08 – 12 Feb, 2023  |  Southland, New Zealand

A Legendary Celebration of Motorcycling

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Burt Munro Challenge 2023

Join us for a motorcycling extravaganza like no other

Since the inaugural event in 2006, the Burt Munro Challenge has grown to be the biggest motorsport events in New Zealand and one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Celebrate 4 full days of motorcycling action, all in the name and spirit of New Zealand motorcycling legend Burt Munro.

The Burt Munro Experience

NZ Hill Climb Champs

Thursday 9 February

Spectators line the street for the Bluff Hill Climb to cheer on everything from 1000cc superbikes to classic machines as they wrench and weave their way to the summit for the title of NZ Hill Climb Champ.

Twilight Drags

Thursday 9 February

Later that evening, fans gather at Teretonga Park an FIA-approved track that has hosted Superbikes, V8s and Formula 1 – to watch Harley Davidson drag racers hit speeds in excess of 250kph.

Beach Racing & NZ Champs

Friday 10 February

Step on to Oreti Beach, a long empty expanse where Burt himself once opened the throttle, and watch dirt bikes tear up and down the beach from your sand-dune grandstand – a truly unique experience!

Teretonga Sprint Races

Saturday 11 February

From the beach to the track, there’s few experiences that offer the same high-speed thrill as a lap or two around the world’s most southerly FIA-approved motor racing circuit at Teretonga Park.

Oreti Park Speedway

Saturday 11 February

Brakes… what for?! The Saturday night Speedway Spectacular sees brakeless bikes slide around the dirt track to the delight of the excitable crowd that fill the stands of the speedway.

Invercargill Street Races

Sunday 12 February

To round off the weekend, crowds flock to the Sunday street races where all manners of bikes, from highly-tuned modern racing machines to lovingly-restored vintage gems, hit the street circuit showcase.

For many, its ‘The Rally’ at the campgrounds which is the highlight of their trip south. With live music Thursday,
Friday and Saturday nights, the Burt Munro Challenge is as much about people as it is about bikes!

Burt Munro Travel Package

Get the full Burt Munro experience with a Sportsnet® tour

Our Burt Munro Challenge travel package soaks up all of the unique action and atmosphere, featuring:

Hotel accommodation, all-access Rally Pass, motorcycle museum entry, unique Invercargill experiences, and much more!

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Hosted by Australian motorcycling legend: Cam Donald!

Joining you on the 5-night experience of the 2023 Burt Munro Challenge is Aussie motorsport star Cam Donald. Cam has raced at the Macau Grand Prix, the North West 200, is a two–time winner of the Isle of Man TT® and winner at the Burt Munro Challenge in 2014, so he knows the event well! Only Sportsnet® clients will have this unique opportunity to get up close to Cam and delve into his knowledge on all things motorsport.

Who is Burt Munro?

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Images courtesy of Wikipedia

Burt Munro was famously portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’ 2005 film.

Born in Edendale in 1899, Burt Munro is renowned New Zealand motorsport personality who dedicated his life to motorcycling and the pursuit of speed.

He purchased his first bike at just 15 years of age, and his first Indian Scout a few years later – the same bike that he would continue to race and modify for the rest of his life.

After setting a number of New Zealand land speed records in the ’40s and ’50s, Burt headed overseas to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, United States, where he set and broke his own land speed record numerous times. His 1967 land speed record of 183.58mph still stands today… and he was 68 years old at the time.

Aside from an insatiable need for speed, off the bike Burt Munro was an extraordinary character who captured the hearts of millions. To this day, his quintessential Kiwi attributes of ingenuity, dogged determination and a laid back sense of humour are fondly remembered by New Zealanders and motorsport fans around the world.

Following the success of The World’s Fastest Indian in 2005, the Burt Munro Challenge began in 2006 to immortalise Burt’s achievements and celebrate his remarkable character.

The Burt Munro Challenge takes place in Invercargill, where Burt would regularly race around the streets and beaches. His famous Indian motorcycle is exhibited behind glass at a local hardware store, and a bronze statue has been erected at his burial site. 

The Munro Family Trophy

The Munro Family Trophy is a special prize awarded by the Munro family to a competitor at the annual Burt Munro Challenge who exhibits Burt’s traits of skill on the bike, ability to maintain their own machine and a determination to succeed at all costs.