Napier Port Harbour to Hills Multisport Festival this weekend



The Napier Port Harbour to Hills is a destination triathlon set in the picturesque Hawke’s Bay region.  Now in its fourth year, the event has expanded into a two-day multisport festival that will take place over the weekend of Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th of January, involving over 350 participants.

For 2020, the festival will include two national championship events: the Suzuki Aquathlon National Championships (1km swim, 5km run) and Suzuki Aqua Bike National Championships (2km swim, 125km bike - Sunday 26 January). These events are for qualifying to represent New Zealand at the ITU Multisport World Championships in Almere, Netherlands.


Thanks to the generous support of Garth Barfoot and Triathlon New Zealand, the first overall male and female winners in the 2020 Aqua Bike National Championship race will receive flights and accommodation subsidies at the 2020 World Championships. Conditional of Tri NZ Team selection & eligibility.

In addition to these events are the Napier Port Ocean Swims (Kids Give it a Go 300m; and 1km and 2km distances) and the feature event the Napier Port Harbour to Hills Middle Distance Triathlon.


Starting with a sheltered 2km Pacific Ocean swim from the beach at Perfume Point with the Mahia Peninsula and Napier Port as its backdrop, athletes will then head-out on a 95km bike which begins with views of Cape Kidnappers to the left before heading inland and around the stunning Tuki Tuki valley. The event then concludes with a 21.1km run along the Rotary Pathway and Marine Parade featuring many of Napier’s iconic attractions including Pania of the Reef, Veronica Sunbay, Napier Soundshell, Sunken Gardens, Millennial Arch Sculpture and Spirit of Napier.


Run by Triathlon Hawke’s Bay with the support of Napier City Council and Triathlon New Zealand, the Napier Port Harbour to Hills Multisport Festival offers an event for everyone, with all athletes receiving amazing support throughout the course with aid stations and assistance if required and an event village packed with entertainment and complimentary food for all finishers.