Stage 3: This is the stage you need to crack, without issue, to have a decent chance of finishing GODZone. Teams are presented with a major dilemma at the start of the stage; go coastal and deal with the big river crossings and extra distance. Or, head up the Cascade with all the uncertainty that brings. Decisions decisions. Beautiful scenery the whole way along the Pyke River before teams make a tricky ascent up Hidden Falls and on towards Park Pass, giving great views of the glaciers. Teams will then descend down to the Dart River where they can enjoy the scenic braids of this iconic river. Night time paddling permitted, if conditions allow.