International Jampot Rally, Nelson

NZ 14th- 16th Feb 2020

Pre-Rally Tour 3rd-14th February 2020

In February, 2020, we hosted the International Jampot Rally for Matchless and AJS motorcycle riders, over here in New  Zealand. But before that we held a pre-rally tour of New Zealand's South Island. We left Nelson on Monday 3rd Feb. Some 30 odd Kiwi Jampot club  members and 17 International AJS/Matchless club enthusiasts rode to Murchison, Franz Josef, Arrowtown, and stayed in Invercargill for 4 days to enjoy the Burt Munro Challenge. From here we traveled north to Alexandra, Geraldine, Hanmer, Te Mahia, picking up fellow NZ Club  Members enroute. A total of 55 of us left for the Rally HQ from Te Mahia to Nelson on Friday the 14th of March.

There were gravel roads, washed out roads, it rained, it poured, it was hot, it was cold, it was fun!

Along the way a well known local film maker and camera man accompanied the tour and a Documentary film has been produced covering the pre-rally tour and the International Rally.

Pre-rally South Island tour itinerary

A large group of us, 50 plus, travelled around the South Island before the rally on our Matchless' AJS' and an assortment of other vehicles. We had a great time. If you would like to do the trip yourself with or without friends and other club members, the good news is that the Rally Organisers have made the Itinerary Booklet available for downloading. Simply click on the download button and the 24 page PDF, complete with maps, and places to stay and visit. It's is yours to enjoy.

Day 1. 3rd Feb. Leave Tahuna Beach Holiday Park Nelson - Kiwi Park Murchison
Day 2. 4th Feb Leave Murchison  - Franz Josef top 10 Holiday Park
Day 3. 5th Feb Leave Franz Josef - Arrowtown
Day 4. 6th Feb Leave Arrowtown - Invercargill
Day 5. 7th Feb-9th Feb Stay Invercargill (Burt Munro Festival of Speed week)
Day 8. 10th Feb Leave Invercargill - Alexandra
Day 9. 11th Feb Leave Alexandra - Geraldine  Top 10 Holiday Park
Day 10. 12th Feb Leave Geraldine - Hanmer Springs Top 10 Holiday Park
Day 11. 13th Feb Leave Hanmer Springs -  Te Mahia
Day 12. 14th Feb Leave Te Mahia - Nelson Tahuna Beach Holiday Park (Rally site)

International Jampot 2020 Video

A taste of the pre-rally tour

We now have a live record of all the fun, mistakes, mishaps, breakdowns, camaraderie and experiences very few people will get to do, so enjoy this journey, have a laugh, help a stranger who may become a lifetime friend and keep your fingers crossed these old machines we love to ride will get us there and back in one piece.