The Course


The event is held on the Ruapehu Around the Mountain Track.  The 72km Solo and Relay start and finish at the Chateau Tongariro and will consist of three legs as described below.  The 50km Solo will stat at the top of the Ohakune Mountain Road and use legs two and three to finish at the Chateau.


Ultra – 72.9km
50km – 50.5km (starts from Turoa ski field carpark)

Leg 1 – 23.9km, 1458m+ 1118m-
Leg 2 – 25.5km, 1321m+ 1378m-
Leg 3 – 23.5km, 0591m+ 0874m-

Total elevation gain +3398m , loss -3398m



Reserve Day: Sunday 8 April 2018 will be kept as a reserve day in case the event can not be held on the planned Saturday 7 April 2018.

If the planned around the mountain course can not be used on Sunday, then an alternative course will be implemented.

If conditions do not allow the event to take place on any course on Sunday 8th April, then the event will be cancelled.

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Renowned as ‘The Original Goat’ course, this leg in Ring of Fire will be a modified version of The Original Goat route travelling up the Silica Rapids track onto the Whakapapaiti Track branching onto the Round the Mountain track.

Distance is approximately 23.4km.

Anticlockwise from Chateau Tongariro to Ohakune Mountain Road.

Summary: Technical – elevated, exposed.

Description: This is the most technical leg.  The course is a rough trail with stones, creek crossings, uneven ground, rock scrambles and many small but cumulative elevation changes.


We will refer to for now as ‘The Missing Link.

Distance is approximately 26km.

Anticlockwise from Ohakune Mountain Road to Tukino Road.

Summary: Technical, big valleys, climbing, long, exposed in sections.

Description: This leg starts with the Ohakune Mountain Road descent, then enters native bush trails. It breaks into open boulder fields and includes the crossing of the Wahianoa River (there is a swing bridge) and finishes with sand, tussock and rocky terrain at the top of the Rangipo Desert.


Renowned as ‘The Tussock Traverse’ course, this leg in Ring of Fire will be a modified version of the Tussock route starting on the Tukino Road dropping down onto the Round the Mountain track on the final leg towards the finish at the Chateau Tongariro.

Distance is approximately 23.5km.

Anitclockwise from Tukino Mountain Road to the Chateau Tongariro (finish line).

Summary: true desert landscape features wind sculptured sands and volcanic rock to Waihohonu stream climbing to the Tama Saddle before descending homeward on well formed tracks.

Description: This is by far the easiest leg of the race (which is great because it is the last).  The track surface is excellent and the elevation is quite gentle.  The Waihohonu Hut is the only hut on this section.  Highlights include passing between Mount Ruapehu on your left and Mount Ngauruhoe and Tongariro on your right.  The final 10km or so are a gentle downhill past the impressive Taranaki Falls and onto the finish line.