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Race Director Talks Chapter 8

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

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World Famous Adventurer Joins GODZone Design Team

Friday, June 15th, 2018

PRESS RELEASE From: 100% Pure Racing, New Zealand Friday 15th June 2018 For immediate release FA’AVAE JOINS DESIGN TEAM FOR GODZONE World famous adventure racer Nathan Fa’avae will bring his adventure racing expertise and intimate knowledge of the Canterbury region of New Zealand to the eighth chapter of GODZone. The consummate adventurer will join GODZone Race Director Warren Bates and Course Advisors Adam Fairmaid and Ian Edmond in designing the Chapter 8 adventure-racing expedition. The seven-day event is being held in Canterbury from the 10th – 17th March 2019. “ We are delighted that Nathan is joining the design team for the second time in the history of […]


It’s Canterbury!

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

PRESS RELEASE From: 100% Pure Racing, New Zealand Friday 1st June 2018 For immediate release   CANTERBURY TO HOST GODZONE CHAPTER 8 Canterbury, home of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki – Mount Cook, has today been announced as the host location for Chapter 8 of GODZone, the world’s largest expedition-length adventure race. The seven-day international race will be held from the 10th – 17th March 2019. GODZone Race Director Warren Bates says the scale and scope of the Canterbury region offers adventure racers an opportunity to experience something big and unique. "I have been lucky enough to spend a fair bit of time exploring the region over the past […]


GODZone to Canterbury

Friday, May 18th, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE Some of the world’s toughest adventure racers are coming to Canterbury to participate in the challenging GODZone event. The event is an extreme cross-country challenge where mixed teams travel day and night across approximately 500km of some of New Zealand’s toughest terrain over a seven day period. Hundreds of domestic and international participants will take part in New Zealand’s only multi-day, non-stop, expedition-style adventure race, presented by 100% PURE Racing. ChristchurchNZ chief executive Joanna Norris says the event will showcase Canterbury’s wild mountainous terrain where the truly adventurous flourish. “We’re looking forward to […]


Fiordland A Success For GODZone

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Chapter 7 of GODZone has been hailed an international success with more than 360 competitors from around the world taking part and significant interest from national and international media showcasing the event. The GODZone website achieved more than million hits during event week, and the event was a spectacle of Te Anau and Fiordland's world heritage national park. Amongst the field chasing the winning title were leading adventure racing stars Nathan Fa avae, Stu Lynch, Chris Forne and Bob McLachlan vying for the top position. After placing second last year, having won five GODZone chapters previously, Chris Forne and his team ‘Yealands Family Wines’ proved to be the […]


LEARNING FROM THOSE WHO WRITE THE BOOK

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

LEARNING FROM THOSE WHO WRITE THE ADVENTURE RACING BOOK By Annabelle Latz It still rings clear as a bell in his head, the day Todd Vickery stepped into Adventure Racing. The journey started in 2016, from his Brisbane white-collared corporate world office. “I had never heard of the sport. I was sitting at work and got text from a mate saying; ‘Hey there’s this race coming up, do you want to have a go?’ I remember texting back and saying ‘Yeah, that sounds good, when is it?’ Then I googled What’s Adventure Racing.” Vickery is a director and driver of A1 Racing, an Adventure Racing series currently in Australia and New Zealand, and soon to be launched in South […]


Thats a Wrap

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

The last teams are across the GODZone finish line in Te Anau. Team 51 Nothing Ventured were the first to arrive and welcomed by an enthusiastic waiting crowd of friends, families and locals who had been on tenterhooks for the last 24 hours. Balloons, children, streamers, bubbles, laughter and looks of relief were the order of proceedings. Pursuit team 89 Kiwi Can were quick to follow after nine days 2 hours out there. They had valiantly been trying to get to the finish line last night but couldn't for the life of them find the CP before they were dark-zoned. Having lost a paddle they decided to sleep the night and head off this morning when they miraculously found the paddle and so it was […]


Swordfox at the finish

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

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Yealands Family Wines at the finish

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

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MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Trevor and Joanne Mcgowan are retired, and in their fifth year of volunteering at GODZone. They said they would have done GODZone it if was 60 years ago, but no way now! They were introduced to GODZone via family. They both love meeting lots of new people they volunteer with. The highlight of this event is the professionalism of the competitors and being in this area of New […]


MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Jasmine, a young Te Anau local, was walking along the Lake Te Anau waterfront a few days ago when she spotted the action at the GODZone finish line at the Marakura Yacht Club. Curious to know what was going on she wandered over to check it out. Keen to get involved she volunteered her time straight away. She has spent two days cleaning the Barracuda AR Duos - it’s a grimy, never-ending task but Jasmine is cheerful in her work, “If I’m going to do something I would prefer to be busy.” After she is finished here she’s off to help out with another event in town. When asked if she was inspired to compete one day she said, “No I’m not an athlete, but I enjoying helping out and […]


JUMP AT THE CHANCE

Friday, March 9th, 2018

JUMP AT THE CHANCE By Annabelle Latz Chatting to Joe Skerman on the phone this evening, he was still ‘watching the dots’ from his dairy farm in Bulls. Before being support crew for his wife’s GODZone team this week, he had always wondered why four people were needed for an adventure racing team. “But now I see it, how they all need each other to pull each other through.” He is still revelling in that memory of PURSUIT team Lincoln Reunion, (85) who crossed the finish line of GODZone Chapter Seven on the shores of Lake Te Anau just after midday on Wednesday March 7th, taking five days and four hours to complete the gnarly adventure race through one of New Zealand’s most […]


Cinderella’s Shoes Part Two

Friday, March 9th, 2018

We last saw team 42, NZHL Women Beyond Cancer, on Sunday as they landed on the riverbank near CP16 after the packraft across Lake Hauroko and down the Wairaurahiri River. Chanel had left her shoes behind at Teal Bay, which did not bode well for the mammoth off-trail trek that was taking teams a number of days to complete. Cue Karn Christian, a photographer on the GODZone media crew, who was on a jetboat that was departing CP16 just as the team arrived. He was more than happy to donate his trail shoes, and Chanel received them with endless thanks. They were a size too big, but that was certainly favourable to any alternative options the team had come up with. I was stationed at TA7 […]


Lake Herries Delivers Magic

Friday, March 9th, 2018

The Kepler Mountains have been the focal point for the last several days of racing where teams have moved between Fiordlands two great lakes - Manapouri and Te Anau. The mountains make up much of the northern shore of Manapouri and the South Fiord of Lake Te Anau. Hidden at the top of the trek is a location every team is talking Herries. An alpine lake so remote most people will never experience its beauty. Access is difficult with the only route by foot via the Kepler track or by helicopter. The lake is the last checkpoint CP27 and the trek over before teams head over and down to TA6 via the Delta Burn. It is being manned by one of the world's leading multisporters Braden Currie. " […]


8th Day of Race

Friday, March 9th, 2018

As the 8th day of race kicks in its clear teams have discovered expedition racing at GODZone provides real adventure and many days on their feet. Over half of the 92 teams that started last Thursday have arrived at the finish line in Te Anau but there are still plenty more to arrive. All teams are through TA3 to Rarakau and TA4 at West Arm on Lake Manapouri. 4 teams are moving through to Supply Bay on the Pursuit, short and unranked course while 11 full course teams are on the final trekking leg over the Kepler Mountains and kayak leg to Te Anau. Comments from teams at the finish line sum up their experience of Fiordland. " Teamwork got us through, unbelievable tough race but the […]


MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Hillary Cant is a boat crew member for real Journeys Doubtful Sound. This is her first time at GODZone, in fact her first involvement with adventure racing. She said she probably wouldn't ever do a GODZone herself, but has really enjoyed her involvement and getting to know some of the other volunteers. She heard about volunteering through a local […]


A RAVE AND GLOWSTICKS A FEATURE OF GODZONE

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

A RAVE AND GLOWSTICKS A FEATURE OF GODZONE By Annabelle Latz Glow sticks and lycra galore, a dozen slightly worse for wear and rough around the edges athletes dance around the tents in the rain. The scene is set amongst the thickest of Fiordland bush. The occasion is GODZone, Chapter Seven. The team instigating this vision is Accidental Adventurers (28). Its’ been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster ride for this South Island team. Firstly they had to say farewell to their team mate Scott Worthington in the early stages of the race after a stick impaled itself into his leg just ten minutes into the first hike on Day One. But a stroke of luck had the teamless but primed and […]


An Early Morning Flotilla

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

There was a tight group of 3 Pursuit teams eager to head off on their last stage of the race this morning from Brod Bay to the finish line. Having been dark zoned off the lake last night the teams had caught up on sleep and paddled across a milky calm lake to an early morning crowd of friends and family. All had something to say when they finally had a pie and beer in their hands. Team 88 Meridian said it was absolutely epic, team 88 AR Pilgrims said they thought it would never end and team 6 Alquimistas said it was like […]


MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Graeme Sunnex is a plant operator in Napier, and has come down to volunteer at GODZone for the first time. “It certainly opens up your eyes to all the work that goes on,” he said, adding he’s really enjoyed following where the course […]


MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Melissa Aitken, a Personal Trainer/Sports Massage Therapist from Invercargill, has been volunteering with the media crew this GODZone. She's had experience with adventure racing before; competing and volunteering, and was really keen to experience the media crew life of GODZone. She heard from friend about joining up. Favoruite bits have been getting amongst it and meeting all the athletes. "A highlight for me is seeing all the team bonding, the organisation of the entire event ." "And getting to see all the fellow Invercargill folk competing and being able to send personal messages home to loved ones via the GZ Facebook page from International […]