Entry Info

2018 Wait List

The Pioneer 2018 has now sold out.

We are incredibly excited to bring over 300 teams along for the journey of a lifetime for the third edition of The Pioneer this November.

If you missed out, we are operating a wait list process, on a first in first served basis. If a team withdraws, you will be contacted with the opportunity to take their slot.

Terms and conditions apply, please read here.


Entry Fee Inclusions

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 Your Six Day Epic entry fee includes the following services;  

  • Race Entry to the six day mountain bike stage race
  • Four nights tent accommodation in the Pioneer Race Village (26,27,28,29 November). One two-man tent per rider is provided to allow for gear bag and mattress. Tented accommodation includes set-up and pack-down of tent each day.
  • Some meals, including breakfast and dinner in The Pioneer Race Village
  • The Pioneer Race Village amenities including showers, toilets and social lounge
  • Timing, prize money and prizes
  • Daily Awards at the end of each stage
  • On course nutrition including a recovery pack at the end of each stage
  • Daily check points on course to track all riders  
  • Transport of The Pioneer Gear bag between host towns
  • Race medical services on course and free on-site basic treatment in the Race Village
  • Basic mechanical services on course and in the Race Village. Additional costs may be charged depending on what is required
  • Daily results service
  • Bike wash and security in each Pioneer Race Village
  • The Pioneer Gear bag
  • The Pioneer Day bag
  • The Pioneer Drink bottles x 2
  • The Pioneer finisher t-shirt (must finish event)
  • The Pioneer Finisher’s medal (must finish event)
  • Photography service (competitor photographs can be purchased after the event)

What your 6 Day Epic entry fee does not include:

  • Accommodation in Queenstown on Saturday November 24 (Athlete Check-In) and Sunday 25 November (Night following the Prologue)
  • Meals while in Queenstown
  • Lunches while in Pioneer race villages
  • Sleeping mattress and sleeping bag - please bring your own. 

Entry Fees

2018 entries have sold out. To join the wait list, click here

All entry fees are per person. This means team members are not guaranteed the same entry fee price as each person must register individually.

The entry price will increase once the number of available entries in that category have sold out, or by the stated closing date - whichever comes first. 



100 Riders OR
25 November - 25 March


200 Riders OR
26 March - 25 July


200 Riders OR
26 July - 25 September


200+ Riders
26 September - 7 November   


Price incl 3% Active Fee  Price Price incl 3% Active Fee Price Price incl 3% Active Fee Price Price incl 3% Active Fee
6 Day Epic $2500.00 2575.00  $2800.00 $2884.00 $3100.00 $3193.00 $3400.00 $3502.00









* All Entry Fees are in $NZD





Registration requires one team member to register first as the team captain, and the other team member to then join a team.

Step One: Team Captain Registration. When registering as the team captain, you will be required to "create a team" name and password under the Team Information heading. Once you have successfully entered as team captain, please inform your team mate of the team name and password.

Step Two: Team Member Registration. When the second rider registers, they are required to register as a team member. As part of their registration process, they will need to select "join a team" under the Team Information heading, and here they will need to search for your team by name, select the team and then enter the password.

The Team Member must register within 10 days of the Team Captain entering.  Once both successfully entered, you will be registered as a team within the registration system.

Payment Plan

We understand that making the commitment to enter The Pioneer is a big investment, so we would like to offer the following payment option that eliminates having to front up with the total entry fee, all in one go! The installment payment option is as follows:

  • Part payment is available for a finite period, opening 24 November 2017 and closing midnight 25 March 2018.
  • $1000 NZD deposit required upon registration. Remaining balance will be automatically deducted from the credit card used to register in three equal amounts on 30th April 2018, 30th May 2018, 30th June 2018 (Note all additional payments will incur a 3% Active fee).
  • The opening price of the Payment Plan is $2800.00 NZD per rider, this will increase as per the volume based prices in the table above (first 300 athletes).
  • If an athlete requests a refund prior to the completion of all payment installments, upon requesting a refund, athletes will be eligible for a 50% refund of their total payments to date. If all entry fee payments have been made, the normal refund policy applies.

Add-on packages

Please note, you can book any Add-on Packages while entering, or at a later date through the link below, subject to availability. If you have not previously created an Active account click here (please ensure you use the same email address as you registered with). We recommend you place an order early to avoid disappointment.

Book Here

Active User Guide

Add-on packages

Mechanical Package SOLD OUT



Bike Therapy will be back in 2018. The Mechanical package provides you the opportunity to drop your bike to the Bike Therapy tent after each day of racing, where a dedicated team of mechanics will wash your bike thoroughly and give it a full service each night (this includes approximately 1.5 hours per night of dedicated attention to your bike). As well, the Bike Therapy team will build your bike for you pre-race to help reduce the stress of travel and race preparation. Package does not include major repairs and parts. These will require payment at the time (Pricing List).



Full Supporter Package $500.00 NZD


We know some of you would love to share your Pioneer experience with your family or support team. So we have developed a package that enables them to do everything with you - except the ride! The Full Supporter package allows one friend or family member to stay with you in The Pioneer Race Village. Included in this package is 4 nights tented accommodation (x 1 two man tent per person) in The Pioneer Race Village (Monday 26, Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 November). Tented accommodation includes set-up and pack-down each day. Supporters must bring their own mattress and sleeping bag. 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included staring with dinner Monday 26 November and ending with breakfast Friday 30 November.  No transport is provided between The Pioneer Race Villages. Spaces are limited. 

Supporter Parking Pass FREE

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In order to park your supporter vehicle in our designated parking areas at/or near the Pioneer Race Village in Alexandra & Bannockburn (from the afternoon of Monday 26 November through to the morning of Friday 30 November) you must register their vehicle with us (at no cost) and display a Pioneer PARKING PASS at all times. Please note there will only be space for the car and NO camping beside the car is available in this space. 

Supporter Meal Package $280.00 NZD


Available for your supporter to join you in the Race Village for meals. Package includes 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners. Package starts from dinner Monday 26 November and ends breakfast Friday 30 November. This is a good option if you are travelling with supporters in campervans.

Massage Package SOLD OUT



A team of qualified masseuses will be on-site at The Pioneer Race Village in Queenstown, Alexandra and Bannockburn from the afternoon of Sunday 25 through to the evening of Thursday 29 November. The Massage package includes 5 x 25 minute massage appointments and must be pre-purchased. If you haven’t pre-purchased and there is an available appointment you may be able to make a booking on the spot or for later that evening. This can be made at the Info Desk in the Social Zone.

Laundry Service $50.00


Don’t worry about going to the river to wash your kit, we'll take care of that twice during event week. The package includes a large sized washing bag and two services where we collect your laundry at the Pioneer Race Village and return it back to you clean the next evening.

2 x laundry drops available: 

  • Drop off at the Alexandra Race Village Monday evening (26th November,) Pick up at Alexandra Tuesday evening (27th November)
  • Drop off at the Bannockburn Race Village Wednesday evening (28th November), Pick up at Bannockburn Thursday Evening (29th November)


Motorhome Parking Site $200.00


If you would prefer a bit more comfort, there is the option to book a Campervan site in the Pioneer Campervan Zone. This is a great option for your supporter and includes full use of the Race Village amenities (showers, toilets and social lounge) from Monday 26 through to Thursday 29 November.

Please note: sites are not powered and each package is limited to a maximum occupancy of TWO people only. Meals are not included in this package for your supporter, however you are able to purchase the Supporter Meals Package, so they can enjoy dining with you in The Pioneer Race Village. Limited bookings available.

Motorhome Accommodation SOLD OUT



The motorhome accommodation package includes a 5 day motorhome hire (will be either a Frontier or Vista model, subject to availability) and parking at Race Villages with pick-up from Queenstown, Monday 26 November, and return to Queenstown Friday 30 November. These are 6 berth motorhomes, including up to two drivers, comprehensive insurance, and extras if required (e.g., table, chairs, portable heater if requested). NB, some additional information will be needed, however selection of this service secures the booking. Limited bookings available. 

Motorhomes can be picked up from 50 Lucas Place, Queenstown between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm.

The Pioneer is able to provide drivers to transport your Motorhome between Race Villages (free of charge). Please notify us at pioneer@ironman.com after completing your booking if you require this service.

Pre-Race Accommodation SOLD OUT


NOW SOLD OUT - Further bookings can be made here

The pre-race accommodation package offers either a 2 or 3 night package at Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, the perfect way to start your Pioneer adventure. Centrally located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, treat yourself to 4-star tranquility at Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, package includes breakfast, transport to and from Coronet Peak departing from the Novotel and a Queenstown Welcome package. Note rate is per room, rooms sleep 2 people - Rooms can be arranged with 2 x single beds or 1 x King sized bed. Limited spaces available.

  • 2 Night Package: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November 2018 (NZD $1000.00)
  • 3 Night Package: Friday 23, Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 November 2018 (NZD $1325.00)



NOW SOLD OUT - Further bookings can be made here

The post-race accommodation package offers either a 2 or 3 night package at Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, ideal for recovering after your Pioneer experience. Centrally located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, treat yourself to 4-star tranquility at Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, package includes breakfast and a Well Done Recovery Package. Note rate is per room, rooms sleep 2 people - Rooms can be arranged with 2 x single beds or 1 x King sized bed. Limited spaces available.

  • 2 Night Package: Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December 2018 (NZD $925.00)
  • 3 Night Package: Friday 30 November, Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 December 2018 (NZD $1250.00)

Prologue Transport $60.00 NZD


Includes transport to and from the Prologue, Coronet Peak on Sunday 25 November. We don’t recommend riding to the Prologue, it is a ski access road and will be busy with event traffic. The pick-up and drop-off point for the shuttle is the Ice Arena, Queenstown Gardens. Limited bookings available.



If you're not travelling with a support crew, we can transfer you, your official gear bag, your bike from the finish line of Stage 1 in Queenstown through to the Race Village in Alexandra. Limited bookings available.

Conditions of Participation

The Pioneer Mountain Bike Stage race is open to aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world. Entrants must be 18 years of age as at Day 1 of the race. The race features challenging distances and terrain including lots of climbing. It is the rider’s responsibility to arrive at the event with the necessary fitness and stamina level to participate.

All riders are required to sign a waiver form when entering.

Mandatory Gear

The mandatory gear list contains what we believe is the absolute minimum to keep you safe in the alpine environment. The weather is very unpredictable in the high country, a front can blow in and out of the mountains very quickly.

Unlike some other global mountain bike stage races, this is a remote back country event where protection from the elements and medical/support services could be some time/distance from athletes needing assistance. It is therefore imperative that the mandatory gear is carried at all times. A Gear check will be carried out initially at Athlete Check-In on both your mandatory basic gear and your mandatory emergency gear. Random checks will be made at the start chute each morning and at any time during the race.

Should you need to purchase gear in Queenstown on arrival, click here to find a list of stores you could visit. 

Mandatory Basic Gear

These mandatory and extra gear requirements need to be suitable for you if you are riding or stationary due to injury or the race is stopped for any reason. Must be carried on every stage, and is subject to change up until race day:

  • A Helmet
  • Warm hat or beanie (merino and not a buff)
  • Windproof jacket with sleeves (a hood is option but recommended)
  • Tool kit – 1 per team
    • Must contain two spare tubes (if using tubeless ensure sealant is refreshed every 2 months and carry at least 1 tube as an emergency back-up), a bike pump, a multi-tool, tyre levers, patch kit and a chain breaker (that you know how to use). A speed link/spare chain link is also useful
  • First Aid kit – 1 per team
    • Including bandages, plasters, tape, gauze, whistle and two survival blankets. We also recommend carrying pain relief medication (e.g. Panadol) for headaches, sunscreen and electrolyte replacement powder (e.g. Gastrolyte) for cramps (Cramp Stop Spray is recommended), along with other medications you might need (e.g. prescription or hay fever medication).

Additional Mandatory Gear

The Additonal Gear will only be used if advised by Race Organisers at the Race Briefing the night before or on the morning of each race day. This will be in cases of impending weather or climate changes.

  • Long Sleeve Thermal Torso Layer
  • Warm tights - we recommend merino wool or polypropylene tights
  • Full fingered gloves
  • Waterproof jacket - with tape sealed seams including a hood and sleeves.


Entry Policies

Online entries close on 7 November 2018, unless sold out prior.


If a registered team wishes to cancel their participation in the event for whatever the reason, the team must notify IRONMAN Oceania in writing via pioneer@ironman.com, providing his/her name, team name and contact details. 

Cancellation requests received up until midnight, 2 September 2018 will receive 50% refund of their entry fee. Entry refunds requested from 3 September until midnight 14th October 2018 will receive 25% of their entry fee. Entry fees are non-refundable from 15 of October, 2018. 

All additional purchases are nonrefundable.

If the event, or any part thereof, is cancelled, postponed, shortened, or modified in any way, or if any of the amenities, goods, or services in relation to the event are no longer provided, whether due to force majeure, legal restrictions, disputes, safety reasons, failure by service providers to perform, or any other reason or cause, the entry fees and all other fees paid will not be refundable.


A rider change can be made up until midnight 7 November 2018.  A $150 Rider transfer fee will be charged to the withdrawing rider.  The receiving rider will need to pay for the entry fee in order for the transfer to process, then the original rider will be refunded their entry fee less the $150 transfer fee per rider.

To carry out the process the current rider needs to:

  • Go to myevents.active.com and log in to their active.com account
  • Find the registration they wish to transfer and click the link ‘Transfer the registration to another rider’
  • Follow the necessary steps
  • A $150 transfer fee will be charged to the withdrawing 6 Day Epic rider.  
  • Please note: the receiving rider will need to pay the current entry fee at the time of the transfer in order for the transfer to process, then the original rider will be refunded their entry fee less the $150 transfer fee.
  • Please note add-on packages/services purchased are neither transferable nor refundable.


A full team change can be made up until midnight 7 November, 2018.  If an unregistered team wishes to take over the entry of a registered team, a double rider change can be performed in the online profile. The above costs and dates are applicable.


Entry Deferral

  • Riders who register within the first 120 days of registrations opening (24th November, 2017 – midnight 25 March, 2018) will be eligible for a deferral to the 2019 Pioneer event.  
  • Requests for deferral will be honored up to 45 days out (Midnight Thursday 11th October, 2018) from the 2018 event (25th November 2018).  The deferral may only be used once, and only for the Pioneer 2019 event.  Athletes who elect to defer their entry forfeit any partial refund or ability to transfer this entry.
  • Riders must have paid the entry fee in full to be eligible for a deferral
  • All deferrals will incur a $150 processing fee.
  • All additional purchases are non-deferrable or refundable

Entry Categories

The Pioneer has five different race categories, the age of the youngest team rider determines the race category: 

  1. Men: Both riders are male.
  2. Women: Both riders are female.
  3. Mixed: One rider is male and one rider is female.
  4. Masters: Both riders are 40 years or older on 31 December of the year of the race.
  5. Grand Masters: Both riders are 50 years or older on 31 December of the year of the race.


Daily Awards: a daily awards ceremony is held at the end of each day in the Race Village. This will include the awarding of the ‘leaders jersey’ in each age category with the fastest cumulative time for both team members after each day. In addition to this, prizes will be awarded for daily stage winners in each category.

The Final Prize giving will be held in Queenstown, prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each age category and the below prize money will be awarded to the overall winners. 



Overall Men's Winning Team

NZD $5,000
Overall Women's Winning Team NZD $5,000
Overall Mixed Winning Team NZD $5,000


The overall winners in each age group category will be the team with the fastest cumulative time for both team members over the 6 days of racing. 

Leader Jerseys

Open Men & Women

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Open Mixed

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Masters 40+

PIO LeaderJersey Masters40+

Grand Masters 50+

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