The Tour Aotearoa does an amazing role of delivering 100’s of riders into small communities. These riders deliver considerable economic value to the locals through an endless demand for food, drink, accommodation and services such as ferries and jetboats.
As numbers spiral, these communities stress under our own “over tourism”. Retaining the goodwill and support of these locals will be what determines the ongoing success of this event. As numbers rise, so does the potential conflicts between rider and community. This event involves considerable deprivation and hardship, so how riders handle this and the need to be polite and deal with delays in getting food and service is important.
Bad manners, rudeness and a sense of entitlement run head to head with locals feeling overwhelmed and frazzled, as yet another wave of riders hit with demands for thickshakes, cooked breakfasts and coffee. The ability to step back say “please” and “thank you”, go along way to ensuring the Tour Aotearoa remains a valued economic event that delivers real value to both riders and locals for years to come.