Tour News

A message from Julian Dean…

Hi Riders, I will really miss being on Tour 2019 in April.  I have had the honour to be appointed as Head Sports Director for Mitchelton Scott Professional racing team for the 2019 Basque Country Tour in Spain. Unfortunately, this clashes with the Tour of New Zealand Dates.

I will talk to you all at the Skyline Restaurant in Queenstown by Skype and am looking forward to this.   I have also been able to obtain and send through to the Tour a fully signed Race winners team jersey won in the 2018 Tour of Spain. This is a real treasure and highly valued so please bid well as all the proceeds will be split amongst the Tour Charities at the final Prize giving in the Grand Hall in the NZ Parliament.

Tour Update October 25th 2018

We have made a small change to the programme for Day 1 and Day 3. With the entire peloton and crew riding the Gondolas up Bobs Peak to the reception at the Skyline, on Day 1 (Saturday afternoon) we have decided to make this a bigger function than first planned.  We will have 5.00 pm nibbles for you and a glass of wine or fruit juice served (not dinner.) It will be a fantastic opportunity to meet other riders socially from all over the world and get the full gas on the week ahead.

This will replace the dinner we had proposed for the Hermitage. We have a number of competitors booking for Day 3 at Twizel now that the less expensive rooms are all booked out at the Hermitage.  The restaurant at the Hermitage will be open for those staying there so you will be able to buy your own meals on Monday night.  The other Peloton parties will be as planned in Rotorua and Mt Ruapehu.

Tour News October 2018

Travelling between the North and South Island during the period 3rd to 18th April 2019? Recognising The Tour’s  charity focus, Interislander have come on Board as sponsors. They are offering riders a 30% discount on their Easy Change fares.  Use the code MRK-TOURNZ9 when you book online at

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 Stories

Juarez from Brazil set to be riding is fourth TONZ.

Hi, I am from Brazil and my name is Juarez… I will be riding my fourth Tour of New Zealand next April… have just started my training programme… the Tour is the highlight of my cycling calendar. I  will be riding with you through the most stunning countryside, over mountain passes and by alpine lakes all heading to the finale criterium in Wellington Parliament grounds on day 8. Join me on the start line next April!

Pedal safe, Juarez.

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.

Tour Interviews

Mike Pollock from RICOH

Brook Dahlberg from Downer NZ

Katrina Winn from Hynds

NZ Spinal Trust TONZ 19

Beth Harper from Tear Fund

Emily from the Heart Foundation

Lisa Campbell from Honda

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