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Overall Event Map

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The Taniwha is back again for 2014, and is brought to you by Total Sport, specialists in delivering "great events in stunning locations" - and there are not too many places more stunning than this we can tell you.

You're in for a journey. We have compiled some
course videos of this stunning journey along the mighty Waikato River, either on foot or on your mountain bike.

Below is all the information you will need to ensure you arrive at the right place, at the right time, and head off in the right direction; and have an awesome time in the process...!


Fundraise and race The Taniwha for free!

Whether you're doing the Taniwha on your own or as part of a group, we'd love you to join team Shine! As a Shine team member you'll be helping to free victims of domestic abuse, mostly women and children, from a life of hell. You may also be able to get free entry to the Taniwha.

"Dad threw mum on the floor and got a knife from the kitchen. He strangled her. He said, 'I am going to kill your mother tonight.' Mum was saying to me, 'Help me, help me!' but I didn't know what to do." - 10 year old girl.

We all know that domestic violence is a big problem in NZ, but you might wonder what you can do about it. At Shine we already have the tools to help victims of domestic violence stay safe but we need your help to raise funds. Joining the Shine team to compete in the Taniwha is simple, and you can still choose to do either the walk, run or bike ride. You'll feel great that you've been a part of the solution for domestic violence and have the added bonus that once you've raised $400 you will get your entry fee back! As part of team Shine, you'll receive a special goody bag, T shirt, access to a special Shine Team Facebook group, and all the encouragement and support you could possibly need. Click here (https://give.everydayhero.com/nz/the-taniwha-november-2014 ) now for more information, and to sign up! So don't delay, set-up your fundraising page CLICK HERE today!

Safer homes in NZ everyday

Age Categories

The following age group categories will be in place for this event (age as on event day);

  • Junior, under 20 years
  • Open, 20 - 39 years
  • Master, 40 - 49 years
  • Vet, 50 - 59 years
  • Legend, 60+ years

Event Start Times

Event Time

83km MTB


60km MTB


42.2km MTB


22km MTB


60km Ultra


42.2km Marathon


21.1km Half-Marathon


14km Run/Walk


7km Run/Walk


Important Event Locations

View event base, registration, prizegiving and post-event party locations here

Need driving directions?
Driving directions 207kb PDF


Event Registration

View event registration location here

Event registration will be held on Friday the 7th of November at the super impressive South Waikato Sport and Events Centre. Registration will be open from 4pm to 9pm and is compulsory for all participants to collect their race number, timing transponder and goodie bag. There will also be a number of the events sponsors set-up at this registration offering ‘event specials'. The Sport and Event's Centre is located in Tokoroa on the corner of Mossop Road and SH1.

If you have booked a bus to the start line for you and your bike, you must register on the Friday and drop off your bike.

If you are unable to make it for Friday registration, there will also be registration's set up at each of the start lines from an hour and a half before your race start time. However we do ask anyone that can make it to the Friday registration to do so, this way you have nothing to do on event morning other than get yourself ready and psyched-up for your big race!

Event Transport

For all of you that require transport for yourselves from the finish line at Whakamaru Christian Camp to your start line there is a bus option available. This is optional and is designed for people that don't have ‘support crews' with them to drop them at their start point in the morning. There is an additional cost that comes with booking the transport option, and this can be booked when entering your chosen event option, alternatively the bus can be booked at a later date if you are un-sure at this stage whether or not you will require it.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are doing one of the mountain biking events and are booking the optional event transport to your start line you will have to attend the Friday registration. You will drop off your bike on the Friday when you register, and then on Saturday morning you will park your car at the finish area, get on a bus (with your gear, helmet, shoes... etc...)and be taken to your start line, your bike will be waiting for you there.

Bus Times: (leaving from the finish area - Whakamaru Christian Camp. Please park your car in the adjoining reserve area, as directed by parking marshals)

  • 83km Bus - 0615
  • 60km Bus - 0630
  • 42km Bus - 0715
  • 21km Bus - 0700
  • 14km/7km Bus - 0830

If you need to book a bus you can do that here.

Prizegiving and Concert

View prizegiving and after party location here

Prizegiving and Concert:


We will be back to the impressive South Waikato Sport and Events Centre on Saturday evening for an official event prize giving and ‘after match party'.

The prizegiving will kick off at 6pm and merit prizes will be awarded to over-all race winners for each of the race options, with age group winners receiving name recognition. There will also be a number of great spot prizes giving away throughout the prize giving (must attend to be in the draw for these!)

Dinner will follow on from prizegiving and this will be served at 7pm (details below). Then, new to The Taniwha this year, we will round the day out in style with Hello Sailor preforming a free live concert at the Sports and Events Centre also! There will be fun activities for the family as well as local supporting bands playing from 6pm, with the main act Hello Sailor kicking off at 8.30pm.(click the image for more info) 

Note: Marathon and Ultra-Marathon participants will also receive finish medals at the finish line.


View prizegiving and after party location here

Following the prize giving will be dinner at 7pm. Dinner will consist of a main meal, dessert and a drink (beer, wine, cider, soft drink) and is $36 for adults and $18 for kids under 12. This will be provided by local spit roast company 'Brownie's Spit Roast' and from what I have heard from a number of people is "they do a pretty mean feed!".

Note that Dinner must be booked by Tuesday the 4th of November - there will be NO CASH SALES on the night! So please pre-book to avoid disappointment.

If you have entered and not yet booked your dinner you can do that by going back into the Taniwha online store using the link below now! Click here

Menu Includes:

  • Large Juicy Prime butt of Beef (with Horseradish Sauce)
  • Whole crackling pork legs
  • Hot Jacket Potatoes (with Sour Cream)
  • Indonesian Rice Salad
  • Californian Waldorf
  • Italian Pasta Salad
  • Vinaigrette Cole Slaw
  • Swedish Bean and Mushroom Salad
  • Fresh Garden Platters
  • Beetroot
  • Hot rich brown gravy
  • Bread Rolls & Butter


  • Strawberry and Passionfruit Cheesecake
  • Traditional Pavlova
  • Chocolate Mud Cake
  • Fresh Fruit Salad

Drinks: (one included with meal)

  • SPEIGHT'S/Cider/Wine/Soft Drink


The lovely people at the South Waikato District Council have offered a large grassed area and parking area for anyone that wants to pitch their tent or park their campervan up for Friday and/or Saturday nights (and be close to the auction for Friday night registration and/or Saturday night prize giving, dinner and concert). There will be access to toilets and showers, but no cooking/kitchen etc. facilities available.

When the Total Sport crew stays in the South Waikato/Taupo area we stay at The Dam Lodge, Out in the Styx, or Hilton Lake Taupo.

Download a list of great local accommodation (32kb PDF) providers across the South Waikato area.

Email Dave for more info and to book a spot - davef@totalsport.co.nz


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