Friday 17th February 2023

2:00pm – 7:00pm – Event registration & expo *

Foyer of Energy Events Centre, 9 Queens Drive, Rotorua

  • Team sign in
  • Final check of team details
  • Complete registration formalities
  • Pick-up teams race bibs, bike plates, & team electronic timing device
  • Collect team gift box full of goodies and event merchandise (included in entry fee)
  • Sponsors expo – try delectable samples, enter competitions, and score some great deals on product from our sponsors

7:00pm – 9:00pm – Release of race notes, CP descriptions & Maps.

Bay Trust Forum room, Energy Events Centre, 9 Queens Drive, Rotorua

Note: Only one person per team (wearing a team race bib) should line up to collect their team’s race notes and CP descriptions to reduce congestion.

Any questions teams have may be asked and will be answered in person from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.


Release Race Notes and CP Descriptions 

Pre-Race Briefing


7:00pm – 7:30pm on Friday

On the start line on Saturday


7:30pm – 8:00pm on Friday

On the start line on Saturday


8:00pm – 8:30pm on Friday

On the start line on Saturday

No Friday evening race briefings

Friday evening race briefings have been replaced with a question-answer period from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Short pre-race briefings, will be held before each wave starts on the Saturday morning.


  • Any entrants spotted on the event course between 7:00 pm on Friday 17th February and their allotted Start Time on Saturday 18th February will automatically forfeit their right to participate.
  • Timing Transponders must be worn around the ankle and Race Bibs are to be worn as the outer garment (over jackets, packs and life vests etc), from the moment you leave your vehicle, throughout the race, to the finish.
  • Only cross timing mats under tents when ENTERING transitions, not exiting.

Saturday 18th February 2023

Bike drop

Bike Drop location TBC in the release of the race maps and notes.:

There will be no bike drop required on the Friday. Your team’s bikes are to be dropped off the morning of the event at a (to be disclosed) location found in your team’s race notes. 

All team’s bikes must be dropped at the designated location no later than 30 minutes before your team’s allocated wave start.

Please ensure you allow plenty of time for travel and arrive on time.

The only equipment, which can be left at the bike drop includes;

  • 4 x mountain bikes per team, with attached bike plates, lights and bike repair items/tools
  • 4 x helmets per team
  • Bike shoes, if using them
  • Food and drink bottles, attached to bike or in helmet/shoes

Note: Everything left at the bike drop must be collected on event day. Any teams spotted leaving anything behind will be deemed to be littering, and penalized in accordance with race rules.

5:30am – 12:30pm (TBC) – Event day staggered wave starts

Start venue(s) TBC in the release of the race maps and notes.:

Teams allotted times are  –

  • Wave Start 1: 5:30am – Long course teams (Bib numbers 1 – 34)
    • Sign-in from 4:30am
  • Wave Start 2: 6:00am – Medium course teams (Bib numbers 35 – 68)
    • Sign in from 5:00am
  • Wave Start 3: 6:30am – Medium course teams (Bib numbers 69 – 102)
    • Sign in from 5:30am
  • Wave Start 4: 7:00am – Medium course teams (Bib numbers 103 – 136)
    • Sign in from 6:00am
  • Wave Start 5: 7:30am – Medium course teams (Bib numbers 137 – 170)
    • Sign in from 6:30am
  • Wave Start 6: 8:00am – Medium course teams (Bib numbers 171 – 204)
    • Sign in from 7:00am
  • Wave Start 7: 8:30am – Medium course teams (Bib numbers 205 – 238)
    • Sign In from 7:30am
  • Wave Start 8: 9:00am – Medium course teams (Bib numbers 239 – 267) & Short course teams (Bib numbers 268 – 272)
    • Sign in from 8:00am
  • Wave Start 9: 9:30am –Short course teams (Bib numbers 273 – 306)
    • Sign In from 8:30am
  • Wave Start 10: 10:00am –Short course teams (Bib numbers 307 – 340)
    • Sign In from 9:00am
  • Wave Start 11: 10:30am –Short course teams (Bib numbers 341 – 374)
    • Sign In from 9:30am
  • Wave Start 12: 11:00am –Short course teams (Bib numbers 375 – 408)
    • Sign In from 10:00am
  • Wave Start 13: 11:30am –Short course teams (Bib numbers 409 – 442)
    • Sign In from 10:30am
  • Wave Start 14: 12:00noon – Short course teams (Bib numbers 443 – 476)
    • Sign In from 11:00am
  • Wave Start 15: 12:30pm – Short course teams (Bib numbers 477 – 500)
    • Sign in from 11:30am 


12:45pm – 11:30pm – Finish line celebrations

Finish venue(s) TBC in the release of the race maps and notes.
Any teams with members under the age of 18 years must ensure there is a guardian or caregiver within the team responsible for their under-18 team member, as alcohol will be available at the finish area.

Sunday 19th February, 2023

9:30am – 11:00am – Event awards ceremony and spot prize draw 

Stadium, Energy Events Centre, 9 Queens Drive, Rotorua

Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes before the event awards ceremony and spot prize draw begins as all participants will need to be given a spot prize ticket.  Please see the event staff giving these out on arrival. One ticket per person. Only event participants who are at the event awards ceremony are eligible to win a spot prize.

For the full awards ceremony and spot prize draw information, please see here