Below you will find all the details you need to know about being on the Dirtbag package. This page will continually get updated as we draw closer to the event

What you will see over the next 5 months on this page:



  • Find below details and ideas for accommodation and how each day will look

  • 1 to 2 weeks prior you will receive your full info guide on where to meet each day, address, maps, schedule etc.  This can't be sent out any earlier than this, as its blind racing and we can't 'leak' the courses and trails for each day ;)








All the riders will be arriving at Castle Hill Village (Village Green - Community Hall) at Craigeburn the afternoon of Saturday Feb 15th.  Registration will be there from 1pm. You can choose to come along sometime in the afternoon to register and have some beers as everyone arrives from Christchurch, or come register that night at the mandatory briefing.

There is a MANDATORY rider briefing at Castle Hill Village (exact location to be confirmed) at Approx 7.30pm 





Feb 15th and 16th we will be racing in the Craigieburn area.  The only option for accommodation in this area for you guys is to camp at the Craigieburn Campground, no showers and very basic set up or to book a house at Castle Hill where half our team will also be staying and is our venue hub. Use this site "Castle Hill Village Holiday Houses " to find the best option on rental houses.  


Feb 16th to Feb 22 we will be at Pinewood Lodge in Queenstown. So you can try and book a place there if they have anything left but am pretty sure its all booked up. Just above that is Reaver's lodge with private room and dorm room facilities.  Alternatively, there is Top 10 campground down the road and the main Queenstown campground about 500m's away closer to the base of the Gondola. You might be able to pull a van up in the parking lots at Pinewood if you are van camping. 



DAY 1:

Dirtbag package doesn't include any shuttles or transport to the start of the race location each day, but we will aim to help you out on day 1 and 2.  Meet at Castle Hill Village. We will shuttle you to the start and you will finish back where you you park your vehicle at Castle Hill.  Todays course starts 15 mins up the road and finishes at Castle Hill Village.


DAY 2:


At this point we might be starting and finishing at the same location, but still to be confirmed. We then travel to Queenstown in the afternoon - a long 6hr drive of which you guys drive yourselves



DAY 3:


Today you will need to sort out someone dropping you at the start or work with others on the dirtbag package to do a vehicle retrieval at end of day.  Its a pretty easy retrieval but will take about 15mins.  Starting at Coronet Peak Lodge and finishing at the valley bottom.


DAY 4: 


Today we ride at Cardrona Bike Park area.  We start up at the bike park where the lifts are and finish down at the valley bottom, so you will need to work out retrieving your vehicle from the top at the end of the day


DAY 5:

Today we ride in Alexandra.  We start up in the hills and finish in town and will be about a 20mins round trip to go grab your vehicle at the end of the day.


DAY 6:

We finish and start at the same location in Queenstown, so this is an easy day!.