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A fabulous week for bike enthusiasts and lovers of outdoor adventures on the World’s largest raised coral atoll. We’ll be biking, and adventuring our way round this Pacific paradise enjoying all the ‘Rock’ can offer on a bike. You’ll love it!!
The highlight of course will be RALLY THE ROCK – 5 race stages throughout the islands network of trails, riders departing at 1 minute intervals at each stage. The popular ROUND THE ROCK- a 60km sprint round the island will feature again, along with a few fun bike challenge events. A BIKE ROGAINE is being introduced and try your luck on our 1km speed circuit as part of our fun TIME TRIAL. Something fun, friendly and totally unique to Niue.
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Saturday 01 June
Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand 9:05am arriving Friday 31 May 2.30pm (over date line) Flight is approx. 3 hours 30 minutes.
Friday 31 May
Arrival at Niue. Meet, greet transfer to apartments, settle in and unpack bikes. Evening Welcome BBQ meal provided by Niue Tourism.
Saturday 01 June
After Breakfast we take you on a guided Orientation Tour for the morning. Get a feel for the layout of the Island, where to find all the key services, good cafes, learn some history and acclimatize to the warmth. We’ll check the tides for this afternoons sea track visits and go exploring on our bikes.
This evening we dine at the Matavai Resort and enjoy sunset drinks and evening sea views from the expansive deck.
Sunday 02 June
Rest Day in Niue. Most locals will attend church and you are welcome to visit one close by at Avatele. The singing is uplifting and services very spiritual. Ladies proudly wear their locally woven hats and it is part of the church attire for ladies 18yrs and over.
We’ll pack a lunch and ride to the top of the island, stopping at one or 2 sea tracks on the way. We leave our bikes overnight in the hall at Mutalau ready for the Bike Rally start early Monday morning. A drive back and time for a swim and relax before BBQ dinner.
Monday 03 June (Kings Birthday Holiday)
6:00am Up early for the drive to the top of the island.
7:00am check in. Bike prep, numbering, Welcome and Race Briefing
8:00am Rally stage 1 start
1:00pm Rally final stage complete
Racers move to the Washaway for an afternoon swim, dinner and awards celebrations. Washaway café is a very laid back atmosphere for burgers, panini, fish meal or pizza and a stunning spot to enjoy a cold drink on the afternoon deck. Possibly the last self-service honesty bar in the world!
Tuesday 04 June
After breakfast and a packed lunch we will head out for a morning ride, coffee and a new sea track.
After lunch a 1km Time Trial is on offer. Part of the Islands bike tracks will become our loop track against the clock. Departures at 1min intervals. If you think you can beat your time you may loop again but forfeit your previous time. Maximum 3 attempts.
Others might take the opportunity to book one of the Islands fantastic boat trips or tours.
Wednesday 05 June
After breakfast and lunch packing, we roll out into town for the start of the Round the Rock Bike Race. Start/Finish outside the Visitors Information Office in the center of town. 64kms of ring road, much of it familiar by now. Bragging rights are up for grabs!
Thursday 06 June
A free morning to take the opportunity for Island boat trips or tours.
This afternoon is a Bike Rogaine in and around Alofi township. With map in hand there is 1 ½ hours to collect as many checkpoints as possible. Individual or team up!
This evening after dinner we plan a night ride (bring your lights) and an introduction to Niue’s Dark Sky attributes.
Friday 07 June
Pack bikes and gear again.
Check in for this afternoons flight, grab your boarding pass and we’ll head back into town for a café fix and early lunch. Fill the van with gas and head back to the airport by Midday.
Ride The Rock Itinerary
What people say...
For me (us), travelling as an athlete with a lot of equipment and baggage, Wildside are great because Andrea has a great understanding of our requirements and knows how to make our travel as easy as possible. Last minute bookings and changes are made stress free. Thanks heaps!
We have been booking our trips to races for many years with Andrea and it has made life so much easier for us. Andrea always puts so much effort into finding the best possible and cheapest deal for us. It is great being able to rely on somebody, who has the experience with sports people and their special needs.
After sales service , sometimes in remote locations and I need to change tickets around – that’s where having Andrea counts.
I’ve used Andrea Wildside Travel for overseas triathlon world championships for several years. The travel arrangements have always been spot on and the accommodation regularly comes in at 50 per cent or more below the official team hotel costs. I would never go anywhere else for my overseas travel arrangements.
Whether its bringing competitors to my Adventure Nelson events or sending me to the Pacific to compete in or create events, Wildside Travel has always done everything for me…… other than packing my bags. If you want to take the road less travelled, then take a walk with Wildside Travel.
I heard about Wildside Travel through my multisport racing friends who swear that Andrea is where it’s at when it comes to overseas adventures. My overseas adventure would not have made it off the ground had it not been for Andrea at Wildside Travel – awesome service and 24/7 assistance, 100% recommend!
As a professional athlete I need very professional service and Andrea provides just that.
She goes out of her way to get me information on visas, best flights, accommodation, local knowledge, overweight luggage – anything I may need and all with such friendliness and enthusiasm.
Thank you Andrea for always caring.
I have been booking my flights to race destinations all over the world with Andrea from Wildside Travel for many years and I will continue to do so because she is passionate about the sport and she goes the extra mile to make sure that I arrive with my gear on time. Her travel schedules and extra tips are worth every penny.
I have had the pleasure of booking my travel through Wildside Travel since 2009. Thanks to Wildside I am able to focus 100% on getting myself ready to race, safe in the knowledge that my travel arrangements are taken care of. The support offered far exceeds the travel itinerary itself. I am always impressed and very grateful for the extra attention, efficiency, value and friendliness of service provided by Andrea. I would recommend Wildside to anyone who, like me, loves the thrill and adventure of travel, but values the security and reassurance of a professional travel agency service.
Just back from Brazil!! Cheers…
I’ve been involved with Andrea at Wildside travel since our team started racing internationally 6 years ago. Our sport has taken us to all sorts of obscure places through China, Europe, South America and Central America. Andrea always sorts our itinerary out without a hitch. She’s fun and friendly to deal with, and has more than once got us out of a pickle at extremely short notice. I’d recommend Wildside travel to anyone.
Wildside Travel has been fantastic to deal with, organising all my overseas travel for the last couple of years. Andrea was extremely helpful re-booking my flights back to NZ and sorting out my insurance claim after I injured myself competing in Colombia.
Over the past six years I have been multisport and adventure racing all over the world. The adventurous nature of the sport often takes me off the beaten tracks. Andrea at Wildside is fantastic at ensuring I’m at the right place, at the right time, every time. Allowing me to focus on the racing.
I’ve been traveling the world extensively for over 20-years competing in adventure sport, having competed in 27-different countries. I learned quickly that in order to compete at maximum potential, efficient and smooth travel is a critical component to performance. Wildside Travel has provided our team with smooth, well organised and cost effective travel since 2011. The nature of our travel and racing often means our needs change and evolve, we often have to adjust our travel plans while overseas and Wildside are always just an email or phone call away, always jumping to action to help us out. We wouldn’t consider traveling to race without Wildside support. The highlight of our relationship was a trip in 2012 that incorporated races in China and France, which earned us the World Championship Title, again in 2014 for a second World Championship Title in Ecuador and again in 2015, a third Title in Brazil and a 4th in Australia 2016.