Tour News

Tour News October 2018

Travelling between the North and South Island between 3rd and 18th April? Recognising The Tour’s  charity focus  the InterIslander Ferries have now come on Board as sponsors. They are offering riders a 50 % discount on vehicle travel and 30% discount as foot passengers on their easy change fares.  Use the code MRK-TOURNZ9 when you book.  

Accomodation deals;  Be quick on all these and if stuck email. 

 First two nights of the Tour: A great place to stay just a minute cycle to the start on day 2.  And a 25 minute drive from Queenstown. Arrrowtown Motels have a number of configurations for your accommodation  ranging from $70 per night. Go to www.arrowtownmotel or email them on 

Mt Cook and the Hermitage. Great to stay at the Hermitage if you can. As the Hermitage accommodation heavily booked now a budget option is to stop over at Twizel and drive up to Mt Cook for the start on Tuesday Morning. Google Twizel accommodation. 

Rotorua Accomodation      The I site will book you into the Rotovagas  Motel for about $70 per night. Contact Sabrina at the I site.  

Wellington Accomodation    Angela at Brentwood Hotel .  This hotel is 8 minutes from the Wellington Airport but 20 minutes from the Beehive Criterium and prizegiving. Otherwise book downtown Wellington City.

Tour Charities – NZ Spinal Trust TONZ 19

Tour Interviews – Mike Pollock from RICOH

Tour Stories

Team Ireland are coming back for more!

A year to go till TONZ 2019, and the excitement is already mounting away over here in Ireland. Having completed the North Island Tour in 2017, and having enjoyed ourselves so much, Dermot and I have signed up for next year’s Tour. And we’re growing the Irish team! This time being joined by another Ian. Thankfully our new member is not a lawyer like us but works in education and should keep us sane. We’ve sold him on the Tour–the camaraderie amongst participants–on the road and off at the evening peloton parties–and of course the fantastic NZ scenery. It almost matches our own–and sometimes comes with the weather too! So, when on the road look out for team “Dublin Dashers”. Not exactly turbo-charged, but we’re hoping the hint of a suggestion of a hurry may mean not too many will pass it is out on the NZ roads.

Welcome into the into the peloton!

My husband and I did the Tour of New Zealand in 2017. It was by far one of the most amazing adventures of our lives. To begin, New Zealand is picturesque, friendly, safe and 100% incredible. Next, the people of New Zealand are some of the kindest individuals we have come across. We still keep in touch with some of the people we rode with on the tour. Finally, the ride gives substantial funds to a variety of important causes such as cancer foundations, stopping human trafficking, bringing physical activity to kids in schools and more. I cannot recommend this event more strongly. The event is just so incredible- it was absolutely life-changing for us and we cannot wait to participate again in 2019.

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