Saturday 4 March 2023

Experience the unforgettable Motatapu

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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 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 trail 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 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 Motatapu team are thrilled to announce the Jennian Homes Junior Trail Run is back on Saturday 4th March 2023 🙌🏽⁠
The Jennian Homes Junior Trail Run is open to children between 7 - 15 years old and will have a limited entry of 150, so is expected to sell out fast. ⁠
For more information on the Jennian Homes Junior Trail Run jump on our website and enter your little trail runner there.⁠
Come join Aotearoa's largest off-road sporting event for all the family! ⁠
Woohoo! Our epic 15km Miners Trail has SOLD OUT!! But don't worry the waitlist is up and operational! Just pop your name in via our Entry System and we will get in touch if a spot comes free 🙌🏽
Big shout out to Action Sports Wānaka! @actionsportsdirectnz Thank you for lending our medics some epic @canamoffroad vehicles for our event! These will allow our safety team to get into the trickiest of spots and help anyone in need. We literally couldn't run our race without the Medical Team and the assistance of these Can-Ams 🙌🏽 So thank you!⁠
Are you a keen mountain biker who loves exploring out in our backcountry? This Volunteer role could be for you! We are looking for people to help with our Coronet Loop Mountain Bike race on 4th March. Venture into the stunning course and be part of our awesome team on the inaugural race! You can sign up on our website!
5 weeks to go till its Motatapu time! We are so amped to see you all and welcome you to our event 🙌🏽 We are busy prepping to give you the best experience on race day come 4th March. See you very soon! #thirdtimesacharm 😆 🙏🏾


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