Biking Events in Porirua City

This page describes the various biking events held in Porirua City each year.

Porirua Grand Traverse

The focus of this iconic Porirua Grand Traverse (PGT) multisport event is to promote all-participation. With 5 different event options to choose from, there is something for everyone:

  • Muster up the courage to do the solo off road multisport (kayak, bike, run) or duathlon (skip the kayak) or team up with your mates;
  • You can do the mountainbike (MTB) only;
  • Or the mountain run (MT Run) only;
  • Or join in for the more achievable Arena Fitness fun run/walk;
  • There’s even a youth challenge for the young multisporters in making.

A fun day out for the whole family!

Porirua Grand Traverse - mountain bikers.

Media Release 23 December 2016

The Porirua Grand Traverse continues to stake a claim among the country’s best multi-sport events.

This year’s 11th annual Porirua Grand Traverse is scheduled for Sunday 2 April and the array of events is backed up by the event’s tagline: “All Ages, All Abilities, All Amazing”.

The popular event boasts something for everyone from weekend runners and walkers to schools and skilled endurance enthusiasts.

Based at Whitireia Polytechnic campus, the traditional multi-sport race involves a 10km kayak, 24km mountain bike and 18km mountain run, either solo or in a team. In recent years organisers have also introduced races in each discipline for those who want to just kayak, mountain bike or run.

The event includes the Arena Fitness 7.5km Fun Run/Walk, which attracts some 400 people for a superbly scenic run or walk – it’s perfect for a family Sunday outing.

The annual Schools Challenge is a highlight within the Fun Run/Walk. Who will be the fittest learning centre? Prizes for the annual schools’ competition are impressive!

The event has attracted some 800 participants in recent years and organisers hope to hit 1,000 for the first time in 2017.

Mayor Mike Tana is part of a team taking part in the event. He’s doing the cycle leg of the multi-sport race “as a personal challenge from a fitness perspective”.  But as he points out, the Porirua Grand Traverse is more than just a race.

“This event is unique for Porirua. As well as bringing visitors to the city it promotes the region’s superb natural environment, provides a fitness focus for locals, along with donations to community groups to help out with marshalling. So everything about the Porirua Grand Traverse directly benefits Porirua. That’s what all events should hope to do.”

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Aotearoa Bike Challenge, 1-28 February 2017

Join the Aotearoa Bike Challenge!

A fun, free challenge to encourage you and your colleagues to experience first hand joys and benefits of riding a bike.  Win some great prizes and encourage all your friends to give bicycling a try.