Merrell Tour de Wakatipu

Course Details

Starting in the Millbrook area competitors will descend via the Queenstown Trails to Speargrass Flat Rd, ascend Slope Hill Road, descend via lower Shotover Rd and Domain Rd onto the scenic single track that follows the true left bank of the Shotover River. 

Continue on the true left bank and then follow the Kawarau River - riding several areas of 'unknown trails' to the finish on the banks of the Kawarau river at the bottom of Morven Ferry Road with wine, bbq and band

Full details below.

COURSE INFORMATION IN DETAIL (see below or click thru to pdf here.
Course Map including start and finish line

The route will be marked as required with tour de wakatipu signage
The event will be run primarily on the Queeenstown Trails Track but also on public roads.

There are unmarked hazards on this course. Potholes, rocks, stock, rutted tracks, steep descents are all part of what is required to be negotiated by the competitor. During the event the gates will be marshalled, but participants must watch for stock.
Please do not leave any rubbish along the route. all food wrappers and rubbish must be carried to the finish and not discarded anywhere along the route.

The event will run primarily on the Queenstown Trail, but also on public roads and Shotover riverside tracks.

The start and registration and coffee cart will be at the 'Cricket Ground', corner of Lake Hayes and Malaghan Road.  We will pass under the start banners and ride along parallel to Malaghan Rd inside the fence on the grass, turn left at the Millbrook gate and ride down through the avenue of trees and right into a road leading to West Millbrook.  Once the lead car with flashing lights reaches 'industrial Millbrook' it will pull aside to let the race begin.

A left turn followed by a slight climb through a ‘chicane’ and across onto the track. Onto a single lane downhill track with tricky tightening corners. You will use the brakes but not technical. A SLOW sign means just that - slow down.

Across Speargrass Flat Road - controlled by a STOP GO for the cars and along 50 metres or so on Speargrass Rd. We will use the new track before coming back onto Slopehill Rd, followed by the climb and then descent down the other side.  Elite and Sport Riders turn left and go down Rutherford Road, then go around Lake Hayes clockwise, before coming back up Rutherford Road to rejoin Slopehill Rd.

A sharp left turn onto Lower Shotover Rd and then later a right into Domain Rd, then left onto a 'shingle track' downhill (carefully) and onto the trail along the Shotover River before a climb up and under the old bridge.

Follow the trail onto Old School Road and then continue on the Queenstown Trail. Follow the trail along the bank of the Shotover and then the Kawarau. Several ‘trail diversions’ will take you off the main trail onto ‘unexplored single track riverside trails’

Across Billies Bridge we strike the first hill on the trail. It’s only a short climb before a fast descent into another ‘off-trail’ river flat section. Once back on the trail the Thompson Hill rises in front. A steady climb with the steepest section near the top.

Across the top several zig zags lead onto a descending section and the junction of Morven Ferry Hill. Turn right and 2.2kms will see you under the finish line banner (beware the last section is steeper downhill on 4 * 4 road.

The Finish 

The timed finish will be under the 'finish banner' as you enter the environments of the Kawarau river flats. A hard right hand corner will lead to the timing and ceremonial finish. Drift across the ‘ceremonial’ finish line to a stop a few meters later to take off those transponders.

Direction arrows - all changes of direction have a arrow or marshall

2016 course tour de wakatipu