Event Day Schedule

7:00am          Registration Opens (closes at 10:30am)

7:30am          30km Run (2 laps of the 15km course)

8:00am          15km Walk/Run

9:30am          10km Walk/Run (2 laps of the 5km course)

10:30am         5km Walk/Run

11:30am         Prize Giving

Note: You only need to register 20-30 minutes before your start time. For example, 5km participants can come out to the TECT All Terrain Park at 10:00am for registration, they don’t need to arrive at 7:00am. Alternatively, event numbers can be collected from Smiths Sports Shoes Tauranga from 2:00pm-4;00pm on Saturday.

Event Day Parking

There is plenty of parking available at the TECT All Terrain Park. The park is approximately a 20 minute drive from central Tauranga. Vehicles will be directed to a gravel area out behind the Arrival Centre by marshals. Please park where directed to be considerate towards those arriving after you.


The events do involve a fair amount of climbing and therefore participants need to be prepared for ‘hills’. There is 350m of vertical ascent over the whole of the 15km loop, this is equivalent to one and a half times up Mount Maunganui.

If there is rain in the week(s) leading to the event, there will be areas of mud.

A participant briefing will take place 5-minutes prior to the start of each event on the start line – located under the overpass on Weld Road.

Walking Results

Because we cannot monitor the walkers and run/walkers, there will be no merit prizes in this category.



Dogs are permitted in the 10km, 15km and 30km events, but participate at their own risk! They must be controlled at all times. Dogs are not permitted for safety reasons in the 5km event as there are many children participating.

Course Highlight

The Te Rerenga Track, featuring the Te Rerenga Tunnel – 60m long and hand-dug in the 1930’s Great Depression, is the course highlight and all events go through the tunnel (lit with glowsticks on the ground). Following the tunnel, the boardwalk and track (with 50-60 steps) that weaves up towards the finish is well worth the effort required – the last part of the track through to the finishing basin rates highly with all participants.

Event Rationale

X-country Team

The Smiths Sports Shoes Tauranga Trail Run is a fundraiser for the Tauranga Boys’ College Cross Country team, one of New Zealand’s best school teams. With annual expenses often over $20k, the event aims to cover some of those costs, including regular travel to Australia to train and compete. In 2011 the school had the top cross country and road race athlete in New Zealand - Daniel Hintz (Year 9) and Julian Oakley (Year 13) was named in the elite training squad targeting the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Julian is now on scholarship at Providence University in the USA. The team was also a finalist in the Bay of Plenty Sports Awards.

Organised over a variety of terrain and catering for all ages and abilities, it’s the country’s first carboNZero CertTM certified sporting event – meaning all carbon emissions are off-set. A native tree is also planted up at the TECT All Terrain Park for each participant – and entrants can even plant their own tree if they wish to do so. Free bus transport from Aquinas College to the event and return was offered in 2011 to help reduce ‘vehicle miles’, further minimising the event’s carbon footprint.

We hope to provide a “professional event run by amateurs” and expect that we’ll have over 700 participants in 2015 – especially with the November date and the inclusion of a 10km distance.

100% of profits go to local school groups with Greenpark Primary, Oropi School and Pyes Pa School offered the opportunity to run stalls on the day.


Use trivago to find the perfect accommodation and assure yourself of the best preparation. They provide ratings based on reviews from previous guests, handy filters you can use in your search criteria and you can also find a hotel by proximity to the run directly on the Tauranga Trail Run’s trivago page.


Mobile Homes/Camper Vans

The TECT All Terrain Park is a suitable overnight stop for self-contained vehicles. For more information contact Jarron McInnes, Park Ranger  jarron.mcinnes@westernbay.govt.nz.


Special Features

Live Music

Fletcher Oxford, a student at Boys’ College and local musician, plays live music to keep the crowds entertained. Fletcher was a finalist in the 2013 version of NZ's Got Talent.


A food stall operated by the Pyes Pa School PTA offer snacks and drinks, and the Inca-Fe coffee cart provides coffee, hot chocolate, iced frappucinos and counter food.


Rory from Cycle-ssage www.cyclo-ssage.co.nz will be in attendance with his Personal Massage Systems from Germany. The combination of Cycloidal Massage with Infrared Heat provides the ultimate relaxing experience. It is successfully used for pain management, relieving the symptoms of muscle and joint mobility-related problems. It is also extensivley used for sports therapy and will provide relief from many common conditions such as back pain, stress and fatigue. Prices will be $10 for 10 minutes. 

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For a list of prizes awarded at the 2014 event click on this link.

CarboNZero CertTM Certified

The Smiths Sports Shoes Tauranga Trail Run is extremely proud to be the first carboNZero CertTM certified sporting event in New Zealand. Learn more about what we have done to earn this certification here.

Contact Us

If you have any further questions, please contact the race organiser Scott Furness by clicking on this link. Alternatively you can get regular updates and more information from our Facebook page, linked below.


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