Event Info

Event options and start times

ferry_reserve(Please note course distances are approximate.)

  • Catchment Ultra – 50km, 6:30am
  • Tilt Renewables North Range Traverse – 25km, 9:00am
  • Tararua District Hall Block Humdinger – 12.5km, 11:00am

Event location

Race HQ is the Ferry Reserve, off SH3 on the Woodville side of the Manawatu Gorge. Ferry Reserve is located directly adjacent to the Ballance Bridge. Race HQ at Ferry Reserve will be the location for event parking, late registrations on race day, and prize giving after the event.

The Hall Block Humdinger starts at the bottom of Hall Block Road, within easy walking distance from the Ferry Reserve, while participants in the North Range Traverse and Catchment Ultra will be transported by bus from Race HQ to the start venues of their respective events. (Bus transport is included in entry fee for Traverse and Ultra pre-entrants.)

All races finishes at the Ferry Reserve.


Parking space is at Race HQ (Ferry Reserve). Please park here and NOT on Gorge Road or at the Bridge Cafe. While ample parking is available, we request that you consider the environment and carpool to the event as far as possible.

Event schedule

Date Time Activity Location
31-July 11:59pm Early-bird entries close  Online Registration
19-Aug 11:59pm Online entries close  Online Registration
24-Aug 4:00-7:00pm Registration Rendezvous Restaurant, Summerhill Shopping Centre, 194 Ruapehu Drive, Fitzherbert
25-Aug 05:30am Buses depart to the start of the Catchment Ultra Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance
6:20am Catchment Ultra compulsory race briefing Turitea Rd, 2km past the Gun Club
6:30am Start of the
Catchment Ultra
 Turitea Rd, 2km past the Gun Club
6:30-8:00am Late registration – Traverse and Humdinger Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance
8:15am Buses depart to the start of the North Range Traverse Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance
8:50am North Range Traverse compulsory race briefing C/o Pahiatua Track and North Range Road
9:00am Start of the
North Range Traverse
C/o Pahiatua Track and North Range Road
9:00-10:30am Late registration – Humdinger Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance
10:50am Hall Block Humdinger compulsory race briefing Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance
11:00am Start of the
Hall Block Humdinger
Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance
11:30am Catchment Ultra 25km cut-off C/o Pahiatua Track and North Range Road
2:30pm Prize giving and
spot prize draw
Race HQ, Ferry Reserve, Ballance


Unique handcrafted mementos/medals go to finishers of all the events in the North Range Trio.


Prize giving

  • Prize giving will commence at Race HQ at the Ferry Reserve at 3:00pm.
  • Spot prizes will be drawn and presented at prize giving. You have to be present to be eligible for a spot prize.
  • Male and female winners in each event will receive a trophy.
  • Male and female category winners will be acknowledged in the following age categories:
    – Junior (Under 18)
    – Open (18-39)
    – Veteran (40-49)
    – Master (50-59)
    – Grandmaster (60-69)
    – Legend (70+)

Registration process

Event registration/race pack pick-up will take place at Rendezvous Restaurant at the Summerhill shopping centre at 194 Ruapehu Drive, Fitzherbert, on Friday afternoon, 25 August between 4pm and 7pm. If at all possible, it is preferred that participants make use of the Friday registration to help limit the administrative load on race morning.

Late registration at Race HQ will be available on race morning for the North Range Traverse (between 6:30 and 8:00am) and Hall Block Humdinger (between 9:00 and 10:30am) only. No on-the-day registration will be available for the Catchment Ultra.

Those who opt for on-the day registration should allow at least 15-20 minutes to park and collect race packs.

Event merchandise

When selecting event apparel for this year’s North Range Trio, we were faced with the choice between a cheap, generic running shirt destined to end up at the bottom of your t-shirt drawer, or a high-quality, running-specific technical tee that’s good enough to become an indispensable part of your daily running kit. It should not come as a surprise that we opted for the latter. We are proud to bring you our 2018 North Range Trio Event Tee – the stunning Salming Balance Long Sleeve Tee, available in Black for men and Black or Pink for ladies. Available during the online registration process at $65 each.

Please note you have to order your event merchandise before the end of Sunday 22 July 2018 to ensure that the shirts are ready to pick up at registration. Shirts ordered after this date will be mailed to participants after the event. To cover the postage, the cost of the Long Sleeve Tees will increase from $65 to $70 after 22 July.


Made in polyester/elastane fabric, the Balance Tee is highly breathable to keep your body at a perfect temperature during your workout. The tee features reflective print detail for added visibility.

SAL_LOGO_TaglIneWe are stoked to have Salming on board as apparel partner again – the brand produces some excellent running apparel, from their awesome trail and road shoes to high-quality clothing, and they’re very supportive of the local running/walking scene.

Local Palmerston North sport store Kelly’s Footwear stocks a range of Salming products including the Balance Tee, so pop in to Kelly’s if you want to check out the quality and sizes.