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 sanction by the International Trail Running Association.

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

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.

Registration: Is available on 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: A bus leaves from the Taupo isite at 3.50am sharp and drives to the 100km start via the finish at Whakaipo Bay where it picks up other 100km runners and then continues onto the 100km start. Only use this bus if you have arranged for someone to collect you at the finish or have alternative transport home after the race. 

The bus leaves Whakaipo Bay at 4.30am sharp and takes runners to the start of the 100km at the Waihaha Bridge. Please note this is a good one hour drive.

Complusory gear: See Health & Safety page.

Aid stations: There are ten aid stations for this event

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

Pacers: 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: 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. 

100 kms statistics for the geeky people out there:

  • Elevation gain 3546
  • Elevation loss 3677
  • Single trail 75%
  • Offroad 13%
  • Road 12%

100km Course Map