• Race Details

For individuals or teams, Maunga to Moana is the adventure race of a lifetime.

Stage 1: Mt Hikurangi

22 km hike up to Te Takapau a Maui

Race day begins with the breaking of a new dawn – a world-first sunrise in the land of the first light. Set up as the sun rises, gather together at the marae as the rural countryside comes to life with native birdsong, sheep and horses rustle to the energetic buzz building before the 7.30 race start. Your mountain is waiting with the nine sacred pou (pillars) of Maui and his ancestors standing guard at the top of Mt Hikurangi. And if you make the 11km trek up in under 1-hour, you automatically become a member of the elite Maui Club. Get amongst it!

Stage 2: Bicycle

25 km cycle through Tapuaeroa Valley

As you reach the bottom of Mt Hikurangi, you will reach the transition area at the woolshed – an important part of the working farm you will arrive at. Spectators, friends and whānau will be cheering on your efforts as you take on Stage 2. Portaloos are available here before grabbing your bike and heading off for a 25 km ride through the stunning Tapuaeroa Valley. Traverse country roads with relatively flat gravel and tar sealed surfaces as you make your way to the final stretch.

Stage 3: River Run

7 km final sprint to Tuparoa Beach

You come full-circle as you sprint the final 7kms towards Tuparoa Beach. Following the natural course of the river, get ready for a few river crossings along the way with a mix of grass and sand leading up to the shores of the vast Pacific Ocean ahead. The rocks you see in the river come from Mt Hikurangi so the continuity of this course and connection to this whenua (land) becomes stronger with every step you take. Hearing the crowds at the finish line and the commanding ocean views, it is a homecoming like you’ve never experienced before.

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Do you have what it takes to join the Maui Club?

The Maui Club is open to an elite group of athletes who make it to the carvings at Te Takapau a Maui on Mt Hikurangi in under 1 hour.


If you have any questions or require any assistance then we are here to help!



Keelan Poi, Keenan Kawai and Kerryn Pegram. Meet the team behind Maunga to Moana.



As a unique part of the Maunga to Moana experience, all competitors and guests are invited to partake in an overnight Marae stay in Ruatōrea.