Sawpit Trail Run - Motatapu multi sport event sent in beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand
8.5km run
339m climbing
698m highest point

Race Details

Date SUNDAY 15 MARCH 2020



Start Time


Start Line

Wilcox Green, Arrowtown

Finish Line

Wilcox Green, Arrowtown

Minimum Age

Must be 14 years of age on race day to compete

Race Categories

Run: Male and Female 14-15 yrs, 16-39 yrs, 40-49 yrs, 50-59 yrs, 60+ yrs. Walkers are welcome to enter.

Prize Giving

Prize Giving will take place at 1:00pm, Sunday 15 March at Wilcox Green. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each race category (except walkers).

Mandatory Gear List  

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Cut-off Times 

Course cut off - 2:30pm


Please ensure you have read through this race briefing before race day. There will be a 10 minute race briefing before you start.

Course Details

5 Unique events in beautiful Motatapu, Queenstown New Zealand.

The Sawpit Gully track is a true local’s favourite that offers up stunning views, mountain creeks, beech forest and tussock covered hills all within an 8.5km loop. Located on Coronet Peak station, the trail was originally built as pack track that linked early settlers to the Big Hill Track and through to the Quartz Mining town of Macetown. The continuous change in scenery and terrain makes this course an exciting and challenging option for all levels of trail runners.

The course starts at Wilcox Green following Arrow River Trail past the historic Chinese Village and onto the Bush Creek track. About a kilometre later, at the head of the Sawpit Gully track, the trail starts to ascend and switch-backs steeply up the side of the hill. The challenging accent quickly eases off and exits the bush line into the open tussock covered slopes of Eichardt's Flat. There are spectacular views of the Remarkables Range and Lake Hayes at the high point of 698m. From here the trail heads down the gully on a narrowing and increasingly technical track. The single track weaves down the gully crossing back and forth over Sawpit stream. In this section, less experienced trail runners will want to take extreme caution with as there are rocky sections and drop offs.

After descending almost all the way to valley bottom, the course connects up with the Arrow River Trail. This final 1.5km section is fast and follows the river back to the town overlooking Macetown Track and the main Motatapu course. Staying true to Motatapu style, you still be getting your feet wet! We are sending you through the last two river crossings on your way back home to Wilcox Green.

Course Map

Entry Info


Entry Fees


Early Bird 
(2 Apr - 6 OCT)

(7 Oct - 31 JAN)

(1 Feb - 14 Mar)





incl. 8% Active Fee




incl. 8% Active Fee




incl. 8% Active Fee








Please note: All entry fees are shown in New Zealand dollars and include GST.

Entry Fee Inclusions

  • Race number
  • Timing device
  • 1 Water Station on course
  • Bag drop service
  • Post-event recovery area at the finish with food & drink
  • Finishers medal
  • Spot prizes and awards for top finishers
  • Athlete gift (awarded at finish line)

Athlete Check-In







(14 yrs+)

Wilcox Green, Arrowtown

Saturday 14 March 2020

Sunday 15 March 2020

3:00pm - 6:00pm

8:00am - 9:15am

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