Last Days to Pre-Register, Save and Win!

The tracks are marked, marshals primed, catering organised, health & safety prioritised, signs raised, helicopter’s hovering…

Wanaka Trail Ride is ready for you…


Are You Ready for Us?

Here’s a quick check list to cover all the important pre-ride basics:

  • You’ve pre-registered. If not, you’re missing the chance to save and win
  • You’ve shown your bike you love her!
    • Check motor oil
    • Check air filter
    • Check coolant and brake levels
    • Check chain and sprocket, lubed the chain
    • Clean the contacts
    • Check for loose nuts, spokes, etc.
    • Check control levers
    • Set the sag
    • Check the frame and footpegs for cracks
    • Check tyre pressure
    • Bleed the forks
  • Gas!
  • Read “Hammer and Tongs”


Hammer and Tongs

Just to be sure you have a great time, WTR’s own Grant Cagney has some sage advice for anyone who needs to be back at work on Monday.

“You don’t want to go too hard too fast right from the start,” he says.

Not that Grant wants to put a cap on fun, his words are intended for the wise. Like many well seasoned riders, he’s probably learnt a thing or two from others’ experiences, as well as his own.

“When the gates are open, you’ve got this bunch of bikes already there. The riders are rearing to go like a stampede,” he says. “It becomes a bit of a race for some of them.”

But standing back from the stampede are many other riders who are happy to give away the holeshot, secure in the knowledge that WTR is an all-day adventure ride. “They don’t rush to the gate,” Grant says. “Tearing around like a mad thing all weekend, you’re quite likely not going to end up at work on Monday.”

“If you go hammer and tongs right from the start, you’re probably going to have a bad day,” he says. “You’re best to build your speed, get into the swing of it and get comfortable on the bike.”

We figure he’s got a point. After all, there’s more than one way to brraaap. And come Monday, we’ll all make it to work.


Perfect for Pee Wees

Rumour’s been spreading that WTR is host to arguably the best Pee Wee track in New Zealand. Just sayin’.


Not So Fast!

Before you consign this newsletter to your trash, a little housekeeping. Please keep your speed down when passing properties on the gravel road on the way to the event. Much respect to the local residents!


WTR Teams Up for Poppy Appeal

Wanaka Trail Ride has pledged its volunteer hours to Serve for NZ: Anzac Day. In fact, we’ve pledged 500+ hours over Anzac weekend from over 80 volunteers!

Your entry to WTR 2017 is not only supporting Wanaka Primary School and Montessori Children’s House Wanaka. Because the event falls on Anzac weekend, we’re going to donate $1 of every entry fee to the Upper Clutha RSA’s annual Poppy Appeal. Lest we forget.


That Was So Last Week

You might not have heard, but last week we hit 100 registrations! Which means two lucky winners each received motorbike oil from Southfuels.

Congratulations to Mark Evans and Toby McLeod.

And good luck to ALL other registered riders for the next prize pool!

Keep the registrations coming riders…Our next prize pool will be drawn when we hit 150 when we’ll be giving away a free registration and a bike helmet. When we get to 200, there’s a $50 Torpedo gift voucher up for grabs!

So remember to pre-register by Saturday 22nd April for your chance to win.

All pre-registered riders can save time on event day by collecting your WTR packs from Wanaka primary school on Saturday 22nd April from 4–7 pm. We’ll also be taking new registrations and payments then as well.


Wanaka Trail Ride, 23rd April 2017 – Pre-register Today to Save Money and Time on the Day!

We’re just a few days out from our 2017 trail ride so here’s a final reminder for you to pre-register online to take advantage of our discounted entry fees.

Click on the link to take you straight to our registration page, easy as!

Need another reason to pre-register?

Here’s one:

Ride price on the day is $65 (adult) and $20 (child) excluding lunch, or $80 (adult) and $34 (child) including lunch (burger, drink and chocolate bar).

But, pre-register online today and pay for your ride with lunch for only $65 (adult) and $20 (child). Save !$$!

Here’s another:

If you pre-register, you automatically are entered our prize pool for some great giveaways!

And another:

All pre-registered riders have the opportunity to pick up their registration packs from Wanaka Primary School between 4 to 7 pm on Saturday 22nd April.

How good would it be to just turn up Sunday morning, jump on your bike and be ready to head out the gates on the go!


If you can’t pick up your registration pack on the Saturday, your pack will be pre-labelled for easy collection on the day at the separate fast-track registration tent set up beside the base paddock.

The cut-off for pre-registrations is Saturday 22 April so get in now to pre-register.



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