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


Sophie, WTR Marketing



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