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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 info@wanakatrailride.org


Sophie, WTR Marketing



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 info@wanakatrailride.org 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 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 info@wanakatrailride.org >> 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: info@wanakatrailride.org