Event Options


The Nugget MultiSport Festival offers five event options; there's something for everyone!

Choose from:
• The Full Nugget Multisport Race
• The Half Nugget Duathlon
• 23km Adventure Run or Walk
• 11km Run or Walk
• 6km Run or Walk



THE FULL NUGGET MULTISPORT RACE


FULL COURSE MAP

The 'big dog' of the event, the Full Nugget Multisport Race is a must do on every multisporter's calendar. Road bike, kayak, trail run and mountain bike your way from downtown Waihi to Poi's Beach, Waihi Beach, Homunga Bay and back to our spectacular finish line in Waihi.
The race takes in the highlights of this great outdoor playground and can be entered as an individual or enjoyed with friends as part of a team. 

This event consists of:

  • Road Cycle - 23km
  • Kayak - 10km
  • Road Cycle - 8km
  • Coastal/Trail Run - 10km
  • Mountain Bike - 21km
  • Followed by a 400m Solo/Team Run

HAMMER DRINK STATIONS:
You should prepare to be self sufficient for the duration of your race or leg(s). You will need to organise your own fluid and nutrition at each transition and then carry enough to get you through each leg. There are no drink stations on the course until you reach T3 at the end of the run leg. There are three on the MTB course; at about 5km, 8km & 18km. These are intended as a top-up supply only.
Note that all drink stations are accessible by road so it is possible for support crews to meet their competitor to supply them with extra fluid and nutrition. This must only be done at the official drink stations. See the Course Map for drink station locations.
HAMMER NUTRITION NZ
 

SUPPORT CREWS:
Please drive carefully on all roads, especially the narrow country roads and gravel. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination, and expect some delays as there will be lots of extra traffic on the road on race day.
See the Support Crew Map for the location of drink stations and transition areas, plus other essentials like coffee and toilets.
CREW MAP




23km ROAD CYCLE - Course Map  |  Course Profile

THE FULL NUGGET MULTISPORT RACE

The Full Nugget kicks off nice and easy with an ‘downhill’ road cycle leg. We use a controlled and staggered ‘parade start’ from under the massive poppet headframe at the top of Seddon Street. Once the lead vehicle lets you go, it’s all on.
The course leads you through quiet country roads, with only a couple of small climbs, before dropping down through the Beach Gorge then south along Seaforth Road to T1 at Pios Beach, where you’ll switch your road bike for your kayak.
The ride descends 110m overall, is draft-legal and a fantastic way to kick off the big event.


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Ruahine Kayaks 10km HARBOUR PADDLE - Kayak Course Maps

THE FULL NUGGET MULTISPORT RACE

The harbour kayak course starts and finishes at Pios Beach. It takes you on a safe and scenic paddle, south via Blakenys Channel to Tanners Point and return. You’ll paddle amongst the boat moorings and turn around near the jetty. You will return via the same route to Pios Beach.
The paddle is very scenic in both directions and generally calm in most tides and weather conditions. If you're unlucky enough to take a dip, you will always be very close to shallow water or a sand bank, and there will be plenty of marshal boats out on the water to assist.
The course will appeal to all kayakers. Race leaders will find it provides a good challenge if they push hard, but those new to paddling will enjoy a safe and picturesque paddle.
You're welcome to paddle Waka Ama and SUPs, but there are no separate divisions for these craft.

A PFD is compulsory for the paddle leg  |  Low Tide is 6:30am - High Tide is 12.30pm


8km ROAD CYCLE - Course Map

THE FULL NUGGET MULTISPORT RACE

This short, flat road bike leg will take you from T1 at Pios Beach to the run transition, T2 at Coronation Park, Waihi Beach. It’s a sweet ride that’ll be plenty of fun and you’ll make short work of the straight, fast 8km of tarmac. Dismount you bike at T2, and prepare for the awesome coastal trail run leg...


10km COASTAL TRAIL RUN - Course Map  |  Course Profile

Course Map

The run leg is a gem, and has everything you could possibly want from a trail run. You'll start on Waihi Beach, after T2 at Coronation Park and head north for 1km onto some of the most scenic trails around. The course carves its way along the coast on undulating single track, under the pohutukawa canopy at Orokawa Bay as far as secluded Homunga Bay, before climbing west to T3, the mountain bike transition at Ngatitangata Road.
This is a stand-out run course that will always leave you breathless. One word... awesome!

Local knowledge - tips for the run!

"One of the better short trail runs in New Zealand. It has everything and is by no means fast. Steep, pinchy climbs, technical sections, drops, places you can only walk, butt-clinching passes around cliff edges and awesome scenery. Whatever you do, save a good proportion of your energy for the last 20 minutes, it's a tough climb up to the transition"
Garry Towler


21km MOUNTAIN BIKE - Course Map  |  Course Profile  |  MTB Track Video

THE FULL NUGGET MULTISPORT RACE

This ride's got it all. You’ll build your bike legs early on great farm tracks that lead to a really fun descent. A couple of cattle races, some more great farm tracks and two stream crossings later and you’ll arrive at the MTB park for some flowing single track.
And for dessert... we save the best bits for last. The Waihi MTB group is always busy over summer adding new 'twists' and maintaining the park’s trails, so there's always plenty of sweet single-track ready for the Nugget.
So it's up Le Grinder, down through Jaws and Rollercoaster, along Flat-Sticks to Riverdance before hitting the fast and sweeping Riverbank Terrace. The course then leads you through historic gold mining features and the scenic Pit Rim Walkway before you enter the gold mine for a fast blast to T4.
T4 is now inside the mine - you'll dismount here, rack your bike and run the final 400m to the finish line. All your team mates need to join you at T4 and you'll run the final 400m together.
Crews and teams can access T4 off Kenny Street via the mine entrance opposite the old netball courts. See crew map, and it will be signposted.


400m TEAM / SOLO RUN - Course Map

THE FULL NUGGET MULTISPORT RACE

If you're tackling the Full Nugget solo, then you’ll have great crowd support for this final 400m ‘sprint’, and if you're in a team, then this is where you and your mates come together to help each other complete the race.
The short flat run takes you from the final transition (T4), inside the gold mine on the edge of the huge open pit and along to the finish chute.
If you have the energy, you can sprint through the cheering crowd to the finish gantry at the foot of the Cornish Pumphouse - mission complete!



THE HALF NUGGET DUATHLON

The Half Nugget is a Duathlon over the same trail run, mountain bike and final run course as the Full Nugget. You'll start at Waihi Beach and finish at the Cornish Pumphouse in Waihi. You can take on the Half Nugget as either an individual or grab a buddy and tackle it as a team of two. If you're doing it as a team you will both need to complete the final short run and finish together at the foot of the Cornish Pumphouse.

This event consists of:

  • Coastal/Trail Run 10km
  • Mountain Bike 21km
  • 400m Solo/Team Run

HAMMER DRINK STATIONS:
You should prepare to be self sufficient for the duration of your race or leg(s). You will need to organise your own fluid and nutrition at each transition and then carry enough to get you through each leg. There are no drink stations on the course until you reach T3 at the end of the run leg. There are three on the MTB course; at about 5km, 8km & 18km. These are intended as a top-up supply only.
Note that all drink stations are accessible by road so it is possible for support crews to meet their competitor to supply them with extra fluid and nutrition. This must only be done at the official drink stations. See the Course Map for drink station locations.
HAMMER NUTRITION NZ

SUPPORT CREW:
Please drive carefully on all roads, especially the narrow country roads and gravel. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination, and expect some delays as there will be lots of extra traffic on the road on race day.
See the Support Crew Map for the location of drink stations and transition areas, plus other essentials like coffee and toilets.
Take special note of how to get to the new Transition 4.
CREW MAP


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10km COASTAL TRAIL RUN - Course Map  |  Course Profile

THE HALF NUGGET

Your first leg is a gem and has everything you could possibly want from a trail run. You'll start on Waihi Beach, near T2 at Coronation Park and head north for 1km onto some of the most scenic trails around. The course carves its way along the coast on undulating single track, under the pohutukawa canopy at Orokawa Bay as far as secluded Homunga Bay, before climbing west to T3, the mountain bike transition at Ngatitangata Road.
This is a stand-out run course that will always leave you breathless. One word... awesome!

Tips for the coastal run - local knowledge.

"One of the better short trail runs in New Zealand. It has everything and is by no means fast. Steep, pinchy climbs, technical sections, drops, places you can only walk, butt-clinching passes around cliff edges and awesome scenery. Whatever you do, save a good proportion of your energy for the last 20 minutes, it's a tough climb up to the transition"
Garry Towler


21km MOUNTAIN BIKE - Course Map  |  Course Profile

Course Map

This ride's got it all. You’ll build your bike legs early on great farm tracks that lead to a really fun descent. A couple of cattle races, some more great farm tracks and two stream crossings later and you’ll arrive at the MTB park for some flowing single track.
And for dessert... we save the best bits for last. The Waihi MTB group is always busy over summer adding new 'twists' and maintaining the park’s trails, so there's always plenty of sweet single-track ready for the Nugget.So it's up Le Grinder, down through Jaws and Rollercoaster, along Flat-Sticks to Riverdance before hitting the fast and sweeping Riverbank Terrace. The course then leads you through historic gold mining features and the scenic Pit Rim Walkway before you enter the gold mine for a fast blast to T4.
T4 is now inside the mine - you'll dismount here, rack your bike and run the final 400m to the finish line. All your team mates need to join you at T4 and you'll run the final 400m together.
Crews and teams can access T4 off Kenny Street via the mine entrance opposite the old netball courts. See crew map, and it will be signposted.


400m RUN - Course Map

THE HALF NUGGET

If you're having a crack at the Half Nugget solo, then you'll have great crowd support for this bit. And if you're part of a team then this is where you and your team-mate come together to help each other complete the 400m dash inside the Martha Gold Mine, before you sprint up the chute to the finish line at the foot of the Cornish Pumphouse.
Mission complete - you deserve a sausage and a drink.



23km ADVENTURE RUN or WALK

The Nugget long course run/walk has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best off-road runs around. It starts with a bang on beautiful Waihi Beach and combines amazing single-track in coastal native bush with lush farmland and interesting heritage features.
There is one tough climb from Homunga Bay to the road end (T3) before you can stretch your legs through the farms and bush as you head to the unique finish line on the edge of the gold mine back in Waihi.


COURSE MAP

COURSE PROFILE




21km ADVENTURE RUN / WALK

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Starting on the white sand near T2 at Coronation Park, Leo Street, Waihi Beach you'll head north and before long you'll be enjoying the famous undulating single track under the pohutukawa canopy on the Orokawa and Homunga tracks. These trails carve their way north along the rocky coast to Homunga Bay before climbing west to the mountain bike transition at T3 - Ngatitangata Road, Golden Valley. This section of the run is stunning!
Passing through T3, you'll head straight into some lovely farmland and along a couple of cattle races, across a small stream, through an underpass and down through more lush dairy land. There's another creek crossing, some small climbs and a Hammer drink station or two before you're back to 'civilisation'.
Then it's back into the bush to follow the new Mill Stream Track, then across the road, to end with a short blast around part of the Pit Rim Walkway, then inside the gold mine to the finish line under the shadow of our iconic Cornish Pumphouse.



HAMMER DRINK STATIONS:
There will be 4 Hammer drink stations on the 23km run course, each will have water and Hammer electrolyte available. You should carry enough fluid and food to last the duration of your event and use these drink stations as a back up only.
The Hammer drink stations will be at approximately 10km, 15km, 18km and 21km.


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10km RUN or WALK

Take a walk or run on the cool off-road trails in and around the historic township of Waihi. The course starts on the picturesque Pit Rim Walkway, passes through exotic forest, some beautiful native bush along a scenic riverside trail, and finishes back at the pumphouse.
Make sure you take time to look around and absorb some of Waihi's rich history and great scenery.


COURSE MAP

COURSE PROFILE




10km RUN / WALK

COURSE DESCRIPTION

You’ll meet for your start at the poppet head-frame at the top of Seddon Street. Once the gun goes you’ll head down the Pit Rim Walkway towards Union Hill. The course crosses SH25 then meanders into this bush-covered mining heritage area before bursting out onto farmland for a short stretch until it reaches the pine trees and sweet single-track.
The ‘Pink Trail‘ boasts a mix of forest, farm and river-side scenery before it delivers you in a loop back to Union Hill where you'll take a new trail alongside Mill Stream. Once you’re off the hill you cross SH25 again then head through Slevin Park for a short blast around the Pit Rim Walkway. As a special treat this year you'll venture inside the gold mine for a fast finish back to the event base under the shadow of our iconic Cornish Pumphouse.


HAMMER DRINK STATIONS:
There will be 1 Hammer drink station on the course, but you will pass through it twice. It will have water and Hammer electrolyte drink available. You should carry enough fluid and food to last the duration of your event and use the drink stations as a back up only.
You will pass through the Hammer drink station after approximately 2.0km and 6.0km.


6km RUN or WALK

Based around Waihi’s unique Pit Rim Walkway and the Union Hill heritage area, this course is ideal for those who want to be part of the Nugget and get a taste of off-road running. It's also perfect for kids and families. You'll enjoy great variety, great trails through bush and parkland and have a cool Nugget experience.


COURSE MAP

COURSE PROFILE




5km RUN / WALK


COURSE DESCRIPTION

You’ll meet for your start at the poppet head-frame at the top of Seddon Street and once the gun goes you’ll head down the Pit Rim Walkway towards Union Hill. The course crosses SH25 and meanders into this bush-covered mining heritage area before taking you out to the Winner Hill MTB Park and Riverbank Terrace track. You'll then loop back and take a new trail alongside Mill Stream. Once you’re through this scenic trail you'll cross SH25 again and head through Slevin Park for a short blast around the Pit Rim Walkway. As a special treat this year you'll venture inside the gold mine for a fast finish back to the event base under the shadow of our iconic Cornish Pumphouse.

DRINK STATIONS:
There will be 1 Hammer drink station on the 6km course which you will pass through twice. This will provide a top-up only so you should carry enough fluid and food to last the duration of your event.



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