• Frequently Asked

Got a question?

Check out our most commonly asked questions below. Please get in touch if your question is not included.

Is the course well-marked so I don’t get lost?

Yes, the entire course is well-marked with local marshals along the entire away. They know the area and terrain well so will be able to guide you in the right direction.

Are there toilets and hydration stations along the course?

Yes, there are several designated portaloos available along the course for competitors use. Each competitor is required to carry their own water and safety gear. There will also be medics monitoring the race on quad bikes.

What events are on during the Maunga to Moana weekend?

There are a lot of fun events to experience before and after the race. On arrival day, all competitors are invited to a pōwhiri and opening ceremony and morning tea at Mangahanea Marae in Ruatōrea. On the same afternoon, you can check-out the Market Day in a beautiful selection of food, activities, and local produce available for competitors and guests to enjoy. On race day, once everyone has crossed the finish line, there’s a prizegiving as well as a delicious Māori hangi feast in the evening.

What gear must I have for the race?

Compulsory items for all competitors include the following:

  • Backpack (recommended 12L)
  • Running shoes
  • Beanie
  • Sunhat
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm jersey fleece or equivalent
  • Filled water bottle or equivalent
  • First aid kit*
  • Whistle
  • Headlamp
  • Bicycle
  • Bicycle repair kit
  • Registration number

*A complete list of first aid kit requirements will be emailed to you upon registration.

Can I sign-up as an individual or a team?

You can join either as an individual or in a team -the choice is yours. Teams consist of 3 or 5 individuals so grab some mates or keen family members and take on Maunga to Moana together for an unforgettable, East Coast experience.

Where are the starting and finish lines?

The starting point is at the bottom of Mt Hikurangi at 1884 Tapuaeroa Road, Ruatōrea 4083.

The finish line is at Tuparoa beach, which is by 4×4 vehicle access only.

How old do you need to be to compete in these events?

You must be at least 14 years old to compete in the teams event and must have 2 adults above the age of 18 with you in your team.

To compete in the individual events, you must be 17 years or older.

What food is available?

We provide lunch on the first day, dinner on the second day and breakfast on the third day. The remaining meals are up to guests to provide.

On the first day, food will be available at the Market Day for dinner, otherwise the Foursquare in Ruatōrea will be open as well as takeaway shops.

Marae facilities will be available for cooking and cleaning for competitors to use as well.

How many supporters or whānau can I bring?

You can bring as many as you would like, however, if you are staying at Coastal Camp, each campsite can only hold 10 people. If you are bringing more than 10 people, you will need to pay for another campsite.

The more whānau that come, the more enjoyable for everyone.

Do we need to stay for prizegiving?

We highly encourage all competitors to stay for prizegiving and traditional hangi feast to complete the event in the proper way. We have provided accommodation options to assist with whānau not having to rush home.

It is not compulsory to stay for prizegiving however, it is a part of the culture of the event.

What type of bike do I need? (Road or Mountain)

Great question. All teams and basic Individuals can complete Stage 2 of the course on a road bike as majority of their course is tar seal. Otherwise both variants are acceptable.

What is the closest airport to Ruatōrea?

The closet airport to Ruatōrea is Gisborne which is approx. 1hr 30mins away.

Can I bring my family and kids?

Yes! Our Maunga to Moana event is totally whānau (family) and kid friendly.

We have designed this event so the entire family can come and enjoy the experience as well.

When you register, we will need to know how many people you are looking at bringing along with you for spacing, etc.

Is there accommodation in Ruatōrea?

Yes! We have created a purpose built campsite in Ruatōrea for all competitors and guests to stay and relax while the event is on.

Head to our Coastal Camp page for more information and booking details.


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Maunga to Moana Adventure

Tuparoa Road, Ruatōrea,
Tairāwhiti, New Zealand 4082

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