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Challenge Wanaka

A 15 Day Guided Tour of New Zealand's South Island


Includes 14 nights accommodation, transport, secure bicycle transfer, training activities, local attractions, continental breakfasts, some lunches and dinners, race insights and course recon.

04/02/19 To 18/02/19

The gem in the crown: this iconic tour of New Zealand's South Island covers the most incredible sights and is likely to leave you breathless

Wanaka, New Zealand

Race a half or full distance triathlon set amongst the stunning alpine backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

This 15 Day Tour showcases the absolute best of New Zealand’s South Island. Our carefully crafted itinerary allows you swim, bike and run along the way, to maintain your fitness during the tapering phase and to really experience this wonderful location.


Whether it’s alps to ocean, breathtaking lakes, ancient rainforest or golden sand beaches, New zealand’s South Island boasts unrivalled diversity. Come explore the absolute best of this wonderful destination on the way to the hugely popular Challenge Wanaka triathlon festival.

Starting in Christchurch we will help you build your bike and have it stored, ready to ride, in our custom fully enclosed bike trailer. Also opt to shake the jetlag with a gentle jog in the garden city’s central park before getting to know your fellow triathletes at our group dinner and welcome meeting.


Day 2 takes us to where the alps meet the ocean at the incredible marine environment of Kaikoura. An immersive day awaits as we enjoy a scenic BRIC with stunning ocean views and take a visit to the the local fur seal colony. In the morning you have the opportunities to swim with the local pod of dolphins in their natural environment.


Day 3 takes us inland to the alpine township of Hanmer Springs. Get your legs moving with another scenic BRIC set amongst this quaint mountain valley landscape. Enjoy your afternoon with a relaxing soak in New Zealand’s premier thermal pools.


Days 4 and 5 takes us north to the golden sand beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park. Join for a group swim in emerald green water of Kaiteriteri Beach. Take a boat  ride along the coastline and deep into the beach-ladened park where you will enjoy beaches, open water swimming and great walking trails.


Day 6 allows you to lace up your shoes for one of the best trail runs in the world. Set amongst Karst peaks and New Zealand’s most stunning rainforest, Punakaiki is a must see location on the wildly beautiful West Coast.


Day 7 begins with a walk amongst towering limestone boulders before journeying to the small town of Twizel at the heart of McKenzie Country. Day 8 is our Queen stage as we cycling alongside New Zealand’s most stunning alpine lake with New Zealand’s highest peak, Mt Cook standing in the foreground. This is bound to be one of the most scenic rides you will ever experience.


Days 9 and 10 takes place in the remarkably stunning Queenstown, adventure capital of the world! Hit the lap pool for a group swim session, opt for a thrill seeking adventure or simply rest and relax in preparation for the big event. Join the group for an evening steamboat cruise and dinner on the idyllic lake Wakatipu. Opt for a full day excursion into the incredible Fiordland National Park and embark on a guided nature cruise of the famous Milford Sound.


Days 11, 12 and 13 are based in the picturesque alpine race location of Wanaka. Familiarise with the bike course and take a swim in lake Wanaka in preparation of the big day. Enjoy free time to absorb the race atmosphere and focus on the task at hand while enjoying this stunning race setting.


Days 14 and 15 return us to the South Islands largest city of Christchurch. Celebrate with the group and share a final farewell meal together.


Prices Starting From $7000.00 NZD

Challenge by name, challenge by design. New Zealand’s premier South Island race is a real adventure and is always ranked in the the top 5 most picturesque triathlons on the international calendar. Starting at beautiful Lake Wanaka, enjoy the company of the mighty Southern Alps as you make your way to one of the best finishing chutes on offer, Challenge Wanaka will treat you to an unforgettable experience.


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