Walk or run through NZ's extraordinary Karangahake Gorge.

The jewel in the XTERRA Crown


Explore some of the best trails in New Zealand

Saturday 16 November 2019


STUNNING TRAIL RUNNING and walking for all ages and abilities in the historic karangahake gorge

With flat and fast riverside trails, glorious climbs up Mt Karangahake and pristine native bush, few locations can compete with the Karangahake Gorge for drama, intrigue, and natural beauty.

Join us for one of our favourite running and walking events. Immerse yourself in the area's rich heritage as you run through old railway tunnels and past fascinating relics from the gold mining age. This is undoubtedly some of the best off road running in the country!



  • Trail Tigers

  • Short 8.2km Run/Walk

  • Mid 13km Run/Walk

  • Long 20.5km Run/Walk

  • Super Long (Marathon) 42km Run Only



No more plastic cups!

As trail runners and nature lovers we're keen to do our part to protect our beautiful planet and reduce the environmental impact of our events. As such XTERRA Trail Challenge Waihi is removing disposable cups from all aid stations. Please remember your reusable cup, hydration pack or water bottle to fill up!

We’ll have collapsible silicone cups available at event base for $5.