100km Run

The 100km event is designed for people who want to do the full Monty and experience all that the Great Lakes Trails have to offer. It starts at Waihaha carpark on the Western shores of the lake. Runners then travel through private farmland (access is only available for this event), do a gnarly section of gravel and tarseal bashing before heading onto the airstrip and down on to the wonderful Great Lakes K2K and W2K trails to the finishline at Whakaipo.

The 100km is a qualifying event for UTMB and an is sanctioned by the International Trail Running Association.

Start time

6am at Waihaha carpark on Western Bays Road, State Highway 32

Compulsory Race Briefing

The race briefing for the 100km event (including relay teams) will be held on Friday 6.00pm and 8.00pm at the Wairakei Resort Taupo. Please ensure you attend one of the briefings as it is compulsory! At the briefing we will go over all the logistics of the event as well as cover the all important health, safety and medical aspects of the event.


Friday 11th October at the Wairakei Resort Taupo between 4pm and 9 pm. All 100 km runners must weigh in at registration and at the finishline.

Bus timetable

Please see Transport page.

Compulsory gear

See Health & Safety page.

Aid stations

Aid station 1 13.1 km
Aid station 2 27.9 km
Aid station 3 33.0 km
Aid station 4 44.3 km
Aid station 5 50.5 km
Aid station 6 61.9 km
Aid station 7 71.3 km
Aid station 8 77.2 km
Aid station 9 82.8 km
Aid station 10 92.6 km

The Aid Stations are stocked with lollies, gingernuts, chips, pretzels, sandwiches (peanut butter or vegemite) bananas and Oranges, water, electrolyte drink and coke. Fluid will be available in cups and water containers to enable competitors to fill up drink bottles or bladders. Aid stations are clearly marked on the course maps. (distances approx)

Sandwiches & Oranges will not be available at the final two aid stations (headland)

In an effort to reduce our footprint, we ask that you please bring either a reusable cup, drink bottle or hydration bladder to limit the use of disposable cups.


All 100 km runners will need to have a light for the final 24k leg from Kinloch to Whakaipo Bay if they leave the Kinloch Hall after 2:30pm. So either have lights on you, or put your light in your last drop bag for pick up at Kinloch.

Cut-off times

This is the time you must LEAVE the aid station – not arrive

  • 11.30am: Hingarae Road end (68.5k remaining)

  • 3.00pm: At the airstrip on Whangamata Road (50.9k remaining)

  • 7.30pm: Kinloch Domain for 100km runners (24k remaining)

  • 8.45pm: Beginning of Headland loop (18k remaining, with an option to short cut the headland and head directly to Whakaipo)

*Note: If you do not reach the 8.45pm cut-off at the beginning of the headland loop, and are required to take the shortcut to finish, you will not receive a 100km finishers medal. You won’t go home empty handed however, as we will still have something for you for your huge achievement.


You do not need a support crew for this event. Dropbags are available for all solo runners.

Drop Bag 1 Bartons - 33 km
Drop Bag 2 Airstrip - 50 km
Drop Bag 3 Kinloch Hall - 77 km


We encourage 100km entrants to have a pacer on the last section from Kinloch to the finish at Whakaipo Bay. Please get your pacers to register online through our registration page.


Spectators can see their runners/walkers at the Waihaha Road end, Hingarae road end, Puketapu Road, Whangamata road (airstrip), and Kinloch Those active spectators who want to cheer on their runners near the finish should meet them at the style at the end of the gravel road at the end of Whakaipo bay and run along the road to the finish with them.

Driving instructions

From Taupo to the 100km race start at Waihaha Bridge (allow 45 mins to 1 hour from Taupo)
Head out of Taupo to the Thermal Explorer Highway go across the control gate bridge and head up the hill for 1km. Turn left into Poihipi Road, travel along Poihipi Road for approx 27.1 km then turn left into Marotiri Road travel along Marotiri Road for approx 5km. Turn left into SH32 travel approx 24 km along SH32 until you reach the Waihaha bridge and the start of the Waihaha section of the Great Lake Trail.

100km statistics*

  • Elevation gain 3546

  • Elevation loss 3677

  • Single trail 75%

  • Offroad 13%

  • Road 12%

*Elevations sourced from Google Earth. The final event maps, distances and elevations are subject to changes as we finalise the course details and logistics.

  • %'s are approximate

  • Single trail = bliss!

  • Offroad = 4WD trails or farm

  • Road = gravel or sealed road