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


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Tararua Mountain Race 2019

Saturday 9 March

Classic Southern Crossing



Registrations Open 1 December 2019.  Close 1 March 2019 6pm

Training Run Confirmed

A Training run is scheduled for Saturday 23 February for those who want to try the course with experienced mountain runners and also those mad ones who can't get enough of the tops!

If you wish to be part of the training run, please email tararua.race@gmail.com before Friday 15 Feb so we can sort logistics.


The Tararua Mountain Race is one of New Zealand's oldest mountain races, having first been raced in 1990.   The Tararua Ranges are widenly renowned in New Zealand for tough mountain terrain and weather, so the race is not for the inexperienced or faint hearted! 


Traditionally the race is held over the Southern Crossing.  From 2014 a new route was introduced as an alternative course along the river valleys between Kaitoke and Holdsworth - another classic Tararua tramping route.


2018 Training Run - David and Bing



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2019 Tararua Race Registrations Open

Registrations to open today for the 2019 Tararua Mountain Race.
Again the course will take competitors across the notorious Southern Crossing from Kaitoke to Otaki Forks.
Last year competitors started the race at Kaitoke in still calm weather, albeit drizzly, and made their way up Marchant Ridge in relative shelter. Across the tops low cloud and strong NW winds challenged the best of the competitors . As tradition has it, Otaki Forks finish was bathed in sunshine for most of the afternoon allowing families and friends to relax and enjoy the river and walks before welcoming their competitors home.
This year we hope the conditions will be kind to our competitors, but hey, its the Tararua's and any weather can happen on the day.
Spaces are limited for this race so ensure you enter early to secure your spot.
Entries close on 1 March 2019.

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Tararua Mountain Race supports Wellington and Wairarapa LandSAR by providing donations after each race to not only thank the LandSAR teams for assisting with the Race, but also to acknowledge the invaluable service LandSAR provide in keeping us all safe in the outdoors.