About the Village Green

Right beside Lake Rotorua is the Village Green, home of the Rotorua Ekiden.

The village green is bordered by Memorial Drive, Whakaue Street, Lake Road and Lakefront Drive to the west and north respectively with Lake Rotorua nothing more than 100 metres away. Overlooking the Village Green is the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside and it’s sister Hotel Ibis, our host hotels. To read more about these fantastic establishments, check out our Host Hotel page.

The Running Events finish/start arch will be set up on the grass and there will be plenty of room for cheerleaders to provide their support, and athletes to rest their tired legs until prize giving. There will be some great food choices on site as well if you get a case of the munchies.

Parking

Prior to the start of the event, you will want to park your team vehicle somewhere handy so that you can cheer your leg one team member as they start and then head quickly (and safely!) to the first changeover. There are plenty of parking spaces on the street around the outside of the village green on Lakefront Drive, Whakaue St and Tutanekai St. As always, please park legally and considerately – being in the event does not make you immune to normal rules.

When your final team member is on the anchor leg – pending council approval – we will open up access to the Village Green from Whakaue St. Follow the arrows and park on the western (Novotel) side of the reserve. You can then head over to the other side of the reserve to look out for your runner or walker and cover the final section of the course together.

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