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Challenge Wanaka

A 9 Day Guided-Tour of New Zealand's South Island

9 DAY GUIDED TOUR

Includes race entry to Challenge Wanaka or Challenge™ Wanaka Half, accommodation, transport, secure bicycle transfer, welcome pack, training activities and local attractions

11/02/18 To 19/02/18

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 Iron distance triathlon set amongst the stunning alpine back drop of New Zealand's Southern Alps

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.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1 - Christchurch - Sun 11 Feb

Tour starts

 

1400 – Check in opens Strathern Motor Lodge, Christchurch

1500 – Optional guided run for those who have arrived early (Harley Park 10km)

1830 – Tour briefing and Welcome Meeting

1930 – Group dinner (included)

 

Day 2 - Queenstown - Mon 12 Feb

Christchurch to Queenstown

 

 

0600 – Breakfast continental (included)

0730 – Harbour swim Corsair Bay

0830 – Return to hotel for showers

0930 – Depart

1200 – Lunch in Twizel (not included)

1600 – Arrive in Queenstown

1615 – Check into Lakefront Apartments, Queenstown

1700 – Free Evening

Day 3 - Queenstown - Tue 13 Feb

Free day for optional activities

 

0700 to 0900 – Breakfast continental (included)

Optional swim, bike, run if desired

Free time 

1740 – TSS Earnslaw Dinner Cruise on lake Wakatipu

 

Day 4 - Queenstown - Wed 14 Feb

Milford Sound full day excursion: including scenic Nature Cruise

 

0530 – Breakfast continental (included)

0730 – Depart for Milford

1000 – Coffee stop in Te Anau

1200 – Packed lunch (included)

1335 – 1600 – Nature cruise

2030 – Group dinner (not included)

Day 5 - Wanaka - Thur 15 Feb

Race registration and course famil

 

0800 – Breakfast continental (included)

1000 – Depart for Wanaka

1200 – lunch stop at the iconic Cardrona Hotel

1400 – Check into Clearbrook motel, Wanaka

1500 – Race registration

1600 – Optional lake swim

Free evening

Day 6 - Wanaka - Fri 16 Feb

Race preparation day

 

0700 – Breakfast continental (included)

0900 to 1800 – Bike and Helmet inspections

1000 – Athletes briefing full

1145 – Athletes briefing half

1300 – Optional course famil ride

1530 until 1800 – Transition opens for bike racking and race-bag drop
1830 – Dinner (recommend self-cater)

Race Day 7 - Wanaka - Sat 17 Feb

Race day!

 

0530 – Race central opens (transition)

0700 – Race start full distance

0815 – Race start Men’s half

0820 – Race start Women’s half

1430 – Transition open for bike collection

2330 – Finish line party and fireworks

Day 8 - Christchurch - Sun 18 Feb

Post race day

 

0800 – Group breakfast (included)

0930 – Depart

1230 – Lunch in Twizel (not included)

1330 – Depart for Christchurch

1830 – Check into Strathern Motor Lodge, Christchurch

Day 9 - Christchurch - Mon 19 Feb

Tour concludes

 

0800 – Breakfast continental (included)

0830 – Bike bag collection and packing

 

INCLUDED AND NOT

 

 

  •  PURE™ ELECTROLYTE HYDRATION AND RECOVERY  YES
     
  •  
    ALL BREAKFASTS AND SOME LUNCH/DINNERS YES
     
  •  
    RACE ENTRY CHALLENGE™ WANAKA FULL OR HALF AND TRI NZ ONE DAY LICENSE YES
     
  •  
    CHAUFFEURED TRANSPORT YES
     
  •  
    QUALITY ACCOMMODATION YES
     
  •  
    SECURE BICYCLE TRANSFER YES
     
  •  
    DAY TRIP AND CRUISE AT MILFORD SOUND YES
     
  •  
    TSS EARNSLAW™ DINNER CRUISE YES
  •  
    FLIGHTS TO NEW ZEALAND NOT

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