Desert Storm

Suzuki Desert Storm trail ride has been postponed until forestry restrictions allow us to run this again. We apologise to all our disappointed riders!

Entires are now closed.

On the day entries will be accepted with a $20 late fee.

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Suzuki Desert Storm is the classic NZ 2 day trail ride in the foothills of Mount Ruapehu.  Featuring over 140km of trail, camping, catering and entertainment.  Trails include forestry, creeks, drops offs, hills climbs and firebreaks.  Plus optional Expert Only single track challenge trails, kids and novice trails and a purpose built enduro x practice course!  This is the biggest Epic Event and attracts 1000 riders and is held at a later date 15th-16th October! 

Desert Storm 2016 is set to be a ripper! 

  • The landscape at Desert Storm is stunning and forever changing, making every year we get to ride there completely unique.
  • DESERT STORM HAS IT ALL... Over 140km of groomed trails, with plenty of variety and expert only sections.
  • AWESOME KIDS TRACKS including a fantastic forest loop and grass track.
  • A confidence building NOVICE TRAIL.
  • New trails to link in with some of the old favourites - That will give you something to smile about!
  • We are cranking up the ENDURO X practice course open all day for you to have a play! 
  • Enduro X Competitions Saturday afternoon!
  • MOTOSR onsite all weekend with 3 mechanics offering advice, assistance and the best value suspension setup for your bike
  • The latest 2016 Dirtbike range out on show from SUZUKI .
  • FREE CAMPING on site, with plenty of delicious food, great coffee, hot showers.....

Suzuki Desert Storm is an annual event and is limited to pre-entry only. If you want to have the ultimate winter trail riding experience Don't miss out...entries are limited Late entries or entries on the day if available will incur a $20 late fee PER RIDER!



If you don't wish to camp, try these options:

Get a great deal close by with a house to rent in Ohakune at:


Offering Desert Storm riders a 15% discount for a two night stay!

Station Lodge offers a wide range of accommodation from budget (Backpackers, studios), to luxury 1& 2 bedroom apartments, with their own private spa pools.

The Lodge has huge off street parking, with all night spotlights on for security.

For further information and details please go to  or phone 06 3858 797


Family owned and operated boutique hotel located in the stunningly beautiful Ruapehu district. The Powderhorn Chateau is offering Desert Storm riders a special nightly rate over a 2 night stay (Friday & Saturday), just ask for the Desert Storm Discount!

The Powderhorn Chateau is a fantastic retreat for all seasons, and for those travelling between Auckland and Wellington or visiting the central plateau it provides the perfect stop-over. As the closest accommodation to Mount Ruapehu’s Turoa ski field it is hard to match the Powderhorn Chateau for its location and facilities.  Positioned on the corner of the Ohakune junction, it becomes a hive of activity during the winter season and a relaxing retreat during the summer months.

Our two restaurants, the Powderkeg and the Matterhorn, offer a high standard of dining, making use of local produce and a wide selection of quality New Zealand wines.  The luxurious Matterhorn Restaurant and Bar offers intimate dining in sumptuous comfort and style. The Powderkeg Restaurant and Bar, or “The Keg” as it’s known locally, is one of the longest standing and best known venues in Ohakune; a favourite for après ski or for relaxing after a day in the outdoors.

[T] +64 6 385 8888
[F] +64 6 385 8925
powderhorn "at"
PO Box 222, Ohakune, New Zealand

Located at the bottom of Mountain Road, Ohaukune.  



See you all at Desert Storm 15-16 October 2016!                         




Once again Suzuki Desert Storm delivered a fun mix of trail riding, entertainment and camping, despite the torrential rain on Saturday night which certainly provided a few technical challenges for riders out on the trails on Sunday. But the trails stood the test and everyone was still having a blast and making the most of this iconic yearly event, ripping it up out there right up till track closure at 3pm!

Saturday afternoons highjump and enduro x competitions provided awesome entertainment. This year course designer Mark DeLatour built an intermediate rider level course, to encourage first timers to have a go - rather than the usual pros grabbing the prizes every year! This was taken away by Taylor Grey, who won a Camelbak and also received an Epic Event season pass for 2015. The winner of the DRD Highjump was Josh Waldie winning a years subscription to DirtRider Downunder. All participants got to take home some well needed Motomuck!

Thanks to everyone for joining us at this stunning location for a fantastic weekend of fun, where we get to meet up with our mates and blast these trails just once a year. 

Check out a photo of you on your bike in action:

Many thanks to our sponsors for helping make Suzuki Desert Storm 2015 happen! Thanks to: Suzuki NZ, DirtRider Downunder, Spectro, Acerbis, MotoSR, Camelbak, Vortex Photography, Motomuck