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Dark Zone Imposed For Lake Wakatipu

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Race Management have taken the prudent decision to impose a dark zone between 9pm and , from Wednesday night, for the final paddle stage from TA9 at Kingston to the finish at Frankton Beach. A time credit will be given for the time spent waiting out the dark zone. This means teams arriving at TA9 after 9pm will remain in the TA until the end of the dark zone at Teams already on the water before 9pm must pull into a beach and camp for the night. If the team is already inside the Frankton Arm at 9pm, they may continue to the finish […]


Last three teams cut to short course

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

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Motueka To Serve Time Penalty On Lake

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

GODZone Race Director Warren Bates is enforcing a two hour time penalty on Team 50 Motueka for leaving a piece of mandatory equipment on the beach at Kingston. The team mistakenly left their yellow brick tracker at the transition area and are currently paddling on Lake Wakatipu without it. Warren says the team will be told to serve a two hour penalty at Lakeside Estate - 300 meters north of the CP 31 where there is a jetty and grassy area. The penalty will be self administered but Race HQ will be watching as the tracker is being driven up the road by a TA staff member and will be given to them at the […]


Alpine Trekking On Eyre Mountains

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

This high mountain trek where many teams are today that takes teams south through the Eyre Mountains is one of the most inspiring for Chapter 6 of GODZone. Every team through the finish line so far has been in awe of the terrain, the elevation, the ridge lines, the steep and rocky valleys. Many teams are heading through this area today will see the landscape at its best with azure blue skies above and a light breeze. Course assist Ian Edmonds says its the kind of New Zealand back country not many people experience because of its remote location and access."Up the tops you get a 360 degree view of the stunning and rugged terrain which is rich reward the hard core gut busting climb […]


Halfway Bay Fav’s

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

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Hot Kayaking At GODZone

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Its like hot bedding except its hot kayaking for team Rebelfood who have been travelling as an unranked 3 person team since Richard Ussher had to retire on Day 2 with a nasty chest infection. Its resulted in different friends subbing in for each kayak 9 x Coast to Coast winner Steve Gurney stepped in for the upper Shotover River canoe in Skippers Canyon. Then 2 x Pioneer winner and champion mountain biker Mark Williams stepped in for the kayak on Lake Wakatipu. And now local Queenstown adventure racer Baz Smith is preparing to join the team at Kingston for the paddle home sometime in the next 24 […]


Bringing Up The Rear

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

The stunning weather conditions on Day 5 are a boon for teams bringing up the rear of GODZone with the most spectacular kaying and biking stages to endure today. Team 43 All Talk Racing are on the Mt Crichton - possibly having a coffee break - we think. The Hardn up Princess and NZ Natural Formulas are paddling down to Glenorchy on a crystal clear Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown girls T F Bundy are in Glenorchy maybe heading for some brekkie at the cafe and teams Otago Minions,LIC and team 11 are quite possibly heading into the best bike ride of their lives through the […]


A less than perfect champion finish for Pursuit defending champions

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

By Annabelle Latz It hadn’t been quite the dream finish champion Pursuit team Virbac Animal Health (74) had predicted. It ended up a very tight finish between them and Best Foot Forward, (83) but they claimed the win with huge smiles, meaning a back to back Pursuit victory for two of the team members Anthony Oswald and Brendan Hickman. Along with team mates Tina Moore and Adam Stanyer, they rolled into shore at Frankton Beach at this evening; 3 days, 13 hours and 20 minutes after setting off from Queenstown Beach on Saturday morning, with just five hours sleep under their belt. Oswald was buzzing and full of energy, amped from the epic 47km Stage 10 kayak from Kingston. It […]


Who Made That Cut Off

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Watch the video to see the jubilation of who made the shortcourse. These teams did not 44, 14, 51, 48, 33, […]


Lead Pursuit Teams Inspire

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Tina Moore wobbled on her feet so much getting out the kayak at the finish line she practically pitched backwards straight into the lake. Team Virbac Animal Health had exhausted every last bit of energy they had - there was nothing left in the tank. Virbac's amazing support crew were to steady them all as the team crawled out of their kayaks and stood unsteadily looking slightly bewildered at all the fuss being made on the beach. Then slowly they got it together and stepped forward to cross the finish line as first placed mixed Pursuit team. The stories tumbled out of their mouths about Adam stuffing his knee, drag racing at the start of the rafting, not being able to hear what their […]


Crucial Midnight Cut Off Tonight

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

So lets take a look at the teams streaming down off Mt Crichton in a rush to get paddling on Lake Wakatipu tonight and make that all important 'short course' cut off. 7 teams are currently travelling between TA 5 and TA6. They then must get down to Glenorchy by midnight. Team 18 who have the chosen the highly unusual name of Team 11 - yep its their actual team name - are currently the closest to the kayak leg so getting down to Glenorchy should not be too much of a problem given its taking an average of to 3 hours up the lake. Next is Team 41 NZ Natural Formulas spent over 4 hours at Lake Isobel so have had a decent kip - should help them dig deep. They are moving well and we want […]


There is still a lot to play for

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

The first two teams Tiki Tour (14) and Yealands Family Wines (31) have touched down at Frankton Beach and the celebrations of completing Chapter 6 of GODZone have begun. But the hard work is far from over for the rest of the competitors. Race Director Warren Bates said there is still a lot to play for, and there will be three critical events over the next 24 hours. Firstly, the battle between the two leading Pursuit teams, Virbac Animal Health, (74) and Best Foot Forward, (83). The gap has certainly closed between them over the course of the Stage 9 33km alpine trek ‘Eyre Mountains.’ Virbac Animal Health had a 20 minute lead heading into to Stage 10, the 47km kayak on Lake […]


Sticking to half the race plan was enough for a win for Tiki Tour

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

By Annabelle Latz Tiki Tour (13) only stuck to half its race plan, but it didn’t affect the champion result one bit. The local team took line honours for GODZone Chapter 6 in convincing style this morning on the shores of Frankton Beach. Amidst picture perfect conditions, the kayaks of Tom Lucas, Mike Kelly, George Lucas and Floortje Grimmett touched the shore line at ; three days, four hours and 15 minutes after setting off from Queenstown Beach on Saturday. They were super happy with their race, all looking fairly relaxed on the finish line with a beer and pie in hand as they took a moment to reflect on their efforts. Tom said he and his brother George had spent a fair bit of […]


Ridgelines & Rocky Cliffs Day 3

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

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That Winning Feeling 4 Tiki Tour

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

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Perfect Day For Finish

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Amazing conditions on Lake Wakatipu are proving to be a boon for lead team Tiki Tour as they paddle staunchly to the finish line. While bets are being laid by HQ staff as to the exact time of arrival on Frankton Beach its definitely going to happen before midday by the looks of the tracker. We are guessing between and forward to seeing many well wishers down […]


Day 4 TA9 Tiki Tours leaders report

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

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All go at the front of the pack between Tiki Tour and Yealands Family Wines

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Yealands Family Wines (31) looked determined and rather chipper when they came through TA9 transition at just before 8am this morning. They’ve been fairly close on the heels of Tiki Tour (13) the whole race, sometimes getting within minutes of the leaders. On Stage 9 alpine trek ‘Eyre Mountains’ Tiki Tour (13) made some great ground on them, taking a slightly different route and keeping up a smoking pace. Yealands Family Wines (31) had a quick kip just after sunset, but otherwise went straight through the night. “It’s been an awesome course and we’ve really enjoyed it, it’s been fantastic,” said Dan. He admitted taking a punt doesn’t always go the team’s way, but […]


Team Yealands Still Chasing

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Team Yealands Family Wines arrived at Kingston Beach and the last TA of the race all action with a very quick transition. Stuffing food into their mouths while donning PFD's and climbing into kayaks they were all business. The conditions on Lake Wakatipu are ideal for the paddle up to Frankton Beach near Queenstown with a southerly breeze picking up. Yealands are the returning GODZone champions and they are racing hard to the very end - second place? Looking […]


Getting Ready For Finishline Celebration

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

The lights are on, the flags are up, the finish line archway is inflated as the GZ race crew prepare to see the first team across the GODZone finish at Frankton Beach before midday. Team Tiki Tour have arrived at Kingston Beach this morning just before 6am and are now in their kayaks and on the last paddle up the Kingston arm of Lake Wakatipu towards Frankton finishline. Race Director Warren Bates estimates it will take around 7 - 9 hours to paddle to the finish depending on lake conditions. " Tiki Tours lights can be seen from a distance. They look like they are not moving much but they will get going with a light southerly breeze starting to build. " What an amazing morning its […]