Saturday 11th February 2017


MLT Moonshine Trail

The MLT Moonshine Trail has built a well earned reputation as Southland's premier mountain bike and off-road run.


  • courses that traverse the iconic Hokonui Hills
  • once a year access to private farmland
  • tough but enjoyable courses that provide a real personal challenge and 
  • a fantastic finish line area at Dolamore Park (including a miniature Old Hokonui whiskey for all finishers aged over 18 years)

It's an event not to be missed!

The event started in 2007 and enjoyed its 10th anniversary on Saturday 13 February 2016.

Co-ordinated by Sport Southland, it's an event that targets anyone and everyone - there's a distance option for you, we're sure of it!

There are categories suited to any age group from 15 years upwards for mountain biking and running events, as well as the addition of a new duathlon option.
Whether you run or cycle you'll be blown away by Southland's iconic Hokonui Hills. 

Compete in the Ewan Allan Honda 30km or the Southland Isuzu 39km or the Crossroad Cycles 50km Mountain Bike or the Allan White Sports Shoe Clinic 15km, the MLT 5km run/walk or the Macpac Duathlon. 

Come and take part in this once-a-year opportunity!

All entries also include a light post-race meal on site at the Dolamore Park finish line, thanks to the team at Croydon Hotel. 

Dolamore Park Scenic Reserve

Dolamore Park is named in honour of the Dolamore family whose gift allowed the camping area to be developed. The land was originally bought by the Gore Borough Council in 1940 to establish a public picnic area and provide access into the adjacent Croydon Bush Scenic Reserve in order to maintain it as a wildlife sanctuary. Walking tracks enable visitors to view the native birdlife, such as wood pigeons, fantails, bellbirds and tui especially in spring when the kowhai and flax flower. This native forested area forms a green backdrop for the park and is the largest lowland broadleaf podocarp forest in the region, featuring substantial stands of southern rata and rimu, totara and matai over 500 years old. The Waimumu Stream and Whisky Creek running through the park are home to trout, eels, crayfish, ducks, geese and native shags, herons and kingfishers. Extensive lawns are bordered by stone wall terracing.

In spring the mature rhododendrons feature, followed by the red rata flowers in summer. Fine selections of conifers can be seen in the Bert Newman Arboretum and the Ian Gilchrist Conifer Collection. The park includes a children's playground and is popular for picnics, parties, barbecues and camping. A country music festival is held here each February. An Education Centre is open by appointment, displaying interactive information which shows the balance of biodiversity in native forests.

Dolamore Park Information 

 Owners Gore District 
 Address  Retreat Croydon Rd, Gore, NZ. Postal: P O Box 8, Gore, NZ
 Phone  + 64-3-209 0330 or +64-3-208 6896
 Mobile  +64-27 292 4400
 Fax  + 64-3-209 0357 or +64-3 208 6896
 Email  info@goredc.govt.nz
 Open  All year, daily, 8am to dusk
 Fee $10.00 per person, school children can stay for free
 Size  Large - 95ha (237 1/2 acres)
 Terrain  Flat & hilly
 Facilities Playground, toilets, dumpstation, powerpoints for camper hookup, electric BBQs which operate by $1.00 coin, and also a kitchen block with zip, sink, 3-pin powerpoints and lights. Showers are also available.



Recommended routes to Dolamore Park
From Invercargill: we suggest turning left onto Charlton Road. Travel along Charlton Road which turns into Waimumu Road. Turn right onto Lady Charlton Road and carry on. Turn left onto Reaby Road and turn right onto Dolamore Park Road. Dolamore Park will be on your right.
From Queenstown: we suggest turning right onto Kingdon Road approximately 5km before Gore. Travel along Kingdon Road which turns into Reaby Road. Carry on along Reaby Road and turn right onto Dolamore Park Road. Dolamore Park will be on your right.
From Dunedin: we suggest turning right at the big roundabout onto Waimea Highway (sign posted SH94 to Lumsden/Te Anua). It is approximately 5km along SH94 you turn left onto Kingdon Road. Travel along Kingdon Road which turns into Reaby Road. Carry on along Reaby Road and turn right onto Dolamore Park Road. Dolamore Park will be on your right.
Lookout for the MLT Moonshine Trail arrows – just incase you get lost.






The event is owned by the Southland community and proudly brought to you by Sport Southland and our headline sponsor Mataura Licensing Trust.
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