Entry Info

Entry fees, categories and much more…

Entries open Monday 10 July at 9:00am.  There will be an entry link right here on this page.


This is the page to read if you are considering entering, or have entered, and want to know all the finer details about the Ruapehu Ring of Fire.  Yes it is quite long, but there is quite a bit that you need to know about this epic race.




Super Early bird Early bird Standard
Applies to SOLD OUT Quota of 150 entries total across all distances After Super early birds sold and until 17 February 2018 18 February 2018 to 31 March 2018
72km Solo $      330.00 $      370.00 $      420.00
50km Solo $      200.00 $      240.00 $      290.00
72km Teams relay $      390.00 $      450.00 $      510.00

Due to the conditions of our DOC concession, places are limited for the event so please book early to avoid disappointment.  We will advise when nearly full.

Relay price is per team (not per person).   Teams may consist of 2-3 people.  You will need a team captain for event liaison and one person will pay for the team during the entry process.


Friday 6 April 2018

Registration takes place at the Chateau Tongariro the day prior to the event.

Times to be advised, but likely to be 3:00pm to 10:00pm.

At the registration, we will check all of your entry details, check that you have the compulsory gear required and issue you with a race number and transponder for timing purposes.

There will be a verbal race briefing the evening before the event.

Saturday 7 April 2018

4:00am            – 72km Solo and relay start from the Chateau (in waves)

6:00am            – 50km Solo start from the Turoa Ski field.

Midnight          – cut off to finish the event

Sunday 8 April 2018

10:00am approx – Awards ceremony brunch


The best possible Ring of Fire experience is to enter the race and stay at the historic and luxurious Chateau Tongariro which is the heart of the event village and start/finish line for the Ultra distance.

The Chateau Tongariro has reserved rooms at special rates for Ring of Fire Competitors.  A code will be issued Monday 10 July 2017 to get a special accommodation rate.


There will be three aid stations on the course containing medical support, food, water and electrolyte drinks.  The distances between Aid Stations is approximately 24km.

  1. Chateau Tongariro (Start/Finish)
  2. Ohakune Mountain Road
  3. Tukino Road

Water and event personnel will also be available in the 5 huts that are along the event course.  These huts include;

  • Leg 1 – Whakapapaiti and Mangaturuturu
  • Leg 2 – Mangaehuehu and Rangipo
  • Leg 3 – Waihohono


We will have a drop bag service which will take your drop bags to the two Aid Stations at Ohakune Mountain Rd and Tukino Rd, and return them to the Finish at the Chateau Tongariro at the completion of the event.


72km Solo and Relay

Start Chateau 4:00am
Start of leg 2 Ohakune Mountain Road 11:00am
Start of leg 3 Tukino Road 6:00pm
Finish line Chateau Midnight

50 km Solo

Start Ohakune Mountain Road 6:00am
Start of leg 3 Tukino Road 3:00pm
Finish Chateau Midnight

The cut off time to finish is Midnight for all distances.  Athletes still on the course at Midnight will be escorted to the closest point of removal from the course.  Note that this may mean reversing off the course.

Notes on the pace required

72km Solo and Relay: You have 20 hours to complete the 72 km alpine trail, much of which is quite technical. You need to average 16.24min per km in order to beat the final cut off, which means most solo entrants will need to run the easier sections.
50km Solo: You have 18 hours to complete the 50km.  You need to average 21.24min per km to beat the final cut off.  Competent trail walkers could walk the entire 50km event and we encourage walkers to enter.


Classes for 72km solo and 50km solo

  • Junior Men 18-21 years
  • Junior Women 18-21 years
  • Open Men
  • Open Women
  • Masters Men 40-49
  • Masters Women 40-49
  • Masters Men 50-59
  • Masters Women 50-59
  • Masters Men 60 plus
  • Masters Women 60 plus

Classes for 72km relay

  • Open Men
  • Open Women
  • Masters Men 40 plus
  • Masters Women 40 plus
  • Mixed team, any age, must include one female
  • Corporate team, any age, either gender. All members must work for the same organisation.

Minimum age is 16 years on the day of the event.


‘Protect our Playground’

New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams are under threat from freshwater pests.  Pests like didymo can be sneaky little critters.  A wet shoe infected can spread pests into a river or stream.  These pests can clog out waterways, smothering fish, insect and plant life out of them and making them ugly and difficult for us to enjoy.   Pests can be microscopic at an early stage so you can’t be sure that a waterway hasn’t got a pest in it.   Almost all the freshwater pests there are in New Zealand are spread by people so what we do counts.

Please ensure that all of the gear you bring, especially your shoes, are clean and dry before you come to the event.  All of your equipment will be checked prior to registration.


The Chateau Tongariro located at the Start line has a top quality Café and restaurant and should meet all of your culinary needs.

When heading to the end of the leg one located on the Ohakune Mountain Road, you will pass through National Park Village and Ohakune which has many cafes, bars and restaurants that sell a wide range of food.

The end of leg 2 is at the Tukino Road in the middle of the Desert and does not have any services available, however you will pass though Waiouru which does have basic food available.

Fuel stations are available at Turangi, National Park Village, Ohakune and Waiouru.


There is some very sharp looking casual and performance clothing available to buy when you register.


  1. I have read and understand the information regarding this event and understand that I participate in this event at my own risk.
  2. I acknowledge and accept that trail running carries an inherent risk of injury, illness and in extreme cases, death.
  3. I hereby attest and verify that I am physically fit and have trained sufficiently for this event.
  4. I will be drug and alcohol free for this event.
  5. I acknowledge that although the Ring of Fire has medical personnel and resources at various points along the course, the inaccessibility of much of the trail will make it difficult or impossible for medical assistance to reach me immediately and extractions may take a period of time.
  6. I agree to allow event medical staff to treat me as they see fit.
  7. I hereby allow the use of my name and image to be used in the media and for marketing purposes.
  8. I will stay on the marked course at all times, unless instructed be event staff.
  9. I will obey all course marking.
  10. I will wear or take the compulsory safety equipment required by the event – refer separate list – compulsory equipment for participants.
  11. My support crew and I will obey the instructions given by event staff.
  12. I accept that I may be pulled from the course at any time with the discretion of event staff, primarily for, but not limited to, safety reasons.
  13. I will complete the entire course under my own power.
  14. I will not light any fires.
  15. I will be respectful of other National Park users such as recreational walkers.
  16. I will not litter.
  17. Smoking is not permitted at any of the checkpoints or along the trail by participants, staff, spectators or supporters.
  18. Any participant who is unable to finish the event must inform the nearest event staff of their decision to withdraw and make sure their race number is recorded, or text the Safety or Operations Manager (see rear of race number for phone numbers).
  19. Participants who leave the course/event without informing staff of their race number will be classified as “missing”. The participant will be contacted on their mobile phone and their emergency contact will be called. If there is no response from either party or the emergency contact does not know the status of the runner, a search will be activated. Any search related costs will be charged to the participant.
  20. Anti-Doping Policy and Statement: Race management reserves the right to drug test any participant competing in this event – from the time of registration to after the completion of the event. Agreement to submit to drug testing is a condition of entry.

Compulsory equipment for participants

The compulsory equipment that all participants must wear or carry are;

  • Running or walking shoes – specific trail shoes are essential
  • Hooded Seam sealed weather barrier jacket that will keep you warm and dry for prolonged periods in an alpine environment.  Technical specifications will be advised.
  • Thermal base layer long sleeve top x2
  • Thermal base layer long legs bottom
  • Thermal beanie
  • Thermal gloves
  • Survival bag – not a survival blanket. Technical specifications will be advised.
  • First Aid including 2 metres of bandage, strapping tape and plasters.
  • Mobile Phone – charged in a waterproof container
  • Headlamp – fully charged and spare batteries
  • Whistle

This compulsory equipment will be checked;

  1. the day prior to the event at registration
  2. on race day at the various start lines. (If the entrant does not have the correct safety gear, then they will not be permitted to start the race).
  3. at random checkpoints around the course.

Note that is may be sensible to carry more layers of clothing than the compulsory list, so a backpack capable of carrying all of your equipment will be essential.

We recommend considering using hiking poles.


72km Solo, 50km Solo, 72km relay winning male and female to receive a large trophy.

72km Solo Category winners will receive a trophy.

72km Solo top ten overall to receive a trophy.

72km Relay Category winners will receive a trophy.

All finishers to receive a memento (ie a medal or similar)

All finishers can download an on line certificate.

There will be product prizes given out before the event to early entrants.


In order to compete in the 72km or 50km Solo you must be 18 years or older on the day of the event.

In order to compete in the 72km relay you must be 16 years or older on the day of the event.

It is vital that you prepare well for this race.  Preparation needs to include the training required to be fit enough to complete the distance you have chosen.  Ultra distance running does place stress on the body so if you have any doubts, you should consult your health professional.  You also need to have all of the compulsory gear required by the event.  Please refer to the compulsory gear list.

And don’t forget to bring your ‘can do attitude’ – that will get you a long way!


If you decide to withdraw the following applies;

  • Up to 31 July 2017 – you will receive a full refund minus $50
  • 1 August to 31 December – you will receive a refund of 50%
  • 1 January to 31 January – you will receive a refund of 30%
  • 1 February onwards – No refunds are given.
  • Transfers of entries to other athletes will be accepted for the Relay only.
  • There will be no entry deferments to the following year or to other events.
  • You can change your distance option at any time, including the day before the event. If increasing the distance, then you must pay the difference in fees plus a $50 fee.  No partial refunds will be provided if you reduce your distance option.
  • There are no refunds on the Squadrun coaching trial.


If the environmental conditions are not suitable to running the event on the race day on the Round the Mountain track, (e.g. high winds, volcanic activity, floods, storms), the organisers reserve the right to implement one of the following options;

  1. Run the event on Saturday, but use a reserve course
  2. Run the event on Sunday on the original course (Round the mountain track)
  3. Run the event on Sunday on a reserve course
  4. Cancel the event *1

Note that the reserve course may be made up of 3 laps of a 20-24km course or something similar.

*1 The Event Collective Ltd will make every possible effort to ensure this event takes place. However certain circumstances may arise which means the event will have to be cancelled. These circumstances include, without limitation; fires, flood, storms, volcanic activity, explosion, acts of God, war, governmental actions or non-performance by third parties. In the rare case that the event is cancelled, then refunds will be provided to event entrants minus an administration fee.


We know you want to get as close to your athlete as possible. However there are only 3 access points on the course for you to see you runner – the start, end of leg one (Ohakune Mountain Road) and end of leg two (Tukino Road).  Please note that to access Tukino Road, you will need to get a 4WD shuttle from State Highway One – Desert Road/Tukino Road intersection and a small fee will apply.

There will be NO pacers in this event.


There is no private vehicle access to the Tukino Road (end of leg 2, start of leg 3), but we will provide a shuttle option for a reasonable fee.  Event transport bookings will be available via the Ring of Fire website shop closer to the event.

Participants in the 50km Solo can drive to the start line at the Turoa Ski Field at the top of the Ohakune Mountain Road.  There will be a bus transport option to take participants to the start of the 50km Solo with a fee to be charged for this service of around $25-$30.