The Martinborough
Skyline Challenge & Family Day

23 APRIL, 2022

Four Courses
Mountainbiking, Running & Walking
Suitable for All Ages

The Martinborough Skyline Challenge


Saturday 23 April, 2022

Set on the private farmland of the historic Huangarua, Puruatanga and Oystershell farms, this family-friendly event is designed to give participants of varying abilities a chance to experience the local Martinborough hills and farmlands while mountain-biking or cross-country running. There are even fabulous scenic walking opportunities as well.

The 2022 Event will be held under the COVID traffic light system so Vaccination Certificates are required for everyone aged 12 years and over. Children aged under 12 years and 3 months do not require vaccination certificates.

Details of COVID arrangements for the Event are described in the Terms & Conditions section of this website (here: Terms & Conditions – The Skyline Challenge). We will be updating this as and when the Government modifies its advice.

The courses are designed to make the most of the hilly terrain for the expert athletes, provide a challenge for weekend athletes and an easier course for novices or the whole family. There will also be a kids 3k course over flat terrain for riders 8 years of age and under. The 8k walk provides stunning autumn views over Martinborough Wine Village. Add music, food and other refreshments and you have the perfect day out for the whole family!

Please note that all courses, including the walk, do provide a challenge and some advance practice/training is advised for all participants.

Four Challenging Courses

32 km
Ride or Run

This Grade 3 ride is perfect for those looking for a mountainbike or extreme running challenge.

Starts at 8:30 am with an event briefing at 8:15 am.

16 km
Ride or Run

This demanding and quite hilly course is great for intermediate level riders or serious runners.

Starts at 9:15 am with an event briefing at 9:00 am.

8 km
Ride or Run

This family-friendly ride is ideal for getting out with the kids in the countryside, or as a personal challenge for less-experienced riders.

Starts at 10:00 am with an event briefing at 9:45 am.

8 km

We now have included a dedicated 8 km walk which will take you out the back of the historic Huangarua Station and up to stunning view points.

Starts at 9:40 am with an event briefing at 9:30 am.

PLUS 3 km Beginner’s Ride

A flat beginner’s course to introduce children eight years of age and under to the world of mountain biking.

Starts at 10:30 am with an event briefing at 10:15 am.

The Martinborough Skyline Challenge 2022 will start and finish at:

276 Ponatahi Road

The event is held on farmland which is opened to the public only once a year.
It passes through three historic sheep stations Huangarua, Oystershell and Puruatanga (now Martinborough Station), all originally owned by the Martin family. The views from the top look down on Martinborough and surrounding vineyards, South Wairarapa and the Kaikoura Ranges. The 32 km riders (on a challenging and testing grade three ride) will also be able to see the Longbush Valley to the East.

Directions: From the church at the corner of Princess Street and Kitchener Street head north along Princess Street (towards Masterton) and 276 Ponatahi Road is located 2.76 kilometres from the church.