THE UNDERGROUND OVERGROUND WAITOMO TRAIL RUN ADVENTURE
Saturday 4 November 2023
It is a true New Zealand underground 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. Walkers, runners and children – indeed explorers of all ages and abilities – are encouraged to come along and explore Waitomo’s caves, native bush, canyons and glowworms. With courses to suit every appetite for adventure, Waitomo Trail Run is guaranteed to have something for everyone.
Experience breath-taking scenery as you run through the landscape that Sir Peter Jackson has described as “… way too pretty for The Hobbit“.
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Registrations for 2023 are Opening Soon.
Early Bird Open until
31 August 2023
1 Sept to 13 Oct 2023
Final Release:14 Oct to 3Nov 2023
|INDIVIDUAL ADULT Short 6KM (Ruakuri Spiral to Glowworm Cave Visitor Centre)||$50||$55||$65|
|INDIVIDUAL CHILD Short 6KM 14 YRS & Under (Ruakuri Spiral to Glowworm Cave Visitor Centre)||$40||$45||$55|
|FAMILY OPTIONS (2AD + 2CH) Short 6KM (Ruakuri Spiral to Glowworm Cave Visitor Centre)* Add up to 2 additional children for $20 per child (max 6 in the group)||from $140||from $155||from $185||Add extra child $20 (per child max 2 additional)|
|INDIVIDUAL ADULT Medium 11KM (Stubbs Farm)||$65||$75||$90|
|INDIVIDUAL CHILD 14 YRS & Under Medium 11KM (Stubbs Farm)||$55||$60||$80|
|FAMILY OPTIONS (2AD + 2CH) Medium 11KM (Stubbs Farm)* Add up to 2 additional children for $20 per child (max 6 in the group)||from $185||from $200||from $260||
|INDIVIDUAL Long 21KM (Mangapohue to Stubbs Farm)||$110||$120||$130|
|INDIVIDUAL Super Long 36KM (Mangapohue to Glowworm Cave Visitor Centre)||$140||$150||$160|
All visitors to the Discover Waitomo attractions and hospitality sites are advised to book their visit with us in advance, either via the website or by calling 0800 456 922. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Registrations OPEN for 2023
Trail Run Event Information
Pre Race Day Registration is available between 4.00pm to 8.00pm from the Waitomo Homestead (584 State Highway 3, Waitomo 3977)
Trail Run Course Information
Runners and walkers will pass through the legendary Waitomo tunnel, across karst-studded farm landscapes, lush DOC reserves and through canyons...
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.
Tips and Tricks
A Guide to the Trail Running Gear You Actually Need
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Stubbs Farm - A Legacy of Conservation
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Ten Tips For Hiking Waitomo With Your Kids
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Eight Must See Things Do at Waitomo
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New Zealand Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
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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...
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