Event Overview

Legend awaits.

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

Set in the stunning Wanaka to Queenstown high country, you'll race through some of the most stunning high country terrain in New Zealand, with seven different events to choose from depending on your appetite for scenery or suffering!

It’s a bucket-list off-road event for everyone from elite athletes to have-a-crack characters. A hugely enjoyable and social event, famous for its relaxed southern vibe.

Your one chance a year to experience the legend that is the Motatapu.



What to expect

5 Unique events to choose from in the beautiful Otago High Country

Welcome to breathtaking Otago high country private trails not normally open to the public. Fresh tracks just waiting to be made!

5 Unique events to choose from - A great personal challenge

With 7 iconic events to choose from, and with most suitable for even the very novice athlete, Motatapu is a rare breed of epic trails that you can pace yourself and enjoy - or go for broke on.

Genuine Kiwi Southern Experience with some of New Zealands most breathtaking views.

If you’re going to race you might as well enjoy yourself. We make sure the emphasis is on guts before glory and fun before fashion! Genuine southern hospitality that’s a big part of why Motatapu is New Zealand’s favourite off-road event.