There is always something on in Queenstown, whether it be the main events like the Queenstown Winter Festival, the Queenstown Bike Festival and the Summerdaze Festival or the one-day events like the Queenstown Marathon or Motatapu Race. The event calendar is jam packed all year round with loads of great things to get involved in, so check out what’s on in Queenstown while you are in town and get amongst it!
MACPAC MOTATAPU 2019
9th Mar 2019 – 10th Mar 2019
NEW ZEALAND’S ICONIC OFF ROAD SPORTING EVENT
The Motatapu is New Zealand’s iconic off road sporting event. From humble beginnings in 2005, the event is now in it’s 15th year and has grown from 1000 competitors for two events to over 4000 across five events.
The river was named Mota (River) Tapu (Sacred) by early Maori who used the Motatapu Valley as an access route for food gathering and for the movement of Pounamu (Greenstone). It’s history is steeped in the gold rush era of the 1860’s and of course in farming. In 1990 the route was closed by the landowners of the Motatapu Station and now the Motatapu event gives once a year access across these iconic landscapes.
SATURDAY 9TH MARCH 2019 EVENTS:
- Ultra Run (51Km Run, Individuals and Teams)
- XTERRA Triathlon (2km Swim, 47Km Bike, 8.5Km Run)
- Motatapu Skoda Mountain Bike (47km Bike)
Sunday 10th March 2019 Events
- Motatapu Off Road Marathon (42Km Run & Walk)
- Motatapu 15km Miners Trail (Run & Walk)
- Sawpit Trail Run (8.5Km Run & Walk)
SKODA MOUNTAIN BIKE
If you are a first time participant, want to compete against your peers or beat your mates, or just want to enjoy the spectacular Southern high country, then the Skoda Mountain Bike fits the bill.
This event can be as challenging or as easy as you want it to be (depending on your definition of easy!). Set in the spectacular Southern high country of New Zealand, there are many rivers to cross, hills to climb and a few steep descents thrown into the mix.
The race starts at Glendhu Bay on the shore of Lake Wanaka, near the Wanaka township, and finishes at historic Arrowtown. Your journey follows a route early Maori used for hunting and gathering, and to move Pounamu (Greenstone). The valley was not discovered by European explorers until around 1862, during the gold rush.
This event takes you on an iconic off road course through the magnificent Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations, which thanks to the owners, are opened once a year to the public for this event (the course cannot be accessed any other time of the year).
They have had top riders such as Anton Cooper, Dirk Peters, Marcus Roy, Kashi Leuchs, Sara MacDonald, Robyn Wong, adventure racers like Elina Ussher, Emily Miazga, Steve Gurney, and celebs such as Bill English and Hamish Carter all come and take part in the mountain bike. However, it is the first-timers, the recreational riders, and the participants that just get up off the couch to come and take part that make up the main field. It still surprises the event organisers each year how many stories they hear back about how “I have never been on a mountain bike before and I have just bought one for the event!” Bring it on!
Entry Fee: Adult $169
OFF ROAD MARATHON (RUN & WALK)
Completing a Marathon is an amazing achievement and it is made all the more memorable when it is set in such a beautiful location as the Motatapu Off Road Marathon.
The race starts at Motatapu Station, near Lake Wanaka and finishes at historic Arrowtown. Your journey follows a route early Maori used for hunting and gathering, and to move Pounamu (Greenstone). The valley was not discovered by European explorers until around 1862, during the gold rush.
This event takes you on an iconic off-road course through the magnificent Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations, which, thanks to the owners, are opened once a year to the public for this event.
You will go through numerous river crossings, climb some hills, overcome your own personal challenges and no doubt be awe struck with the spectacular views of these southern high country valleys.
Entry Fee: Adult $159
MOTATAPU XTERRA TRIATHLON (INDIVIDUALS & TEAMS)
The XTERRA Triathlon is equivalent to a Half Ironman distance event that rekindles the pioneer spirit of triathlon by using the lay of the land to determine the course.
Consisting of a 2km Swim in Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka, 47km Mountain Bike and a 15km Mountain Run over the historic Miners Trail course. This is a demanding course while providing breathtaking scenery along the way.
Up for grabs will be limited age group qualifying spots plus Pro spots to the XTERRA World Championships held in Hawaii – what more motivation do you need?!
If you want a new challenge, this is for you!
“This is the kind of race we need to put on in New Zealand. It is the real stuff. That run is awesome; I think the run is heaps better than the marathon. It’s got everything: roads, tracks, down hills, grass, and river crossings. Central Otago high country – it can’t get any better.”– Axel Reiser (2011 winner).
Entry Fee: Adult Individual $249 | Adult Team (2 or 3) $304