You will need to arrive into Christchurch, in New Zealand’s South Island for the Stage 1 prologue event. Your seven day mountain bike journey will take you through to Queenstown where you may choose to fly directly out from, unless you stay on to explore further.

Air New Zealand offer direct flights into New Zealand from many international airports around the world so travelling down under is easy!

Check out Air New Zealand to see your flight options. 


For the safe transfer of you and your bike gear between airports and accommodation in Christchurch and/or Queenstown we have listed ‘bike friendly’ taxi services for you to call and pre-book if required.


Super Shuttle
+64 (09) 522 5100

Queenstown Bike Taxis
+64 (21) 2967643

First Direct
0800 50 55 55

Vertigo Bike Taxis
0800 8378446 / +64 (03) 4428378
Blue Star Taxi Service
+64 (03) 7399 820

Bike Queenstown
0800 74639663


Super Shuttle
+64 (03) 4423639



If you are keen to sleep in a slightly more comfortable bed for the week, or are looking to explore further pre or post race, then hiring a campervan may be a good option for you! Our official travel partner, Pacific Attitude, have packages available so make them your first point of contact, and get your campervan booked with ease.

Rental Cars

If you choose to do some exploring pre or post event and need some wheels (other than your bike!) you can book a rental vehicle through our official travel partner, Pacific Attitude. Click here to view your options.

Visa Information

Participants from non-visa waiver countries are required to present a Letter of Invitation from IRONMAN as part of their visa application process when applying to enter New Zealand for this event. In order to receive a Letter of Invitation please email the below information to

Information required includes:

• Full Name

• Date of Birth

• Country of residence

• Passport number, issue date and expiry date

• Arrival and Departure details (date and times and where possible Flight numbers)  

For details on whether you require a Visa click here and for further information on visa waiver countries, the visa application process, as well as more useful information on Visas.

To ensure you have a completely positive experience in coming to New Zealand, here is a checklist to help you understand our arrival and departure requirements. We also want to keep New Zealand 100% pure by protecting our natural resources, plants and animals from the introduction of pests and diseases.