24km Run/Walk

The 24km event is designed for people who want to know what all this Ultra fuss is about but haven't quite got the Ultra running bug. It's not an Ultra, but let's call it "mini" to get you hooked. It starts outside the Kinloch Hall on the Kinloch Domain and takes runners through the streets of Kinloch before sending them off into the wonderful Great Lakes W2K trails to the finishline at Whakaipo.

Start time

12pm at the Kinloch Domain, Kinloch

Race Briefing

The race briefing for the 24 km event will take place at 11.45am prior to the start outside the Kinloch Hall on the Kinloch Domain


Friday 11 October at the Wairakei Resort between 4pm and 9 pm -or-
Kinloch Hall from 10.30am to 11.30am on Saturday 12 October

Bus timetable

Please see Transport page.

Compulsory gear

Please see Health & Safety page

Aid stations

Aid station 1 5.6 km
Aid station 2 15.4 km

The Aid Stations are stocked with lollies, gingernuts, chips, pretzels and bananas, 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)

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

Driving instructions to the startline

Allow 20mins 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 9.7km, then turn left into Whangamata Road (follow signs to Kinloch) , travel along Whangamata road before turning left into Kinloch road, after 2.1 km turn right to stay on Kinloch Road, then turn left into the Domain carpark


Due to the remoteness of the 24km event there are no spectator points except for the start at Kinloch and the finish at Whakaipo Bay. Those active spectators who want to cheer on their runners 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.

24km statistics*

  • Elevation gain 1329

  • Elevation loss 1317

  • Single trail 89%

  • Offroad 3%

  • Road 8%

*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