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Tussock Adventure

January 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Important Notice


Early on line registrations are now closed.

However we will accept entries on the day the on the day Fee will be $80.00

To enter on the day you will need to be at the Waiouru Museum car park at 7.30 AM on Saturday the 6th of Jan.

You will also only be able to pay for your entry in Cash. On arrival please report to Diana, you will then need to complete an entry form and be checked in.

These formalities will have to be completed by 8.00am. If you are late then we may not be able to process your entry before the briefing commences

See You There!!




TUSSOCK ADVENTURE is a one day guided adventure bike ride that travels through the 63,000 ha Waiouru Military Training Area. This is a unique opportunity to spend a full day riding where few ever get the opportunity in their life-times to go.


Multiple riding groups are available:


Big bike and pillion rider friendly- these will travel only on gravel roads

Smaller bikes with knobbly/adventure tyres- these will travel a mixture of gravel and smooth flowing tank tracks.



Saturday 6 January 2018

Date has deliberately been chosen to coincide with those returning to work on Monday


This is a full day within the military training area.

0800hr: Meet at the National Army Museum at Waiouru

0815hr: Depart museum and enter the military secure zone; If you are not at the 0800hr meeting point then there is absolutely no way of getting into the military camp. Once inside the gate, we will have a comprehensive safety brief before splitting into groups and commencing the ride.

1800hr: We undertake to have you out of the training area and safely back onto SH1 no later than this. We will aim for 1700hr but depending upon the number of photos taken and places visited, it could be 1800hr


The route will vary depending upon the group you choose to ride in.

Anticipated distance will be a maximum of 200km. You will visit within the training area the military airfield, urban fighting village, Lake Moawhango including the dam and power station, the Kaimanawa horse herds, multiple military installations and shooting ranges, Moawhango River, military huts and much more.

Regardless of the group you choose, the scenery is unique. You will travel from lush green grasslands (many Kaimanawa wild horses are here) through thousands of hectares of tussock to bare rocky slopes at approximately 1300m.

There are fantastic photographic opportunities along the way and you are able to stop and take photos. However, you will be in an active military training area so some things cannot be photographed. You will be advised of these.



We have just had confirmed a special accommodation deal at the Powder Horn Chateau in Ohakune.
The Powder Horn has advised that January is a busy time for them. So my suggestion is that if you would like to avail yourself of this special offer that you contact them ASAP before it and other rooms are sold out.
The phone number is 06 385 8888. When you ring please specify that you are part of Offlimits Tussock adventure.
The deal is if you stay for Friday and Saturday nights. The room rate is $220 a night. The room rate includes breakfast. That has a normal cost per night if there are two people in the room,  bed and breakfast is $312.00 so its a huge discount.
Thank you Powder Horn we really appreciate your support         

What to bring

Once you enter the military training area, there is absolutely nothing you can buy. Turn up at 0800hr with the following:

  • A bike capable of travelling up to 200km (there is no fuel resupply)
  • Food and water for the entire day
  • Suitable riding equipment for rain and cold weather- you will be going to about 1300m asl.
  • Sunhat, sunglasses
  • Photographic equipment

What sort of bike is recommended?

This is a leisurely adventure bike ride. Military rules dictate slow speeds on the gravel roads so almost any motorbike will be suitable – other than dirt bikes and high performance street bikes. The different groups will cater for big and small bikes, pillion or non-pillion, adventure tyres or knobblies. You do not have to be a competent gravel road rider to be able to handle the military roads- they are all fantastic.

We are traveling on a mixture of private and public roads so current motorbike registration is  required.  All bikes must be in a safe condition. The Organisers reserve the right to eliminate any unsafe or poorly maintained Bikes

How to register

Entry fee is only $60. Follow the instructions to register. The number of entries will be restricted to 150 Bikes. Early registration will avoid disappointment.

In the unlikely event of registrations not reaching the maximum cut off number by Jan 2nd 2018. A limited number of ‘On the Day’ registrations will be accepted. The entry fee is $80 and payable by cash only

We must have your motorbike registration plate number and rider name to get you past the security checkpoint.



January 6
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Waiouru Military Area
Waiouru Military Area New Zealand + Google Map
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