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Sat 29th - Sun 30th Oct 2022


Earlybird entry is now open.

Just a heads up for those of you maybe holding off entering The Halloween Howler in case of higher covid restrictions – we will be going ahead under level 2 restrictions although it will mean a limit of 100 entries (teams will count as one and each team should consider itself a mini bubble), we’re currently working out if we can work the transition area so as to allow for 100 each for the 12hr & 24hr options or if it will simply be 100 total – so get in quick! If cancellation is required due to level 3 or greater then we will offer a choice of options from transferring to a subsequent year, transferring to one of our other events or entry refund.

Bringing 12hr mtb racing back to Hanmer Springs and 24hr to the South Island– The Hanmer Halloween Howler is a 12 hr or 24hr endurance race set on a 12.5km loop in the awesome Hanmer forest single track network.

And being Halloween, please dress appropriately……

Awesome course, majority single track with short forest road sections

Elevation gain/loss approximately +/- 210m per lap.

The theme is Halloween so dress up…..

The race format is to do as many laps as possible of the 12.5km loop in either 12hrs or 24hrs

The race is open to solo riders, school teams (4 riders) and teams of 2-5 riders. The “race village” will be adjacent to Squirrel lake in the woodland walk area behind the car park on Jollies Pass rd – right on the boundary of Hanmer itself! The option to park a vehicle on your site will be weather dependent.

All teams will be allocated a 10x5m race site and depending on entry numbers Solo riders may have to bunk down with a team. Registration and entry to the race site will be from 7am on Sat morning.

Registration will be in the white marquee onsite, vehicle access will be via Pawsons Rd – just beyond the Jollies Pass car park area.

Those who wish to have their vehicle on their race site will be required to leave it there until after prize giving on Sat night! Those vehicles not staying onsite will be required to leave by 8:30am!

Prize giving for will be onsite as soon as practically possible after the race finish on Sunday.

Competitors staying onsite over night on Sat will be required to vacate immediately after prize giving on Sunday morning.

All riders will need front/rear lights from 5pm onwards, which should have sufficient capacity for 4 plus hours use.

All team members are expected to do at least one lap each!

Tracks will remain open to the public, so we expect all competitors to be respectful of other users and other competitors at all times.

There will be road control in place at the Jollies Pass road crossing (roughly half way round) and while there should be zero delay, all competitors are expected to obey any instructions given by the crossing staff.

More details to come as we confirm them…

NOTE: live Tracking not available for this race.

Entry Fees

Earlybird Entry – until 3oth Jun

General Entry – 1st Jul – 30th Sept

Late Entry accepted until 15th Oct

12hr Solo




12hr School Team




12hr Team per rider




24hr Solo




24hr Team per rider




Entry Cutoff

All entries close 15th Oct unless sold out prior! Numbers are limited!


For this year there will simply be an open class and Juniors U18.

Minimum age is 13 years old on race day.

School teams must be of 4 riders 12 hr (6 riders 24 hr). Mixed teams must be two girls/two boys.

Mixed teams must have no more than one person difference in men/women for 3 or 5 person teams and an even mix for 2 or 4 person teams.

Start Times

  • Start time TBC but will either 9am or 9:30am
Race briefing will be 10 minutes prior to a Le Mons style start.

Average Times

No data

Course Map

Course Elevation +/- 210m

Course Notes

The race will start with a Le Mons style run to your bikes on Pawsons Rd, heading down and onto Camp track to McIntyres Rd. Up McIntyres rd and onto Mach 1 and the course proper.

NOTE! There will be road control in place across Jollies Pass rd – please obey all instructions given by them!

Given the confined nature of the course there will not be any compulsory gear to carry, however you should be prepared for all weather conditions – including snow! Extreme conditions deemed likely to cause harm to competitors will result in adjustments to the distances or complete cancellation.

Lights will be compulsory from 5:30pm so ensure you have enough light capacity for up to 4 hours.



Be Prepared!

Competitors can expect any and all weather conditions – be prepared and stay adequately hydrated. There will be a main aid station/marshal point at the finish area junction.

Minimum Gear Requirements

There will not be any compulsory gear list but – it can go from hot sun to heavy snow in a matter of hours even in the height of summer so ensure you are prepared for all conditions.

Race Briefing

All Competitors must attend the race briefing –Race briefing will be 20 minutes prior to your race start.

Anyone who is unable to meet these conditions should notify The Yeti (theyeti@stjamesmountainsports.co.nz) to make other arrangements.

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Confirmed Entries & Results