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The Final Sweep….

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The Wanaka Trail Ride is run by a dedicated group of individuals on the committee, and extended organising team. The team feel privileged to be part of this successful fundraising event for Wanaka Primary School and Montessori Children’s House Wanaka, which has also become a fantastic community event. They would like to acknowledge the following people:

First, a huge thank you to the land owners, Sharlene and Denis Nyhon, as well as Lucy Annan and Simon Maling. It is with their continued support in allowing us to run this event on their land, that the riders are given the incredible opportunity to ride a great variety of track options amongst such phenomenal scenery, usually unaccessible to the public.

To the sponsors, this event would not be possible without your support. These businesses, and individuals play such an important part in the Wanaka Trail Ride by providing time, services, products, expertise, and monetary donations. Please support them where you can.

To all of our wonderful volunteers, thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into making this event a success – it is truly appreciated! And finally to the riders who chose to attend this event – thank you for supporting the fourth annual WTR!

We hope you had an epic day out in the hills doing what you love. We hope to see you back next year.

The Final Sweep….

Organisers couldn’t have hoped for a more brilliant day for the 2018 WTR. It started with a fresh Autumn morning, until the sun came up over the hills, thawing the tracks, allowing for an awesome day to be had by all involved.

The event continues to be a significant fundraiser for Wanaka Primary School and Montessori Children’s House Wanaka, and the committee look forward to contributing further funds to to the $80,000 that has been raised over the previous three years. Confirmation of the fundraising efforts will be given soon!

Of the 761 riders out on the tracks, a little under 400 pre-registered allowing for a smooth registration process on the day. Riders who pre-registered and collected their packs the day before, appreciated being able to hit the tracks as soon as they arrived at base paddock. The tracks team spent hundreds of hours in the weeks leading up to the event planning and marking out the trails. They were pleased with what they were able to achieve, most notably the addition of new trails for advanced riders as they went back to base paddock, taking pressure off the the family track, while still allowing them to ride at their level.

Signage on the tracks was improved with colour coded arrows and this addition was well received by the riders. The riders definitely took advantage of what the day and tracks had to offer, and there were many happy punters coming down off the hill – it was awesome to see the buzz throughout the day in base paddock!

Rider feedback:

“Thanks for putting on a fantastic event, one of the best days riding i’ve had in ages. Hats off to how well it was run, from online registration to some brief detail at the start of advanced loops. Well worth spending 7 hours to get there, and home again!”

” Wow! Absolutely 100% enjoyed the day, the scenery at this time of year is beyond epic. As this is the first time I have been I don’t regret it one bit….amazing country and I feel so privileged to be able to experience it.”

As the ANZAC ride, it is important for us to continue to acknowledge the significance of this day. Thanks to the riders that chose to attend this event, we were able to donate $761 (one dollar from every rider) to our local Upper Clutha RSA.

157 volunteer roles were filled by over 100 volunteers!! A lot of these volunteers don’t have any links to either of the two schools, but they offer so much to the enjoyment and success of the event. The range of people within our community coming together for the event included bike enthusiasts, parents and grandparents, members of Students in the Community, teachers, and those just keen to lend a hand.

Wendy Bowie Photography images:

Thank you to Wendy for volunteering her time on the day as our photographer. She captured some great moments from the day! You can view the images, and purchase some memories by following this link:

 Vision Workshop video:

We had Ollie Larkin, a 17yr old full-time film-maker from Wanaka out at the 2018 WTR. Check out his awesome coverage of the day on his website Vision Workshop  or on the WTR Facebook page

There has been some really positive coverage in the media about the 2018 WTR. A reporter from Stuff joined us on the day, check out his video report here

GOLD SPONSORS: Level Construction – Pukka – Foursquare Wanaka – Maungatua Contracting – Stonewood Homes Wanaka

SILVER SPONSORS: Aspiring Helicopters – Ecco Landscapes – Hirepool Wanaka – Mistyflip – Vision Workshop – Rotoworx – New Zealand Fine Touring Group – SnowMoto New Zealand – Wendy Bowie Photography – Wanaka Motor Cycle Centre

BRONZE SPONSORS: Alpine Auto Centre – Cardrona Alpine Resort – Cut-It Kitchen and Joinery – Highlands Motorsport Park – Clubhub – Custom Digital – Mons Royale – Puzzling World – Tyreland Wanaka – Wanaka Marine & Sport

ADDITIONAL SUPPORTERS: Amigos Aspiring Pharmacy Bayleys Wanaka Caltex Wanaka Davidson Honda Infinity Investment Group Jay Simon Lake Bar Mckeown Group Lakeside Apartments Mitre 10 Moto South South Fuels Subway Wanaka The Spice Room The Wanaka Sun Trout Bar Upper Clutha Messenger Wanaka Auto Repairs Wanaka Wastebusters Wanacare Pharmacy Workplace First Aid

VOLUNTEER SUPPORTERS: Alchemy Cinema – Paradiso – Coffee Shack – Double Black – Fedeli – Good Spot – Hammer and Nail – Kai Whaka Pai – Patagonia – Relishes – Soul Food – Subway Wanaka – Urban Grind – Vice Cafe – Volunteering Central

A full sponsor logo list can be found on our supporters page 



The Anzac Ride

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The Wanaka Trail Ride is quickly becoming known as the ANZAC Ride on the trail ride circuit. This year we’re further acknowledging the ANZAC spirit by adding the respected poppy symbol to our rider number stickers and our volunteer/marshal high-vis vests. We’re proud to support our local RSA by contributing $1 from every rider registration to the annual ANZAC Day poppy collection.


A Tale of Two Tyres, by Fletcher Chisholm

Once I got my bike started for the first time, I got to race around the section for a while. Then Dad said we should take it down to Timaru Creek and I was like, “oh, yeah.” I asked Dad how he would catch up with me, he said we would take the quad bike.

We drove down to Timaru Creek. It was quite a gnarly drive where we went with big droppy bits and steep bits that had lots of rocks on them. We went through all that and then we came to a forest. We followed the track.

Dad started up his quad and I started my bike and we rode off. It felt great just riding my motor bike in the open. A few bumps, a few small crashes – there was this really sandy bit that makes you wobble – but still a lot of fun.

We rode for like 2 hours with Dad filming me every now and then. Unfortunately, on about my 30th time down the track, my bike broke down and I had to push it back over that sandy bit, up a hill and back to the ute. I copied what I had seen on motorbike videos about how to push a bike uphill. I forgot though that mine wasn’t going and it made it harder to get up the hill.

It felt very pleasing to have my own bike finally! I wasn’t anxious or scared anymore, just pure “wooooooohoooo, I’ve got my bike now!”

Editor’s note: Since Fletcher’s epic first ride on his own bike, he suffered a gnarly injury on his BMX. We’re not sure how long he’s going to be out of action, but we understand he may not be able to ride at WTR 2018. From the trail ride crew, we’d like to wish you all the best for a speedy recovery, Fletcher!



Pre-registrations go live on Monday 12 March. If you pre-register, you get the benefits of better pricing options, you save time on the day, and you have the chance to win spot prizes.

The first spot prize is awesome…Wanaka Motor Cycle Centre is donating a front tyre to the value of $80-120! When the first 50 registrations are in, one of these 50 people will win this great prize. Will it be you?

Regular prize draws will be held right up to the event. Everyone who has registered will have a chance to win at each draw. So the sooner you pre-register, the better your chances.

We’ll continue to take new registrations at the pre-registration pack pick-up on Saturday 21 April. Alternatively, you can register on the morning of the event.

Online pre-registration
Adult (16+)
$65 incl. lunch
$55 excl. lunch
Junior (under 16)
$20 incl. lunch
$10 excl. lunch

Registration on the day
Adults: $65 excl. lunch
Junior: $20 excl. lunch

NB. Children using the pee-wee track only ride for free


Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer so far. We still need more help! Without our awesome volunteers, this event would not be possible.

Are you travelling to Wanaka with your friends or family but not intending to ride? Join the volunteer crew! There are many roles to choose from and you can choose one to suit you.

Volunteers don’t need to commit to the whole day. We need people for parking/traffic control, catering, pee-wee track marshals, or come at the end of the day and help the team break down Base Paddock.

WTR is a fun event to be a part of and we’ll make sure you’re well looked after!

Track marshals wanted

Are you a confident trail bike rider? Want to get out on the tracks, support your fellow riders, as well as fundraise for local children?

We had some great interest at our info session, but we’d love to have more marshals on board. If we get enough of you, we hope to offer a half day’s ride in return for a half day’s marshalling. But first, you need to sign up or register your interest.

Can’t help on the day? Get out there in the weeks leading up to the ride and help our team mark out the trails!

*** If you sign up to volunteer before Friday 12th of March, you go in the draw to win a family pass to Cinema Paradiso  ***

Sign up to volunteer at: or contact Gillian, our Volunteer Manager:
Tel: 021 500 394


It’s been a hot, dry summer but with recent rain around the region to dampen down the high country grass, the track team can safely get out mapping the trails mid March.

The aim is to lengthen the family track and replace half of the single trail with new terrain. A map of the trails will be made available when this is completed.

Marking of the tracks will begin around Easter right up until event day. In an effort to continually enhance your experience out on the trails, this year we’ll be introducing different coloured markers and arrows to define family, intermediate and advanced tracks.


Thank you to our two Gold Sponsors, Stonewood Homes Wanaka and Maungatua Contracting for their continued generosity heading into the 2018 event.

Thank you to our other confirmed sponsors whose contributions we truly appreciate:

Silver Sponsors
Aspiring Helicopters
Ecco Landscapes
Four Square
Hirepool Wanaka

Bronze Sponsors
Alpine Auto Centre
Custom Digital
Puzzling World
Tyreland Wanaka
Wanaka Marine & Sport
Wanaka Motor Cycle Centre

Additional Supporters
Bayleys Wanaka
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Cinema Paradiso
Davidson Honda
Highlands Motorsport Park
Infinity Investment Group
Lake Bar
Lakeside Appartments
Mitre 10
The Spice Room
Trout Bar
Upper Clutha Messenger
Wanaka Auto Repairs
Wanaka Wastebusters

If you would like to assist in sponsoring this event, please contact:

Wahoooo, I’ve got my bike now!

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Fletcher gets his first bike!

This year we’re starting a new column that takes a kid’s perspective on the Wanaka Trail Ride. To help us on our quest to inform and occasionally entertain, we’ve recruited young Fletcher (age 9), who recently got his first bike and is happy to share his thoughts. Thanks, Fletcher! Love the smile, mate!

In the week leading up to getting my motorbike, I felt quite excited and anxious. I was a bit scared I would crash and get hurt when I got my bike but I was also looking forward to giving it a go.

This wasn’t my first time ever riding a motorbike. It was however my first time on an 80cc. I had ridden my friend’s Yamaha yet never had a bike of my own. I really wanted my own bike so I could have a bit of fun and didn’t have to go and ask my friend if I could borrow hers.

I had waited for ages for Dad to come home with my motorbike. I had been counting down the hours. The funny thing is I didn’t even notice Dad coming home. My sister told me he had.

I rushed up to Dad, said a quick hello then opened the back of the ute to see my motorbike. My little sister said “sick!” I, however, was a bit worried about the oil coming out of my new motorbike. Dad had put it on its side to bring it home and it was leaking.

We got it out of the ute and pushed it over to the shed. We cleaned it up and did a check on it. We checked that it had petrol, that it had enough 2-stroke oil and that it had clean air going into the engine.

Then Dad taught me some of the essential motorbike safety rules like how to switch my motorbike to reserve if I ran out of fuel. And if I crashed, and I couldn’t get my bike started again, that I should holler for help. Then I learned how to get it started.

“Wooooooohoooo, I’ve got my own bike now!”

Next time, Fletcher is going to tell us how his first ride on his new bike went. Just remember, Fletch, just 75 more sleeps to your first Wanaka Trail Ride!

WTR 2018 – The Essentials!

  • WTR 2018 is happening on Sunday 22nd April – Be sure to enter the date into your calendar!
  • Same online registration system as last year
  • Online registration opens from Monday 12th March
  • Pre-register online and WIN


We’re continuing with the same successful online registration system as last year. This means you can WIN and SAVE!!

All riders who register online go into our regular draws to WIN prizes from our sponsors. You save time too when you pick up yourregistration pack, which is available on the day before the event for those who register online.

Otherwise you can collect your pack when you register on the day of the ride at the base paddock

(opens at 7:30 am).

Online registration opens from Monday 12th March 2018.  Registration link:

2018 Prices

Online registration:
Adults (16 years+)$65 including lunch
$55 excluding lunchJunior (under 16 years)
$20 including lunch
$10 excluding lunch

Registration on the day:
Adults: $65 excluding lunch
Junior: $20 excluding lunch

NB: Children using the pee-wee track only ride for free



We’re encouraging friends and family of riders to join in as volunteers. There’s an info session for marshals at Rhyme & Reason bar inWanaka in a few weeks. So if you’re interested in marshalling or marking out the tracks in the weeks prior to event day, come along and meet the managers and crew.

Click here to find out more or email Gillian at (ph: 021 500 394) for more info and to make sure you get an invite to our info session.

There are roles for everyone: pre-event, baking & catering, parking, registration, track marking & signage, bike marshalling, first aid, and photography!

“Was such a buzz to be able to help at this extremely well-run event, making money for our local kids! Thank you for involving me.”

– Volunteer


Same price, new trails!

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Wanaka Trail Ride date confirmed for 2018

Organisers of the Wanaka Trail Ride are thrilled to announce that preparations are well underway to host the 4th annual ride on Sunday April 22nd 2018.

The unique event offers an all-abilities trail bike ride over Deep Creek, Long Gully & Lindis Peak Stations, giving riders the rare opportunity to explore private high country farmland while taking in views over the Southern Lakes and Central Otago districts.

“The amazing feedback from this year’s event will help to make next year’s ride even more epic,” says Trails Manager Grant Cagney. “The tracks which include family, intermediate, advanced and expert trails, as well as a pee-wee track, are being reviewed, tweaked and extended to give riders varied and challenging tracks to explore.”

“We’ll keep many of the loops with stunning views over Lake Wanaka and Hawea towards Mt Aspiring National Park and down over Lake Dunstan, and plan to extend the family track giving younger riders more trails to explore, as well as adding a new single trail to challenge expert riders to the max.” says Cagney.

Entry prices will remain the same as 2017 with incentives to pre-register and registration opening 6 weeks prior to the ride. “Our pre-registration process ran like clockwork last year resulting in a smooth start to the day for riders with no queuing required.”

Wanaka Trail Ride was established in 2015 as a joint fundraiser between Wanaka Primary School and Montessori Children’s House Wanaka.

All funds raised from the Wanaka Trail Ride are split between the two schools. In addition, one dollar of each entry fee is donated to the local RSA in recognition of the event taking place on ANZAC weekend.