Chard Farm finish line tour de wakatipu. Photo by Camilla stoddart

The Tour de Wakatipu was born out of the idea of having a fun challenging mountain bike event set in the Wakatipu Basin that links two rivers and two lakes, and using some of the new tracks developed by the Wakatipu Trails Trust.

On offer is a 36ks fun ride for the recreational rider or a 45ks race for the elite and sport racers.

Starting from Millbrook resort, and ending in the idillic Chard Farm location, riders enjoy a scenic tour of the basin using 4*4 and gravel roads, as well as single tracks with only a kilometre or so of tarmac during the journey. 

Music, food and wine at the finish line!  All the information on how to enter, the route map, location and other details is on the tour de wakatipu web site, click on the link below.

All smiles are all on as riders approach the finish line

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Date: 4 April From 8am
Location: Start @ Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

Fees: $75 adult, $50 junior, $200 Family pass


The event will be run primarily on the Wakatipu Tails Trust tracks, but also public roads and Shotover Riverside tracks and roads. The section along the banks of the Kawarau is on private property.

There is absolutely no access permitted on any of the privately owned property of Cone Peak Station along the side of the Kawarau prior to the event.

Located at Millbrook Resort, registration for the riders will take place on race day Saturday 4th April 2015 from 7am to 8am for Elite and Sport, and from 8am to 9am for Recreational competitors.

Start times vary from categories and wave departures.

Prize giving will be held at the finish line at Chard Farm, all welcome.

A band will entertain until prize-giving and food, coffee and wine will be available.

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Riding with the Kawarau river in the background


Following is an extract of general rules for the riders. Do note that the event's policies and rules are constituted of the current rules and policies as per the Tour de Wakatipu website, complemented by competitors newsletters and race director briefing on the day.

All road rules, event signage, directions of event personnel and police must be obeyed at all times. In the absence of police control all normal road rules must be obeyed.

You will at times be cycling on public roads and must share the roads with other users. Riders are asked to help maintain a normal flow of traffic by riding single file when required, and unless passing and use the cordoned off lane where provided.

The advertised course may be changed for safety or other reasons.

The supplied race number must be displayed on the front of the bike

No aero bars or bar extensions, bikes must be serviced and maintained, approved standard helmets must be worn.

You are responsible for your personal belongings at the event.

NO Ipods, MP3 players, headphones etc can be used by competitors on race day.

Recreational riders on the home stretch