Oparara Wilderness Trail Run
Minimum age: 16 years
At the Karamea Bowling Club (adjacent to the Karamea Area School and the Karamea Domain):
Friday 24 June 2022 from 10am to 7.00pm
Saturday 25 June 2022 from 6.30am to 8.00am
All competitors must register and collect their race packs prior to boarding their bus. If a competitor turns up at the start line without their race pack, they will not be permitted to run and there will be no exceptions. For this reason, we strongly advise people to register the day before, if possible, instead of leaving it until the last minute.
Race packs can be collected at time of registration and will contain an electronic timing tag, race number, previously ordered merchandise and any additional race information.
There will be no pre-race briefing. Full briefing notes will be emailed to runners prior to the race and a hard copy will also be placed in each race pack. View the briefing notes here. It is runners’ responsibility to familiarize themselves with the details of the notes prior to starting the race.
Transport to Start Lines
All competitors will be transported by bus to the start lines. Please ensure your race number is in full view so that you can be recorded as being present prior to boarding the bus. This is a critical component of our safety plan so please be organised so we can quickly and efficiently get you to the race.
Important: The bus drivers have been instructed that they are to leave at their specified times sharp and therefore it is the responsibility of the competitor to make sure they are on time. Please read the following information carefully:
20 km Competitors
The access road to the start line at the Oparara Basin is narrow and in places steep and is closed to ALL traffic except the buses. The buses will depart from outside the Karamea Area School on Waverley Street at 7.30 am. If runners are late for their bus connection, there is no alternative way of getting to the start line and they will be out of the race; there will be no exceptions. Please make sure you get there 15 minutes early. Also make sure you take warm clothing in your race pack as there will be some time spent waiting for the start as the buses clear the 36 km route.
36 km Competitors
The bus will depart from the Karamea Area School on Waverley Street at 8.00 am. Please get there 15 minutes early. If runners miss the bus, it will be their responsibility to get themselves to the start line. If runners arrive late at McCallum’s Mill and after the race has started, they will not be permitted to run.
The Break Creek left branch road from McCallum’s Mill to the Oparara Basin will be closed to all unauthorized vehicles from 5 pm Friday 24 June until 12 noon Saturday 25 June 2022.
Warm Clothing and Gear Drops Sites
It is advised that warm clothing be worn while waiting for the race start at McCallum’s Mill and the Oparara Basin. Surplus gear is to be left in a bag with the runner’s race number and name clearly written on it and dropped at the allocated start line drop sites so that it can be transported back to the Karamea Domain. Gear can be collected from an area adjacent to the finish line.
As weather can be unpredictable at any time of the year in Kahurangi National Park, the following mandatory gear must be carried at all times to ensure the safety of the competitors.
Hat/beanie, gloves, long sleeve top (all to be either woollen or thermal)
Simple first aid kit suitable to cope with any minor injury.
Gear will be checked prior to the start and any competitor not complying with the rules will be withdrawn from the race.
It is the responsibility of entrants for both races that they are suitably prepared to complete their nominated event. As a guide, competitors in the 36 km event should be race fit to marathon standard and those in the 20 km event to half marathon standard.
Please read our detailed assessment of risks runners may face as a competitor.
8.30am for both the 36 km and 20 km races.
Runners must be aged 16 years or older on the day of the race.
Race times will not be officially recorded after 3.00pm.
Prize Giving Ceremony
A prize giving ceremony will be held at the Karamea Domain at 4.00 pm when the electronic timing results have been collated.
36km event: Drink stations will be situated at approximately 10kms (K Road), 16.2kms (Mirror Tarn Loop Track), 28kms (Fenian Carpark) and 31.8 kms (Flaxmill Road).
They will serve an Electrolyte drinks and plain water in 280 ml compostable cups. It is strongly advised that you also carry your own fluid as there will be no drink stations through the Oparara Valley and Fenian tracks.
20km Event: Drink stations will be situated at approximately 13kms (Fenian Carpark and 17kms (Flaxmill Road).
Drink stations at K Road, Mirror Tarn track entrance and Fenian carpark will be unmanned.
Marshals will be positioned at McCallum’s Mill, Oparara Basin, Caves Carpark, Sunshine Flat, Postal River, Maloney’s Bluff, Fenian/Oparara Road junction, Flaxmill/Kohaihai Road, Wharf Road/Waverley Street, Waverley Street opposite the entrance to the Karamea Domain and the finishing chute.
First Aid Medics
Medics will be situated at the Oparara Basin carpark, Sunshine Flat, Postal River, Maloney’s Bluff, Fenian-Oparara Road Junction, and the Karamea Domain.
Land SAR Support
There will be Land SAR people and communications at McCallum’s Mill, Oparara Basin, Sunshine Flat, Postal River, Maloney’s Bluff, Fenian-Oparara Road Junction, and the Karamea Domain.
There will be toilets at McCallum’s Mill, Oparara Basin, Sunshine Flat, Oparara Road (at the lime works) and the Karamea Domain.
Commitment to Health and Safety
The health and safety of competitors and all paid and volunteer workers associated with the event is paramount and taken seriously by the event organisers. All reported accidents or near miss incidents will be documented as part of the organisers’ plan to minimise similar issues in the future.
Refund and Transfers
If you, for any reason, wish to cancel your registration – the following rates will apply:
Up to 14 days before the event: 100% refund of entry fee
Up to 48 hours before the event: 80% refund of entry fee
Within 48 hours of the event: No refund
Refunds will not be given for merchandise orders that have been fulfilled by our supplier. We will endeavour to on-sell any prepaid merchandise and offer it for sale on the day but, in the event that this cannot be achieved, we will post out your merchandise after the event.
You may transfer between events without penalty at anytime – up to 48 hours before race day.
You may also on-sell or gift your entry to another individual without penalty – up to 48 hours before race day.
All transfers and event changes within 48 hours of race day will incur a $20 administration fee
Event Cancellation Policy
The event organisers reserve the right to cancel the race without prior warning if they consider that proceeding could pose a major health and safety risk to competitors, supporters or race volunteers. There will be no refunds in the case of course alterations, complete cancellation due to safety reasons, or weather conditions outside of the Race Directors control.
In the case of a Covid 19 or other Government advised cancellation of the Oparara Wilderness Trail run, the Buller Gorge Marathon Trust will refund 80% of the entry fee.