"Jurassic, primal, isolated and remote. Brooding and beautiful with constantly changing moods. It is, for sure, a stunning backdrop that challenges athletes more than any other location. You will be left wondering if you might be the very first person to enter a particular area. At Chapter 11, you could be. We are going deep into Fiordland and it will be a massive adventure for all those who take part."
Host Location - Fiordland
Fiordland (Ata Whenua – Shadowlands) is a place of extraordinary scenic beauty. One of New Zealand’s oldest tourism drawcards, this rugged and remote region offers awe-inspiring landscapes and wide range of recreational activities. It’s a world-class sightseeing destination and a must-do for anyone exploring New Zealand.
Fiordland is located in the south-western corner of New Zealand’s South Island. Fiordland is mostly comprised of Fiordland National Park as well as some smaller towns. It is one of only four places on the planet where fiords are found. Fiordland is most famous for Piopiotahi / Milford Sound, often described as “the eighth wonder of the world”. Fiordland is also famous for the Milford Track, known as “the finest walk in the world”. Fiordland is part of Te Wahi Pounamu – Southwest New Zealand World Heritage site. This status affords Fiordland fame and protection for generations to come.
GODZONE visited Fiordland in 2018 for the now legendary Chapter 7 event, with many proclaiming it to be one of the greatest expedition races of all time. The terrain and setting is perfect for the ultimate expedition racing experience. This will be a linear journey, with the start and finish lines in two very different locations. Teams will have between 8 and 9 days to complete the challenge. We expect that the fastest teams will take around five days to complete the course.
Host Venue - Te Anau
The picturesque township of Te Anau is the main visitor base for the glacier-carved wilderness that is Fiordland National Park. Home to a wide range of accommodation including lodges, hotels and campgrounds, Te Anau is the perfect place to stay when visiting Milford Sound. It’s best to book accommodation ahead in the busy months of January, February and March.
Restaurants are plentiful and give visitors the opportunity to sample delicious local fare like venison, lobster and seafood.
At the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre you can make plans to walk the Milford, Routeburn or Kepler Tracks. Apart from hiking, popular local activities include scenic flights, lake cruising, fishing, kayaking and exploring the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. There’s also a bird sanctuary that specialises in native birds.
The serene, picturesque Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island and second largest in New Zealand, with the spectacular Mt Luxmore and Murchison mountains providing an awe-inspiring backdrop. Nestled on the lake’s edge is the attractive town of Te Anau, the gateway to the tramping and stunning scenery offered by Fiordland National Park.
Te Anau was first surveyed in 1893, shortly after the Milford Track opened, but the township only developed after the opening of the Homer Tunnel and the spectacular 120km alpine road to Milford in 1953. The town is a hub for visitors to the sound and also a base for those undertaking the Kepler, Milford and Routeburn Tracks, the former being a 4-day loop from Te Anau.
Boasting a wide range of activities on or off the water, fine restaurants and luxury accommodation – as well as Fiordland’s most luminous inhabitants at the Te Anau Glowworm Caves – Te Anau is a dream destination.
South Island - New Zealand
New Zealand’s South Island hosts the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience. From wildlife to wineries, glacial valleys to star-filled skies, the South Island offers adventure in all its forms. Choose to explore just one region, or road trip from Picton all the way down to Bluff. No matter which destinations you choose to explore on this long, mountainous island, you’ll be constantly open-mouthed before the incredible scenery.
The main feature of scenery in the South Island is mountains. The Southern Alps mountain range is the backbone of the island, stretching for roughly 500 kilometres from Wanaka to Arthur’s Pass.
The Alps have snowy tops all year round, feeding glaciers and crystal clear rivers.
As well as dividing the island visually, the Southern Alps also separate the lower South Island into two distinct halves climatically. The West Coast is frequently drenched in rain the slopes on this side of the island are covered in lush forest. On the eastern side, the Canterbury Plains are much drier and feature a much more arid landscape.
The highest mountain in New Zealand, Aoraki/Mount Cook, soars to 3,724 metres. Mount Cook is one of New Zealand’s greatest natural features. The pyramid-shaped peak entices both day walkers and keen climbers. To get a glimpse of New Zealand’s tallest mountain, you can visit Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park for a day walk or even an overnight trip to the famous Mueller’s Hut.
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