The Possum – Night Run


Join us on the shortest day and the darkest night.

Run or walk 5km, 12km or 21km through steaming fields on single track.

Then relax and soak in the hottest pools


Hey everyone.  We are so excited about the return of the Possum in 2019 and with over 500 entries so far, we think there will be 800-1000 people joining the party 22 June.

We have the support and investment of some excellent sponsors, but still have an opportunity for more support sponsors and one company to have naming rights association with the Possum.  Benefits include positive PR, branding, signage and complimentary entries.  If this is of interest to you, please contact today.

Yes The Possum welcomes both trail runners and walkers. It’s your race at your pace. 

Experience the Wairakei Resort – Craters Mountain Bike Park – Craters of the Moon Geothermal Walkway

If you are looking for fun, adventure and personal challenge, plus a way to stay fit in the winter months then the Possum is for you.

Running or walking at night is just awesome and the trails we have lined up for you are super fun.  The Craters of the Moon geothermal walkway is a real treat where you get to run or walk through a geothermal wonderland.  There will be steam from the ground and probably steam from your body as you take on the ups and downs, gulleys, ridges and bridges.  

Reflective course markings will light the path to follow and Marshals at key locations will keep you on course and provide lots of encouragement.  

After the big night out, grab some dinner from the menu offered by the Wairakei Resort and soak in a geothermal hot pool to warm up and relax.

Cool features of the Possum

    • Takes place on the Shortest Day.
    • Take on the Craters of the moon geothermal trail and run through steaming geothermal grounds – not normally open at night. 
    • Light up the night with your headlamp and all the other headlamps – make the worlds longest glow worm
    • Navigate the 2 tunnels – enter if you dare.
  • Enjoy a Hot pool soak at the finish at one of the two geothermal pools at the Wairakei Resort (normally reserved for guests)
  • The course will not be announced until the day prior to the event

DATE Saturday 22 June 2019 and annually thereafter.

VENUE Wairakei Resort, 640 Wairakei Road, Taupo 3379

START / FINISH Wairakei Resort.