Two Scenic New Zealand Races for the Spring Travel Season

Cycling in Marlborough // Photo by Mike Heydon 

This spring, New Zealand has two exciting events active Millennials will want to mark on their calendars. 

Whether your preferred method of exploration involves two feet or two wheels, these New Zealand events will provide not just a thrilling adventure, but also impressive scenery and food and wine experiences to share with friends and family back home. 

Marlborough's Forrest Graperide

The Forrest Graperide in Marlborough will be back on Saturday, April 2.

Set in the heart of the growing region of Marlborough, this nearly 63-mile-course starts and finishes at the winery of Forrest Wines, Renwick.

Renowned as New Zealand's largest wine-growing region, Marlborough offers cyclists and supporters a number of activities to create a memorable trip.

Millennials can visit the charming seaport of Havelock, known as the Greenshell Mussel capital of the world, where visitors can try this local delicacy at any number of local cafes or aboard the Greenshell Mussel Cruise.

Clients can also take a wine tour with one of the area's local wine trail operators, providing a popular way to see and sample what Marlborough has to offer, be it by car, coach, or bicycle and explore the Mikhail Lermontov, one of the largest and most accessible diveable wrecks in the world.

Inaugural Air New Zealand Hawke's Bay International Marathon

On May 14, the Air New Zealand Hawke's Bay International Marathon will make its debut with a route that will pass through local cycle trails, vineyards, olive groves and quiet country roads before finishing at the impressive Sileni Estates Winery to celebrate in style. 

Runners will have their pick of running a full-marathon, half-marathon, 10K or 3K kid's run. After the race, competitors and spectators alike will be able to enjoy all that Hawke's Bay has to offer.