Junior Tarawera 50 FAQs

Q: What is the Age Limit for the race?

A: There are classes for everyone from 5 to 14, and for novice ladies from 8 and over. It basically means that if you can’t race in the Tarawera 100, then you are likely to be eligible for the Junior Tarawera 50.

Q: Where exactly will the race be held, as I’d like to organise accommodation?

A: The race is held in the eastern Bay of Plenty, between Kawerau and Whakatane. Accommodation details are further down the page.

Q: I’m from Rotorua, how do I get to the race?

A: The race is here: https://goo.gl/maps/m5WqnkAmpwx

Q: I’m from Tauranga, how do I get to the race?

A: The racehere: https://goo.gl/maps/m5WqnkAmpwx

Q: Where should we stay when we come for the race?

A: There are plenty of places to stay in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, here are some links to most of them:

In Whakatane (about 20-30 minutes drive)




In Kawerau (about 10 -15 minutes drive)


In Awakeri at the Awakeri Hot Springs (aprox 15-20 mins away)

Camping, Cabins, Motel Units

Awakeri Hot springs Website

Ph 07 304 9117 or 304 8224

Q: What will track conditions be like?

A: If you’ve ever ridden on one of our trail rides, you’ll have seen that our local forests have a mix of ash and clay, plus gravel on most of the access roads and trails.

Q: Can I camp at the track on the day before?

A: Not recommended, as there are no washing facilities there before race day

Q: I have some gear that I’d like to promote at the event, is that ok?

A: It depends on what you want to promote. Generally so long as your products aren’t in direct competition with our sponsors, you should be fine, but you will need to contact us to confirm. Just send an email explaining what you’d like to do and our committee will decide. T50@ttbrc.co.nz

Q: I want to enter but I’ve missed the cut off, can I enter on the day?

A: We will not accept entries on the day, but please contact Michelle on 07 3228805 to arrange to pay a late fee.

Q: Is it possible to courier our completed entry forms?

A: Yes. If you would like to courier your completed entries, email us at T50@ttbrc.co.nz and we will give you details.

Q: Can I change classes once I’ve entered?

A: Yes you can change classes, but you will need to let us know well in advance as our race database will need to be changed

Q: I’ve changed my address, how will I know that you’ve received my entry?

A: Acceptance forms will not be sent out before the race. If you are concerned that you may not be entered, send us an email at T50@ttbrc.co.nz.

Q: Have you reached the limit for the number of riders in the Junior Tarawera 50?

A: When we reach the maximum number of entries for the JT50, we will post a note explaining so on our website.

Q: What is the TTBRC’s mail address

A: Our postal address can be found on our contacts page.

Q: What does it cost to race?

A: Costs will be listed on our entry form

Q: Do I need to have a race number on my bike?

A: No you don’t. Official race numbers will be issued on the day, and are used for by the timing system.

Q: What clothes should I wear?

A: You need to have long sleeved top and pants, with sturdy boots. Riding armour, gloves and goggles are strongly recommended

Q: Where will the results be posted?

A: The Official Junior Tarawera 50 Results are posted on our website, usually the night after the race.

Q: I think I won a trophy, how do I get hold of it?

A: If you didn’t attend prize giving, you will need to contact the TTBRC secretary in writing to request the trophy. Each year we spend a great deal on chasing down competitors that haven’t picked up their trophies, so from now on, we pass that responsibility on to you

Q: I have an MX bike, can I enter?

A: Yes, providing it is well muffled and meets the scrutineering guidelines

Q: How long is each lap as I’m trying to work out my fuel strategy

A: Each lap is between 4 and 7km for the minis (depending on class) and 20km for the main race and Ladies classes. All bikes should be able to make 1 lap comfortably on a tank of fuel.

Q: Do I have to be a member of the TTBRC to enter the race?

A: No you do not have to be a member of the club as this race is run stand alone.

Q: Do I need an MNZ license to enter?

A: No, as this is not an MNZ affiliated event

Q: Where is prize giving going to be held?

A: Prize giving is held at the track soon after the race finishes.

Q: The question I want answered isn’t on here, what can I do?

A: The organisers of the Junior Tarawera 50 have set up a special email address, dedicated to answering questions about the race, you can email them here at T50@ttbrc.co.nz