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Sleepmonsters for Team Stihl

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

After five days of trekking, mountainbiking, kayaking and rafting around Queenstown’s backcountry with just eight hours sleep, it finally happened. Of course, I’d heard countless stories about it and knew it would probably happen to me as well but it still came as surprise when the creepy Lord of the Rings character Gollum walked onto the small stony beach on the shores of Lake Wakatipu where I was sitting late at night on the final stage of the GODZone Adventure Race. I told myself it was nothing to worry about and that Gollum was only what adventure racers affectionately call a sleep monster, a kind of hallucination brought on by extreme exhaustion and sleep deprivation. And I was […]


Darkzone restart at Kingston

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

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Interview with Greenhorns (55)

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

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A photo summary

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

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Chapter 6 – Highlights

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

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Creating the amazing adventure

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

The smiling face of Race Director Warren Bates is at the finish line for every competitor. He’s been thrilled with this year’s race, and credits the positive attitude of every team that crosses the line, because they know as well as anyone that what they have accomplished is tremendous. “What is GODZone about, why are we here? We are here to create an amazing experience for these teams. We aim to get the athletes on course, and give them a great adventure. By in large we have done […]


All the Pursuits are now home, and smiling until the very end.

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

By Annabelle Latz All the Pursuit teams are now home safe n’ sound, and there’s a whole bunch of small faces in Hamilton who will be thrilled to bits. Fastlane Fitness Team Teach (71) achieved their goal, to complete the full course Chapter 6 GODZone, as a ranked team. “It was tough, we knew it was going to be like that, but mentally it was very tough,” said team member Alana Cramond, who teaches at Hakanui Primary, Hamilton, alongside fellow team mates Francis Young and Hannah Wakefield. The fourth member of the team Edward Young also lives in Hamilton. Alana said the scenery was a huge highlight, as was the final paddle today from Kingston, and the great […]


Timing of Logistics Planner evens the playing field

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

By Annabelle Latz The physical and mental challenge the GODZone course delivers is tremendous, and so is the pre planning. This year for the first time, the Logistics Planner was given to the teams the week before race day. Delivered by email, it gave teams a chance to plan what gear boxes needed to be where. For the past five GODZone events, the Planner has been given out just the day before, often at the same time that the course map is revealed. Race Director Warren Bates said it benefited the less experienced teams entering GODZone, helping them break down the complications of the logistical demands of adventure racing. “The Planner is just enough to get organised, but not […]


Blake, Ginger ninja crew (81), at TA9

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

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Haast Eagles make it over the finish line!

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

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One More Day

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Day Seven of GODZone looms and the final teams out on course will be itching to get through the last stage and home. What an incredible week it has been and the stories are flowing thick and fast as the teams arrive back. Big tales, hard challenges, sweet moments and true New Zealand the home of adventure racing, […]


Dipping into the land of GODZone

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

By Annabelle Latz It’s been an epic and humbling week here in Queenstown, as a volunteer on the GODZone media team for Chapter Six. To slap some icing on the cake, it was a thrill and a privilege today to be able to fill in as the fourth paddler for Team Cloud Base Nine (19). It was the tenth and final stage of this adventure race, a 47km paddle from Kingston back to Frankton Beach along the mighty Lake Wakatipu. I met the team last night just after 9pm at Kingston, as they filed in off their Stage 9 33km 18 hour alpine trek exploring the ‘Eyre Mountains.’ Graeme Ewenson, Matt Jeans and Hannah Lowe quietly organised their sleeping gear and dinner, aware of the Dark Zone that had […]


Sowing the seed for our young adventure racers

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

By Annabelle Latz Abby MacRedie and Aidan Nicholas are making ground for the next generation of adventure racers. The two 18 year-olds reached the end of Chapter 6 at Frankton Beach this evening, part of T-E-A-M (52) and had an absolute blast. Abby, from Napier, already takes part in adventure races, such as Hillary Challenges and Get2Go. At the finish line she said that GODzone has always been an event she’s wanted to take part in. “It’s always been on my bucket list, and an opportunity came up so I went for it.” The T-E-A-M was Martyn Bowis, Julio Mau-Asam, Abby, and Aidan. Aidan, from Auckland, knows Abby through the same adventure racing community. “I thought I’d try […]


The GENEROUSZone

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

By Annabelle Latz Quest AR (6) were all smiles when they touched the shore of the finishing line of Chapter 6 GODZone yesterday evening. After four days, 11 hours and 34 minutes they were all done. They had so much fun in fact, they renamed the race. Richard Kresser described it as the race that "kept on giving." "So we've renamed Godzone The Generous Zone," he laughed. The foursome from the USA will be best remembered for being the only team to successfully circumnavigate the coast line of the Stage 8 mountain bike 'Via Greenstone.' Swordfox (17) and Adventure Medical Kits (9) both attempted, but had to turn back. Emily Caseria said they knew two other teams had gone around it, […]


Short-coursed but not short changed

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

GODZone media caught up with a few of the teams who were short coursed at midnight last night at Half Way Bay, and took a moment to ask them about their Chapter 6. By Annabelle Latz Paul Ayres has a simple message to fellow GODZone competitors who had a race this week that didn’t quite go to plan. “Don’t give up, be mentally strong because that is all that matters. And look after each other,” he said. He and fellow team mate Grant Hildred from NZ Natural Formulas (48) reached the finish line at Frankton Beach in just kayak. They had been racing as a pair since the end of Mt Crichton; their two team mates Tony Brownrigg and Kathryn Lydiard had to pull out due to […]


Home Victory On Day 5

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Teams are streaming through the finish line this afternoon in great spirits and fine form. Day five has seen fully ranked, short coursed and unranked teams come together on Frankton Beach and enjoy the unique feeling of completing GODZone. Several part teams ( those who have subbed in others to get them to the finish line or two person teams allowed to continue with another team) are amongst the bunch happy to see land after the big paddle home up Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown team said it was very special to have their team mate Andi rejoin them in Kingston for the last paddle after she was airlifted from the course last night with an Archilles injury. Team Outward Bound showered their large […]


Breakfast At The Finish Line

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

There was a sprint race to the GODZone finish line for the first two teams paddling home this morning after the dark zone on Lake Wakatipu was lifted at The first team across the finish line was Team Rogue Four who glided in on glassy calm conditions with onboard music pumping out the tunes. They had kept ahead of the closest team behind them Team Peak Endeavour by 10 minutes. Both teams had camp out stories to swap with their friends and families while downing hot Jimmys Pies and Altitude beer for will be a busy day at Frankton Beach as more teams paddle up from the various spots they stayed on the side of the lake […]


Water Dark Zone Lifted

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Teams are tracking back on Lake Wakatipu this morning as the dark zone was lifted at Six teams were forced to stop paddling last night at 9pm as lake conditions chopped up and others were held back at TA9 - Kingston Beach to stay overnight. " It was a prudent decision to keep the teams off the water and they all had the correct mandatory gear to be able to stop, make camp and settle on the shore for the night," says Race Director Warren Bates. Its reactively calm out there now and should be nice for a morning paddle up the lake to the finish line. The teams who camped out were Pursuit teams, One Square Warriors and Worst Game of Tag, and Pure racing teams Rogue Four,Peak Endeavour, Team […]


Teams Back On Track

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

GODZone teams held at Halfway Bay overnight are back on the track this morning after streaming out of the Stage 8 transition area at this morning. The squad of 13 teams were given a safety briefing by GZ Safety Office Michel Le Page at before they headed off on a new fixed route course to bypass the Short Burn area where rock falls were reported late yesterday. TA staff report an calm and starry morning with weather forecasting morning cloud and light […]


GODZone Course Amendment

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

A course amendment has been implemented late this afternoon by GODZone Management on Stage 9. Race Director Warren Bates says two teams observed a rock fall in the Short Burn and alerted Race HQ. "We immediately halted teams at TA8, conducted a reconnaissance with our safety crew, flew over the area and then the crew walked in." "We have made the decision to remove the free route choice and will now give the teams a clearly defined fixed route that will open at tomorrow. Teams will be given time […]