Redwoods Forest Relay

RESCHEDULED DATE – Sunday October 17. 

All existing registrations will remain active for October 17.  For the Health & Safety of Aotearoa, this event will only go ahead at COVID Alert Level 1.  If the event is unable to run at the new date, or if any registrant is unable to attend the new date, registrations will roll over to the 2022 event. 

The rumours are true, it’s back!  Much loved and eagerly anticipated in 2021.  The Redwoods Forest Relay (since 1979) will make a welcome return to the iconic Redwoods Grove, Rotorua from 9.30am, Sunday 17th October.  It is the only running and walking relay event in the Whakarewarewa Forest.  Say goodbye to winter and celebrate the arrival of spring with your friends, family and work mates in a friendly, fun atmosphere.  Run or walk, competitive or social – all are welcome, with a live DJ playing all your favourite tunes.  New in 2021 – courses for the open and secondary schools event plus a new primary & intermediate schools relay.  And the launch of a Rotorua Lazy Sneakers collection site!  Find out more in the ‘about us’ tab.



Race Grades Grade RequirementsEarly Bird Price
Until 31st July
Standard Price
1 Aug – 31st Aug
Late Entry Price
1 Sept – 10th Sept
PrimaryTeam of 4 any gender$39$49$59
Mixed Secondary/Youth(Minimum 2 females)$59$69$79
Female Secondary/YouthTeam of 4$59$69$79
Male Secondary/YouthTeam of 4$59$69$79
WalkersTeam of 2 any gender$39$49$59
Social MixedTeam of 5 (minimum of 2 females)$99$109$119
Social FemaleTeam of 5$99$109$119
Social MaleTeam of 5$99$109$119
Masters WomenTeam of 5$99$109$119
Masters MenTeam of 5$99$109$119
Open WomenTeam of 5$99$109$119
Open MenTeam of 5$99$109$119


5km Course

5km Course Description

Starting at the Sail, travel downhill and turn left to follow the path beside the Long Mile Road. Turn left to re-enter the forest. Turn right to join the Waitawa (Blue) Track.

Continue on the Blue Track, going straight at the next two intersections, before turning right on the Pram Track. Follow this track as it turns left, then head straight and through a gate to exit the forest.

Turn left to run down the wide grassy area between the forest and Tarawera Rd, to the Tarawera Rd/Long Mile Rd intersection.

Turn left on Long Mile Road and continue along the footpath till the Pram Track. Turn left onto the Pram Track, then turn right to re-join the Waitawa (Blue) Track.

Continue along the Blue Track and turn left to go up Rifle Range Road. Turn right onto a single trail, which continues straight across one intersection. Turn right onto the track which leads back down to the Sail, to complete the lap.

3km Course

3km Course Description

Is the same as the 5km course for the first 2km. At the 2km mark, when runners are on the Waitawa (Blue) Track, between Rifle Range Rd and the Pram track, the 3km course turns left onto a single track (whereas the 5km course continues straight). This single-track exits onto Rifle Range Rd just below the Tree Island, and the 3km course re-joins the 5km course to the finish.

Kid’s Course

900m Kids Course Description

Starting at the Sail, travel downhill and turn left just before Long Mile Road. Turn left again in 50 meters and re-enter the forest. Continue up this track for 400 meters, and turn left onto a single track, then left again onto the track which leads back down to the Sail.

Race Day Timetable

Race pack pickup from 7.30am – 9.00 from i-site

Primary grade, first race of the day start time 9.30am

Adult grade start time at the commencement of the children’s race approximately 10.00am

More details to come.

Event Options:


  • 4 Runners with any gender combination who are year 6 or under.

Secondary/Youth Mixed

  • A minimum of 2 female runners of year 7-13 are all must be a pupil of the same school/club on race day.

Secondary/Youth Female

  • 4 female runners of year 7-13 and all must be a pupil of the same school/club on race day.

Secondary/Youth Male

  • 4 male runners of year 7-13 and all must be a pupil of the same school/club on race day.


  • 2 walkers that are required to walk the entire distance and failure to do so may end in disqualification of the team. Please walk in single file on narrow sections of the course and move over when requested by an overtaking person. The Walkers section is open to recreational and competitive participants. Teams may be of mixed gender.

Social Mixed

  • 5 members with a minimum of 2 females.

Social Female

  • 5 female members

Social Male

  • 5 male members

Masters Women

  • Competitive section with 5 members who are 35 years of age or older on race day.

Masters Men

  • Competitive section with 5 members who are 35 years of age or older on race day.

Senior Women

  • Competitive section with 5 members who are under 35 years of age on race day.

Senior Men

  • Competitive section with 5 members who are under 35 years of age on race day.


Red Stag Timber

4 Winds Foundation

Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust

Event Contacts

Event Director – 021 129 3119


  • Participants may compete in no more than two laps for a team provided they are consecutive laps and do not include the last lap. No more than one person in a team can complete in multiple laps.
  • Excepting the Masters and Secondary aged participants may compete in the Mens and Womens open grades, all other participants must compete in their appropriate age groups. Any team that is unable to comply with these requirements shall enter as a social team.
  • Non-adherence to the above race rules may lead to team disqualification.


  •  It is encouraged that teams wear club, school, or another form of costume to enable teams to be easily identifiable.

Team Changes, Replacements and Race Packs

  • The order of running/walking shall be stated on the entry form. Team members may be replaced with emergencies
  • Organisers to be advised of any changes not later than 9.00am on race day.
  • Race packs can be collected from 7.30 – 9.00 from the i-site on race day.

Course and Changeover

  • The course comprises a mixture of footpath, grassed tracks, and forest tracks, all with good surfaces
  • The changeover point is at the common start/finish line with a baton being exchanged.
  • Only those team members who are about to commence their lap shall be allowed in the start/finish area. There shall be no warming up in or about the start/finish area.
  • Race numbers must be worn on the front of the participant.

Refunds and Transfers

  • In the case of a natural disaster, closure of the tracks, roads or properties used for any reason, covid or any ‘act of god’ conditions causing cancellation of the event, all entry fees will not be refunded.
  • Transfers of any entry to a new team (competing over the same distance) on the day are permitted before 9.00am but will incur a fee.


  • All participants participate at their own risk.
  • No earphones/devices are to be worn.


  • Prizes to be awarded to first place based on race day provisional results.
  • All spot prizes will be drawn randomly from all finishing teams. Winners must be present at the awards ceremony to complete their eligibility for these prizes.
  • Official timekeeping will cease 3 hours after the start of the relay.


  • Accompanying animals are not permitted on the course without express permission of the Race Organisers.