Spectators are only permitted on course in designated spectator areas. Under no condition are spectators allowed to assist competitors. Any assistance will result in the team being instantly disqualified. This includes providing teams with any food, drink or equipment. If you know a team is in need of help or resources of some kind, please advise a course official and we will consider the request. Designated transition areas are detailed on the course maps. Please note; All Red Bull Defiance Elite teams will be tracked using a GPS/live tracking system that you can follow. The link will go live on the home page on the first day of the event.
DAY 1 SATURDAY 20th JANUARY
No spectators are permitted at camp creek or the race start
STAGE 1: MINARET MTB
Spectators are able to watch mountain bikers arrive at the finish area at the West Wanaka Bridge
TRANSITION AREA 1 / 2:
West Wanaka Bridge. Spectator parking is available.
Stage 2: Diamond Lake/Rocky Mountain run
Park at the base of Diamond Lake/Rocky Mountain DOC parking area and walk up the DOC track to view athletes running and or/abseiling down the rock face above Diamond Lake. For those who are keen, you may want to attempt the walk up the summit and see athletes arriving there. Best viewing times on the Rocky Mountain/Diamond Lake track will be between 11.10am and 12.30pm.
STAGE 3: Kayak Matukituki to wanaka
Various viewing points are available to watch kayaks approaching race HQ on the Wanaka lake front.
Parking and spectator viewing is of course available at the Event HQ on the Lake Wanaka shorefront.
DAY 2 SUNDAY 21st JANUARY
Race start will be at Race HQ on the Wanaka lake front. Come down early and watch the teams start the event in mass start format. Race start is at 6.30am
STAGE 1: KAYAK LAKE WANAKA / CLUTHA RIVER / OWBOW
Various viewing locations to choose from, around the Outlet walking track, Outlet camping ground and Albert Town bridge.
TRANSITION AREA 1: OXBOW
Access this area via the Oxbow driveway, located on the left just past the Wanaka Airport. Spectators will need to arrive at this transition area before 8.15am.
STAGE 2: CRIFFEL MOUNTAIN BIKE
No viewing is available on the Stage 2 Mountain Bike as the entire course is located on private property.
TRANSITION AREA 2/RACE START SKYLINE TRAVERSE: CARDRONA VALLEY
Spectator parking is available at transition 3, which is approximately 15kms drive from Wanaka towards Cardrona. Their will be event signage to indicate the location of transition area 3.
STAGE 3: SKYLINE TRAVERSE MOUNTAIN RUN
The Skyline Traverse is located on the Spots Creek and Mt Roy department of conservation tracks. These tracks are open to the general public. Spectators are welcome to use these tracks and support competitors completing the final stage of the Red Bull Defiance event.
FINISH: EVENT HQ
Athletes competing in the Skyline Traverse will arrive at the finish line (Event HQ) from 10.30am. The first Red Bull Defiance Teams are expected to arrive at 1.30pm. The Day 2 finish line is located in Wanaka town centre directly in front of Gin and Raspberry. Parking is available and we hope to see you there. Keep an eye on the live tracking on this website and also RedBullNZ facebook.