Event Info

Entry fees, categories and much more…

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 adventure around in Central Plateau of New Zealand.  Please also make sure you read our SAFETY page.


Super Early  Fees
First 100 only across all distances.SOLD OUT
Early Fees Limited to 300 across all distances.
Standard Fees Available until 8th March 2020
Last Minute  9- 18 March 2020
24km Solo$    150.00$    170.00$      180.00$      200.00
50km Solo$    250.00$    270.00$      290.00$      330.00
72km Solo$    370.00$    395.00$      410.00$      450.00
72km Teams relay$    465.00$   495.00$      525.00$      555.00

There is a limit of 900 people that will be accepted for the Ring of Fire, due to the conditions of our DOC concession,  so please enter early to avoid disappointment.  We will advise if, or 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 20th March 2020

11:00amPowhiri (Welcome) from Ngati HikairoOtukou Marae12:30pm
2:00pmRegistrationRegistration Marquee (Tussock Tavern)8:00pm
8:00pmAthlete BriefingTongariro Room (Chateau)

SATURDAY 21st March 2020

3:00am72km pre-start gear checkTussock Tavern start line3:45am
3:45am72km Briefing, Karakia and WeroTussock Tavern start line3:49am
3:50amWave 1: 72km START (fast runners)Tussock Tavern start line3:54am
3:55amWave 2: 72km START (medium pace)Tussock Tavern start line3:59am
4:00amWave 3: 72km START (slower runners)Tussock Tavern start line4:05am
5:00am50km pre-start gear checkTuroa Ski Field top car park5:45am
5:15am50km BriefingTuroa Ski Field top car park
5:30am50km START Turoa Ski Field top car park5:35am
6:00amRegistration for 24km event onlyTussock Tavern, Whakapapa Village7:45am
8:00amBus departs Whakapapa for 24km startWhakapapa Village
11:00am72km cut off timeOhakune Mountain Road
9:30am24km start Wave 1Tukino Road
10:30am24km start Wave 2Tukino Road
3:00pm50km cut off timeTukino Road
6:00pm72km cut off timeTukino Road
12:00pmLast person homeFinish Line12:00pm

SUNDAY 22nd March 2020

11:00amPrizegiving and farewellTussock Tavern12:00pm mid-day


Check out HERE for accommodation options.


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

  1. Ohakune Mountain Road located at the MUAC hut
  2. Tukino Road
  3. Finish Line

The Ohakune Mountain Road Aid Station will include; Water, Tailwind, snakes lollies, chips, hot soup and sandwiches.
The Tukino Road will have all of this as well as bacon and egg pie, vegetarian quiche and coke.
The finish line will have water and Tailwind and hot soup.

We are not providing cups at the Aid Stations because we are trying to minimise the waste created from the event. Please bring your own cup or cups. Note that we will have water, Tailwind, coke and soup at the 2nd Aid Station at Tukino so a cup will be important. There are some very good silicone cups for sale in NZ.

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 – Waihohonu


72km Ultra and Relay

StartTussock Tavern3:50am
Start of leg 2Ohakune Mountain Road11:00am
Start of leg 3Tukino Road6:00pm
Finish lineFinish Line MarqueeMidnight

50 km Ultra

StartOhakune Mountain Road5:30am
Start of leg 3Tukino Road3:00pm

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 Ultra and Relay : You have 20 hours to complete the 72 km alpine trail, much of which is quite technical. You need to average 16.24minutes per km in order to beat the final cut off, which means most solo entrants will need to run the easier sections.

50km Solo Ultra: You have 18 hours to complete the 50km.  You need to average 21.24minutes per km to beat the final cut off.  Competent trail walkers could walk the entire 50km event and we encourage walkers to enter.

24km Solo: You have 14 hours to complete 23.5km. You need to average 35.7minutes per km.


Classes for 72km Ultra, 50km Ultra and 24km

  • 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

Minimum age is 16 years on the day of the event for relay and 24km. Minimum age for 72km and 50km Ultra is 18 years on day of 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 before you register. You must bring your race day shoes to registration for check, clean, dry procedure.

CLEAN SHOES to Registration.

In respect for the Tongariro National Park, CLEAN SHOES must be brought as part of the registration process.

Clean means free of dirt, sand, & seeds.

If you have been through other freshwater in the last 72hrs please use Check Clean Dry(CCD) methods to clean.

We recommend using a 5% detergent mix and soaking for one minute. Other methods can be found on www.mpi.govt.nz/check-clean-dry

Our friendly CCD team will check your shoes prior to registration, and have cleaning equipment for your use if needed.


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 by 8:00pm.  Please bring your drop bags to registration on Friday night by 8pm.  Make sure the bags are sealed, compact and have your name on them.  We will also provide ID stickers. You will ned your event number to pick up your drop bags at the finish line on Saturday.


Event registration & compulsory gear check, Registration Tent, Tussock Tavern, Whakapapa Village, State Highway 48, Mt Ruapehu 3951.
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.

Note: all individual 72k, 50k, 24km ultra runners need to register and show their compulsory gear and ID in person. Relay teams have the option of registering with one team member showing the compulsory gear & ID for each team member. 
You must label your dropbags (we provide individualised stickers at registration) and leave your dropbags with us at registration by 8pm on Friday.


The Whakapapa Villiage located at the Start line has a top quality Cafés and restaurant and should meet all of your culinary needs. For event weekend The Tussock Tavern will  have a number of fantastic eating options  available.

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 have 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.


The Ring of Fire event is a serious race, but also a lot of fun.  To help celebrate this grand occassion, we always have a theme.  The last event was Masquerade and the 2020 them is ‘INTO THE WILD’.  Stay tuned for more news on how you can be your ‘wildest’.



  1. Do not start this race if you are unwell or injured.  You place yourself and others at risk.
  2. Do not use Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) (Ibuprofen, nurofen, diclofenac, voltaren, naproxen) – sure to cause trouble!
  3. Drink to thirst. Drink varied fluids, take on food during the race, have a varied intake.
  4. Be prepared for the conditions. Hot, cold, dry or wet – have a plan for a range of conditions.
  5. Look out for each other. If you are concerned about any runner, please notify the medical team.
  6. The race doesn’t end at the finish line. Pack warm clothes for basking in your success at the finish.
  7. Do not drive home if you are fatigued.  Have someone drive you or stay the night at the event.


We have some amazing merchandise for sale on our SHOP page.  Check it out then you can place your order when you enter on line or buy later from the SHOP page.


Click HERE to view Participation Rules


Click HERE to view Compulsory Equipment


72km Solo Ultra, 50km Solo Ultra, 24km  first male and female to receive a trophy.

72km relay winning male, female and mixed team to receive a trophy.

72km Solo top three overall male and female to receive a trophy.

50km Solo top three overal male and female to receive a trophy.

All finishers to receive a memento (i.e. a medal or similar)

There will be over $3000 worth of 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 24km or 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 October – you will receive a full refund minus $40
  • 1 November to 31 January– you will receive a refund of 50%
  • 1 February to 29 February – you will receive a refund of 30%
  • 1 March onwards – No refunds are given.
  • There will be no entry deferments to the following year or other events.
  • Transfers of entries to other athletes will be accepted for the Relay only.
  • You can change your distance option and/or relay team members up until 29 February at no charge. Any changes after 29 February will incur an admin fee of $40.  If increasing the distance, then you must pay the difference in fees plus a $40 admin fee.  No partial refunds will be provided if you reduce your distance option.
  • There are no refunds on the Squadrun coaching trial.

If you need to withdraw or change category please email Amy amy@rof.co.nz


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 – see Transport notes below.

There will be NO pacers in this event.


Participants in the 50km Ultra can drive to the start line at the Turoa Ski Field at the top of the Ohakune Mountain Road OR take a bus.

The buses will depart Saturday 21 March at 3:35am from the 72km start line at the Whakapapa Village.

The buses will stop off at 3:45am at National Park opposite the service station to pick up runners who have purchased bus tickets.

The bus will also stop off at 4:15am at the Ohakune I Site to pick up runners who have purchased bus tickets.

The bus will arrive at 5:00am at the 50km start line at Turoa Ski Field, Ohakune Mountain Road
Ready for a 5:30am start time for the 50km Ultra.
The cost is $20 per person by pre purchase only.


There is no private vehicle access to the Tukino Road Aid Station (end of leg 2, start of leg 3) due to the risks of the narrow, dusty, rough road and lack of room at the Changeover Point/Aid Station location. No competitor or supporter vehicles for the event are permitted to go up the Tukino Road. Those who do so will be identified & disqualified from the event.

Athletes and supporters who wish to get to the Aid Station 2 will park just off State Highway One (The Desert Road) at the junction of the Tukino Road/SH1. They will then take a 4WD shuttle bus up to the Aid Station and take a shuttle to return to their vehicles. The shuttle will depart every 30 minutes from the Desert Road between the hours of 7:00am and 5:30pm.
This shuttle service is free for all teams relay entrants and 24km Solo entrants who must present their race bib to board the shuttle.
This service will cost $15 for all other supporters. Purchase through the shop link below or at registration on Friday night.  (Cash only).  Or pay the bus drivers at Tukino Road by cash only.



We have made a small change to the timing of Wave 2 for the 24km Solo.  Wave 2 was to start at 10:00am, but will now start at 10:30am.  See full details of times and transport below.

Start location

The 24km solo starts part way up the Tukino Road.

Getting to the bottom of the Tukino Road.

You may either take your private vehicle or catch a bus (pre booked online) to the bottom of the Tukino Road.

The Bus will depart on Saturday at 8:00am from the Tussock Tavern, Whakapapa Village arriving at 9:00am at the start of the Tukino Road.   If you want to be in Wave 1, then you should get into a 4WD bus, not a 2WD bus.  Event staff will advise which buses are 4WD.

Private vehicles should also plan to be at the bottom of the Tukino Road at 9:00am.

At 9:00am, the 100 people that are already in 4WD buses will be transported up the Tukino Road and will start at 9:30am in Wave 1.

At 9:50am, the second lot of 100 people will be transported up the Tukino Road in a 4WD bus and will start at 10:30am in Wave 2.


The result of the 24km race will be decided by the fastest times posted on the day from either Wave 1 or 2.  However the start will be a gun start, so all runners looking to finish in the top 10 or so should start at the front of the pack.

The bus from Whakapapa to the bottom of the Tukino Road will cost $20 (prebook only)

You can buy your bus tickets when you register or by using our online SHOP

All 24km participants must catch a 4WD shuttle up the Tukino Road to the 24km start line and this included in the entry price.

Note that the 24km start is also Aid Station number 2.

Drivers are to take care when pulling off the Desert Road (SH1) onto the Tukino Road.

You can buy your bus tickets when you register or by using our online SHOP


Whilst we will have portaloos located at all the major start points, aid stations and road ends along with the composting toilets at the DOC huts on around the mountain track, we still need to ensure that there is zero human waste left in this pristine environment. So if you need to go the toilet away from actual toilets, you will need to basically poo in a bag. (based on the event you are participating in you will receive a pre-determined number of bags when you register that can be used. There will be enough to do your business and then bag it and place it in a dry bag (optional and supplied by you) that you will stow in your backpack to place in the next DOC toilet you reach on the track network. We know this might not be a fun procedure, but nor are a whole lot of land mines around the course that pollute the environment. We appreciate your consideration and cooperation.

Pooing on the course procedure – 5 step process located at hyperlink below  HERE

Here’s some places to purchase dry bags affordably: BIVOUAC

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