Stage 8 – Bike


Stage 8 – Mt Owen

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Start

Owen Valley

Finish

Tui

Distance

35km

Ascent / Descent

+2280m / -2313m

Estimated Fast Time

16hrs

Estimated Slow Time

23hrs
This is Lord of the Rings Country. No surprises that the scenery of this stage features heavily in the films – it’s absolutely unique in New Zealand and, frankly, stunning. Teams depart the Owen Valley and follow the track, making a number of river crossings along the way. The first CP is below Sunrise Peak, which provides a steep scramble to the top. From here it’s breathtaking rock hopping along the limestone kaast to reach the lofty summit of Mt Owen. The views from the top are sensational. Teams will have to be very careful to avoid the holes and cracks that abound this area. Route finding in the dark will be tough. The route to Granity Hut is straight forward enough but difficulties lie ahead for those trying to connect to the less travelled Lookout Range.
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