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


Welcome to our race!


Late Registrations Close Wed 21 Feb 6pm

Shuttles to/from Wellington Railway Station to start/finish are bookable when registering


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.

The 2018 race will be held on:

Saturday 24 February 2018

Classic Southern Crossing

Kaitoke to Otaki Forks



2018 Training Run - David and Bing



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Parafed Wellington Donation

The Tararua Mountain Race Trust donated $2000 to Parafed Wellington who provide sport and recreation opportunities to people with physical disabilities. This year Parafed Wellington arranged the catering for all competitors at the finish at Otaki Forks.

Parafed Wellington President Alan Signal thanked the Trust for their donation and advised the money was used to purchase team uniforms for their Team Wheelington team which attended the Junior Disability Games in Auckland in October. Team Wheelington finished 2nd overall, a great achievement as most of the athletes were aged 9 - 14 years.

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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.