2019 Tararua Mountain Race

Where: Tararua Forest Park, Merchant Road, Kaitoke, Upper Hutt

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Individuals: $90.00
  • 2-person Team: $175.00
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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!

Again the race course will be over the Southern Crossing.

This race traverses the Southern Crossing tramping route which is the classic Tararua route from Kaitoke to Otaki Forks, transforming the 3-day hard tramp into a 1-day mountain run of epic proportions.

The 35km event is defined by the weather conditions. The Tararua Mountain Range is notoriously changeable environment, with high winds and low cloud being common for a 10km section of the race when above the bushline. Extreme care is required.

Participants start the Southern Crossing in waves, depending on their estimated finish time, those aiming for a fast time start later in the morning.

In distance, the track is 35.4km and the total asccent is 2,250m. The total descent is 2,475m.