Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka

Junior Challenge 2022

Sadly the Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka Festival has been cancelled for 2022 due to the emergence of Omicron in the New Zealand community and the entire country moving into the Covid-19 Protection Framework Traffic Light level red setting. We will be back in 2023!

When: Friday 17th February 2023

Where: Glendhu Bay

Who for: All children in years 1 – 6

Join hundreds of budding triathletes, from Years 1 to 6 in the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never raced triathlon before. The Junior Challenge event provides a fun and safe opportunity for all children to challenge and compete individually against their peers in a fun and safe environment.

Swim through Lake Wanaka at Glendhu Bay, bike along the Glendhu Bay lake front and run onto the red carpet and through the Challenge Wanaka finish! You will feel like a real champion as you cross the finish line and are awarded a medal, a T-shirt and more prizes from Puzzling World.

The top girl and boy competitors in each age group will be presented with medals at prize-giving and be given the opportunity to be the balloon kids for the Challenge Wanaka lead pro male and female athletes on the Saturday.

We hope you will come along for a day of action packed fun and the opportunity to give triathlon a go!

Entry Fees & Registration 2022. Will be updated for 2023 as soon as information is available

Non-local students 

Cost: $30.   Enter online now. Please make sure you select ‘Junior Challenge’

Local students including Wanaka Primary, Take Karara, Holy Family and Hawea Flat

Register now.

Tarras, Makarora and local home school students have been provided with a code by their respective schools and can use this code to register through the Challenge Wanaka entry system using the following link.

No on the day entries are available.
Entries will close at 5pm on the 11th February 2022.

Race Manual & Race Rules

The 2022 race manual is now available for download by clicking here.

Make sure you read about the rules, course details and all information you’ll need to know to race the Puzzling World Junior Challenge.


Picking up your registration race pack

All local school children (Wanaka Primary, Take Kerara and Holy Family students) will be given their race packs at their local school by their teachers on the Tuesday or Wednesday of race week.

All other junior competitors who do not attend local schools or anyone from Tarras, Makarora or local home school kids; can pick up their registration packs from the Junior Challenge desk, located at Race HQ in the Glendhu Station Woolshed:

These dates and times have not yet been confirmed for 2022.

Race Packs

Race packs will include:

  • A race number, in the form of a wrist band. Non local students will receive 2 wrist bands. One for their mum or dad to pick up kids at the finish line
  • A bike number (kindly donated by Print it Wanaka) that can be mounted between the handlebars of each child’s bike
  • A timing device to go on your ankle
  • A Junior Challenge T-shirt
  • A numbered helmet sticker
  • A swim cap
  • Instructions on what to do with all of your race pack contents
  • Brief last minute instructions for race day
  • A race map
A simple and achievable duathlon format will be offered for the Year 1-3 category.

Age Group




Year 1




Year 2




Year 3



1km (1 lap)

From Year 4 and up, all children will have the opportunity to compete in a triathlon. The format for the Triathlon is as follows:

Age Group




Year 4


3km (3 laps)


Year 5


3km (3 laps)

2km (2 laps)

Year 6


3km (3 laps)

2km (2 laps)

 Year group categories will be allocated based on the child’s current school year as of the 1st of January 2022.

2020 Photos

Marathon Photos were out and about on the Junior Challenge course for 2020.  Click to their website and search for your number or your name to find pictures of you/your child! These are available to purchase through the website along with certificates.


Click this link to see the 2021 results

Click this link to see the 2020 results

Click this link to see the 2019 results

Click this link to see the 2018 results

Click here to see the 2017 results

Click here to see the 2016 results

Click here to see the 2015 results

Click here to see the 2014 results.

Click here to download the 2013 results.