The Southern Kiwi Hunt 1200km – 25 February 2012

Come and join us on February 25-28, 2012 for the Southern Kiwi Hunt. This will be the first 1200km randonnee to be held in New Zealand. We will depart the city of Christchurch on February 25, and ride 1200km along the plains of Canterbury, over four mountain passes and along the rugged West Coast while experiencing scenic beauty of the Southern Alps and the wilderness of Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.

In the spirit of both randonneuring and Kiwi ingenuity, self-sufficiency will be paramount on this unsupported randonnee. We will supply a brevet card, detailed route information, electronic tracks suitable for loading into GPS’s and a safety briefing. You are responsible for your own food, accommodation and repairs during the ride.

Although we will not have detailed route information available until late September 2011, the following summarises the key features of the route.

We know that you will never forget this ride. Begin by riding out of Christchurch and through the rural heartland of the Canterbury Plains before heading inland toward the Southern Alps and reaching Lake Tekapo. You will become familiar with the Southern Alps in 12,000 metres of climbing and a double crossing of the Main Divide before returning to Christchurch.

After leaving Lake Tekapo, there is a long gradual descent before ascending the tussock country of Lindis Pass (971m) after which you will be rewarded with a 34km descent.  More undulating travel follows, along the shorelines of Lake Hawea, and the north-western edge of Lake Wanaka.

Now in the middle of the adventure playground of Mt Aspiring National Park, the route will pass through Makarora on the way crossing the southern end of the Main Divide at Haast Pass (562m). Following a rapid descent, the West Coast is reached at Haast (630km).

Travel northward up the coast is mildly undulating aside from some larger hills between Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Once as far north as Greymouth (944km) head inland and make sure that your climbing legs are ready for the unforgettable ascent of Arthurs Pass (920m).

With the second crossing of the Main Divide accomplished, the cafes of Arthurs Pass village are bound to be appreciated. Easily overlooked are the ascents of Flock Hill and Porters Pass ahead, before reaching the descent back down to the Canterbury Plains to complete the return journey to Christchurch.

The Southern Kiwi Hunt 1200km: Elevation Profile



A draft route is available for the Southern Kiwi Hunt is available on RideWithGPS.

If you are interested in participating in this randonnee please complete the form below. If you have further questions, please contact us.


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3 Responses to The Southern Kiwi Hunt 1200km – 25 February 2012

  1. Wonderful landscape, very interesting photos …

    I’m very interested in cycling “The Southern Kiwi Hunt”. I’m from Germany. I’ll need some time to prepare for such an event.

    Is already a next version planned for this brevet?

    All the best


    • Hi Neumann,
      We haven’t scheduled the next Southern Kiwi Hunt. We would like to run this ride again a few years time if there is sufficient interest from both riders and volunteers to help us support the riders on the course.

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