8 stages, including:
Day 1 36km Prologue Time Trial
5km Beehive Criterium
Average Stage: 70 kms
Total Tour: 493.5 kms
Average Daily Ride Time: 3 hours
Ride or Race the 6th Tour of New Zealand in 2021. Enter as an individual or form a 3, 4 or 5 person team.
When you step into Race Pack pickup in Queenstown, late afternoon on Friday 9th April 2021, you will know that you have taken hold, with both hands, of the adventure of a lifetime. Day stage races are fun, but this is in a different league. The Tour will give you the nearest you can get to riding the Tour de France with the great news; you don’t have to be a champion to compete. We are here for you, be a social rider. Weekend warrior or Champion. Yes, we want a peloton full of fun riders that will work with the race crew to enjoy fast, safe riding on the road and be generous towards their chosen charity off the road. You will meet some extraordinary people on Tour 2021 and make some lifelong bike buddies from all over the world.
The prologue time trial ride from Glenorchy to Queenstown is celebrated later that day at the excellent Skyline restaurant, hundreds of metres above the town. The four-seater gondolas wing you skyward to deliver you to our first Peloton Party. The Village of Queenstown below, the magnificent Lake Wakatipu as far as the eye can see and mountains that will beckon you back for your next ski or winter holiday. Queenstown’s Mayor will welcome us and Skyline staff will present you with a selection of light food to enjoy. Winners of the prologue will be congratulated, and our Race Director will prepare us for the mountain ride tomorrow with some inside running. We will have a lot of laughs, and new friends will be made.
The day stage details will give you an excellent understanding of the Tour and remember we are always here for you. Please look closely at the detail and request any extra information at any time.
A SEAT FOR YOU ON THE TRANZ ALPINE EXPRESS.
The train ride across the Southern Alps on the Tranz Alpine after stage 5 half way through the Tour will be a first with a lot of fun planned and an on board Peloton Party. All included in your entry fee.
A Ferry Trip for you with Kiwi Rail
Your entry fee covers your ferry crossing fare from Picton to Wellington. The criterium really binds the Tour threads together, and the Prizegiving in the Grand Hall at the NZ Parliament is unforgettable. Major spot prizes are drawn, podium winners acknowledged, and trophies disbursed to the fastest team and fastest male and female individuals,
Once entered, we will be emailing you regular training tips, nutrition ideas, accommodation options, and how we can help you with the “us drive you” option. The Charity you select will also be active in helping you with your travel and accommodation options and will be doing their utmost to help you concentrate on riding whilst they look after you before and after stage.
Why do we ride?
The Tour is unique in concept, fabulous fun in practice, fulfilling in achieving fitness levels and health, and one huge adventure on two wheels. You can choose to make the Tour as competitive as you wish.
The 1.5 million dollars riders have raised in the 5 Tours so far has initiated many stories from the beneficiaries that are thrilling. Eg: Unicorn Foundation NZ (Neuroendorcrine Cancer) fundraising efforts established a specialised PET-CT Scanner for the first time in New Zealand, which also assists Prostate cancer patients too. Tear Fund have had significant break throughs in prosecuting child sex trafficers and rescued scores of girls from lives unimaginable.
“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 Tour of NZ competitor.
Tour Entry Fee
Linked Charity Riders
If you choose to be a “linked charity rider” it means that you select one of the charities the Tour supports and that charity will help you wherever it can to support you. Your entry fee is $950 and you have a commitment to raise a minimum of $250 for that charity.(normally by asking friends/Colleagues/ family to sponsor you with a tax free donation that goes exclusively and directly to the charity you support.
If you choose to be a Charity Rider (Not linked) your entry fee is $1500. This suits many overseas riders who choose to allow the organisers to donate some of their entry fee to one of the Tour Charities. There is no commitment to raise money beyond this..
What does my entry fee buy me?
Your entry fee covers:
All the admin costs of the Tour eg our 30 race crew who look after you, are volunteers (we meet their actual costs for Tour week).
- Queenstown Gondola trip and finger food for the first Peloton Party at the SkyLine .
- Your 4 hour Tranz Alpine train trip Greymouth to Christchurch.
- Overnight hotel accommodation in Christchurch on Wednesday night.
- Race Tee Shirt.
- Kiwi Rail Ferry crossing Friday afternoon.. Picton to Wellington
- The production of a 30 minute doco on Tour 2021.
- Many additional prizes
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.
- 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 (9th April 2021 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.
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.
Please email me if you need any help. We are here for you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour Stage Overview
|Day 1||Glenorchy to Queenstown||37 km|
|Day 2||Arrowtown to Wanaka||53 km|
|Day 3||Lake Hawea to Haast||88.5 km|
|Day 4||Knights Point Lookout to Fox Glacier||93 km|
|Day 5||Ross to Greymouth||61 km|
|Day 6||Mouse Point to Kaikoura||100 km|
|Day 7||Blenheim to Picton||61 km|
You book and pay for your own accommodation. We list our preferred hotels (discounted) at each night’s stopover and we will leave you to book the accommodation that suits you.
|Night 1 & 2||9th & 10th April||Queenstown|
|Night 3||11th April||Wanaka|
|Night 4||12th April||Haast|
|Night 5||13th April||Franz Joseph Glacier|
|Night 6||14th April||Christchurch|
|Night 7||15th April||Blenhiem|
|Night 8||16th 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 10th 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 and can be droped off in Picton, Wellington or Christchurch.
If you request our travel package you will book your own fares and travel into Queenstown for the start arriving no later than Friday 9th April 2021 and out of Wellington after prize giving no earlier than 5.30pm on Saturday the 17 April 2019 (after Prize giving). Bikes will be carried on trailers.