Starting with a climb up and out of Home Bay to spread the pace line and pump up the heart-rate. This is where the course has been slightly tweaked; you'll now take the direct route to Rangitoto resulting in 4km less hard slog, while still getting all the great 360 degree views Motutapu Island has to offer!

Heading across the causeway and onto Rangitoto Island the landscape changes to beautiful native bush and awesome lava flows. Here you'll start the slow but steady grind to the top of a 600 year old volcano, at the top quench your thirst and take in the view for a second or two. From here it's a fast downhill to the furthest point on the course. The 10km ride back to Motutapu is flat and fast, rolling past the historical baches under the shelter of the towering Pohutukawa trees.

Back onto Motutapu you'll head onto farm land tracks for the final 4km. As you climb to the highest point on the Island (121m) you will be treated to some magic views of the Hauraki Gulf and back across to Auckland City. The final 2km is all downhill before your smiling face crosses the finish line back at Home Bay for an ice-cold Speight's!

Total Climb (ie. vertical metres gained): 485 metres

Elevation Profile:


Drink Stations:

  • 2km (with electrolyte drink & water)

  • 3.8km (with electrolyte drink & water)

  • 7.9km (with electrolyte drink, water, chips, biscuits & bananas)

  • 15.6km (with electrolyte drink, water, chips, biscuits & bananas)

  • 22.1km (with electrolyte drink, water, chips, biscuits, bananas & lollies)

  • 24.1km (with electrolyte drink, water & lollies)

*Please remember your own cup/bottle/hydration pack as there will be no disposable cups provided at drink stations

Course Terrain: Gravel Road & Grass Track/Trail

Age Limits:

  • 15yrs to 18yrs – Guardians permission required.

  • 12yrs to 14yrs – Child must be accompanied by guardian.

  • Under 12yrs – not able to participate in this distance.