Motatapu Triathlon – Lake Wanaka

Motatapu Triathlete swimming through glassy Lake Wanaka

I was asked to shoot the Motatapu Triathlon on Saturday, by race organisers Iconic Adventures. This is the first ever triathlon held as part of the massive Motatapu Race, which thousands of cross country mountain bikers and runners compete in each year, through a stunning piece of private land from the shores of Lake Wanaka through to Arrowtown, near Queenstown.

The triathlete option was open to a very limited number of people, as it was the first year of running. The race started with a 2km swim in Lake Wanaka at the stunning glassy Glendhu Bay, followed by a 47km cross country mountain bike ride through the Motatapu to Arrowtown, finishing up with a 15km run on the Miners Trail…. I shot photos of them doing their swim, as well as the 2000 mountain bikers leaving for the race. Just thought I would show you a few photos…

Triathletes getting ready

Warming up…

Er… what way was it??

And they’re off!!!


Ever wanted to go on a bike ride with 2000 others?