Event Programme 2024

The Festival has walks and activities programmed each day including the highly rated forest walks. The programme caters for a range of interests and abilities from beginners to experts.

Note that the 21km and 42km walks on Saturday and the 20km, 30km and 42km walks on Sunday are IML Association accredited walks. All walks are IVV accredited (except the short nocturnal walk, Family walk and S.P.C.A. walk).

Weekend of Walks - 15 to 17 March 2024

Walk No. Day & Start time Event

1

Friday 8pm

Rotorua Botanical Society Nocturnal Walk

2

Saturday 8am-5pm

Whakarewarewa Forest Marathon Walk (42km)

3

Saturday 9am-5pm

Whakarewarewa Forest Half- Marathon Walk (21km)

4

Saturday 10am-5pm

Whakarewarewa Forest 10km Walk

5

Saturday 10:30am

Parents Centre Walk

6

Sunday 7am-3pm

42km Town/Forest Walk

7

Saturday 8am-3pm

30km Challenge Walk

8

Sunday 9am-3pm

20km Town Walk

9

Sunday 10am-3pm

10km Fun Walk

10

Sunday 10:30am

S.P.C.A. Walk

Note: discounts available for walking two days and early bird entries.

IML and IVV Walks Programme Schedule - 16 to 17 March 2024.

FRIDAY

4.00pm - 8.00pm
Check-in or register and collect registration packs at the Registration Centre, Neil Hunt Park, Tarawera Road, Rotorua. Note: registration can occur on Saturday or Sunday mornings before the walk start (registration opens at 6.30am each day).

6.00pm at Neil Hunt Park
T.B.A. Celebrations for start of festival!
8pm Rotorua Botanical Society Nocturnal Walk.

SATURDAY

Registration opens at 6.30am.

Day ONE Walks

START TIME : Saturday - 42km @ 8.00am, 21km @ 9.00am, 10km @ 10.00am, 5km @ 10.30am

42km marathon walk /21km and 10km walks. These walks will follow routes through the "Redwood" and "Whakarewarewa" Forests and include some of New Zealand's finest bush and forest scenery.

12 noon - 4pm
Live entertainment on stage at Walk HQ at Neil Hunt Park.

SUNDAY

Registration opens at 6.30am.

Day TWO Walks

START TIME : Sunday - 42km @ 7.00am, 30km @ 8.00am, 20km @ 9.00am, 10km @ 10.00am, 5km @ 10.30am.

42km, 30km, 20km, 10km walks . These walks will follow routes largely through the city, parks, thermal reserves, lakeshore, and points of historical interest throughout Rotorua city.

12 noon - 4pm
Live entertainment on stage at Walk HQ, Neil Hunt Park.

3pm - Closing Ceremony
A short closing function and farewell to participants. Presentation of significant IML and NZ awards, team trophies and spot prize presentations.

Note - Walks all start/finish at the Netherlands Society Clubrooms at Neil Hunt Park, Tarawera Road, Rotorua.

FINISH TIMES - Final checkpoint for the walks closes at:
Saturday - 5pm and Sunday - 4pm.