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

Registration: Is available on Friday 12 October at the Wairakei Resort between 4pm and 9 pm or at the Kinloch Hall from 10.30am to 11.30am on Saturday 13 October

Bus timetable: The 24 km buses leave from Whakaipo Bay at 10.30am. They will then drive to the start of the event at Kinloch Hall. Book your bus here. Please ensure you select the correct bus when purchasing online

For participants of the 24km you will now be required to carry compulsory gear option 3.

  • Option 1: No complusory gear needed
  • Option 2 : Long sleeve top (polyprop or wool), beanie (polyprop or wool), survival blanket
  • Option 3: Long sleeve top (polyprop or wool), beanie (polyprop or wool), survival blanket, seam sealed jacket, gloves (polyprop or wool)
  • Option 4: Long sleeve top (polyprop or wool), beanie (polyprop or wool), survival blanket, seam sealed jacket, gloves (polyprop or wool), tights


Aid stations: There are two aid stations for this event they are located along the trail at 5.6km and 15.4km. 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

Spectators: 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.

24 kms statistics for the geeky people out there:

  • Elevation gain 1329
  • Elevation loss 1317
  • Single trail 89%
  • Offroad 3%
  • Road 8%

24km Course Map