Whilst the race is a triathlon, for you it doesn't have to be. You get to pick which elements you want to tackle, and if that's not all three, then that's fine. Something to keep in mind is that there will also be a sanctioned Triathlon New Zealand race happening for amateur triathletes on the course at the same time. That won't change anything for participants who are out to enjoy themselves and aren't worried about racing a PB. But we want to be sure you know what's going on around you on race day.

For triathletes competing individually in all three legs, the race is classed as a Standard Distance/Mid Distance Offroad Tri.  Only the triathlon is a Sanctioned Triathlon New Zealand race - any other combinations of legs will not be sanctioned, and so there will be no recognised aquathon, duathlon, or aquabike events on the day. This is a qualifying race.

If you do not hold a Tribe Membership you will need to buy one during registration - you can purchase a one-day license in order to compete in the race. Teams only require 1 licence to compete.

Your age category will be allocated based on your age as of the 31 December 2022 in line with TriNZ rules.

  • 1 x Wetsuit

  • 1 x Swim cap (supplied)

  • Bike (no E-bikes allowed)

  • Helmet

  • 1 x hat, buff, or beanie

  • Bike Tool kit (2 x spare tubes, bike pump, a multi-tool, tyre levers, patch kit and chain breaker)

  • 1 x race bib to be worn at all times during event (supplied)

  • 1 x Tape seamed waterproof jacket (with hood)

  • 1 x Water container (bladder or bottles) with minimum capacity of 1.5L of water at commencement of race

  • 2 x Sources of nutrition ie. gels, bars, lollies

  • 1 x Whistle

  • 1 x Basic First Aid Kit (inc. emergency blanket)

  • 1 x Zip Lock bag - for rubbish


Additional Mandatory Kit List (Adverse Weather)

  • 1 x Thermal long sleeve top

  • 1 x Pair of full fingered gloves

  • 1 x Race bib


Aid stations will have water, nutrition and marshals. Some aid stations will have on site medical assistance available or be close to an aid station which does. Pre-race information sent one week prior to the event will specify which stations will have medical assistance on site. 

Should you wish to withdraw from the race at any point please make your way to the closest aide station and advise staff of your withdrawal. They will then facilitate your withdrawal and your return to the race village. Aid Stations will be confirmed one month prior to the race with exact km points.


You must be fit and well when you undertake any of the Element courses. We will have medical assistance on site, but you must be starting the race in good condition. 


Please do not undertake these courses if you are not 100% sure you are ready for them. The last thing we want is to be sending in the heli to pick you up. A heli ride is cool but not if you have a medical team around you! 


Your safety is our focus and if our medics or staff make the determination that you are not fit to start or continue the course, we will remove you. We are not being mean - we just want you back home safe at the end of the race. No race is worth putting yourself or others in danger for. Please follow the directions of the marshals and medics at all times.

The weather and the currents may mean that we need to change the swim course by either shortening the course or cancelling the swim. As with any open water swim we will take all conditions into account.

You must be over the age of 18 to compete.


Supporters are welcome at the event, in fact, we encourage you to bring your entourage. 


The swim course can be viewed from the shoreline at South Bay (please take care not to disturb local wildlife and their environment). The bike course is best viewed from the top of Ocean Ridge, where you will also get incredible views out over Kaikoura. The run course is very spectator friendly, with a great opportunity to cheer on your athlete from the Kaikoura Lookout Point. 


No pacers or external support is allowed for participants on the course, including handing the athlete drinks or nutrition. Any assistance will result in the participant being disqualified from the event. 


While you are waiting for your athlete to reach the finish line, why not experience Kaikoura for yourself? The nearby Peninsula Walkway is a beautiful short walk around the peninsula, from the top of which you can view right across the run course. You could visit the local seal colony. Or, if you are feeling more active and want some of the adventure for yourself, why not head out onto the sea with Kaikoura Kayaks (make sure to book early to secure your spot!) The main race village will have food and drinks available to purchase, and the shops and cafes in Kaikoura is just a 20min walk from the race village. 


Parking will be available at the event venue, for a gold coin donation to a local fundraising group. Entry and exit times for the parking will be restricted due to the proximity of entry and exit points from the course. More details to follow.


Registration and kit check for all race options (except run only) will be open on Friday 14th January between 15:00 - 18:00. See below for specific timings. The Safety Briefing will take place on Saturday 15 January, see times below. Racking will also take place on Saturday.

Registration for run-only participants will be open on Saturday morning, however you are able to register on Friday evening.


Kit Check and Registration:

Friday 14 Jan 4pm-7pm Kaikoura Racecourse

Race Check in and Racking:

Saturday 15 January 6.30am-7.30am Race Village

Race Briefing:

Saturday 15 January 7:45am Race Village​

Race Start:

Saturday 15 January 8:00am Swim Start


Kit Check and Registration:

Friday 14 January 4pm - 7pm Kaikoura Racecourse

Race Check in and Racking:

Saturday 15 January 6.30am - 7.30am Race Village

Race Briefing:

Saturday 15 January 7:45am Race Village

Race Start:

Saturday 15 January 08:00am Swim Start


Kit Check and Registration:

Friday 14 January 4pm - 7pm Kaikoura Racecourse

Race Check in and Racking:

Saturday 15 January 6.30am - 7.30am Race Village

Race Briefing:

Saturday 15 January 7:45am Race Village

Race Start:

Saturday 15 January 8:00am Bike Start


Race Check in:

Saturday 15 January 8:00am - 8.30am Race Village

Race Briefing:

Saturday 15 January 08:45am Race Village

Race Start:

Saturday 15 January 09:00am Run Start


Saturday 15 January 16:00 - 18:00


Competitive and Non-competitive Tri

  • Transition 1 swim > ride 

  • Transition 2 ride > run (items can be included the same bag as Transition 1. Both transitions will take place from the same location)

  • Post-race clothing bag drop (optional)


Swim Only / Swim and either Ride or Run

  • Transition 1 swim > ride/run

  • Post-race clothing bag drop (optional)

Ride Only / Ride and Run

  • Transition 2 ride > run

  • Post-race clothing bag drop (optional)



  • Post-race clothing bag drop (optional)