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

Mountain/Trail Running essential

With a total ascent and descent of over 2,500m, hill and offroad running training is essential.

If you cannot train in the Tararua Forest Park, the we recommend you train on a variety of boggy, tree-root strewn tracks.  Most people find the Marchant Ridge section, which is notoriously boggy, tree-rooty and steep, to be the most challenging section.


Pre-event Training Run

If this is your first Tararua Mountain Race, and you have limited "tops" experience or Tararua experience, we encourage you to take part in our pre-event training run.

You will be running with one of our experienced racers who will provide you with tips and tricks to help you have a safe, great and enjoyable race.

Details on when the training run will happen will be posted on the website a few weeks before we plan to take the run so you have time to hone your training and arrange your weekend.



Check out the Mountain Safety Council Trail Running Resource Here



Check out the Wellington LandSAR tips Here