Payments:
– Should payment #2 not be made before 11.59pm on Saturday 10th September 2022, then the individual will be withdrawn and will receive 90% back on the total entry fees paid to date (excluding the service fee)
– Should payment #3 not be made before 11.59pm on Saturday 31st December 2022, then the individual will be withdrawn and will receive 70% back on the total entry fees paid to date (excluding the service fee)
– The above withdrawal terms and conditions match the overall event refund policy for the 2023 Ruapehu Trail Festival  event.

Pricing Information That Applies To All Events:
Please note: *A 3.2% credit card surcharge will be added to all entry fee and merchandise transactions.
This surcharge will be presented as a % being added to all transactions.

We understand that your personal circumstances may change after entering and you may need to withdraw your entry, so please read the following in full prior to entering: Ruapehu Trail Festival 2023 Waiver, Withdraw Policy, Force Majeure, and Event Cancellation Alteration Policy.

Click here to find out more about what would happen should the event organisers need to alter your entry.

As part of Victory Events ongoing support of Project Tongariro Mahi Aroha, at the time of entering, participants can opt-out of receiving a medal and a native tree will be planted in the region instead.

Entrants can also choose to make specific one off donations to Project Tongariro during the online entry process.

Draft Schedule of Events – 2023

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Powhiri

Thursday 9th March 2023
3.00pm to 4.30pm: Powhiri (welcome) from Ngati Nikairo at Otukou Marae

Sky Waka Vertical Challenge

Friday 10th March 2023
Entry, Registration, and Event Times coming soon. More information here.

Ring of Fire

Friday 10th March, 2023
2.00pm to 8.00pm: pre-race registration open at Chateau Tongariro.

Saturday 11th March, 2023

  • 4.00am and 4.05am: Ring of Fire 73km Individuals Wave A & B Starts @ Chateau Tongariro
  • 4.10am and 4.15am: Ring of Fire Relay Wave A & B Starts @ Chateau Tongariro
  • 6.15am: Ring of Fire 50km Individuals Start @ Turoa
  • 7.11am: sunrise
  • 11.54am: First Ring of Fire 50km Individual entrant finishes
  • 12.00pm: First Ring of Fire Relay team finishes
  • 12.30pm: First Ring of Fire 73km Individual entrant finishes
  • 7.15pm: Course cut-off for the Ring of Fire 50km Individual Event
  • 7.45pm: Sunset.
  • 11.00pm: Course cut-off for the Ring of Fire Relay and 73km Individual Event

Sunday 12th March, 2023

  • 8.30am: Ring of Fire 50km athletes and Ring of Fire Relay athletes – Sky Waka Gondola Ride to Knoll Ridge with Breakfast at Sunday Morning Awards Ceremony
  • 10.30am: Ring of Fire 73km athlete – Sky Waka Gondola Ride to Knoll Ridge with Breakfast at Sunday Morning Awards Ceremony

(Visit the relevant event page to show an expanded timeline for your chosen distance)

Tussock Traverse

Friday 10th March, 2023
2.00pm to 8.00pm: pre-race registration open at Chateau Tongariro.

Saturday 11th March, 2023

  • from 5.40am to 8.40am: pre race registration open at Chateau Tongariro
  • 8.15am:  Tussock Traverse 32km Run/Walk Start @ Tukino Access Road
  • 9.00am: Tussock Traverse 21km Run/Walk Wave A Start @ Waihohonu
  • 9.00am: Tussock Traverse 12km and 6km Runners Start @ Chateau Tongariro
  • 9.05am: Tussock Traverse 12km and 6km Walkers Start @ Chateau Tongariro
  • 9.45am: Tussock Traverse 21km Run/Walk Wave B Start @ Waihohonu
  • 9.32am: First Tussock Traverse 6km entrant finishes
  • 10.10am: First Tussock Traverse 12km entrant finishes
  • 10.37am: First Tussock Traverse 21km entrant finishes
  • 10.45am: First Tussock Traverse 32km entrant finishes
  • 12.35pm: Course cut-off for the Tussock Traverse 6km/12km event
  • 3.45pm: Course cut-off for the Tussock Traverse 21km event
  • 5.15pm: Course cut-off for the Tussock Traverse 32km event
  • 5.30pm: Prizegiving for all Tussock Traverse events

Supporters

Details for supporters regarding the Sunday morning Banquet Buffet Breakfast at the awards ceremony are coming very soon, along with the details on how to purchase either a Sky Waka Day Pass or Weekend Pass (if you would like one).  Victory Events have arranged special event weekend pricing for all supporters.

COMPULSORY Pre-event Registration

Times and Locations
While the Chateau Tongariro (Whakapapa Village, State Highway 48, Mt Ruapehu 3951) is the main venue for event registration, there are other venues.  Depending on your event option there are also specific registration opening and cut-off times so please view the webpage for your specific event option to clarify your specific registration timelines and location options.

2023 Registration Rules
1. You cannot collect race numbers for others.

2. You cannot transfer your race number or wristband to others after picking it up.

2023 Registration Process

1. Your sparkly clean and dry shoes will need to be sighted by the Check Clean Dry crew.
– At this point, the CCD crew will supply you with a sticker which you take to the Compulsory Gear crew.

2. Your compulsory gear will need to be sighted by our event crew.
– At this point, your hand will be stamped.

3. Your personal ID will need to be sighted by our event crew (personal ID details must match the details we have for you in our registration system. Our event safety team needs to have the correct details of everyone we release out onto the event courses).
– At this point, your event number/transponder plus any bus transport wristbands will be issued by our event crew (please don’t lose!), plus your compulsory gear approval wristband will be placed on you.

Check, Clean Dry

Protect our Playground.  New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams are under threat from freshwater pests.  Pests like didymo can be sneaky little critters.  A wet shoe infected can spread pests into a river or stream.  These pests can clog out waterways, smothering fish, insect and plant life out of them and making them ugly and difficult for us to enjoy.   Pests can be microscopic at an early stage so you can’t be sure that a waterway hasn’t got a pest in it.   Almost all the freshwater pests there are in New Zealand are spread by people so what we do counts.

Your Gear and Shoes.  Please ensure that all of the gear you bring, especially your shoes, are clean and dry before you come to the event. If you have been through other freshwater in the last 72hrs please use Check Clean Dry(CCD) methods to clean. We recommend using a 5% detergent mix and soaking for one minute. Other methods can be found on www.mpi.govt.nz/check-clean-dry. All of your equipment will be checked before you register. You must bring your race day shoes to registration for check, clean, dry procedure. Clean means free of dirt, sand, & seeds.  Our friendly CCD team will have cleaning equipment for your use if needed.

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