This 9 Day Tour showcases the Canterbury and Central Otago regions of New Zealand and includes everything you need for participation or support during the Challenge Wanaka triathlon festival.
Take a scenic journey through the heart of New Zealand’s South Island. Enjoy the ability to swim, bike and run in our hand-picked locations during the tapering phase of your race preparation. We’ve organised activities to highlight the wonderful scenery and maxamise your time and enjoyment while in New Zealand.
Day 1 begins in the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch. Shake off your jet-lag by taking a walking tour of this rejuvenating city or take a gentle run through the centrally located Hagley park.
Day 2 starts with an early morning swim in one of the local swimming bays before departing on the scenic drive to Queenstown. After a wonderful day enjoying your surroundings, check into your accomodation in Queenstown and enjoy free time in the evening.
Days 3 allows time to experience Queenstown, adventure capital of the world! Get the legs moving with a scenic run, walk or bike ride, opt for a thrill-seeking adventure or simply rest and relax in preparation for the big event. If you would like to build your bike today we can safely transport it whole in our customised bike trailer, then join with other passengers for a group dinner aboard the TSS Earnslaw on the stunning Lake Wakitipu.
Day 4 see us take for a full day excursion into the incredible Fiordland National Park and embark on a guided nature cruise of the famous Milford Sound.
Day 5 involves a scenic drive over the beautiful Crown Range Road. After cresting New Zealand’s highest sealed road we’ll take a lunch stop at the historic Cadrona Hotel before arriving at your race destination of Wanaka. Athlete registration and briefing occurs in the afternoon for full-distance athletes.
Day 6 is registration and briefing day for all the half-distance athletes. Today, TriAdventuresNZ will help you familiarise with the course and assist you during your race preparations.
Day 7 Race day!
Day 8 see us return to the South Islands largest city of Christchurch. Celebrate with the group and share a final farewell meal together.
Day 9 tour concludes after breakfast. We’ll assist you with your onward travel from Christchurch
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. Half distance or Full, Challenge Wanaka will treat you to an unforgettable experience.