Alexandra, Central Otago

Travel

Driving to the Central Otago is readily accessible by main highways from Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown and the West Coast via Wanaka.

By plane, the region is a central location for the lower South Island and is within driving distance of three international airports.

Queenstown Airport is a scenic 40-minute drive from Cromwell (1 hour from Alexandra). Air New Zealand and Jet Star, New Zealand’s two main carriers both fly into Queenstown airport. The airport receives 20 direct domestic flights/day along with direct international flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Dunedin Airport to Alexandra is a two hour drive (2.5 hours to Cromwell). Dunedin Airport receives flights from all the same domestic centres as Queenstown, with 13 domestic flights/day and international flights from Brisbane.

Christchurch Airport is a five hour drive from Central Otago and is a main hub for domestic flights (100/day) and receives international flights from across Asia, Australia and the Americas.

All three airports offer rental car facilities and have scheduled bus services connecting with Central Otago. Christchurch and Queenstown airports are the main hubs for campervan rentals in the South Island.

Accommodation 

There is a wide range of accommodation options available in Central Otago including hotels, motels, holiday parks, numerous bed and breakfasts, and Air BnB properties. To see all options, click here.

The Central Otago i-SITEs can arrange for local accommodation providers to hold rooms for competitors and are a valuable resource to help competitors find their ideal accommodation. Please see the below contact information.

 

Destination & activities

Central Otago is New Zealand’s most inland region, also it’s hottest, coldest and driest. The region celebrates a magnificent natural and historic wealth; distinguished through its expansive landscapes scattered with gold mining relics from days past, defined seasons, distinctive heritage, year round curling, wine trails and New Zealand’s first rail trail.

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

To discover more about this amazing destination, visit their website

Bike transportation

There are a few ways to get your mountain bike to/from Central Otago, by way of vehicle, plane, or courier. Thanks to the local Central Otago bike operators, it is now simple and easy to transport your mountain bike, not only to Central Otago but to and from the bike drop after you arrive! This is optional and designed for women flying into one of the regions airports, 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. The bike operators will be offering the following support and assistance with your bikes;

Mountain bike hire ($100 each)

If you would prefer to hire a mountain bike for the event, please get in touch with the local bike operator below.

Courier Handling – 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
  • Handover of bike box back to courier

Note: All bikes must be courier before Friday 7th February 2020. 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.

Re-assembling and dis-assembly ($80 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 ($15 each way), included;

  • Transport of your bike from the bike store to the mountain bike drop before the event
  • Collection of your bike from the mountain bike drop and brought back to the bike store

Note: It is the bike owner’s responsibility to fix the bike number plate to the handlebar of their assembled bike at the bike operators premises. We recommend that you collect your bike plate from the event registration, along with the rest of your gift box contents. Straight after registration, head to 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 at 5:30pm on Friday 14th February. 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. They will not transport any loose items. NOTE: you will need to give the bike shop your bike collection card to take an image of (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.

Bookings

To make all bookings, please contact;

Bike it now!

Contact person: Kathryn Fletcher (Fletch)

Contact phone: 03 449 2228

Contact email: info@bikeitnow.co.nz

Address: 25 Holloway St, Clyde

NOTE: No bike hire

Will Bike

Contact person: James

Contact phone: 027 305 8091

Contact email: info@willbike.co.nz

Address: 59 Russel Street,
Alexandra

NOTE: No bike hire

Altitude Bikes

Contact person: Phil Oliver

Contact phone: 03 448 8917

Contact email: info@altitudebikes.co.nz

Address: 88 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra

NOTE: No bike hire

Trail Journeys

Contact phone: 03 449 2150 

Email: info@trailjourneys.co.nz

Address: 16 Springvale Road, Clyde