Tararua Mountain Race
Challenge yourself in one of the oldest mountain races in New Zealand


This route traverses the Kaitoke-Holdsworth tramping route transforming this 3-day hard tramp into a 1-day trail run.

Depending on where the race starts, either at the south in Kaitoke or north at Holdsworth, the races takes competitors up and over the Puffer Saddle along the Tauherenikau Valley, over Cone Saddle then beside the Waiohine River through Totara Flats, and finally up a 600m climb in meet the Gentle Annie track (Mt Holdsworth track), finishing at Holdsworth Lodge.

The route covers 34.5km with a total ascent of 2,300m.

Expected times are between 4 and 10 hours.


As part of your safety gear it is required you carry a map of the course with you.

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