Event Guide

The world’s most scenic triathlon

Welcome to the world’s most scenic middle distance triathlon (113km), set against the lake and mountain backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park in New Zealand’s South Island.

Described by athletes as one of the best events on the international circuit, Challenge Wanaka’s terrain, remoteness and honesty of the course makes it one of the most memorable. The physical and mental challenges will push athletes to their limits but the enthusiasm and warm Kiwi welcome of the local supporters is second to none with the resulting atmosphere getting even the most tired competitor across the line.

Challenge Wanaka is the flagship event of a multi-day triathlon festival that celebrates the world’s #1 fastest-growing sport. In addition, there’s the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka and Swim the Course or those wanting to get a taste of the atmosphere in the days before the main event.

As an athlete it is essential you are prepared for this very special event. It is a middle distance race with an ‘adventure edge’ and there are several compulsory elements that you may not encounter at other events. Our aim is to deliver an experience at Challenge Wanaka that is both safe and memorable for you. We can’t do much about the sore muscles and joints as you run up the finish chute, but we will ensure you are safe on the course at all times.

The weather in Lake Wanaka in February is stunning, and an average day is 26-28 C with clear blue skies and light winds. It is however an alpine environment so athletes must be prepared for all eventualities.

2018 Course Maps (Half Distance)

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Check the Event Information for all details on each of the events at Challenge Wanaka. 

 

Athletes Lists

We will post athlete lists for both the Challenge Wanaka Half and Aquabike events on this page closer to the time. 

We would recommend downloading the Challenge Wanaka App to view this information.

 

Road Closures & Parking

Road Closures 2019

Please download the following three documents for all details and maps for road closures over the Challenge Wanaka Festival of Triathlon.  The coloured roads on the map are detailed in the Road Closures 2019 document – please use together.

Road Closures 2019

Wanaka Township Closures map

Kane Road closure map

Car Parking

The car parks along the lakefront will be closed from 12 noon on Friday 15 February to 3.00am on Sunday 17 February. The log cabin car park will remain open throughout but with exit and entry through the Exit on the corner of Lakeside Rd. On Saturday and Sunday additional parking will be provided on Pembroke Park for a gold coin donation to charity.

 

Registration

Event registration takes place at the Race Central Marquee on Pembroke Park. Times can be found in the Event Timetable on the App.

You will receive your race pack, information, sponsors gifts, transition bags and special needs bags.

 

What to bring

Please bring some photo identification – you will not be able to register without it. Passport or drivers licence is preferable.

To compete in Challenge Wanaka we require a signed acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of competing in the event. This will need to be completed at registration by every athlete.

 

What else to expect.

To ensure maximum equipment safety during Challenge Wanaka, only registered competitors may access secure areas to collect gear bags, bikes etc. If you are unable to collect your gear post race your support person must bring your wrist band and race number to the Transition area and check in with security.

Extra tickets for the Athlete Welcome Function will be on sale at Registration on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis (we expect to sell out of tickets so please be quick, or pre order them when you enter).

Make sure you and your family and friends download the Challenge Wanaka App to get all the latest details, information, course maps, race manuals and live athlete data over the Festival.  Available on Google Play and Apple iStore.