Fiordland Lobster Eglinton Challenge - event information

Fiordland Lobster Eglinton Challenge - event information



Entries for the 2022 event will close at 5.00pm on Thursday 17th February 2022.

Entry form

Entry Fees

Regular Entry: Monday 1st November 2021 – Sunday 6th February 2022

  • Individual Eglinton Challenge    $75.00
  • Junior (U19) Individual Eglinton Challenge   $60.00
  • E-bike section   $75.00

Late Entry Fees: Monday 7th February  – 5.00pm Thursday 17th February 2022

  • Individual Eglinton Challenge   $85.00
  • Junior (U19) Individual Eglinton Challenge   $65.00
  • E-bike section   $85.00

Race Categories

Note: The minimum age to enter the Eglinton Challenge is 16 years of age on race day.

Competitor numbers

Competitor numbers for the Eglinton Challenge will be limited to 65 riders.

Refund policy

  • In the event of a change of route, cancellation of the event due to any act beyond the power of the organisers, or dissatisfaction, the organisers are under no obligation to refund fees paid.
  • There will be no fee refunds for non-use of entry.
  • Withdrawals before 24th December 2021 will receive a 50% refund
  • Withdrawals from 25th December 2021 will receive no refund.
  • No refunds will be granted should the event be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions or other circumstances. Paid entry fees will be transferred to the following year.
  • What if the event cannot take place on Saturday 19 February 2022, for reasons relating to the Covid-19 Pandemic?     Where possible, the event will be rescheduled.  If this happens all registered athletes will have their race registration moved to the new date. We will provide as much notice as we can.
  • What if I can’t make the date that the event has been rescheduled to?   Arrangements will be made, via email, for entrants to receive a 60% refund. 

Competitor Transport

While your Fiordland Lobster Eglinton Challenge entry fee does not include transport to the start of the race, we do offer a competitor and bike transport service for the event. Pre-event transport to the start of the Eglinton Challenge at Knobs Flat needs to be indicated in the online entry process. The cost for this service is $25 per person.

Departure is from Meridian Marquee, where you registered previously.


Getting to the start line

Knobs Flat Tourist Facility is 65kms from Te Anau and the location of the Fiordland Lobster Eglinton Challenge start. (see on Google maps)

Click here to download a map of the Knobs Flat parking and start areas.

Driving to Knobs Flat will take approximately 1 hour from Te Anau.

Upon arrival at Knobs Flat please follow the directions of traffic marshals, as to where to park or drop off competitors.

Start Time

Note: Our new start time is 1.45pm.

This is timed for when the majority of tourists will be out on their 12.30 Milford Sound launch cruises, giving riders relatively empty roads back to Te Anau.


Registration will take place in the Meridian event marquee in Lions Park on Mokonui St, Te Anau.

  • Friday 18th Feb: between 6.30pm – 8.00pm
  • Saturday 19th Feb: between 7.30am -  11.30am

Race briefing

A short, compulsory race briefing will be held immediately prior to the start, adjacent to the start line of the Eglinton Challenge. The briefing contains important safety information that you need.


Course Overview

  • Total Length: 60km
  • Starting Elevation: 360m above sea level
  • Highest Elevation: 300m above sea level Ending Elevation: 220m above sea level at Finish in Te Anau
  • Distance Markers: Every 10km until 10km to go, then 5km, 3km, 1km to the Finish.

Course Description

The Fiordland Lobster Eglinton Challenge is a readily achievable recreational ride.

Riders follow the Eglinton Valley (downstream), with a net drop from an altitude of 360 metres at Knobs Flat to 220 metres above sea level at the Te Anau finish. The only climb of significance is out of the Retford Stream Valley onto the Te Anau Downs which is 70 metres over 1.5km (35kms to go).

Oncoming Vehicles

As there are no road closures on the course normal road rules apply throughout the duration of the event. Emergency vehicles and race officials will be constantly moving around the main bunches so keep any eye out for oncoming vehicles at any time.

Nutrition and Dehydration

You are responsible for your own fuel. There will be 2 aid stations along the course, but make sure you stay hydrated and keep nutrition levels up throughout the course.

Care in the National Park

The first 80kms of the event is through the Fiordland National Park. We are required to leave the National Park as we found it so would greatly appreciate all riders and supporters removing their own rubbish. Drink bottle drop-zones will be indicated immediately before and after each of the aid station. Here, drink bottles can be ditched in the water-table alongside the road. Littering the course may jeopardise the future of this race so please take out what you bring in.


The Milford Mountain Classics three sub-events all finish along the Lakefront – opposite Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas premises, Southern Discoveries and The Moose Restaurant and Bar.

The Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villa’s sloping lawns make an ideal vantage point.


We recommend supporters and spectators park at the Lakefront end of Town Centre (i.e. the “Main Street)”, or further along past the Town Centre Roundabout to the West.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

Click here to view the terms and conditions of entry:

Terms and conditions

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