Ultra Run - Motatapu multi sport event sent in beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand
51km Run
2790m Climbing
1275m Highest Point

Race Details

Date SATURDAY 14 MARCH 2020

Distance 

51km

Start Time

6:00am

Start Line

Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka (Directions)

Finish Line

Wilcox Green, Arrowtown

Minimum Age

Must be 18 years of age on race day to compete

Race Categories

Solo: Male and Female 18-39 yrs, 40-49 yrs, 50+ yrs                                                             

Teams: Female Team, Male Team, Mixed Team

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 solo and team race category.

Prize Money

Overall Male and Female solo winners will be awarded NZD$500.00. 

Mandatory Gear List & Check

Mandatory Gear check at Athlete Check-In and on-course at Checkpoint A. Click here for more info

Course cut off times 

Cut off at Checkpoint A (Fern Burn Hut, 9km from start) - 8:00am

Cut off at Checkpoint B (Highland Hut, 15km from start) - 10:00am

Cut off at Checkpoint C (Rose’s Hut, 26km from start) - 3:00pm

Cut off at Checkpoint D (Macetown, 36km from start) - 6:00pm

Course cut off - 8:00pm

RACE BRIEFING

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.

This Motatapu Ultra traverses the absolutely stunning ridges and valleys of the Harris Mountain Range between Wanaka and Arrowtown. The track covers 51km of exposed and physically challenging back-country terrain across the Motatapu and Soho Stations on an old travellers' route that is steeped in New Zealand history.

You will ascend a total of 2790 metres over four peaks (the highest point being 1275m), and negotiate rough tussock-covered areas, long, steep saddles and river crossings. It will be an accomplishment you'll remember and be very proud of for a long time to come.

The Motatapu Ultra follows the DOC Motatapu Track, which forms part of the Te Araroa Walking Trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Te Araroa, meaning "The Long Pathway", connects settlements, townships and cities throughout New Zealand, showcasing a wide variety of NZ experiences - natural, cultural and historic.

 

COURSE MAPTOPO MAP ATOPO MAP B


Competitor Responsibility

Motatapu Ultra athletes must have prior mountain running and marathon distance race experience. This is not an event for novice runners. All competitors are required to check-in and pick up their race number on Friday evening in Wanaka or Arrowtown.  If you are registered as a team, both members must be present at check-in. While checking-in, every competitor must get their mandatory gear checked. This will be checked again at Checkpoint A.

All competitors are required to carry a Personal Locator Beacon during the race which will be provided by the race organisers at Athlete Check-In.

All competitors must attend the race briefing that will take place at 5:50am at the Start Line on race day.

Throughout the race competitors must follow route markers, stick to the DOC walking track, and remain within 200 metres of the poled route. Team members must not be more than 50 metres apart and within 'line of sight' of each other at all times throughout the race. They must also cross the finish line together.

Competitors must use stiles wherever possible and leave all gates as they find them.


Bad Weather Exit Routes

If the weather is suitable for the race to go ahead but later closes in, making the route impassable, competitors will be required to follow the pre-set evacuation plan. If any changes are required to these evacuation plans, you will be given an updated version on race day. Competitors will also have a copy of the exit routes printed on the back of their race bib. 

download ultra Bad Weather Exit Routes


Entry info

EntER HERE

Entry Fees

Category

Early Bird 
(2 Apr - 6 OCT)

Standard 
(7 Oct - 31 Jan)

Late 
(1 Feb - 13 Mar)

 

Price

 

Price

incl. 8% Active Fee

Price

 

Price

incl. 8% Active Fee

Price

 

Price

incl. 8% Active Fee

Solo (18 YRS+)

$174.07

$188.00

$195.70 

$211.36

$215.27

$232.49

Teams (18 yrs+)

$307.97

$322.61

$329.60

$355.97

$349.17

$377.10

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


Entry inclusions

  • Race number
  • Timing device
  • Personal Locator Beacon
  • 4 Checkpoints on course (all with water and PURE electrolyte hydration. Food, such as cake, sandwiches, fruit, lollies, Clif bars will be available at Checkpoints C and D)
  • 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)

The Ultra Run will have a mandatory gear check at Athlete Registration in Wanaka or Arrowtown on Friday 13 March 2020. Competitors must have all mandatory gear items in order to get their race number and start the race. There will also be a mandatory gear check on course at Checkpoint A (Fernburn Hut). Any competitors missing any items will not be allowed to continue.


Athlete Check-In

Category

LOCATION

DATE

TIME

MAP

Solo / Teams

Wilcox Green, Arrowtown

Friday 13 March 2020

4:00pm - 7:30pm

Click Here

Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka

Friday 13 March 2020

4:00pm - 7:30pm

Click Here


What to Bring

  • Please bring your Mandatory Gear for a compulsory gear check.
  • For Teams - All material is sent to the one location, determined on the Team Captain's entry form. Members are required to attend Check-In together.

Transport

Please note, you can book this while entering, or at a later date under the merchandise section of your Active account, subject to availability. If you have not previously created an Active account click here. We recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.

BOOK HERE ACTIVE USER GUIDE

Pre-Race

 

Cost

Arrowtown to Start

- Departing 4:15am from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St (beside public toilets)

- Arriving approx. 5:40am    

$40.00

Wanaka to start

- Departing 5:15am from Mt Aspiring College

- Arriving approx. 5:45am 

$30.00

 

POST-RACE

 

COST

OPTION A

TO WANAKA & GLENDHU BAY

- Departing 3:00pm from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St
- Arriving approx. 4:30pm at Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka

- Then continues to Glendhu Bay

$40.00

OPTION B

TO WANAKA & GLENDHU BAY

- Departing 4:30pm from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St
- Arriving approx. 6:00pm at Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka

- Then continues to Glendhu Bay

$40.00

OPTION C

TO WANAKA & GLENDHU BAY

- Departing 5:30pm from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St
- Arriving approx. 7:00pm at Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka

- Then continues to Glendhu Bay

$40.00

OPTION D

TO WANAKA & GLENDHU BAY

- Departing 7:00pm from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St
- Arriving approx. 8:30pm at Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka

- Then continues to Glendhu Bay

$40.00

* Please note: all arrival times are approximate.