Tarawera Ultra-Trail by UTMB is New Zealand's Premier trail running event held in Rotorua, New Zealand’s birthplace of tourism.
Haere Mai, welcome to Tarawera Ultra-Trail by UTMB
Our spectacular courses take in the most stunning scenery imaginable, featuring eight different lakes, waterfalls, and the lushest native New Zealand forests. Whether you choose the T21, T50, T102 or the TMiler, our friendly trail running community welcomes athletes of all abilities with open arms. Courses are all point-to-point, on mostly non-technical runnable terrain. They are designed with the aim of seeing everyone succeed. Join us in Rotorua and experience this special land and its people.
Distances to suit every ability
A stunning natural landscape bursting with life and energy, the trails of Tarawera take runners through the inspiring taiao (natural landscapes) of Papatūānuku, the earth mother. Journey through lush native bush, towering redwoods, past 8 glistening lakes and down crystal clear streams.
Don’t just let your eyes take in the beauty – but connect to land on a deeper level by understanding the korero (stories) of the tangata whenua (people of the land) and find respect in these sacred lands you are fortunate enough to traverse.
Just like trail running, the tangata whenua of Tarawera keep whānau (family) at their heart. Our foundations are built on the concept of manaaki – a reciprocal sharing of warmth. The shared warmth of the community is the fire that burns deep inside us all, from the runners to the support crews, volunteers to the event crew, to the local community that welcome us to their trails.
Tarawera is a shared journey, a coming together of the trail running whānau to connect and enjoy the shared passion of trails. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, being with us on our trails makes you part of the whānau.
At Tarawera, we’ve got your back. Tarawera is designed with tutuki (achievement) at its heart – if you want to join us, we’ll support you along your journey, every step of the way.
From the world-renowed aid stations to the incredible volunteers and event crew, we’ll cater to your every need, while our courses are designed with achievability, not impossibility, in mind. Anyone and everyone is welcome on the trails of Tarawera.