The Catchment Ultra


The 50km Catchment Ultra starts at 6:30am. Participants in the Ultra will be transported by bus from Race HQ (Ferry Reserve, Ballance) to the start of their event.

The route for 2018 is still being finalised, but will again offer you everything from mud to gravel, with breathtaking (literally!) hills and sweeping views over the region. The Catchment Ultra provides a unique opportunity to run along South Range Road – a road not accessible to the public at any other time of the year.

Running on top of the Tararuas next to the water catchment area on the undulating South Range Road and then through the windfarm on North Range Road (following the same route as the North Range Traverse for the last 25km), makes for a beautifully scenic run. The stunning vistas and easy terrain underfoot for most of the way, combine to offer a very enjoyable ultramarathon experience. Once you reach the woolshed on Hall Block Road, it is only another 5.5km of steep descent to the bottom of Hall Block Road, from where a short stretch along Gorge Road takes you back to the finish at the Ferry Reserve. Relax and grab some sustenance while you wait for the afternoon prize giving.

Aid stations: Exact placement of the aid stations are still to be confirmed. While adequate aid station facilities will be provided, these should not be relied upon as your sole source of hydration and nutrition.

Cut-off times: The cut-off time for the event is 3pm, giving participants in the Catchment Ultra 8.5 hours to finish the race. Participants who have not reached the 25km point at the Pahiatua Track after 5 hours (by 11:30am) will not be allowed to continue the second half of the race.

Entry info

Online entries will open on 1 May 2018.

Pre-entries into the Catchment Ultra include free bus transport to the start of the event. (Please indicate whether you intend making use of this free service when you enter.)

Late entries do not include bus transport.

Parking and transport

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.

Buses will be available at Race HQ to transport all eligible pre-entrants to the start of the event. Participants making use of late entry into the Catchment Ultra need to arrange their own transport to the start of the event. Drop-offs only, as there is likely to be limited parking available at the start of the event.

Safety info

The course of the Catchment Ultra is through hazardous terrain, potentially including river crossings, mud, slippery stream crossings, and along an exposed route through the wind farms of the northern Tararuas, where participants may have to face strong winds and rain which can combine to create very cold conditions.

Please acquaint yourself with the safety information and recommended gear lists provided on the Safety Info page.

The route

Final route to be confirmed.