COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

 RAKAUMANGAMANGA 

The 42km marathon course offers a true test that will take you through some of the most spectacular trails within the Rakaumangamanga Reserve. Setting off from the setting off from Kaingahoa Marae, you have a short 1km trail along the gravel road before turning off at Oke Bay and tackling the first mountain climb, Pukehuia. 

The Pukehuia Track passes through stunning native forest and bush. This track twists, turns, climbs and keeps ascending through the rugged landscape for 2km. This track is steep and relentless, a real endurance to start the race with exposed tree roots and the odd fallen tree will make this a challenging ‘leg burner’ to kickstart your adventure! 

 

After reaching the top, it's time to catch your breath before ascending and descending along the ridgeline, which provides spectacular views on both sides of the peninsula. At the 5km turnoff, you have the option of a quick toilet stop, before turning off to descend down on the Te Toroa Bay track towards Whangamumu Harbour. The track is rugged, steep and narrow, twisting its way down to the old site of the whaling station which is situated on the beach and is the welcoming site of the first Aid station (7km). Enjoy views of distant Mimiwhangata and the horizontal Poor Knights as you descend this track.

 

The remaining historic structures make this an eerie and intriguing place to visit. After a quick refuel you are then faced with another steep and technical climb through regenerating coastal forest, up the old whalers track until you reach the main track (13km). 

 

This part of the track descends and climbs following the ridgeline through native regenerating bush, passing the most scenic toilet, through a predator proof gate, before rising up towards one of the highest parts of the course, the Rakaumangamanga mountain. Be sure to stop to catch your breath and take in the spectacular views of the ocean looking across to the poor knights (17km).  A toilet stop is available here if required before beginning your descent down to the beach at Deep Water Cove, and the 2nd checkpoint. Watch out for the dolphins often seen playing in this bay, whilst getting a buffet energy boost and hydration replenish. Please note at this point there will be a cut-off time of 4.5hrs (10.30am).

 

Ascending from Deep Water Cove via the same track can be challenging as it becomes narrow and exposed with steep dramatic drop-offs to the sea below. Watch your step as you follow along the cliff faces before descending down to the iconic lighthouse and Cape Brett hut below. This is the location of the 3rd checkpoint, which is situated down by the remnants of the old wharf (26km). As you replenish your supplies, watch out for the seals playing in the rocks below.

    

Now you’ve reached the furthest point of the course, it’s time to turn around and head back, ascending up to the lighthouse, along the dramatic cliff top path before another thigh-burning climb up the Rakaumangamanga mountain range. Again, at the top of this is a quick stop to grab some energy boosting lollies before tackling the last 10km back to Kaingahoa. Cut off point  2.30pm (8.5 hrs).

 

Time for another  steep climb and ascent to take you back along the track to Pukehuia mountain (345m), where there is a final water stop and pick-me-up  before descending back to Oke Bay. You'll be happy to hit your final kilometre along the waterfront back to Kaingahoa Marae and the much-anticipated finish line.  Remember to keep some energy in the tank for that sprint finish! You are a Legend….

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 WHANGAMUMU 

The 17km course offers you a glimpse of the past and takes you through the cultural history of the cape from Maori to early European settlers. Setting off from the setting off from Kaingahoa Marae you have a short 1km trail along the gravel road before turning off at Oke Bay and tackling the first mountain climb, Pukehuia. 

The Pukehuia Track passes through stunning native forest and bush. This track twists, turns, climbs and keeps ascending through the rugged landscape for 2km. This track is steep and relentless, a real endurance to start the race with exposed tree roots and the odd fallen tree will make this a challenging ‘leg burner’ to kickstart your adventure! 

 

After reaching the top, it's time to catch your breath before ascending and descending along the ridgeline, which provides spectacular views on both sides of the peninsula. At the 5km turnoff, you have the option of a quick toilet stop, before turning off to descend down on the Te Toroa Bay track towards Whangamumu Harbour. The track is rugged, steep and narrow, twisting its way down to the old site of the whaling station which is situated on the beach and is the welcoming site of the first Aid station (7km). Enjoy views of distant Mimiwhangata and the horizontal Poor Knights as you descend this track.

 

The remaining historic structures make this an eerie and intriguing place to visit. After a quick refuel you are then faced with another steep and technical climb through regenerating coastal forest, up the old whalers track until you reach the main track (13km). 

 

Turning back towards Rawhiti, you ascend along the track to Pukehuia mountain, where there is a final water stop and final pick-me-up. Then it’s time to start your descent to Oke Bay. You'll be happy to hit your final kilometre along the waterfront back to Kaingahoa Marae and the much-anticipated finish line.  Remember to keep some energy in the tank for that sprint finish! You smashed the mountain… wahoo!

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 PUKEHUIA 

Just because this is the shortest course, don't underestimate this one! A short, sharp sprint which is steep and relentless, this is a real endurance challenge up to the top of the mountain and back! 

 

Setting off from Kaingahoa Marae, you have a short 1km jog along the gravel road before turning off at Oke Bay and starting your assault on the mountain climb, being the infamous Pukehuia.

The Pukehuia Track passes through stunning native forest and bush. This track twists, turns, climbs and keeps ascending through the rugged landscape for 2km. This track is steep and relentless, a real endurance to start the race with exposed tree roots and the odd fallen tree will make this a challenging ‘leg burner’ to kickstart your adventure! 


Once you reach the top of Pukehuia mountain (345m), you will be presented with some dramatic views through the forest tree tops, out to the cluster of islands in the Bay with the Cavalli Islands in the distance. It’s time to catch your breath before descending back to Oke Bay taking in the  spectacular views of the Bay of Islands. After passing Oke Bay you'll be happy to hit your final kilometre along the waterfront back to Rawhiti Marae and the much-anticipated finish line.  Remember to keep some energy in the tank for that sprint finish! Congratulations...

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