8 days of riding through heartland NZ

1st - 8th April 2017

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How the Tour works

The Tour is a competitive/social event. It simultaneously starts at the tip of the North Island with the Cape Reinga lighthouse at your back or the deep South at Five Rivers (85kms south of Queenstown), on 1st April 2017.

We have now secured a concession to have our first Peleton Party at the top of the Gondola on Saturday afternoon after the first stage. This will make a tremendous addition to the South Island adventure. Skyline are sponsoring some of the Gondola cost to bring it down to $25 for you and if you want the thrill of riding the Luge they have also granted a concession for this as well.

The two courses take competitors through some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. Daily stages are set out on the website. Minor course changes for traffic management consideration may be made.

Which Course should I choose North or South?

Kauri Forests, rich rolling farmland, the spectacular Tongariro National Park mountains and the mighty Whanganui River rides in the North ... or the high mountain passes, Merino country, the pristine Southern Lakes and the Marlborough wine country of the South.

You choose. But don't under estimate the North ..it is as magnificent as the South!!

The Tour is really flexible ...you can choose to enter a 3, 4 or 5 person team or ride as an individual. Social teams competing on every daily stage can substitute riders on a daily basis, making the tour accessible to riders of varying abilities. Hot race teams competing for the podium cannot change riders during any stage (refer to race rules). As a guideline, all competitors should be able to ride approx 100km in less than five hours on undulating terrain.

Entry numbers are limited to 200 riders at any time on each of the North and South Island courses. You will need to enter early to make sure of your place on the start line.

The length of stages varies from 70km to 130km, and will take you three to six hours riding time, depending on the terrain, weather and your strength as a riders. Route maps provide more detail on the daily stages.

The finish of the Tour is celebrated in Wellington on 8th April 2017, with North and South Island riders meeting for a criterium on a short circuit through NZ Parliament grounds. This is a safe, fun event where support crews get as involved as the riders, cheering for their teams and those of their new friends, made along the Tour.

Please click to access the race guidelines.

Please click to see transport and accommodation options.

The Tour could not run without the generous support of our corporate partners. Listed on the Home page are our sponsors, by highlighting their logo you will be forwarded to their website.

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