Pioneer history

Based in Christchurch, the Pioneer Motorcycle Club is one the largest motorcycle trials clubs in New Zealand. In the past our club was involved in all types of motorcycle events from beach racing to enduros and road trials but it it has now evolved into a club which specialises in the running of moto trials. Events are held once a month at properties on Banks Peninsula and in north Canterbury. The club also hosts the Kaikoura 3 day trial. This event has been run uninterrupted every Queens Birthday weekend since 1946, which makes it one of the longest running multi-day trial events in the world.

Club events cater to all ranges of ability from beginner to expert riders. For more information contact us via our contacts page or come along to one of our events posted on the upcoming events page.  We are affiliated to Motorcycling New Zealand (MNZ), which regulates all motorcycle competition events. As part of the riders registration fee MNZ provides rider insurance and club third party insurance. 

Our club began in 1914 as a section of the Pioneer Cycle & Athletic Club and for a number of years it was called the Pioneer Motor Club. In 1933 it became a separate entity but continued to be affiliated to the Pioneer Amateur Sports Club. This was a much larger organisation of many sports groups that shared a building on the corner of Gloucester and Oxford Terrace. When the building was sold in 1977 the proceeds from the sale were donated toward the building of Pioneer Stadium. Today only three of the original clubs still exist: the Pioneer Badminton Club, the Canterbury Mountaineering Club and the Pioneer Motorcycle Club. Our group holds committee meetings on the first thursday of each month at the Stadium.

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