​Enjoy the crisp clean air and green pastures that make NZ 100% pure! Beautiful Wanaka, the iconic Crown Range, crystal blue mountain lakes, green rolling hills, the famous Kiwi hospitality and the chance to ride alongside Australia’s first Yellow Jersey – Phil “Skippy” Anderson. Join us for this amazing experience riding through the South Island’s stunning scenery with a Tour de France Legend while you raise vital funds for cancer research at Mater.

It’s a life affirming experience and we want you to be part of it.

The details

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Fundraising goal

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$5000 for cancer research at Mater 16 MAR – 20 MAR 2020 $1795*

*Payment plans available. Contact Christian Killeen smiddy@mater.org.au or 1800 440 155

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Our events are safe, fun and professionally run by a team of dedicated and experienced cycling event operators.

You pedal and we do the rest.

As part of your registration fee we take care of all your accommodation and meal requirements; we have experienced front, rear and mechanic support vehicle drivers supporting the peloton; experienced ride leaders within the group; UHF communications between support vehicles and ride leaders; a full catering crew; and daily laundry and luggage transfer

Training and Fundraising Support

We're passionate cyclists committed to our cause of funding cancer research. We'll be there every step of the way to assist you with both the physical and fundraising preparations needed to take on the 2020 New Zealand Smiddy Challenge.

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DAY 1 – Lake Wanaka to Wedderburn – 154 km

The ride begins on the banks of Lake Wanaka with the course out of town following the stunning gorges and sparkling rivers through the historic gold mining villages. A great chance to get to know your fellow riders and enjoy the snow-capped mountains surrounding this region.

DAY 2 – Wedderburn to Oamaru – 160 km

We start the day rolling through lush farmlands and quaint villages. This will be a challenging day with early climbs but rewarded with delightful descents, rugged coastal plains and untouched coastlines as we arrive in Oamaru.

DAY 3 – Oamaru to Timaru – 139 km

A shorter day on paper but still very challenging, with early climbs to warm up the legs taking you through country lanes and winding backroads then back to coastal villages before arriving in beautiful Timaru.

DAY 4 – Timaru to Mt Hutt – 146 km

Today you venture further inland through the Canterbury Plains tracking upwards towards the winter playgrounds of Mt Hutt, with many off bike attractions, maybe a chance for a jet boat ride, game of golf or just take in the scenery of the snow-capped mountains.

DAY 5 – Mt Hutt to Christchurch – 123 km

Home stretch! An opportunity to open up the legs a bit as the road trends down off the foothills back towards Christchurch, but it’s not all smooth sailing as we swing by Lyttelton Harbour and up over the famous Port Hills above Christchurch to give the legs a final test before finishing in Christchurch.

You’ve done it! 700 kilometres…5 days across stunning New Zealand locations challenging the mind and body. Now is your time to celebrate your achievements with new friends!

Meet our partners

Thank you to our partners. We couldn't do it without you!

The Mater Foundation is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 96723184640.