Saturday 2 March 2024

Experience the unforgettable Motatapu

2024 Entries Are Open

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.

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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 $5 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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Get in quick!! Prices rise on the 30th September so grab your entry at the best price and be in for an adventure on the 2nd March 🙌🏽
Who is up for a Marathon trail walk challenge? ⁠
Completing a marathon, whether you run or walk is an amazing achievement and it is made all the more memorable when it is set in such a stunning location as the Motatapu Trail Marathon.⁠
The marathon starts at Motatapu Station near Lake Wānaka and finishes at historic Arrowtown. Your journey follows a route early Maori used for hunting and gathering, and to move Pounamu (Greenstone). The valley was not discovered by European explorers until around 1862, during the gold rush. Do you want to discover it next March?⁠
Will you take on the Mondraker MTB in 2024? Always wanted to give this iconic 47km ride a crack? Sign up today and give yourself a wee challenge to look forward to next summer 🙌🏽
Don't you just love that finish line feeling?! In 2024 will you challenge yourself to the bucket list Ultra run??⁠
52 stunning kms, across the Motatapu and Soho Stations on an old travellers' route that is steeped in New Zealand history. It is exposed and physically challenging back-country terrain, so it is not for the faint hearted.
Early Bird entries are going quick and the eMTB category for the Mondraker MTB classic 47km are 82% sold! So get in quick for the best price for this amazing eMTB adventure into the backcountry!⁠
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