Dusty Butt DB1.4K

Kriega DUSTY BUTT South Island High Country Adventure Ride:

31st Jan - 2nd Feb 2020

Sorry, this event has SOLD OUT. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list, please email directors@epicevents.co.nz with your name and contact details.

Are you ready for the ride of your life? Then get ready now....3 days, 1400km, and the most spectacular adventure riding through some of the countrys most stunning and remote areas. Once again we get to meet some fantastic like-minded people, enjoy & share some great stories, photos and video clips!

2020 will be a little bit different, but still in the same epic high country location! 

Please read below for detailed event information.

This is a ride like NO other! The 2020 Dusty Butt will be better than ever....Covering over 1400km, and ridden over 3 days....This is one true iconic adventure! Proudly sponsored by

 Masters of motorcycle luggage design!

Roll on January 2020 for this next iconic DB1.4K, which promises again be the most spectacular adventure ride this country has ever experienced! We've put in place some exciting plans so get prepared! We will be travelling through much of the same favourite locations as previous years, but many of these tracks will be approached from a different direction - and this may make some of the challenges along the way a little more technical depending on the weather!

The DB1.4K (as the event is more commonly now known) is held across some of the country's most stunning locations and it's here we've packed in 3 days of outstanding intense adventure riding. This ride is suitable for both big and small bikes that must be well maintained, fully serviced & road registered.

The 2020 Kriega Dusty Butt covers approximately 1400km of epic adventure, still based from Fairlie to Alexandra & south, and back to Fairlie. This is an adventure ride like no other, and is often a week long for most who travel far for this ride, always renown for some challenges and suprises along the way, and the high that comes from a well deserved achievement at the end! 


The Kriega Dusty Butt 2020 will take you on a fantastic 1400 km journey through some spectacularly scenic and remote areas, on and off road. The route has varied over the years, however the southern route has proven to be the most popular by offering riders both unbeatable riding terrain and stunning scenery, with some truly remarkable riding over stations and trail you may not have had the opportunity to explore before! All three days provide riders with a great mix of scenic sections that take in the stunning lower South Island plus some (optional) challenging sections for those looking for something a little more ambitious.
Due to special land permissions, this event can only be ridden over this 3 day period, please note it is no longer permitted to be ridden as a 36 hour (previously 24 hour) challenge.
There are sections along the way which may be steep, slippery or rough, as well as stream and river crossings. These sections will require a moderate level of off-road skills, and riders need to be fit and prepared to endure between 10-15 hours of riding each day to complete the entire route. Your motorcycle needs to be well maintained and fully serviced!
Optional Challenge sections offer the competent off-road rider some serious fun over challenging terrain including long sections of rough, steep or rutted tracks and mulitple stream and river crossings. These sections will challenge your bike control skills as you navigate your way over the high country and through the rivers. 

What to Expect: 

Spectacular scenery! - Bring your camera......attach your helmet cam!
Remote high-country environment - Much of the route is sub-alpine to alpine (up to 1700m), and regardless of still being summer, rain, wind, cold temperatures and even snow, could be expected. All riders must be prepared for high altitude severe weather conditions and carry spare warm and waterproof clothes, regardless of the forecast.
3 BIG riding days - Time in the saddle on the Dusty Butt maximises it all, with 10-15 hours (depending on stops and style), so an early start each day is advised. Riding into your final destination on Sunday night back at Fairlie you will have a great sense of acheivement, have had an awesome experience with plenty of stories to tell, hopefully not too bruised and battered and with many laughs along the way!
Route Navigation - Riders MUST navigate the route using a GPS. We advise groups riding together should have at least two riders competent with using this form of navigation. 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.
Fuel stops - It is important to ensure your bike can cover approximately 210km 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 at least one rider in your group carries a comprehensive toolkit and a rider in your group can carry out basic repairs and maintenance. Punctures can be common on the challenge sections, but possible anywhere and we recommend you also carry spare tubes. Please note there is no official bike recovery service provided for this adventure ride...This ride is a true adventure covering long distances in remote areas where you must ride with your buddy or group and all be prepared to help one another.

General Information: 

Entries strictly limited to the first 150 riders to enter, and you need to be quick as this fills fast!

Entry fee $295 includes: 

  • Thursday night registration and briefing 
  • Delicious buffet dinner Thursday night
  • Quality 100% cotton designer Dusty Butt 2020 Tee
  • 3 superb days of adventure riding over stunning South Island high country
  • Dusty Butt info & ride pack
  • Lucky draw Thursday night
  • GPS route downloads
  • All Land access fees & permitting. 

Kriega Dusty Butt 2020 designer tees are included with your registration - Please indicate your correct size on the entry form. 

Accommodation: You will need to book your own accommodation, and we suggest you do this as soon as you have registered, as accommodation (especially Fairlie) is limited!
Fairlie: Thursday 30th Jan (and Sunday 2nd Feb): Fairlie Accommodation
Alexandra: Friday 31st Jan & Saturday 1st Feb: Alexandra Accommodation  

Registration Meet & Greet: 

We will meet up for registration and briefing on the Thursday evening before the event. This is a great chance for everyone to have a catch up and meet like-minded riders. A superb dinner will be provided which is included in your registration fee.
A pre-ride briefing will be at 8.00pm, which is compulsory for all riders and will ensure you are well prepared to get away early the following morning without any hitches. 
Then it's all go Friday morning to head out and start the adventure! 

Additional information will be sent out to registraints closer to the Dusty Butt 2020 date.
Any queries please contact Gordon or Claire - details on Contact Us link on this website. directors@epicevents.co.nz 

Epic Events is proud to be supported by Kriega - Masters of motorcycle luggage design! 

Check out some photos & video footage from here: Dusty Butt DB1.4K




The 2016 Conti DB1K:

The Conti Dusty Butt is always renown for some challenges and suprises along the way, and the high that comes from a well deserved achievement at the end! 2016 delivered all that and more as we added in a whole extra day, and another 400km! The Dusty Butt 2016 certainly lived up to it's name billowing dust behind 150 riders on the gravel, and everyone soon learned to spread out. The challenge sections on Friday proved more scenic than challenging, with dry tracks and rivers low. It was still a long day to complete though and some weary riders not getting in till after 8pm....Monteiths kitchen still running right up till midnight for us! Saturday was without a breath nor a cloud, and a stunning sight from the top of Piano Flat in the early light was well worth it! Some of the bogs up here caught a few riders out, but as the adventure it certainly is, other riders soon pitched in to help. The highlight of the day that caught many riders by suprise was the current in the river crossing, making it more difficult than anticipated! It was a real trail ride from here on back to Alex - and longer day than we expected despite being 100km less than a normal Dusty Butt day. 

Sundays riding was glorious and very scenic, despite the dust and once again we all got to meet some fantastic like-minded people, enjoyed some great stories, and thanks to those who have shared their photos and video clips with us! 

Check out the Dusty Butt album on our facebook page!  



The DB1K 2015 lived up to it's reputation providing riders with the most fun, the most challenges, and the most scenic of any adventure ride you could ever go on! Congratulations and thank you to all the riders who joined us on this iconic South Island adventure, and we hope to see you all in February 2015...where we have a few suprises for you lined up already!

Photos DB1K 2015:


The Dusty Butt DB1K Adventure Ride: 
Long time DB1K organiser Ryan Cooney has handed the reins over to Epic Events - knowing with confidence that we are committed to running the popular Dusty Butt adventure ride with passion and experience, dedicated to bringing you a well managed and hugely enjoyable weekend as the DB1K has always been.
The team at Epic Events welcomes you to the DB1K  - and promises to provide you with a fantastic ride!

DB1K - New Date, Same Location, Same Great Ride, New Sponsor Conti TKC80! 


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