Challenge Wanaka Half 2022

A new Challenge is here!

Test your mettle on the new Challenge Wanaka middle distance course on 19 February 2022, set in the beautiful Glendhu Bay 

The Challenge Wanaka Half will utilise tranquil Glendhu Bay for the swim leg. The road from Glendhu Bay to the bottom of Treble Cone Ski Field will be lapped, making for a safe and secure road ride without the dangers of traffic. And the breath-taking Bike Glendhu Bike Park will host the run up its scenic and pristine tracks.

The Challenge Wanaka Half is open to both teams and individuals.

Race Day: Saturday 19th February

TRINZ Championships

TriNZ National Series

We are so excited that the Challenge Wanaka Half will be the South Island Championship Mid Distance race as part of the TriNZ Suzuki National Series! Click the logo to learn more from TriNZ. 


The Race Manual for 2022 will be available in due course.  You’ll find all the details you need to know to prepare for your race, be in the right place with your correct gear and achieve your best on race day!


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Swim Course – 1.9km

Swim start times:

From 7.00am

The one-lap swim is in the sheltered part of Glendhu Bay in Lake Wanaka within easy view of spectators watching from the shore. The course has a deep water start swimming in a clockwise direction with a total of two 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.

Swim cut off for individuals and teams: 1 hour 30 minutes after start time (this is at the discretion of the swim course manager who will monitor each swimmer and their ability to safely finish)

Racers Edge Bike Course – 90km

The bike course will consist of 5 laps of the most beautiful and well known section of our iconic bike course from Glendhu Bay out towards Mount Aspiring National Park and the entrance to Treble Cone Ski area. 

Run Leg – 21.1km

The run will take you through the new trails of the stunning Bike Glendhu Mountain Bike Park.  Heading into the valley you will loop the well formed bike tracks and the continue out of the Bike Park along the Motatapu Road where you will turn around at the Gorge car park and return back along the road to the finish line at the Glendhu Station Woolshed to be welcomed back by your cheering supporters.  

Secondary School Teams

Teams competing in the Challenge Wanaka Half are to be made up of 4 or 5 athletes consisting of one swimmer; one or two cyclists and two runners (any teams wanting to compete with fewer team members please contact the Race Director).
If the team is made up of two cyclists the first does 3 laps and pulls into the bike transition to change over at the bike racks. The second cyclist will then push their bike out and cycle the second section (2 laps).
All teams MUST have 2 runners who will do approximately 10.5Km each. Your run changeover will be at the aid station at Bike Glendhu. 
Your swim start will be with Corporate Teams. All team members should run up the finish together to receive their medals. There will only be trophies for the first 3 teams.
Please note all other Challenge Wanaka Half rules apply. 

At the finish

As you come up the finish chute, take a little time to reflect on what you have achieved, and relish the experience of finishing the Challenge Wanaka Half. Once under the finish gantry, each competitor will be assessed by the medical team and be guided through the recovery tent where a well-earned food, drink and congratulations await you! Then you have time to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Glendhu Bay and peruse the Expo. 

Finisher Tee Shirt

Challenge Wanaka Half Individual and Team entry includes a finisher’s shirt per person. You are responsible for ordering your size according to the sizing guide below. If you wish to check or change your size you can view your registration by logging in using your confirmation number at this link (your confirmation number can be found in confirmation email). Please contact us if you wish to change your size.

Measurements in CM

Course closes for individuals and teams: 4:30pm.

Bike Glendhu