Race Information

This event is run by the Woodbury School Support Group as one of our major fundraisers.  It is a multi-challenge event carefully designed to cater to and include as many as we can.


The inaugural event received great feedback in 2018. 

Woodbury School

Entry Fees​

PLEASE NOTE - Family registrations are for the 4km Fun Run/Bike and Historical Walk Only. Please Register as an INDIVIDUAL for the other events.  Family pass includes entry for up to 2 Adults and 2 children (12 years and under).

Click on Race for more information, please ensure you read the course description and safety information



Orari Gorge Station, 1021 Tripp Settlement Rd, Geraldine.  





Your time will be recorded by Sport Splits via a transponder. Please note the 4km Family Fun Run and the Station Hill Walk are not timed.

You must ensure that you start in the correct wave allocated to your race. Failing to start in the correct wave will result in the timing system disqualifying you. 



There will be two prize givings. First prize giving will be at 12pm for the 11km MTB and the 11 km Run. The final prize giving will be at 2pm for the remaining races and to draw the major spot prize, a mountain bike that has been generously donated by Bike Inc Timaru. 

Winners and Runner up of each category are recognised as well as the Queen and King of the Mountain awards. 

Registration, Fees & Refunds.

Race registration will be at Woodbury School, 559 Woodbury Road on Friday 8th November 3.15pm - 7pm and on the morning of the race at Orari Gorge Station between 8am and 9am


Online entries close midnight Wednesday 6th November . Entries can be made after this manually at registration but will not be eligible spot prizes. A $5 late fee is included in manual entries. 

Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Event Cancellation.

The event will only be cancelled if the creeks rise to a level that would result in unsafe running of the event.

Cancellation will be advised early on our Face book Page and on our Website.


No dogs. 


As this is a working station with livestock, dogs are not permitted under any circumstances, excluding guide dogs.



Cash & Eftpos.


Due to limited internet access on the station, we urge people attending to please bring cash for food, beverage and merchandise purchases. However, we will attempt to have a cash out facility available.




Pre Event Instructions


Race pack collection and Late Entries.


  • Race registration will be at Woodbury School, 559 Woodbury Road on Friday 8th November from 3.15pm to 7pm and on the morning of the race at Orari Gorge Station between 8am and 9am

  • Registration / Race Pack Collection and late Entries 8am-9am on Saturday 9th November at Orari Gorge Station 


Race Day Key Times.

    • Registration and Late Entries Closes: 9am 

    • Compulsory Briefing for all races: 9.30am

    • First Race will Start at 10am as follows: 

      • 10am:              37km and 21km Run 

      • 10.05am:        42km, 27km and 19km MTB (in waves) 

      • 10.15am:         11km Bike followed by the 11km run

      • 10.20am:        4kmFamily Fun Run / Walk / Bike 

      • 10.25am:        Station Hill Walk 

    •  Cut off times:

      • 19km MTB:       1 hour 30 minutes (11.35am) at the 9.6k mark

      • 27km MTB:      1 hour 45 minutes (11.50am) at the 13 km mark. 

      • 37km Run:       2 hours 30 minutes (12.30pm) at the 19km mark.

      • 42km MTB:      3 hours 20 minutes (1.25pm) from start time at the 32km mark.


    • Prize giving:

      • 12pm:           11 km Trail Run and 11 km Mountain Bike  

      • 2 pm            21km, 37km Trail Run, 19km, 27km and 42 km Mountain Bike and Major Spot                                               Prize 


Getting to Race Head Quarters. 


For everyone’s safety, Tripp Settlement Road will be closed from the intersection with Yates Road.  Competitors and supporters continue up this road and follow signs to the Race Head Quarters.  Volunteers will direct you where to park and further signs will direct you to Race HQ. 




  • Please ensure you have read the event rules.

  • Ensure you are carrying adequate warm clothes, food, water and bike repair tools (there is particularly sharp chip on some parts of the course).

  • There will be a water station on the 21km and 37km run, 19km, 27km and 42 km MTB courses.  – Water stations are shown on the map, please note some of these are large tanks of water only so ensure you are carrying a cup or bottle to fill with water.

  • Please look at the course descriptions and maps before choosing which race to enter. This event is held on steep and uneven terrain with stream crossings. Please consider this carefully, especially when entering younger competitors.


The organisers reserve the right to change start times and course routes at short notice if weather conditions necessitate this.








  • All competitors compete at their own risk and agree to abide by rules and observe safety requirements.

  • Competitors are required to have a sufficient level of skill and fitness for the race that they are entering.

  • All competitors must be competent walking, riding or carrying bikes across rivers up to 70cm deep.

  • All competitors entering the 11km run, 21km, 37km run, 10km bike, 19km, 27km bike and 42km bike must be competent at negotiating steep down hill and uneven terrain.

  • Organisers reserve the right to withdraw any competitor who shows signs of fatigue or otherwise putting themselves or others at risk.

  • Organisers reserve the right to enforce race cut off points if competitors do not reach certain points in the race by a specified time.



​Cut off times

If you do not reach the course cut of points by the times above you will be asked to turn around and run / bike back to the finish area.

A safety vehicle will be coming through at the end and if race officials deem you to be in need of assistance or a ride home due to your condition and/or timeframes you will be picked up.


ALL competitors must check in with the timekeepers at the finish line. If you are picked up you need to let them know you are back and will be registered as Did Not Finish (DNF)




  • The event will be held in all weather conditions unless irreparable damage to the environment will result, rivers are unable to be crossed safely, or the organisers believe that continuing to hold the event would risk the health and safety of competitors and volunteers.

  • Competitors must follow instructions of marshals and stay to the route described and marked by the organisers.

  • Competitors and their supporters must stay to the designated race hub area. No entry to other areas of Orari Gorge Station is permitted. Supporters are not permitted on any part of the course.

  • Competitors must carry all rubbish out with them, with the exception of cups from aid stations that MUST be dropped in bins that are situated by aid stations.

  • Any competitor caught dropping rubbish will be immediately disqualified.

  • All bikers must wear an approved bike helmet at all times while on his or her bike.

  • Competitors are to carry suitable clothing for the weather conditions.

  • Race numbers must be visible at all times, attached on the front of competitors bikes or on the chest of runners.

  • Listening to music with headphone or earbuds are NOT permitted.

  • Competitors are to give way to faster competitors who are passing them by sticking to the left where it is safe to do so.

  • All competitors are to attend the race briefing prior to all races as well as the race-specific briefing prior to their start time.

  • Competitors are expected to assist other entrants in the event of an accident or medical emergency as per the accident and emergency procedure.

  • NO DOGS are permitted at the event with the exception of guide dogs. Anyone who brings dogs to the venue will be asked to leave.

  • Smoking is NOT permitted at the Woodbury Hill Country Challenge

  • No drugs or alcohol are permitted at the Woodbury Hill Country Challenge

  • Please be aware that this is a commercial farm and has hazards typical of farms including culverts, vehicles, uneven terrain, overhanging branches, water races, and rocky outcrops.

  • Please do not climb fences or gates and ensure your children do not wander unsupervised.

  • Please do not disturb the natural environment.

  • Do not bring dogs or other pets onto the property.

  • Please note that you enter the property entirely at your own risk.

  • The owners accept no responsibility for any accidents to visitors.