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The Taniwha

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The Taniwha is an incredibly unique and absolutely epic event that you will not want to miss out on this year! The event celebrates the hard work of the Waikato River Trails Trust over the past 13 years in developing 100km of top quality trails - most of it on previously inaccessible land along the mighty Waikato River. The trails wind their way through all the faces of New Zealand’s natural beauty - native bush, exotic forest, historic landmarks, geological formations, open reserves, boardwalks over wetlands, and stunning single track - taking in expansive lake and river views throughout. Phew! If too much amazing scenery were possible this'd be it! Come participate and experience this beauty on Saturday 3rd November to take on as much of the stunning Waikato River Trails as you want - on foot, on two wheels, as an individual, or as a team! There's something for every age, ability, and fitness level.

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Our story is a pretty simple one. Born in 2000, the journey has been an interesting, challenging and enlightening one, where somewhere along the way our mantra became “Great Events, Stunning Locations”. We are a small team of like-minded people who share a passionate belief in creating opportunities for people from all walks of life to experience some of the most stunning landscapes on offer in New Zealand, this wonderful adventure playground we get to call home. We are energised and rewarded by being able to create a positive, welcoming and non-threatening environment for people to share, connect & inspire through adventure. Seeing people come together to challenge themselves amidst the energising outdoors is what gets us out of bed each and every day. Put another way, it’s our “Why”. We are a company focused on creating quality, meaningful event experiences for everyday people with everyday challenges.

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4.5
3 reviews
Dan
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4.3
Did the Marathon Run in 2018
My first Marathon, Tough track but throughly enjoyed the experience, will be back for sure… read more
Erin
Star
4.3
Did the 14k Trail Run/Walk in 2018
I really enjoyed the walk. My friends and I walked together and thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the area. The Waikato weather came as expected. Drizzle and light rain. I wore a long sleeve shirt and running shorts with running shoes and was really comfortable. There were two aid stations which were sufficient. We organised our own picnic afterwards and the trees at the parking area were plenty to protect us from the odd bit if passing weather. Husband and 8 year old son loved the 14k MTB for their first event. … read more
Kovo
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5.0
Did the Marathon Run in 2018
This race is always amazing. The course (even though slightly different this year from others) is always incredible - the scenery etc. Especially loved the new trail part instead of the road this year. What disappoints me is the lack of prizes. Personally, I don't care - I'm there to race, get my training in. But when I know loads of people, and most with kids, who stick around to support, and stay for prize giving and there be a massive lack of prizes is really frustrating. There are so many races out there with spot prizes so this year was hugely disappointing to hear from people about this. A bottle of beer for winning cost about $5... free to run on the river paths. So where is the money going to - start looking after the people, or they will leave, with the amount of options out there.… read more
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85Km MTB

For those of you deciding to take on this ‘Big Boy’ you will be in for everything the Waikato River Trails has to offer! Starting at the majestic Little Waipa Domain, nestled on the banks of Lake Karapiro this 83km Mountain Bike sure does have a lot to offer! For those of you up for the challenge, this ride is amazing, but it is a long, tough day out there!

For the first 10km of your adventure you will be on some great single track which makes for some of the best riding of the whole day. As you gradually climb up to and past Arapuni Township you will be treated to some scenic views of both Lake Karapiro and Arapuni before popping out on Lake Arapuni Road.

The next 15km of your ride is a long gradual climb from 120 meters above sea level to 350 meters. The good news is that this 15km section is also all on quiet, but sealed (aka nice and fast) country roads. Essentially the only road section of any significance in your ride today, you will knock this 15km/230 meter with relative ease while you take in the traditionally rural Waikato country side.

After all the climbing there’s got to be some to show for it right?…RIGHT. At the end of Waotu South Road you head back into the trails and straight into a long, and in parts steep, downhill. The first section of this downhill will test both the nerves and the brakes with a number of tight switch-backs, before opening up with some fast sweeping corners as you get back down next to the river.

As you make your way along the newly created gravel track you will be treated to some beautiful native bush while travelling next to the southern end of Lake Arapuni. This section also boasts the biggest swing bridge of the trail, its impressive! You also take in a short section of the forestry roads as the foliage turns to the pine variety for the last few kilometers before the Waipapa Dam.

Once across the Waipapa Dam (half way point!) you are now heading down the Western side of the mighty Waikato River. The track surface now changes to hard packed clay, the forest becomes more closed in, and the hills start to bite harder. In the 8km following the Dam you undulate your way through old pine forests, then head up a tough climb and away from the river. From here the going gets slightly easier before you pop out at the Maraetia Power Station. Your legs will love the next couple of km as you scream down the sealed road and into the historic river side town of Mangakino.

The next 12km from Mangakino to Whakamaru Dam is a highlight of the day. You will enjoy the rolling gravel track as you hammer it through pockets of bush with farm land and friendly cows to your right and constant views of Lake Maraetai to your left -stunning! Crossing your last dam of the day, Whakamaru Dam, you will be straight back into quality trail! Now following Lake Whakamaru you cling to the bank, as the track winds its way east through a beautiful strip of native bush wedged between Ongaroto Road and the lake. The bush opens and you cruise through some spectacular lake side reserves for the last couple of km’s before you finish at the truly magic Whakamaru Christian Camp, situated on its own Island surrounded by the clear waters of Lake Whakamaru.

42.2Km MTB

Starting at the stunning Waipapa Dam you will head down the Western side of the mighty Waikato River. The track surface for this first section of your day is hard packed clay, the huge pine forest towers above, and the hills start short but sharp. In the 8km following the Dam you undulate your way through old pine forests, then head up a tough climb and away from the river. From here the going gets easier, with magic views of the River below, before you pop out at the Maraetia Power Station. Your legs will love the next couple of km as you scream down the sealed road and into the historic river side town of Mangakino (your half way point.)

The next 12km from Mangakino to Whakamaru Dam is a highlight of the day. You will enjoy the rolling gravel track as you hammer it through pockets of bush and across a number of sparkly new swing bridges with farm land and friendly cows to your right and constant views of Lake Maraetai to your left – stunning!

Crossing your last dam of the day, Whakamaru Dam, you will be straight back into quality trail! Now following Lake Whakamaru you cling to the bank, as the track winds its way east through a beautiful strip of native bush wedged between Ongaroto Road and the lake. The bush opens and you cruise through some spectacular lake side reserves for the last couple of km’s before you finish at the truly magic Whakamaru Christian Camp, situated on its own Island surrounded by the clear waters of Lake Whakamaru.

22Km MTB

This section of the Waikato River Trails sure is one of the best! Starting at the historic river side town of Mangakino you will be straight into the trails.

The 12km from Mangakino to Whakamaru Dam is a highlight of the day. You will enjoy the rolling gravel track as you hammer it through pockets of bush and across a number of sparkly new swing bridges with farm land and friendly cows to your right and constant views of Lake Maraetai to your left -stunning!

Crossing your last dam of the day, Whakamaru Dam, you will be straight back into quality trail! Now following Lake Whakamaru you cling to the bank, as the track winds its way east through a beautiful strip of native bush wedged between Ongaroto Road and the lake. The bush opens and you cruise through some spectacular lake side reserves for the last couple of km’s before you finish at the truly magic Whakamaru Christian Camp, situated on its own Island surrounded by the clear waters of Lake Whakamaru.

14Km MTB

Starting at the very south-western end of the Waikato River Trails your 14km run/walk will take in the Eastern Lake Whakamaru section of the trails; you and the 7km event will be the only courses that get to experience this awesome section of the Trails.

From your start just outside of Atiamuri you head west along the newly re-conditioned gravel trail. You can expect it to be running/walking through a mixture of Native bush, pine forest, and grassy river flats. What you don’t need to worry about in this course is big hill’s, there isn’t any! You will love the flowing nature of this track, but make sure that even while hammering along, you take in the magic vistas that Lake Whakamaru and the towering banks on the opposite side of the lake produce.

The bush opens and you cruise through some spectacular lake side reserves for the last couple of km’s before you finish at the truly magic Whakamaru Christian Camp, situated on its own Island surrounded by the clear waters of Lake Whakamaru.

42.2km Marathon (Run Only)

For those of you who decided to tackle the Taniwha Marathon, good on you, you’ll love it! Starting at the Waipapa Dam you will head down the Western side of the mighty Waikato River. The track surface for this first section of your day is hard packed clay, the huge pine forest towers above and the hills start short but sharp. In the 8km following the Dam you undulate your way through old pine forests and traverse a number of board ways, then head up a tough climb and away from the river. From here the going gets easier, with magic views of the River below, before you pop out at the Maraetia Power Station. From there it’s a gradual downhill for a few kilometres into the historic river side town of Mangakino (your half way point.)

The next 12km from Mangakino to Whakamaru Dam is a highlight of the day. You will enjoy the rolling gravel track as you hammer it through pockets of bush and across a number of sparkly new swing bridges with farm land and friendly cows to your right and constant views of Lake Maraetai to your left – stunning!

Crossing your last dam of the day, Whakamaru Dam, you will be straight back into quality trail! Now following Lake Whakamaru you cling to the bank, as the track winds its way east through a beautiful strip of native bush wedged between Ongaroto Road and the lake. The bush opens and you cruise through some spectacular lake side reserves for the last couple of km’s before you finish at the truly magic Whakamaru Christian Camp, situated on its own Island surrounded by the clear waters of Lake Whakamaru.

21.1km Half Marathon (Run/walk)

We are picking big numbers for this one, this half Marathon is jam packed with goodness! I kid you not; this section of the Waikato River Trails sure is some of the best! Starting at the historic river side town of Mangakino you will be straight into the trails.

The 12km from Mangakino to Whakamaru Dam is a highlight of the day. You will enjoy the rolling gravel track as you hammer it through pockets of bush and across a number of sparkly new swing bridges with farm land and friendly cows to your right and constant views of Lake Maraetai to your left – stunning!

Crossing your last dam of the day, Whakamaru Dam, you will be straight back into quality trail! Now following Lake Whakamaru you cling to the bank, as the track winds its way east through a beautiful strip of native bush wedged between Ongaroto Road and the lake. The bush opens and you cruise through some spectacular lake side reserves for the last couple of km’s before you finish at the truly magic Whakamaru Christian Camp, situated on its own Island surrounded by the clear waters of Lake Whakamaru.

14km Trail Run/walk

Starting at the very south-western end of the Waikato River Trails your 14km run/walk will take in the Eastern Lake Whakamaru section of the trails; you and the 7km event will be the only courses that get to experience this awesome section of the Trails.

From your start just outside of Atiamuri you head west along the newly re-conditioned gravel trail. You can expect it to be running/walking through a mixture of Native bush, pine forest, and grassy river flats. What you don’t need to worry about in this course is big hill’s, there isn’t any! You will love the flowing nature of this track, but make sure that even while hammering along, you take in the magic vistas that Lake Whakamaru and the towering banks on the opposite side of the lake produce.

The bush opens and you cruise through some spectacular lake side reserves for the last couple of km’s before you finish at the truly magic Whakamaru Christian Camp, situated on its own Island surrounded by the clear waters of Lake Whakamaru.

Buggy friendly!

7km Trail Run/walk

Starting at the Eastern end of the Waikato River Trails your 7km run/walk will take in the Southern Lake Whakamaru section of the trails; you and the 14km event will be the only courses that get to experience this awesome section of the Trail.

From your start at Tram Road Reserve you head west along the newly re-conditioned gravel trail. You can expect it to be running/walking through a mixture of Native bush, pine forest, and grassy river flats. What you don’t need to worry about in this course is big hill’s, there isn’t any! You will love the flowing nature of this track, but make sure that even while hammering along, you take in the magic vistas that Lake Whakamaru and the towering river banks on the opposite side of the lake produce.

The bush opens and you cruise through some spectacular lake side reserves for the last couple of km’s before you finish at the truly magic Whakamaru Christian Camp, situated on its own Island surrounded by the clear waters of Lake Whakamaru.!

Buggy friendly!

Dan
Star
4.3
Did the Marathon Run in 2018
My first Marathon, Tough track but throughly enjoyed the experience, will be back for sure
Erin
Star
4.3
Did the 14k Trail Run/Walk in 2018
I really enjoyed the walk. My friends and I walked together and thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the area. The Waikato weather came as expected. Drizzle and light rain. I wore a long sleeve shirt and running shorts with running shoes and was really comfortable. There were two aid stations which were sufficient. We organised our own picnic afterwards and the trees at the parking area were plenty to protect us from the odd bit if passing weather. Husband and 8 year old son loved the 14k MTB for their first event.
Kovo
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon Run in 2018
This race is always amazing. The course (even though slightly different this year from others) is always incredible - the scenery etc. Especially loved the new trail part instead of the road this year. What disappoints me is the lack of prizes. Personally, I don't care - I'm there to race, get my training in. But when I know loads of people, and most with kids, who stick around to support, and stay for prize giving and there be a massive lack of prizes is really frustrating. There are so many races out there with spot prizes so this year was hugely disappointing to hear from people about this. A bottle of beer for winning cost about $5... free to run on the river paths. So where is the money going to - start looking after the people, or they will leave, with the amount of options out there.
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Logistics and schedule

Event Start Locations

85km MTB Little Waipa Domain – 873 Horahora Road
42.2km MTB Waipapa Dam – 2034 Waipapa Road
22km MTB/E-Bike **— ** Lakeside Reserve, Mangakino
14 km MTB Intersection of SH1 and Ongaroto Road, Atiamri
42.2km Marathon Run — Waipapa Dam – 2034 Waipapa Road
**21.1km Half-Marathon Run/Walk — ** Lakeside Reserve, Mangakino
**14km Run/Walk — ** Intersection of SH1 and Ongaroto Road, Atiamri
**7km Run/Walk — ** Tram Road

Event Time

85km MTB 8:00am
22km E-Bike  7:50am
42.2km MTB 8:10am
22km MTB 8:00am
14 km MTB 9:30am
42.2km Marathon Run 8:20am
21.1km Half-Marathon Run/Walk 8:10am
14km Run/Walk 10:30am
7km Run/Walk 10:30am

Race Pack Pick-Up – FRIDAY 2nd NOVEMBER

Your race number, timing transponder and race bag can be collected between 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Friday 2nd at the South Waikato Sport and Events Centre – 25 Mossop Rd, Tokoroa (left, off SH1 as you head south).
Another person can collect your pack but they will need your full name, date of birth and event category to do so.

NOTE: ALL MTBers who have booked a bus to their start line MUST attend pre-event registration to drop off their MTB.

Race Day – SATURDAY 3rd NOVEMBER

Saturday morning registration will also be available at each start line one hour before race start.

PLEASE ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME if you need to take this option.

NOTE: There is no Saturday registration at the event base/finish line, only at the event start lines.

Event Base

Event base is the Whakamaru Mi-Camp (Hirurangi Island, 1105 Ongaroto Road (SH30), Kinleith 3491 on Whakamaru Lake).
Once there drive past this address and follow the gravel land bridge across to camp on the island.
ALL event options finish here.

How to get there

Waikato River Trails, 6 Main St, Putaruru 3411, New Zealand

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Transport

There is a bus option available for anyone that requires transport from the finish line at Whakamaru Christian Camp to the start line. This is optional and is designed for people that don’t have ‘support crews’ with them to drop them at their start point in the morning. There is an additional cost that comes with booking the bus option, and this can be booked when entering your chosen event option.

MOUNTAIN BIKES – PLEASE NOTE: if you are catching a bus to your start you must drop your bike off at the Friday evening registration so we can get it to your start line on Saturday morning. If you’re unable to attend the Friday evening registration, you must organise your own MTB transport to the start line.

Buses depart from Dunham’s Point Reserve (right next to event base/finish). Please park your car in the adjoining reserve area, as directed by parking marshals. The bus stop is located in the car park out front, there is no need to come in to the Event Base once you’ve parked your car.

Bus Time

85km Bus 06:20 am
42.2km Bus 06:50 am
22km/21km Bus 07:00am
14 km MTB bus 08:40am
14 km Run/Walk bus 09:40 am
7 km Run/Walk bus 09:40 am

EVENT TRANSPORT (optional)

85km Mountain Bike Bus – $45, Run/Walk Bus – N/A
42km  Mountain Bike Bus $35, Run/Walk Bus $20
22/21km  Mountain Bike Bus $30, Run/Walk Bus $15
14km  Mountain Bike Bus $15, Run/Walk Bus $10
7km  Mountain Bike Bus – N/A,  Run/Walk Bus $10

NOTE: If you haven’t booked a bus and would like to take this option, please log in (your personal registration details can be found on your registration confirmation email) and add the ‘Transport’ item – this needs to be booked by 3:00 pm Thursday 1st November. Please email Vanessa if you need assistance.

Bus tickets will not be issued but there will be passenger lists at the ‘bus stop’ in the morning.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There will be NO buses back to the start lines from the finish.

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85k MTB
12:00am Sat 3rd Nov 2018
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12:00am Sat 3rd Nov 2018
22k MTB
12:00am Sat 3rd Nov 2018
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12:00am Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Marathon Run
12:00am Sat 3rd Nov 2018
Half Marathon Run/Walk
12:00am Sat 3rd Nov 2018
14k Trail Run/Walk
12:00am Sat 3rd Nov 2018
7k Run/Walk
12:00am Sat 3rd Nov 2018
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