General Info


This is one beast of an event!

The 2023 Ring of Fire will combine the much loved Tussock Traverse event offerings of 6km12km21km, and 32km as part of a super day in the Tongariro National Park. The Chateau Tongariro Hotel has been secured exclusively as the official venue and designated finish line for all events. View more information about each distance by selecting the relevant image below.


Event Pricing Information


Ring of Fire 73km Ultra
Ring of Fire 50km Ultra
Tussock Traverse 32km
Tussock Traverse 21km
Tussock Traverse 12km
Tussock Traverse 6km
Tussock Traverse 6km Family Entry

A 3.2% credit card surcharge will be added to all entry fee and merchandise transactions.


Included with your Entry

ROF 73km participants will receive a pair of Steigen ROF socks, customised finisher medal, AND a custom ROF ring in a presenter box.
ROF 50km participants will receive a pair of Steigen NZ ROF socks and customised finisher medal.

Tussock Traverse 32km, 21km, 12km, and 6km participants will receive a pair of Steigen TT socks and customised finisher medal.

As part of Victory Events ongoing support of Project Tongariro Mahi Aroha, at the time of entering, participants can opt-out of receiving a medal and a native tree will be planted in the region instead.


Friday Key Timelines:
11.00am to 12.30pm – Powhiri (Welcome) from Ngati Nikairo at Otukou Marae
2.00pm to 8.00pm –  Compulsory pre-race registration open at Chateau Tongariro

Saturday Event Start Times:

Saturday Event Finishers:

Welcome all entrants across the finish line at the Chateau Tongariro on event day.
We have finishers from 9.45am right through to 11.00pm (see below).

Sunday Key Timelines:

10.00am to 11.00am – Event prizegiving and farewell at Chateau Tongariro.

(Visit the relevant page to show an expanded event timeline for your distance)


Chateau Tongariro (Whakapapa Village, State Highway 48, Mt Ruapehu 3951)

Registration opens at 2.00pm on Friday afternoon.
Depending on your event option there are specific registration cut-off times. Please view your chosen distance’s webpage for all the details.


  1. Present clean dry shoes to the Check Clean Dry team (they will supply you with a CCD sticker if your shoes pass).
  2. Present your compulsory gear to our event crew (they will supply you with a compulsory gear wristband if your gear passes).
  3. Present your ID and compulsory gear wristband to our rego crew team (they will supply you with your event number and transponder if everything checks out).
  4. Review the up-to-date weather conditions and ask any last-minute questions you may have.

What You Need To Know Regardless Of Distance

  • This event absolutely ROCKS!
  • Courses traverse very rugged alpine terrain in an environment that is incredibly changeable and can be incredibly harsh.
  • The Ring of Fire team takes the safety of our competitors, marshals, and event staff very seriously. We encourage everyone to read all details on our Safety page.
  • There are strict compulsory gear requirements for each distance.
  • There are minimum age requirements for each distance. See individual distance pages for requirements.
  • There is no safe water supply on the mountain and only if you’re doing 50km or 73km will you see a very limited number of drink/aid station stops.  All entrants must take enough food/water with them to remain completely self-sufficient for the length of time they may be on course.
  • Entrants not making specific cut-offs will be transported to the finish area as quickly as possible.  We all have bad days but it is vital that you are prepared as you can be for this event.  Preparation needs to include the training required to be fit enough to complete the distance you have chosen.  If your preparation hasn’t been great and/or you are unsure about making the cut-offs please consider dropping down a distance and tackling the desired distance 12 months later. Ultra distance running does place stress on the body so if you have any doubts, you should consult your health professional.
  • If any planned courses cannot be used on Saturday, then contingency courses will be implemented.  The event has multiple contingency courses to use.  In rare scenarios where extreme conditions do not allow for any contingency courses to be used on the Saturday, then the event will be cancelled. Please see our Force Majeure/Cancellation Policy.


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.

Your Gear and Shoes.  Please ensure that all of the gear you bring, especially your shoes, are clean and dry before you come to the event. 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 of your equipment will be checked before you register. You must bring your race day shoes to registration for check, clean, dry procedure. Clean means free of dirt, sand, & seeds.  Our friendly CCD team will have cleaning equipment for your use if needed.

There will be a ROF!

Will it be:

  • The Physical Event (A.K.A. the Real Deal Ring of Fire and Tussock Traverse courses)
  • The Modified Physical Event
  • The Virtual Event

No one on planet earth knows the answer to this question, and while we hope for the best, we plan for everything!

Find out more about what would happen should we have to shift event models.

Thank you to our sponsors!