ABOUT OUR EVENT

The Mavora Explorer is an event with several different mountain biking and running categories offering a chance for everyone to join in. Take the opportunity to challenge yourself while exploring a stunning and secluded corner of the Te Anau Basin. This event is a fundraiser for Mararoa School and is proudly brought to you by our amazing Mararoa School Community.

Challenge yourself and race hard, or take it easy and enjoy the views - there is something for everyone. Mavora Explorer is back and we would love you to join us!

Early Bird Entry open now. Enter before the 15th of December 2021 to beat the $10.00 price increase!

7 Events
1 Day
600 Athletes

The Dale Dash - 12 km Run

Race Briefing: 8:35am | Race Starts: 8:40am | Entry Fee: $80.00 (earlybird $70.00)

Start your dash with a gradual climb from the Mararoa Station yard and up the Thomas Burn and see Mt Prospect in the distance, before you cross over into the Dale Valley. Here you have Mt Prospect at your left and Mt Hamilton to your right.

Heading through into Mararoa Downs, you start the climb where you will be rewarded with fabulous scenery of the Te Anau Basin with Lake Manapouri and Fiordland Mountain Ranges.

Trail along farm tracks as you make your way back down the valley where the Dale Creek meets the Mararoa River then onto the Finish Line!

*All entries receive a Mararoa Burger and a non-alcoholic beverage*

The Mararoa Half - 21 km

Race Briefing: 7:55am | Race Starts: 8:00am | Entry Fee: $100.00 (Earlybird $90.00)

As you head out on the Mararoa Half you begin with a gradual climb up the Thomas Burn. Coming alongside Lake Thomas you run on to the base of Mt Prospect and alongside lush native tussock and bush. Keep an eye out for any deer! Turning away from Mt Prospect you then run down into the Dale Valley.

Cross properties into Mararoa Downs and push yourself up the hill to see the fantastic view of the Te Anau Basin, Lake Manapouri, and Fiordland’s towering mountain ranges in the distance.

On the home run now, you follow farm tracks down to where the Dale Creek meets the Mararoa River and the river takes you onward to the Finish Line back at Mararoa Station.

*All entries receive a Mararoa Burger and a non-alcoholic beverage*

The Sawmill Sweat - 30 km Bike

Race Briefing: 8:45am | Race Starts: 8:50am | Entry Fee: $80.00 (Earlybird $70.00)

Head off from the Start Line on Mararoa Station with a gradual climb up the Thomas Burn. Mt Prospect is in the distance as you cross over into the Dale Valley, with Mt Hamilton on your right.

Biking on into Mararoa Downs push into the big climb where you are rewarded with fabulous scenery of the Te Anau Basin with Lake Manapouri and Fiordland National Park filling the horizon.

Next up is some undulating ground to cover before heading up the historical Sawmill Gully, where you have Snowdon Forest to your left and steep hills to your right. Once you scurry up the gully you bike through a small archway of native bush to come into The Chimneys.

Cutting around to the right, you bike alongside the Mararoa River, where it is all downhill from here as the river leads you back to the Finish Line.

*All entries receive a Mararoa Burger and a non-alcoholic beverage*

The Snowdon Slog - 45km Bike

Race Briefing: 8:25am | Race Starts: 8:30am | Entry Fee: $100.00 (Earlybird $90.00)

Start on a gradual climb from the Mararoa Station yard up the Thomas Burn with Mt Prospect in the distance. Soon you come up alongside Lake Thomas and continue to the base of Mt Prospect where you pedal beside native tussock and lush native bush. Turn with Mt Prospect now behind you and Mt Hamilton in your forefront, and head down into the Dale Valley.

Cross properties into Mararoa Downs and have a steep climb up, up, up to be rewarded with fabulous scenery of the Mararoa Basin with Lake Manapouri and Fiordland Mountain Ranges in the backdrop.

You then have some undulating ground to cover before heading up the historical Sawmill Gully, where you have Snowdon Forest on your left and steep hills to your right. Once you reach the top of the gully you cross through an archway of native bush before passing through The Chimneys.

Then you head into the stunning native Snowdon Forest for 1.5kms where the track leads you to Camp David and an aid station with fresh water waiting for you. From Camp David, you have a sharp pinch onto the Steep Track. This track follows the original track back out through the native beech forest, and then it’s all downhill from here following alongside the Mararoa River which leads you back to the finish line.

*All entries receive a Mararoa Burger and a non-alcoholic beverage*

Electric Hullaballoo - 45km E-Bike

Race Briefing: 9:00am | Race Starts: 9:15am | Entry Fee: $70.00 (Earlybird $60.00)

Start out climbing up from the Mararoa Station yard up the Thomas Burn with Mt Prospect in the distance. Soon you come up alongside Lake Thomas and continue to the base of Mt Prospect where you bike beside native tussock and lush native bush. Turn with Mt Prospect now behind you and Mt Hamilton in your forefront, and head down into the Dale Valley.

Cross properties into Mararoa Downs and have a steep climb up, up, up to be rewarded with fabulous scenery. Stop, have a cuppa, and enjoy the view of Te Anau Basin, Lake Manapouri, and the Fiordland Mountain Ranges.

You then have some undulating ground to cover before heading up the historical Sawmill Gully, where you have Snowdon Forest on your left and steep hills to your right. Once you reach the top of the gully you cross through an archway of native bush before passing through The Chimneys.

Then you head into the stunning native Snowdon Forest with dappled sunlight peeking through (on a good day!). Follow the track for 1.5kms before arriving at Camp David and an aid station with fresh water waiting for you. From Camp David, you have a sharp pinch onto the Steep Track which follows the original track back out through the native beech forest. Then it’s all downhill from here to the finish line, following alongside the cool, clear Mararoa River.

*All entries receive a Mararoa Burger and a non-alcoholic beverage*

Waewae Pedal - Duathlon

Race Briefing: 8:10am | Race Starts: 8:15am | Entry Fee: $120.00 (Earlybird $110.00)

Start your duo with the run and a gradual climb from the Mararoa Station yard and up the Thomas Burn and see Mt Prospect in the distance, before you cross over into the Dale Valley. Here you have Mt Prospect at your left and Mt Hamilton to your right.

Heading through into Mararoa Downs you start the climb where you will be rewarded with fabulous scenery of the Te Anau Basin, Lake Manapouri, and Fiordland Mountain Ranges.

Trail along farm tracks as you make your way back down the valley where the Dale Creek meets the Mararoa River then back into the Mararoa Station yards for transition.

Your bike heads off again up the same direction as your run and crosses through the Dale Valley and up the other side where you then meet some undulating ground to cover before heading up the historical Sawmill Gully. Here you have Snowdon Forest to your left and steep hills to your right. Once you reach the top of the gully you bike through a small archway of native bush to come into The Chimneys.

Cutting around to the right you bike alongside the Mararoa River, where it is all downhill from here as the river leads you back to the Finish Line.

*All entries receive a Mararoa Burger and a non-alcoholic beverage*

5km Family Walk

Family Walkers Start: 9:30am - 12:30pm | Entry Fee: $20.00 per family

For those with little legs or ageing joints, you can enjoy a gentle 5km wander across easy undulating tracks. Keep your eyes peeled to follow the clues along the way to find the answer!

Family walkers may register on the day from 9:30am - 12:15pm.

OUR EVENTS


45 km Bike

The Snowdon Slog


12 km Run

The Dale Dash


30 km Bike

The Sawmill Sweat


21 km Run

The Mararoa Half


E-Bike Ride

Electric Hullaballoo


Duathlon

Waewae Pedal


5km Walk

Family Walk

Challenge yourself and race hard, or take it easy and enjoy the views - there is something for everyone to take part in. Mavora Explorer is back and we would love you to join us!

Frequently Asked Questions

All tracks wind through two separate farms, there is a mix of uphill and down, with some spectacular views on the way. A mix of Grade 2 Easy to Grade 3 Intermediate. Check out the course descriptions to get a feeling for what each course is like
There will not be a detailed inspection of your gear at check-in UNLESS there is a serious weather warning in place. We do however highly recommend you carry adequate clothing especially if you are walking the 21km event.
This is Fiordland and we can sometimes experience ‘4 seasons in one day’. We do however expect it to be hot being February and ask that athletes wear and carry sufficient clothing for this time of year (Hats, Visors recommended).
The event will still go ahead in the event of sleet or rain. We will only cancel if there are floods or natural causes or an earthquake that has or is likely to wash away the track. The race director's decision is final.

Pre-event sign-in will be at Mararoa School, Te Anau Mossburn Highway at The Key on Friday 11 February between 4pm-7pm, we strongly advise you to attend here if possible to complete the paperwork and collect your race numbers. Late sign in will still be available on Saturday morning, please allow plenty of time

If you have signed in and collected your race numbers the evening before you just need to arrive and warm up ready for the race briefing at least 30 minutes prior to your event start. Events are timed electronically, the transponder you are issued with will correspond to your race number. Bike plates must be attached to the front of your bike and race bibs must be worn.

  • 7:00am - Sign In: All Events Sign In at HQ Tent
  • 7:45am - Sign In closes for 45km Bike, 21km & Duathlon
  • 7:55am - 21km Race Briefing
  • 8:00am - 21km Race Starts
  • 8:10am - Duathlon race Briefing
  • 8:15am - Duathlon Race Starts
  • 8:25am - 45km MTB race Briefing
  • 8:30am - 45km MTB Race Starts
  • 8:30am - Sign In closes for 30km Bike, E Bike and 12km Run
  • 8:35am - 12km Race Briefing
  • 8:40am - 12km Race Starts
  • 8:45am - 30km MTB race Briefing
  • 8:50am - 30km MTB race Starts
  • 9.00am - 30km E Bike race Briefing
  • 9.15am - 30km E Bike Race Starts
  • 2:30pm - Prizegiving
Aid Stations will be placed strategically around the courses. First Aid will be onsite at the start/finish line. Please note: Disposable cups will not be available onsite- please bring your own drink bottle, hydration pack or reusable cup. Portaloos will be available at the start/finish line.

Also onsite there will be:

  • A Massage Tent
  • Coffee & Real Fruit Ice-Creams
  • BBQ
  • Wild Rides to help with bikes

Yes, although there is a $20 admin fee. Changes to be made in writing (email)
We cannot run this event without volunteers. We have a core number of volunteers that love to help each year, but as our event grows we will need more. We would welcome you to email us if you are keen to help.

OUR SPONSORS

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a sponsor


Contact Us

OUR POLICIES


Location

Address: Mavora Lakes Road, Mavora, Southland

Website: www.mavoraexplorer.co.nz

Mail: info@mavoraexplorer.co.nz