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In 2005 698 riders set off on the very first GrapeRide organized by Pete “the Grape Gonzo” Halligan. We described the course then as “a ride through God’s photo album” and we stand by that description today. From early beginnings we've innovated for fifteen years, focussed on constant improvement of the rider experience. Taking the next step we’re thrilled to welcome you to GrapeRide #17, the Whitehaven GrapeRide at The Vines Village.

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Established in 1994 in the heart of the internationally renowned Marlborough region, Whitehaven is the realisation of the White family’s vision to create a respected and critically acclaimed winery. Sailing the Pacific, Greg and Sue White set a new course for the Marlborough Sounds, dropped anchor and launched a wine label – Whitehaven. The Whitehaven philosophy centres on the pursuit of quality without compromise, a principle that underpins the entire winemaking cycle - from vineyard management through to every bottle of pure Marlborough wine bearing the Whitehaven label. In a relatively short history Whitehaven has evolved to become one of Marlborough’s leading ambassadors; our award-winning wines, bearing the distinctive anchor insignia, are enjoyed around the world. It is a marque of quality, consistency and integrity.

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Mike Pero Real Estate

Not just a sponsor, also a rider, Mike Pero of Mike Pero Real Estate is a long-time rider in the Whitehaven GrapeRide. As our event draws riders from all over the country (as well as overseas) we’re thrilled that no matter where you are in New Zealand, there’s a Mike Pero Real Estate office ready to meet your needs whether buying or selling real estate. Check out their network here and we’ll see you riding on April 23rd.

Vines Village

A superb event venue with a host of attractions including great coffee, Whitehaven wine and Elemental Distillers gins as well as a great range of food, Vines Village is an oasis in the midst of the Golden Mile, the heart of Marlborough’s wine growing area. With great indoor/outdoor options and a selection of retail outlets as well as tourist bike hire, the Vines Village has something for everyone, take a look here.

Pacific Resort Rarotonga

There’s one moment everyone waits for at prize giving every year at the Whitehaven GrapeRide, the moment when we draw the winner of the trip for two to Pacific Resort Rarotonga. It doesn’t go to the fastest, slowest, oldest, youngest or any particular category, if you’re there at the Vines Village and your name gets called then you’re our winner. Just as autumn is setting in, what better than a trip to Pacific Resort Rarotonga, check out what’s on offer here and put yourself in the picture. The impact of Covid-19 means we won't be offering this prize in 2022 however we ask that you put Pacific Resort Rarotonga top of your island holiday list when travel to this tropical paradise resumes. 

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries

Since 2002 Bluebridge have been sailing Cook Strait, connecting the North and South Islands aboard their fleet of combined passenger and cargo ferries. Since 2005 they have also been our floating cycle path bringing northern dwelling Graperiders south to the Whitehaven GrapeRide. 

Not only do they offer a superb service, they also offer a whopping discount off Flexi Sail fares as part of their support for the event

Check here for timetables and bookings and here to find out more about the Bluebridge Bike Club.

Event Pricing

Short and Long Course MTB


20 or 40km MTB

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Great for beginner to intermediate riders

Ideal family day out

Classic GrapeRide and 202km Magnum


101 and 202km

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The iconic GrapeRide - tick your bucket list

Fast or slow, the choice is yours

The Taster



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Focus on the fun

Step up to the challenge