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 114kms. 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 1-hour drive to the Hermitage at Mt Cook. If electing to stay in Twizel the night it is a 20-minute drive from the finish line in Omarama, you will then have a 45-minute drive early Tuesday morning to the start line in Mt Cook village.
Day 4 – Mt Cook to Tekapo
Tuesday 9th April 2019
Mount Cook will be watching over you on the Start Line today. It rises skyward to 12,000 feet above the Mt Cook Village with the autumn snow hopefully being restricted to the top 3000 feet! At 7.30am we will decide on the day how far this stage will ride. Minimum and probable length a 55 km ride to the carpark at Lake Pukaki. The Helicopter Line will have a camera crew on board to film you riding in this alpine wonderland. Transfers from the finish line will leave around 10:00am to Tekapo for a quick swim (if time allows) and then onto Christchurch airport for the 4:00pm flight to Rotorua, arriving at 5:30pm.
Fly from Christchurch to Rotorua
Your flight to Rotorua with Air New Zealand Air will be a first, our very own peloton party at 30,000 feet. We will give away some great spot prizes and our TV crew will interview riders on board looking for some great stories. The Tour of New Zealand flight arrives in Rotorua at 5.30pm. Make your way to your accommodation and enjoy a well deserved night off. You will have made a whole bunch of new friends and memories on this special tour of New Zealand.
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
Saturday 13th April 2019
The 800-metre criterium circuit starts on the steps of Parliament, lapping in and out of the historic grounds. The flags of the different nationalities riding in the tour will be flapping above in the Wellington wind in the Tour, an awesome venue and special place to finish the tour. Wellington’s mayor, Hon Grant Robertson will not only welcome us but also ride a celebrity criterium race. The 2:00 pm prizegiving will be celebrated in the Grand Hall inside Parliament Buildings. One lucky rider on the tour will be leaving the prize giving with the keys to the Honda Jazz RS lead car. You will be free to make your travel plans home after the prize giving conclusion at 4:00 pm.
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