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

Race Details


Saturday 10 March 2018

Entry Fee

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Start Time


Start Line

Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka (Directions)

Race Briefing

Ultra Run Race Briefing

Finish Line

Wilcox Green, Arrowtown


Friday 9 March 2018, 4:00pm - 7:30pm at Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka.

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Friday 9 March 2018, 4:00pm - 7:30pm at Wilcox Green, Arrowtown.

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When entering you will need to select your registration location. 

Transport to the start

Car parking is available at the start line. Shuttle buses are available from Arrowtown - click here for more information.


Car parking and pick-up is available near the finish line. Shuttle buses are available post race to Queenstown, Wanaka and Glendhu Bay - click here for more information.

Minimum Age

Must be 18 years of age on race day to compete

Race Categories

Solo: Female, Male                                                                 

Teams: Female Team, Male Team, Mixed Team

Mandatory Gear List & Check

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

Course cut off times 

Check Point A (Fern Burn Hut cut off) - 8:00am/10km from start

Check Point B (Highland Hut cut off) - 10:00am/16km from start

Check Point C (Rose’s Hut cut off) - 3:00pm/27km from start

Check Point D (Macetown cut off) - 6:00pm/37km from start

Course cut off - 8:00pm

Prizegiving time

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Race records

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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.



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 register and pick up their race number(s) on Friday evening in Wanaka or Arrowtown.  If you are registered as a team, both members must be present at registration. While registering, every competitor must get their mandatotry gear checked. This will be checked again at Check Point A.

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

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

Competitors must carry a copy of this page with them on course. If the weather is suitable for the race to go ahead but later closes in making the route impassable, teams will be required to follow a pre-set evacuation plan as follows. If any changes are required to these evacuation plans, you will be given an updated version on race day. 

download ultra Bad Weather Exit Routes