Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

FOOT CARE FOR GODZONERS 2017 Preparing your feet for the race - At least a month before the race, inspect your feet. If there are any soggy patches in the toe webs, or slight flaking on the soles/sides of the feet, you may have a fungal infection. Treat it now to prevent it going haywire in the race (clotrimazole cream twice daily to all foot for a month- from GP or pharmacy) check for horny rough patches (calluses) around heels/bunion area/sole surface of toes. These dig in and cause painful deep thick blisters in race mode! In shower, gently rub with pumice to smooth off gradually over the weeks. Go for some 6+ hour hikes over rough hills in race shoes to check effect on […]


Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

GODZone 2017 - Athlete’s self-help medical advice sheet Hi all from your race doctor, Lynne John. With only a short time until the race, it’s timely to give you some pearls of wisdom re looking after yourself before and during the race. With any luck that’ll mean you don’t get to see me, nor any of the other medical team for the whole race- and I get to camp out in glorious wilderness and have more sleep than you do! Just before the race I’ll send you a brief questionnaire about your preparation and experience, to be followed by a post-race sheet, aiming to learn more from you what is protective and helps you to ‘race-to-perfection’. There have been very few such […]

Altitude GODZone Beer Naming Competition – T&C’s

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Altitude GODZone Beer Naming Competition Terms and Conditions 1. Only one entry (suggested beer name) per person. 2. All entrants must be 21+ with valid ID. 3. The prize winner may be required to participate in publicity accompanying or resulting from this promotion. The winner’s name will be made available upon request. 4. By entering, you relinquish all claims, ownerships and rights to the name worldwide. 5. The decision on winning entry is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 6. Winner will be announced 21st December 2016. 7. All entries will be reviewed by the company to determine whether they are valid and appropriate. GODZone will remove inappropriate entries at […]

Successful Sponsorship for Merrell NZ and GODZone

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Media Release from GODZone Queenstown, New Zealand December 7th, 2016 Immediate Release Successful Sponsorship for Merrell NZ and GODZone An impressive sponsorship relationship is behind high-growth apparel and footwear company Merrell’s continued support for New Zealand’s premiere adventure race, GODZone. GODZone has re-energised adventure racing in New Zealand over the past five years becoming the largest expedition race in the world. Chapter 6 will be held in Queenstown from the 25th February – 4th March 2017, attracting over 500 national and international competitors, support crews and volunteers. Merrell became GODZone’s official apparel and footwear sponsor […]


Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Media Release from 100% PURE Racing Queenstown, New Zealand Thursday 3rd November 2016    For immediate release ALTITUDE BREWING NAMED NEW BEER SPONSOR FOR GODZONE Award winning Queenstown brewing company, Altitude Brewing, is creating a unique and original beer for GODZone competitors to experience at the 2017 event being held in Queenstown from 25th Feb – 3rd March. The craft beer company has this week signed an exclusive three-year beer partnership with the premier New Zealand adventure event. Altitude Brewing directors Eliott Menzies and Eddie Gapper say they are stoked to be on board. “ We are fully amped to partner with this legendary adventure racing event in […]


Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

GODZone Race Director chats with Newstalk ZB about Chapter […]


Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE from 100% Pure Racing, Queenstown, New Zealand For immediate release 30 August 2016 SPECTACULAR QUEENSTOWN COURSE SET TO CHALLENGE GODZONE COMPETITORS Competitors at the 2017 GODZone are in an enviable position of racing through some of the world’s most spectacular scenic alpine environment and most demanding vertical terrain. That's according to GODZone CEO and Race Director Warren Bates who has spent the last 12 months setting a challenging course in and around Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island. “It’s the adventure capital of the world so there is no better place to host the largest expedition race in the world. The region has a legacy of early […]

GODZone Sells Out

Friday, July 8th, 2016

QUEENSTOWN DRAWCARD SELLS OUT GODZONE FOR 2017 Entries into GODZone, the world’s largest expedition adventure race, sold out within two hours of opening last week creating another record-breaking year for the event. GODZone CEO and Race Director Warren Bates said teams worldwide rushed to be in the first wave of entry registrations. “ It was fascinating to watch the entries come in every 2 or 3 minutes from around the globe which proves the race is achieving year on year growth in what is still a relatively niche sport market. Everyone is very keen to race in New Zealand.” The seven day event has two racing categories, GZ Pure and GZ Pursuit, and both are now at capacity […]


Thursday, June 30th, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE from 100% Pure Racing For immediate release 30th June 2016 TEAM ENTRIES FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED GODZONE OPEN TOMORROW Entries into GODZone, the world’s largest expedition adventure race, will open tomorrow (1st July 2016) at 9am NZST with hundreds of eager adventure racers expected to sign up for the sixth chapter of the event. The event’s location for 2017 has been officially unveiled as Queenstown, considered by many to be the home of the sport. Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd says New Zealand’s leading tourism resort town is delighted to welcome the event to the region. “GODZone is an internationally acclaimed event that will attract […]


Friday, June 17th, 2016

In the movie Field of Dreams Kevin Costner’s character said, “If you build it, they will come.” And this was certainly true when the brand new Pursuit event category was introduced to GODZone for Chapter 5, 2016. Demand for places was outstripping available entry spots in the unsupported format of the event that had been running since 2012. The challenge facing the GODZone management team was how to grow the event sustainably, to effectively create a new experience and at the same time reach a wider audience of competitor – people who had perhaps considered GODZone as out of reach. “Unveiling a new event that opens GODZone up to a wider community of adventure racers […]


Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Media Release from 100% PURE Racing Queenstown, New Zealand Monday 1st June, 2016 For immediate release QUEENSTOWN LAUNCHED AS HOST LOCATION FOR 2017 GODZONE The world’s number one expedition adventure race, GODZone, has today launched chapter six of the event that will take place in New Zealand’s leading tourism destination, Queenstown, next February. The seven-day event is set down for the 25th February to the 4th March 2017. GODZone Race Director Warren Bates says Queenstown will deliver the most exciting and dramatic location the race has ever seen. “ The expansive mountains and lakes of the Southern Lakes Region provide the most stunning backdrop for an […]

Greenhorns Race Report

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

I have just had a great few days wandering around the Tasman district's backcountry with an outstanding bunch of young adults. Here's what I wrote in the Waimea Weeklyabout our epic expedition. Thanks Nathan, Lachlan and Rachel and our brilliant support crew for putting up with me. When Nathan Sturrock emailed me about joining their Greenhorns team as a very late replacement for the GODZone adventure race, I had some serious reservations. For starters, the race was only two weeks away and I hadn't done any training. Other teams had been trekking, kayaking, rafting and mountainbiking thousands of kilometres over the last six months to prepare for the epic race through the Tasman […]

Richie McCaw talks post race

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Richie McCaw talks to Kent Johns after finishing the GODZone race. Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking interviews Richie McCaw These sound files are from […]

Team Silky’s Speech

Monday, April 11th, 2016 The first mixed team in the Pursuit event at the prize […]

Yealands speech

Monday, April 11th, 2016 Team Yealands Family Wines prize giving […]

Geeks Cross The Line!

Saturday, April 9th, 2016 All the way from South Korea the Geeks paddle their way into Kaiteriteri beach and cross the finish line to complete their first, and hopefully not last, GODZone […]

The Young and the restless

Saturday, April 9th, 2016 Jenni speaks about the […]

Team LIC the finish

Saturday, April 9th, 2016 Amazed at the Red Hills and Mount […]

Team Cameltoes talk at the finish

Saturday, April 9th, 2016 "We self rescued […]

Team at the finish line

Friday, April 8th, 2016 69 yr old Brian Duffy […]