THE UNDERGROUND OVERGROUND TRAIL RUN ADVENTURE
You can still enter at Athlete Check-In today on Friday 12 April from 3:30pm to 8pm and Saturday from 6am to 12-noon.
You are welcome to change your distance at athlete check-in. You must indicate if you have decided to change your race distance (and pay the difference). If you downgrade in distance a $10 admin fee still applies.
The 4th annual Discover Waitomo Trail Run will be held in Waitomo on the 13th of April 2019. It is a true New Zealand underground and overground adventure. Explorers will run or walk over and under 6, 11, 21 or 35km of landscape that has to be seen to be believed. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook where we will be announcing updates in the lead up to the big day.
Walkers, runners, kids – indeed explorers of all ages are welcome to this amazing Kiwi discover the hidden Waitomo, New Zealand. With surreal karst-studded landscapes, caves, native bush, vibrant working farms, tunnels, canyons and glowworms, it’s as magical as you can possibly get. The courses have plenty of adventure and less-adventurous options, guaranteeing something for everyone.
Everyone participating in the 6, 21 and 35km events* will have the chance to explore underground as well as hidden gems tucked away on private properties. The scenery is simply breathtaking – you will run through the farms that Sir Peter Jackson has described as “… way too pretty for The Hobbit“. Waitomo magic awaits the pitter-patter of your trail running shoes/hobbit feet.
* The 11km event will be an overground only experience, including amazing karst formations, farmland and Stubbs Canyon (optional: Hole in the Rock).
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Waitomo Trail Run
REGISTRATION Time: 3.30pm to 8.00pm Location: Waitomo Homestead (584 State Highway 3, Waitomo 3977)
Waitomo Course Information
Set your stopwatches – entries open on November 1st for the 2019 Discover Waitomo Trail Run!
Registration & Race Day Schedule
Here are information about Registration & Race Day Schedule.
Frequently Asked Questions
All you should need to know about the Waitomo Trail Run (and a little more). The multiple distances and difficulty levels caters for all walks...
Driving times to Waitomo
Waitomo is situated within easy reach of the North Island of New Zealand's main centres.
Please be aware that spectators are not permitted on the runners’ shuttle buses. There are a few places to see and support your runner or walker...
Trail Run Results
Provisional and final results for the Waitomo Trail Run. Results will be available the day following the event.
It is important for each entrant to recognize the potential physical and mental stresses, which may evolve from participation in this run.
Refunds, Transfers and Withdrawals
Rules and terms and conditions relating to refunds and transfers for the Waitomo Trail Run. The refund policy is fixed and no exception.
Trail Run Stories
A Guide to the Trail Running Gear You Actually Need
Remember that time someone said to you running is great because it’s free and then you laughed and laughed and laughed (and then cried a little...
Stubbs Farm - A Legacy of Conservation
When my great-grandparents and grandfather arrived at Te Kuiti in 1914, much of the farmable land had already been felled and burnt. I have seen...
Ten Tips For Hiking Waitomo With Your Kids
It can be hard to keep young children entertained on a hike. Well, it can be hard to keep young children entertained anywhere, really. Hiking with...
Eight Must See Things Do at Waitomo
Congratulations! You are taking part in a stunning race in a phenomenal part of the world. Whilst you are going to run and walk through some of...
New Zealand Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
Waitomo Trail Run – New Zealand like you’ve never seen it before Glowworm caves, beautiful canyons, karst-studded landscapes, stunning New Zealand...
What The Heck Is A Seam-sealed Jacket Anyway?
You know those people who throw around the word “literally” all the time when they literally don’t mean to say literally at all?
News and Media Enquiries
A large team of journalists, photographers and videographers from New Zealand will cover the event annually. This page contains resources to help...
Kia ora and thank you to the all the partners and sponsors who have helped make this event possible including the volunteers from the Waitomo community...
Waitomo Trail Run Volunteers
Volunteers help make this event possible. They are often the most memorable feature of the race for our runners coming from all over the world...