In 1990, World Heritage status was granted to the Tongariro National Park for it’s natural landscape values, making it one of only three World Heritage sites in New Zealand. It’s dual World Heritage status (awarded in 1993) recognises the park’s important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding natural features.
Through positive and respectful relationships with Iwi the Ruapehu Ring of Fire seeks to authentically infuse Maori culture into the event experience partnering with Tangata Whenua to offer a range of real and special experiences.
The Ruapehu Ring of Fire aims for a positive net contribution to the natural environment. There will be a negligible impact from participants moving around the mountain and the event will be underpinned by strong preventative measures and messaging about protecting the Park.
As runners, you can help by…
– Staying on the tracks – don’t create your own shortcuts or scramble over banks. Please stick to the main trail.
– Not littering. You should make sure that stuff does not fall out of your pockets or hydration vest. Littering also includes organic waste – an apple core does not belong in an alpine national park. Please report anyone you may see littering and/or pick up any rubbish if you’re able to do so.
– Note that we have cupless aid stations. Please use the bins provided at the aid stations.
– Please use our portaloos or the hut toilets. If you need to go in the middle of nowhere – here are some guidelines.
– Be familiar with our check, clean, dry procedures.