Tussock Traverse 21km Run/Walk


Elevation: 544m up, 392m down


Includes a pair of limited edition Steigen Tussock Traverse Socks and finisher medal!
Also includes pre event transport from Iwikau Village to your start line (at Waihohonu) and post event transport from your finish line (Chateau Tongariro) back up to Iwikau Village.

SUPER Early Bird

14th to 30th June 2022


1st July to 31st October 2022


1st November 2022 to 20 February 2023


21st February to 10th March 2022

Your Event Day Schedule

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Wave A

6.25am – 7.10am: Late registration officially open at Chateau Tongariro
7.11am: Sunrise
7.25am: Final time to be parked up at Carpark 10
7.35am: Buses depart Carpark 10
8.30am: Buses arrive in start area
9.00am: Start
10.35am: Course cut-off to have left Waihohonu Hut
10.37am: First finisher expected
3.00pm: Course cut-off at finish line

Wave B

7.10am – 7.55am: Late registration officially open at Chateau Tongariro
7.11am: Sunrise
8.10am: Final time to be parked up at Carpark 10
8.20am: Buses depart Carpark 10.
9.15am: Buses arrive in start area.
9.45am: Start
11.20pm: Course cut-off to have left Waihohonu Hut
11.22pm: First finisher expected
3.45pm: Course cut-off at Chateau Tongariro

Wave A Vs Wave B?
Wave A is only for runners who predict to go under 2 hours 45 minutes (under 8 mins per km).
Wave B is for all registered walkers, plus the runners who predict to go over 2 hours 45 minutes.

If you think there’s a chance you’ll take over 2 hours 45 minutes in a challenging offroad environment you’ll need to start in Wave B.  Waves are pre selected by entrants during the online registration process and altered by organisers in the lead up to the event if need be.

Additional Information

Minimum Age
Entrants must be 16 years on event day unless an exemption (based on previous performances) is granted by the Race Management team. Requests can be emailed to info@ruapehutrailfestival.co.nz

Compulsory Gear Required
A wind/rainproof jacket, thermal top, thermal beanie, emergency bag (not blanket) and fluid must be carried during the race. We recommend carrying a minimum of 2L.

Check out our sponsors, True Fleece Merino for your thermal long sleeve and beanie!

Tracks Used
Start on Waihohonu Track near SH1 and follow the Waihohonu Track to the Waihohonu Hut.  Merge with the 73km, 50km and 32km entrants near the Waihohonu Hut. With 3km to go follow the Lower Taranaki Falls Track to the finish.

The first 5.5km is a wonderful mix of some sandy and some hard packed 4WD trail with small sections of boardwalk, beech forests and a bridged stream crossing.  After passing the Hut, highlights include passing between Mount Ruapehu on your left and Mount Ngauruhoe and Tongariro on your right.  You’ll climb to the Tama Saddle before descending homeward on well formed tracks. The final 10km or so are a gentle downhill past the impressive Taranaki Falls and onto the finish line. Overall, the track surface is excellent and the elevation is quite gentle and would make a stunning choice for your first off road Half Marathon.

Course Cut-Off Times
21km entrants not reaching the Waihohonu Hut (approximately 5.5km from the startline) within 95 minutes of their wave start time (10.35am for Wave A and 11.20pm for Wave B) will be required to exit the event course at the Hut and walk out to the Desert Road with our course crew.  The finish line is closed for 21km entrants at 3.00pm (Wave A) and 3.45pm (Wave B) so all 21km entrants have 6 hours to complete the course.

Parking and Transport Info Pre Event
All your bus transport needs are included in your event entry fee.
All bus transport to the start of the event is compulsory.
All bus transport departs from the one location at Carpark 10 (near the top of Bruce Road and the Whakapapa Skifield).  Carpark 10 is about a 7 minute drive up the Bruce Road from the Chateau Tongariro. Carpark 10 will be clearly marked. Traffic management and key event staff will be onsite assisting with your arrival and efficient loading onto the buses.  You can view the Carpark 10 map at pre race registration. Please arrive on time. You can’t get lost – continue to drive up Bruce Road until you reach Carpark 10.

– Wave A need to be at Carpark 10 pre 7.35am to enable smooth boarding.
– Wave B need to be at Carpark 10 pre 8.10am to enable smooth boarding.

Gear Check In / Collection Info
Any personal gear (that you don’t want to take on course with you) can be dropped into the Gear Bus parked on the shoulder of SH1/near the entrance of the Waihohonu Track.  Any personal gear dropped to the Gear Bus will be available for collection from approx 11.30am at the finish line (exact venue TBC).

Parking and Transport Info Post Event
Post-event, a free shuttle will make regular trips from the Chateau Tongariro finish area, 7 minutes up the Bruce road to Carpark 10 for you to collect your vehicle. Shuttle operational from 11.45am – 5.15pm (last trip up).

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