Welcome to the Tour of New Zealand

The 5th Tour of New Zealand will be iconic. Riding as one peloton Tour 2019 is taking you on an adventure beyond your expectations. On every one of our handpicked daily stages, you will be thrilled by the scenery, the 100% pure New Zealand the world talks about, and the spectacular but quiet roads the Tour travels along. After 4 days, (a feast of racing/ riding through the very best of the South island southern mountains and lakes) you will courtesy of Air New Zealand, be flown on our charter aircraft to Rotorua for the three North Island rides.

Tour registration opens January 15 2018 12:00 PM

Day 1 – Glenorchy to Queenstown

Saturday 6th April 2019

Distance: 36kms
(Time Trial)

Mayoral welcome on board the “Lady of the Lake,” the famous steam ship the TS Earnslaw. You will enjoy a one hour cruise on Lake Wakatipu at which time you will sign in and be introduced to your fellow Tour riders. On disemembarking you will head to Glenorchy (45kms) where our race crew will have the start set up and your ride order. You will ride a 36 km time trial/prologue to Wilsons bay, 5km short of Queenstown. After a shower you are expected at 3.00pm at the base station of the Gondola where we will travel up to the Skyline summit for our first peleton Party.

Day 2 – Arrowtown to Wanaka

Sunday 7th April 2019

Distance: 76kms

Take a neutral ride from Queenstown to be ready for the start in Arrowtown at 9.00am. The Crown Range presents to the Tour an iconic track for the ride today… its over the highest public road in New Zealand with views that our camera crew will feast on by helicopter, courtesy (sponsors) The Helicopter Line. Lake Wanaka awaits you and the Peleton Party on the lawn at the front of the Wanaka Hotel.

 

Day 3 – Wanaka to Omarama

Monday 8th April 2019

Distance: 114kms

8.00am and the Lindis Pass with one of the longest stages on Tour ahead. You will wind through Merino Country for 130Kms. Our camera crew will have you in their sights with spectacular backdrops showing off your courage and style, a great chance to dig deep and edge up the field if your fitness and preparations have been thorough. Lunch at the Wrinkly Ram Café is unforgettable… Prepare for a drive of about 90 minutes as you head off after lunch to the Hermitage Lodge cradled in the shadow of Mt Cook, our stop for the night. Peleton Dinner and party tonight in the restaurant.

 

Day 4 – Mt Cook to Tekapo

Tuesday 9th April 2019

Distance: 100kms

Start today at 7.30 am 100kms riding out of Mt Cook village turning North at Lake Pukaki to arrive at Tekapo. The Helicopter Line camera crew will film dramatic scenes of the start today. Mainly down but also some rolling ups. At the finish you will have an hour to swim in the amazing Tekapo outdoor heated pools and take a shower. Free to leave Tekapo now for your 3 hour drive to our meeting point beside Christchurch airport where your bike and gear will be loaded onto our transport for transferring by road to Rotorua. Taking your overnight bag on board (we can carry also a limited number of bikes on the planes). Arrive Rotorua first plane 6.30 second plane 8.30pm.

Fly from Christchurch to Rotorua

Your transport will be leaving Tekapo at 1pm to catch your later afternoon flight from Christchurch to Rotorua. Simply pack your bike into its bike bag then head to the transition point (to be advised by our crew). Your bike will then be loaded onto the transporter, along with any excess bag you may have, for its road-trip to Rotorua. You will arrive in Rotorua on Tuesday 8th April by 9pm, your bike will arrive Wednesday afternoon – the rest day.

Day 5 – Rotorua Rest Day

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Your Lay day. Rotorua.. Sleep in, wash your riding gear, lazy breakfast, massage, answer emails,talk to the Press show some international riders around town,ride a hire mountain bike on a trail… make a plan. Peleton Dinner tonight at the Hotel.

Day 6 – Tekuiti to Taumaranui

Thursday 11th April 2019

Distance: 73kms

Early start leave Rotorua at 6.00am for Tekuiti. Stage 6 will leave the start line in TeKuiti at 9.00am and ahead 73 km of glorious farm land you will ride through on your journey to Taumaranui.
The Tour will transfer to National Park where a 12km individual hill climb will suck the last air out of your lungs. However the sight of the Magnificent Chateau beckoning your arrival will put that to a distant memory. Tonight our last Peleton Dinner and party.

Day 7 – The Chateau to Wanganui

Friday 12th April 2019

Distance: 130kms

8.00am you will gather under the portico of the Chateau for the final ( 130 km) 2 stage final day prior to Saturday’s Wellington Criterium. 72kms of riding will head you down to Pipiriki for the early lunch stop at Josphine’s School House Café. A short transfer will have the second stage underway from Ranana with a 65km ride to Wanganui with an expected arrival time of 3.00pm. Transfers then to Wellington.

Day 8 – Wellington

Saturday 13th April 2019

Distance: Criterium

Hosted by the Honourable Grant Robertson MP, 8.30am start at the Beehive for the Criterium that could sort the final placings. A fast fun morning of incredible action before the afternoon tea prizegiving. Concludes at 5.00pm to allow riders to head home.

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