2017 ride – Sunday 23rd April

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The Montessori and Wanaka Primary School team are back planning this years trail ride and have confirmed the date for this year’s ride to be the same weekend as previous years, Anzac Weekend, Sunday 23rd April. As the ride is in it’s 3rd year the committee are feeling quite confident with the planning and systems put in place through hours of volunteer work the last couple of years that this year’s ride will be a great, fun, challenging but also safe ride for all!

An update from the Track Manager, John Melville is that the format, direction and trail pathway used last year worked incredibly well for riders and organisers so this year’s ride will be almost the same but with a few differing Advanced and Expert trails as well as the Base Paddock Prologue.  See last year’s Trail Map here. The Prologue was a late but exciting addition to the Expert section last year and was located to the right of the base paddock / car park area in the gully.  It is a short, technical course of natural obstacles and features such as logs and rocks and was definitely a welcome addition to those wanting an expert challenge at the end of the ride.  We’ll show you the video of last year’s Prologue in the lead up to this year’s event, hopefully in the next blog and newsletter.

Pre-registrations open 1st March!

If you pre-registered last year then thanks for being organised, we hope you do the same this year! We can promise you that we’ve upgraded our systems and there won’t be the long que for Pre-registrations compared to the que for on the day Registrations as last year.  It means we’ll be placing more pre-registration girls on the desks and this will ensure the lines flow easily and you don’t have to wait too long to get riding!

We’ll also be having lots of pre-registration giveaways over on Facebook and via the newsletter starting in March too.

2017 Entry Fees

Prices and rider definitions have changed this year. Sorry we no longer have the family pass.

$65 including lunch
$55 excluding lunch
$20 including lunch
$10 excluding lunch
On the day:
Adults    $65 excluding lunch
Junior    $20 excluding lunch






We’re excited to have Stonewood homes back supporting us as one of our Gold sponsors this year, together with Maungatua Contracting coming on board as another Gold Sponsor. We are incredibly grateful for their continued support of the Trail Ride and most importantly how it benefits the facilities for the children at Montessori Children’s House Wanaka and the Wanaka Primary School.

As always if you have any suggestions or feedback we’d love to hear from you, please message us via Facebook or email


Sophie, WTR Marketing



Hugely successful and widely enjoyed 2016 event

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Feedback pours in from riders with resounding applause for a well run and epic ride.


On a calm, crisp, autumn morning (Sunday 24th April 2016) over 600 riders from all over the South Island descended on Lindis Peaks and Long Gully stations for the second annual Wanaka Trail Ride.

Over 500 hundred volunteer hours from more than 80 volunteers were put into the fund raising event which raised over $30,000 for Wanaka Primary School and Montessori Children’s House Wanaka.


Clair Winslade volunteering in the Registration tent


‘It is a huge effort from our local community but it was a real buzz to see so many people having the time of their lives,” said Andrew “Howie” Howard, Wanaka Primary School Board Chairman. “This is becoming a landmark ride through some epic South Island high country. The organising committee saw their hard work pay off with a very well run and safe ride that every trail rider should be putting on their calendar.”


Young local riders; Left to Right: Angus Cagney, Olly Prince, Daniel O’Donnell, Shae Barrett-Corrigan, Thomas Masters


There were over 90kms of trails ranging from a ‘peewee track’ for the young children, through family and intermediate trails, to advanced and expert trails and hill climbs as well as an enduro cross section. There was a focus this year of increasing the range of advanced and expert trails for the experienced riders and the feedback was that it was definitely challenging terrain for them. It was also noticed that a lot of riders enjoyed it even more as it was the last trail ride on the calendar for the lower South Island and one that the organisers anticipate with the ongoing support of the landowners will continue to be a yearly event.

Nicolle Masters head of the Wanaka Primary School parent forum said ‘All of the riders, no matter what condition they or their bikes were in by the end of the day seemed pretty happy and we received many wide smiles of thanks. That was all attributed to the crew of dedicated marshals who planned and looked after the trails.’

Local landowners Denis Nyhon and Lucy Annan have been extremely generous in allowing this event on their properties and letting people see some spectacular back country. “Without them none of this would be possible” said Howard.

There were volunteers from St John’s, Search and Rescue, and Fire Service as well as local parents and community volunteers. The event was also generously supported by major sponsors Stonewood Homes, Hirepool, Maungatua Contracting, Aspiring Helicopters, Mitre 10, Mistyflip Web Development, Ecco Landscapes, Wanaka Helicopters, Nadine Cagney Photography, Universal Group, Four Square, as well as many others as seen on the Supporters page.

The winner of the fantastic raffle including a 1 hour helicopter lesson from Wanaka Helicopters, Trout Bar voucher, Torpedo 7 Voucher, Treble Cone day pass, Helmets from Wanaka Marine and caps and beanies from Davidson Honda was Chris Stirling, seen here with Sophie Melville, Marketing Manager for the trail ride.



Photos by Nadine Cagney

2016 Trail Map

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Here is the newly updated 2016 trail map.

It now has 7 advanced trails with 2 expert. (last year there was 1 Advanced trail!)

Please note:

The family trail has changed to now include going to the top station. Our Trails Team thought that the younger guys and girls would be able to manage getting to the top as it is a 4WD track.

Any questions? email  Attention: sophie,


Trail ride is this Sunday!

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Nearly all of the track is marked out, the trail map is very close to being finished and then we’re ready for you! The forecast is looking good for Sunday, partly cloudy and light winds and a high of 16 but we’ll have up to date forecasts later in the week via Facebook

Important information

Where is the Wanaka Trail Ride?

The trail ride starts in the base paddock located on Long Gully Station, off Jolly Road, Tarras. Jolly Road is a loop road and the entrance points will be clearly sign-posted from SH8/SH8a turn-off, close to Tarras and also at the Red Bridge, Luggate.

See the Google map

What time will tracks be opening / closing this year?

Tracks are opening at the earlier time of 8:30am this year.

Gates will be closed at 3:30pm.

What time will rider registration/sign in start?

Rider registration will commence at 7:30am onwards.

There is no cutoff time for rider registration – you can register at any time during the day.

What time are the safety briefings?

We have two safety briefings. One will be at 8am with a second briefing to be held at 9:30am.

All riders are required to attend a safety briefing. If you register after the second briefing you will be required to read and acknowledge you understand the briefing as part of the registration process.

Video: Another new advanced hill climb, Lindis Peaks

Last April newsletter video 1

Last weekend’s final advanced trail exploration and marking out on Lindis Peaks. It’s steep in parts and goes through a bit of scrub but you’re rewarded at the top with a pretty scenic view!


Scenic gully looking down on Camp Creek

WINNERS of the pre-registration giveaways

Thanks for pre-registering, please email to claim your prize

Torpedo 7 online voucher

Ricky Ruffell

Lake Bar $50 voucher

Logan Zwies

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters

We would like to say a huge thank you and acknowledge these businesses that have generously donated money, resources and their expertise.

aspiring helicopters






Reminder: CASH only event

Last year we had eftpos, but not this year sorry, the phone service wasn’t reliable enough for us to offer this service again.

So don’t forget to bring money for your entry, coffee and lunch! Or just pre-register now!



Yes, you can register on the day but pre-registering now will save you $5 and TIME on the day!!

Register here



Advanced and expert trails update and new giveaway

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Less than 2 weeks – are you ready?

We hope you’ve managed to organise your bike and gear and are feeling prepared for this year’s trail ride but if not hopefully these videos can convince you to get a move on and get ready!

The trails team have been busy doing more advanced trail exploration last weekend and they are buzzing on the new trails. Like, I can’t sleep, so excited kind of buzzing….

Video: New advanced hill climb, Long Gully

April newsletter video 1

This hill climb is quite technical and is going to challenge you as it’s steeper than it looks, you’ll see when you get to the top!

Video: Steeper than it looks Advanced trail hill climb connecting into intermediate trail, Lindis Peaks

April newsletter video 2

The boys thought they’d have a little race over the mustering tracks on Lindis Peaks. It is steeper than it looks, it’s technical and difficult with some gnarly hill climbs. At about 1.24m it meets the intermediate trail but the race isn’t over…..




Lake barWin a Lake Bar $50 bar voucher

Head into town after the ride and enjoy a drink at Lake Bar with this prize!!

To enter: Pre-register  N O W  to go in the draw to win a $50 bar voucher.

Entries for this giveaway close Tuesday 19th April.  (Pre- registrations are still open until Wednesday 20th April.)


WINNER – Torpedo 7 online voucher

Announced in the next newsletter along with the Lake Bar voucher!!


Thank you to Wanaka Helicopters

Wanaka Helicopters fleet

We’d like to thank Wanaka Helicopters for their support of the Wanaka trail ride and for providing the bike recovery service for those unfortunate enough to have a break down on the day.

They have also incredibly kindly donated a trial helicopter lesson for us to use in our raffle on the day.  You won’t want to miss buying a raffle ticket for the chance to have an introductory helicopter lesson. Look out for the Wanaka Helicopters logo on the raffle banner in the registration area on the day.

Wanaka Helicopters introductory lesson


Reminder: CASH only event

Bring cash or save yourself $5 and PRE – REGISTER now! If you missed it above we have a competition on to win a Lake Bar $50 voucher if you pre register before Wednesday 20th April!


Questions or suggestions?

We now have a FAQ’s and Safety page on the website detailing where the trail ride is, how long the trails are and all sorts of answers to your questions.  Email us if you can’t find the answers you’re after and we’ll get back to you asap!



We know you’re keen as to see the updated trail map so this time next week we will have it available on the website for download and we’ll put it in the newsletter and on facebook.


Advanced loop extensions and latest giveaway

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View from the top of an expert advanced descent looking across to an intermediate trail on Lindis Peaks Station. The exit at the bottom out of the descent sees advanced riders go through a creek section then up a rocky hill climb out. Prepare to be challenged and thrilled with this one!


With less than 3 weeks until this year’s trail ride things are really starting to happen on the trails and we’re getting really, really excited about it all! Our trails team have been exploring and navigating a new set of advanced and expert loops for all the riders that are after an extra challenge this year.

Wanaka Trail Ride expert loop descent

View from the other side of the expert descent down the fence line to the creek section. This is extremely steep and scarey to even look at, definitely a challenge for the expert riders!


Advanced loop extensions

Our trail’s team have been exploring and marking out new advanced terrain over Lindis Peaks Station and Long Gully farm. The video below show’s some naked advanced terrain exploration through scrub and rocks. It is a long hill climb that will test your fitness and gets steep and tricky toward the end.

We’re anticipating that last year’s advanced riders that thought they weren’t challenged enough will most definitely be planning a return after this video preview! Due to the wet conditions last year we noted that only 4 riders made it out of one of the steep 2.5km hill climbs. Rider’s please note that all of the hill climbs do lead to other trails so there is the opportunity to connect from the top (if you can make it!)


Video: Advanced trail huge hill climb

This video shows two attempts at a new hill climb section linking to the intermediate trail at the top. It will test advanced riders and fitness, the last section is more or less a wheel stand to the top while negotiating through rocks and scrub.

March Newsletter advanced video 2

Video: Intermediate trail over Lindis Peaks Station homeward bound

March Newsletter intermediate video 2

This section of the intermediate trail uses existing 4WD tracks and is super fun for all abilities.


GIVEAWAY: Win a Torpedo 7 online voucher

Torpedo 7 website

To enter: All you need to do is Pre-register  N O W  and go in the draw to win x 1 $50 online voucher. Entries for this giveaway close Tuesday 12th April.  (Pre- registrations are still open until Wednesday 20th April.) More giveaways next newsletter!

WINNER – Cardrona winter 2016 lift passes

The winner of our x 2 Cardrona winter lift passes is Rod Price. Congratulations Rod, please email >> Attention: Sophie, to have your passes sent out to you.


Thank you to our sponsors

We’d like to say a huge thank you to these sponsors for donating equipment. These businesses have generously donated materials that we just couldn’t do without and we are so appreciative of their on going support.

Mitre10Marquee, Big BBQ, Sound System and signage materials.




Hirepoolx 6 Portaloos + Generator (and all extension cords etc) ALL delivered to site and picked up.





Reminder: CASH only event

Last year we had eftpos, but with the unique location of the event in Tarras and limited phone service it’s been decided to keep things the way you’re used to at trail rides, just with cash. So bring don’t forget to bring money for your entry, coffee and lunch! Or just pre-register now!


Want to secure your ride? PRE-REGISTER NOW!

You can register online for the Wanaka Trail Ride on the Registration page very easily and pay by direct debit or cheque.  Prices are the same as last year but if you pre-register BEFORE Wednesday 20th April you will receive a $5 discount.


Questions or suggestions?

Email us:



Wanaka Trail Ride confirmed for Sunday 24th April

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Planning for this year’s event is well and truly underway for 2016. Over our hot Wanaka summer it has been far too dry on all of the differing farms’ land to access any of the tracks so we have been focusing our attention on working out what improvements we can make to our planning and marketing. We’ll be able to access the tracks again after a little further rain and then you’ll be updated here on the blog and via Facebook.

Website upgrade

We have redesigned the website so that it is more user friendly especially for those on mobile devices and this is our first post in our monthly blog about developments for the Wanaka Trail Ride. If you’d like to be emailed about future blogs please sign up for our newsletter.  They are only monthly in the first part of the year leading up to the trail ride so you won’t be continually spammed by the WTR year round.  All we want to do is let you know how your trail ride day is going to be the best we can possibly offer and mainly tell you all about the various giveaways from some of our sponsors that we’ll be running each month – so, yes, F R E E stuff! For starters we have x 2 day winter lift tickets from Cardrona to giveaway as well as prizes from Torpedo 7 with other local businesses signing up as sponsors each week.

Sunday 24th April – mark it on your calendar!

PoppySunday 24th April is the confirmed day for this years ride and it is also ANZAC weekend. In recognition that the trail ride takes place on this special weekend , we will donate $1 from every entry towards the Upper Clutha RSA’s poppy appeal.

Pre registrations now open

You can register online for the Wanaka Trail Ride on the Registration page very easily and pay by direct debit or cheque.  Prices are the same as last year but if you pre-register BEFORE Wednesday 20th April you will receive a $5 discount.

Entry fee prices

You can now also pre-register your lunch as part of your registration – $10 for a burger and drink. YES, not a packed lunch, or a sausage and bread, an actual burger for lunch. Select Lunch option when pre-registering and add $10 to your payment.


To kick things off we are offering x 1 FREE registration over on our Facebook page. Competition starts Monday 22nd February and runs for 1 week, closing Monday 29th February. All you have to do is like Wanaka Trail Ride on Facebook, like the post and tag two friends. Winner drawn Monday 29th February at 9.30pm.

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Advanced loop extended

We are excited to announce that the Advanced loop trails will be extended by approximately another half of last year’s loop. We felt that to increase safety on the Intermediate trails  we could take the pressure off younger and Intermediate level riders by encouraging Advanced riders to explore new and developed trails with other Advanced riders. We have have spoken to the farm manager of Lindis Peaks Station and planned with his advice and expertise where the extended trails will go but since the summer has been so hot and dry we haven’t been able to mark out the tracks yet due to the risk of fire. The rain has returned but when it has done for a while and we’ve got the farm managers approval you’ll start to see updates on Facebook and on the blog and in the newsletter.

Questions or suggestions?

We are always open to helping answer your questions so that we can improve the trail ride and to listening to your feedback whether positive or critical, we would love to know how we’re doing. We have a hard working team on the committee made up of Montessori and Wanaka Primary School parents that are passionate about offering a really fun trail ride for all ages in the Wanaka region. So please get in touch!