Quarter Lake


Approx 40k


14th Nov

Entry Fee From

*Pricing details Click Here Event map Enter event


This 40km recreational event was introduced to showcase the best of what Lake Taupo has to offer. We want anyone and everyone to take on this scenic beauty of a ride. You won’t be disappointed. Take a break from your busy life and give yourself an excuse for a weekend away. If you are new to road cycling, have an e-bike you want to test out its capabilities, or are looking for the perfect entry level stepping stone event to take on longer distance events, the Quarter Lake is for you.  

After a relaxing bus ride from Taupo township, this ride starts in the sleepy scenic marina of Motuoapa. Once you arrive at the marina, 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 Quarter Lake starter.  Not long after rolling along the flats out of Motuoapa you get to experience the most scenic section of the lake, so make sure you take a bit of time to look up and appreciate the beauty of Bulli Point and the road as it winds along right next to the Lake. After this your legs will be tested on the infamous Hatepe Hill. You’re now on the last stretch into town, as you make your final push past the airport and along the stunning lakefront to the finish line.


Start Time From 12pm *
Start Line Quarter Lake Start Point, Motuoapa
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

All buses leave Bus Loading corner of Titiraupenga and Horomatangi St

Quarter Lake Buses will be leaving Taupo from 11.00 am and every 20mins until 11.40am. 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 set off in small groups from 12:00pm.

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Transportation of riders and bikes from Taupo to Motuoapa 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.


All Quarter 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 Quarter 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 St
  • Drop Bag Collection, Great Lake Centre

Our bike transporters are colour coded to ensure your bike gets to the correct start point.  Quarter Lake colour is Yellow. Ensure that your Yellow 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 Motuoapa by private transport or you will risk disqualification.

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.

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.