Get out your event planners! NOW place a very large red circle (depicting the Ring of Fire 😊) around Saturday 21 March 2020.

This is the day when all your senses will be ignited once again with the 3rd annual Ring of Fire Volcanic Ultra in the Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu, New Zealand.

We can’t wait to share this epic kiwi adventure with you again in this special place with new innovations and content to enhance your event experience in 2020.

Online entries will open at 12pm NZ Time (2pm AEST) on Wednesday 10 July 2019. There will be a quantity of super early bird entries which are expected to sell out in record time.


The Ring of Fire offers a choice of;

  • 72Km Solo Ultra,

  • 72km Relay (approx. 3 x 24km legs) and

  • 50km Solo Ultra

  • 24km Solo

The 72km Solo Ultra (individual circumnavigation) is an incredibly tough physical and mental challenge that only carefully prepared individuals will take on.

The Teams Relay offers the opportunity to team up and take on the 72km (team circumnavigation) by completing one of three 24km long legs.

The 50km Solo Ultra will take individuals on a journey around two thirds of the mountain from the Ohakune Mountain Road home to the Chateau Tongariro Hotel.

The 24km Solo is an achievable alpine trail run or walk. This is the least technical leg that gives you a taste of mountain running and is a great introduction before taking on the longer distances.

Here are five top reasons to take on the Ring of Fire challenge in 2020.

The Ruapehu Ring of Fire takes place in one of the most treasured landscapes on earth. Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest national park and recognised a dual UNESCO World Heritage area for its cultural and natural values. Especially sacred to the local Maori people, it also has significant conservation and recreational value to the people of New Zealand. The park was made possible by the foresight and generosity of Ngati Tuwharetoa. The event course passes through the rohe of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Hikairo, Ngati Uenuku and Ngati Rangi.

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