The Offlimits Trust, the organisers of such iconic trail rides as the Tussock Buster, Boundary Buster and Winter Buster rides has announced the discontinuation of all events effective immediately.
The Trust, which uses the New Zealand Defence Force’s 630 square kilometre Waiouru Military Training Area to run events benefitting the welfare of past and present defence force personnel, made the announcement this month that the Trust will not be running any events until further notice.
With all third-party use of the Waiouru Military Training Area being, somewhat ironically, off-limits since earlier this year in addition to the spectre of Covid-19, the trustees of the trust have made the decision to put the organisation into hibernation rather than continue to incur operating costs.
Offlimits already refunded punters 80% of their entry fee into the 2020 Tussock Buster ride after the event was cancelled due to lockdown with many entrants having pushed their 2019 entry to the event after last year’s Tussock Buster was cancelled following the Christchurch terror attacks.
With the pandemic making it impossible for the trust to cover losses through insurance if the virus causes alert levels to rise again, the uncertainty really gave the trustees no choice but to shut up shop and try to save what funds they can.
Hopefully, when the country returns to normal and the NZDF finalises their third-party user policies we’ll see the Offlimits team return to doing what they do best.