Course Info


Course Overview

The Pioneer starts and finishes in the adventure capital of the world – Queenstown, New Zealand. In-between is six incredible days of racing which link together the best back country riding in the South Island.

The course boasts plenty of single track and will deliver a grand tour of the most stunning backdrops you could ask for. You will be sent deep into remote back country New Zealand, where you will really discover what it means to be a Pioneer.

Many of the trails cross private land and can only be ridden while racing The Pioneer, so it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain access to best riding in New Zealand. Expect big scenery and big climbs as you ascend tussock covered hills, traverse mountain ranges, explore secluded valleys and revive the spirit the original pioneers.  

Terrain will vary each day, but includes a mix of local trails, farm track, NZ Cycle Trails and single track – so be prepared to really see what you, your team mate and your bike are really made of. Overall, the course is non-technical so a good set of lungs will be your most important asset.

The course is marked, navigation skills are not required, and you will pass several check points and aid stations to keep you on-track and well looked after. Each day’s racing finishes in a host-town with local hospitality on offer, ensuring each stage is unique and enjoyable. To cap it all off you will finish back in Queenstown, an amazing place to celebrate achieving something truly epic!

Each stage is between 49km - 103km, with between 1,900 - 2,800m climbing.

The full Pioneer 6 Day Epic 2018 course will be revealed in early November 2017, so please check back soon!

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4WD/Farm Track

The Pioneer Terrain Summary 4WD 2

Typically formed for 4WD vehicles on farm properties, these tracks are largely comfortable surface track with some grass, rocks and ruts.


Cycle Trail/Single Track

The Pioneer Terrain Summary Cycle 2

Cycle Trails are purpose built and are a smaller version of a gravel road, with smooth hard packed riding surface.

Single Track are purpose built trails to allow the rider to enjoy berms, with fast and flowy corners. Generally a hard packed dirt surface.


Gravel Road

The Pioneer Terrain Summary Gravel 2

This is a standard gravel road, generally smooth with small aggregate used on the surface.


Sealed Road

3 day terrain sealed 2

A standard road with bitumen seal which creates a smooth and fast low friction surface.