April 6, 2024
Blue Lake
XTERRA Rotorua Festival



The information on this page is not yet confirmed, and may be based on the previous years' edition.

Skip the swim and take on the challenge of biking and running on one of the best off-road courses in the world in this XTERRA duathlon.

Registration opens on
Nov 2
Registration Closes on
Apr 6
Registration Closed


This courses below are not yet confirmed, and subject to change.
Bike Course
Challenging 26K MTB course mix of climbing, descents, single track, and logging roads
There is a mix of climbing, descents, single track and logging roads set in New Zealand's best mountain bike terrain. The course is not for novice mountain bikers.
Run Course
Moderately technical 11K trail run course with a mixture of flat, small rolling hills and stairs
The run course is a mixture of flat, small rolling hills and stairs. There is single and double track trail and open dirt road. Some of the single and double track trail is a bit more technical as it has some loose rock. These sections are not very long, but require extra attention. They are completely runable.
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Bike Course
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Run Course


This schedule is not yet confirmed, and subject to change.
Fri 2024.04.05
Sat 2024.04.06


This information is not yet confirmed, and subject to change.

🏅 Medal

All Finishers


Division Top 3

Awards for Age Groups

Age Group (Male & Female) Positions Awarded
14 - 19 years 1st, 2nd & 3rd
20 - 29 years 1st, 2nd & 3rd
30 - 39 years 1st, 2nd & 3rd
40 - 49 years 1st, 2nd & 3rd
50+ years 1st, 2nd & 3rd


The fees below have not yet been confirmed, and are subject to change.


Description Fee
Duathlon Entry Fee $100
Online Transaction Fee $5

Your account will be charged in NZD.  The name that will appear on your statement will be First Tier Sports Productions Limited.  All entries are non-refundable. In the case of the event being cancelled for reasons of health, safety or natural disasters, entry fees will not be refunded.  Entries can be transferred, please email here.

For the XTERRA Individual and Team events you have to be 14 years of age or older on race day to compete.

For the 21km event you have to be 14 years of age or older on race day to compete.

For the 5.5km and 11km events there is no age requirement, but all kids under 10 years of age, must be accompanied by an adult.

All entries are non-refundable.

Late Entry fee of an additional $10, will apply on race week Thursday at 11:59pm


The information below may be from a previous edition of the event, and is subject to change.


No aero bars are allowed.  Bar extensions or grips off the handlebars may not exceed 5”.

Racers shall complete the entire event on the same bicycle upon which the event was begun.  Your bike must accompany you throughout the duration of the bike course.

Passing:  Lapped riders must yield to overtaking riders.  Riders should voice the command "Track” or ”On your left," when overtaking another.  It is the responsibility of the faster rider to overtake safely.  Slower riders must yield to the passing rider on the first command.  In the event two riders are racing for position, the leading rider does not have to yield his position to the challenging rider.  However, a rider may not bodily interfere with or impede another rider's progress.

Drafting:  Drafting is allowed.

Bike numbers must be mounted on the handlebars facing forward.

Cutting of numbers or altering is not allowed.

Helmets must be worn at all times.

No riding of bikes is allowed in the transition area.

Numbers:  Numbers must be worn on the front of the body.  Cutting numbers or altering is not allowed.
Passing:  Lapped runners must yield to overtaking runners.  Runners should voice the command "Track” or ”On your left," when overtaking another.  It is the responsibility of the faster runner to overtake safely.

Slower runners must yield to the passing runner on the first command.

Ignorance of the rules will not be considered as an excuse.

Competitors must be 13 years of age or older to compete in the XTERRA individual event.

It is the racer's responsibility to maintain adequate hydration.  Organizer will provide hydration stations on the run.

Cutting the course:  Short-cutting and/or cutting trail switchbacks or course is not permitted and may result in disqualification.  A rider is required to stay on the designated trail that is marked and or specified as the racecourse.  It is the rider's responsibility to know the designated race course.  Lack of tape or barrier on the course will not be constituted as an excuse for cutting course.

Outside assistance:  Limited outside assistance is allowed from another athlete competing in the same event.  No outside assistance is allowed from any person not competing in the same event.  These include but are not limited to spectators, friends, family, volunteers, support crew, photographers, police or marshals.

Assistance is limited to tools, tubes or any item that would be used to repair a faulty part or damaged bicycle or water, food, or first aid.  Changing bikes is not allowed.

As example: a competing athlete is allowed to give another athlete a chain tool or link or a complete chain.  A competing athlete can give another athlete a tire patch, tube or complete wheel.  But an athlete cannot exchange bikes with another competitor so that the competitor with the broken bike can simply continue without fixing the break.

Conduct:  Foul riding or running, unsportsmanlike behaviour or the use of profane or abusive language is grounds for disqualification.

Protests:  Protests of any nature must be submitted within one hour of the finish time of the person lodging the protest.  Protests must be submitted in writing and signed by the accuser.  Saying somebody cut the course is not good enough – it must be written and described as accurately as possible.   All protests will be investigated.  Because of the nature of XTERRA, it is not always possible to see infractions.  XTERRA is in the woods, out of sight and marshalled only where necessary.  In every case there will need to be verification of the infraction.  Officials will not be drawn into a “hear-say” argument.

Miscellaneous:  No type of sound device is allowed during competition.  Examples: no headsets, tape players, CD players, MP3 players or 2-way radios may be worn.

Penalties:  Penalties will be determined by the severity of the infraction.  The minimum penalty will always be 2 minutes.


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