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Chapter 7 – Fiordland

Event Summary

Teams started and finished their 2018 GODZone in Te Anau. With a 10 day race on offer, there was a chance to explore deeply into the magical area that is Fiordland National Park. The route headed south then back north, utilising the main river and lake systems to connect the various stages together. There were fewer, longer, stages than usual and the introduction of packrafts which allowed some wild paddling and trekking options.

The Waiau River hosted the first stage with some short navigation sections on foot around Manapouri. The teams continued over the mountains around Mt Titiroa before heading down into the Borland and a big abseil. Teams then paddled down the Monowai River and again the Waiau River to reach the first transition. Biking and caving took the teams into the Lake Hauroko area and the start of the biggest ever stage at a GODZone event. Stage 3 was an epic on every level, with teams trekking/packrafting on Lake Hauroko, Waiaraurahiri River, Lake Poiteriteri, Lake Hakapoua and Waitutu River, before heading out along the South Coast. It's fair to say that this stage will live long in the memory of many teams. From there a tricky nav section on bikes took teams through the Rowallan Forest and over the passes to Lake Manapouri. A short kayak took teams to the Freeman Burn where they hiked through the bush to Lake Herries for a short wild paddle and then trek down to Dinghy Cove. The final stage was a long kayak home through the beautiful South Arm of Lake Te Anau.

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The Teams

Another full quota of teams signed up for Chapter of GODZone, with entries selling out in a record breaking 2hrs. The event later added another 10 places to take the number of teams entered to a magic 100. Many teams indicated that despite the longer format event of 10 days, they could not resist the lure of the event being hosted by such a remote and wild region. The race was represented by teams from 10 nations with a strong contingent from Australia, South Africa and the USA.

Team Name Team Captain Team Member 2 Team Member 3 Team Member 4 Final Results
1. Accidental Adventurers Scott Worthington Adele Pheasant Jason Hayman (Stumpy) Ryan Mcmahon Unranked
2. Adventure Racing Coromandel Blair Mackinnon Andy Reid Andrew Macdonald Jo Donnelly Unranked
3. Alquimistas Martin Alberto Acevedo Marco Verri Bongiorno Maria Rosario Martin Garcia Cuerva Unranked
4. AR Pilgrims Alan Ferris Mark Wilson Christine Perry Derek Ireland Short Course
5. Assegai Morne Pienaar Jimmie Fourie Patrick Garceau Marta Zanetti Full Course
6. Ataraxia Matthew Jeans Mirjam van den Boom Patrick Higgins Tom Reynolds Unranked
7. Avaya Nathan Faavae Jodie Faavae Mark Rayward Dan Moore Full Course
8. Bend Racinc / FEAR Society Jason Magness Chelsey Magness Andy Magness Adrian Braaksma Full Course
9. Bendracing/Yogaslackers Stephen Thompson Mari Chandler Erik Sanders Daniel Staudigel Full Course
10. Bivouc inOv-8 Ryan Thompson Bex Law JJ Wilson Dayne McKnight Full Course
11. Carnivorous River Ducks Martin Peat Carey Lintott Nicole Symons Tim Hargrave Unranked
12. CBRAR - Rogue Dave meyer Peter Preston Lou Carrington Liam St Pierre Full Course
13. Charging Moose Adam Cowie Sally Hayes Sean Colyer Glenn McLeay Unranked
14. Checkpoint Zero Paul Humphreys Peter Jolles Craig Tweedie Lucy Noble Unranked
15. Deliver us from evil Glen Warner nicole ranger Peter Marriott Ruth Rothman Short Course
16. Fit for Life Craig Cox Alex Head Simon Lewis Belinda McCone Short Course
17. Greenhorns Levi Hibbert Glen Stricot-Tarboton Rachel Baker Tom spencer Full Course
18. Hardtale Matt Bacon Steve Todkill Aurelien Penneman Jodie Willett Unranked
19. Heads left tails right Angus Watson Sam Walton Tom Wu Rebecca Gifford Unranked
20. I Don't Remember Robin Smith Chip Palzer Clint Arney Olga kramarenko Unranked
21. Jack Wolfskin Girls Debbie Chambers Emma Mccosh Rachel Smith Louise Mark Short Course
22. Kai whakapai Wanaka / Altitude Brewing Shonagh north mark cockroft julian holmes Franck Bocamy Unranked
23. Kauri Coasters Barry Ruddell Graeme Ewenson Hannah Lowe Richie Crawshaw Unranked
24. Loose Moose AR Theo Wordsworth Dulkara Martig Tim Farrant Neville Thorne Full Course
25. Merrell Graham Bird Grant Ross Jane Swarbreck Stefan terblanche Full Course
26. Mont Adventure Racing Tom Brazier Alexandra Orme Lee Rice Paul Cuthbert Full Course
27. More Pros Than Cons Simon TRotter Clem Trotter Nic Leary Sakkie Meyer Short Course
28. Morrison Cars Ian Huntsman Wendy Riach Tony McGuire Devern Burchett Unranked
29. My Generation Jerome Sheppard Nathan Sheppard Liam Drew Jill Westenra Unranked
30. Nakibits Grant hildred Shaun Palmer Kevin hosking Jordyn Coplestone Unranked
31. New World St Martins Freedom Fitness Richard Dove Dean Velenski Olivia Spencer-Bower Jamie Russ Short Course
32. NorCal Andrew Peterson Tim Kuenster Canice Harte Stephanie Green Unranked
33. Nothing Ventured Ben Taylor Simon Saunders Glen Mitchell Sophie Mccarrol Full Course
34. NZHL Women Beyond Cancer Francesca Sanders Lesa Muir Shanel Murray Deanna blegg Unranked
35. One Direction Richard McIntosh Julie Williamson Denis Woods Richard Shields Unranked
36. Out There Doing It Vicky Sandford Ken Telford Jonathan Young Mark Watson Short Course
37. Packrafting NZ Brandon Purdue Alex Nichol Craig Hart Oliver Thompson Full Course
38. Pat Farry Trust Jeremy Webber Harriet Miller GArry Nixon Mark Smith Unranked
39. Plodding Along Chris Stewart Brent Kingsland Dave Cowie Kerri Brand Unranked
40. Proactive Physio Brent Herdson Marty Macdonald Erin Green Krzysztof Muszynski Unranked
41. Purao/Boehringer Ingelheim Rachel Cashin Tim Pearson Mike Charles noel o'leary Full Course
42. PWC Rob Nichol Sarah Fairmaid Bob Mclachlan Richie Mccaw Full Course
43. Real Discovery Goshi Ozawa Natsumi iwatsuki Hanae Takayama Hideaki yoneda Unranked
44. Rogue Four Gordon Townsend Rob Lei Mark Law Kat Reynolds Unranked
45. Rorange Robyn Anne Trenton Wayne smith Victoria May Fischer Cass Bryn Jones Unranked
46. Slice of Heaven LIz Woodgate James Rush Evan Jones Tara Macdonald Short Course
47. Soaked in Adventure Matt Fredericksen Bernie Hopkins Nikita Gane Gary Townsend Unranked
48. Soul Rebels Aimee Saint Andre Jason Therrien Blake McMillan Sam Eames Short Course
49. Swordfox Brent Edwards Ash Whitehead Stuart lynch Georgia Whitla Full Course
50. Tail End Charlie Colin Kinnison Kath Copland Sharon Blegg Mike Rait Unranked
51. Tavendale & Partners Lawyers Greg Roadley Jim Cotter Jo Turnbull Mike robins Full Course
52. Team 40/50 Adventure Shari "Shebeast" Hymes JD Eskelson Peter spagnoli Brian Eason Unranked
53. Team Ground Anchor Systems Timbo Bygate Gretchen Dalzell Jimmy Mackay Kieran Hambrook Short Course
54. Team Kiwiharvest Patrick Manning Anne Gray Pieter Brits Penzy Dinsdale Unranked
55. Team LIC Richard Spelman Jason Mouat Christine Couldrey Patrick Marsh Short Course
56. Team Macpac Neville Wells Matt Lash Paul Rust Leah Barnfield Short Course
57. Team Motueka Brent Steinmetz Jake Stow Cheryl Young Martin Lukes Full Course
58. Team RAF Jamie Buckle Charlie butterfield Laura frowen Penny grayson Unranked
59. Team Ray White Invercargill / Te Anau Matt Randall Kylee Henriksen Jason Miller Brendan Kerr Unranked
60. Team uBhejane David Zimmermann Tim Jones Marilyn Zimmermann Steph deist Unranked
61. Team Victory Boxing Simon Bloomberg snr Jane Orbell Simon Bloomberg jnr Dene Gavin Full Course
62. The Moose Hunters Andrew Stokes Dan Major Laura Pattie Owen Keet Unranked
63. The Slow Twitchers Rhys John Andrew Crowley Jennifer Walker Danny Cartlidge Full Course
64. The Sneaky Weasel Gang Struan Webb Anna Barrett Mitch Munro Tane Cambridge Full Course
65. Thunderbolt Hugh Stodart Bernadette Dornom Josh Street Leo Theorharis Unranked
66. Tiki Tour Tom Lucas George lucas Michael kelly Corrinne O'Donnell Full Course
67. Torpedo 7 Richard Anderson Jo Williams Greig Hamilton Sam Manson Full Course
68. UC Engineering Quinn Hornblow Alex Manktelow Will Jones Jessie Winder Full Course
69. Virbac Animal Health Brendan Hickman Anthony Oswald Darron Jones Tina moore Full Course
70. Wet Regret Andrew Thompson Simon Tailby Robert Glenny Anna Brooke Short Course
71. Wild Moose Chase Joseph Rea Abban Quayle Nicola Kirkham Mathew Morreau Unranked
72. Yealands Family Wine Chris Forne Emily Forne Dan Busch Aaron Prince Full Course
Team Name Team Captain Team Member 2 Team Member 3 Team Member 4 Final Results
1. Aotea george kool mathew haworth Angus Webb annabel dekker Full Course
2. Cannonballs Tom Horner Josh Gordon Harry ormiston Andrew Stace Full Course
3. Chafing the Dream Daniel Mcdonald Vaughn woods Matt carter Lisa payne Full Course
4. Countdown to the Ranch Grant tremain adam bentley Jade Lilo Pania Dalley Full Course
5. Ginger NINJA crew Brian Wilson Darryl Sutton anthony fokkens David o’carroll Unranked
6. Keen as Toast Alex Mcleod Claire Bell Megan Blakely Karl Guy Full Course
7. Kiwi Can Paul Cartlidge Dom Papoutsou Dan Burke Nathan White Unranked
8. Lamb to the Slaughter Michael Crisford Ashleigh Hall BOb Hunn Luke miller Full Course
9. Lincoln Reunion Gerald holden Trevor Hurley Kym Skerman dave divers Full Course
10. Off Trail Adventures Nic Droste Alex Morgan Vetti fawcett Jake REUs Full Course
11. Pics Slippery Slope Fiona Shanhun Michele Frey Nick Stillwell emma mackie Full Course
12. Team Fiordland house Keri Antoniak Dean Clark Heather Barnes scott kinzett Full Course
13. Team Landpro Richard Ford Michael Mitchell elicia milne jason searle Full Course
14. Team Marlborough Tuatara Structures Kieran hickman Andrew Jones Glenn Blackmore Bec Scherp Full Course
15. Team Meridian caroline diprose-rea richard griffiths brett horwell paul churton Full Course
16. Team NCX Stephen John julian maclaren megan carter Dave Taylor Full Course
17. Team Turiwhate Katie Smith troy watson iain mciver Rachel Drew Full Course
18. Welcome Aboard Brent Denny Phil Elder Odelios Ruegg Benjamin Lott Full Course
19. Worst Pace Scenario Elisha Nuttall Joel Smith Erika stark Selena Metherell Full Course

The Route

A breathtaking journey through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular and world-wide recognised terrain - Fiordland National Park. The GZ Pure route covered a total distance of approximately 550km, a bit longer than most Chapters of GODZone. However, the challenging terrain and heavy loads meant that overall times were about 2-3 days longer than usual for finishing. The route comprised roughly 150km of trekking, 215km of biking, 49km of kayaking, 135km of packrafting, 1km of caving and a section of fixed ropes. The GZ Pursuit event covered approximately 431km and with packrafting substituted with canoeing.

There is no doubt that the challenging terrain, navigation, route choice and heavy loads played a part in the outcomes for most teams. Many reported running out of food on Stage 3 as they miscalculated how long they would take and how much food they would need. This factor was made worse for those teams who got lost in the bush. Even experienced teams made this mistake and the event, as a whole, was a big learning curve for many - just as it should be.

Results

The top 3 GZ Pure teams were the same three from Chapter 6 - but they all shuffled positions. The race between Swordfox and Yealands at the front ebbed and flowed but when it came to the last 24hrs, it was Yealands who came through with that extra bit of strength and sleep in the tank - despite a navigational error on Lake Manapouri at night. Tikki Tour couldn't quite go at the speed of the top 2 but they'll be pleased to once again grace the podium having won the event the previous year in Queenstown.

A particularly warm congratulations to Greenhorns who won the Colts Trophy and prize. With a combined age of just 88 they are on a steep improvement curve and it will be interesting to see where they go from here. We've seen a lot of younger teams make big progress at first and flaunt with the top tier. But none have yet to crack the podium and the upper echelons of the event are still dominated by older more experienced athletes. They have a lot of promise and skill. We will be watching them with interest.

GODZone Chapter 7 - Fiordland, was won by the Yealands Family Wines team. The team comprised Emily Forne, Aaron Prince, Dan Busch, and Chris Forne (his 6th victory in the event). Yealands completed the challenging course in fine style, paddling into Te Anau Beach after an epic journey, completing the course in 133 hours and 34 minutes.

It's hard to design a course that is 'Chris-proof' and in an area so demanding of navigation, this team was always going to be difficult to beat. One should not overlook the strength of the winning team and also their strategic decision making and sleep strategy.

Team Name Team Captain Team Member 2 Team Member 3 Team Member 4 Final Results
1. Yealands Family Wine Chris Forne Emily Forne Dan Busch Aaron Prince 05d 13h 34m
2. Swordfox Brent Edwards Ash Whitehead Stuart lynch Georgia Whitla 05d 15h 56m
3. Tiki Tour Tom Lucas George lucas Michael kelly Corrinne O'Donnell 05d 23h 51m
4. Avaya Nathan Faavae Jodie Faavae Mark Rayward Dan Moore 06d 07h 29m
5. Torpedo 7 Richard Anderson Jo Williams Greig Hamilton Sam Manson 06d 08h 03m

Some have said that the GZ Pursuit, Chapter 7 - Fiordland, event was more like a normal Chapter of GODZone for the Pure teams. True, the event was a lot longer than usual but the finish percentages were still pretty good for the GZ Pursuit teams. After a long battle with Lincoln Reunion, Team Turiwhate came out on top, winning the event in 136 hours and 40 minutes.

Team Name Team Captain Team Member 2 Team Member 3 Team Member 4 Final Results
1. Team Turiwhate Katie Smith troy watson iain mciver Rachel Drew 05d 16h 40m
2. Lincoln Reunion Gerald holden Trevor Hurley Kym Skerman dave divers 06d 04h 21m
3. Team Marlborough Tuatara Structures Kieran hickman Andrew Jones Glenn Blackmore Bec Scherp 06d 06h 20m
4. Team NCX Stephen John julian maclaren megan carter Dave Taylor 06d 07h 02m
5. Countdown to the Ranch Grant tremain adam bentley Jade Lilo Pania Dalley 06d 11h 47m