23 km Adventure Run/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 an amazing single-track in coastal native bush with lush farmland and interesting heritage features.

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There is one tough climb from Homunga Bay up to our transition (T3) at the Ngatitangata Road end before you can stretch your legs through the farms and bush on your way to the unique finish line on the edge of the gold mine back in Waihi.

Race Details

Total Distance 23 km Trail Run or Walk
Registration Venue Waihi RSA - 71 Seddon Ave, Waihi.
Registration Time From 4.30 pm to 9.00 pm
Late Registration From 6.00 am at Waihi i-SITE
Race Briefing 8.15 am at Coronation Park, Leo St, Waihi Beach
Race Start 8.30 am at Coronation Park

Race Cutoffs

1.30 pm at T3 - Ngatitangata Road
4.00 pm at the Finish Line

Prize-giving for 23 km Run/Walk

1.30 pm at the Pumphouse/Finish Line
Event Main Prize-giving - All Welcome 7.15 pm at the Waihi Memorial Hall - 41 Seddon St, Waihi
  Venue open for drinks and meals from 6.00 pm

Course Description

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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.



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Extra Information

BUSES FROM WAIHI to waihi beach 

There will be event buses to take competitors from Waihi to the race start line at Waihi Beach. Bookings are essential.

DEPART: 7.30 am
FROM: Waihi i-SITE, 126 Seddon Street, Waihi.
TO: Coronation Park, Waihi Beach.
COST: $10 per person.

To book your seat online, just check the appropriate box at the time you enter.


There are four Aid Stations on the 23 km course. They are at about 10 km (T3), 15 km, 18 km and 21 km.

You should prepare to be self-sufficient for the duration of your race. Our Aid Stations will have some fruit, water and electrolyte drink available to help with your race nutrition, however this should be considered a top-up only and you shouldn't rely on it for your full race energy requirements.

Cups will not be provided at any Aid Stations. Please BYO cup/bottle or carry your own hydration needs to help us reduce our event waste.

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