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Mountain Bike Team Relay – Waitangi Mahi Tahi

“If you are thinking about hiring Unforgettable Fun to help you plan an event, I highly recommend getting in touch with Lesley, from Unforgettable Fun!

Lesley helped us create a Mountain Bike Team Relay Event for over 200 people. Throughout she was an absolute pleasure to work with. She has so much event knowledge, a positive can-do attitude and creative ideas. Honestly, she could not have done a better job at bringing our idea to life!

The whole planning process right through to the actual event day was made to be so easy for us. Lesley went above and beyond to ensure that the day was well-organised and stress-free.

The feedback we received from the entrants after the race was amazing!

Georgie Martin


March 2023


Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

Customers Brief

The Waitangi Mahi Tahi was put together in order to create the first event at the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park. It was advertised towards Northland locals, as well as riders further South from Auckland.

It was to be a fun and inclusive relay event. It was targeted at both recreational, social teams, and competitive mountain bikers. The course was to be around 20 – 30 minutes on Grade 2 Tracks, with the whole event lasting for 8 hours. The teams were to consist of four riders.

Due to there being a lot of downtime, whilst teammates are out riding, it was requested that there be plenty of chill out zones at base, with food, drinks and music. It was also a requirement to have some of the course go past the event base, to allow supporters to cheer and watch the race.

Due to the cultural significance of the land being used for the race, it was important to include appropriate Maori storytelling and representation.

The Outcome

The inaugural Waitangi Mahi Tahi was a big success, with all teams in the feedback, asking for when the next race will happen. 

In total there were 28 teams of four who came and had some fun. There were some spectacular costumes, plenty of cheering and when they were not riding, a lot of fun happening in the spectators tent.

The course was about 7km long and took riders 18-35 minutes to complete. There was particular excitement around the set course, as it allowed riders the opportunity to ride tracks they know very well, in reverse from their usual direction

The day was kicked off by a karakia and a haka from the local Waitangi Treaty Ground Performance Group, and then the teams were off.

Overall, it was a great day out on the tracks.

Key Vendors

Jacman Entertainment, Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, Paihia Mountain Bikes, BBQ BOI, Bay of Islands Brewery, DJ XO, The Timing Team, Kirsty Harnden, Bay Physio, Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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