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Orokonui Challenge - Running Event

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The Orokonui Challenge is back. Test yourself over our tough 18.7km course as you run over volcanoes, along beautiful coast, and through the protected Orokonui nature reserve. All participants can feel a sense of achievement not only for completing the challenge but supporting biodiversity, with all proceeds going towards Orokonui's important mahi in wildlife advocacy and conservation.

The course starts near the Visitor centre carpark then runs along part of the Orokonui fence line, over the side of Mōpanui, along the coast from Pūrākaunui to Doctors Point, past the Orokonui inlet, and into the sanctuary to finish with a climb through the sanctuary's protected forest. The total course length is 18.7km and contains around 600m of elevation change. 

There will be coffee for participants on arrival before the race, as well as food and beverages after the race. 

Sign in opens at 7:00am with Runners departing at 8am. Part of the course is tidal and needs to be completed by 10:30am, giving participants 2.5 hours to complete the first 9km. For health and safety reasons runners arriving at this point after this time may be stopped. 

Due to logistics only 75 places are available so make sure you get in quick to secure our spot!

Ticket sales close Midnight Wednesday 8th November.

Orokonui Challenge Route Map and Elevation
Orokonui Challenge Route Map and Elevation

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