New Zealand is blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery on planet Earth – God’s own country, GODZone, right? However, it is the striking variety that makes it such an unrivalled place for an adventure race. Other countries may offer unique environments but what you get here is almost the whole spectrum of climate zones and related impact that has on the geology, flora and fauna. Draw a line across the 45th parallel of not much more than 100km and you can experience:
Majestic fiords, rainforest, alpine forest, glacial high mountains, tussock & temperate grassland, semi-desert landscapes.
The spine of the Southern Alps is the catalyst for this eclectic mix and we want teams participating in GODZone to experience as much of this variety as possible. Maybe not all of them in every Chapter of the event but, rest assured, you’ll enjoy an ever-changing backdrop and that will in itself bring challenges to every team. What works in the rainforest of the west won’t necessarily work in the arid zones of the east. We want teams to have to think for themselves and use their skills to conquer the terrain challenges ahead of them
Teams should expect and prepare to navigate across tracked and untracked terrain, often in very remote areas. A key ingredient of reaching the finish of GODZone will be the ability to interpret the terrain and prepare for the unique challenges encountered. Teams who have experienced previous Chapters of GODZone will be well aware of the need to be competent in the wilderness and to be able to choose optimal and safe routes in both daylight and darkness.
Terrain Around Queenstown
The town itself is situated in a wonderful mountain environment. You don’t have to walk, bike or kayak far to get into the backcountry and take in the dramatic nature of it all. The large lake that is the backdrop to a lot of Queenstown scenery gives the mountains their scale and perspective. You have some of the most famous walks in the world starting not far from the centre of Queenstown. The town itself has developed into a world-class mountain biking destination. There are two stunning national parks not that far away and a number of conservation and wilderness areas on the doorstep. As ever with a race in New Zealand, the location offers up a wonderful array of landscapes and challenges. The southern alps provide the backdrop and dictate the climate which has helped shape the hills and valleys. Travel an hour in either direction and you can go from bush clad mountains, to glaciers, all the way through to virtual desert-like environments. Teams can expect a pretty full on experience from the location which has based it’s reputation on adventure.