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Second KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye climbs new heights

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Second KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye climbs new heights
Starting at the base of the iconic Aoraki Mount Cook meant the second annual KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye: Southern Alps was always going to be a special one.

With 112 KTM adventurers from seven different countries, 25 support staff and one epic week in Lord of the Rings country, riders were treated to beautiful weather, stunning scenery and some seriously challenging tracks.

Aoraki Mount Cook did not disappoint as the kickstart point of this epic adventure; showing off in all its snow-capped glory with warm sunshine and clear blue skies for admin sign on and the welcome dinner.
Second KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye climbs new heights
Second KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye climbs new heights
Riders then traversed between 180 - 380 kilometers per day over the next five days, staying overnight at Alexandra, Cromwell for two nights, then onto Wanaka before finishing with a fitting bang in the adventure capitol of the world Queenstown.

The routes were planned with the assistance of local legend Joe Forsyth and showcased the absolute best that the Southern Alps and Otago regions have to offer with the various private land access routes, the Snow Farm and Nevis Valley proving to be the outstanding highlights for riders.
Second KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye climbs new heights
Second KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye climbs new heights
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Second KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye climbs new heights
Second KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye climbs new heights
The special guests kept coming with V8 Supercars legend Greg Murphy attending his inaugural Rallye and having a brilliant time until an untimely encounter with a savage rut in a Breakout section ended his week early. A great chat on the microphone with Jeff Leisk on the Tuesday night provided a unique and personal insight into Murphy‰Ûªs career, with plenty of laughs and the promise that he‰Ûªll be back for more adventure next year.

And with the final night of revelry in Queenstown with awards handed around to very deserving recipients and reminiscing about an epic week of adventure through a video and photo montage, all riders could ask was: when‰Ûªs the next one?

Second KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye climbs new heights
Second KTM New Zealand Adventure Rallye climbs new heights

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