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The PAK'nSAVE Explorer - Gisborne

This Event was held in Gisborne over Easter 2017

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WINNER of The Explorer 2017 RUN...   /   CLICK >>> RESULTS

First across the Line... Doug Moore...Winner of The Explorer RUN Race 2017

First Woman across the Line... Michelle Rennie... The Explorer RUN Race 2017

And they are off Running... from Waipaoa River mouth to Wainui Beach via Waikanae Beach / Walkway / Kaiti Hill and out to Wainui Beach... Easter Sunday 2017.... afternoon started 1pm...


The leading three Runners set the pace as they run on Waikanae Beach in the early stage of the run...


WINNER... of The Explorer BIKE Race 2017  /  CLICK >>> RESULTS

WINNER of The Explorer BIKE Race 2017

Michael Greaves... Winner of The Explorer BIKE Race 2017


And they are off racing...

Please Note - a variation in the actual advertised route - owing to the effects of Cyclone Cook.

The START - exiting The Marina .... heading for Whangara...

The TWO lead riders now back from Whagara and heading North up Ormond Road

 First group of chasing riders heading North up Ormond Road...

Second chase group heading North up Ormond Road...


Gisborne's Wa165 Vintage Steam Train

Please Note: Due to unforseen circumstances the Wa165 Train Ride is not now an option to get to the Startline - when Entering for the "RUN/WALK" Participants will need to have someone drop you out at the Waiapoa River Mouth - end of Centennial Marine Drive.

CLICK here to ENTER The PAK'nSAVE Explorere Event

CLICK here for BIKE Briefing      CLICK here for FAQ's      CLICK here for RUN / WALK Briefing

                               The challenge is on - register to enter and be part of this exicing new RUN or RIDE on Easter weekend 2017

Waiohika Estate is the official Accommodation provider for The PAK'nSAVE Explorer Event

Waiohika Estate is the the official Accommodation provider of The PAK'nSAVE Explorer. Bring your family and Friends to Gisborne and stay at Finish Line of The Explorer this Easter. The Venue will be hosting the prize giving and you will have the convenience to refresh each day for the weekend of events with all the other competitors and spectators.

Waiohika is a large country Estate based in Gisborne NZ that accommodates up to 14 people as a B'nB and Camping up to 200 + people.

Look forward to Having you to stay 


CLICK on the following MAPS to OPEN a comprehensive PDF (1.75mb) with route explanation / maps and LINKS to RIDEwithGPS for both the RUN & BIKE

 The PAK'nSAVE Explorer BIKE Course - Saturday 15th April 2017
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The Explorer Bike - Total Distance 135.5 km


STAGE ONE - 53.5 km

Starting from Marina Park, corner Vogel Street & Ormond Road, proceed across the William Petty Bridge then continue on Rutene Road until you merge Left onto Wainui Road (SH35). Continue up the East Coast via Tatapouri, Turihaua, Pouawa and Whangara until you are directed by Traffic Management - turning competitors Right onto Wharf Road before Tolaga Bay, then proceed to the Tolaga Bay Wharf Car Park.

( Road Bike. )


STAGE TWO - 30 km

From the Tolaga Bay Wharf Car Park - via Wharf Road return back to Whangara Road (SH35) turning Right then continue on (approx.2km) taking a Left turn into Tauwhereparae Road. Continue via The Five Bridges until you reach the end of Stage 2 situated at Hokoroa Road Corner / Change Over.

Event Director recommends the use of a Road bike to the bottom of the Tauwharepare Hill (approx. first 20 km - this point will be marshalled).

From this point, climbing - continue on up to the Hokoroa Corner / Change Over (12.2 km).

Note: Either a Cross Bike or Mountain Bike will be required due to extremely heavy gravel and in places significant pot holes on this road.



From the Hokoroa Road Corner / Change Over - Cycling South West - at approx. 104.5 km Hokoroa Road becomes Waimata Valley Road - cycling on and descending Waimata Valley Hill where you will be marshalled into Waiohika Estate by taking their Second road Entrance to the Right at 135km and proceed directly 500 meters to the Finish.

( Either Mountain or Cross Bike required. )

 The PAK'nSAVE Explorer RUN Course  - Sunday 16th April 2017
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Trail Run - Total Distance 20 km


STAGE ONE - 6.50 km

Running from the Start Line situated on the Waipaoa River Bank near to the road end. Past the river mouth and along the beach heading back towards the city. Exiting the beach at the Navigation Beacon access. Turn Right onto Centennial Marine Parade 400 meters to complete Stage One.


STAGE TWO - 4.25 km

Continue along Centennial Marine Parade Drive and turn Right onto the Oneroa Walkway. Continue running the entire length of the walkway exiting it at Reads Quay. Turn Right onto the Gladstone Road Bridge. After crossing the bridge veer Right into The Esplanade (past the Tatapouri Fishing Club) Note: your next turn is Left into lower Crawford Road, completing Stage Two beside the Mudge Logger's Mural.


STAGE THREE - 6.25 km

Leaving Mudge Loggers Mural up onto Rakaiatane Road (Kaiti Beach Road) - turn Right continue towards the Cone of Vision. On instruction from a marshal you will cross the road. Taking the main trail up Kaiti Hill / Titirangi where you will exit this first part of Stage Three at the lower carpark on Queens Drive.

Turn Right onto Queen's Drive keeping to the Righthand side of the road you will continue up and over the summit of Kaiti Hill / Titirangi continuing on down. Turn Left into Endcliffe Road, follow on down and turn Right onto Wainui Road (SH35). Keeping well to the Righthand side of the road continue on to the end of Stage Three situated at the Sponge Bay (SH35) intersection.


STAGE FOUR - 3.00 km

Leaving Sponge Bay (SH35) intersection run the full length of the Wainui Cycle/Walkway turning Right into Oneroa Road Left into Wairere Road finishing directly into the Lysnar Reserve which is situated opposite the Wainui Beach Surf Club beneath the Hamanatua Bridge, Wainui Beach, completing the event.

On the RUN you will pass this Mudge Mural on the Triathlon Club

On the RUN you will pass the Mudge Murals on the Triathlon Club building

On the RUN you will pass this Mudge Mural of the Old Post Office

 On the RUN you pass the Mudge Murals of the Old Post Office - on Riverbank opposite Wharf

Complete Stage 2 of the RUN beside the Mudge Forestry Mural

 Complete Stage 2 of the RUN - beside the Mudge Forestry Mural in lower Crawford Road.

   “The Explorer Bunny Run”

   We are delighted to let you know Easter Bunny is going to join our Sunday run/walk on 16th April 2017

  Whitakers Chocolate has come on board as a sponsor of this fun run for kids.

   A gold coin donation is all it takes for you to enter this run.

We are organising this fun event in conjunction with

      The Explorer run/walk on the 16th April – Easter Sunday.

Kids grab Mum or Dad or both; grab your brother’s sisters and friends and be out at the Wainui Store by 3:15pm on Sunday 16 April – Easter Sunday.

A walk from the Wainui Store to the beach and a short run along the beach to the Surf Club with lots of Easter egg giveaways along the way will be such fun.

Life guards will be spaced along the beach for security even though low tide is at 3:15pm.


Our thanks to all our Sponsors

Black Fig
TMS Sport Promotions ltd.
Whitttakers Chocolate
Avantiplus maintrax
Bayleys Real Estate

The Gisborne Herald

The HITS 90.9 Radio
Portside Hotel Gisborne
GDC - Zero Waste Event
World Travellers - Elliott Travel Gisborne
Newstalk ZB
Tairawhiti Roads
MOTU Trails
Tourism Eastland

The following section is the PAK'nSAVE Explorer BIKE Briefing

To download as a PDF just CLICK here >>  PAK'nSAVE Explorer BIKE Briefing

The following section is the PAK'nSAVE Explorer RUN Briefing