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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CHRISTMAS PRESENT ALERT! 🎅🏼 Want a quick and easy gift for your loved one? You can now buy Christmas Motatapu vouchers all ready to rock under the tree! We will wrap it up and send it straight to you or your loved one. You can choose from the sociable 15.7km Miners Trail (run & walk options), iconic 47km UDC Finance Mountain Bike or our newest addition the challenging 56km Coronet Loop Mountain Bike 🙌🏽⁠
All available through our entry system and it includes a free Macpac drink bottle (RRP $14.99) and standard postage included. Last order will be 18th Dec at 5pm so we can make the last post 🎄 ⁠
Merry Christmas everyone!
We couldn't agree more Dan 🏃🏾‍♂️🙌🏽 Third times a charm as they say and we are just amped to see you all out there enjoying our "Southern Style" of racing!!⁠
If you are planning on joining Dan on our bucket list 52.2km Ultra Run then get in quick as there are less than 50 spots left!
We are thrilled to announce that our iconic off-road Marathon has sold out! But don't worry, you can sign up to the wait list via our online entry process and in first in line to get a spot. Just click the "Enter Now" button on our website and register. ⁠
The classic 47km UDC Finance Mountain Bike race through the valley is now 80% full, so book now to avoid missing out on your one chance a year to see these beautiful high-country stations. ⁠
Marathon 98% full! Only a couple more spots left for our 42km Off-Road Marathon so get in quick to secure your place!


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