Fun & Achievable For The Whole Family

Can you really run or walk for four kilometres non-stop? YES, you can!
The Novotel Community 4k event at the Podium Podiatry & Footwear Rotorua Running Festival is for everyone; young or old, fit or “soon to be fitter than I was” - the 4k is an achievable goal that you can run or walk. The flat course packs in an unbelievable tour of Rotorua landmarks like Government Gardens, the Rotorua Museum and the magnificent lake front.

Course Map & Description
All runners and walkers start together. Walkers, please start towards the back of the field.
Time limit is 1.5 hrs. Aid stations and on course marshals may be stood down at approx. 15″00 /km.
An easy run, jog or walk for the whole family to blow the cobwebs off on a Sunday morning!

An easy 4k run or walk with a couple of best mates …
and 1,000 new mates.

Start Time: 10am Sunday

All runners and walkers start together. Walkers, please start towards the back of the field.More Info

Aid Stations

An aid station is situated at approximately half way. It will serve water and R-line sport drink.

Cut-off Time

Cut off is 1hr 30 mins, 11:30am. Aid stations and on course marshals may be stood down at approximately 15″00 /km.

Course Resources

See below for a course map or view it in full screen on our maps engine. You can also view it on MapMyRun. All courses are subject to change pending the issue of an Event Permit by authorities.

Merit Awards

Trophies will be awarded to the first male and first female finishers in the 4k, based on their position across the finish line (i.e. “gun time”).More Info
Let’s Do This!

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Course Description

Working with Rotorua District Council, we have developed an absolutely stunning course for the Community 4k Fun Run & Walk which takes in the best sights of Rotorua. We know you will love it!

The fun starts at the top of Fenton St on the eastern side of Memorial Drive. The course heads into Hinemaru St and once past the Queens Gate you will have the stunning Government Gardens on your left.

Continue south on Hinemaru St almost to the major intersection with Amohau St. But just in time to avoid the dual carriageway (!) a short footpath section takes you around the side of the Sudima Hotel where you join the last few kilometres of the City of Rotorua Half Marathon course. Say hello to some of the slower runners and walkers in the half marathon and give them a cheer - they already have over 18km in their legs!

Just around the corner, you will pass the Polynesian Spa on your right before the magnificent sights of the Blue Baths and world famous Rotorua Museum follow in quick succession. Turning right past the museum and with the Energy Events Centre on your right, you are now half way there!

The route joins the edge of Lake Rotorua with stunning views across the water. This is your companion now all the way to the finish line. A mixture of road and track takes you around the headland and the final turn for home.

Joining Lake Front Drive, our finish line is directly in front of the magnificent lake front, providing a spectacular backdrop to your achievement.

Collect your finisher medal and wear it with pride!