Welcome to Kiwi Randonneurs Inc.

Long-distance cycling is growing in popularity in New Zealand. Many organised "fun" rides now have well established enduro versions featuring multiple laps of the same course for those wanting to test themselves beyond the traditional race distances.

Kiwi Randonneurs caters for those with a spirit of adventure who want to extend themselves and find their limits. The rewards are personal and extremely satisfying.
Kiwi Randonneurs is the national organising body for long-distance, free-paced randonnées in New Zealand. These rides are sanctioned by Audax Club Parisien for randonnees of up to 1000km, and Les Randonneurs Mondiaux for randonnées of 1200km or longer.

In some countries randonnées are known as Audax events but strictly speaking, that term applies only where participants ride together at a speed controlled by a ride captain. Audax events are sanctioned by the Unions des Audax. Randonnées sanctioned under the free-paced rules of Audax Club Parisien or Les Randonneurs Mondiaux are known as randonneuring events.

Our randonneuring events are held throughout New Zealand, and you will be made welcome when participating in our rides. Our rides are open to all reasonably fit riders including non-members and visitors who are welcome to join our friendly and supportive participants. Randonneuring events range from small local events with only a handful of riders through to the feature event for all Randonneurs - Paris-Brest-Paris in which 5,000 riders accept a 1200km long challenge with a heritage dating back to 1891.

Randonneuring is a long distance form of cycling in which riders attempt courses from 50km to many hundreds of kilometres or more, passing through predetermined "controls" (checkpoints). Riders aim to complete the course within specified time limits, and receive equal recognition regardless of their finishing order. The challenge is not in racing, but to complete the event at your own pace within the time limit. Riders may travel in groups or alone as they wish, and are expected to be self-sufficient between controls.

Randonneuring and long-distance cycling disciplines have a long history. You may like to read about more about the history of RandonneuringAudax and long-distance cycling on our history page.

Many members of Kiwi Randonneurs are also interested in other genres of long-distance cycling, such as ultra-distance time-trials and long-distance records. We are currently establishing how to incorporate these other styles of long-distance cycling into our calendar.

Ride Calendar for 2015

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  • BRM rides operate under the RULES OF BREVETS RANDONNEURS MONDIAUX and are sanctioned by Audax Club Parisien and 200, 300, 400 & 600km rides between 1 November and 30 June are recognised for the purpose of qualifying for Paris-Brest-Paris 2015
  • "Other New Zealand Long Distance Cycling Events" are not organised or sanctioned by Kiwi Randonneurs or ACP. We have included other long-distance cycling events in this calendar that may be of interest to our members
  • Please e-mail webmaster@kiwirandonneurs.org.nz (Craig McGregor) if you see omissions or inaccuracies in this calendar
  • To contact a ride organiser, e-mail redirection will take place if you send your e-mail to firstname@kiwirandonneurs.org.nz

Note: The Randonneuring calendar operates from 1 November to 31 October of each year.

New Zealand Randonneuring Events 2015

Due to the number of exciting new routes for 2015 we do not have all routes loaded on this website (yet). This will take a while due to all of the riding we have to do.

Ride Name


Start location




Inland Whale Watch Sat, 1 Nov 2014 Culverden 200 Road/BRM Shane Davidson
Tasman Tour Fri, 7 Nov 2014 Brightwater 200 Road/BRM Adi Coventry-Brown
Sea to Source to Sea Sat, 8 Nov 2014 Westport 300 Road/BRM Shane Davidson
Pongaroa Pub Ride Sat, 15 Nov 2014 Ashhurst 200 Road/BRM Simon Henderson
Tasman Parks Fri, 21 Nov 2014 Brightwater 300 Road/BRM Iwao Fujii
Mackenzie Muster Sat, 29 Nov 2014 Timaru 400 Road/BRM Shane Davidson
Taupo Challenge Sat, 29 Nov 2014 Taupo 300 Road/BRM Craig McGregor
Round the Tararuas Sat, 6 Dec 2014 Waikanae 300 Road/BRM Simon Henderson
Gold in the Hills Fri, 12 Dec St Arnaud 300 Road/BRM
Note: Some gravel
Niel Coventry-Brown
Alpine Passes Sat, 13 Dec 2014 Christchurch 600 Road/BRM Shane Davidson
Longest Saturday Fleche Sat, 20 Dec 2014 Anywhere 360+ Road/Fleche Nationale Craig McGregor
Black Sands & Surf Mon, 29 Dec 2014 Auckland 300 Road/BRM Craig McGregor
Farewell Return Fri, 2 Jan 2015 Brightwater 400 Road/BRM Niel Coventry-Brown
Coromandel Green Gravel Grovel Sat, 10 Jan Thames 200 Road/BRM
(some gravel)
Peter Cole
Picton-Westport-Picton Sat, 17 Jan Picton 600 Road/BRM Craig McGregor
Eketahuna Dash Sat, 24 Jan Martinborough 200 Road/BRM Simon Henderson
Apiti Hills Sat, 31 Jan Feilding 200 Road/BRM Simon Henderson
Volcanic Excursion Fri, 6 Feb Ohakune 600 Road/BRM
Peter Cole
Volcanic Excursion Sat, 7 Feb Ohakune 300 Road/BRM Peter Cole
Pahiatua Delight Sat, 21 Feb Martinborough 300 Road/BRM Craig McGregor
Gran Turismo Series
Qualify for Paris-Brest-Paris in eight days!
Hanmer Hottub Sun, 1 Mar Christchurch 200 Road/BRM Craig McGregor
Mountain Springs Mon, 2 Mar Hanmer 300 Road/BRM Craig McGregor
Marlborough-Tasman Magic Wed, 4 Mar Nelson 400 Road/BRM Craig McGregor
Nelson-Christchurch Sat, 7 Mar Nelson 600 Road/BRM Craig McGregor
Pongaroa Pub Ride Sat, 14 Mar Ashhurst 200 Road/BRM Simon Henderson
Dannevirke Desserts Sat, 21 Mar Martinborough 400 Road/BRM Craig McGregor
Inland Scenic Route Sat, 21 Mar Amberly 400 Road/BRM Shane Davidson
East Cape Explorer Fri, 3 Apr Taihape 1000 Road/BRM Craig McGregor
Sunny Northland Sat, 11 Apr Whangarei 400 Road/BRM Peter Cole
Coleridge Return Sat, 18 Apr Christchurch 200 Road/BRM Shane Davidson
Gentle Littl' Ride Sat, 25 Apr Feilding 600 Road/BRM Craig McGregor
Twin Rivers Sat, 2 May Rakaia 300 Road/BRM Shane Davidson
Whanganui Rapids Sat, 9 May Feilding 400 Road/BRM Simon Henderson
Waitaki Wonders Sat, 9 May Glenavy 400 Road/BRM Shane Davidson
Forgotten Highway Sat, 16 May Stratford 300 Road/BRM Tim O'Brien
North Rakaia Loop Sat, 23 May Christchurch 200 Road/BRM Shane Davidson
Off to the Bay Sat, 30 May Martinborough 600 Road/BRM Simon Henderson
Canterbury Circle Sat, 6 Jun Christchurch 200 Road/BRM Shane Davidson
Winter Solstice Sat, 20 Jun Martinborough 200
Road/BRM Simon Henderson
Glacial Lakes Sat, 20 Jun Tekapo 200 Road/BRM Shane Davidson
Round the Tararuas Sat, 4 Jul Upper Hutt 300 Road/BRM Craig McGregor
Eketahuna Dash Sat, 11 Jul Martinborough
Upper Hutt
Road/BRM Simon Henderson
Apiti Hills Sat, 18 Jul Feilding 200 Road/BRM Craig McGregor
Ohura Outlaws Sat, 25 Jul Tokaanu 200 Road/BRM Jeremy Rowe
Paris-Brest-Paris Sun, 16 Aug Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines 1200km   Audax Club Parisien
Te Anga Sat, 12 Sep Pirongia 200 Road/BRM Christine Couldrey
West Coast Wonders Sat, 19 Sep Greymouth 200 Road/BRM Duncan McDonald
Waihi Goldrush Sat, 26 Sep Waihi 300 Road/BRM Jeremy Rowe
Apiti Hills Sat, 10 Oct Feilding 200 Road/BRM Craig McGregor
Otira Odyssey Sat, 17 Oct Greymouth 200 Road/BRM Duncan McDonald
Apiti-Pongaroa Sat, 24 Oct Palmerston North 300 Road/BRM Tim O'Brien


Other New Zealand Long-Distance Cycling Events 2015

Ride Name Date Start location Dist Type Organiser
Tour de Manawatu
(2 & 3 lap options)
Sat, 1 Nov 2014
Sun, 2 Nov
Palmerston North 232
Road/Multi-lap Fitzherbert Lions Club
Contact Tim Neal for multi-lap entries
Extreme Enduro Wed, 26 Nov 2014 Taupo 1280 Road/Multi-lap Moana Rotary Club of Taupo
Maxi Enduro Fri, 28 Nov 2014 Taupo 640 Road/Multi-lap Moana Rotary Club of Taupo
Enduro Sat, 29 Nov 2014 Taupo 320 Road/Multi-lap Moana Rotary Club of Taupo
Kiwi Brevet Sat, 31 Jan 2014 Blenhiem 700
Scott Emmens

3 Responses to Home

  1. I would love to hear more about Randonneuring opportunities. I finished two laps around lake Taupo on Monday <13 hours. I am seriously interested in Paris Bret Paris

    • Hi Annetta,

      The next PBP is in August 2015. To qualify you will need to complete a Super Randonneur series consisting of 200km/300km/400km and a 600km qualifying brevet between November and June 2015. We will be organising these rides and welcome you to join us on our rides.

  2. Hi Duncan,

    Congratulations on getting Kiwi Randonneurs up and running with this great website.

    It is with great regret that I wont be able to make it to the Kiwi Hunt. It was a hot topic at PBP, hopefully some of those will be inspired enough to make the trip.

    Several years ago I remember seeing the 200, 300, 400 & 600 being run in a single week. My second regret is that I wasn’t able to take part in this either.

    Hopefully I will be able to make it across the ditch and take part in one of your Randonnees very soon.

    All the best,