1 week to go till our price rise on the 16th Jan so get in quick to grab your spot for the adventure of the year! We have something for everyone.

The 15km Miners Trail is the perfect goal for people getting into mountain running. Varied terrain, epic views and a sense of achievement, which will stay with you for years to come. And here is a free training plan just in case you need some help to get started! 

Our 47km Mountain Bike event is an iconic fixture on mountain bikers calendars. You can race as an individual or in a team and if you fancy getting into the valley and seeing the stunning backcountry at a more leisurely pace; bring your Mountain eBike and join us. Your free Team CP training plan is here.

Our bucket list 42km Off-Road Marathon will make you want to never run on the road again. And if you would like to walk it, then we have an option for you as well. 

And lastly, for the epic trail runners amongst you, we have the 51km Ultra Run across 4 mountain ranges. Not for the faint-hearted but one of the most spectacular runs you can be part of in New Zealand. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us on
We would love to welcome you to the 2021 Motatapu on 6th March and let you experience our Southern Style of racing and some amazing on course camaraderie. 
Firstly, let us introduce you to Suze Hansen our Volunteer Manager. This Queenstown local Fitness Coach and MTB specialist has competed in so many Motatapu's she has lost count, including the very first one! 2021 will be her third year as Volunteers Manager and she relishes working with all the amazing people in our community who put their hand up to help deliver this amazing event. ⁠

She also fits in working on The Pioneer and Queenstown Marathon, amongst her successful coaching business, Real Fitness. And when she is not working or mountain biking, you will find her up ripping the ski fields. She is very excited to be part of the new team and looks forward to welcoming back some familiar faces this March.⁠

Secondly, this is the perfect segway into announcing that the volunteer page is up and running and you can find out more and register here! ⁠

Fancy camping overnight in the wilderness or giving out medals to our awesome finishers? We have a job for you and Suze can help you find it. ⁠Just fill out the form which you can find here - Easy 👌🏼⁠

We can't wait to meet you in March!
Start lists are up here on our website so why not take a look and see if your friends are registered and if you want to take them on in any of our events. Not that we are competitive much!
Thinking about entering one of our races and want to know what you will need to bring. Check out the Mandatory Gear lists here for a full breakdown. 

The Motatapu mandatory gear 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.

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