This is the one for the show ponies! Your chance to anchor your team home to a glorious finish as the last leg of the day brings you back to where it all started – the Rotorua Village Green.

From Puketawhero Park, head right on to Vaughan Road to join up with Te Ngae Road. A super wide footpath takes you to the Sudima Hotel where the course takes you past the Polynesian Spa and through the heart of the beautiful Government Gardens.

After passing in front of the Rotorua Museum, you will head down to the Rotorua Lakefront where your team mates will be waiting to join you for the final 100 metres to the finish line. Congrats! You just ran (part of) a marathon!

Crowds waiting for relay teams at the Rotorua Ekiden
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It is your responsibility to take the upmost care of yourself and those around you. While the changeover points are a lot of fun, you must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Team drivers MUST enter, park and exit the changeover vicinity slowly and safely. Concentrate on the road and those around you, not the event.
  • Team members, watch out for other cars when you exit or enter your vehicle – you are not bulletproof!
Leg Distance Locations Terrain
Leg 1 7.50 Rotorua Village Green to Ngongotaha Domain Flat
Leg 2 7.88 Ngongotaha Domain to Hamurana Rolling hills
Leg 3 8.43 Hamurana to Marama Resort Long flats, some steep hills
Leg 4 9.27 Marama Resort to Airport Long flats, some hills
Leg 5 3.24 Airport to Puketawhero Park Flat
Leg 6 5.88 Puketawhero Park to Rotorua Village Green Flat