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Event Registration

Great Lake Centre, Tongariro Street, Taupo

Friday 29 November 10am – 10pm

Saturday 30 November 6am – 8am 

Event packs with ride numbers and timing tags built into the bike tags and plates must be collected from Event Registration between the above times.

You must bring your confirmation email with your bib number to Event Registration to collect your event pack.

All minor spot prizes are drawn at Registration.



All categories are based around Lake Taupo and the surrounding area. The finish line is on Tongariro Street, Taupo and all pre- and post-event activities on event day will take place at the Event Village on Tongariro North Domain and the adjacent Great Lake Centre.

Event Village Map

Sport and Lifestyle Expo

The BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Sport & Lifestyle Expo will be held from 10am to 10pm on Friday, 29 November 2019 at the Great Lake Centre and is New Zealands largest cycling expo. Leading up to the BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, the expo showcases the latest and greatest in cycling, sport and lifestyle options and attracts around 15,000 visitors annually.


All entrants are issued with a bike sticker or plate with a timing strip already attached, which you stick around your bike seat post or cable tie to your MTB bike. This strip electronically records your time as you cross the start and finish lines. These are disposable and do not need to be returned.

All road surfaces are sealed, are of a good national standard and the entire course is well sign-posted and marshalled. Police traffic safety officers patrol the course. The following course services are provided: 

There arewater stops around the lake, plus one at the finish line and 3 on the mountain bike course.

Hydration is available at Half the Lake and Quarter Lake start points, and second half of the road course – Kuratau Look Out water stop, Waihi Hill water stop, Motuoapa water stop, Hatepe Hill water stop, finish line, massage marquee and MTB water stops. Please refer to the course map.

Course Map

  • Portaloos are available at all start points & drink stations
  • Rubbish bins are available at all start points  & drink stations
  • Three rubbish drop zones on road course
  • Bike mechanics are located at all start points
  • Sag wagons
  • St. John ambulance services

Air New Zealand

Due to the size and compact nature of regional turboprop aircraft operating Air New Zealand services to Taupo from Auckland, all oversize items such as bicycles are carried subject to hold space availability and acceptance of any piece of oversize baggage cannot be guaranteed until the day of travel. If your bicycle is unable to be accommodated on the service you have booked, it will be sent on the next available flight with sufficient hold capacity. The item will then be held at the airport for collection at your convenience.

Alternatively, you may prefer to utilise Rotorua as your gateway for the event. Air New Zealand offers services to Rotorua from Wellington and Christchurch with larger turboprop aircraft than the equipment that operates our Taupo routes. Rotorua flights are not exempt from some restrictions relating to the carriage of oversize items however the larger capacity aircraft that operate Air New Zealand services from Wellington and Christchurch to Rotorua do facilitate the transport of a greater number of oversize items per flight than can be accommodated through Taupo. If you would like to contact Air New Zealand directly at Taupo Airport please email us.

Air New Zealand Bike Carriage

Sound Air

Sounds Air operate daily flights between Wellington & Taupo. Each aircraft accommodates 9 passengers and can carry up to 3 bikes. Bikes must be in bike bags. If you are using Sounds Air to travel to the event please contact them to confirm transportation of your bike.  Due to cargo limits bikes may need to be transported to Taupo earlier in the week.

Sound Air


This year our event partner DB, along with Greenshoot Pacific and The Public Places Recycling Scheme (PPRS) will have zero waste ambassadors on site over event weekend to help you be a tidy kiwi and dispose of your waste correctly. They’ll be located at marked bin stations on event and will show you which waste items go in which bin to avoid waste contamination.

Your Event Bag can be used as a drop bag in which you can leave gear at all starts. Attach your numbered Drop Bag sticker to your event bag and place the bag in designated collection areas at your start. These are delivered to the Drop Bag return point in The Event Village for you to collect when you finish your ride. See Event Village map for it’s location.

(NB There is no drop bag service for Kids Heart and Lakesider events)


Bib numbers for all categories will be emailed to you once your online registration is complete.

Race Bib Number Colour
Bike Barn Round the Lake 1 - 6599 White
Tandem 6600 - 6599 White
Kids Heart Ride 6700 - 6699 Peach
BDO Huka Challenge 7000 - 7999 Pink
BDO Huka Steamer 8000 - 8499 Blue
BDO Huka Teaser  8500 - 8999 Green
Holden Men's Classic Race 9000 - 9199 Red
Bayleys Women's Classic Race 9200 - 9299 Red
BDO Huka XL Race 9300 - 9399 Red
Enduro 9600 - 9799 Blue
Maxi Enduro 9800 - 9899 Violet
Half the Lake 10000 - 11999 Red
Quarter Lake 12000 - 13999 Yellow
Lakesider 14000 - 14499 Aqua
Criterium CRT01-CRIT200  
Cadence Club Bibs  
Bronze Completed 10+ Events
Silver Completed 15+ Events
Gold Completed 20+ Events
Diamond  Completed 25+ Events

Round the Lake

Start Group Helmet Sticker Dots:  
1 Yellow
2 Black
3 Green
4 Purple
W1 Pink
5 Orange
6 Maroon
7 Blue
W2 Red
8 White
9 White
Over Caps  
Enduro Yellow
Maxi Enduro Pink

Road closures:

Friday 29th November 
12.00 noon - Saturday 8.30pm - Tongariro St from Tamamutu St to Heu Heu St 
4.00pm - 8.30pm Tongariro St from Spa Rd to Lake Terrace 
4.00pm - 8.30pm Lake Terrace from Tongariro St to Ruapehu St 
4.00pm - 8.30pm Tamamutu St from Tongariro St to Gasgoine St

Saturday 30th
2.00am - 8.00pm Tongariro St from Spa Rd to Lake Terrace 
2.00am - 8.00pm Lake Terrace from Tongariro St to Titiraupenga St
5.00am - 10.00am Redoubt St from Tongariro St to Ferry Rd (Restricted access only) 
5.00am - 10.00am Story Place from Tongariro St to Redoubt St (Restricted access only)
5.00am - 10.00am Ferry Rd from Tongariro St to Redoubt St (Restricted access only) 
8.30am - 3.00pm Lake Terrace from Titiraupenga St to Mere Rd

6.00am -10.30am Poihipi Road from Wairakei Drive to Tuhingamata Road 
7.00am - 10.30am Whangamata Rd from Poihipi Rd to SH32
08.00am to 1.15 pm Arataha Street and Maniapoto Street, Motuoapa   

Bus stop will be moved to Ruapehu Street all Day Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November 2017 



We ask you not to travel from 7.00am to 10.30am. If this is not possible there is an alternative route during the closure, however please allow for delays due to large bunches of cyclists travelling at high speed.  When approaching the marshals they will direct you to the Whangamata/Poihipi junction where they will direct you left between the cyclists.  You then divert along Tuhingamata Road to Oruanui Road and State Highway One. Please allow for delays and leave with plenty of time to spare. Rider safety is our priority.

If you do have an emergency situation a 111 call will still respond.


Road closures in Taupo Township:

Click here it see the road closure map