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ROTORUA TO HOST WORLD’S LARGEST EXPEDITION RACE GODZONE IN 2020

In 2020, Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty region, will become the first North Island area of New Zealand to host the world’s largest expedition adventure race, GODZone. It was announced on Saturday, at the GODZone prize giving in Akaroa, that the Rotorua Lakes Council has succeeded in securing the hosting rights to GODZone Chapter


FAST & FURIOUS START OF THE WORLDS LARGEST EXPEDITION RACE IN AKAROA

Sixty-three teams raced off the GODZone Akaroa start line this morning right on 9am and headed into a full day of multisport disciplines that will see them arrive at the Christchurch Adventure Park later this afternoon. The teams ran from the Akaroa Reserve on the waterfront and dived straight into a 7km coaster around Akaroa


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


LEARNING FROM THOSE WHO WRITE THE BOOK

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


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


MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

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


MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

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


JUMP AT THE CHANCE

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


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


MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

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


A RAVE AND GLOWSTICKS A FEATURE OF GODZONE

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


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


MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

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 goes.


MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

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 OUR VOLUNTEERS

Rachel Clarke, from Invercargill, has been a volnteer on the media crew for GODZone Chapter Seven. In her ‘normal’ life she’s an Occupational Risk Manager. Although she hasn’t been a volunteer with GODZone before, she’s has been at many other events. She’s been involved in adventure racing before, and saw this volunteering idea on a


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


LOOKING AFTER THE WALKING PETRI DISHES

LOOKING AFTER THE WALKING PETRI DISHES By Annabelle Latz Trench foot. Yes, it actually is just what it sounds like… A fungal-filled wounded foot, caused by excessive dampness, cuts and general all-round extreme hard going. The phrase was coined in World War One, but the modern day version is found at GODZone Chapter Seven in