Rules and Terms & Conditions

English is the official language of the Kathmandu Coast to Coast.

All competitors must have an email address.

The Coast to Coast is a registered brandmark of Ultimate Event Productions Limited.

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Terms and Conditions

Each competitor must agree to abide by the rules of the competition, display the Event stickers on their equipment, wear the competitors bib throughout the event and allow the Event, officials and sponsors to use images, photographs, video and film footage taken during the event to advertise their products or to promote the event, at no cost to the Event or sponsors and accept emails from the Event of sponsors regarding their services.

Each competitor understands that participation in this competition is at their own risk and must accept full responsibility for their wellbeing during the event. Participation in the Coast to Coast implies the user knows unmarked hazards exist and interaction with people outside the control of Ultimate Event Productions Limited will result.

The competitor assumes all risk of personal injury, property loss and damage. 

Misconduct in the opinion of Ultimate Event Productions Limited management and staff may result in entry revocation without refund. 

The competitor agrees to the rules, regulations and directions express or implied of Ultimate Event Productions Limited. A breach of these Terms & Conditions may result in the withdrawal of their Entry and any benefits thereof.

Limited Entries

Entries for the 2020 Coast to Coast are limited to 850, open midday 10 February 2019 and normal entries close on 6 January 2020 at which time entries will be subject to late fees if entries are available.

Subject to availability, late entries will be accepted up until 27 January 2020. No entries will be accepted after 27 January 2020. Late entries will be subject to late fees of:

Individuals $150.00 per person
2 person relay team $200.00 per team
2 person tandem team $200.00 per team
3 person relay team $250.00 per team
Mountain Run $50.00 per person

The first 250 full race entries (excludes mountain run and school entries) are eligible for the Early Bird discount entry fee price. 

Anybody can enter the One Day event but we highly discourage first timers in doing so unless they have extensive high-level multisport experience (see Cut-off Times). Avoid disappointment and get your entry in early.

Purchase Terms and Conditions

The entry is valid only for the event for which it was purchased.

The entry is personal to the named purchaser/competitor and is non-transferrable.

Full payment of your Entry Fee must be made within 7 days of your entry being created or entry will be withdrawn (excludes installment plan purchases, see below for details). Any unpaid entries will not be able to collect registration items (bibs, stickers, race packs etc) until full payment has been received.

All amounts stated on this website are inclusive of 15% GST and are in New Zealand Dollars (unless stated otherwise).

If entrant has selected pay by international transfer all bank fees (send and receiver bank) are payable by the entrant.


Entries received between the opening of the registration system on 10 February 2019 and 30 June 2019 are eligible for payment by installments. By selecting to make payment by the instalment option, the customer hereby agrees to immediate payment of a non-refundable deposit of $129 (includes $99 entry fee deposit and $30 instalment administration fee) to secure their entry and the instalment payment plan option.

By 30 June 2019 the customer agrees to set up a direct debit into the bank account of Ultimate Event Productions for payment of the remaining balance due via 4 equal instalments on the dates specified below:

  • 1 July 2019
  • 1 August 2019
  • 1 September 2019
  • 1 October 2019

Instalments will incur a $30 instalment administration fee, payable in full in the first payment on confirmation of your registration.

Only Entry Fees can be paid for in instalments, with all add-ons such as meals, pre-race transport, photos and cancellation insurance to be paid for in full immediately at time of purchase.

Instalments can only be paid directly into our bank account, with all bank fees to do so being paid for by the competitor.

You will receive an email a one week prior to each instalment reminding you that payment of your next instalment is due into our bank account. If you do not pay by the due date, you will have 5 days to make payment, or Ultimate Event Productions Limited reserves the right to charge you a cancellation fee of $30 for each late instalment payment and reserves the right remove your entry into the race until full payment is made.

Ultimate Event Productions Limited is not responsible for failure by the customer to make payment on the due date for any reason.

Full payment of all installments must be received by 7 October 2019 to confirm your eligibility to compete in the Coast to Coast.

Cancellation Insurance

Cancellation Insurance, if taken out, will provide a full refund of the Entry Fee (excluding credit card transaction fees, if on installment the non-refundable deposit and if withdrawing after 1 November 2019 less a $35 fee for the personalised bib) if the competitor suffers an injury, medical emergency or bereavement that limits or prohibits their involvement with the event. All applicants for a refund must contact us as soon as practical and submit appropriate supporting documentation regarding the injury or loss (Doctors certificate etc) and completed withdrawal form. Refunds can be applied for up to 10 days after the Coast to Coast has taken place as long as the injury, medical emergency or bereavement that limits or prohibits their involvement with the Coast to Coast took place prior to the Coast to Coast start.

Cancellation Insurance can only be purchased at the same time as the purchase of your Entry Fee into the event and cannot be used to refund an Entry fee transferred from previous years.

Refunds extend only to the value of the Entry Fee purchased and do not cover any ancillary or other associated costs. The Cancellation Insurance fee is regarded as an ancillary cost. Refunds will be made to the credit card/bank account used to purchase the entry fee and the registration will be cancelled.

Note: Cancellation Insurance will not cover refunds for change of mind or everyday circumstance.

The Cancellation Insurance fees are:

Individuals $50.00 per person
2 person Relay Team $75.00 per team
2 person Tandem Team $100.00 per team
3 person Relay Team $100.00 per team
Mountain Run $25.00 per person

Withdrawals & Refunds

If Cancellation Insurance has been purchased, you will receive a full refund of your Entry Fee (exclusive of ancillary and other associated costs such as instalment administration fees and if withdrawing after 1 November 2019 less a $35 fee for the personalised bib).

If Cancellation Insurance has not been purchased, your refund will be determined by the date at which you notified us in writing of your intention to cancel your entry. 

If you have paid by installments, the cancellation fee will be deducted from the Entry Fee instalments you have made up to the cancellation notification date. If there is a shortfall, the balance owing to Coast to Coast will be deducted from the credit card you have previously provided for instalments.

The below sets out the relevant dates, cancellation fees and refunds for standard fees:

Cancel before 30 September 2019 and receive a 75% refund of the entry fee paid

Cancel between 1 October 2019 and 5 January 2020 and receive a 50% refund of the entry fee paid

Cancel after 6 January 2020 receive a 0% refund of the entry fee paid

Meals 100% refund until 6 Jan 2020
Pre-Race Transport 100% refund until 6 Jan 2020
Photos 100% refund until 20 Jan 2020
Cancellation Insurance Non Refundable
Instalment Administration Fee Non Refundable
Credit Card Fees Non Refundable
Late Entry Fees Non Refundable

Transfer to 2021 Event

Your intention to transfer your entry fee or part of to the following year must be received in writing at by 6th of January 2020. Entries that are on the instalment plan are not eligible for transfer, unless full payment for the entry has been received. Entries from 2020 event can not be transferred to any other event but 2021. Transferred amounts are non-refundable, regardless of whether you buy cancellation insurance for 2021 event. 50% of the entry fee paid can be transferred to the 2021 event, 50% of the entry fee is forfeited.

Transferred entries will be supplied a discount code within 2 weeks of entries opening. The code must be redeemed no later than 30th June 2020. If code is not redeemed by this date, the athlete will no longer be able to use the transferred amount.

Transfers between participants are not permitted.

Changes to your Registration

All changes to your registration after 1 November 2019 will incur a $30 administration fee and $35 fee for bib replacement if you are changing category and require a different bib. If you wish to change between events that have a different entry fee price the difference in price must be paid by the competitor. Team member changes after 1 November 2019 will incur a $30 administration fee per change. If the number of team member changes means no one from the original team is still in the team then the team must be withdrawn as per the withdraw policy.

Please ensure your registration details are correct at time of entry.

Late submission of kayak certificates or waivers

All kayak certificates or kayak waivers must be submitted by 6 January 2020 unless you are making a late entry. Kayak certificates or waivers received after this date will incur a $50 administration fee.

Replacement Team Members

Teams wishing to replace a team member are able to. They must contact us to advise us of their request to do so and the replacement team member needs to complete the online entry form before 6 January 2020. Team member changes after 1 November 2019 will incur a $30 administration fee

Cancellation due to Force Majeure

Should the Coast to Coast have to be cancelled due to force majeure, there will be no refund of entry fee. Right of entry reserved. 

Confirmation of Entry

A confirmation of entry is available for printing at the completion of the online registration process and will be sent to each competitor via email. 


The customer consents to Ultimate Event Productions Limited making disclosures required by the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act 2003 in an electronic form, by means of email. The customer's email address for this purpose is the email address they have supplied on their Registration Form.

Age Limit

The minimum age for One-day (Longest Day) competitors is 18 years of age at 8th February 2020.
The minimum age for the Two-day individual event is 16 years of age at 7th February 2020.
The minimum age for the two person team and tandem sections is 15 years of age at 7th February 2020.
The minimum age for the two day three person teams event and Mountain running event is 14 years of age at 7th February 2020.

Competitors aged less than 18 years must have parents consent to participate in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. A consent document will be sent prior to race day receipt of entry.


You can compete in only one event and one section. You will be automatically be entered into the correct age bracket when entering online. If you are a Veteran (aged 40+) and want to compete in the Open section, you must make this clear to us in writing, otherwise you will be placed in the Veteran section. To be eligible for prize money you must enter the Elite section. There is no age bracket for Elite competitors and this section only applies to the One-day event. There is a Men's and Women's Elite section. If you are a Veteran (aged 40+) and want to compete in the Open section, you must make this clear to us in writing, otherwise you will be placed in the Veteran section.

Section changes cannot be made after registration closes at Kumara at 7pm on Thursday. An admin fee applies for any changes made within 2 weeks of the event.  

Relay teams of two competitors

Day One: Team member 1 will complete the 2.2km run and the 55km cycle, Team Member 2 will complete the 30.5km mountain run
Day Two: Team member 1 will complete the 15km cycle, 800m run and the 70km kayak, Team Member 2 will complete the 69.5km cycle

Team members can run down the finish chutes together at Klondyke Corner or New Brighton.

You can enter as a non-competitive team – in this case you may nominate which stages each of your team members will complete. Examples of this will include two person teams where one person completes the cycling legs and the other person completes the run and kayak, or a tandem team who wish to use their own double kayak. You will need to contact us to place an entry in a non-competitive/recreational category

Relay teams of three competitors

Team member 1 will complete the 30.5km mountain run
Team member 2 will complete the 70km kayak
Team member 3 will complete the three cycling sections (55km, 15km and 69.5km) and the four short runs (2.2km, 800m, 400m and 100m).

Note: Any member of the team can do the short runs but it is not possible for the mountain runner to do the first 2.2km run and still make the Aickens transition in time to start the Mountain Run due to the road closure.

Tandem teams

This category will comprise teams of two racing the entire course together, and will complete the kayaking stages using supplied double sea kayaks - Barracuda AR Duo's. (There are options to use your own – contact us for more information). Teams ride individual bikes, not tandems (contact us if you wish to use a tandem bike), and must stay in close proximity (50m) throughout the entire event. Time penalties will apply for those seen breaking the proximity rule.

You can push pull or tow each other throughout the course but please note you cannot tow each other when you are riding in a bunch (regardless of the size of the bunch) or where your tow rope / bungee cord will impede other competitors’ progress, such as on the narrow trails if others are trying to pass. Use your discretion and please be safe and considerate of the other competitors.

The Mountain Running Stage

It is a wilderness run. There are only two ways out, on foot or in a helicopter (which can only fly during daytime and in good weather). There are potential charges for non-emergency helicopter extractions of $500 NZD per person (including GST) if a special flight has to be undertaken.

There is a turn-a-round at Doreen Creek (Big Boulders) in the two-day event. Any athletes that have not passed this point by 2pm will have to return to the Deception Footbridge under their own steam - their support crew will be notified and will be able to collect them from this point.

It is the competitor's responsibility to have adequate skills to negotiate and avoid the hazards on the mountain running stage. The Otira, Deception, Mingha and Bealey Rivers are steep and bouldery and can change condition rapidly. Competitors must acquire adequate river crossing skills before they compete in the Coast to Coast.

It is absolutely forbidden for any competitor to run on railway lines (except when directly crossing them) or to run on the Bealey River railway bridge. Be aware trains are scheduled to be running during the event.

Hiking poles are not permitted on the mountain stage as they will obstruct other runners. At the Race Director’s discretion, he/she may allow people with injuries or disabilities to use them – this must be pre-authorised with the Race Director.

Guided training runs are only permitted with guides who have a concession from the Department of Conservation.

Mountain Running Stage spot checks

Over the years, a number of issues have been identified in the mountain section, and we have implemented some strategies to address them:

  • Pre-event gear checks will be offered at selected Kathmandu stores.
  • There will be full checks of all compulsory mountain equipment at Registration on Thursday or this can also be completed at Kathmandu stores within 3 weeks of the race. If not pre-checked, you will need to bring your mountain equipment to Registration.
  • Officials can randomly check competitor’s equipment anywhere on the mountain stage.
  • Officials will check all competitors’ equipment at Goat Pass (a sign 500m from Goat Pass will indicate items that will be checked).
  • Officials can check competitor’s gear at Klondyke Corner.
  • Officials will check competitor’s gear that appears to be suspect or less than the compulsory equipment.
  • Assistants must not remove competitor bibs or equipment until they have passed through the Klondyke timing point.
  • Anyone observed discarding compulsory equipment will be disqualified. Even if the weather is settled and warm at Aickens, the compulsory equipment must still be worn or carried (the weather change extremely fast).
  • If you have any concerns regarding your gear adhering to the rules, please seek clarification early.

Compulsory mountain equipment

Competitors must carry a daypack (not a bum bag) with the following equipment:

  • Thermal gloves and a thermal balaclava or hat
  • Waterproof jacket with a hood (seam sealed and constructed of a durable material)
  • Waterproof pants (seam sealed and constructed of a durable material) 
  • Long sleeved thermal base layer top (correctly sized)
  • Full length thermal base layer pants (correctly sized)
  • Long sleeved mid layer thermal top (with insulation properties of 220-280+ gsm, correctly sized)
  • Food and drink
  • First aid kit (which must contain a 1.5m long (un-stretched) roll of 5cm wide crepe bandage, a 5m long roll of 2cm wide strapping tape, 10 band aid strips, a triangular bandage, small scissors and 4 pain relief tablets - that can be used to treat pain in case of injury while help arrives - always follow directions for taking medications.
  • Any competitor specific medication (this must also be recorded in your entry so race medical staff are aware of any potential conditions or issues)
  • Foil survival bag (not a blanket)
  • Whistle attached to the outside of their pack or bib
  • Map or GPS track of the area if they have not been through the running stage before.

This clothing is in addition to what is being worn by the competitor when they enter the mountain stage. The daypack must be large enough to carry all compulsory items. In addition to a daypack, a bum bag may be worn to provide easier access to food and drink.

We allow synthetic, natural or composite thermal products. Cotton is unacceptable. Competitors should experiment for themselves with what best suits their needs for the activities and level of exercise they engage in. A compression garment is not a thermal garment.

Plastic disposable ponchos DO NOT meet the required standard of a waterproof jacket.


Running shoes (socks are highly recommended also) - the run is very rocky and you will cross the river numerous times. Choose a shoe with lots of contact surface - the soles with long high knobs can be very slippery on the rocks. There are not many muddy areas. Good drainage is also advised.

Given the distance and terrain, make sure your shoes will hold up to the run, have enough support and toe protection. If in doubt get in touch early for advice as to whether we think your shoes will be acceptable. Top competitors often sacrifice comfort and durability for weight – if you’re not trying to break records, comfort and durability should be high on your priority list for shoe choice.

One and Two Day running shoes left at the Kumara run/cycle transition will be transported forward to Klondyke Corner for the Two Day event and New Brighton for the One Day event. The pickup site at Klondyke Corner is not secure, so shoes are left at your own risk. Because of the road closure, One Day competitor shoes will not arrive before the runners, so have other shoes available. Uncollected shoes will be taken forward to New Brighton and then to the Christchurch prize giving venue for collection on Sunday. Uncollected shoes will be returned if the competitor provides a courier bag.

Department of Conservation (DOC)

The Kathmandu Coast to Coast operates with a concession from the Department of Conservation. It is an activity that complies with relevant management plans and strategies, and has a number of contract conditions that must be adhered to.

The public and competitors (including whilst training) must also follow DOC guidelines and regulations:

  • Deception footbridge - please do not exceed the maximum loading capacity of the bridge and the entry/exit ramp (one person at a time).
  • No dogs are permitted within Arthur’s Pass National Park – this includes the Mingha Deception, Klondyke Corner and Mt White Bridge areas. This also applies to private land at Aickens and Waimakariri River Gorge Bridge.
  • Minimise disturbance to vegetation - please keep to the formed tracks and board walks.
  • Minimise pollution from toilet waste and rubbish – carry all rubbish out and bury toilet waste at least 50m from streams and rivers.
  • Respect other users of the Mingha Deception route, particularly trampers.
  • Aircraft are not permitted to land in the park without a concession - including drones.
  • Minimise the disturbance of natural wildlife, especially the blue duck (Whio) population.
  • Pre-race training of a commercial nature (i.e. a guide or trainer being paid by a client or numerous clients to take them through the route) requires a separate concession.
  • Support crew must also decontaminate equipment for Didymo when moving between waterways during the event. This includes Klondyke Corner and Mt White.

Five Point Environmental Code

The race partners with Leave no Trace and implements a five point environmental code - you will be disqualified if you break this code, which is:

  • Don’t deliberately drop rubbish, and if you unintentionally drop rubbish, pick it up.
  • Manage your food and equipment (e.g. water bottles) in a manner that ensures that they don’t drop off during the mountain run.
  • Stay on the formed track at all times.
  • Don’t step off the boardwalk.
  • Don’t cross white tape (used to restrict competitors’ access to sensitive areas and to keep competitors on the track).

Practice running is allowed on the Mingha Deception route in the Arthur's Pass National Park. You are not allowed to practice the 2km run from Aickens to Deception footbridge. This is private land. Stick to the formed/marked tracks on the Mingha side of Goat Pass. Shortcutting the track is not allowed. There are huts, without facilities, in the Upper Deception, at Goat Pass and Mingha Biv. Take all the compulsory equipment and be prepared for an overnight stay. Check the weather before you go.

No open fires or solid fuel barbeques. Do not drop rubbish. Bring rubbish bags and take all rubbish away with you.

Do not park in long grass, as hot exhausts can start fires. Please park vehicles in the designated mown areas.

Giardia is present in the Bealey River. Don't drink water from the Bealey River.

Helicopter Protocol

Should a helicopter approach, competitors must follow the directions of the crew. Do not approach the helicopter until advised or signalled to do so. If the helicopter approaches, do not move away from it. Never, under any circumstances, go to the rear of the helicopter - remain in full view of the pilot and crew.


There is some race specific run course marking but competitors are still responsible for their own navigation, and should familiarise themselves with the terrain. Competitors who have not been across the course are advised to carrying a map & compass or GPS to use as a reference during the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. Get a topographical map of the mountain run stage (Topo50 Map BV20-Otira) and topographical maps covering the Waimakariri River Gorge kayak stage (Topo50 Map BV21-Cass, BW21-Springfield and BW22-Oxford).  Contact us for a downloadable GPS file of the route. It is not compulsory to follow the race marking.

The Kayaking Stage

It is the competitor's responsibility to have adequate skills to negotiate and avoid the hazards on a grade 2 river. Any competitor that has more than 3 swims on the day may be withdrawn from the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. Competitors must put training time in on grade 2 rivers and ensure their choice of kayak is matched to their ability.

Competitors may use any type of kayak except waveriders, inflatable or sit on kayaks. Pods are not allowed on kayaks.

The kayak must be suitable for the level of paddler – for first time entrants, it MUST be the same level of boat as assessed in gaining their Grade 2 certificate. All kayaks must have pillars and two flotation/air bags or extensive watertight sealed compartments that are drainable. The minimum requirement is two rear flotation/air bags of 20 litres each - correctly inflated and secured in the kayak. Wine bladders are not acceptable! Tandem kayaks supplied have large watertight bulkheads for storing gear which also act as a buoyancy aid if capsized, so no additional flotation is required if using these boats. 

There may be random tests of kayaking competency and knowledge at the race registration using a nearby stretch of grade 2 water.

River-specific surf skis may be used but must gain clearance from the Water Safety team at least two weeks prior to the race to ensure suitability. Surf skis must satisfy the following criteria to be considered:

  • Dedicated over-stern rudder
  • River specific, single skin construction on hull
  • River specific venturis - highly recommended to have bailer style drain (venturis must have bungs for venture ports in case cowlings are damaged in shallows)
  • Competitor must also have an extra lower body layer – either dry-pants, wetsuit, Sharkskin or similar lower body garment

The double kayaks and spray skirts are supplied and transported as part of the Tandem entry fee.

Tandem teams may paddle their own kayaks but will not be eligible for performance prizes in this category unless they are using the same brand and model of kayak as per the supplied boats (Barracuda AR Duo).

Competitors who withdraw from the Kathmandu Coast to Coast must not leave the riverbank. They must wait for the tail end charlie kayakers to arrive.

Supplied Kayak stickers (provided at registration) must be applied to competitors kayak on the front left and back right of the Kayak (approx size 50cm x 15cm).

Compulsory kayaking equipment

Competitors must carry the following equipment:

  • Dry-bag - large enough to fit all compulsory gear inside (recommended 15L+)
  • Spray skirt 
  • Kayaking helmet (designed for paddle sports – a cycle helmet is not acceptable)
  • Buoyancy vest (PFD) securely fitted (must include cinch-able webbing waist strap), free of defects and of 50N minimum buoyancy (type 406 specialist PFD that complies with NZS standard)
  • Paddle
  • Repair/duct tape (at least 10m)
  • Thermal gloves, thermal balaclava or hat
  • Waterproof long sleeved paddle specific jacket (seam sealed and constructed of a durable material, minimum of neoprene cuffs) - to be either worn or in a dry bag
  • Waterproof pants (seam sealed and constructed of a durable material)
  • Long sleeved thermal base layer top (correctly sized)
  • Full length thermal base layer pants (correctly sized)
  • Long sleeved mid layer thermal top (with insulation properties of 220-280+ gsm, correctly sized)
  • Food and drink
  • First aid kit (which must contain a 1.5m long (un-stretched) roll of 5cm wide crepe bandage, a 5m long roll of 2cm wide strapping tape, 10 band aid strips, a triangular bandage, small scissors and 4 pain relief tablets (that can be used to treat pain in case of injury while help arrives - always follow the directions for taking medication)
  • Any competitor specific medication (this must also be recorded in your entry so race medical staff are aware of any potential conditions or issues)
  • Foil survival bag (not a blanket) which must be carried either in their PFD or in a pocket on their person
  • Whistle attached to the outside of their PFD or bib
  • Thermal socks, synthetic, merino or similar (for if you have to spend a period of time on the river bank)

This clothing is in addition to what is being worn by the competitor when they start the kayaking stage. Don’t underestimate how cold the kayaking section can be – especially if you have a swim.

We allow synthetic, natural or composite thermal products. Cotton is unacceptable. Competitors should experiment for themselves with what best suits their needs for the activities and level of exercise they engage in. A compression garment is not a thermal garment.

Buoyancy testing of any PFDs that appear inadequate may occur at scrutineering. Competitors must check that their buoyancy vest meets the required standard before the Coast to Coast. See the Kayaking page on the website for examples of gear that has failed in the past.

Kayakers should wear brightly coloured clothing (particularly when training on the river and in low light conditions) and be vigilant when kayaking, as there have been a number of incidents of kayaks being involved with jet boats. It’s a good idea to add some reflective tape to your blade ends.

Kayaking Stage spot checks

There will be gear checks of all compulsory kayak equipment at Mt White Bridge on Saturday*. Please have all the compulsory kayak gear in the cockpit of the kayak, not behind the seat, ready for easy and quick access. All compulsory equipment must remain in the kayak once checked.

*Due to river consent conditions all kayak gear must be checked on Saturday - no pre checks available.

Kayaking certificates

All new competitors must submit an electronic copy of their completed Grade 2 Kayak Certificate by email. Kayak certificate can be obtained from an approved kayak instructor anywhere in the world. New competitors have until 6 January 2020 to complete their certificate. Certificates or waivers received after 6 January 2020 will incur a $50 administration fee.

A blank certificate, to be completed by the kayak instructor can be downloaded from the website. It is now a requirement that all Kayak assessors are approved providers - make sure you check this out before you start your instruction. If there is not an instructor listed in your area let us know and we will help you find an approved instructor. 

Competitors who have successfully competed the river section in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast event in the last 5 years need only state on the entry form the year(s) they have competed in the Coast to Coast rather than send in another kayaking certificate. If your certificate is older than 5 years or you have not completed the race for 5 years you will need to either complete a refresher Grade 2 course or complete a self-attestation supplying evidence of your recent and relevant kayaking experience. We highly recommend people re-certify every 5 years especially if not regularly involved in grade 2 or greater kayaking.

In the Tandem Section, the steering is at the front of the supplied boats and the person steering the kayak MUST have a full Grade 2 Kayak certificate. The second non steering paddler must have a MINIMUM of a river safety certificate which is the completion of the safety section of the Grade 2 Kayak certificate available on the website. They must have also completed a river trip in a double kayak and attest to this. If the steering kayaker is injured in the Mountain run and cannot steer the kayak, the team member will not be allowed to swap positions and steer the kayak unless they also have a full Grade 2 Kayak Certificate.

There is nothing on the Waimakariri River that is greater than Grade 2. Everybody does have swims now and again but if you are paddling a suitable boat for your skills and have done an adequate amount of practice on rivers you should not be heading off the paddle section expecting a swim.

Grade 2 Kayak requirements

General knowledge: In discussion with the kayak instructor the candidate should show good knowledge of the following: Personal kayaking and safety equipment, river dynamics at grade 2 level, hazards associated with kayaking including broaching, strainers and foot entrapment and the actions taken to avoid or minimise these hazards, river signals, tying kayaks onto roof racks and trailers, and the symptoms and treatment of hypothermia.

Moving water skills: Candidates must demonstrate competence in the following skills in their event boat or boat of similar stability and performance in grade 2 water: Capsize in a grade 2 rapid and self rescue by actively swimming with all equipment to an eddy, forward paddling, forward and reverse sweep strokes, low brace, break in / break out of eddies, ferry glide, identifying a safe line and manoeuvring down grade 2 rapids.

Most people who struggle on the river seem to struggle the most with reading and negotiating eddy lines and dealing with bluff turns – make these items a priority as well as learning how to chose your lines – Do not always follow, as the person you are following in the race may not take very good lines!

Participate in Rescue Skills: The candidate must be able to competently participate in the following rescues: Receive a throw bag, be carried on the stern of a boat and deep-water rescue. While the ability to perform a kayak roll is not a compulsory kayak requirement, we strongly encourage competitors to attain this skill.

Portages may be used to avoid hazards – green arrow signs or officials will direct competitors to preferred channels. Some channels may be closed - red crossed signs or officials will direct you. There are potentially optional portages that will be marked with Orange – the race briefing will have details on what portages you can expect to encounter, if any and the rough locations to expect these.


Sets of buoys will be placed at Mt White, Gooseberry Stream, Esk and Woodstock checkpoints. The buoys will be about three paddle lengths apart. Competitors must paddle between them. These also have electronic timing and let your crew know when to expect you.

Kayak Training

Internationals, novices in the one and two day races and those from outside of Canterbury should obtain experience on the Waimakariri River before the race. We suggest you book in with a local operator (check out the list of kayak instructors and guides on the website).

  • During December and January plan to be here for a 5 day period to get on the river. You’ll need this time because of weather and river variability.
  • Spend time in your race boat.
  • Internationals should arrive 1 – 2 weeks before the race to obtain river and mountain experience.


River signals

Please make yourself familiar with river signals. An understanding of river signals is important. The main situation where these could be used on race day is for officials directing competitors to where they are wanted on the river, either for counting or avoidance of hazards.

Jet Boat Operations
Jet boats are used on the Waimakariri River as part of our safety management system. They are extremely important for the transportation of officials, rescuing competitors, radio communications and evacuations of injured competitors. Please remember that:

  • They require less water going fast
  • They pass going around, pushing the wake away from the kayak
  • They are there for safety and transport

Woodstock Access and driving speeds
Inconsiderate behaviour may jeopardise future access for us and other users.
If you or your support crew are driving to Woodstock to access the Waimakariri River please be considerate of other road users. We have fielded complaints from the local run holder regarding excessive speeds on the shingle road down to the river. Sections of the road are on private land. Slow down. Please be aware of other road users, vehicles, children, stock and pedestrians. Note the last part of the road is rough with tight turns and is more suitable for 4WD’s. No campervans or trailers please.

Didymo Control

The Kathmandu Coast to Coast supports Biosecurity New Zealand in their attempt to stop the spread of Didymo throughout New Zealand's streams, rivers, canals and lakes. All kayak equipment and mountain shoes must be cleaned, by the competitor or their crew, to biosecurity standards before and after the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. Check out Biosecurity New Zealand for procedures. You must also do this before and after any training on the course.

Didymo cells have been found in the Waimakariri River. Anybody sighting Didymo biomass should report it to the Department of Conservation at Arthur's Pass. It is essential that all precautions are taken to prevent further spread of the Didymo in the Waimakariri River.

Detergent footbaths are provided for Didymo control at Goat Pass. All competitors must immerse both shoes in the baths.


The Cycling Stages

Drafting is allowed in all cycling stages of the Two Day event.
Drafting is allowed in only the first cycling stage of the One Day event.
No drafting is allowed in the second or third cycling stages of the One Day event.
No drafting off cyclists not in the Coast to Coast.
No drafting off vehicles.

There are no drink stations. Competitors must affect repairs to their own cycles. There will be roaming bike support but it can take a long time for them to reach you – be prepared to do your own puncture repairs.

All cycling stages are on sealed roads. Obtain some bunch riding experience - contact a local cycle club or shop for details on how to handle bunch rides and cycle setup. Please have your cycle, lights and helmet checked at a cycle shop prior to the event.

Cyclists must not ride more than two abreast. Be aware of traffic both approaching and overtaking from behind. Keep to the left, don't cross the centre line and obey the road code.

Compulsory cycling equipment

  • Helmets must be of a standard recognised by New Zealand Transport Agency and must remain on your head, securely fastened at all times while the cycle is in motion.
  • Each competitor must carry their own appropriate hydration, nutrition and spare tubes/repair kit for their cycles. 
  • Spare tubes or tubulars for their cycles and cycle pump.
  • Competitors must have white front and red rear lights attached to their cycles that can be seen from a distance of 100m and wear reflective bands on each ankle, before 7:00am and after 6:00pm. Helmet mounted lights may be used in addition to the cycle mounted lights.
  • Any competitor departing Waimakariri River Gorge Bridge after 6:00pm must have white front and red rear lights attached to their cycles that can be seen from a distance of 100m, wear reflective bands on each ankle and wear an approved reflective high visibility safety vest over the top of their bib.
  • Cycles ridden by competitors in the Two Day event must have either standard drop style or flat mountain bike style handlebars. No aero bars, clip-ons, bar-ends or bullhorn style bars are permitted in the Two Day event. Competitors in the One Day event can use any handlebar configuration. 

No e-bikes (electric bikes) are allowed under any circumstances.

No I-Pod or similar audio devices are to be used by competitors. The competitor must be able to hear other riders in the bunches and safety instructions from officials.

No handheld recording devices permitted to be used during any of the cycle stages (note: securely mounted, hands free devices such as GoPro or similar are acceptable).  

Recumbents, uni-cycles, tri-cycles, tandems and row-bikes can only be used with prior approval of the Race Director. No pods or fairing are allowed.


Cycling Stage equipment checks

There will be checks of reflective ankle bands, cycle lights, helmets and bikes at registration on Thursday. Please have your cycling equipment available at registration. You can also have your cycle gear and bike checked prior to the race at Avanti Plus Stores nationwide. If you are in an area without a Avanti Plus Store you can complete the check at registration. You don’t need to re-check your gear if it has been signed off in the 3 weeks prior to registration.

PLEASE NOTE: Pre race cycle checks are to ensure you have the required gear for the event, and to provide a BASIC check of its condition at that point in time. Not everything can realistically be picked up in a basic check or be visible at the time of inspection. An inherent risk of cycling is a failure during the ride due to a number of factors including breakage or malfunction and possible injury to the rider and others is a possibility. Neither the Kathmandu Coast to Coast or any Avanti store or staff, are in any way liable for the condition of your bicycle at the event or other point of time.  The pre race check is not a complimentary bike service and competitors are solely responsible for the maintenance and safety of your bicycling equipment. Any work required to bring your bike or equipment up to standard will incur normal costs. It is the competitors sole responsibility to ensure your bike is in good working order for the event and recommend that you have your bike serviced prior to the event and that you re check it after transit. Also please note that every year people show up with cracked helmets – any visible damage inside or out will result in a helmet failing the gear check.


Cycling hazards

There is a railway line on the cycle ride between Jacksons and Aickens. Please obey the road rules and stop for trains. The railway crossing has an uneven surface between the tracks – take EXTREME CAUTION and be especially careful if you are in a bunch.

There is a one lane bridge on the cycle ride between Jacksons and Aickens. Please obey the road rules and give way to traffic.

There are three one lane bridges on the 15km cycle ride between Klondyke Corner and Mt White Bridge. Please obey the road rules and give way to traffic.

There is a railway crossing at Mt White Bridge.

There is a railway line on the cycle ride through Christchurch, on Marshlands Road near Chaneys. Please obey the road rules and stop for trains.

There are a number of pedestrian crossings on the cycle ride through Christchurch. Please obey the road rules and stop for pedestrians.

Police presence at light controlled intersections

Should a police officer not be present, normal road rules apply. There are coned lanes at some light controlled intersections. Cyclists must stay to the left of the cones.


Serious safety concerns exist in relation to cyclists and runners not stopping at railway level crossings when the lights and alarm bells are activated. Trains operate at any time and may not keep to schedule, you are required by law to stop at all level crossings if a train is approaching and it can take up to one kilometre for a train to stop. If alarm bells are sounding or the official requests that you stop, you must stop.

The Kathmandu Coast to Coast will record any competitor not stopping at railway level crossings if a train is approaching and pass this on to the police. Offenders will not only be disqualified from the event, but they may be prosecuted and fined. We don’t want an accident or restrictions on the course.

Cut-off Times for the Mountain Stage and the River Stage

Friday (All Two Day competitors)

  • All competitors must have past Doreen Creek (Big Boulders) on the Mountain Run stage by 2.00pm.
  • All competitors must have departed Goat Pass on the Mountain Run stage by 4.00pm.
  • The Two Day mountain stage will be closed at Klondyke Corner at 7.30pm. Any competitor still on the mountain stage after 7.30pm will be withdrawn from the Kathmandu Coast to Coast, and may be removed from the mountain stage.

Saturday (All competitors)

  • All One Day competitors must have departed Goat Pass by 12.30pm.
  • All One Day competitors must have departed Klondyke Corner by 2.15pm on Saturday.
  • All One Day competitors must have departed Mt White Bridge checkpoint in their kayak by 3.00pm (you must be on the water in your kayak by 3.00pm, this does not mean standing on the river bank) and Woodstock checkpoint (15kms above Gorge Bridge) by 7.00pm. An air horn will be used to signal the 3.00pm and 7.00pm cut-offs.
  • All One & Two Day competitors must have reached Waimakariri River Gorge Bridge by 8.15pm. Officials can remove competitors from the river after the cut off times.
  • All One & Two Day competitors must finish the Kathmandu Coast to Coast at New Brighton by midnight.

The Race Director reserves the right to close stages and alter official cut off times for safety or other reasons. This applies to both the standard course and the Alternative Plan B course.

If you think you can’t make the cut-off times for the One Day event, then consider changing to the Two Day event. Each year people go away disappointed because they missed the cut-off somewhere. If you are a first time entrant, we highly recommend you enter the Two Day event first up unless you have proven yourself at long distance multisport races. As an indication, you should have or be able to complete the Two Day event in less than 15 hours and 30 minutes before you should consider the One Day event.

You can make changes to your event registration up until one week prior to the event but please inform us as soon as possible if you intend changing – don’t leave it until the last minute.  Please note all changes to your registration after 12 January 2018 will incur a $30 administration fee.  

School Teams and NZSSSC Rules

All school teams must adhere to the NZSSSC rules to be eligible for entry and prizes in this category - full rules available at 


The compulsory equipment is either for you or someone else should an accident happen. If you have to stop because of an injury or need to stay with an injured patient, you will cool down extremely fast, even in fine weather. The amount of equipment you have is for survival. This is the minimum.

All competitors are responsible for the equipment they use in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. They must ensure that it is safe and in excellent working condition.

Appropriate footwear must be worn on all stages of the Kathmandu Coast to Coast.

Competitors should experiment for themselves with what gear best suits their needs for the activities and level of exercise they engage in. The gear choice will also be dictated by your speed through the course - if you are planning on taking 8 hours on the run you will likely need different gear choices than someone planning on taking less than 3 hours.

First Aid kits

One Day competitors require two first aid kits, one for the mountain stage and one for the kayak stage. The kayak first aid kit will be scrutineered at Mt White Bridge before you get off the mountain stage. Even if your first aid materials rip to open, you must have scissors in case you need to provide first aid services to other competitors. Tandem teams require a first aid kit per person (2).


Helmet, kayak and cycle stickers will be provided and must be applied to equipment. Competitors must remove all old stickers and event numbers from their kayaks. Additional stickers are available at Kumara registration.

Assistant’s vehicle stickers must be placed on the outside centre of the front windscreen. If you have two vehicles, it is not always possible for us to keep vehicles together when they park. Campervans and vehicles with trailers may be directed in different directions from cars because of track surface or space reasons. This happens at Waimakariri River Gorge Bridge.


Bibs must not be altered in any way and must be worn throughout the event and in the finish chutes. The competitor bib must be worn over the top of buoyancy vests and all items of clothing. The competitors bib may be worn under the daypack on the mountain running stage but the bib number must be visible from the front. The bib must be worn on top of the waterproof jacket during the mountain stage. Mesh style packs that cover the bib number are permitted, but you must open the vest so the number can be seen at each Check Point.

If numbers are seen to be covered during the running or kayak stage, competitors will be stopped and made to correct the problem.

Bib Sizes and Personalisation

The bibs will be fitting yet stretchy enough to go over a pack and PFD with the correct size. If your team consist of different sized individual, please select the largest size of your group when making your registration. If you prefer a looser fit, go one size up.

Womens 8 / 10 Small bib
Womens 12 / 14 Medium-large bib
Womens 16+ X Large bib
Mens S Small bib
Mens M / L Medium-large bib
Mens XL / XXL X Large bib

Which Size?

Richard Ussher is size Medium in Kathmandu sizing (chest 100cm).  He would be tempted to go for the Small (tighter fit) but would probably settle on the Medium/Large.  He is on the limit for the Small bib! "The Small fits fine over the PFD - fits almost like a tri top would for me and similar weight and would be great on bike."

Advice from the Richard when selecting your bib size is to consider the drink system you plan to use and your access to nutrition.  If you’re aiming for a tight fitting bib your pockets will be more difficult to access on PFD’s and front mounted drink holders could have some interference so plan accordingly. 

Women’s top size 8, feedback on Small size bib;
“I thought the bib was a good fit over the PFD, and was pretty good over cycle shirt, although a little loose, I don’t think this would bother me.  Material is nice and light, and good and stretchy.” - Kat Bulk

Men's top size Large (chest size 110cm)
“The Medium/Large bib was very tight over the PFD, I needed assistance to get it on over the PFD.  I would choose the X Large size” - Noel Saxon

Men's top size Medium (chest size 104cm)
"The new bib is fantastic, really comfortable, stretchy and easy to put on.  I would choose the Medium/Large size to ensure it was comfortable over PFD” - Steve Gurney

This year, we are introducing bib personalisation where you can have your first name / nickname / team name and country flag printed on your bib.

You must register by 1 November 2019 to have your bib personalised. If you change your category after 1 November 2019, you will no longer have a personalised bib.

Nicknames / team names will be reviewed prior to printing to ensure they are not inappropriate or offensive. If your nickname / team name is deemed to be so, we will contact you to get an alternative name for your bib.

You can order extra bibs for your team if you enter prior to the 1st of December - payment applies. Please note Tandem teams are supplied 2 Bibs as part of the entry fee.

Teeshirt Sizes

Tee shirt sizes are as follows:


SIZE Women 8 Women 10 Women 12 Women 14  Women 16  
Bust 88cm 93cm 98cm 103cm 108cm
Waist 68cm 73cm 78cm 83cm 88cm
Hips 93cm 98cm 103cm 108cm 113cm


SIZE Mens S Mens M Mens L Mens XL  Mens XXL 
Chest 96cm 101cm 106cm 111cm 116cm
Natural Waist 81cm 86cm 91cm 96cm 101cm


Race Briefings

There are specific race briefings for the TWO-DAY event, MOUNTAIN RUN event and The ONE-DAY event. It is compulsory to attend the briefing specific to your event.

TWO-DAY Safety briefing starting at 5pm Thursday, KUMARA RACECOURSE

MOUNTAIN RUN Safety briefing starting at 7:45am Friday, AICKEN'S START AREA

ONE-DAY Safety briefing starting at 3pm Friday, KUMARA RACECOURSE

A copy of the race briefing is also supplied in your race pack for the One & Two Day events. The briefings will be split into two parts – the first will cover all of the safety related information and key times, it is compulsory to attend the safety portion of the race briefing.

The second part is optional and will run through the race from start to finish and be an opportunity for participants & crew to get more information about what to expect during the course of the race and to ask any questions at the finish.

The Multisport Safety Briefing's will be held at Kumara racecourse at the main marquee. There is not enough room for everyone inside the marquee but there will be a PA system to broadcast to assistants outside. If the weather is fine we will hold this outside.

The Mountain Run Briefing is held at the start area at the Aicken's transition and is outside


Assistants cannot follow their competitors or offer assistance on any cycling stage of the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. This includes both the One Day* and Two Day competitors.

*There is an exception for the tail end of the One-day competitors - where competitors leaving Gorge Bridge after 7pm. Assistants may leap frog their competitor on the final cycle stage - they are still not to provide any assistance other than verbal encouragement. Any assistant's wishing to do this must see the transition manage at Gorge Bridge to receive a safety briefing and have the competitor number recorded, if this is not done then the competitor will be liable for disqualification. Assistants must obey all road rules, not obstruct traffic, follow in front or behind their competitor, they cannot place / provide draft / provide nutrition or help with repairs.  

Assistants and friends must not stop or park on the way to the parking areas at Aickens, Klondyke, Mt White and Waimakariri River Gorge bridge otherwise their competitor may incur a time penalty. We often get assistants stopping “for just a minute”. Imagine the consequences if 1000 assistants did the same! Please don’t do it.

Two Day assistants must leave ASAP after their competitor departs Aickens, Mt White and Waimakariri River Gorge Bridge. Do not delay - leave as soon as the officials allow it.

Entrances and exits to and from parking areas are congested. You don’t have time to stop for a chat with the officials. Please indicate your intentions well in advance. You must be sure you know what you are doing and which way to go in advance of arriving or departing. It is imperative that the event and public traffic flows are not delayed or disrupted.

Competitor's assistants must be on hand at the end of Stage One (B), Two, Three and Four to take charge of the competitor’s equipment. With 800 competitors competing in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast and limited areas to make the transitions, it is critical that assistants remove the equipment immediately from the transition areas.

One Day assistants must present their competitor’s kayak and all compulsory equipment for scrutineering at Mt White Bridge between 10.00am and 11.30am. (Do not arrive earlier as Two-day assistants need to get out!). One Day assistants must leave their vehicles at the Mt White Road intersection with SH73 and carry the kayak and all the equipment down to the bridge. No exceptions!

If assistants are concerned about their competitor being overdue at a checkpoint they should report to a timekeeper.

Assistants are not allowed to offer assistance or enter any part of the running or kayaking stage except at transitions.

Assistants must provide names, cell phone numbers, vehicle registration and where they are staying during the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. This can be updated in the competitor profile online up until the race week or at the Kumara registration.

Drone Policy

  1. Anyone wishing to fly a drone at the event must get written permission from the race organisation, complete the below form at least 2 weeks prior to the proposed activity – email us at for a form.
  2. Anyone flying a drone for media purposes must apply for event media accreditation - see
  3. Drone operators must adhere to all NZ regulations and best practise guidelines - check for the most up to date information.
  4. It is recommended that the operator have CAA 102 Certification. Priority will be given to operators that have this certification (NZ).
  5. Parts of the event take place in a National Park, where drones are not permitted without a specific consent.
  6. Parts of the event take place over private property and required landowner permissions are the responsibly of the drone operator.
  7. A number of the areas that the event traverses are subject to regional restrictions refer to the reference links below.
  8. No drones are to be flown overhead of people.
  9. Helicopters will be flying as part of event operations, refer to map supplied for no fly areas. Please note this may change at anytime and crewed aircraft flight paths take priority.
  10. Drone operator must check in with Transition Manager at each location they intend to operate prior to undertaking activity.
  11. Operator must cease activity if directed for any reason by Race Officials.
  12. Operator must ensure drone remains within direct sight of the operator at all times.

Reference links

Christchurch City Council

Selwyn Council – Gorge Bridge


Officials are an important part of the Kathmandu Coast to Coast safety system. Instructions by officials to competitors and assistants must be followed. Failure to do so will result in heavy time penalties or disqualification.


If you advised us of a medical condition on the entry form, you will be issued with a pink wristband in your race pack to be worn during the event. This is to speed up the identification process in case of an accident.

If you are in a bike crash and medical staff are not in attendance, please get checked out by them at the next transition, and also get your helmet looked at by the bike crews. The medical team may require you to complete a concussion test, if this is requested you must complete the test or you will be withdrawn from the event. The medical team have the right to withdrawn an athlete due to medical concerns.

Drugs Policy

No athlete that is currently serving a ban, provisionally suspended or is under investigation for an anti-doping rule violation may enter this event. Entrants in the One Day event maybe subject to random anti doping controls prior or post event and it is a condition of entries in the One day event that athletes submit to any anti-doping test or they will face disqualification from the event.


The Kathmandu Coast to Coast (Two-day) and World Multisport Championship  (One-day) have trophies in each category and Cash in the Elite category for the One day World Championship event. All competitors are eligible for spot prizes and must be present at the Prize giving to claim spot prizes, any unclaimed spot prizes will be redrawn at prize giving. The total value of prizes and race packs is approximately $200,000 including cash prizes in the World Multisport Championship One day race. These cash prizes are taxed in accordance with New Zealand law. To be eligible for the full prize money competitors in positions two and three must finish within 3% of the time of the winner and second place respectively or these amounts will reduce by 50%. No prize money will be paid to podium positions if they are more than an hour slower than the winner. The majority of product prizes will be distributed to the general field via a random draw.


The top 10 Men and Women in the Elite category for the One Day event will be seeded. They will also have to carry a supplied GPS tracker during the race. If you are entering with the aim of being on the podium in the One Day Elite section and wish to apply for one of the seeded positions please contact 

Meals and Prize-giving 

There are no event meals included in the entry fee. The Kumara community will be offering a meal at Kumara racecourse (registration), tickets can be pre-purchased cost during the entry process or from the Kathmandu Coast to Coast shop. There are also local community groups fundraising by way of food stalls throughout the course, please ensure you bring cash with you.  There will be a brunch on the Sunday morning at prize giving, tickets can be pre-purchased cost during the entry process or from the Kathmandu Coast to Coast shop

The prize-giving ceremony will be held at Addington Raceway in Christchurch and is free for all to attend. There will be a post-event brunch, available for purchase via our online entry system, directly before the Prize Giving Ceremony.

There is a post event BBQ directly after the prize giving at the Volstead Bar, 55 Riccarton Road in Christchurch – follow us on Facebook  for the latest news


Timing transponders will be issued to all competitors in their race packs at Registration and must be returned at the New Brighton finish line and exchanged for a finisher's medal. Timing transponders are attached to the ankle by a Velcro strap.

Any competitor who loses their timing transponder must stop at a transition or finish line and speak to the timekeepers to ensure they get a manual time and are recorded as a stage starter or finisher. Failure to return a timing transponder will result in a NZD$150 replacement charge.

The times and places announced on Sunday at the prizegiving ceremony will be provisional. It takes several days to check times and places, and mistakes do occur.

Penalties, Complaints, Withdrawals and Responsibility


The Race Director reserves the right to disqualify or impose heavy time penalties on any competitor for cheating or breaking the rules of the Kathmandu Coast to Coast.


Any competitor or assistant who wishes to make a complaint about another competitor must do so in writing to the timekeepers, a transition manager or the race director within an hour of the complainant finishing. The Race Director's decision regarding the complaint is final.


Any competitor withdrawing from any stage must report to a timekeeping official at the end of that stage, hand in their timing transponder and bib (we will send it back) and fill in a withdrawal form. This is critical as search and rescue operations may be compromised.

If you withdraw on the last cycle leg into Christchurch, please phone or text the Event Safety Officer and advise your competitor number and name and that you have withdrawn.

If you are evacuated from any part of the course by helicopter or jet boat, you must report to an official immediately on disembarking. Do not try to find your assistants, team member or family until our officials have checked you off the course. This is very important.

Any individual competitor who does not complete a stage (including failure to meet cut-off times) is automatically disqualified, and cannot continue on the stage or subsequent stages.

If a team member does not complete a stage, his/her partner can continue on subsequent stages but not until they have been cleared to continue to do so by the relevant section manager and Race Director, and have been assigned a new transponder and race bib.

You will need to report to the stage manager for a transponder and number before setting off. Please be patient with this process - anyone setting off without the proper process will be disqualified.

If you seek independent medical attention for any incident in relation to the Kathmandu Coast to Coast, please inform the Race Medical Team or post race via email to It is very important for us to know what medical issues people are encountering so we can assess and monitor these, and put preventative measures in place if required for future events.


No responsibility is taken by the Race Director or sponsors for any loss or damaged property of competitors, assistants, or friends during the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. By completion of the entry form, the competitor accepts full responsibility for the risks entailed in competing in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. Competitors and support crews must have their own personal property insurance policies.

Plan B - Bad Weather Alternative Route

Should the Kathmandu Coast to Coast Mountain Run route through the Mingha Deception be affected by bad weather and/or high river flows, then a running stage (31 km) will be held on the farm track from Aickens to Deception footbridge and then follow the State Highway from Deception footbridge to Klondyke Corner on a mix of tracks and road. There are major roadworks through this area so the alternative course route may be subject to changes based on these works. Full details will be supplied closer to the event but the route will follow the State Highway 73 route in general with tracks and detours used where possible.

Should the Kathmandu Coast to Coast Kayak route down the Waimakariri River be affected by bad weather and/or high river flows, there will be a cycling stage (86km) from Klondyke Corner to Waimakariri River Gorge Bridge, followed by a further cycling stage (69km) from Waimakariri River Gorge Bridge to New Brighton, Christchurch on the standard cycling route and then a run to the finish. The team member who would have cycled from Waimakariri River Gorge Bridge to New Brighton must do that cycling stage.

Should the lower Waimakariri River be unaffected by the weather and/or river flows, there will be a cycling stage (86km) from Klondyke Corner to Gorge Bridge or down the old West Coast Road to the cycle/kayak transition. The kayak stage will run downstream to between the two State Highway bridges where the kayak/cycle transition will be on the river left, competitors will then cycle to New Brighton and the finish. The team member who would have cycled from Waimakariri River Gorge Bridge to New Brighton must do that cycling stage. The put in for this kayak section will be advised at the pre-race briefly on Thursday if applicable. Due to the changeable nature of the river it is impossible to confirm which put in until closer to the race. We will endeavour to give you the longest kayak possible; this will range from 70km to 35km and is a mix of grade 1 and 2 rapids. Note the main dangers on the lower Waimakariri are trees – it is highly likely that to give you the longest kayak possible that there will be some compulsory portages around high consequence areas. These areas are usually not difficult in themselves but have dangerous consequences if people find themselves out of their boats when heading into them. Any route directions are compulsory.

The Race Director reserves the right to close stages and alter official cut-off times for safety or other reasons.

Detailed Plan B notes are provided in the competitor’s handbooks.


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