COURSE ONE: 4km walk/run + 7km bike
You will follow a loop course along a road, single-track walkway and streets of Tai Tapu. The terrain is flat. Start in front of the Tai Tapu Playcentre at the Community Hall. Go along old Tai Tapu Road, past the pub into the big gravel car park on the left. Cut down to the stream onto the Tai Tapu walkway. Follow the stream, keeping the stream on your right at all times. You will cross three stiles along the way. When you reach the stile into the churchyard, DO NOT cross this stile, but instead turn left and follow the fence alongside the churchyard with the church on your right until you reach the gate onto Old Tai Tapu Road. Cross the road here and turn right towards The Store cafe. Turn left at the cafe, following the main highway (but staying on the footpath). Cross School Rd, turn up the next road on your left (Michaels Rd, by the garage). Follow Michaels Rd (cross Forbes Rd on your left) until you get back to Old Tai Tapu Rd. Turn right, go past the Playcentre on your right, past the pub on your left and continue for another 600 metres until you get to the Domain on your left. Go under the archway, cross the bridge over the stream and turn left through the gateway into the grassed rugby field. This is where the transition to your bike will take place.
The bike route is an out-and-back course with some gentle undulations. From the Domain, go straight across Old Tai Tapu Rd onto Rhodes Rd. Follow Rhodes Rd past the Raspberry Cafe (on your right). Keep going around the Otahuna loop until the road becomes gravel. Turn around at this point and head back to the Domain on the same route. Turn left onto Old Tai Tapu Rd and cycle approximately 1 km to finish in front of the Playcentre.
COURSE TWO: 7km run + 15km bike
The running course follows the Otahuna loop along tarseal and gravel roads with some gentle undulations. Start in front of the Tai Tapu Playcentre. Run along Old Tai Tapu Rd for 1 km, passing the pub. Turn right onto Rhodes Rd (opposite the Domain entrance). Follow Rhodes Rd past the Raspberry Cafe (on your right). The road becomes Otahuna Rd and after 3.7 km the tarseal changes to a gravel road. Continue along for 600 m and then continue turn right onto Cossars Rd. It is 800 m back to Rhodes Rd, crossing a one-lane bridge and passing Cossars event venue along the way. Turn left onto Rhodes Rd and run for 100 m to the transition at the Tai Tapu Domain. Go under the archway, cross the bridge over the stream and turn left through the gateway into the rugby field. This is where the transition to your bike will take place.
The bike course is a flat out-and-back route. From the Domain turn left and ride along Old Tai Tapu Rd. Turn round on the long straight just before Rossendale winery. Return via the same road and finish in front of the Tai Tapu Playcentre.
PLEASE NOTE: all distances are approximate