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Cargo Brewery Onboard With GODZone

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Award winning Cargo Brewery has signed on as GODZone's exclusive beer sponsor and we could not be more stoked. Queenstown’s only boutique brewery with its own hop farm has been operating for 4 years, since the owners Malcom and Meron Blakely discovered the joys of brewing .They have opened their own interactive brewing, outdoor garden and cellar door at Waitiri Creek in the Gibbston Valley and recently reinvigorated the historic Gantleys pub, in Arthurs Point, to a Cargo Taproom and Beer garden. The Cargo beer selection is made up of ten unique brews, and some of the Cargo Classics include an easy drinking Lager, a smooth and hoppy Pilsner, a full bodied IPA and a silky smooth […]


GODZONE CHAPTER 9 MOVES TO MARCH 2021

Friday, April 24th, 2020

New Zealand’s premiere adventure event and the world’s largest expedition adventure race GODZone has today announced it is moving the ninth edition of the event to March 2021. GODZone Chapter 9, which was to be held in Rotorua in November, will now be held from the 4th – 13th March 2021 to allow more time for the New Zealand Government to reduce the likelihood of community spread of Covid 19 and open borders to international teams. GODZone event director Warren Bates says moving the event by 15 weeks will realign with the traditional GODZone March timeframe. “We normally host the race during Feb or March, and this is a great time for racing in the North Island with more […]


NATHAN FA’AVAE & SEAGATE TEAM TO RACE GODZONE

Friday, April 24th, 2020

World Champion adventure racer and New Zealand’s most respected competitor Nathan Fa’avae is set to return to GODZone after a three year hiatus and says he’s pumped to be racing Chapter 9 with his original Seagate teammates, as Team Avaya. “ It was Sophie Hart to first put her hand up for Chapter 9 after Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty was announced as the location as that’s her home turf. She was keen to race with our original team and we were all onboard. It’s a great opportunity to experience the very first North Island GODZone – it’s going to be very unique in that volcanic landscape,” says Nathan. The World Champion adventure racing team comprising of Nathan […]


GODZONE CHAPTER 9 SHAPING UP TO BE MEGA ROTORUA EVENT AS TEAM LIST RELEASED

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

The ninth edition of the world's largest expedition adventure race, GODZone, is shaping up to be the best yet, with a sell-out field of teams from around New Zealand and the world competing across three racing categories. The New Zealand adventure race being held for the first time in the North Island and hosted by Rotorua has once again proved its immense popularity amongst the national and international adventure racing fraternity. "We have released the team's list today with close to 100 teams competing, so it will be one of our largest events to date,” says GODZone Event Director Warren Bates. “Rotorua has proved to be a star attraction particularly for Kiwi adventure racers […]


A1 NZ Series Winners Tiki Tour Gain Spot to GODZone

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

The Marokopa Munter held in New Zealand’s Central Plateau last week bought good results for high profile adventure racing team Tiki Tour who took out the event and gained top points to claim victory in the 2019 A1 Series and the coveted prize of a GODZone Chapter 9 team entry. Tiki Tour team members racing the event included Mike Kelly of Queenstown, Stu Lynch of Nelson, Jo Williams of Wanaka and Bobby Deans from Te Puke. “It was a pretty tough 24 hour race and for the best part of the last day we had no idea where the other teams were. We spent about 90 minutes searching for a checkpoint but in the end moved on and so it was great to make it to the finish line and claim the […]


Rotorua Competitors Step up to GODZone including NZ Olympic Kayaker Mike Dawson

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

New Zealand’s iconic expedition length adventure race GODZone put the ‘Sold Out’ sign up just one day after opening entries back in September and has now confirmed one of the largest fields will line up in Rotorua next November. The nine-day event gets underway in 12 months in Rotorua from the 19th - 28th of November 2020. Of the ninety teams who were lucky enough to gain an official Chapter 9 racing spot, eleven teams hail from Rotorua and the surrounding district. "We are delighted at the continued growth of GODZone, and it is a testament to the popularity of the event being hosted for the first time in Rotorua and the North Island,” says GODZone Event Director Warren […]


GODZone Attracts More International Teams

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

New Zealand is experiencing a growth in adventure racing with the world’s largest expedition race, GODZone, leading the charge. GODZone Chapter 9, to be held in Rotorua in 2020, sold out in less than 24 hours last month, notching up another win for the prestigious adventure racing event. Of the more than 360 competitors confirmed to take part in the event, 24 % are internationals who will make the journey down under to compete in the eight-day, non-stop race next November. GODZone Event Director Warren Bates says Australians make up the largest contingent followed by competitors from the UK, the United States, and Europe. “It’s pleasing to see the competitor spread is […]


GODZone Attracts More International Teams to New Zealand

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

New Zealand is experiencing a growth in adventure racing with the world’s largest expedition race, GODZone, leading the charge. GODZone Chapter 9, to be held in Rotorua in 2020, sold out in less than 24 hours last month, notching up another win for the prestigious adventure racing event. Of the more than 360 competitors confirmed to take part in the event, 24 % are internationals who will make the journey down under to compete in the eight-day, non-stop race next November. GODZone Event Director Warren Bates says Australians make up the largest contingent followed by competitors from the UK, the United States, and Europe. “It’s pleasing to see the competitor spread is […]


WORLD’S LARGEST ADVENTURE RACE SELLS OUT IN 24 HOURS

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

The world’s largest expedition adventure race, GODZone, sold out less than 24 hours after opening entries to Chapter 9 of the event being held in Rotorua next year. The New Zealand adventure race once again proved its immense popularity amongst the national and international adventure racing fraternity selling all available team slots quickly. “We had a lot of entries that flooded in yesterday morning, and we hit the 90 team capacity quite swiftly,” says GODZone Event Director Warren Bates. " Each year, it's a battle for teams to gain a racing slot, and it is the first major step for competitors on their journey to Chapter 9 in Rotorua. The event is going to be one of the […]


ENTRIES OPEN TODAY FOR WORLD’S LARGEST ADVENTURE RACE

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Entries to Chapter 9 of GODZone, the world's largest expedition race, open at 9 am (NZ time) today and will be highly sought after by adventure racing teams around the globe. GODZone is making history in 2020 with Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty becoming the first North Island region of New Zealand to host the prestigious event from the 19th to the 28th November 2020. It is expected to be one of the largest multiday adventure racing event ever held in the country. GODZone Event Director Warren Bates says Rotorua offers a spectacular region for teams to explore and will be a significant highlight on the growing adventure racing scene. “This is the perfect opportunity for competitors […]


Warren Bates talks Chapter 9 with Ferg on Classic Hits

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

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Interest at all time high for GODZone 2020 Ultimate Edition

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

National and international teams will be vying for a spot in the first ever North Island GODZone to be held in one of New Zealand’s most high profile visitor destinations, Rotorua as the official website goes live today. Interest in the 9th chapter of the world’s largest expedition length adventure race is at an all time high with teams from around the world preparing to gain entry into the nine day event taking place in Rotorua in November 2020. “There is unprecedented interest from teams contacting us about racing in the event we are dubbing the ‘Ultimate Edition’ that I expect the entries will be snapped up when we open up for registration in four weeks’ time on the […]


DATES SET FOR AN ULTIMATE EDITION OF GODZONE IN ROTORUA

Friday, May 17th, 2019

In preparation for the first ever North Island GODZone adventure race to be held in 2020, the event organisers, 100% Pure Racing, have today announced the official race dates. “We are especially pleased to be bringing the world’s largest expedition adventure race to the Rotorua region as it is a highly anticipated location for the event,” says Event Director Warren Bates. “Chapter 9 will be held from the 19th to the 28th November 2020 and is expected to be one of the largest multiday adventure racing event ever held in New Zealand.” Each year GODZone brings hundreds of adventure competitors from around the world together to take on the challenge of racing through New […]


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

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

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 9 with the international event set down for November 2020. Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, the Rotorua region is known for its active geothermal mud pools, geysers and natural hot springs. According to GODZone Event Director Warren Bates, Rotorua offers an extraordinary landscape with unique features not seen before in adventure racing the world […]


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

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

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 Harbour and Lushington Bay to Takamatua. “ There was such an amazing vibe at the start-line and the teams were just super pumped to get the adventure started. It’s a wet start to a big day of activities and after 12 months of organization for us and the all the teams it’s great to get everything underway,” says GODZone Race Director Adam […]


Event Director Warren Bates talks Chapter 8

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

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Richie McCaw Talks GODZone

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

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GODZone Volunteer Extraordinaire

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

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 Nevin. With his stature, Santa like beard and ‘can do’ attitude Mark quickly became a steadfast member of the GODZone team and has been at every Chapter since then. With his various boats in tow and every perceivable piece of kit required for the manoeuvring in and out of jetty’s and harbours, Mark has provided GODZone with incredible support in […]


Giant NZ Partners with GODZone

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

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 best performing product for every segment of the market. We have been a big supporter of racing in New Zealand and love seeing competitors pushing themselves and our bikes to the limit,”says Giant NZ Brand Manager Jason Foster. “GODZone is one of those iconic, premium events that we are stoked to be involved with for Chapter 8 […]


The World’s Best Prepare for Glory at GODZone

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

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 the region with the eighth chapter attracting a significant number of teams with high profile multisport backgrounds. “We are lucky enough to have an adventure racing event of this calibre here in New Zealand – it attracts international talent and helps others to progress forward,” says GODZone Race Director Adam Fairmaid. “World champion adventure racer Chris Forne is back […]