Half the Lake


Approx 75k


14th Nov

Entry Fee From

*Pricing details Click Here Event map Enter event


This 75km event was introduced in 2014 as a replacement for the old relay categories. We wanted to offer riders a less vigorous day out and the opportunity to start, ride and experience the finish line together with their friends.

After a relaxing bus ride from Taupo township, this ride starts at the Kuratau School. Once you arrive at the school, take your time to locate your bike and soak up the atmosphere before heading out onto the road where you will be started in small groups under the direction of the Half The Lake starter.  Don’t underestimate this ride for toughness as within the first few minutes of starting you will find yourself grinding up some of the most challenging hills of this ride. Don’t forget to take in the spectacular lake views at the top of the Waihi Hill then roll down the other side into Turangi and SH1.

Once through Turangi you have the length of the lake to tame before getting to the finish, however, don’t get too excited as the infamous Hatepe Hill stands between you and the finish line. This section of the course is the most scenic so make sure you take a bit of time to look up and appreciate the beauty of Bulli Point and it surroundings as the road winds its way along right next to the Lake.

After you’ve conquered Hatepe Hill, you’re on your last stretch into town as you make your final push up Airport Hill and along the stunning lakefront to the finish line.

The Half the Lake is a great stepping stone event to the full Round the Lake or a decent standalone challenge as well.


Start Time From 10:00am*
Start Line Half the Lake start point, Kuratau School
Finish Line Tongariro Street, next to Taupo’s Great Lake Centre
Registration Friday from 10am till 10pm in the Registration marquee next to the Great Lake Centre. Bikes must be racked as these are transported overnight.
* Riders are set off in small groups once they have collected their bikes.

Prize Giving

Course Profile

Transportation of riders and bikes from Taupo to Half the Lake start point is provided free of charge as part of the Event. It is essential that you only use the provided services. For the safety of all cyclists we need to minimise the number of vehicles on the road. No support, accompanying or drop-off vehicles are necessary or allowed. Riders using such vehicles may be disqualified from the event. If you employ a vehicle for your support it will be sent back.

Bus Loading, Corner of Titiraupenga and Horomatangi Sts

Half the Lake Buses will be leaving Taupo every 20mins. Starting from 8:30am to 10:00am approximately. Bus times will be selected when you enter online. These will be strictly enforced on event day to ease congestion and streamline the busloading process. There will be no wave starts, riders will be fed out in small groups from 10:00am.

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No bikes/riders are to be taken to Kuratau by private transport on event day or you will risk disqualification.

Event Village Map

All Half the Lake bikes must be dropped off for loading at the bike loading area on the Tongariro North Domain on Friday between 10am – 10pm. (Note: No Saturday loading as the truck will be leaving in the middle of the night)

Your bikes will be racked and waiting for you at the Half the Lake start. As you arrive by bus, collect your bike, put your drop bag into the designated area and make your way to the start where you will be released by the Start Manager in waves. Your drop bags are able to be collected at the finish in the designated collection point in the Event Village

You should refer to the Event Village Map for these key locations:

  • Bike Loading, Tongariro North Domain
  • Bus Loading, Corner of Titiraupenga and Horomatangi Sts
  • Drop Bag Collection, Great Lake Centre

Our bike transporters are colour coded to ensure your bike gets to the correct start point.  The Half the Lake colour is Red. Ensure that your Red bike sticker is attached with the colour clearly visible. There will be security for the bikes overnight. The bike racks are designed for conventional bikes only. If you intend to use an unconventional bike please contact mail@cyclechallenge.com so that we can consider arrangements for its transportation. 

No bikes/riders are to be taken to Kuratau School by private transport on event day or you will risk disqualification.

You are able to drop your bike off directly to the Half the Lake start point in Kuratau School between 12 – 6pm on Friday 29th November. You are then required to register at the Event Village to receive your rider pack and sticker set. The seat post sticker is to be attached to your bike on Saturday morning before starting.

Management reserves the right to remove riders from the course if it’s apparent they will not complete the event by 7pm or it is deemed the safety of themselves or others could be compromised.

Electric bikes are permitted as part of the event and will be timed separately from the non assisted bikes. We will not be supplying charging stations around the course. Please make sure you select the eBike option in your online entry.

We have made the decision that the minimum age for a child with an accompanying adult (1:1) is 12 years old. This decision has been made not only for the safety of your child but also our other participants and in keeping with the NZ Road Code. To ride the event alone the child must be 15 or over.