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Motatapu Speight’s Summit 47km High Country Mountain Bike

Event: 4 years ago

Lake Wanaka, South Island

Set in a spectacular southern high country valley only open to the public 1 day a year. There are hills to climb, rivers to cross and a few steep descents thrown in the mix. This event is always a sell out so get your entry in early to secure your spot. 

The Motatapu Speight's Summit Mountain Bike is for everyone. It can be as challenging or as easy as you want it to be (depending on your definition of easy!) Set in the spectacular Southern high country valleys, there are many rivers to cross, hills to climb and a few steep descents thrown into the mix. 

The race starts at Glendhu Bay on the shore of Lake Wanaka, near the Wanaka township, and finishes at historic Arrowtown. Your journey follows a route early Maori used for hunting and gathering, and to move Pounamu (Greenstone). The valley was not discovered by European explorers until around 1862, during the gold rush.

This event takes you on an iconic off road course through the magnificent Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations, which thanks to the owners, are opened once a year to the public for this event.

More details on the race here


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