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ONE NEW ZEALAND NEW TITLE SPONSOR OF GODZONE

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

GODZONE and One New Zealand have today announced a new principal title partnership that sees the world championship event renamed One New Zealand GODZONE. One of New Zealand’s most prominent connectivity providers, One New Zealand (the new brand announced by Vodafone, launching in early 2023) has partnered with GODZONE, the world’s largest expedition race. This partnership will allow viewers across the world to tune into the race through social channels and witness the stunning Fiordland wilderness from the comfort of their own homes. “Together with One NZ we will be able to showcase to our audience more of the incredible natural environments the competitors experience,” says […]


GODZONE LAUNCHES NEW AUSTRALIAN EXPEDITION RACE FOR 2023

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

The world's largest expedition race GODZONE has today announced it is expanding across the Tasman with a new Australian race planned for 2023. GODZONE Australia is a joint partnership between GODZONE and Australian-based adventure entrepreneurs, high-profile adventure racer Rob Preston and Elite Energy CEO Mark (Emo) Emerton. Founder and director of GODZONE Warren Bates says the move is the next step in the evolution of the high-profile brand recently sanctioned by the Federations International De Sports D'Obstacles (FISO) as the first ever Expedition Racing World Championships. “ We are very excited to see GODZONE, the largest and most recognised event in adventure racing, […]


MAJOR PRIZE POOL ANNOUNCED FOR EXPEDITION RACING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022

GODZONE has today announced a major boost to its prize pool for next year’s adventure racing event that will see winning competitors at the inaugural Expedition Racing World Championships handsomely rewarded. GODZONE Chapter 11, the world's largest expedition-length adventure race, is being held in Fiordland, South Island from the 23rd – the 4th of March 2023. A significant step up in prize money sees the total prize pool expanding to $150,000, by far the largest sum ever paid out during New Zealand’s rich history of the sport. GODZONE Event Director Warren Bates says it’s in response to the international elevation of the championship event - sanctioned by World […]


GLOBAL BRAND RAB PARTNERS WITH GODZONE

Wednesday, June 15th, 2022

A new premier partnership between GODZONE and outdoor clothing and equipment supplier Rab will see the outdoor brand become the official apparel supplier of the event. Hundreds of adventure racing competitors from around the world will compete at GODZONE Chapter 11, hosted in Fiordland - the southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area, in March 2023. Entries for the event open on 1st July 2022. GODZONE Event Director Warren Bates says the new partnership with Rab marks a significantly increased investment into the event and the sport of adventure racing. “We are thrilled this global brand has stepped forward to partner with GODZONE and support the competitors, volunteers and crew […]


EXPEDITION RACING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LAUNCHED FOR GODZONE 2023

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

Today's launch of the inaugural Expedition Racing World Championships has cemented a bold future for the world's largest expedition racing event, GODZONE, held each year in New Zealand and the wider adventure racing community. The first ever Expedition Racing World Championships to be hosted by GODZONE in Fiordland, South Island, in March 2023 has been co-developed and sanctioned by World Obstacle - Federation Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO)based in Switzerland. "We have reflected on GODZONE'S success over the past ten chapters achieving significant global reach and worldwide recognition. We saw the opportunity to accelerate adventure racing as a sport by creating a new […]


Chapter 11 – Fiordland Redemption

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

Fiordland will welcome back the world's largest expedition race, GODZone, after announcing today that the premiere multiday adventure event will return to the region for Chapter 11 in 2023. Fiordland is home to some of New Zealand’s most unrivalled wilderness terrain with a stunning world heritage national park, including the world-renowned Milford Sound / Piopiotahi. GODZone Event Director Warren Bates says the location offers teams an unforgettable and unique racing experience. “ Feedback from our competitors always points to a desire to visit remote, wild and beautiful places, and Fiordland has an aura that resonates with the adventurous. It is a vast tract of untouched […]


REFLECTIONS ON CHAPTER 10

Friday, March 25th, 2022

GODZone celebrated ten amazing chapters of the world's biggest adventure race with a beautiful yet brutal course that traversed the South Island of New Zealand. Following 710km from the rugged West Coast to the East Coast it showcased why New Zealand is the true home of expedition adventure race globally. GODZone Race Director Warren Bates says delivering ten Chapters has been a privilege. "It's also been a very stressful at times but the heady cocktail of spending time in the awesomely beautiful New Zealand wilderness, hanging out with inspiring competitors, the amazing volunteers, working with the generous landowners and the core crew who help pull it all together, somehow makes […]


STAYING ONE STEP AHEAD

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022

Avaya knew from the beginning that GODZone Chapter 10 was going to be hard, and very very long. Team captain of this winning team Nathan Fa’avae, (alongside Chris Forne, Stu Lynch and Sophie Hart) said they were prepared, both mentally and physically. In fact with so much experience under their belt with longer form expedition races, it played into their skill set even more. “Warren (Event Creator) had made it very clear they were taking things to another level from what GODZone had been before. There were no surprises for us in terms of nutrition, and how important it is to have four healthy people every day we’re out there,” said Nathan. Having four healthy people does […]


HELLO TO THE FINAL TEAMS

Saturday, March 12th, 2022

They have spent the longest time out on course - more than any others - so there were big rounds of applause for the last teams as they made it across the finish line at Brighton Beach this afternoon. The very final team was La Sportiva Adventure Racing who enjoyed the attention, the pies and the beers after nine days racing. Time to put the feet up and think about coming back next time for Chapter 11. Thank you to all the teams, the support crews, the volunteers and the GZ management crew who without there would be no ten years of GODZone history to cherish. […]


LAST STEPS HOME AT GODZONE

Saturday, March 12th, 2022

Teams have slept on the beach, in their kayaks, on the side of the Taieri River and at the last TA over night in preparation for their final leg at GODZone to complete Chapter 10. All Pure teams had to be paddling the Taieri River last night from TA8 before midnight or they were moved to the short course but remained fully ranked. Those that slept at the dark zone point at Henley Bridge were back on the river first thing this morning at and many are now hitting the beach for the home straight. Team Eudaimonia were the first to arrive today at the finish line at having slept on the beach until the tide came in - they were stoked with their efforts making it into the top 10 […]


STUNNING BEACH NIGHT TO FINISH

Friday, March 11th, 2022

At least five more teams are expected to arrive across the Brighton Beach finish line tonight with the evening putting on a spectacular night sky to light the way across the 19km coastal trek. Many teams are paddling the Taieri River and will shortly be stopping and camping up for the night as they hit the dark zone on the lower part of the river. All teams are expected to make it home by the middle of Saturday to wrap up Chapter 10 after a significant nine days out in the field. The course has been brutal in places, unforgiving in others but for all an unforgettable experience. And some are already trying to sign up for Chapter […]


GODZONE LEGENDS TROPHY

Friday, March 11th, 2022

Today the historic GODZone Legends Trophy was handed out to team AB Equipment team members Nigel Kelly, Simon Bloomberg, Jodi Dobson and Brad Wallace all of Nelson. The team had no idea they were in the running and were thrilled to receive the trophy. " Simon is the oldest competitor on the course and their bib number reflected his exact age so that was good," said GODZone Competitor Liaison Keren McSkimming." Simon is a journalist from Nelson and has competed in multiple GODZones so we definitely consider him a legend. His son Simon Bloomberg junior is also a GODZoner." The AB Equipment team was short coursed during Chapter 10 but that did not stop them from making it to the […]


WATCH THAT FINISH LINE FEELING

Friday, March 11th, 2022

Jubilation, tears, laughter, hugs & relief - all the emotion bubbles out at the finish line for those teams who have arrived at the Brighton Beach finish line over the past 18 hours. When you have been out in the backcountry for eight days its friends, family and supporters who make those final steps across the line worth it - and a beer & pie! Watch as the teams lap it all […]


ONE NEWS COVERS WINNERS AVAYA

Friday, March 11th, 2022

ONENews coverage of the winning Team Avaya at GODZone Chapter […]


ATARAXIA x MACPAC CLAIM THIRD IN BEACH SPRINT

Friday, March 11th, 2022

It was a sprint down the beach with just minutes between team Ataraxia x Macpac and Topsport for third place this morning with the former taking the coveted prize at 10:15am. Matt Jeans, Tom Reynolds, Shaun Palmer and Hannah Lower of Ataraxia x Macpac were jubilant with their Chapter 10 Pure podium result after putting everything on the line on the 19km trek up the coast to the finish line. "We were running on scared up that beach because we could see Topsport bearing down on us and they have some amazing multi-sporters in that team that we knew could outrun us given half a chance," said Hannah. The team did not stop running completing the last stage in less than two and half […]


THE RACE FOR THIRD IS ON!

Friday, March 11th, 2022

The real chase is on this morning for third, fourth and fifth! GODZone race director Warren Bates has said all week to expect a running race up Brighton Beach for the finish line and that is exactly what's happening as the chase pack reach the end of the stage 9 Taieri River paddle and hit the beach running. "You have to remember at this stage of the game there are races going on within races and it's amazing to watch these teams still wanting it and ready for a sprint," says Bates. Teams Ataraxia x Macpac, Topsport and The Secret Billionaires are digging deep as they attempt to find the last gas in the tank to burn up the 19km coastline trek. Team Ataraxia have a slight […]


FIRST PURSUIT TEAM @ CHAPTER 10

Friday, March 11th, 2022

111 proved to be a very lucky number for Team Ocula's Kristy Jennings, Steve Grieve, Dan Cullen, Nick Aubrey at Chapter 10 with the Pursuit team taking first prize. The team crossed the finish line just after midnight to claim the GODZone Pursuit Trophy and were super happy to have put such a definitive mark on the racing category. GODZone Race Director Adam Fairmaid said the Ocula team queried why they received the 111 bib number at registration. " I joked with them that they were the most likely team to need a 111 call but actually their performance proved they were the least likely to require an emergency callout." "They gave us a stellar performance in the Pursuit event to […]


NO IDEA REVEAL ADVENTURE RACING PROWESS WITH SECOND PLACE!

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

Will Hand, Amy Mannering, Ed Radcliffe and Will Adlam of team No Idea delivered a stunning performance to take second place at GODZone Pure Chapter 10 scooping up the Colts Trophy in the process. The team came through the finish line chute at Brighton Beach at on Thursday night reaching the end of their GODZone race just ten hours behind winners Avaya. Will Hand, Ed Radcliffe and Will Adlam have raced one GODZone before but for Amy Mannering it was her first attempt. "I was very nervous on Friday at the start and had no idea how I was going to get through the entire race especially with little sleep." I knew others who had raced GODZOne and Will my partner had done it before […]


AVAYA VICTORIOUS ON DAY SEVEN – THATS A WRAP!

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

Avaya stamped their mark all over the GODZone Chapter 10 course winning every stage over the past six days of racing. At the finish line eating Kiwi tucker - pies & a beer - they regaled some stories and thoughts about what it was like out there right up in […]


DEFENDING CHAMPIONS REIGN SUPREME CHAPTER 10

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

New Zealand's adventure racing superstars Nathan Fa'avae, Sophie Hart, Stu Lynch and Chris Forne have notched up their sixth win at GODZone today taking out the 2022 Chapter 10 title and claiming the coveted GODZone Championship trophy. Team Avaya completed the final leg of the arduous 710km journey – a 19km trek from the Taieri River Mouth to Brighton Beach - just on midday today arriving at the beach finish line to a cheering crowd of supporters. The adventure racing champion team were supreme throughout winning every stage of the Chapter 10 Pure course that started at Jackson Bay on the West Coast seven days ago. Avaya team member Sophie Hart said they were delighted to get […]