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Sunday 26th February 2017

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By Annabelle Latz

At the front of the pack, local team Tiki Tour (13) has taken full advantage of knowing its back yard so well, earning itself a significant lead at the end of Day Two.

Tom Lucas, Mike Kelly, George Lucas and Floortje Grimmett will have their work cut out over night as they take on Stage 6, the 21km alpine trek through the Sam Summers area then up and over Mt Crichton.

Yealands Family Wines (31) and Swordfox (17) are tracking in second and third place, also trekking Mt Crichton.

The challenges will continue to be dished out to the leaders, who will then endure an 18km kayak up the northern end of Lake Wakatipu, having to navigate CP24 on the shoreline along the way before heading into TA7, most probably in the dark.

Ian Edmond, course advisor for GODZone, said it will be a stunning night trek over Mt Crichton, and with no clouds the stars will be out in full force, adding to the magic of the scenery here in Queenstown.

He added that the still night will also mean a pleasant trip on the lake.

“It will be a very welcome one to give their legs a break from the trekking,” he said.

There will be more than a dozen teams camping overnight at TA3 Deep Creek, keeping within the Dark Zone rules.

They will wait for the 6.45am green light when they can continue on their way into Stage 4, the 14km raft through the Skippers Canyon.

Hill Billys (39) was the last team to get onto the river before the 6.30pm cut off this evening.