Inaugural Waitomo Trail Run set to take place

  • North Island: West Coast

Well known for its natural cave formations and native New Zealand glowworms, Waitomo will be the home of the inaugural Waitomo trail run to take place this Saturday 30 April.

An estimated 1900 runners will take part in the first event of its kind in the region.

Participants will get to run or walk the most unique geographical trail in the country which takes you underground and over-ground across 6km, 11km, 22km or 33km courses.

Amanda Wilson, Head of Marketing, tourism business for Tourism Holding Limited, says, “We’re extremely excited about the Waitomo Trail Run – as it will provide thousands the opportunity to see a pocket of the world they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

Those taking part will be able to get up close and personal with surreal karst-studded landscapes, caves, native bush, vibrant working farms, tunnels and canyons.”

For the more adventurous who are up for a challenge, the Waitomo Trail Run offers 22km and 33km course – which will take participants over towering rock faces, allow them to navigate through bush and over karst-studded landscapes, before descending the beautiful ‘Love Track’.

“For those that have not yet visited the region, the Waitomo Trail Run provides a great opportunity for New Zealand families to explore this unique environment and understand what makes it so special.

Tim Day, Waitomo Trail Run Race Director, says, “We’ve had amazing feedback on the event already – with many looking forward to running and walking such a diverse course,” Wilson adds.

To find out more about the event, you can visit the Waitomo Trail Run Facebook Page.