Welcome to Rotorua Association of Triathlon and Multisport Inc. (RATS)

RATs is a triathlon and multisport club catering for all levels of ability and activity, from beginners to Olympic hopefuls. Our training sessions are open to all and you can participate at your own level.

If you’re not already a member, check out our Facebook page, try a training session or two, join up and get involved!

Winter Du – Covid Edition

What a great day we had for the RATS Winter Duathlon for July 2020

This is an event to suit every family member – from speedsters down to the littlies

DATE: Sunday 26 July
Entry fees range from $15.00 for RATs members, $20 for non-members and $10 for kids
Teams: $30 Adults, $16 Kids course

All events have an off-road running component and MTB cycle course.
Long Course 4.5k run – 15km bike – 3km run
Short Course 3km run – 8km bike -1.5km run
Kids Course 1.5km run, 3km bike – 500m run

Entries are now open! Enter here…

For the July 2020 results, please check our “results” page

Blue Lake Multisport Festival 2020


We have a photo gallery to view the photos taken by Troy Baker, the 2020 BLMF sports photographer.  View the photos here.

Blue Lake Multisport Festival 2020 Health and Safety

On Sunday morning of the Blue Lake Multisport Festival 2020, there was a health and safety issue on the triathlon cycle course. This arose from a traffic control fault at the Tarawera /Okareka Loop Road intersection, which meant we had motor vehicles travelling in the same direction as the cyclists. Fortunately, the issue was identified and no athletes were injured, but the risk was unacceptable.

Together, Rotorua Association of Triathlon and Multisport Inc. (RATs), Owner/Manager of the Blue Lake Multisport Festival, and Traffic Management New Zealand (TMNZ), Contractor for the BLMF, have identified changes needed to reduce the likelihood of any type of health and safety incident or near miss, taking place in future.

We agree that, on the day of the event, our high standards of safety and commitment to athlete welfare were not met. This created a risk for athletes, spectators and road users on part of the course. While we are jointly thankful there were no reported incidents, we recognise the gravity of this error and would like to apologise to all participants and stakeholders.

Our statements and commitments are below.

Rotorua Association of Triathlon and Multisport Inc. (RATs)

  1. We, RATs, have accepted Traffic Management New Zealand’s confirmation that part of the approved traffic management plan was not implemented correctly, specifically related to the correct direction of travel for vehicles.

  2. RATS and TMNZ have established new processes to double check the course before it is officially opened and ensure future traffic management plans are implemented accurately.

  3. We, RATs, are working to identify further checks and balances that support greater connectivity between contractors, our organising team and our wonderful volunteers.

  4. We, RATs, are reviewing our Operational Plan, Health and Safety Plan and documentation to identify any further practical improvements that can be made.

We remain thankful to those who helped on the day, and are open to any further feedback or ideas about how the event can be improved. If you have any further information or would like to provide feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact ratsrotorua@gmail.com

Nga mihi

Rotorua Association of Triathlon and Multisport Inc.

Traffic Management New Zealand

We would like to apologise for the incorrect implementation of part of the approved traffic management plan at the Blue Lake Multi Sport Festival on 26 January 2020, that caused risk for athletes and road users navigating the event course, particularly at the Tarawera/Okareka Loop Rd intersection.

Health and safety process and policy is critical to TMNZ’s business, and we sincerely regret this error.

We are working closely with Rotorua Association of Triathlon and Multisport Inc (RATS) to establish new processes for course and traffic set up and monitoring. It is our pleasure to continue to be involved with triathlon and help to ensure the safety of all athletes, volunteers and the wider community, and we’d like to thank those who helped to identify the error on the day.

For more information about the Blue Lake Multisport Festival, go here, to the BLMF Event Page.

Kids Duathlon, 10 March 2020

Sign up through your school.

Information and course maps are available here

Subs for the 2019/2020 Season

At the AGM, subs were discussed at agreed to be set at the following rates for the year 1 OCT 2019 – 31 OCT 2020 We allow a month overlap because we hold the AGM in October. If you join after 1 August, your membership is rolled over into the following year :

Adult (23+): $45. Includes Tri NZ full or social membership
Junior (16-23): $30. Includes Tri NZ full membership
Child (up to 15): $10. Includes Tri NZ social membership

The subs increased in 2018 for the first time in a number of years. The increase is due to the introduction of the compulsory Tri NZ affiliation for each triathlon club member.

Life Members
We have introduced a Life Membership category.  If you are a Life Member, please choose the LM membership category when renewing your annual Club membership. There will be no club registration fee and your TRINZ membership will also be paid by RATS.

A full Tri NZ membership means you do not have to pay racing license fees for affiliated events.

Sign up here

Wetsuit Hire

RATs has wetsuits in a range of sizes for our members to borrow. Cost is $100 bond which is returned to you when the wetsuit comes back. Great opportunity for those looking to get into open water swimming or triathlon but aren’t sure about making the leap to buying a wetsuit.
You will need to fill in this form and email Rats to arrange a hire.

Financial Awards

A reminder that any RATs financial member can apply to the committee for a Financial Award. This is a way for members to apply for financial assistance to achieve their goal. More information can be found here.


The club is now on Instagram. Give the account a follow AND when you’re uploading your own relevant pics, use the hashtag #ratsrotorua

RATs Strava Club

We have set up a club on Strava – request to join! It is a good way to find other training partners or see where others RATs are running and riding to get some inspiration – and also we will be running a few Strava challenges for members over the off-season to keep you motivated.

Blue Lake Buoy distances

Blue Lake – Distances between buoys Updated 26/01/2016

Buoy number, starting at Ski Club endDistance between (m)Distance from beach (m), ONE WAY
Far Beach401410