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Important Event Week Info

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Event Waves

Please view the updated 2016 waves look up right here. You can look up by wave, age category and how many goats completed! Check out the competition for 2016!

From the very top of Bruce Road, the event start is via a series of 12 wave starts (approx. 50 athletes per wave) with the first wave (wave 1A) departing at 9:30am. Each consecutive wave departs at 4 minute intervals thereafter until the last wave (wave 6B) departs at 10.14am. The staggered start over 44 minutes is necessary to preserve and protect the pristine environment of the Tongariro National Park and enhance the runner experience in the early stages of the event. In previous years the event had 6 waves of approx. 100 in each wave and entrants were released over a 30 minute period. Wave allocation is based on both times submitted by athletes to complete a flat road half marathon and previous Goat finish times. The athletes we predict will be the fastest and have a chance of winning the event will be wave 1A. The winning male and winning female will be the first to cross the line so if you believe you have a strong chance of winning the overall event please ask the organisers to consider moving you to wave 1A (if you are not there already). All age category winners are based on net time, so your starting wave will not determine your age category placing. The minimum age for participation in the event is 16 years on event day.


Have You Goat What It Takes?

Elevation Profiles and Stats
The Goat Alpine Adventure run is an exhilarating, challenging, yet achievable alpine run traversing the side of spectacular Mt Ruapehu. The nature of the mountainous terrain with its ascent, descent, twists and turns is measured at approx 20km. The Goat has not been designed as a walking event. Participants need to enter with the intention of running the majority of the distance.

For the safety of all competitors and event personnel during the event, a cut off time is implemented. All participants need to complete the course in 6 hours and 30 minutes. Event marshals will be positioned approx 1/3 (7km mark) of the way into the course which all participants will need to reach 1 hour and 45 minutes after their respective wave start time (i.e wave 6B has until 11.59am to reach this point). We strongly believe that unless you are at this 7km mark prior to midday, you will not reach the finish line within 6 hours 30 minutes (or 4.30pm). Participants who do not make the cut off time will be turned around. While it is disappointing for the handful of people who have been turned around, continuing as an event athlete is NOT an option if you miss the cut-off. Anyone who is turned around will be accompanied by course personnel back out to the Bruce Road where transport will be arranged to take them to the finish area at Turoa.

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Event Registration

Please be aware of the following requirements.
All athletes will be required to bring personal ID to the event registration to confirm that their details match the details we have in our registration system. Our event safety team needs to have the correct details of everyone we release out onto the Goat course.

Event registration will take place from 5.00pm to 10.00pm on Friday 2nd December 2016 at the Powderhorn Chateau, bottom of the Ohakune Mountain Road in Ohakune for all entrants.

Should competitors of the Goat Tongariro not be able to register on Friday night they will need to do on Saturday 3rd December 2016 from 7.00am to 8.30am at the Tussock Tavern inside the Whakapapa Village (across the road from Chateau Tongariro).

Be prepared. Here’s a summary of the registration process in 2016.
#1 Dig your shoes out and pass by the Check Clean Dry Team. They will supply you with a sticker once they are satisfied your shoes pass the test – see detailed notes below on Check Clean Dry.
#2 Dig your compulsory gear items out and pass through the Compulsory Gear Check area (see the full compulsory gear list below). Once checked your hand will be stamped, which effectively means your gear is good to go!
#3 Dig out your personal ID and take up to the registration tables (with your beautifully stamped hand). Once your ID is sighted and it matches the details we have on file you will be issued with your numbered goody bag. From an event perspective your goody bag will also include your event number, 4x safety pins, wave band, timing transponder plus any bus tickets and dinner tickets that you have pre ordered. Please don’t lose these tickets as replacements will need to be repurchased.
#4 If you would like to order additional bus transport tickets or dinner tickets (subject to availability) or make any changes to your order you will be directed to our event changes team inside the event registration room.
#5 Review the up to date weather conditions and ask any last minute questions you may have.

Event Communications

As we get closer to the event please direct queries to the following email addresses:
For entry and event transport related queries please email
For general event queries please email We will attempt to respond to all queries within 24hours of receipt of email.

Trail Surface

The majority of the trail is off road with surfaces varying from compacted soil, mud (if track is wet), loose and exposed base rock to boardwalks, steps, streams with boulders and the forest floor. Be prepared to get your feet wet and perhaps, at times, a little muddy.

Check Clean Dry Protecting this Place

The Goat Tongariro traverses some pretty awesome wilderness and we need to make sure nothing we do will damage or alter this natural habitat. The pristine streams and rivers within the World Heritage Park are the home of the rare NZ Whio (blue duck) and will be forever changed if freshwater pests like Didymo become established.

To compete in this event you must have clean gear before you start. Please arrive with clean, dry footwear otherwise you will have to wash your shoes at registration. The Department of Conservation will have CCD cleaning equipment available.

  • All competitors must have clean dry shoes – this means they have been dry for at least 48 hours prior to the race. If not dry then please clean & soak with a 5% detergent solution for 1 minute.
  • The organisers reserve the right to implement any other Check Clean Dry precautions as they see fit.
  • We ask that you Check Clean Dry your shoes post event, prior to entering any other fresh waterway.

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Event Compulsory Gear


The Goat Tongariro team take the safety of our competitors, marshals and event staff very seriously. During the event course competitors can become up to 8 kilometres away from the nearest access roads as they traverse very rugged alpine terrain in an environment that is incredibly changeable and can be incredibly harsh. The compulsory event gear requirements are for your own safety and enjoyment. Due to the rugged environment and variable weather conditions it is imperative that you carry or wear the right gear at all times.

Here’s what you need to know!


  • Thermal long sleeved top;
  • Thermal beanie;
  • Thermal gloves;
  • A Thermal/survival BAG. Note this is NOT a survival blanket*;
  • A Whistle;
  • A drink carrying device. Note: due to the isolated environment there are no aid stations on the course however R-Line Electrolyte Drink have provided some sports drinks for the finish line to help with recovery.
  • A SEAM SEALED weather barrier jacket** that is wind and waterproof (rainproof NOT SHOWERPROOF). More jacket detail below and attached Important Goat Tongariro Compulsory Jacket Information as a pdf.

    * One of the compulsory gear items for this event is a Thermal/Survival BAG. Note this is NOT a survival blanket (as per previous years) and all 2016 competitors will need to front up at pre race registration with a survival bag. To reconfirm, you will need a Survival BAG. Note this is NOT a pack liner or Bivvy Bag. It is similar to the familiar silver emergency survival blanket, but a BAG is now required. Please check the dimensions of your emergency survival bag and make sure you will fit in it – from our experience, the cheaper they are, the smaller they are. Below we have found 5 store links to purchase a survival bag. Price difference seems to be a little about size and single use vs reusable. We trust this information helps you.


    ** The seam sealed jacket you must take out on The Goat course is a jacket suitable for outdoor mountain activities not a jacket you’d strap to your waist for your weekly run around the block incase a shower rolls in. Lightweight running jackets, ponchos and the like are not acceptable for this event. Please heed this advice and avoid disappointment. Your seam sealed jacket is something that must keep you warm and must keep you dry in adverse mountain conditions. If you own a few jackets or have the ability to borrow additional jackets from friends / family members please feel free to come armed with 2-3 jackets to pre-race registration and have our team look over them all for you. At the end of the day you’ll want to be running with the best jacket possible and the extra 6 seconds you might take on the course due to running with a slightly bulkier jacket is a far better result than pulling out a jacket that is borderline too lightweight when you are awaiting medical treatment on the side of a mountain 1600m above sea level. While the event has to set a minimum standard for your safety we encourage all participants to think seriously about personal responsibility in the great outdoors too.

    In addition to the minimum standard of your jacket being:
    • A Seam Sealed weather barrier jacket.
    • Windproof.
    • Waterproof (that’s Rainproof NOT SHOWERPROOF)

    …it is highly, highly recommended (but not compulsory) that:
    A) Your jacket can withstand 10,000mm of rain per square metre (that’s the benchmark in terms of rainproofing!). Just so you know, the technical term for waterproofing is hydrostatic head.
    B) Your jacket is highly breathable so you can regulate your body temperature effectively rather than creating soup inside the jacket. Breathability of 17,000+ is recommended (so that you perspire properly).

    How do I know my jacket is acceptable?
    It’s the most frequently asked question each year. Please check out our pdf download Important Goat Tongariro Compulsory Jacket Information or email through the relevant website link to your jacket if you have any concerns over it’s suitability.

    Step 2. At the compulsory pre event race briefing (if not before), organisers will notify competitors if the compulsory gear rating for the event will be a LEVEL ONE or LEVEL TWO.

    A LEVEL ONE event means all compulsory gear shown at pre race registration needs to be taken on your Goat journey but you can make your own decision as to what compulsory gear you will wear on the start line and what compulsory gear you will carry in your pack.

    A LEVEL TWO event means all compulsory gear shown at pre race registration needs to be taken on your Goat journey PLUS you will only be allowed to move into the start area if you are wearing certain items, which will be announced at or prior to the compulsory pre event race briefing in the start area by our race safety team.

    Step 3. Random spot checks will also be conducted prior to the start to ensure compliance. Competitors showing non compliance will have their race number and transponder taken from them and will not be permitted to start the event.

    Highly Recommended Event Gear

    In addition to your required compulsory gear (listed above) we also encourage competitors to take the following gear onto the course.

  • Off road running shoes (instead of road shoes)
  • Thermal short sleeved top
  • A first aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Sports glasses
  • Running cap
  • Ankle length gaiters

Event Transport

User pays bus transport is available for the event.

Forgot to book when entering? Please add your option via this link until the store closes.

When you select Goat Bus Transport with your online entry you will be asked what transport option you will be require.

A. RETURN BUS. Powderhorn, Ohakune to the very top of Bruce Road, Iwikau, Whakapapa (Start) & then Turoa (Finish) to Powderhorn, Ohakune. $35.00
B. PRE EVENT BUS ONLY. Powderhorn, Ohakune to the very top of Bruce Road, Iwikau, Whakapapa (Start) $30.00
C. POST EVENT BUS ONLY. Turoa (Finish) to Powderhorn, Ohakune $20.00
D. POST EVENT BUS ONLY. Turoa (Finish) to the very top of Bruce Road, Iwikau, Whakapapa (Start) $35.00

No pre event bus will be stopping at the Saturday morning registration venue (Tussock Tavern, Whakapapa Village). If you are not registering on Friday night at Ohakune but are catching a pre event bus from the Powderhorn on Saturday morning YOU MUST contact organisers prior to event week to discuss your pre event registration.

The pre event bus departure time from Ohakune to the start of the Goat Tongariro (Departure from outside the Powderhorn Chateau): is 7.30am. PLEASE be outside the front of the Powderhorn by 7.15am ready to jump on board.

Bus timetable for all post event trips from the finish line to the Powderhorn, National Park, Tussock Tavern and Iwikau Village will be published on Monday November 28, 2016.

At the start line all competitors will have the opportunity to have their gear transported back to a secure area at the finish.

Due to planning requirements bus tickets must be booked by Thursday 1st December at 11.59pm, so please organise yourself in advance of this date and avoid disappointment. Forget to book when entering? Please add your option via this link .

Awards Ceremony & After Party

The awards ceremony will be at 5.00pm on the Village Green in Ohakune (across the road from the Powderhorn). This will be followed by a post event barbeque buffet dinner (ticket not included with your entry) and Goat celebration after party at the Powderhorn (the after party is free for all to attend) and is legendary!

All major spot prizes are randomly drawn from event finishers. All competitors must be in attendance to claim a major spot prize.

The 2016 after party theme will be announced when entries open.

We warmly encourage participants and spectators to dress up in theme as early as the 5.00pm awards ceremony – why not! (or anytime after 5.00pm that they feel comfortable!). Following the awards ceremony the herd all shift inside the Powderhorn, some eat, some eat and drink and the herd mingle like the lovely bunch of Goats that they are.

Once everyone is “warmed up” we move the party downstairs into the Powderkeg venue at the Powderhorn from approx 8.00pm with our local DJ. Entry is free to all competitors and supporters & if last year is anything to go by well…. you just Goat to be there!

Reserve Day

If weather conditions dictate the event cannot be run on Saturday 3rd December 2016, Sunday 4th December 2016 will be the reserve day with the earlier time of 8:30am. Should the event organisers decide it is unsafe to stage the event on the prescribed course on Sunday, an alternative event course starting in Ohakune and ending in Turoa, will be used.

If the event is staged on the reserve day an earlier prize giving will be advised. In the event of the event not being staged on the prescribed course – NO transfers or refunds will be made.

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