Sat, 11 Feb



Warm Up to the Butt 2023

TAUPO to FAIRLIE RIDE. Started in 2018, this ride was formed as a prequel to The Dusty Butt.

Warm Up to the Butt 2023

Time & Location

11 Feb 2023, 7:00 am NZDT – 16 Feb 2023, 4:00 pm NZDT

Taupō, Taupō, New Zealand

About the event

Please register your interest and you will be the first informed when we open entries for this awesome adventure ride starting in Taupo, and heading to Fairlie in time for the Dusty Butt 2023.


Started in 2018, this ride was formed as a prequel to The Dusty Butt - so that the ride to the Butt becomes an awesome adventure in itself! Limited to just 25 riders, you have to confirm your space very early to get a spot on this 6 day/5 night fantastic adventure journey from Taupo to arrive the day before the Dusty Butt!.

What to Expect: 

Spectacular scenery! - Bring your camera......attach your helmet cam! Social adventure - This week becomes a great social journey with a small tight group of like-minded adventure riding enthusiasts. 6 riding days - and 5 nights away over some great country you may not have explored before. An off-the-beaten-track route that gives you some exciting riding with great company all the way from Taupo to Fairlie and the start of the Dusty Butt.  Route Navigation - Riders must navigate the route using a GPS. These detailed GPS downloads will be made available to registraints closer to the starting date. Please become familiar with this sort of navigation prior to the event, although with a small group such as this, it is a great opportunity to learn! Fuel stops - It is important to ensure your bike can cover approximately 280km on one tank of gas, or you may need to carry additional gas in a NZ standards compliant fuel container. (A finalised fuel chart will be made available to you prior to the event). Tools - It is essential that you carry your own toolkit, and that you can carry out basic repairs and maintenance. Punctures can be common so we recommend you also carry spare tubes. Accommodation - Accommodation will be twin share for 5 nights from between $50-$80 per night. All this will be pre-booked for you. One night is paid for in your entry fee and all this will be available when 2023 route is completely finalised. Meals - Most meals are on a pay as we go basis. Accommodation will either provide meals, or be a short walk to a pub or takeout - except when we stay on a station.

Entries strictly limited to only 25 riders, and you need to be quick as this fills fast!

Entry Fee includes:

  • 6 superb days of adventure riding from Taupo to Fairlie
  • GPS route downloads
  • All Land access fees & permitting
  • 1 nights accommodation at high country station with dinner & breakfast

 Restration Meet & Greet: 

We will meet up for registration and briefing early in the morning of Saturday 11th February. We then head on out to start the adventure.

We plan to arrive in Fairlie at approximately 2pm on Thursday 16th February, the day before the Dusty Butt. Please remember if you are carrying on for the Dusty Butt, you must book your own accommodation in Fairlie and Alexandra! Please see information at Dusty Butt page on this website.

Additional information will be sent out to registraints closer to the Warm up to the Butt 2023 date, or upon registering interest for this event. Any queries please contact Gordon or Claire

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