The race will be held in the Marokopa/ Waitomo area, one of the North Island's best kept adventure secrets. The region is full of adventure potential- hills, rivers, farms, bush and more hills.

Just under two hours drive from New Plymouth and 90 minutes from Hamilton- it's easy accessible from all over the North Island.


6 HOUR- The new 'Mini-Munter' starts at 10 am on Saturday 23rd November. All teams must be finished by 4pm Saturday afternoon. The race does not need a support crew and can be raced in teams of 2, 3, or 4. This is perfect for teams new to Adventure Racing- the optional checkpoints allow teams to play to their strengths and choose the level of challenge. Mountain biking (road, farm tracks, gravel roads) and trekking (farm land, bush tracks) make up the majority of the race, with a few mystery activities for good measure! With a generous 10 am start time, teams don't need to arrive in Marokopa until 9:00 am, with a briefing and maps at 9:20 am- this makes the Mini Munter an ideal day trip strike mission from most places in the North Island- no need for accommodation extras!  With a BBQ at the finish and a short prize giving, you'll get to share tales with team mates, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a bit of Marokopa hospitality!


12 HOUR: Starts 8 am Saturday 23rd November. All teams must be finished by 8pm Saturday evening. There is NO KAYAKING this year and the race can be completed WITHOUT a support crew. This race is perfect for those newer to Adventure Racing- maybe have some experience in 6 hour races or other multisport/ adventure activities. The main requirement is the ability to keep moving (at whatever your pace is) for close to 12 hours- the optional checkpoints will allow all teams to finish within the 12 hours- those with greater pace/ navigation skill can obviously collect a few more CPs, but course completion will certainly be achievable for all teams.


24 HOUR: Starts at 11 am on Saturday 23rd November, with expected finish times between 9-11 am Sunday 24th November. NO KAYAKING this year and the hour race can be completed WITHOUT a support crew. Aside from the obvious double the hours out racing, the 24 hour race will involve greater difficulty in navigation, especially with the 10 or so hours of darkness. Route choice and strategy will also be an increased feature. Perfect for teams wanting to step up into longer length races, or are training for GODZone, or are just suckers for punishment and want to be an ultimate Munter!

Teams are FOUR person only- mixed, male or female. The premier category is the mixed team division and the highest placed mixed team will earn the overall title.  Adventure 1 series points are up for grabs this year, with the 'Munter being the last race in the NZ series and the overall A1 winner gaining a free entry into the 2020 GODZone race in Rototrua.

Race registration and general briefing for the 12 and 24 hour teams is at 8pm Friday night at the Marokopa Community Hall, Carley Reeve Drive. Race Briefings will be one hour before start times on Saturday. 6 Hour teams do not need to assemble at the hall until 9am Sat.


We receive plenty of questions about the race format for the 'Munter. While some races have all compulsory checkpoints and the CPs must be collected in numerical order (or face penalties or become unranked), the Marokopa Munter format will involve several rogaine sections where CPs can be collected in any order and are all optional. This way, teams can choose their level of challenge and use strategy to maximise their strengths.  

All teams have either 6, 12 or 24 hours to collect as many CPs as they can and be back at the finish line within the allotted time. Decision making, teamwork and strategy will play a big part in teams' success.


24 HOUR:

Teams of FOUR only-  Includes a deluxe meal at the prize giving on Sunday lunchtime.

Early Bird rate: $800 team ($200 per person) April 20- May 31st

Standard Entry: $960 team. ($240 per person) June 1st- October 31st

Late Entry: $1080 team. ($270 per person) This rate kicks on November 1st- unless race entries are full.

Secondary School teams are able to enter (half price), but will need to contact the race director to supply suitable credentials/ experience.

University and Tertiary students are HALF PRICE TOO! Please email details through when you enter online.

Hillary Challenge Alumni- email for details.


12 HOUR:

Teams of FOUR only-  Includes a deluxe meal at the prize giving on Sunday lunchtime.

Early Bird rate: $560 team ($140 per person) April 20- May 31st

Standard Entry: $680 team. ($170 per person) June 1st- October 31st

Late Entry: $800 team. ($200 per person) This rate kicks on November 1st- unless race entries are full.


Teams of TWO- $240 ($120 per person) Includes a BBQ at finish line on Saturday.

Teams of THREE- $360 ($120 per person) 

Teams of FOUR- $480 ($120 per person)

Students half price. 

The race will involve the AR standards of Trekking and Mountain Biking, utilizing a variety of terrain. No kayaking for the 2019 race- just plenty of quality time biking, trekking and a few mysterious activities...

Maps will be standard NZ Topo50 type, 1:50,000 scale topographic maps. We suggest bringing 'Coverseal' type materials to waterproof them. 

The  Adventure 1 series has recommenced in 2019 with a new look multiple race series using North and South Island races to find an overall champion team to gain free entry into the Rotorua GODZone race in November 2020. CLICK HERE for the A1 NZ website.

The race will take teams through some remote areas and will involve racing through the night. Therefore the following gear list is not to be taken lightly. We expect all teams to have all the required gear for the entire race unless directed otherwise by race officials. It is not a definitive list, you may wish to take more gear- especially if the weather is more winter than spring!

Individuals must carry the following gear at ALL times unless instructed by the race director:


  • Fleece/ Merino Top

  • Thermal Top

  • Thermal Bottoms

  • Jacket (water/wind proof)

  • Gloves

  • Beanie

  • Whistle

  • Food and Drink for the entire race/ each stage

  • Headlamp torch

  • Survival Bag (silver foil type)

  • Sleeping Bag (only one per team required for 12 hour)

  • Dry bag

  • Backpack to carry it all


Team Gear (can be carried by anyone in the team)


  • Cell Phone (24hr teams: with GPS loaded with "I-HIKE" or similar mapping app. A GPS unit would be fine too- the phone or GPS will be placed in a provided sealed bag- emergency use only. This system is for 24 hr teams only.)

  • Multi purpose knife (eg. Swiss Army)

  • First Aid Kit (minimum= plasters, small and large bandages, tape, paracetamol,crepe rolls)

  • 2 x Compass

  • Tent Fly as minimum (or full tent, esp if weather looks rough-24 Hr only)

  • PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) 

Bike Gear  (only needed for bike legs)


  • Mountain Bike 

  • Helmet

  • Bike lights- front and flashing red rear.

  • Spare tubes, Pump, Bike tool kit 

6 Hour teams- same gear as 12/24 teams, except NO: Sleeping bags, tent fly, PLB.

The 24, 12 and 6 hour races will not require a support crew. 

Accommodation close to Marokopa can be harder to find if you leave it to the last minute. There are options on Bookabach and Air BnB, but they will go fast. There is a good campsite in the town:

Marokopa Campground
1 Ruaparaha Street
(07) 876 7511

Other accommodation options are available on Bookabach or Air BnB

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