22km Run or Walk

Event details

* Course and start times are subject to change.


Course Summary

Starting from Dunhams Reserve heading north you wind your way through by the Ongaroto Bluffs up the staircase (yes up the staircase!) and then  meander your way through native bush until you reach Lake Whakamaru Reserve.  Once through the Reserve you will cross the Whakamaru Dam (please observe Traffic Control that will be in place) from here you nip back onto the trail at the 11km to go point.

A trail  that provides constant river views at each bend, then taking in the crossing of the 70m long Mangakino Suspension bridge over the Mangakino Stream .

The trail runs parallel to the Mangakino Golf Course winding its way along native planting and boardwalks through to the Mangakino Lakefront  for a fantastic finish.

Course Elevation

22km Course Map

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22km Start Location

Transport Options  & Parking

Make your race morning transportation stress-free and use our easy bus service.  The idea is to leave your car at the finish line, catch the bus to the start line and run/walk back to your car.


If you wish to use this service you must pre-book by 9pm on the 6th January 2020. 

Please book when entering or by emailing info@waikatorivertrails.com


Cost $10ppBookings are essential


  • Mangakino Lakefront > 22km start point - Bus leaves at 7:40am

  • Mangakino Lakefront > 11km start point - leaves at 8:45am

  • Mangakino Lakefront > 6km start point - leaves at 9:40am


There is plenty of parking by the finish line (Mangakino Lakefront).  Please follow the signs and instructions of the parking marshals.


Gear bag drop

If you have any gear you would like to leave at the start and pick up at the finish we have a gear drop off areas at each start line and will transport your gear back to the finish area (Mangakino Lakefront).


Please note: Gear must be in a bag and not loose individual items

Prize giving for all events will take place at the finish area (Mangakino Lakefront) at 12:45pm.  Competitors must be present to be eligible for spot prizes.


Only the first male and female runners and walkers to finish each event will be announced.

Please note: No age group placings are acknowledged or awarded.

A full set of results plus on-line certificates will be available from Saturday evening.

Refreshments are available for purchase from the Bus Stop Cafe and the finish area.


Contact Us

Waikato River Trails

6 Main Street


P: 07 883 3720

M: 027 642 9399

W: www.waikatorivertrails.com


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