UDC Mountain Bike - Motatapu multi sport event sent in beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand
Ultra Run - Motatapu multi sport event sent in beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand
52.5km Run
3330m Cumulative Climbing
1275m Highest Point

Race Details

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Date SATURDAY 5 MARCH 2022

Distance 

52.5km

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                   

Prize Giving

Prize Giving will take place at 4pm, Saturday 5 March at Wilcox Green. 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each category.

Prize Money

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

Mandatory Gear List & Check

Mandatory Gear check at Athlete Registration and on-course at Checkpoint A. 

Click here to view requirements.

Course cut off times 

Cut off at Checkpoint A (Fern Burn Hut, 9.5km from start) - 8am

Cut off at Checkpoint B (Highland Hut, 15.5km from start) - 10am

Cut off at Checkpoint C (Rose’s Hut, 26.5km from start) - 3pm

Cut off at Checkpoint D (Macetown, 36.5km from start) - 6pm

Course cut off - 8pm

RACE BRIEFING

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 52.5km 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 3330 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 MAP

TOPO 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.  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 SPOT Gen 3 tracker during the race which will be provided by the race organisers at Athlete Check-In. Click here for SPOT Gen3 tracker specs. Click here for SPOT Gen3 user guidelines.

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. 

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.

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Entry Info

Entry Fees

CATEGORY

EARLY

STANARD

LATE

Solo (18+ yrs)

 

SOLD OUT

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NZD$186.50 - SOLD OUT

Limited to 30 entries or until 31 October, whichever occurs first

NZD$210.00 - SOLD OUT

Limited to 50 entries or until 31 Jan 2022, whichever occurs first

NZD$231.00 - SOLD OUT

Prices are inclusive of all fees and taxes 

Entry inclusions

  • Race number
  • Timing device
  • SPOT Gen 3 tracking device
  • 4 Checkpoints on course (all with water and electrolyte hydration. Food, such as cake, sandwiches, fruit, lollies 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

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Athlete Check-In

Category

LOCATION

DATE

TIME

Solo

Wilcox Green, Arrowtown

Friday 4 March 2022

3:00pm - 7:00pm

Macpac - 45 Ardmore St, Wanaka

Friday 4 March 2022

4:00pm - 7:00pm

 Wanaka Check-In Map

What to Bring

  • Your mandatory gear for inspection. 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
  • Your ID

Transport

 

Pre-Race

 

Cost

Arrowtown to Start

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

- Arriving approx. 5:40am    

NZD$40

Wanaka to start

- Departing 5:15am from Mt Aspiring College

- Arriving approx. 5:40am 

NZD$30

 

POST-RACE

 

COST

OPTION A

TO WANAKA & GLENDHU BAY

- Departing 5:00pm from Cnr Ramshaw Lane and Wiltshire St
- Arriving approx. 6:30pm at Mt Aspiring College, Wanaka

- Then continues to Glendhu Bay

NZD$40

OPTION B

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

NZD$40

Prices are inclusive of all fees and taxes. All arrival times are approximate.

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