Where is the Wanaka Trail Ride?

The trail ride starts at Base Paddock located on Long Gully Station, off Jolly Road. Jolly Road is a loop road and the entrance points will be clearly sign posted.

Coming from Wanaka there will be a sign from the Red Bridge, and then at the SH8a (Luggate-Tarras Rd.) turn off onto Jolly Rd.  From there it’s approximately 2.5km to the base paddock turn off.

There will also be a sign from SH8 (Tarras-Cromwell Rd.) onto Jolly Rd.  From there it’s approximately 4.2km to the base paddock turn off.

What time do the trails open / close?

We aim to open the trail at 8:30am

Gates will be closed at 3:30pm

What time will rider registration/sign in start?

Pre-registration online will be available from Monday 12th March, 2018.

Rider registration on the day will commence from 7:30am onwards.

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

For more information check out our registration page.

What time are the safety briefings?

For pre-registered riders collecting their registration packs on Saturday, 21st April from Wanaka School Hall, they will be required to listen to the safety briefing at that time.  A link will also be made available on our website.

On Sunday, 22nd April there will be a rolling audio safety briefing. All riders are required to attend an audio briefing at registration. This safety briefing will continue to be available to all riders throughout the day.

Are ATV’s permitted?

Yes, ATV’s will be permitted on the Family / Intermediate tracks.

ATV’s are NOT permitted on the Advanced / Expert tracks

How long is each trail?

The Wanaka Trailride has a combined total of approx 100kms of trails, consisting of:

> Family trail – approximately 15 kms  You can combine this with the intermediate trail, approximately 45kms

> Intermediate trail – approximately 20 – 45kms total but at the top station (half way) you can choose to continue on or loop back to the family trail

> Advanced and expert trail – approximately 35kms total but consisting of 7 trails approximately 5kms each

If you are riding the Advanced and Expert trails we recommend you have a full tank of fuel before leaving the base paddock.

Do you have eftpos facilities?

NO this is a CASH ONLY event

Where is the entrance to the base paddock?

The base paddock is located on Long Gully Station, off Jolly Road. 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.

Will there be food and drink available to purchase on the day?

  • Hot food is available from 11am – 2pm
  • Drinks and light snacks available all day
  • Coffee Van onsite from very early.

Are Spark Arrestors compulsory?

Spark Arrestors are compulsory and we will have materials available for purchase on the day if you arrive without a spark arrestor.

What is the scrutineering process on the day?

We will have a rolling audio safety briefing that all riders are required to listen to.

All riders will be provided with a briefing sheet which will also have our safety briefing and a copy of the Trail ride map when they sign in. Safety information will be clearly signposted at the entrance to each track. It is the rider’s responsibility to adhere to Wanaka Trailride’s safety and riding rules and ensure that equipment is in good working order.

What if I break my bike or run out of fuel on the track?

If there is a problem with your bike and you have to leave it on the course we will use our best efforts to help you retrieve your bike.

However, some areas will only be accessible by helicopter. The cost of helicopter retrieval is $200 and must be paid before your bike is recovered from the course.

Is there a pee wee track?

A pee wee track will be set up for all junior riders who are not riding the main tracks. The track will be open from 10am to 3:30pm and every child on it needs to be supervised by a parent. Access to the track is free although you are welcome to make a $5 donation at the registration tent on the day.

What do I need to bring on the day?

  • Approved safety helmet
  • Spark Arrestor
  • Clothing for all weather conditions
  • Sturdy boots (motorbike boots preferred)
  • Extra fuel

What is your Refund Policy?

Given the variety of factors involved, refunds will be considered on a case by case basis by the organising committee.  Please contact info@wanakatrailride.org if you’d like to request a refund.

How secure is my registration/payment information?

Check out our Security Information page for details.

What is the age of a junior rider and what is the policy around junior riders?

All children under the age of 16 years old as at 23 rd April 2017 is classed as a junior. All junior riders are required to be supervised by an adult rider at all times.

Check out the WTR 2017 trail map here.

NB: there will be a new trail map for 2018 available when our master track team have confirmed the tracks in the new year.