The Kid Tongariro Info

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The Event Course
The Kid Tongariro course is a 2 mile classic (3.2km) for all those under 16.

The first 100m is designed to help spread each wave out before they turn into the Mangawhero Forest Walk Track (on the left hand side of Ohakune Mountain Road). Entrants run approx 1.6km to the end of that track, at which point they cross over Ohakune Mountain Road (with our traffic management team), and then head down the Mangawhero Forest Walk Track (on the opposite side of the road). At the bottom of the track it’s a 50m sprint to the finish line in front of the crowd gathering for the Goat Tongariro event prizegiving.

The Mangawhero Forest Walk loop is a friendly off road track that is a popular loop for individuals of all fitness levels. The course has just approx 110m of climbing and 110m of descent spread across the 3200m course, so again, it’s a pretty friendly course from an elevation profile point of view.

Start Times and Wave Starts
From the Ngāti Rangi’s Te Urunga property (just 200 metres up the road from the Powderhorn Chateau), there are 4 wave starts, with the first wave departing at 4.54pm & the final wave at 5.00pm.  The staggered start of entrants 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 purely on the entrant’s age on the day.

The 4x Wave Start Times are as follows:
4.50pm. Final Race Briefing (all entrants)
4.54pm. Start time for 13, 14 and 15 year olds.
4.56pm. Start time for 10, 11 and 12 year olds.
4.58pm. Start time for 7, 8 and 9 year olds.
5.00pm. Start time for 5 and 6 year olds**

The first finishers will be expected shortly after 5.05pm.

Event Cut-Off Times
Parents/caregivers must be confident of the entrant being physically fit enough to be able to complete the distance within an off road terrain setting inside the event course cut-off times. While there will be event marshals and medics on the event course it is essential that all entrants have had prior experience running on tracks in the bush. 

The Kid Tongariro has not been designed as a walking event. Young entrants need to enter with the intention of running the majority of the 3.2km distance.

The event prizegiving begins at approx 5.30pm and that is the event cut-off time for The Kid Tongariro course.  For the 5/6 year old entrants, you’ll need to be confident to complete each km in approx 9 minutes or less to get home prior to 5.30pm.

Supporters Running With Entrant
The minimum age for participation in the event is 5 years old on event day.
** All 5 and 6 year old entrants must have a supporter registered to run with them.  Entrants 7 – 15 may have a supporter registered to run with them, but this is for the parent/caregiver to decide.  NOTE: Parents/caregivers cannot take pushchairs/buggies on the event course sorry.

2023 Event Pricing

$15.00 entry fee per entrant.
Please note: *A 3.2% credit card surcharge will be added to the entry fee
All finishers recieve an official The Kid Tongariro finishers medal. 

Please be aware that The Kid Tongariro supporters who are supporting an under 16 entrant will need to be registered as an entrant and pay the $15.00 entry fee too.  The Kid Tongariro supporters will receive a race number, transponder and finishers medal but in the results you will be listed as “Kid Tongariro Supporter”, while the under 16 entrant will be given an official placing in the correct age group.

Entry Link plus Ruapehu Region Deal – 100x free entries.
We will place a promo code and entry link on this page on Saturday the 9th of July (prior to when entries go on sale 11.00am on Sunday the 10th of July). 

To qualify for using the code you simply need to be currently living in the Ruapehu Region and show proof of this at pre race registration.  Once the 100x entries have come through the code will no longer be active.

2023 Registration Timeline
Event registration for the Kid Tongariro event participants will take place at the following times:

1. Friday 21st January. 3.30pm – 9.00pm the night prior to the event at the Powderhorn Chateau, bottom of the Ohakune Mountain Road in Ohakune.

2. Saturday 22nd January 4.30pm – 4.50pm. Inside the marquee on the Ngāti Rangi’s Te Urunga property (just 200 metres up the road from the Powderhorn Chateau)

(To assist us with our pre event registration staffing requirements please be sure to select the box that most likely represents when you will register for your specific event on event weekend in your online registration)

2023 Registration Rules.
1. You cannot collect race numbers for others.

2. You cannot transfer your race number or wristband to others after picking it up.

Compulsory Gear
There will be a few basic requirements that all Kid Tongariro entrants take out on course – more details will be released on this in July 2022.

Please direct your The Kid Tongariro queries to the following email addresses:
For entry queries please email
For general course and event queries please email

Organisers will communicate (via email) with all The Kid Tongariro entrants in the weeks leading up to the event.

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