The Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka Team is excited to bring back the OSM Challenge Wanaka Multi – a challenging addition to the 2022 race programme

The OSM Challenge Wanaka Multi event features a 25km kayak, 43km mountain bike and a 14km trail run.

EVENT DATE: 29 October 2022

Race Information for 2022

Challenge Wanaka Multi 2022 entry fees (NZ$)

Visit our Entry Information page for details.

See our Athlete Information document below for our Cancellation Policy and visit our dedicated website page for up to date info.

2021 Results

Congratulations to all our Individual and Team racers who took part in the OSM Challenge Wanaka Multi on Saturday 3oth October 2021.

Split Results will be available on Sunday 31st October.

2021 Programme

Friday 29th October 2021

2pm – 7pm  Registration at the Wanaka Watersports Facility on the beach front situated at Stoney Creek.
You must pick up your event numbers, t shirt, timing chip, and gift

Saturday 30th October 2021

6.00am – Luggate bike transition open for bike drop off

6.00am – Albert Town transition open for shoe drop off

6.30am – Tandem Kayak Hire set up

– bike/running shoe drop off for unsupported competitors at kayak start area

7.45am – Briefing at kayak start

8.00am – Individuals Start

8.30am – Teams Start

9am – Road to T1 closed till last competitor has transitioned to the bike and onto the Newcastle Track – there will still be access to the transition area but only by foot.

10.30am – Kayak cut off

12.30pm – First finisher expected

5.00pm – All transitions close. Leaving any gear after this point is at the athletes risk as the transition will no longer be staffed.

5.00pm – Cut off

Categories & Prizes

Open to Individuals, Tandem Teams and teams of 2 or 3

$165 Individual – Age Groups 18 – 39, 40 – 55, 56 plus

$265 Team – 1st 2nd, 3rd

$245 Tandem Teams – 1st 2nd, 3rd

Course details

Kayak – 25km (Fast time 1hr 15)

Start on shore outside lake Wanaka Watersports facility, paddle around Beacon Point  to outlet of Lake Wanaka, note that you should paddle well out into lake from Beacon Point to outlet due to large rocks under surface and shallow water. This section can get extremely rough – we recommend practicing kayaking in rougher water in preparation.

You are now on the Clutha river from the Outlet Motor Camp. You can expect wave trains, boils, large eddies and choppy sections. This section from Albert Town to Luggate is lined with willow trees; do not swim or kayak into willow trees they are not your friend! If you fall out near willow trees do a deep water rescue or swim down river till you find a suitable gap on shore you can safely swim into.

The Clutha river is a grade 2 section; you will love this piece of water it’s a stunning paddle! The get out is on the gravel beach 2.5km above the Luggate Red Bridge on true left of river. This is the end of leg 1.

Please note that tandem kayaks will be available for hire and will be on site from 6.30am to set up – it is your responsibility to organise the hire (please see hire details below)

Mountain Bike – 43km (Fast time 2hrs 10)

Grab your mountain bike from the numbered bike rack and follow the arrows to the Newcastle track to bike on an awesome single track upstream on true left bank of Clutha River. (Please be mindful of other track users on this section – this is not closed to the public for the event).  This track takes you to the Hawea River swing bridge which is a reasonably flat, varying surface. Once at the swing bridge head toward Albert Town following the arrows then across SH 6 at a STOP/GO into the Albert Town Camp.  This leads you to the legendary Deans Bank Trail.  Follow the trail upstream to the Dublin Bay 4WD track which takes you around the lake shore to Dublin Bay Road. You are now on the road network – normal road code rules apply.  Continue on Dublin Bay Road and then left at the intersection with SH6 towards the “black top” to Hawea Dam. Turn right onto Capell Rd then right after you cross the dam onto Domain Road.  Marshalls will direct you onto Hawea River single track where you follow the track downstream to Camphill Road where you cross the road under the direction of the STOP/GO control. Once across the road, travel down the Hawea River track back to the Hawea River swing bridge and follow the arrows to the transition area beside the Bridge at the SH6 road crossing.

Trail Run – 14km (Fast time – 1hr)

Run under the Albert Town SH6 bridge up onto the footbridge cross the river to true right side of the river and continue up the river to the outlet river track.  Follow this scenic track all the way up the river to the Outlet Motor Camp (be aware of other track users when on this single track section). Follow the arrows on the Beacon Point track and continue this track back to Wanaka via Eely Point. Ensure you follow arrows on tricky sections until you run around the Wanaka foreshore back to the Wanaka Watersports Facility –  you have now completed the race, well done!

Predicted fastest time 4hrs 25 minutes.

Important information

Please ensure you have read the Athlete Information document and Race Rules:

We share the same approved Grade 2 Assessors as the Coast to Coast. Please see the list on their website at this link.

Kayak hire

Once you have entered, double kayaks can be hired from Paddle Wanaka (you must enter first as your hire will not be accepted without entry)
Contact Email for Hire – [email protected]

Available are 30 Yellow Eco Niizh with forward, middle and rear bulk heads.  All will be well maintained and ready for action.

– 2 x Day two neoprene/nylon spray skirts (number to align with the kayak)

– Transport to put in, Pick up from take out.

– Personalised assistance to help set up the boat.

– The price per vessel for the above will be $200 per double or $100 per single kayak (excluding paddle/PFD)

– ‘Waikato’ Paddles (220cm) available for an extra $25 per paddle and $25 for PFD

Included in your kayak hire if you need it, is bike drop off at the bike transition and pick up after the event, return back to the finish, plus dropping off running shoes at the Albertown Transition.

Support package

A support package for Individuals and Tandem teams that are not hiring kayaks is available for $50 pp (purchased through the registration system).

Included in this package is transport of your bikes and bike gear (in a blue bag we will give you) to Transition 1, and your running gear (red bag we will give you at rego) to Transition 2 at Albert Town Bridge.

We will ask you to drop off your bags and bike at the Watersports Facility start area between 6:30 and 7:30am. We will return your bikes and bike gear back to the start/finish area.  This does not include the pick up your kayak and kayak gear bag – this is your responsibility.

Response to COVID-19

The Challenge Wanaka Multi will still take place if New Zealand is at COVID Level 2, in line with government guidelines, with a cap of 100 competitors.

If New Zealand is in level 3 or 4:

  • before 30th September we will look to transfer to another date
  • if after 30th September – 15 October athletes can transfer to 2022 or get a 75% refund,
  • if after 15 October the event will have incurred significant costs and so the Trust will be unable to offer any refunds or transfers.

Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust will be guided by and will follow any policies or guidelines issued by the Government, including but not limited to:

  • restricting competitors from different regions of New Zealand who are on different COVID levels, travelling to Wanaka to compete.
  • requiring competitors to show a vaccination certificate or negative COVID test cert.

The Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust is committed to supporting Challenge Family athletes and trusts that they will understand that we will always be doing our best to look after them.

Any queries please do not hesitate to contact us: [email protected]