9 stages, including:
37km Prologue Time Trial
12km Hill Climb to the Chateau
5km Beehive Criterium
Average Stage: 90 kms
Total Tour: 630 kms
Average Daily Ride Time: 3 hours
Four magnificent South Island rides handpicked for you.
Your Tour will begin in Queenstown. Simply book your flight or jump in a car ready Friday 5th April to pick up your race pack. After our 4 days of fun and racing in the South Island we are flying you out of Christchurch to arrive in Rotorua Tuesday night.
Wednesday in Rotorua is your rest day. Relax, wash some riding kit, take lunch with a few new cycling buddies from around the world, ride one of the internationally acclaimed mountain bike trails through the forests, past the boiling mud pools of this volcanic wonderland. Maori concert party after our Peloton dinner in the evening.
Now three spectacular North Island rides handpicked for you.
The contrast between the South island stage rides and the North Island is just amazing. Now you are riding amongst super rich farming country with green, green grass everywhere before chasing up to Mt Ruapehu’s base camp: A New Zealand jewel, known as The Chateau. Your final stage will take us racing downhill to arrive for a lunch break at Pipiriki, before the second stage rides us along the banks of the Wanganui river to arrive in the river city.
The Tour of New Zealand is a wonderful vehicle for providing many humbling experiences over the week of the event. It brings together through their common appreciation of cycling, an array of diverse people from all over the world, wanting to see some of the most remote parts of a beautiful country and all in the name of doing good for their charity of choice.
I know of no other 8 day Tour that allows riders to choose between racing each stage or simply riding each stage. The Tour of New Zealand is totally unique in that the organisers welcome both race riders as well as those who are more dedicated to health and fitness.
I’ve looked on with admiration as Peter Yarrell and his team have grown the Tour of New Zealand from humble beginnings to the internationally recognised event it has become today, drawing riders from near and far. The opportunity to take a week out of our everyday lives to cycle through this spectacular country while making a meaningful difference in the lives of people who face daily challenges is as rewarding as it is unique.
The attraction of the 2019 tour is its itinerary of rides incorporating the north and south islands—chosen to highlight the individual beauty of both—making this event a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. I look forward to seeing you on the starting line in Queenstown.
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.
Tour Entry Fee
There is an option available to you on entry fees. You can be a charity rider at $975 entry fee ( this includes a large number of inclusive specials for you (see “ what your entry fee covers”section ) or pay $1300 entry fee (same inclusive benefits) and we will give a portion of this entry fee to one of our charities. You will qualify to be in the draw to win the Honda lead car which ever category you choose.
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 peloton dinners. The Hermitage in Mt Cook, TBC venue in Rotorua and The Chateau Tongariro Hotel in National Park
- Gondola trip to the skyline reception hall.
- Swim at the Tekapo Thermal Pools
- Airfares from Christchurch to Rotorua.
Your costs: Transport if you take the Tour Minibuses $400 for the week.
You book and pay for your own accommodation.
Official Tour of New Zealand Cycle Clothing
Official 2019 Tour of New Zealand cycle clothing & merchandise to come.
2019 Tour of New Zealand
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Can I bring along a non-riding supporter?
Yes, you can, especially if you are bringing/hiring your own vehicle. You will be booking your own accommodation, so include them. Because of limits on the AIRNZ Charter Flight we suggest that your supporter make their bookings on a regular AIRNZ domestic flight – Christchurch to Rotorua (bookings now available for April 2019.. Remember your supporter can stay the Tuesday night in Christchurch and catch a morning flight to join you on Wednesday) Your supporter also has the choice to only join you for part of the Tour.
- Can I buddy up with another couple of similar riders to form a team?
Yes let us know and we can advertise this amongst individual riders that would prefer to ride as a team.
- What time will I be able to get away from the Prize Giving at Wellington Parliament to catch a plane or get home?
(allow say 4.00pm) Suggest flight booking no earlier than 5.30pm.
- What is the best way to get to Queenstown on the Friday (5th April 2019) prior to race start?
We will have vehicles leaving Christchurch at 11.00am ($50 per person) otherwise book to fly or make your own way by vehicle to be in Queenstown for race pack pick up between 6 and 9 pm. If you are arriving later we can give you your race pack Saturday morning before the start in Glenorchy.
- What gear should I bring?
The weather conditions can vary, especially when travelling over the passes in the South Island. So be prepared for all weather, rain, hail and shine. Best to dress in layers as the autumn mornings can be chilly and this will enable you to peel off excess clothing as the day warms up. Beanies and gloves a must! We will update you closer to the time with more details. Pack clothes for relaxing in the afternoons/evenings.
- When should I book my/our accommodation for Tour Week?
Soon. Very soon. Queenstown/Arrowtown is already experiencing heavy bookings as is Rotorua and The Hermitage and The Chateau. (Queenstown and Rotorua are two-night stays) The Chateau ph No 07 8923403 (Cairo) and the Hermitage ph no 03 4351809 (Samantha) quote Tour of New Zealand 2109. Email us if you have any issues
On Day 1 and 2 in the South, Arrowtown also a good place to rest your head and shower your body as the Sunday morning start leaves from Arrowtown. Accom good deals in Arrowtown from $65 per night per person to $85 depending on your choice of accommodation … if need emails us for Motel contact details in Arrowtown. We are currently holding tentative bookings in 3 Motel blocks. but these need to be confirmed in asap.
Rotorua. Good plan to phone Sabrina at the Rotorua I site as she can book you and give you prices. Ph no 07 3485179
Please email me if you need any help. We are here for you. email@example.com.
Keys to the Honda Tour lead Car!
The exceptional generosity of Honda New Zealand has really pumped up the fundraising tyres of our riders. At the final prizegiving one of our 280 riders will find they are driving home in the Tour Lead Car, donated by Honda New Zealand. Terms and Conditions apply.
Tour Stage Overview
|Day 1||Glenorchy to Queenstown||36km|
|Day 2||Queenstown to Wanaka||76km|
|Day 3||Wanaka to Omarama||114km|
|Day 4||Mt Cook to Tekapo||88km|
|Day 5||Rotorua||Rest Day|
|Day 6||Tekuiti to Taumaranui||86km|
|Day 7||Chateau to Pipiriki||133km|
|Night 1 & 2||5th & 6th April||Queenstown|
|Night 3||7th April||Wanaka|
|Night 4||8th April||Mt Cook|
|Night 5 & 6||9th & 10th April||Rotorua|
|Night 7||11th April||National Park|
|Night 8||12th April||Wellington|
We want to make it easy for you to focus on your riding the Tour. So we have a package available for you. If you register for it you will be picked up Saturday morning the 5th April and taken to all starts and transferred from all finishes each day.(to your selected accommodation). Just request this when you enter and pay the additional $400.
If you choose to organise your own transport (or hire car) that is fine too. Often a friend or family member will enjoy being your support crew coming on tour ,as well as driving for you. Hire cars/vans are available in Queenstown, (drop off Christchurch) as well as Rotorua, (drop off Wellington).
- If you request our travel package you will book your own fares and travel into Queenstown for the start arriving no later than Friday 5th April 2019 and out of Wellington after prize giving no earlier than 5.30pm on Saturday the 13th April 2019 (after Prize giving). We will meet you on your arrival in Queenstown at your hotel on Friday the 5th April and load your bike in a trailer ready for Saturday morning start. We will transport you and your gear throughout the Tour through to Saturday afternoon 13th April.
- If you choose to manage your own travel during the Tour you will be free to take your bike with you on the charter flights Christchurch – Rotorua. Alternatively we will transfer bags and bike by truck Tuesday afternoon out of Christchurch to arrive Rotorua on Wednesday afternoon about 3.00pm. You carry your overnight bag only on the Flight.