Tararua Mountain Race
Challenge yourself in one of the oldest mountain races in New Zealand!
Due to a slip at Blue Bluff on Otaki Gorge road, and the subsequent road closure for the foreseeable future, the course for the 2021 race will NOT be the traditional Southern Crossing. The 2021 route will be Kaitoke – Holdsworth.
This is a challenging course itself, a bit longer than the crossing and while apparently flat, does require runners to pace themselves.
Starting at Kaitoke, the course takes runners over the Puffer Saddle into Smiths Creek, nearly 10kms up the Tauherenikau Valley to Cone Saddle, down to the Waiohine River, along Totara Flats then up the final 600m hill climb to Gentle Annie Track which is the last hurdle before the descent to Holdsworth Lodge.