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Saturday 11th March 2017

Course Description

Full Course Description

Click for MAP of Transitions and DIRECTIONS on how to drive to them for teams, support crews and spectators

Click HERE for printable course description

Google map file of the course - email us info@kiwi-adventure.co.nz to request this.

Click HERE for Race Regulations and FAQ

Maps and Course description are subject to change, these are a guide only.

Course Elevation click HERE

This is a fantastic, picturesque course traversing iconic Hawke's Bay landmarks.
It meanders up and down the three main peaks of Mt Erin, Kahuranaki Maunga and the historic Te Mata Peak original name Te Mata o Rongokako.  
Much of it on private land, this course provides a unique Hawke's Bay experience meeting the needs of beginners and experienced participants alike.

For those of you participating for the first time it is a real challenge. The hills are hard and steep both up and down.
There are several fences to climb and gates to be negotiated depending on stock movements. Be prepared to carry your bike on certain sections.
There are two river crossings that will require arm linking or bike shouldering depending on how you are travelling.
The weather on the tops can be adverse even on nice days, with exposed, windy ridges and you need to be adequately prepared for snow, rain or blistering sunshine.
Drink Stops: You will need to carry enough water with you to complete the race, there will be some water on the course. 

Temata Traverse

12km Starting at TA4 Section Three (Legs 5 & 6) and finishing at The Village Green (Havelock North Domain) - There will be a shuttle to the start for competitors in this event, leaving Village Green ( H/Nth Domain) at 9am at the bus stop on Te Mata Road

Individual Competitors

do the whole course 47KM

3 Person Relay Teams (or 2 Person Relay Teams)

Section One (Legs 1 & 2), Section Two (Legs 3 & 4) & Section Three (Legs 5 & 6)

SECTION ONE Mt Erin 14km – (Legs 1 & 2) for Three Person Teams  

Leg 1: 10km The event starts at the Village Green (Havelock North Domain) and heads via the historic Kopanga Station to the summit of Mt Erin (489 metres).

TA1 (Transition for the 6 person Teams) is just past the summit

Leg 2: 4km From just past the summit of Mt Erin the course steeply descends to the next transition area at Rochford Road after crossing the Tukituki River. 

TA2 (Transition for the 3 and 6 person Teams)

SECTION TWO Mt Kahuranaki 21 km – (Legs 3 & 4) for Three Person Teams 

Leg 3: 4 km From the Rochford Road transition the course follows a section of tar sealed road to the base of Mt Kahuranaki. 

TA3 (Transition for the 6 person Teams)

Leg 4: 17km The Course ascends to the summit (646 metres).  The course then back -tracks down the access road to the end of the leg at the top of a ridge. From the ridge top the course undulates its way along farm tracks and through forest to cross the sealed road and onto the river bank of Euchre Flats. Cross the river, head left into Matangi Rd and down until you see the stock yards.  This is the transition for the three and five person teams.

TA4 (Transition for the 3 and 6 person Teams)

SECTION THREE Te Mata Peak 12km – (Legs 5 & 6) for Three Person Teams

Leg 5: 6km The event trail then climbs via the historic mail road through Tauroa Station.  The trail then leads competitors to the summit of Te Mata Peak via the Giant Track (399 metres). This is the transition for the five person teams.

TA5 (Transition for the 5 person Teams)

Leg 6: 6km The route back down to the finish will take the runners and walkers through both native bush and farmland via the Peak Trail and Chambers Walk.  After a small section of road, runners and walkers will then travel through the beautiful Tainui Reserve and then head home down Joll Road through the very heart of the Village. Mountain bikers after a small road section will enjoy the views from Windy Ridge and a fun downhill section before heading back to the Village Green (Havelock North Domain) via Chambers Walk and a fast road section.

6 Person Relay Teams (or 4 or 5 Person Relay Teams)

Legs 1 – 6

There will be a shuttle to the start of leg 2 for competitors doing Leg 2 of this event, leaving The Village Green (Havelock North Domain) at 7am (at the bus stop on Te Mata Road in front of the Village Green), the shuttle will then return to the Village Green (Havelock North Domain) with Leg 1 competitors.

Mt Erin

Leg 1: 10km The event starts at the Village Green (formally Havelock North Domain) and heads via the historic Kopanga Station to the summit of Mt Erin (489 metres).  

TA1 (Transition for the 6 person Teams) is just past the summit

Leg 2: 4km From just past the summit of Mt Erin the course steeply descends to the next transition area at Rochford Road after crossing the Tukituki River. 

TA2 (Transition for the 3 and 6 person Teams)

Mt Kahuranaki

Leg 3: 4 km From the Rochford Road transition the course follows a section of tar sealed road to the base of Mt Kahuranaki. 

TA3 (Transition for the 6 person Teams)

Leg 4: 17km The Course ascends to the summit (646 metres).  The course then back -tracks down the access road to the end of the leg at the top of a ridge. From the ridge top the course undulates its way along farm tracks and through forest to cross the sealed road and onto the river bank of Euchre Flats. Cross the river, head left into Matangi Rd and down until you see the stock yards.  This is the transition for the three and five person teams.

TA4 (Transition for the 3 and 6 person Teams)

Te Mata Peak

Leg 5: 6km The event trail then climbs via the historic mail road through Tauroa Station.  The trail then leads competitors to the summit of of Te Mata Peak via the Giant Track (399 metres). This is the transition for the five person teams.

TA5 (Transition for the 6 person Teams)

Leg 6: 6km The route back down to the finish will take the runners and walkers through both native bush and farmland via the Peak Trail and Chambers Walk.  After a small section of road, runners and walkers will then travel through the beautiful Tainui Reserve and then head home down Joll Road through the very heart of the Village. Mountain bikers after a small road section will enjoy the views from Windy Ridge and a fun downhill section before heading back to the Village Green (Havelock North Domain) via Chambers Walk and a fast road section.

Drink Stops: You will need to carry enough water with you to complete the race.