Be a part of the Possum

Come and join us on Saturday 22nd June 2019!


(Online entries close midnight Wednesday 19th June 2019)

2019 Entry Fees

Event Early Bird


First 100 entries



Early bird close – May 31st 2019



1st June – 19th June 2019 (online then at event)

5km – Individual** 30.00 35.00 40.00
5km – Family of 2-4* 80.00 95.00 110.00
5km – Family of 5* 100.00 125.00 140.00
12km – Kids (12 – 16 years)*** 35.00 40.00 50.00
12km – Adult 60.00 65.00 75.00
12km – Families of 2-4* 120.00 140.00 155.00
12km – Families of 5* 135.00 150.00 165.00
21km – Youth (17-20 years) 55.00 60.00 70.00
21km – Adult 80.00 90.00 100.00

*Family – consists of either two adults and two/three kids or one adult and three/four kids (kids must be under 16 years old)

** Min age 9 unless running with an adult

*** Min age 12 unless running with an adult

Please note we do have age restrictions for our categories. However, if you feel that your child is capable and are running/walking with them please contact Amy for further information.

The event is timed and you will receive a personalised bib if you enter before 6 June.



1:00pm to 4:30pm Registration at Wairakei Resort
3:30pm Bar open
5:00pm START 21km trail run/walk
5:30pm START 12km trail run/walk
5:45pm START 5km trail run/walk
6:30pm Meals for sale.  2 Hot pools available for free swim
7:00pm Kids movie inside (Wreck it Ralph)
7:30pm Prizegiving

NB Last person expected to arrive at appoximately 10pm


We are looking for the brightest group! Put on your brightest clothing and strap  on your headlamp and any lights you can lay your hands on to be into win!  You will need to display your outfit on the start line five minutes before your race start. The prizes will be 4 Black Diamond Headlamps valued at over $300, Steigen Socks and a Wairakei Resort food voucher. The lucky team will be announced at Prizegiving.

Make sure you share your pics on our Facebook page.



in years of age on the day of the event

  • 5-10
  • 11-16
  • 17-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70 plus


5km event – Headlamp.

12km event – Headlamp and long sleeved thermal top.

21km event – Headlamp, long sleeved thermal top and rain jacket.


Cut offs apply to the 21km event only.  There will be a cut off at the 16km mark at 9:00pm and a final cut off at 10:00pm.  People who do not make the cut off times will be given a ride back to the event base.


The main Aid Stations will be located in the Craters of the Moon carpark which is at the 5km mark of the the 12km event and 14km mark of the 21km event. This aid station will have water, Tailwind electrolyte drink, coke and lollies.

There will also be aid stations at the 4km and 11km of the 21km, which will only have water and Tailwind.

For environmental reasons, there will be no cups provided by the event so you will either need to refill your Camelbak bladder or bring your own cup.


The Wairakei Resort will have a great range of food and drinks for sale for the duration of the event.  The bar will be open from 3:30pm and the food will be available from 6:30pm.


Shitake Dumplings (6 EA) with dipping Sauce (V) $10.00
Hot Soup & Bread Roll (V) $7.00
Hot Dogs with Mustard, Onion, T-Sauce $8.00
Hot Chips, Aioli, T- Sauce (V) $5.00
Beef Burger $12.00


Masssage by Soothe You Massage Therapy will be available at Event HQ. 15mins for $20, please bring cash.


Please park as directed when you reach the event.


NO Pets are allowed at Wairakei Restort or on course.


All product prizes will be awarded at registration. To be eligible you must enter before 1 June 2019. All competitions are run through our Facebook page

The winning male and female in the 21km will receive a trophy and free entry into next years event.

We do not have medals for this event. The Possum is a unique night trail running experience and is all about personal achievement, rather than external rewards.


A short prizegivng will be held inside at 7:30pm where we will celebrate our 21km and 12km overal winners and award the prizes for our brightest people.


No transfer of entry is allowed.

If you withdraw from the event up until 7 June, then you will be given a refund, minus a $20 administration fee.  

No refunds are given after 7 June.

You may change categories up until the event.  Changes before 7 June are free of charge.  Category changes after 7 June will cost $10 fee.


The Possum event may be run on an alternative course if the planned courses are not able to be use on race day.