Fletcher gets his first bike!

This year we’re starting a new column that takes a kid’s perspective on the Wanaka Trail Ride. To help us on our quest to inform and occasionally entertain, we’ve recruited young Fletcher (age 9), who recently got his first bike and is happy to share his thoughts. Thanks, Fletcher! Love the smile, mate!

In the week leading up to getting my motorbike, I felt quite excited and anxious. I was a bit scared I would crash and get hurt when I got my bike but I was also looking forward to giving it a go.

This wasn’t my first time ever riding a motorbike. It was however my first time on an 80cc. I had ridden my friend’s Yamaha yet never had a bike of my own. I really wanted my own bike so I could have a bit of fun and didn’t have to go and ask my friend if I could borrow hers.

I had waited for ages for Dad to come home with my motorbike. I had been counting down the hours. The funny thing is I didn’t even notice Dad coming home. My sister told me he had.

I rushed up to Dad, said a quick hello then opened the back of the ute to see my motorbike. My little sister said “sick!” I, however, was a bit worried about the oil coming out of my new motorbike. Dad had put it on its side to bring it home and it was leaking.

We got it out of the ute and pushed it over to the shed. We cleaned it up and did a check on it. We checked that it had petrol, that it had enough 2-stroke oil and that it had clean air going into the engine.

Then Dad taught me some of the essential motorbike safety rules like how to switch my motorbike to reserve if I ran out of fuel. And if I crashed, and I couldn’t get my bike started again, that I should holler for help. Then I learned how to get it started.

“Wooooooohoooo, I’ve got my own bike now!”

Next time, Fletcher is going to tell us how his first ride on his new bike went. Just remember, Fletch, just 75 more sleeps to your first Wanaka Trail Ride!

WTR 2018 – The Essentials!

  • WTR 2018 is happening on Sunday 22nd April – Be sure to enter the date into your calendar!
  • Same online registration system as last year
  • Online registration opens from Monday 12th March
  • Pre-register online and WIN


We’re continuing with the same successful online registration system as last year. This means you can WIN and SAVE!!

All riders who register online go into our regular draws to WIN prizes from our sponsors. You save time too when you pick up yourregistration pack, which is available on the day before the event for those who register online.

Otherwise you can collect your pack when you register on the day of the ride at the base paddock

(opens at 7:30 am).

Online registration opens from Monday 12th March 2018.  Registration link: https://wanakatrailride.org/registration/

2018 Prices

Online registration:
Adults (16 years+)$65 including lunch
$55 excluding lunchJunior (under 16 years)
$20 including lunch
$10 excluding lunch

Registration on the day:
Adults: $65 excluding lunch
Junior: $20 excluding lunch

NB: Children using the pee-wee track only ride for free



We’re encouraging friends and family of riders to join in as volunteers. There’s an info session for marshals at Rhyme & Reason bar inWanaka in a few weeks. So if you’re interested in marshalling or marking out the tracks in the weeks prior to event day, come along and meet the managers and crew.

Click here to find out more or email Gillian at volunteer@wanakatrailride.org (ph: 021 500 394) for more info and to make sure you get an invite to our info session.

There are roles for everyone: pre-event, baking & catering, parking, registration, track marking & signage, bike marshalling, first aid, and photography!

“Was such a buzz to be able to help at this extremely well-run event, making money for our local kids! Thank you for involving me.”

– Volunteer


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