8 Days, 7 Stages.
1 Time Trial, 1 Hill Climb, 1 Criterium.
Average Stage Distance: 90km
Total Tour Distance: 630km
Average Stage Time: 3 Hours
Total Tour Time: 21 Hours
Your tour begins in Queenstown. Simply book a flight, or arrive by vehicle in Queenstown before the start time of 7.00am on Saturday the 6th April. You can provide your own transport or book a place in one of our mini buses (at an additional cost) that we will have waiting for you.. Ahead are 4 day awesome day stages. From Glenorchy along the shore of Lake Wakatipu into Queenstown;From Arrowtown (New Zealand’s quaintest town) over the Crown Range (highest public road in New Zealand) to Wanaka. From Wanaka over the Lindis Pass to Omarama. From the Hermitage Hotel at Mt Cook, with views of the 12400ft peak (New Zealand’s highest mountain) down to the Hot pools of the mountain village of Tekapo. From Tekapo you’ll have a three hour drive to Christchurch on the Tuesday afternoon to catch our AIR NEW ZEALAND charter flights to Rotorua, in the North Island.
In Rotorua you’ll have a “lay Day” to let you relax and rest for 24hours and to better get to know your cycling buddies you have been beating up on for the last 4 days. On your list of “to do thing’s” could be a mountain bike ride on one of the famous Rotorua forest tracks, a luge ride or a tour of this amazing tourist town dotted with boiling mud pools, thermal sulphur pools and geysers. After the lay day we will have mini buses (if you need them) to transfer you to the stage starts. From Te Kuiti you will ride past many magnificent King Country farms to Taumaranui. A second stage which is a 12 km individual King of the Mountains race, takes you up to the Iconic Chateau Tongariro where we will stay the night. From The Chateau and the Volcanic Plateau we will descend to Pipiriki, on the banks of the Wanganui River, for the first stage. After a lunch stop the second Stage will take you the final 65 kms from Ranana to Wanganui. In Wellington, saturday morning ,you’ll ride the Criterium finale, in the grounds of the NZ Parliament and this will decide placings for the competitive and fun for the less so.
Why do we ride?
The Tour is one magnificent, exciting and challenging Bike Ride/Race.
It‘s also about raising awareness and funds for the charities the Tour of New Zealand supports. If you elect to be a charity rider you simply choose the charity below you wish to support.
The 1.25 million dollars riders have raised in the 4 Tours so far,( mainly from sponsorship of their ride), is absolutely awesome. By selecting a charity and entering as a charity rider you are asked to raise a minimum of $250 for your selected charity and you will benefit from a reduced entry fee. This will wonderfully benefit your chosen charity and they will work closely with you to support you prior to and on race week.
If you choose to ride and leave us to apportion some of your entry fee to a charity then that is great too ..either way we are here for you. Make the Tour a fun and effective way of helping people less fortunate than yourself.
“In my first Tour (2012) I was nervous about asking my colleagues, family and friends for sponsorship for my charity. My goal of $250 seemed high. You can imagine my joy and surprise when I found $1100 rolled into the charity account from so many who resonated with me taking on a challenge which was way beyond me. After the Tour, Kilograms lighter and so much fitter I realised that I had pulled off something I could have only dreamed of”
Rose 2012,2015 And Tour 2017 competitor.
How much does the Tour cost?
We have reserved 180 places for charity riders who will raise money for their charity. Minimum of $250) and we have 100 places available for riders wishing to take the second option. We have a strict limit of 280 riders in total.
Enter early to guarantee your place on the start line. We will run a waiting list once we reach full but its truly better to be in and have your training timed up ready to Tour start Day 1..The Glenorchy to Queenstown prologue.
What does my entry fee buy me?
- Three celebration peleton dinners. The Hermitage,Mt Cook, The Holiday Inn (Rotorua) The Chateau Tongariro
- Trip on the TS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu.
- Gondola trip to the skyline reception hall.
- Swim at the Tekapo Thermal pools
- Air fares from Christchurch to Rotorua.
- Afternoon tea Prize Giving
Your costs: Transport if you take the Tour Minibuses $400 for the week.
You book and pay for your own accommodation.
Tour Stage Overview
|Day 1||Glenorchy to Queenstown||80km|
|Day 2||Queenstown to Wanaka||76km|
|Day 3||Wanaka to Omarama||113km|
|Day 4||Mt Cook to Tekapo||88km|
|Day 5||Rotorua||Rest Day|
|Day 6||Tekuiti to Taumaranui||86km|
|Day 7||Chateau to Pipiriki||133km|
What accommodation options are there?
You book and pay for your own accommodation.
We list our preferred hotels (discounted) at each night’s stopover and we will leave you to book the accommodation that suits you.
|Night 1||5th April||Queenstown||Link to hotel|
|Night 2||6th April||Queenstown||Link to hotel|
|Night 3||7th April||Wanaka||Link to hotel|
|Night 4||8th April||Mt Cook||Link to hotel|
|Night 5||9th April||Rotorua||Link to hotel|
|Night 6||10th April||Taumaranui||Link to hotel|
|Night 7||11h April||Chateau||Chateau|
|Night 8||12th April||Wellington||Link to hotel|