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Athlete Guide - downloadable PDF (14MB)

Experienced mountain runners need only apply!

This iconic route starts at Glendhu Bay near Wanaka, traversing through Fern Burn and the Motatapu and Soho Stations, then through historic Macetown to Wilcox Green, Arrowtown. Described in places as merely a "marked route", the track covers 51km of exposed and physically challenging back-country terrain across the Motatapu and Soho Stations, on an old travellers' route between Wanaka and Arrowtown, an area steeped in New Zealand history.

As an Adventure Run competitor you will ascend a total of 2790 metres, traversing four peaks (the highest point being Jack Hall's Saddle at 1275 metres above sea level), and negotiating rough tussock-covered areas, long, steep saddles and river crossings. In order to be accepted into this event both you and your team mate have to have proven mountain running experience - this is not for the novice adventure racer. It will be an accomplishment you'll remember and be very proud of for a long time to come.

The Motatapu Adventure Run follows the DOC Motatapu Track, which forms part of the Te Araroa Walking Trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Te Araroa, meaning "The Long Pathway", connects settlements, townships and cities throughout New Zealand, showcasing a wide variety of NZ experiences - natural, cultural and historic.