News 17 Jun 2019

KTM New Zealand announces 2019 Adventure Rallye

Top of the South edition to be staged this November.

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KTM New Zealand has announced its fourth annual ‘Adventure Rallye: Top of the South’ edition that will explore the South Island on 9-14 November this year, where riders will be treated to five days of stunning landscapes and epic routes mapped out by local experts.

Set to tour the famous Top of the South regions of Nelson Tasman, Marlborough and Canterbury, ‘Sunny Nelson’ provides the ideal location to start and finish the Rallye.

Kickstarting the action is a loop day out Nelson, with riders straight into dirt mere kms from downtown, with a fun rocky climb followed by breathtaking views – and that is just the first 50km.

The route will then see riders head to the riverside mountain town of Murchison along some of the local experts favourite tracks, as well as some of the South Islands most famous adventure roads – Rainbow and Molesworth Stations – with further overnights at the charismatic town of Hanmer Springs and the coastal port of Picton before returning to Nelson to cap off an epic week.

Open to orange adventure riders with the following eligible KTM bikes: 640, 690, 790, 790R, 950, 990, 1050, 1090, 1090R, 1190, 1190R, 1290 and 1290R models. The Rallye is tailored to suit a wide range of rider abilities, from those in their first years of adventure riding up to seasoned Adventure pros.

The aim on the KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye is to be suitable for all KTM adventure riders – therefore two route options are offered daily for riders: Main Route and Breakout Route. The Main Route will be shorter and less technically challenging, with the Breakout Routes offering advanced riders more challenging terrain.

The Main Route will be made up of winding back country roads, metal roads and well formed off road tracks. Riders on the Breakout routes can expect rocks, mud, hills, mountains, farm land and some real challenges.

And taking the adventure to another level, back for 2019 is the KTM Ultimate Race Qualifiers, which will see two lucky Rallye riders win the chance to participate in the 2020 Merzouga Rally in Morocco.

The KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye is about offering a great experience to our orange adventure riders by taking all the hard work of planning a ride so you can truly enjoy your adventure. With lead riders, sweep riders, GPS routes, luggage support, technical support, medical support, a backup vehicle, dinner every night and a photographer and videographer to capture the memories.

Registrations for the 2019 KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye: Top of the South open on Friday, 28 June at 9:00am (NZST). For more information, visit