WHAT IS THE ENTRY COST?
WHAT OPTIONS OF PAYMENT ARE AVAILABLE WHEN ENTERING?
Credit card. Visa and Master Card
IN REGARDS TO THE HELICOPTER FROM QUEENSTOWN TO THE START. AT WHAT POINT IS A DECISION MADE AS TO THE WEATHER AND IF THE CHOPPER CAN FLY? WOULD THERE STILL BE TIME TO DRIVE TO THE START IF THE WEATHER IS NOT SUITABLE FOR FLYING? IS THERE A REFUND OF THE $350 IF THIS HAPPENS?
The decision is made on the morning of the event. Fiordland is notoriously changeable and factors such as fog which can come in the valleys play a part. That said typically we have a pretty good idea the evening before the Classic. Also in case fog was a factor we have an alternate flight plan for heli-athletes and would get you as far in as possible flying in the Te Anau direction basically above Milford Road to a place 25 minute bus ride from the start. The race wouldn’t start without you. No fly no pay. Full refund. A full refund on the chopper is credited also to athletes forced to withdraw from the event.
WILL I NEED TRANSPORT?
Yes. Your various options are as follows.
Buses pick up and drop of at key points for key events over the Classic weekend. Buses run from:
Queenstown to Te Anau –
Travel Time: 2 Hours
Cost: $50 NZD.
Te Anau is where we all meet for the compulsory briefing the Friday (day before the Classic event).
Te Anau to the Divide –
Travel Time: 1½ Hours
Cost: $60 NZD
The Divide is at the start of the Routeburn Track and the event just off Milford Road.
Routeburn Shelter to Queenstown –
Travel Time: 2 Hours
Cost: $50 NZD
The Routeburn Shelter is the finish line and Queenstown is where the prize giving event happens and where your accommodation will be.
Helicopter flights are with the Helicopter Line departing from Queenstown the morning of the Routeburn Classic. (limited seats so be in quick.) No other flights are to be chartered for groups within the event. The Helicopter Line offer athletes the best fares and event management need to know who is on choppers and where they are for a number of logistical reasons.
Rental car and support crew
Your team drives you to each point mentioned above and then drives back around to the finish line. Round trip from Start to finish line is approximately : 5½ – 6 hours from the Divide (start) to the Routeburn Shelter (finish). Chances are a support crew who dropped you at the start would not be there to see you finish and as such you would not have any gear that travelled with them at the finish line either.
WHERE ARE THE AID STATIONS ON THE TRACK?
Aid stations are located at each of the major huts. Howden, McKenize and Falls hut. Here we will have drink, food, friendship or support if you will. There are other marshals out there with light supplies for those who require at various locations.
WHAT IS AVAILABLE AT AID STATIONS?
Water, Isofuel sports drink, lollies and first aid. Toilets. It is recommended that you carry other food and drink as per your individual needs. It is not a buffet at aid stations. Remember where you are, everything at aid station is carried in with Marshals plus there own survival and first aid equipment.
Mackenzie hut is where your compulsory gear is checked before you begin a mighty climb into the mountains. The rivers and streams you cross are all fresh mountain water. We drink from all of the rivers with good flow and have always lived to tell the story. Fortunately in Fiordland. Water is one thing that athletes do not lack.
WHAT IS AT THE FINISH LINE?
Number one, You will be at the finish line all going well. When you get there you can refuel with, water, Isofuel sports drink, Jazz Apples, Ems Power Cookie products and a complimentary BBQ snag. There is also a catering truck doing a large variety of food and hot drinks. A massage team will be on site to ease the tension as will Contact Energy with their big gas heaters. You can expect fan fare, cheering and group hugs. Good Times after a stand out mission in the hills and valleys.
HOW DO I GET MY GEAR FROM TE ANAU BACK TO QUEENSTOWN AND FROM THE START TO THE FINISH LINE?
Gear that you don’t need for your night or morning in Te Anau and would like at the finish line is to be clearly labelled with your name and phone number and leaved with the Outside Sports team when you register in either Te Anau or Queenstown.
Gear that you take to the start but don’t intend on taking with you on the Adventure Run can be leaved on the designated gear bus at the start line. This gear may NOT be at the finish line when you finish. You are a superior athlete and may well beat the bus to the finish thus a separate ‘finish line gear bag’ is a requirement. Again, finish line gear bags are labelled with your name and number and leaved with the Outside Sports Team when you register.
All gear will be at the finish line when the bus completes its round trip. Finish line and other gear bags will be in the athlete gear tent when you finish.
Anyone who does not collect gear bags at the finish line at the conclusion of the days activities can pick up from Outside Sports on Shotover Street in Queenstown on Sunday after 1pm.