Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

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Lake Wanaka, New Zealand


New for 2018, Challenge Wanaka presents the AquaBike.  3km swim in the clear waters of Lake Wanaka and 120km bike amongst the alpine scenery of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea.

Saturday 17th February 2018

Entry & prices

Entry fee:
$360 until midnight 31st October ($367.20 if paid via credit card)
$385 until midnight 25 January 2018 ($392.70 if paid via credit card)

Please note that athletes who are not already members of Triathlon NZ must pay for a One Day Tri NZ License fee to race. This fee is payable via the entry system, and costs $20 per athlete.

For more information or to join Tri NZ, please visit

Fee includes entry to the Pasta Party on Thursday or Sunday Awards Brunch for each athlete.  Extra tickets for the Pasta Party ($25) and Awards Brunch ($25) are available online during the entry process or at registration.

Click here to enter 2018

Race Manual

The 2018 AquaBike Race Manual is now available for all course information and rules.

New Zealand National Championships

As a National Championship event Challenge Wanaka is the primary selection event for The ITU Multisport Festival World Championships held in Fyn, Denmark on 06 -14 July 2018. Find out more here

AquaBike Accommodation Prize Package

  • Overall first place prize

The first eligible (refer to prize eligibility below) overall male and female across the line in the 2018 Aquabike National Championship will win a voucher worth $2500 towards return flights – Auckland-Denmark plus 8 nights shared accommodation[1] for competing in the ITU Aquabike World Championship

  • Age Group Category prize

The first, second and third place getter in each gendered age group will win half the cost of 8 nights shared accommodation for competing in the ITU Aquabike World Championship, provided they meet the eligibility criteria as listed below.

[1] Each athlete who receives this prize is responsible for payment of their flights and all other travel related expenses.

Prize Eligibility

  • Athletes must:
    • Complete a selection nomination form no later than two working days after the event (February 20th,2018, 11.59pm)
    • Be a NZ citizen or NZ permanent resident
    • Be a current and paid Annual TRIBE member and in good standing with TriNZ.
    • Be a member of a NZ Tri NZ Affiliated Club (List of clubs available here

Age Group Category Prize

In the circumstance where either the first, second or third AGE GROUP place getter (male/ female)
chooses not to accept their travel and accommodation prize, or is deemed ineligible, the prize will
not roll down to the next eligible finishing athlete.

Further details will be available in the race handbook and from TRI NZ

Course details

Swim Leg – 3km
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The swim course is set for Roy’s Bay in Lake Wanaka

The two-lap swim is in the sheltered part of Roy’s Bay in Lake Wanaka within easy view of spectators watching from the shore. The course has a beach start swimming in an anti-clockwise direction with a total of three turn buoys.

Lake Wanaka is the warmest lake in the Southern Lakes and is a popular choice for a large range of water sports each summer. The swim course is in crystal clear water so clean you can drink it.

Bike Leg – 120km
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Close up of town section – Stone St/Meadowstone Drive

The 120km bike is over two laps and takes in two of the alpine lakes in the Southern Lakes region.

After passing through the main race area and crowds of spectators the course turns left to Albert Town and an undulating ride to Lake Hawea. After a ride along the lakefront the course turns towards Hawea Flat, climbing to the terraces before dropping steeply back down to the Clutha River. Before reaching the Red Bridge, a sharp left hand turn takes you out towards Tarras for 1.5km where a U-turn takes you back to the Red Bridge, through Luggate and up to the Airport Hill and then a steady downhill back to town taking a short detour along Riverbank Road to the Cardrona Valley Road.  At Stone Street you turn left down a short steep hill to a sharp bend onto Meadowstone Drive, leading you out right onto Ardmore Street toward town before heading out on the second lap.
After the second lap is complete, your destination is the transition are where you will rack your bike and run 100 metres to the finish.