Tairāwhiti Gisborne is located on the east coast of the North Island. Secluded and original, it’s also easy to get there!

By plane, it’s an hour’s flight aboard Air New Zealand from either Wellington or Auckland (both offer up to five flights a day).

By car, it’s a six-hour drive from either Wellington or Auckland (both taking State Highway 2). Alternatively, only 3.5 hours from Tauranga, 2.5 hours from Napier and 4 hours from Taupo.

From Opotiki, Bay of Plenty you have two options: take the shorter drive through the magnificent Waioeka Gorge. If you’re looking for an epic road-trip, you can take Highway 35, which is also part of the Pacific Coast Highway. You can do this in one day but with so much to linger over, you should take all the time you need.

Bike transportation

There are a few ways to get your mountain bike to/from Tairāwhiti Gisborne, by way of vehicle, plane, or courier (or you could ride it – just kidding). Thanks to the local Gisborne bike operators, it is now simple and easy to transport your mountain bike, not only to Tairawhiti Gisborne but registration and the bike drop after you arrive! This is optional and designed for women flying into Gisborne Airport, who have friends/family picking them up or hire a car that isn’t set up for transporting bikes. This service needs to be booked as soon as possible and solely through the bike operators (contact details are below). The bike operators will be offering the following support and assistance with your bikes;

Courier Handling ($10) by the local store ahead of the event weekend, included;

  • Receipt of couriered bike box from courier
  • Storage of this bike box until event weekend
  • Transport of your bike box to the event registration/expo
  • Transportation back to the bike store from the event registration/expo
  • Handover of bike box back to courier

Note: This doesn’t include organising the courier at either end, this will need to booked and paid for by the bike owner and at the owner’s expense.

Transport of your bike box from/to the airport ($15 each way), included;

  • Collection of your bike box from you at Gisborne airport and taken to the event registration/expo
  • Storage of your bike/bike box
  • Transport of your bike box from the event awards to you at the Gisborne airport

Re-assembling and dis-assembly ($35 for each), included;

  • Unpacking your mountain bike from the box and re-assembly before the event
  • Storage of your bike box
  • Dis-assembly your mountain bike post-event and packaging it back into the bike box ready to travel

Transport of your bike to/from the bike drop ($20 each way), included;

  • Transport of your bike from registration/expo to the mountain bike drop before the event
  • Collection of your bike from the mountain bike drop and brought back to the event awards

Note: This service is only for those women flying into Tairāwhiti Gisborne. It is the bike owner’s responsibility to fix the bike number plate to the handlebar of their assembled bike at the venue between 12:15pm – 5:30pm on Friday 22nd March. No bikes will be transported without bike number plates. All mountain bike shoes, helmets, and drink bottles need to be secured well to the bike or carried by the entrant throughout the event.

Mountain bike hire

If you would prefer to hire a mountain bike for the event, please inquire with the local bike operators below.

We recommend that you collect your bike plate from the event registration, along with the rest of your gift box and timing transponder. Straight after registration, see your bike hire/transport provider to make sizing adjustments/check the bike and attach bike plate, lights, drink bottle, helmet, bike shoe (if using them) before the shop closes. They will not transport any loose items. NOTE: you will need to give the bike shop your bike collection card (in your gift box), as they won’t be able to collect the bike without this. After this, the bike shop can drop off all bikes to the bike drop that evening. The bikes will be located in order of distance Short, Medium, Long and in bike number plate order. The onsite marshals can direct you in the right direction.

On Saturday afternoon/evening, (unless you have made other arrangements) please leave your hire bike at the final bike drop. These will be collected by the bike shop. We would recommend texting or calling your bike shop once you have finished your event, so they know you have arrived at the bike drop safely and can come to collect the bike.


To make all bookings, please contact;

Avantiplus Maintrax

Address: 65 Roebuck Road, Gisborne 4010

Contact person: Dan Dearman

Contact phone: 06 867 – 4571

Contact email:


Address: 422 Gladstone Rd, Gisborne, 4010

Contact person: Vicki Tate

Contact number: 06 867 – 4444

Contact email:

Cycle Gisborne

Address: 124 Ormond Rd, Whataupoko

Contact person: Katrina

Contact number: 027 203-4387

Contact email:




Check out the accommodation Guide on the Tairawhiti Gisborne website here.

Otherwise Otherwise, Alainnah Hei is a lovely Tairawhiti local who supports visitors with possible options to rent private homes the owners are happy to make available on a formal basis for short periods. If you and your team are still looking for event accommodation and this is of interest, please drop an email or call to coordinate: or 02041000630.


Destination & activities

Tairāwhiti Gisborne is the original New Zealand – full of adventure, stunning natural beauty and authentic hospitality. From historic sites to world-class wine, food and festivals, it’s a visitor’s paradise.

It’s no wonder it was chosen to deliver the fourth annual Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race.

To discover more about this amazing destination, visit their website