Tararua Mountain Race
Challenge yourself in one of the oldest mountain races in New Zealand


Registrations are now open.

Close 6pm Monday 1 March 2021.

Late Entries close 6pm Monday 8 March 2021.

The race fee includes support on the course at different checkpoints, BBQ lunch and prize giving at the finish.

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2021 Entry Fees

Individual - $90

Team - $175

Race Categories

  • Individuals - Men & Women
  • Open
  • Veteran (40-49 years)
  • Super Vet (50+ years)
  • Teams are 2-person - For team entries, both individuals need to be either within the same age category or if different ages need to select the youngest age cateory.

Refunds will only be given for any cancellation received by the designated date, less 10% administration fee.  Any cancellations after that date will not receive a refund but you are able to roll your race entry to the following year.

The Tararua Mountain Race is a not for profit event.  Any profits go to Wellington and/or Wairarapa LandSAR.

2021 Course

The 2021 course follows the Kaitoke to Holdsworth valley tracks. This route traverses tramping route transforming this 3-day hard tramp into a 1-day trail run.

Rhe race takes competitors up and over the Puffer Saddle along the Tauherenikau Valley, over Cone Saddle then beside the Waiohine River through Totara Flats, and finally up a 600m climb in meet the Gentle Annie track (Mt Holdsworth track), finishing at Holdsworth Lodge.

The route covers 34.5km with a total ascent of 2,300m.

Expected times are between 4 and 10 hours.

Competitors need to be self-sufficient with food and water during the race and as part of your safety gear it is required you carry a map of the course with you - Topo50 BP33 Featherston, as well as mandatory gear.

There will be 3 marshal checkpoints along the route - Smiths Creek Shelter, Cone Hut and Totara Flats Hut. There will be some course marking at key points, but competitors are expected to be confident in bush navigation and map reading.

Entry Conditions

Because of the unique nature of the race, certain conditions of entry apply.  These have been put in place to protect you, the environment, other competitors and the organisers.

  1. You must be a fit and experienced mountain runner and/or tramper (hiker)
  2. Your estimated time to complete the event must be less than 10 hours.
  3. All individuals, and at least one member of each team, much have been over the route previously (running or tramping).  You can contact the Race Director to seek an exemption if you are experienced in similar events on similar terrain and weather conditions.
  4. Individual entrants must have complete previously in a team and/or be an experienced mountain runner where your entry will be accepted at the discretion of the Race Director.**
  5. Competitors  enter with the full knowledge of the inherent risks, dangers and hazards involved in this race.
  6. In the event of bad weather, we will attempt to run an alternative course.  There is no postponement day.
  7. Entries close on the date and time specified.  Late entries will be accepted until the designated late entry date and time but will incur a late fee charge.
  8. Competitors must carry or risk disqualification: a windproof and waterproof jacket and over trousers, full set of thermal underwear and spare top, warm hat, gloves, map and compass (one per team), survival blanket, whistle, and food and water.
  9. Race numbers must be clearly visible at all times.
  10. Competitors must respect the environment (ie, no litter to be left anywhere) and be aware of and courteous to other track users.
  11. Competitors must stay on the track.  Race arrows may direct you around particular obstacles.
  12. Competitors must be over 18 years of age on race day.
  13. Please give assistance to any other competitor or race marshal who is injured or needing help.  Report this to the nearest checkpoint.  Your split time will be adjusted.
  14. Organisers reserve the right to remove any competitor from the event at any time if they feel that safety is being, or likely to be, compromised.
  15. No dogs to be taken on the race with competitors, unless a registered guide or assistance dog.



**  We are often asked why we have this condition.  For those who are unfamiliar with the Tararuas, they are more formidable than they appear.  Last year the Mountain Safety Council published "A Walk in the Park" which highlights, not only participation in the outdoors, but also analyses the incidents and accidents which occur in the hills.  The Tararuas are identified as a hot spot area.  To read this report Click Here