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September 2021

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24 September — 25 October 2021

Eat Taste Central

Eat and drink your way around Central Otago's Great Rides during this month-long festival. Many participating cafes, restaurants, wineries and events can be reached on the Roxburgh Gorge, Clutha Gold, Otago Central Rail Trail and Lake Dunstan cycle trails. Expect amazing food, heartwarming hospitality, and world-class Pinot Noir, of course.

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26 September 2021

Coppermine 2021

The classic MTB race loops around some of Nelson's finest sub-alpine backcountry on two courses centred on the Coppermine Trail. Fit, advanced riders can tackle the Coppermine Epic that factors in a massive climb up to 900m. Ride individually, in a team, and possibly in fancy dress. Includes single-speed and e-bike categories.

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October 2021

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9 October 2021

Motu Challenge

Ōpōtiki's Motu Challenge is regarded as the North Island’s premier multisport event. Set in the stunning Eastern Bay of Plenty, with a feature stage on the historic Motu Road, it has something for everyone including the full multisport challenge, the Motu 160 MTB/road cycling challenge, and two duathlons.

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16 October 2021

Taupō Ultra Marathon

Held on Taupō's beautiful Great Lake Trail, this event of a lifetime winds its way through native bush and farmland with panoramic views across New Zealand's largest lake. Options range from a 24km run/walk to the full monty 100 km epic, with plenty of pretty places to cheer on competitors.

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30 October 2021

Kinloch Offroad Challenge

The finale to the Run Taupō Trail Series is held on the world-class Great Lake Trail network winding around the north-western shores of NZ’s largest lake. There’s something awesome for everyone, including a 2km dash for the kids, 5km and 10km run/walks, and a full marathon. Stunning views guaranteed!

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November 2021

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6 November 2021

Molesworth Muster MTB Race

Race through New Zealand's largest farm amidst landscapes of scree-scarred mountains, pretty river valleys and tussocky slopes. This adults-only 80km event starts at the Molesworth Cob Cottage, travels along the Molesworth Station Road and up over Jollies Pass to the finish line in Hanmer Springs. MTB, gravel bikes and e-bikes all welcome.

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13 November 2021

The Taniwha

Wind your way beside Aotearoa's longest waterway on the Waikato River Trails, taking in awesome scenery, historic landmarks and stunning singletrack. Family friendly with something for everyone, round up the crew and choose from three MTB/e-bike options (44km/22km/16km) and four run/walk events (42.2km/22km/16km/7km).

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13 — 14 November 2021


Taking place on the Queenstown Trail and other regional trails, New Zealand's first e-bike festival has rides themed around wine, beer, food, art or birdwatching. Choose from nine different events including family-friendly options and rides for fit types looking to push their limits. All rides start and finish in historic Arrowtown village.

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13 November 2021

Ride the Wilderness

Taking place on the wonderful West Coast Wilderness Trail, choose from four aptly names rides ranging from 'The Cruise' (Kumara to Greymouth, 21km) to 'The Epic' (Ross to Greymouth, 126km). Race as an individual, or in a team, and be wowed by the West Coast’s magnificent scenery on one of New Zealand's most popular Great Rides.

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Queenstown Marathon

20 November 2021

Queenstown Marathon

Arguably New Zealand's most beautiful marathon, this eye-popping course follows sections of the Queenstown Trail, including the Arrow River Bridges Trail, the Lake Hayes Circuit and Lake Wakatipu Trail. Choose from the full marathon, half-marathon, 10km, and a 2.2km course to get the kids on track.

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January 2022

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22 January 2022

Summer Sizzler

Launch Into the New Year with this awesome summer running and walking event on the Waikato River Trails. Choose one of three events (22km/11km/6km), and run or walk beside New Zealand’s mightiest river through grassy farmland, reserves, along boardwalks and across the 70m Mangakino suspension bridge. There’s fun for all the family!

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22 — 30 January 2022

Kōpiko Aotearoa

The Kōpiko cuts a 1070km track along some of the North Island's best cycle routes through remote hill country between East Cape in Tairāwhiti and Cape Egmont in Taranaki. This bikepacking brevet, designed by the Kennett Brothers, is super-scenic, 'technically' easy but very arduous with over 17,000m of climbing. Ride it in 4 to 14 days – no more no less!

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February 2022

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19 February 2022

Old Ghost Ultra

Love to explore your mental and physical limits? This could be the event for you. Traversing the stunning 85km Old Ghost Road and with more than 2,600 metres of ascent, the Old Ghost Ultra is the ultimate test in backcountry running. The 2022 event is full, but you can still join the waitlist or start plotting your run-up to 2023!

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25 February — 1 March 2022

Tour Aotearoa

The brainchild of the Kennett Brothers, the TA is one of the world’s greatest bikepacking trips – a 3000km odyssey stretching the length of New Zealand. This epic, self-supported brevet takes in many of the country’s top trails, including nine Great Rides and 11 Heartland Rides, linked with other memorable cycle routes. You have between 10 and 30 days to finish – no more no less!

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March 2022

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5 March 2022

Macpac Motatapu

For one day only each year, the trails of the Motatapu in the stunning Wānaka–Queenstown high country welcome thousands of competitors to one of New Zealand’s favourite off-road sporting events. Run or ride this iconic event, choosing from the 47km MTB Race, 15km Miners Trail, 42km Marathon and the 52.5km Ultra Run.

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April 2022

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9 — 10 April 2022

Enduro World Series Nelson

Round three of the Enduro World Series moves to Nelson for the first time! Come and watch some of the world's best mountain bikers in action on the the city's steep, natural and gnarly trails. Or, if you've got what it takes, ride some or all of the EWS course in one of three events...

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15 — 16 April 2022

The Big Easy

The Big Easy, held on the Hawke’s Bay Trails every Easter, is the ultimate antidote to all those serious Lycra-laden cycle-race events. Involving around 40km of very social, easy cycling, riders are encouraged to take all day and enjoy the Bay’s many tasty distractions along the way, ending with a fabulous winery concert.

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May 2022

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14 May 2022

Hawke's Bay Marathon

Run away on the New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Hawke’s Bay Marathon, taking in the region’s best highlights, with flat, easy running along the Hawke's Bay Trails cycle network, quiet country roads and past vineyards and orchards. Cross the finish-line at the iconic Elephant Hill Estate & Winery where you can celebrate in style.

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