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Rotorua Running Events

Rotorua Running Events

With beautiful 16 lakes, 100s of kms or running tracks, and an endless amount of beautiful scenery, Rotorua is the perfect destination for a running or multi-sport event. With a different event almost every other weekend, you will keep active outdoors all year round in Rotorua.

Here is a list of the the most popular, social, scenic, and grueling events over the calendar year in Rotorua.

The Tarawera Ultramarathon
The Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon is an adventure to say the least. This 100km-long endurance event is described as a scenic buffet as runners pass through exotic forestry, native bush, lakes, waterfalls and follow a beautiful river. This event is part of the Ultra Trail World Tour and attracts international competitors from all over the world. Depending on just how fit you are, competitors can enter solo or as a team and cover distances from 60 to 100km between Rotorua to Kawerau.

Off-Road Half Marathon
If you are preparing for the Rotorua Marathon later in the year the Off Road Half Marathon is the perfect milestone in your training plan. This is a non competitive family event which utilises a mix of scenic forest trails and smooth gravel forest roads through the spectacular Whakarewarewa (Red Woods) Forest. Runners can choose from either the 21km Off-Road Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 5km Fun Run, and there are also 2 race options for the Kids.


Xterra Rotorua

This event is for multisport, triathlon, mountain biking and general fitness athletes of all abilities. XTERRA can be completed as individuals or in a team and consists of a 1 k swim, 26K mountain bike, and an 11km run. XTERRA is open to everyone, from first time competitors, to weekend warriors, and those who are chasing qualifying spots for the XTERRA Maui World Championships.

The Rotorua course has been heralded as the best course in the world, so there has never been a better opportunity to have a go at the fastest growing multisport format in the world.


Rotorua Marathon

One of New Zealand's longest running, running events is the Rotorua Marathon. The 42km event is now over 50 years old and covers one lap around Lake Rotorua. The course has remained the same since 1965 and is described as one of the greatest running events in the country and continues to attract thousands of competitors to the the city every year.

Tough Guy & Gal Challenge
If you want to get down and dirty and have a whole lot of fun, then this totally unique off-road running event is for you. Open to both male and female competitors 13 years of age and older, the course includes swamp crossings, net climbs, mud, barb wire, beautiful native bush trails, mud, tunnels, hurdles, a climbing frame, and of course more mud! Grab your friends, workmates or family together for challenging obstacles, a fun atmosphere, and a truly amazing experience!


Rotorua Ekiden  
If the full Rotorua Marathon isn’t for you, New Zealand's only Ekiden follows the famous 42km marathon course, which is split into six achievable segments that you can share with your friends, family or co-workers. Join 2,000 other runners and walkers for a fun event, a challenging run or walk and a great day out with your mates.

These are but a few of the most popular events  that are held in Rotorua every year. If you are visiting from out of town and require comfortable and affordable accommodation please contact the Golden Glow Motel.


Our newly refurbished motel is only minutes from the city centre, and the start line for many of the mentioned events.There is free off road parking for guests and all our spacious rooms come with cooking facilities, sky tv, free wifi, and a private spa pool to rest aching bodies.

Posted: Mon 28 Jul 2014