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GODZone Volunteer Extraordinaire

In 2014 GODZone made it to Kaikoura where sensational landscapes, incredible paddling sections, beautiful weather and several pods of friendly dolphins made Chapter 3 a GODZone to remember. No one in the management team will forget that year in a hurry and one of the most significant moments was getting to know Kaikoura local Mark


Giant NZ Partners with GODZone

One of the world’s leading bike brands Giant has partnered with GODZone to support racing teams at next month’s seven-day adventure race in Canterbury. Giant Bicycles specialises in creating premium-grade mountain bikes, road and e-bikes with one mission in mind: to improve the cycling experience for all. “Giant has always been focused on delivering the


The World’s Best Prepare for Glory at GODZone

The battle lines have been drawn for the upcoming GODZone adventure race being held in Canterbury from the 10th – 17th March with over 250 athletes from around the world vying for a win. It’s the first time the seven-day expedition adventure race, the largest of its kind in the world, has been held in


A1 Series Winners Eye GODZone Chapter 8

Australian adventure racing team Thought Sports recently won the Adventure 1 Series in Australia for 2018 and an entry to race at GODZone Chapter 8. Team captain Rob Preston talks to us about the teams goals and aspirations for racing in New Zealand. What are your team goals for Chapter 8? We would like to


NEW ZEALAND’S PREMIERE FREEZE DRIED FOOD CO BACKS GODZONE

Competitors in the world’s largest expedition adventure race, GODZone, will be well fed during Chapter 8 of the event with Back Country Cuisine coming on board to support the teams. The pioneering freeze dried meal business is backing New Zealand’s premier adventure race being held in Canterbury from the 10th – 17th March 2019. Based


Teams Sign Up For Canterbury In Big Numbers

PRESS RELEASE From 100% Pure Racing, New Zealand and ChristchurchNZ Tuesday 10th July 2018 For immediate release GODZONE HITS BIG TEAM TARGET FOR CHAPTER 8 IN CANTERBURY Canterbury and Christchurch have been a massive drawcard for adventure racing teams from around world with entries into GODZone Chapter 8 hitting the mark for 2019. Over 70


GODZone Opens Entries Chapter 8

PRESS RELEASE From 100% Pure Racing, New Zealand Sunday 1st July 2019 For immediate release NEW ZEALAND’S PREMIERE ADVENTURE RACE OPENS ENTRIES Entries to Chapter 8 of GODZone open at 9 am (NZT) today with teams from around the world expected to be vying for a racing spot at the prestigious adventure event. The eighth


IAN EDMOND TALKS TEAMS, SKILLS & CANTERBURY’S ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND

World class adventurer, GODZone course advisor and tech manager Ian Edmond discusses the challenges that lie ahead for Chapter 8, what skills he thinks teams should brush up on and Canterbury being an adventure playground.


World Famous Adventurer Joins GODZone Design Team

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


It’s Canterbury!

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


Fiordland A Success For GODZone

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 2.1 million hits during event week, and the event was a spectacle of Te Anau and Fiordland’s


Thats a Wrap

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


Cinderella’s Shoes Part Two

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


Lake Herries Delivers Magic

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


8th Day of Race

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


An Early Morning Flotilla

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


Dark Zones & Cut Off’s looming

Dark Zones Dark zones kick in tonight on Lake Te Anau. This will affect Pursuit and short course teams paddling from Brod Bay to the finish line. They will be required to stop paddling at 9pm and camp or stay in TA7. Teams will receive time credits and be restarted in the morning at five-minute


Tiki Tour Complete Top Trio

Team Tiki Tour got the party started today paddling across a milky pond Lake Te Anau in the early morning light to the finish line in third place. The returning Chapter 6 champion team has chased teams Yealands Family Wines and Swordfox from the very beginning and while pleased to have finished were a tad


Potato Chips & Pies

Pies & potato chips are the perfect race food. Ask any racer. When Richie McCaw raced at GODZone Chapter 5 in Tasman he was involved with the purchase and eating of quite a few pies around the course – all totally allowed by the race rules. That was the year the most pies were ever


First Pursuit Team Make It Happen

Team Turiwhate from Northland has claimed first place in the Pursuit category with easy style. The foursome of Katie Smith, Troy Watson, Iain Watson, Rachel Drew gave the race all they had and described it as a lot of laughs. “We actually were just having fun out there. Managed to get two six-hour sleeps early