This is a grade 3 – 4 trail (expert) with some technical aspects, exposure and plenty of climbing.
The trail is part of the Mahu Whenua Eco Sanctuary, which Soho Property Limited spent three years constructing the track in the deep back-country with their partners, Queenstown Trails Trust, QEII, DOC, and QLDC.
The event starts at Butlers Green, Arrowtown heading up the Bush Creek trail to join with the Coronet Face Water Race. The Water Race Track weaves along the front face of Coronet Peak through remnant Beech Forest. A thrilling descent of the flowy Hot Rod trail is followed by a steady climb up the Dan O’Connell track and bringing you to Coronet Peak Road where there will be a Re-fill station and cut-off point. Heading towards the true back-county from this point you’ll climb the excellent ‘Tradesmans’ track taking you to the highest point on course at 912m, which links to the fast singletrack ‘Pack, Track and Sack’. This takes you into Long Gully, a real highlight of the circuit and onwards to the steep climb up an old farm track to Greengates Saddle.
From the top of the Greengates saddle you enjoy a flowing downhill, following the historic pack track, past the restored back-country Greengates Hut, before it opens out high above Deep Creek overlooking the remains of the Old Greengates Hotel. A long descent flows past the remains of the old Greengates Hotel above the Deep Creek confluence.
Before the Pinchers Bluff section was solved and the Skippers Road was completed, this was the original miner’s route to reach Skippers township, with the Greengates Hotel being the last stop before crossing Deep Creek and heading over the saddle to Stapletons Terrace. Legend has it that the Greengates Hotel spent its final years being run as a piggery, serving bacon sandwiches to weary miners heading in to make their fortune.
The track continues upstream, over Picnic Rock with its amazing vistas and breathtaking bluff, before a long steady descent into Deep Creek, passing a couple of spectacular waterfalls on the way to the Golden Terraces visible in the distance. The track sidles in and out of the Creek, so be prepared for wet feet and up the ‘Willows Climb’ before crossing Parkers Creek and emerging onto the high plateau of Golden Terraces. This section gives a stunning back-country experience out here, linking sections of old pack track between the sheer cliff faces and winding past old mining ruins and water races.
The terrain eases up a little before the Eight Mile (Coronet Creek) Saddle, where the course will follow a water race joining the Macetown track at Eight Mile Creek and turning right to head down the fast and fun Macetown track, through the infamous river crossing of the original Macpac Motatapu mountain bike event to cheering crowds at Wilcox Green
|Entry Fee||View Entry Fees here|
|Event Date||Saturday 4 March 2023|
|Start Line||Butler Green, Arrowtown|
|Finish Line||Wilcox Green, Arrowtown|
|Start Time||From 9:00am
The event start will self-seeded rolling start based on information provided on the entry form. It is essential that you start in the chute relevant to your capability. You may not move up to an earlier start wave than is printed on your bike plate, but you may drop to a later start chute. Your start wave will be printed on your bike plate and is based on the information you provided on your entry form. If you have forgotten which start wave you selected, log in to your Events Plus account.
Male & Female 16-39 years and 40+ years
|Minimum Age||Must strictly be 16 years of age on race day to compete|
|Prize Giving||Prize Giving will take place at 3:30pm at Wilcox Green. 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each category|
|Prize Money, Awards & Spot prizes||Overall Male and Female individual winners will be awarded NZD$500.00.
Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each race category.
All competitors will be eligible for the spot prize and this will be randomly drawn. A list of winners will be published on race day at the information desk at the Finish Line in Wilcox Green, Arrowtown and available on the Motatapu App. If your race number is showing on the list, then head along to the information tent and show your race number to collect your prize. The information desk will be open from 9am until 8pm on race day for you to come along and claim your prize!
|Mandatory Gear & Bike checklist||Click here to view the requirements|
|Cut-off Times||Cut off at Re-fill Station 1 (18.5km from start line) – 11:30am
Course cut off - 5:30pm
|Race Briefing||There will be a 10 minute race briefing before you start. It is compulsory for you to attend your race briefing. It will include up-to-date course and weather conditions. The briefing will be based on you having read all the information sent to you pertaining to your event.|
Mandatory Gear Checklist
The Motatapu mandatory gear & bike list contains what we believe is the absolute minimum to keep you safe in the alpine environment. The weather is very unpredictable in the high country, a front can blow in and out of the mountains in less than 12 hours. It has been both sweltering hot and freezing cold in this area during March so you should be well prepared with all the necessary gear for all conditions, including snow, due to the high elevation of this event.
All competitors must carry the mandatory gear at all times during race day. No mandatory gear = no start!
All mountain bike competitors must ensure their bike is up to standard as per the bike checklist.
Officials can randomly check bikes (if applicable) and gear at any point during the event, including at the start and finish line. Officials have the right to stop an athlete for not adhering to the mandatory checklists. Any infringements may result in disqualification or removal from the event.
From 2023 Mountain Bike entrants are not required to complete a bike check at a bike check store, however we highly recommend booking a bike service with your local bike shop pre and post event to ensure your bike is in top condition. Regular bike maintenance will increase the longevity of your bike's life, minimise breakdowns and be easier on your pocket in the long run.
Click here to download the Mountain Bike list.
Start Line - Arrowtown
BUTLER GREEN, ARROWTOWN
Limited facilities are available at the Butler Green, start line area. There will be Info Tent, toilets, parking and coffee from nearby Cafe
The Coronet Loop Mountain Bike has four self-service Aid Stations evenly spaced along the course. Refer to the course map for exact locations. Aid Stations will have water, PURE electrolyte hydration drink, and a supply of OSM bars in a variety of flavours. Please note that the Aid Stations are predominately for the Off-Road Marathon runners, Mountain Bikers should be carrying what you need to complete the event.
**Please note: While we are there to help, please ensure you carry enough food and drink to get you through your race.
While you must still carry the required competitor gear and ensure that you know how to use it, there will be mechanics riding the course, should you need assistance. They also stop at each Aid Station to see if anyone requires assistance. They will be identifiable with ‘Bike Mechanic’ number plates
Finish Line - Arrowtown
WILCOX GREEN, ARROWTOWN
The finish line for all events is located at Wilcox Green, next to Nairn Street, in the heart of Arrowtown. The Finish area will offer the full post-race experience; where you can relax, soak up the atmosphere, appreciate a well-earned massage, refuel, and enjoy celebrating your achievement with friends and family. Make a day of it enjoying the local flavours of the region, with plenty of delicious food stalls, beer, and entertainment; whilst cheering on other finishers throughout the day. A map of the Finish Village will be available closer to the event.
Click here to view the Race Rules