2020 Entry Information

We are very excited to bring you Napier Port Harbour to Hills for it’s fourth year running. Every year the event is growing and it’s not surprising being held in Hawke’s Bay such a picturesque region in New Zealand. We offer several different events which include a Middle Distance Triathlon, Aquabike and an Aquathlon so there is no reason not to be part of this iconic event.

Napier Port Harbour to Hills Middle Distance Triathlon

The course has everything you would expect from Hawke’s Bay. A challenging 2km ocean swim,  95km undulating bike with stunning views of vineyard swept hills and a flat 21km run along Napier’s Rotary Pathways. Entry available for both individuals and teams.


Suzuki National Championship Aquabike

This year it will be more exciting than ever as we host the Suzuki National Championship Aquabike and qualifier for the ITU World Championships in Almere, Netherlands. The Aquabike will consist of a 2km swim and a 125km bike and will be open to individuals only. 

Suzuki National Championship Aquathlon

We are very pleased to announce this year we are including an Aquathlon. This is also the Suzuki National Championship to qualify for the ITU World Championship also in Alemere, Netherlands. The Aquathlon will include a 1km swim along the waterfront and an out and back 5km run along the waterfront. This event will be open for individuals only.



2020 Entry Details & Registration


Opening discounted registration : -  7.00am Friday 12th July until 11.59pm 19th July.  Individual Triathlon and Aquabike $180, Aquathlon $75, Teams $310 (2 or 3 person). Plus online booking fee of $1 + 5% and one day Tri NZ licence if applicable. (LIMITED ENTRIES)

(Please note when allocation of limited discounted entries have been met, registration prices will be the "Early bird registration" price as below)

Early bird registration :-  20th July 2019 until 11.59 30th September 2019.  Individual Triathlon and Aquabike $215, Aquathlon $85, Teams $330. Plus online booking fee of $1 + 5% and one day Tri NZ licence if applicable.

Standard registration :-   1st October 2019 until 11.59pm 5th January 2020.  Individual Triathlon and Aquabike $240, Aquathlon $95, Teams $370. Plus online booking fee of $1 + 5% and one day Tri NZ licence if applicable

Late Entry: - 6th January 2020 until 11.59pm 19th January 2020.  Individual Triathlon and Aquabike $275, Aquathlon $100, Teams $410. Plus online booking fee of $1 + 5% and one day Tri NZ licence if applicable

*Entries received after the 1st October we cannot guarantee you receive an Event T shirt. All athletes registered after this time will receive an event towel in your registration pack.

Entry for this event will be limited, when this is reached registration will close.
A waiting list will be kept, this process will be done in order of date when put on list. Teams can be 2 or 3 person teams.

TRIBE Membership or One Day Tri NZ Licences

The event organisers of the Napier Port Harbour to Hills (Triathlon Hawke's Bay) are affiliated members of the national body for the sport, Triathlon NZ.
There have been recent changes to all events affiliated with Triathlon New Zealand and all participants are required to be either a fully paid member of Triathlon New Zealand (TRIBE) or required to purchase a one day licence for the event. Event providers including Napier Port Harbour to Hills are simplifying  the membership process by supplying Triathlon NZ event-day race licences with participant registrations.

During your registration for the Napier Port Harbour to Hills you will be prompted to answer whether you have a Triathlon NZ or International Triathlon membership. If you check the no option, the race-day licence fee depending on which event you will be doing will automatically be added to your total checkout amount. The fee is the same for individual and team entries. This fee does not go to the event, it is passed directly onto Triathlon NZ to help them support clubs and community to grow the sport nationally.

One day Tri NZ Licence fees are as follows per registration-

Napier Port Harbour to Hills half distance triathlon $20 (1 x licence per Team and 1 x for Individuals)
Suzuki National Aquabike Championships $20 (Individuals only)
Suzuki National Aquathlon Championships $5  (Individuals only)

If you are already a a full member of TRIBE you will be required to enter your membership number for verification and no extra fees will be charged, please ensure you enter the full details of your number.

For more information on the changes, or to become a TRIBE member please visit their website here,

Every finisher will receive:

  • Personalised Race Bib
  • Official Gear Bag
  • The choice of either Napier Port Harbour to Hills event towel or quality 2020 sublimated event shirt (if registered before 1st October 2019). All athletes registered after this time will receive an event towel
  • Finishers medal (all distances)
  • Medical support/assistance (on course)
  • Aid stations on the course - water, electrolyte sports drink, nutrition (bananas, lollies, salted chips and pretzels), toilets and first aid
  • Post-event recovery area at the Finish with medical assistance including ice baths
  • Full traffic management on all the course and road closures through certain urban areas of the cycle course
  • All finishers will have full access to hospitality tent at finish line with complimentary food and drink for registered athletes only
  • Sponsor giveaways
  • Category Winners awards

Take a look at our video to see what the event has to offer CLICK HERE

Cut off times

Swim: 1 hour 10mins from your wave start and a further 10mins to reach bike mount line.
Bike 5hrs 30mins from your wave start and a further 10mins to reach the run exit.
Run: 8hrs 30mins after your wave start the course will close.

Swim: 1 hour 10mins from your wave start and a further 10mins to reach bike mount line.
Bike 6hrs 45 mins from your wave start to finish.

35 mins from your wave start and 10 mins to exit transition to run start.
Run: 1hr after your wave start the course will close.

These times will be strictly adhered to.

Click on link above to register - Registration opens 7am Friday 12th July 2019

** Event details are subject to change and will be updated accordingly**


The organisers of the Napier Port Harbour to Hills wish to ensure that the race is fair to all competitors.

We will have trained technical officials at the event who will monitor the rules as outlined here

In this event, drafting is illegal and thus considered to be cheating. If the athlete receives a third penalty, they will be disqualified.

In this event, penalties will be served as a ‘Stand Down’ in the Penalty Compounds on course. Any athlete given a penalty is required to stand down at the next penalty box. Any athlete who does not stand down at the next official penalty box will be disqualified.

Drafting rules are outlined in the Tri NZ rules

Please make sure you understand this rule – if you have any questions please see the race director following the briefing. It is your responsibility as an athlete to know the rules.

In the end the responsibility for a race without major drafting issues lies in your hands as triathletes to compete fairly, honestly and within the both the rules and moral values of our sport.

Triathlon New Zealand Rules

This event is run under Triathlon New Zealand rules and regulations CLICK HERE to view

Race Schedule

Please note race schedule subject to change

Saturday 25th January 2020 

3.00pm till 6.00pm - Registration & Bike Racking (East Pier Hotel & Perfume Point Reserve)

3.00pm till 6.00pm - Bike maintenance and repairs open and available, any services or parts to be paid directly to Cranked Cycles and Triathlon. (East Pier Hotel & Perfume Point Reserve)

Sunday 26th January 2020

5.30am -  Transition opens
Body marking at transition entry—Race numbers on upper right arm and right leg. Team swimmers hand only
6.30am -  Swim course open for warm up
6.30am -  Transition closed
6.50am-  All swimmers must be out of the water, Important notices for the event.
6.55am -  5 minute warning for Individuals
6.56am—Karakia welcoming and opening of event
7.00am - All Individuals including AquaBike start (Beach start)
7.15am - All team swimmers start (Beach start)
8.10am - Swim cut off for Individuals and Aquabike
8.25am - Swim cut off for Teams

8.35am -All swimmers must be out of the water, Important notices for the aquathlon  event.
8.40am—5 minute warning
8.45am - All Aquathlon swimmers start (Beach Start)
9.20am - Swim cut off  for Aquathlon swimmers
11am - Prize Giving Aquathlon
12.30pm - Cycle cut off for Individuals
12.35pm - Cycle cut off for Teams
1.45pm  Cycle cut off Aquabike
2.15pm - Transition open for bike & wetsuit removal
3.30pm - Run course closed for Individuals
3.35pm - Run course closed for Teams
3.50pm  - All bikes must be removed from transition
4.00pm - Prize Giving at Perfume Point Reserve at Event Venue


Age Groups

The Napier Port Harbour to Hills will calculate your age group as of 31st December 2020 so some of you may move up an age group.

Napier Port Harbour to Hills Middle Distance Triathlon


18 - 19 Junior
20 - 39 Open
40 - 49 Vet 1
50 - 59 Vet 2
60 - 69 Legends 1
70+       Legends 2

Male, Female, Mixed

Prizes will be awarded to top male & female in each category.

Suzuki National Championships Aquabike and Aquathlon*

16-19 Years- * Aquathlon only
20-24 Years
25-29 Years
30-34 Years
35-39 Years
40-44 Years
45-49 Years
50-54 Years
55-59 Years
60-64 Years
65-70 Years
71-74 Years
75-79 Years
and older age group competitors will also be considered.

For full details of qualifying for the ITU Aquabike and Aquathlon 2020 World Championships please follow the links below-


Athlete Event Guide 2020 (Coming Soon)

Athlete Information Event Guide 2020

This guide will be updated on a regular basis, all registered athletes will be sent a final electronic version the week of the event 

If you have any questions please contact the event director events@trihb.kiwi

Refund and Withdrawals

Individuals & Teams

There are no automatic refunds available. The organisers may, however, at their sole discretion grant a refund of fees paid if they deem it appropriate prior to 25th November 2019. In the event of a refund under this clause, the Organisers shall retain a $75 administration fee.


If the event has reached capacity the available slot will be offered to the next person on the waitlist.

To request a refund/withdrawal please advise the event organiser in writing (letter or email)

Email: admin@harbourtohills.co.nz

Post: PO Box 7162 Taradale Napier 4112

Team Member Changes

Team member changes are permitted up to 4th December 2019 providing one original member of the team remains. Contact the event organiser with any new details (team name, new name, age and shirt size and who they are replacing – shirt sizes are not guaranteed).

Transfers & Waitlist

You are not permitted to transfer your entry to another person or another event.

If the event reaches capacity prior to the closing date a waitlist will become operational.

The waitlist is managed in a clear and transparent process. Waitlist entries are logged when they are submitted and as the race office receives withdrawal requests the next person on the waitlist is contacted and offered the slot.

Any entries found to be traded on public websites and forums will be deemed invalid and will NOT BE accepted by the race organiser. Private transfers are not permitted and will not be accepted. Athletes involved may be banned from any further participation in the event.

Health and Safety standards at this event are high and any athletes who are identified participating in the event under any other name than their own will be disqualified and both athletes may be banned from any further participation in the event.

Entry fees will not be refunded if the event is cancelled or if the format is altered due to storm, rain, sea conditions, weather or other “Acts of God.’

Please contact the event organiser if you have any questions. events@trihb.kiwi

Sponsors Offers


East Pier Hotel is one of our fantastic sponsors and is in the perfect location for the Napier Port Harbour to Hills.
The hotel overlooks the transition area ONLY 100 M from the finish line with amazing views in the heart of Ahuriri.
Book direct with the hotel and tell them your taking part. http://eastpierhotel.co.nz/

Training Plans



The Napier Port Harbour to Hills  is an endurance triathlon and you will need to be at a certain level of fitness to complete the event within the cut off times.
There are plenty of options open to you from one on one coaching, advice from friends, the internet and local triathlon clubs.

There is no set plan that suits everyone as most people have different goals and time commitments. So we have a couple of options below.

Here you will find the 2 part beginners programme deigned by Ken Maclaren (KinEli Coaching) and this is to help you get around the Napier Port Harbour to Hills Course.

Training plans are six month plans starting from 29th July 2019

Training guide part 1 

Training guide part 2

There are also 2 other training plan options: One for the person who doesn't have a lot of time and the other for the person who has plenty of time

They are both 12 week programs and are only a guide. CLICK HERE for the plans





Race Results

2019 Race results CLICK HERE
2018 Race results CLICK HERE 
2017 Race results CLICK HERE 

Event Photos

CLICK HERE to go to the event photos

Many thanks to Vanessa Campbell Photography for these pictures