Saturday 4 March 2023

Experience the unforgettable
Macpac Motatapu

Entries opening midday 7 June!

4TH MARCH 2023

Epic One Day Off-Road Event

Each year for one day only the pristine trails of the Motatapu welcomes thousands of all-comers to experience one of New Zealand's favourite off road sporting events.

Join us on Saturday 4 March 2023


We are incredibly lucky to be able to hold our events in some of the most stunning, privately owned and protected backcountry in New Zealand. Respecting our environment and supporting our local community are integral values we want to share with all our Macpac Motatapu whānau, whether you are a competitor, volunteer, support person, staff, partner or contractor.

We look for sustainable options wherever possible and continue to support local charities, focusing on the Queenstown Trails Trust, as our major partner. We donate $7 from every entry to the Trust after the event, plus the donations we receive on checkout at registration. These funds go directly back into the local trails networks, enabling the Trust to maintain and expand trails in the future.

We are also proud to work with the Mahu Whenua team and help highlight what they are doing on the Motatapu, Mt Soho and Glencoe high-country stations. The Mahu Whenua philosophy is for sustainable farming and it aptly translates to "healing the land". They have planted over 1 million native trees, flaxes, shrubs and grasses and are pioneering a seedling programme; the eradication of pests and predators is bringing native species back from the brink in the area.

To ensure it continues, more than 90% of the land was placed under protective covenants in 2015 (The Queen Elizabeth II National Trust), making it the largest conservation undertaking on private land in New Zealand's history.

We are privileged to work with them as they continue to restore and enhance these three iconic high-country Stations; that we are lucky to be able to race through on our event day!

John and Emily McRae from the Glendhu Bay Station have multiple sustainability projects which we are proud to be a part of. 80% of all fees from all sporting events on the Glendhu Station go back into the planting project and their efforts to become a carbon positive station.

We proudly use a local events team to bring the Macpac Motatapu to life and support our local economy, events and tourism industry. By being an active part of our community, we hope to bring positive change and welcome our race whānau to this beautiful part of Aotearoa.

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The team at the @Macpac Motatapu wanted to say a great big thank you to everyone for their support 🙌🏼 We are so sad we can't bring you the event we had planned today but we know next year will be amazing!⁠
We hope you all have an epic Macpac Motatapu 2022 weekend and would love to see your pics or videos from your adventures - as always!! ⁠
Carry on getting out there and enjoying our incredible NZ and we will see you next March 💛
We are so thrilled this epic new track will be open for the public on 5th March 🙌🏼 it will be an awesome addition to our amazing local trail network 👌🏼

#Repost @queenstowntrail
It's officially happening! 

The epic Coronet Loop is opening next Saturday 5th March - check out the trail map and details on our website, link in bio. 👆

#queenstowntrail #coronetloop  #queenstownnz #explorenz #arrowtownnz #motatapu_nz #countdownison
Hey everyone! If you haven't yet filled out the transfer/ refund form for the 2022 event please could you do this before 5pm Friday 25 Feb or you will be automatically refunded! You can find the link in our bio!⁠
You will receive a confirmation email from us confirming your request within days of submitting to the form. ⁠
And remember, just because we can’t race doesn’t mean you can’t come down and enjoy beautiful Arrowtown, Wānaka and Queenstown. We have stunning public trails open all year round, find out more by following our awesome partners @arrowtownnz and @queenstowntrail for more info! And remember the Motatapu valley is closed to the public and only available at our race!

This pic is from the Miners Trail open all year!


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