Day 1 – Glenorchy to Queenstown
Saturday 6th April 2019
We have designed the prologue time trial along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to be a visual feast for you. The Glenorchy coffee houses will be open from 8.00am and riding will get underway at 10 .00am. Your drive up the Lake (about 1 hour) will alert you to the course you are about to ride. Breathtaking views, short sharp roadways carved out of the rock, the forests of black beech trees either side of the road and along the lake’s edge. At 9.00am and to keep the day tight, we are now having the sign in and introductions on the start line of this gorgeous alpine village. You will meet riders from Ireland, Australia, Singapore, USA and many other places and your start order will be set. After the ride, up the Gondolas, we will be hosted by Skyline staff for our first Peloton 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.
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 6 – Tekuiti to Taumarunui
Thursday 11th April 2019
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 Taumarunui.
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
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
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