Invercargill prepares for the 2016 Burt Munro Challenge

Following the success of The World’s Fastest Indian movie, the Southland Motorcycle Club launched the Burt Munro Challenge in 2006.

Following the success of The World’s Fastest Indian movie, the Southland Motorcycle Club launched the Burt Munro Challenge in 2006.

The event was created to honour the legendary New Zealand motorcycle speedster Burt Munro, who came from Southland and gained international renown for his ingenuity, determination, and love of speed and motorcycles.  Since the inaugural event it has forged an international reputation as one of New Zealand’s major motorsport events. 

The Burt Munro Challenge features hill climbs, super X, Indian Motorcycle NZ Beach Racing Champs, Circuit Racing, street races and a speedway spectacular.

It attracts top New Zealand riders as well as weekend warriors, and provides a variety of exciting events, entertainment and famous southern hospitality.

This year Guy Martin – one of the world’s most popular motorcycle racers and TV personalities – is coming to New Zealand to honour Burt Munro at the event.

Englishman Guy Martin will race his own bike, a 320hp turbo-charged Suzuki GSX-R1100 which usually resides in his living room.

Martin is a household name for motorcycle racing enthusiasts having had 15 podium finishes in Isle of Man TT events since 2003. He is a regular on UK television hosting the show 'Speed with Guy Martin' where he attempts to set speed records, much like Burt Munro did in his lifetime.

In 2016 The Burt Munro Challenge will be held from 24 –27 November, 2016, at Oreti Park, in Otatara, Invercargill. 

List of Events

Thu 24 Nov 2016, 10am, Bluff Hill 

Fri 25 Nov 2016, 5pm start Oreti Beach, Otatara, Invercargill

Sat 26 Nov 2016, 4pm Oreti Park Speedway, Pit Road, Invercargill

Thu 24 Nov 2016, 6pm Oreti Super-X Track, 242 Ryan Road, RD 3 Winton

Sat 26 Nov 2016, 9am Teretonga Raceway, Invercargill

Sun 27 Nov 2016, 9am Bill Richardson Drive, Invercargill

Classic Motorcycle Mecca and Bill Richardson Transport World

Coinciding with the 2016 Burt Munro Challenge, the Classic Motorcycle Mecca will officially open on November 22 with Guy Martin heading proceedings. 

Previously housed in Nelson and known as NZ Classic Motorcycles this world-class collection features more than 300 motorbikes.

The Southland region has a celebrated obsession with motorbikes and wheeled pastimes. Invercargill is also home to the Bill Richardson Transport World – reputedly the largest private collection in the world of its type with over 300 rare and significant vehicles including vintage trucks, racing cars and other rare vehicles.

Martin will also host an Evening with Guy Martin & the Boys at Bill Richardson Transport World on November 23. 

Tickets to the event can be purchased via

Invercargill, Southland

Invercargill, located in the southern reaches of New Zealand’s South Island, is the largest city in the Southland region. New Zealand’s southernmost region is a sparsely populated area of sprawling farms, trout-fishing rivers and untouched natural expanses.

Invercargill offers legendary southern hospitality and a base to explore beautiful wild destinations like the Catlins Coast and Curio Bay. 

Bluff, a fishing port south of Invercargill, is famous for its oysters - a traditional New Zealand delicacy harvested from the chilled waters of the southern ocean. Bluff is also the gateway to Stewart Island or Rakiura, New Zealand’s third largest island and a haven for native bird life such as the iconic kiwi, kereru (native wood pigeon), bellbird, tui and rare saddleback.

The Southland region has many diverse hiking routes, from short walks to multi-day treks and is one of New Zealand’s most pristine environments. 

Travel Tips

Invercargill is New Zealand's most southern city. The airport is serviced by flights from major New Zealand airports but one of the most popular ways to arrive in the city is by road on the Southern Scenic Route which travels from Dunedin to Invercargill via the spectacular Catlins Coast.