cross-country mountainbike events calendar
Compiled by Craig & Rebekah, Christchurch Singletrack Club - last updated: 11 June 2024

The following is a frequently updated list of all the cross country mountainbike events we know of that may be of interest to cross country mountainbikers (particularly those of us from Canterbury). While we try to ensure details are correct, the Christchurch Singletrack Club take no responsibility if they are not. If you spot any errors or know of other events that should be included here then please let us know by flicking us an email (

To help with competitors and organisers scheduling events, we also list a few major road and multisport event dates (shown in green).

Past events: 2003 , 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007 , 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019 , 2020 , 2021 , 2022 , 2023 , 2024

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June 2024

Sun 16 June 2024 - Bridge to Bridge North - North Canterbury
15km, 30km and 60km courses, finishing in Kaiapoi just by the Bridge on Raven Quay. Bike from the Waimak River Gorge bridge to Kaiapoi along 4WD, stopbanks and forestry tracks.

Sun 23 June 2024 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Motukarara, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories.

July 2024

Sun 7 July 2024 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops.

1 - 7 July 2024 - BC Bike Race - British Columbia, CANADA
While we don't list many international events on here, this is one that several Kiwis have headed overseas for in previous years. They say it is more then a race, its the best 7 days you've ever experienced on a mountainbike. It's a tour of the West Coast of Canada's beautiful state of British Columbia - the trails, the towns, the lifestyle. Epic (avg 50km/day) or Challenge (avg 30km/day) Courses are 70% singletrack. This event sells out VERY fast and well ahead of the race date! All the details are at

Sun 14 July 2024 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Roto K, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories.

Sun 21 July 2024 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops.

Sun 28 July 2024 - Southern Cross Cyclocross Series - Spencer Park, Christchurch
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories.

August 2024

Sat 10-Sun 11 August 2024 - Cyclocross National Champs - Motukarara
Fun event with both cyclocross and MTB categories.

Sun 11 August 2024 - Canterbury MTB Series - Bottle Lake
15 and 30 km loops.

September 2024

October 2024

19 October 2024 - Ride The Rakaia,

25-27 October 2024 (Labour Weekend) - Whaka 100 MTB Marathon - Rotorua
The Southern Hemisphere's biggest MTB Marathon and festival. Courses for all to challenge themselves: 5km Kids, 10km Fun Ride, 25km, 50km, 100km and Miler (160km), including National Champs for XCM and Eliminator. Regardless of what course you decide to race one thing is guaranteed: you will be racing in one of the best mountain bike venues in New Zealand.

Sat 26 October 2024 (Labour weekend) - Dusky Trail - Twizel
A 40km course in the Mackenzie Country through iconic highcountry stations with magnificent views of Mount Cook, Lake Pukaki, and Lake Benmore. Involves a few river crossings and an overall vertical climb of over just 500m. The Trail follows 4WD farm tracks and has a small section of both singletrack and gravel road. More info at:

November 2024

Sat 2 November 2024 - 6 Hour Blast - McLeans Island
Usually 11km course of easy flat hardpacked gravel track at McLeans Forest Park, Christchurch.

Sat 16 November 2024 - Ride the Wilderness - West Coast Wilderness Trail, West Coast
Four different course options to suit all riders: 131 km Ross to Greymouth, 100 km Hokitika to Greymouth,64 km Cowboy Paradise to Greymouth, 26 km Kumara to Greymouth. Teams of 2 or 4 can race from Ross and teams of 2 from Cowboy Paradise. See

30 November 2024 - Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge,

Sat 30 November 2024 - Huka Steamer - Taupo
60km MTB event run alongside the big Taupo roadie event.

December 2024

Sun 1 December 2024 - Bridge to Bridge - North Canterbury
Bike 58km from the Waimak River Gorge bridge to SH1 along 4WD, stopbanks and forestry tracks. Also a 115km Enduro option which heads up the North Bank and down the South Bank. Other options are the 30km Willows to SH1 course and a 12km recreational ride.

January 2025

February 2025

Sun 1 February 2025 (Waitangi Weekend) - Gold Trail MTB Ride - Shantytown, West Coast
A 40km ride from Shantytown to Moana (Lake Brunner).

7-8 February 2025 - Coast to Coast,

March 2025

Sat 1 March 2025 - Karapoti Classic - Wellington
Based in Wellington's rugged Akatarawa Ranges, 10k north of Upper Hutt City, the Karapoti Classic is renowned as the Southern Hemisphere’s longest running mountain bike event. Established in 1986, this old-school adventure ride combines a huge but achievable challenge with historic trails, superb scenery and an awesome social scene. With options ranging from the feature 50km Classic to the 20km Challenge and the Kids' 5km Klassic, Karapoti has something for everyone.

Sat 1 March 2025 - Motatapu, Wanaka
A 47km scenic ride from Glendhu Bay, Wanaka, to the historic and beautiful Arrowtown. This is your once a year opportunity to experience the breathtaking high country terrain and traverse the Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations.

22 March 2025 - Le Race,

26-30 March 2025 - Volcanic Epic MTB Stage Race - Rotorua
Ride. Relax. Repeat. NZ's biggest MTB stage race, riding the best singletrack the geothermal plateau has to offer. Blast the 35-55km stages in the morning, and chill and explore in the afternoons ready to do it all again the next day. Your ultimate stage race adventure.

April 2025

Sat 5 April 2025- The Hanmer Hundy - Hanmer Springs
1, 2 or 4 laps of a 25 km course that utilises most of the great Hanmer singletrack network.

Sat 5 April 2025 - The Mackenzie - Lake Tekapo
A lap of Lake Tekapo with 73 & 92km options, and 34 & 78km options for out and back courses.

Sun 6 April 2025 - Porirua Grand Traverse - Porirua, Wellington
Established in 2006, the PGT is the grand tour of Porirua's spectacular hills, harbour and coastline. Tackle the full 58km multisport event, or have a crack at the 28km MTB ride on Rangituhi's amazing singletrack paradise. Something for everyone - all ages, all abilities, all amazing! Enter at

18 - 21 April 2025 = EASTER WEEKEND

May 2025

17 May 2025 - Highlander MTB Challenge by Whaka 100 - Rotorua
A journey you won't forget from the Whaka 100 team. The event, offering 11, 22 and 42km courses, aims to pack as much fun and flow into one event as possible without too much hard core. The perfect training event. Whether you’re a first timer or an experienced rider, their courses are packed with singletrack, surprises and scenery that will have you smiling from start to finish.
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