Event Information

Event Waves

From the very top of Bruce Road, the event start is via a series of 12 wave starts (approx. 50 athletes per wave) with the first wave (wave 1A) departing at 9:30am. Each consecutive wave departs at 4 minute intervals thereafter until the last wave (wave 6B) departs at 10.14am. The staggered start over 44 minutes is necessary to preserve and protect the pristine environment of the Tongariro National Park and enhance the runner experience in the early stages of the event. Wave allocation is based on both times submitted by athletes to complete a flat road half marathon and previous Goat finish times. The athletes we predict will be the fastest and have a chance of winning the event will be wave 1A. The winning male and winning female will be the first to cross the line so if you believe you have a strong chance of winning the overall event please ask the organisers to consider moving you to wave 1A (if you are not there already). All age category winners are based on net time, so your starting wave will not determine your age category placing. The minimum age for participation in the event is 16 years on event day.

Have You Goat What It Takes?

Elevation Profiles and Stats
The Goat Alpine Adventure run is an exhilarating, challenging, yet achievable alpine run traversing the side of spectacular Mt Ruapehu. The nature of the mountainous terrain with its ascent, descent, twists and turns is measured at approx 20km. The Goat has not been designed as a walking event. Participants need to enter with the intention of running the majority of the distance.

Key event marshals will be positioned at the 6.3km mark of the course. All participants will need to reach this point within 1 hour 35minutes after their respective wave start time (i.e wave 6B has until 11.49am to reach this point). We strongly believe that unless you are at this mark prior to 11.49am, you will not reach the finish line within 6 hours 30 minutes (or 4.44pm). Participants who do not make the cut off time will be turned around. While it is disappointing for the handful of people who have been turned around, continuing as an event athlete is NOT an option if you miss the cut-off. Anyone who is turned around will be accompanied by course personnel back out to the Bruce Road where transport will be arranged to take them to the finish area at Turoa.

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Event Registration

Please be aware of the following requirements.
– You cannot collect race numbers for others.
– All athletes will be required to bring personal ID to the event registration to confirm that their details match the details we have in our registration system. Our event safety team needs to have the correct details of everyone we release out onto the Goat course.

Registration Timeline.
– Event registration will take place from 5.00pm to 10.00pm on Friday 30th November 2018 at the Powderhorn Chateau, bottom of the Ohakune Mountain Road in Ohakune for all entrants.
– Should competitors of the Goat Tongariro not be able to register on Friday night they will need to do so on Saturday 1st December 2018 from 7.30am to 9.00am at the very top of Bruce Road (your startline). Please arrive EARLY.

PLEASE BE PREPARED. Here’s the preliminary registration process for 2018.
#1 Dig your shoes out and pass by the Check Clean Dry Team. They will supply you with a sticker once they are satisfied your shoes pass the test.
#2 Pass through the Compulsory Gear Check area (see the full compulsory gear list below). Once checked your hand will be stamped, which effectively means your gear is good to go!
#3 Take your stamped hand and personal ID up to the registration tables. Once your ID is sighted and it matches the details we have on file you, we will then place your official goat wristband securely on your wrist.  You’ll then be issued with your event number/transponder plus any bus tickets and dinner tickets that you have pre ordered. Please don’t lose these tickets.
#4 If you like to order additional bus transport tickets or dinner tickets (subject to availability) or make any changes to your order you will be directed to our event changes team inside the event registration room.
#5 Review the up to date weather conditions and ask any last minute questions you may have.

Event Communications

As we get closer to the event please direct queries to the following email addresses:
For entry and event transport related queries please email entries@thegoat.co.nz
For general event queries please email info@thegoat.co.nz We will attempt to respond to all queries within 24hours of receipt of email.

Event Running Surface

The majority of the event is off road with surfaces varying from compacted soil, mud (if track is wet), loose and exposed base rock to boardwalks, steps, streams with boulders and the forest floor. Be prepared to get your feet wet and perhaps, at times, a little muddy.

Check Clean Dry Protecting this Place

The Goat Tongariro traverses some awe-inspiring wilderness and we need to make sure nothing we do will damage or alter this natural habitat. The pristine streams and rivers within the World Heritage Park are the home of the rare NZ Whio (blue duck) and will be forever changed if freshwater pests like Didymo become established.

To compete in this event you must have clean gear before you start. Please arrive with clean, dry footwear otherwise you will have to wash your shoes at registration. The Department of Conservation will have CCD cleaning equipment available.

  • All competitors must have clean dry shoes – this means they have been dry for at least 48 hours prior to the race. If not dry then please clean & soak with a 5% detergent solution for 1 minute.
  • The organisers reserve the right to implement any other Check Clean Dry precautions as they see fit.
  • We ask that you Check Clean Dry your shoes post event, prior to entering any other fresh waterway.

For more information go to www.biosecurity.govt.nz/cleaning

Event Compulsory Gear


The Goat Tongariro team take the safety of our competitors, marshals and event staff very seriously. During the event course competitors can become up to 8 kilometres away from the nearest access roads as they traverse very rugged alpine terrain in an environment that is incredibly changeable and can be incredibly harsh. The compulsory event gear requirements are for your own safety and enjoyment. Due to the rugged environment and variable weather conditions it is imperative that you carry or wear the right gear at all times.


  • Thermal long sleeved top;
  • Thermal beanie;
  • Thermal gloves;
  • A Thermal/survival BAG;
  • A Whistle;
  • Drink carrying device. Note: due to the isolated environment there are no aid stations on the course;
  • Suitable SEAM SEALED weather barrier jacket.
    ** Read more information about the jacket required here…

Step 2. At the compulsory pre event briefing (if not before), organisers will notify competitors if the compulsory gear rating for the event will be a LEVEL ONE or LEVEL TWO.

A LEVEL ONE event means all compulsory gear shown at pre event registration needs to be taken on your Goat journey but you can make your own decision as to what compulsory gear you will wear on the start line and what compulsory gear you will carry in your pack.

A LEVEL TWO event means all compulsory gear shown at pre event registration needs to be taken on your Goat journey PLUS you will only be allowed to move into the start area if you are wearing certain items, which will be announced at or prior to the compulsory pre event briefing in the start area by our event safety team.

Step 3. Random spot checks will also be conducted prior to the start to ensure compliance. Competitors showing non compliance will have their race number and transponder taken from them and will not be permitted to start the event.

Highly Recommended Event Gear

In addition to your required compulsory gear (listed above) we also encourage competitors to take the following gear onto the course.

  • Off road running shoes (instead of road shoes)
  • Thermal short sleeved top
  • A first aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Sports glasses
  • Running cap
  • Ankle length gaiters

Event Transport Options

User pays event transport for the Goat Tongariro will be available to purchase later in the year. Options for the Goat Tongariro are:

  1. RETURN BUS. Powderhorn, Ohakune to the very top of Bruce Road, Iwikau, Whakapapa (Start) & then Turoa (Finish) to Powderhorn, Ohakune.
  2. PRE EVENT BUS ONLY. Powderhorn, Ohakune to the very top of Bruce Road, Iwikau, Whakapapa (Start)
  3. POST EVENT BUS ONLY. Turoa (Finish) to Powderhorn, Ohakune.

User pays event transport for the Big Kid will be available to purchase later in the year. Options for the Big Kid are:

  1. RETURN BUS. Powderhorn, Ohakune to Horopito (Start) & then Turoa (Finish) to Powderhorn, Ohakune.
  2. PRE EVENT BUS ONLY. Powderhorn, Ohakune to Horopito (Start)
  3. POST EVENT BUS ONLY. Turoa (Finish) to Powderhorn, Ohakune.

Due to planning requirements bus tickets must be booked online by Tuesday 26th November at 11.59pm, so please organise yourself in advance of this date and avoid disappointment.  Additional bookings might be available to purchase in person at The Powderhorn Chateau whilst seats are still available.

Saturday Morning Pre Event Bus.

The pre event bus departure time from Ohakune to the start of the Big Kid (Departure from outside the Powderhorn Chateau): is from 6.30am. You must have pre booked to board.  To be on the safe side PLEASE wait on the footpath on Mangawhero Terrace (outside of the Powderhorn) prior to 6.30am ready to jump on board. Once all event buses have departed there will be no other way for our crew to get you to the start line.

The pre event bus departure time from Ohakune to the start of the Goat Tongariro (Departure from outside the Powderhorn Chateau): is from 7.30am. You must have pre booked to board.  To be on the safe side PLEASE wait on the footpath on Mangawhero Terrace (outside of the Powderhorn) prior to 7.30am ready to jump on board. Once all event buses have departed there will be no other way for our crew to get you to the start line.

Arrival at your Goat Tongariro Start Area.

Most entrants taking bus transport will have close to an hour long bus ride and arrive at the top of Bruce Road somewhere around 8.30am.

Late Registration:
If you are unable to register on Friday night at the Powderhorn but are catching a pre event bus from the Powderhorn on Saturday morning YOU MUST head straight to the pre race registration area at the top of Bruce Road as soon as you get off the bus, as the Bruce Road registration area closes at 9.00am.

If you arrive earlier, late registration opens from 7.30am.

What happens pre race starts?
Once at the top of Bruce Road, we like to give you the time & space to do the things you need to do. Most entrants who take bus transport will have an hour to stretch, use the toilet facilities, rearrange your packs for the 10th time, place unwanted gear on our gear bus (which will be transported back to a secure area at Turoa for you) and prepare your thoughts for what is ahead. There is a race briefing held at 9.20am and the first wave departs bang 9.30am.  If you are one of the later waves be prepared for this additional period of time to be waiting up at the top of Bruce Road.

Arrival at your Big Kid Start Area.

More details coming soon.

Saturday Afternoon post event buses.

Buses leave Turoa (the top of Ohakune Mountain Road) post event at least event 30 minutes from noon through to 4.30pm.  A more detailed bus timetable will be shown on the event website in the lead up to the event.

Event Prizegiving & After Party Festivities

The 2018 15th Anniversary Dress Up theme is currently on the Drawing Board!

– Run the Goat (bonus points for dressing up while running the Goat)

– Take a nap (if you’re weak)

– 5.00pm – Get yourself to the Village Green (outside the Powderhorn in Ohakune) for the 5.00pm prizegiving (again dressing up is more than welcome here). A large array or merit prizes and spot prizes available. DON’T FORGET to bring the front tag from your event number to place in the prize draw bin to be eligible for spot prizes.

– 6.00pm – 9.00pm. Mix and Mingle in your get-up. Head across to the Powderhorn and work the bar over upstairs in the Matterhorn. Eating is highly recommended so for those that have pre booked dinner, the first dinner sitting is at 6.00pm upstairs, the second dinner sitting #2 is at 7.00pm upstairs (pre paid dinner tickets handed out at Friday night registration). If the official Goat buffet dinner is sold out, À la carte dining is available downstairs in the Keg.

– From 9.00pm – ramp things up a notch or 12 at the Lakeman Brewing Company Goat Tongariro After Party downstairs in the Keg with guest DJ. Entry is free to all competitors and supporters and as per previous years, festivities will continue well into the evening.

Reserve Day

If weather conditions dictate the event cannot be run on Saturday 1st December 2018, Sunday 2nd December 2018 will be the reserve day with the earlier time of 8:30am. Should the event organisers decide it is unsafe to stage the event on the prescribed course on Sunday, an alternative event course starting in Ohakune and ending in Turoa, will be used. An alternate course has only been used once in the events 14 year history.

If the event is staged on the reserve day an earlier prize giving will be advised. In the event of the event not being staged on the prescribed course – NO transfers or refunds will be made.

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