The Tuatara 1000 is a 1000km journey through some of the best terrain in the deep south of New Zealand…


Date: February 25

Time: 8:00 am


Event Website

Organizer: Andy Chalmers


The Tuatara is an adventure bikepacking route that takes in central and coastal Southland while also exploring some Otago vistas. Many small towns are visited, gravel back roads explored and no doubt plenty of southern hospitality experienced.

The grand depart starts in Gore on the last Saturday in February, with two course options. The 1000 is around 1100km and the Tuatara Iti is 480km long. The Tuatara officially has a grand depart each even year, however due to community interest, there is a low key grand depart in the odd years too.