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Bend & Tiki On A Misson

Tiki Tour arrived at TA3 at 10:32 in fourth position, planning just a 15min turnaround. They had their map ‘lost for them’ at Slaughterburn. A few teams had been in and they reckon someone picked theirs up by mistake. Their spare was not waterproofed but they can’t claim that was the reason for the ‘dodgy

Night Time Moves Into Day

Team Yealands Family Wines have showcased their navigational superiority overnight emerging this morning as clear leaders after a night of short sleeps and trekking under a heavy canopy in the Fiordland Bush. Stage 3 is by far the longest there has ever been in a GODZone chapter and while this backcountry epic has created a


COMRADERY AMONGST THE CLOUDS By Annabelle Latz Loaded up with a tent, coffee grinder, boiler and other vital essentials, GODZone media crew members Karn Christian and Steven Freitag slung their cameras and video recorders over their shoulders and headed up into the Fiordland wilderness, to capture the abseiling action at Borland. Described as spectacular scenery


By Annabelle Latz The lead PURE teams mostly decided to rest overnight as the dark zone kicked in from 8pm on the Wairaurahiri River, before carrying on with the pack rafting section this morning at day break. It’s tight at the top, with Team 17, Swordfox, the first through CP16 at Waitutu Lodge on the

Outdoing Each Other

The second full day of GODZone racing has seen the top three teams sweep through stage 2 and onto stage 3 packrafting across Lake Hauroko in time to get onto the Wairaurahiri River before the dark zone kicked in. Event Director Warren Bates and Course Advisor Ian Edmonds discuss the pro’s and cons of these

Exciting Morning Paddle

A couple of big rapids on the lower Waiau River will wake teams up as the early morning paddle gets underway towards TA1. After being held off the river last night due to low conditions, its a fresh start for most of the GODZone field who banked some good sleep at Kollats Crib and beside

Right Up There

GODZone Chapter 6 winners Tiki Tour charged about all day today keeping up with the top two teams and Mike Kelly was a bit grumps about not being able to continue on paddling overnight when they heard the news at Kollats Crib the Waiau was closed for the night. ” We wouldn’t have busted our

Timing of Logistics Planner evens the playing field

By Annabelle Latz The physical and mental challenge the GODZone course delivers is tremendous, and so is the pre planning. This year for the first time, the Logistics Planner was given to the teams the week before race day. Delivered by email, it gave teams a chance to plan what gear boxes needed to be

There is still a lot to play for

The first two teams Tiki Tour (14) and Yealands Family Wines (31) have touched down at Frankton Beach and the celebrations of completing Chapter 6 of GODZone have begun. But the hard work is far from over for the rest of the competitors. Race Director Warren Bates said there is still a lot to play

Sticking to half a race plan enough for Tiki Tour win

By Annabelle Latz Tiki Tour (13) only stuck to half its race plan, but it didn’t affect the champion result one bit. The local team took line honours for GODZone Chapter 6 in convincing style this morning on the shores of Frankton Beach. Amidst picture perfect conditions, the kayaks of Tom Lucas, Mike Kelly, George

Day 4 TA9 Tiki Tours leaders report

All go at the front of the pack between Tiki Tour and Yealands Family Wines

Yealands Family Wines (31) looked determined and rather chipper when they came through TA9 transition at just before 8am this morning. They’ve been fairly close on the heels of Tiki Tour (13) the whole race, sometimes getting within minutes of the leaders. On Stage 9 alpine trek ‘Eyre Mountains’ Tiki Tour (13) made some great

A split in the field

Media director Margo and Race Adviser Ian talk about the navigation option on final MTB into Halfway Bay (Stage 8).

A key bit of rest aids a strong start for Day Three

It’s another picture perfect day ahead for Day Three for Chapter 6 of GODZone. Tiki Tour (13) is still in the lead amongst the Pure teams, after a night of hiking Mt Crichton and kayaking on Lake Wakatipu. Currently in Stage 8, the Via Greenstone mountain bike phase, the team is now tackling a 110km

Tiki Tour transition from raft to bike

What the night brings – picture perfect

By Annabelle Latz At the front of the pack, local team Tiki Tour (13) has taken full advantage of knowing its back yard so well, earning itself a significant lead at the end of Day Two. Tom Lucas, Mike Kelly, George Lucas and Floortje Grimmett will have their work cut out over night as they

Tiki Tour transition the raft

Tussle for lead position – Day 2

Queenstown’s Team Tiki Tour is holding the lead race position as the GODZone field moves into the second night of the seven-day expedition race. Tom and George Lucas from Queenstown and Mike Kelly and Floortje Grimmett from Wanaka have pushed their way into the front and look determined to stay there after a day of

Day 2 Skippers – Leaders

Day Two: A quick prediction

We catch up with Race Director Warren Bates and Course Advisor Ian Edmond to get their insights into Day Two of GODZone… What do you expect to see from the leading teams today? Warren: Tiki Tour (13) have been strong in first place the whole way through, but Yealands (31) aren’t far behind. Chris (Yealands) is