Words by NZ Enduro | Images by Sven Martin, Tim Bardsley-Smith, Boris Beyer, Duncan Philpott, Digby Shaw

After three successful sold out years the fourth annual Santa Cruz NZ Enduro opens for registration this Friday. This three-day multi-stage enduro race will take place from March 9-11, 2018 in beautiful Marlborough on the top of New Zealand’s South Island. It is home to some of New Zealand’s most scenic and sacred trails.


Last year saw racers from seventeen countries take the start with Damien Oton and Ines Thoma taking the overall win.

Photo: Boris Beyer

Massive crowd at the riders meeting before everything started! Photo: Boris Beyer

Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith

The entry link will be posted on the NZ Enduro Facebook page and NZ Enduro website on 17th of November at 7 am AEDT (9 am NZDT). Entries will be open for 36 hours. 140 Successful applicants will be drawn and notified by direct email. You will be able to submit group entries if you are travelling with a partner or group of friends.

Get to the choppa! Photo: Digby Shaw

Cedric Gracia. Photo: Boris Beyer

Basic Facts: Three wild days of racing and riding with your mates around the Marlborough Sounds, NZ. Close to the Picton Ferry terminal and South Island towns of Nelson and Blenheim. Natural trails, native NZ beech forest, scenic liaisons, challenging, fast, flowy, technical and steep at times. Laid back vibe and atmosphere. No start order or set liaison times. Professional timing, ride with your friends, have a swim if you want. Race entry costs are $375 NZD and that includes shuttles, helicopter uplift, food, beer, BBQ and good times, not to mention the infamous NZ Enduro swag bag on sign up.

Mark Scott. Photo: Digby Shaw

Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith

Both Facebook and the website will be updated with the latest information.

Kia Ora

Sven and Anka Martin

Anka Martin. Photo: Sven Martin

There is nothing better than a well deserved dip in a mountain stream to finish off a fantastic weekend of racing! Photo: Digby Shaw

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NZ Enduro is thinking globally and acting locally, partnering with local providers, food and refreshments sourced locally and giving back directly to MTB trail advocacy programs targeting the trails we are using through the Marlborough MTB club and trailfund.org.nz with a raffle. 

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