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Pedal the Plateau

Dear fellow cyclists

In March of next year the inaugural Pedal the Plateau ride will take place – a 365 km recreational cycling tour of the beautiful Central Plateau region of the North Island.

We are looking to develop Pedal the Plateau into an iconic, world-famous ride, along the same lines as the famous Great Vic in Australia.

We have many Australian cyclists participating in next year’s ride, but would also like to generate some support locally.

We’re wondering if you would mind circulating this email to you members? We’d love to have more Kiwis along for the ride and perhaps some of your members or their family and friends may be interested?

We would greatly appreciate any support you can provide with this. Pedal the Plateau is run by a team of volunteers and supported by two charitable trusts that are looking to put all profits from the ride back into cycling.

Thank you for your time and support

Kindest regards

The Pedal the Plateau team

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Be the first to ride the Pedal the Plateau course!
2015 marks the inaugural year of Pedal the Plateau and we are launching our fabulous new event with an exclusive Premier Ride.
On 22 March our Founding 50 riders will leave Taupo bound for the trip of a lifetime. From small beginnings come great things and in 2016 we will open the event to additional riders.

We have limited spaces left for next year’s Premier Ride, so if you would like to ride with our smaller group or just want to be one of the first 50 people to participate in Pedal the Plateau…sign up now!
Our ride includes six days in the saddle and a full rest day on the slopes of the Tongariro National Park World Heritage area. And you’ll sleep especially well those two nights at the famous Chateau Tongariro.
The entry fee of NZD $1975 includes eight nights of predominantly 4 star accommodation and three meals per day. You will also get to enjoy some of the many activities and attractions the stunning Central Plateau region offers along the way.  We look forward to hosting you on your bike in March!

It’s easy! All you need to do is click here or on the red button.
You’ll be taken straight to our registration page where you can submit your details and then make one simple credit card payment.
Or if you have any questions you’d like answered before registering, please drop us a line at

Only 20 weeks until we leave Taupo to begin the first ever Pedal the Plateau ride. Destined to become one of the world’s iconic rides we’ll travel through a stunning diversity of landscapes…from the Desert Road, to the gorgeous Whakapapa alpine village, to the beautiful shores of the Great Lake Taupo.
The ride is do-able for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness but with just over five months to go now is a good time to get on your bike and have a few practice rides!

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook!
Get all the latest news and tips about the course, and we’ll share plenty of photos and information about the places you’ll see along the way.
Click on the Facebook link to join us.

Enjoy a round of golf at New Zealand’s highest golf course!
There shouldn’t be any snow on the mountain in March, but the glorious scenery and the famous Chateau Tongariro will make a stunning backdrop to your leisurely round. Finish your day with a cold beer and some delicious food, then pop  across the road to the local pub for some live entertainment.

Something to add to your bucket list!
A day hike at World Heritage Tongariro National Park – well known as one of the top 10 single-day treks in the world. A great way to spend your ‘rest’ day next March. Not to be missed, this famous walk is easily booked with one of the experienced local operators.

Or for those who truly do want to rest…
Enjoy a delicious high tea at the Chateau Tongariro.
Or sit back, relax and enjoy a movie in the hotel cinema.

Got a puncture? Need some help along the way?
Our experienced bike mechanic will be on hand every day to assist you when required. This includes being available at all our base locations and lunch stops.  
Or just plain run out of steam? We will have a sag wagon ready to assist…

Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of the Great Lake Taupo.
Or grab some friends and a beverage and sit lakeside enjoying the stunning views on offer.

After a days riding, relax on the shores of Lake Taupo and enjoy a spot of fly fishing.
Or if you’re a morning person, there’s no better way to start the day than watching the sun rise while chasing the elusive rainbow trout.

Ride Ohakune’s Old Coach Road and visit the historic Hapuawhenua Viaduct.
Or wander through the charming Ohakune township, seeing the sights and enjoying the local hospitality.

Remember the Anzacs at the National Army Museum
2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle at Gallipoli, where the ANZAC’s (Australia New Zealand Army Corp) came into being.
Coinciding with Pedal the Plateau, the National Army Museum Te Mata Toa will be staging a number of stunning exhibitions centred on the campaigns of World War 1.
ANZAC troops in the trenches at Gallipoli by courtesy of the National Army Museum.

Have a long, hot soak.
After 7 days of riding there can be no better way to relax than in a rejuvenating thermal pool.

There are plenty of activities and things to do in the Central Plateau region!  Click below to find out more
What to do in Great Lake Taupo
Visit Ruapehu
Other biking trails to explore
Events happening in the region