The Taniwha

Truly soak up the relaxed Waikato River Trails atmosphere at this year’s Taniwha event.

What’s great about this event?

In partnership with the Waikato River Trails Trust, Total Sport offers this epic event on the Waikato River Trails. The Taniwha is a point-to-point race offering individuals and teams several distance options in this unique opportunity to run, walk or mountain bike these amazing trails.

The Taniwha captures the essence of the natural beauty of the Waikato River Trails – native bush, exotic forest, historic landmarks, interesting geological formations, wide open reserves, bridges and boardwalks over beautiful water, and stunning flowing single tracks.

Take on as much of the stunning Waikato River Trails as you wish, either on foot, or on two wheels – as an individual, or as part of a team! There are different distances suitable for anyone from seasoned veterans to complete beginners to casual runners. Whatever course you choose, prepare to challenge your body and mind and enjoy every minute.

Be inspired – check out the event gallery

What people say about Total Sport events

Our first Coastal Challenge and our group loved it! Such a great day out and something for the whole team!

What an awesome event – thank you so much for putting on such a totally mad event with such an incredibly supportive atmosphere. I cannot remember how many times someone offered me a hand over a rock – and so of course in turn I did the same for those behind me.

“What a happy event! The atmosphere was exciting and so welcoming.”

Taupo Marathon 2014

This event looks awesome. How do I find out more or sign up?

Click the button below to go the Loaded Taniwha website where you can find out more about the event, check out the prices and sign-up for one of the run/walks.

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Dates and locations

Saturday 3 November 2018
Waikato River Trails


80km MTB
42.2km MTB
22km MTB

42.2km Marathon (Run)
21.1km Half Marathon (Run/Walk)
7km Trail Run/Walk
14km Trail Run/Walk

Check out this event video

Event enquiries

Rosalie Kingi
[email protected]
+64 9 415 1535

Registration enquiries

[email protected]
+64 9 415 1535


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