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.
Day 1 – Glenorchy to Queenstown
Saturday 6th April 2019
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
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
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
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.