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. Entries will open May 1st 2023.
Starts 10:00am Saturday 18th November. All teams have up to 6 hours to collect as many CP's and be back at the finish by 4:00pm. This race is perfect for those new to Adventure Racing or who maybe have some experience in other multisport/ adventure activities. Team size can be two, three or four person and a support crew is not required. The core disciplines will be mountain biking and trekking with a few mystery activities for good measure. Terrain may include farm tracks/ 4WD and gravel roads and farm/ hills and small bush sections. Rogaine style sections will be a feature- allowing you to make strategic choices about your route and abilities. The actual race location will be revealed closer to the start date, and the later start time of 10:00am will enable teams to travel in the morning and avoid having to find accommodation near Marokopa for the Friday night.
Starts 8 am Saturday 18th November. All teams must be finished by 8pm Saturday evening.
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. Rogaine style sections will enable teams to strategize and work to their strengths and abilities.
Team size can be two, three or four person. A support crew will be required for this year's race. The core disciplines will be mountain biking and trekking. There will be no paddling section this year.
Starts at 10 am on Saturday 18th November, with expected finish times between 9-11 am on Sunday 19th November.
Teams are FOUR person only- mixed, male or female. The premier category is the Mixed Team division, and the winning team will be allocated maximum points for the NZ Adventure 1 Series, more details can be found on the Adventure 1 website.
A Support Crew will be required for this year's race. We have aimed to limit the late night/ early morning workload for support crews, meaning a decent night's sleep should be achievable and a box drop will be utilised later in the race.
There will be Packrafting sections this year, grade 1-2, and will include opportunities to hike with rafts (and all associated gear) with your good sized packs, then paddle, then trek. Transition practice could be crucial!
The main difference between the 12 and 24 hour races, aside from the obvious double the hours out racing, is that 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!
Race registration and general briefing for the 12 and 24 hour teams is at 8pm Friday 18th November at the Marokopa Community Hall, Carley Reeve Drive. Race Briefings will be one hour before start times on Saturday. But as we all know, these timings are subject to change for a variety of reasons- we will keep you all well posted! If you can't make it to the Friday briefing let us know and we can sort you on the Saturday morning.
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 rogaine sections where some CPs can be collected in any order and are 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.
Adult 2 Person Early Bird (until July 31) $280 Standard Rate Aug 1 -November 15 $340
Adult 3 Person Early Bird (until July 31) $420 Standard Rate Aug 1 -November 15 $510
Adult 4 Person Early Bird (until July 31) $560 Standard Rate Aug 1 -November 15 $680
School students are half price in the 6, 12 and 24 Hour races. Student teams can use code "Student50" to activate the discount.
Email us with details for other student discounts (tertiary etc)
Adult 2 Person Early Bird (until July 31) $420 Standard Rate Aug 1 -November 15 $480
Adult 3 Person Early Bird (until July 31) $630 Standard Rate Aug 1 -November 15 $720
Adult 4 Person Early Bird (until July 31) $840 Standard Rate Aug 1 -November 15 $960
Adult 4 Person Early Bird (until July 31) $1280 Standard Rate Aug 1 -November 15 $1400
The race will involve the AR standards of Trekking and Mountain Biking, utilizing a variety of terrain. Mystery activities may pop up on course, sometimes for fun, sometimes useful, and sometimes for Nev's amusement!
Maps will be standard NZ Topo50 type, 1:50,000 scale topographic maps, printed on waterproof paper.
The race will take teams through some remote areas and will involve racing through the night for the 24HR teams. 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
Jacket (water/wind proof)
Food and Drink for the entire race/ each stage
Survival Bag (silver foil type)
Sleeping Bag (only one per team required for 12 hour, one per person for 24 hour)
Backpack to carry it all
Team Gear (can be carried by anyone in the team)
Cell Phone 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.
Multi purpose knife (eg. Swiss Army)
First Aid Kit (minimum= plasters, small and large bandages, tape, paracetamol, crepe rolls, anti-histamines)
2 x Compass
Tent Fly -24 Hr teams only, (or full tent, especially if weather looks rough, bring both and we will decide Friday night)
PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) -12/24 hour teams only
Tracker- 24 hour teams only- supplied.
Bike Gear (only needed for bike legs)
Bike lights- front and flashing red rear.
Spare tubes, Pump, Bike tool kit
24HR race will require a support crew.
12HR race will require a support crew.
6HR race 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.
Campsite option- basic, flat, sheltered paddock available, 3km from Marokopa, portaloos and sheltered cooking area, but no power or jacuzzi. Campsite open from 4pm Friday afternoon.