Our Supported Charities

Unicorn Foundation NZ

Unicorn Foundation NZ is a registered charity dedicated to revolutionising the way that Neuroendocrine Tumours/Cancer (NET Cancer) is diagnosed and managed in New Zealand.
Around one New Zealander every day is diagnosed with NET Cancer which is higher than brain, ovarian and cervical cancers. There are thousands of kiwis living and trying to manage this cancer however the best treatment is only available in Melbourne, with patients having to pay over $50,000 to receive it. We want to change this and bring the treatment to NZ, but need your help. Please ride for a reason and help thousands of NET Cancer patients. Learn More Here.

New Zealand Spinal Trust

Sadly we see far too many cyclists in the two spinal units of NZ. Almost one in five sporting Spinal Cord Injuries are due to cycling incidents – injuries far more serious than gravel rash. We help these folk and their families get back on track and find their new future through our free services. We provide peer support and employment guidance for all spinal unit patients, from teens to superannuitants – 80% of our costs are funded through fundraising initiatives.  All money raised through TONZ will be used to establish a community-based peer and whanau support programme. Your support will make a difference for Kiwis affected by a spinal cord injury or impairment. Thank you! Learn more here.

Child Cancer Foundation

Every week more than three New Zealand families are told the devastating news that their child has cancer. The Child Cancer Foundation provides practical, financial and emotional support to each child and their family, from that terrible time of diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond.

The support we provide is tailored to help combat the family’s day-to-day challenges, allowing them to stay strong and together, and focus on the only thing that matters – their very sick child.

As a standalone charity that receives no direct funding from government, the Child Cancer Foundation relies on the generosity of big-hearted New Zealanders. You can help support the work we do by choosing Child Cancer Foundation as your charity for the Tour of New Zealand. Learn More Here.

New Zealand Fallen Heroes Trust

The New Zealand Fallen Heroes Trust was established by a group of people in the community with strong ties to the New Zealand Defence Force who saw a role for direct, practical support to the families of those men and women who were injured or killed whilst serving their country. Loosely modelled on similar international initiatives, the Trust aims to fund projects that make a real difference to the lives of our heroes and their families. Learn More Here.


Cycle for Tearfund and you will be joining a community on the move for freedom! Tearfund is a registered charity committed to the cycling space. Child sex trafficking is a scourge devastating an estimated 4.5 million children and shattering vulnerable communities around the world. This is called modern day slavery due to its scale and growth and it needs all of our attention and action.
Sex slavery generates an estimated US$ 100 billion for criminal networks every year, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

By joining Tearfund you will join the fight for freedom helping our full circle approach bringing: prevention/protection, rescue and prosecution and of course restoration and empowerment. Last year our partner Nvader, a 100% Kiwi led team, were responsible for over 50% of Thailand’s human trafficking convictions. You’ll be supporting an effective team bringing results and changing lives and you’ll get to meet Ralph Simpson a Kiwi lawyer who now leads the Nvader team as country director. Learn More Here.

Akina Foundation (Bikes in Schools)

Kids love bikes, and so do we! Support Akina and all funds raised will be donated to Bikes in Schools – providing Kiwi kids with bikes and safe cycling environments in their schools. Learn More Here.

Heart Foundation

The Heart Foundation is the charity that works to stop New Zealanders dying prematurely from heart disease. Heart disease is New Zealand’s single biggest killer. There are more than 172,000 New Zealanders living with heart disease. Heart disease is responsible for the death of more than 6,000 Kiwis every year, claiming the life of one person every 90 minutes. Many of these deaths are premature and preventable.

The Tour of New Zealand is a proud supporter of the Heart Foundation. You too can support the Heart Foundation by fundraising while doing the tour.

Money raised helps to fund vital research, promote heart healthy lifestyles and advance cardiac care. Learn More Here.

Why do we ride?

Raising Awareness and Funds for Charity !


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.

Great ways to encourage your friends and family to Sponsor your ride by donating to your charity choice.
  1. Get motivated by becoming passionate about the work of your chosen Charity. The Charity you choose will provide you info and stories about their work. They have facts and case studies and wonderful motivational stories to share with you.
  2. Make a list of your friends and family members with email addresses.
  3. Plan a strategy that will not just be asking for money. Use the opportunity to inform and encourage by inviting them out for a coffee or around for a meal. You may like to have a tour dinner at your home and ask your buddies and family to contribute on the website race page an amount in appreciation. Don’t forget all donations are tax deductible and a receipt will auto generate to them the moment that they complete the donation on line. Perhaps over dinner show them a video clip of the 2017 Tour (on the website) and give them a sheet on the Charity and explain how the Tour works..they may even want to come and ride and go on our waiting list if the Tour is already full.!!!
  4. Invite your charity supporters to come and watch the Tour come through if they are on the Tour route.
  5. We will have some Tour 2019 Race actions Calendars available for you to give to your donors as a thank you in the lead up to Tour 2019. Available Jan 2019.
  6. Keep in touch with your donor base with updates on your prep and photos of you training via face book or email.
  7. Most money is raised in the 3 months leading up to the Tour so be relaxed.

Contact our Tour Charity partner expert with any questions you may have, Pauline at pauline@tourofnewzealand.co.nz.



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