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Challenge Wanaka

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2014 Challenge Wanaka was voted the "World's Most Scenic Triathlon Course". The event is run at Lake Wanaka 50Km from Queenstown which has an International Airport. The swim is in Lake Wanaka which typifies New Zealand's clear blue fresh water lakes. The bike bypasses some of the best scenery in the world and the run with a mix of on road and off road running that will not disappoint you!. The Wanaka community has 600 volunteers out on the course to support your race and we all want you to go home wanting to come back again next year.

Review summary

12 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Jim S
"From a slow runners point of view the hill at about 2/3 of the way is tough but..."


Lucky Luxton M
"Tougher as the day went on in the heat.Bike course, just stunning.Aid stations..."


Prue F
"Weather can change prepared for anything and..."
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How to enter the Challenge Wanaka

  1. 70.3 (Half Ironman)

    Triathlon: Swim 1.9km, Bike 90km, Run 21.1km
  2. Ironman

    Triathlon: Swim 3.8km, Bike 180km, Run 42.2km

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Challenge Wanaka reviews (12)

4.8 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Ironman in 2018

    Tougher as the day went on in the heat.Bike course, just stunning.Aid stations on run were great, regularity of them made race planning easier.Just needs a little streamlining and tidying up of the full distance race briefings as I found these a little vague and at times disorganised. The actual race, everything I wanted and I am very tempted to try the 70.3 distance next year.
  • Did the 70.3 (Half Ironman) in 2018

    Weather can change prepared for anything and everything.
  • Did the 70.3 (Half Ironman) in 2018

    From a slow runners point of view the hill at about 2/3 of the way is tough but stick with and you will get there.
  • Did the 70.3 (Half Ironman) in 2018

    The whole event was fantastic
  • Did the 70.3 (Half Ironman) in 2018

    For those unfamiliar with New Zealand roads, prepare for some rough pavement on the bike ride, consider bringing hardier tires and be prepared to change a flat if need be. Also, be prepared for cold rain which can make the bike a bit chilly! The hills on the course can be pretty dramatic (I was able to get away with an 11-25 cassette but more gearing would have definitely been appreciated)Also, the area can have some gnarly winds which can make the swim brutal (we got lucky for minimal wind on race day.) and the bike brutal (maybe a no for the disc wheels and the extra aero wheels).But an epic course with some stunning scenery nonetheless!
  • Did the 70.3 (Half Ironman) in 2018

    So awesome! I've done challenge wanaka 4 times now, always a fantastic day out.
  • Did the Ironman in 2018

    I thought the event was excellent and I absolutely loved it. Two helpful hints: with regard to the carpet you need to walk over to activate your timing chip at the swim start, I think there should be a marshall there with a flag or sign showing where it is. I knew I needed to do it but it wasnt super obvious where to go. Super obvious is what humans need in these situations. I know I wasnt the only one. Second is that a marshall or more robust signage was needed at the aquabike turn around on Luggate-Tarras Road. My friends told me that it blew over and some competitors were confused about how far to ride, or whether or not that was the place to turn. Without the sign, the road cones can be easily confused with ordinary road works.
  • Did the 70.3 (Half Ironman) in 2018

    My only wish is that the bike course be a bit flatter. The current course is very scenic but Id prefer flatter.
  • Did the 70.3 (Half Ironman) in 2018

    The whole thing was amazing.
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