What is the
Mowsworth Rampage?

Dress up, decorate your ride-on lawnmower, and join us at the starting line! It's going to be a great day out for a good cause. See you there!

The Mowsworth Rampage is an endurance ride on ride-on lawnmowers going through the Molesworth to Hanmer Springs.

You’ll ride 86kms and you'll also make a difference by raising both awareness and funds for the Cancer Society Nelson Tasman and Nelson Tasman Hospice. Planned pitstops along the route will provide refreshments and an opportunity to catch up with other participants and friends.  

It's not for the faint-hearted. 

It's a 1-day Road-trip to Raise Money for Cancer Society Nelson Tasman and Nelson Tasman Hospice

Your Road-Trip Route

This is the ride of a lifetime - a tribute to every person going through their own difficult journey.

Join the Mowsworth Rampage: Saturday 19th October 2024.
We set off from Molesworth Cob Cottage Gate @ 7am.
With driver briefing at 6.30am.

Red Gate (22.2km from start)
Pig Trough Bridge (45.2kms from start)
Ford Gravel Pit (68.2kms from start)

Unfortunately, due to heightened wildfire risks and the subsequent closure of Acheron Road in the Molesworth Recreation Reserve, we regret to inform you that our upcoming event scheduled for 23 March 2024 has been postponed.

However, we are excited to share that we have secured a new date for the Mowsworth Rampage, and it will now take place on Saturday, 19 October 2024. The safety of our participants and supporters is our top priority, and we believe this decision is necessary to ensure a secure environment for everyone involved.

Event Logistics: What You Need To Know

Starting times.

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Please arrive no later than 6.15am to register and hear the briefing from the organisers at 6.30am. All riders must be present at registration, you cannot join the ride after this point.

Please note that travel time to Molesworth Station from Richmond is 4hrs, and from Blenheim it is 2hrs as a guide.

Support vehicles for a safe ride.

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For rider safety, we have arranged a sign-written pilot vehicle to always travel ahead of the mowers to warn oncoming traffic. We will also provide a tail-end-Charlie (recovery truck) with a trailer to collect you if you breakdown. This vehicle will also be equipped with extra petrol, cell phones and a first-aid kit in case of emergency. 

Food & drink on route.

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Your food and drink for the day has been arranged and pre-paid with your registration fee.

Rider gear & equipment.

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Due to the nature of the high country environment, it should be expected that we will get four seasons in one day - including wind, rain and possibly sleet/snow. We therefore insist that riders bring a full change of warm clothes and plenty of wind and waterproof gear. If you get too cold, please pull over and get the attention of the recovery There is no prize for getting hypothermia!

  • Participants are responsible for their mower and all equipment they use in the Mowsworth Rampage and for arranging any insurance to cover loss or damage to mowers and equipment.
  • They must ensure that all mowers have a fire extinguisher onboard and equipment is in good condition, safe and serviceable.
  • While we encourage you to dress-up for the event, please consider ways to incorporate high visibility clothing into your riding garments to make you more visible to other road users. Please also ensure that your costumes and decorations do not hinder your vision, restrict your ability to manoeuvre safely, and do not affect the safety of other participants.
  • It is strongly recommended that all entrants have their mower serviced.

First aid & medical.

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We will have a event medical travelling with us, along with several medics on motorbikes and in the support vehicles.

Medical kits will be available in the Pilot and Recovery Vehicle and with the organised support vehicles. If an accident happens, all riders (other than those able to assist) are to continue on to the next stop and await further instruction from the organisers.

  • In the event that you sustain an injury or illness whilst participating in the scooter ride, by registering, you authorise the appointed medical personnel to perform and administer such emergency medical attention as they think is necessary.
  • They have the right to remove participants from the course based on medical grounds.

On the day supporters.

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For Individual or a Team there is a maximum of two (2) support crew members allowed on the day. We will need them to be registered at later date closer to the event. A form will be sent for support crew details to be entered.

Parking at the starting line.

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There is plenty of parking space the Molesworth Cob Cottage campsite at the start of the event.

Your support crew.

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  • Each individual participant or team must have a support crew with a vehicle and trailer suitable for transporting the ride-on lawnmower in the case of mechanical breakdown, rider injury, or if the weather becomes unrideable at any point. Your support vehicle is there to provide cover, and if needed, transport you and your mower onto the next stop or back to Hanmer Springs in the event of cancellation and for your safe return on the Saturday or Sunday.
  • We encourage you to buddy-up with a couple of riders to keep the number of support vehicles on the road down as we are limited with space at some of the stops. You can generally get 2 mowers per trailer. Our Facebook group is a wonderful place to start if you're looking for other riders to pair-up with.
  • All mowers fuel must be provided by the participant in an appropriate and legal fuel container to be transported by your support crew.
  • Absolutely no smoking or cell phone use in proximity when refuelling mowers.
  • To avoid a backlog of traffic, support vehicles must travel well in front of the pilot-vehicle at the legal speed limit. 5-minutes prior to departure at each stop, you will hear a blast from an air horn - this will be the support vehicles cue to hit the road.
  • Support crew vehicles must not follow or directly lead their mower during the event.
  • When arriving at each stop, please look out for the cones, signage and marshals directing you were to park.
  • Please ensure you also communicate the following hazards your support crews might encounter while assisting on the Mowsworth Rampage. These include:
    • Shingle roads – keep your vehicle speed down
    • Road works – please keep to the temporary speeds.
    • Alcohol - do not drink and drive.
    • In the event of a fire, extinguish it, if possible, raise the alarm, and call emergency services.
    • The weather is very unpredictable – come prepared for hot/cold, wet/dry and wind.

Food for your support crew.

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Your two (2 max.) support crew joining you on the day can also receive the same catering throughout the day and are welcome to attend the evening dinner and prize giving. We will need them to be registered at later date closer to the event. A form will be sent for support crew details to be entered.



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You will need to have a full tank at the start line. From there, you will be required to carry an extra tank of gas in your support vehicle (or on your mower). There are three (3) designated refuel stops (approx. 20km apart)

Please be sure to test your mowers range prior to the event to ensure you won't run out - the longest stretch is almost 2hours so you may like to carry a small top-up supply on your mower, or arrange for your support crew to stop and wait for you between the official stops. All mower fuel transported must be contained in appropriate and legal fuel containers.

Withdrawals during event.

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  • If you start but have to withdraw from the event for whatever reason, you must notify the Event Coordinator that you have withdrawn.
  • If you withdraw from the event and do not notify, event organisers may initiate a search operation to locate you, and you will be liable for all costs.


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  • If you receive a donation on the day, you can give this to the event organisers in the Pilot Vehicle. Anyone wanting a tax receipt for a donation over $5 must see the cashier in the Pilot Vehicle – their name will be added to the list so that a receipt can be posted out.  

Event cancellation.

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  • We will ride in pretty much any weather condition providing the road remains open (so be prepared!), however if the event organisers feel that the weather is extreme, and may put riders at risk, the ride may be cancelled prior to leaving Molesworth Cob Cottage. Should this happen, the organisers will email and or SMS all registered riders with the event cancellation and announce it on our website home page. We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible. Please note that any registration fees paid, and donations are non-refundable in the event of a cancellation or change in route as many of the event costs will still be incurred. 

    If the weather becomes nasty while on the road, the event will be put on hold until the weather clears. This is where your support vehicles come into play. If necessary, you will need to load the mowers on your support trailer and travel by car to the next stop (or shelter until the weather improves).

It's going to be a great day out for a good cause. Join us!