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
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
Being a bridesmaid is fun but eventually you might just want to be the bride. Thats possibly what Richard Anderson is thinking as he plods along with his Torpedo 7 team in 5th position today. The guy is super experienced, has been up the front on several chapters and with a new dynamic in his
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
Only a few hours into the race, and it’s clear this year has some unsung contenders. True to their name, the Sneaky Weasel Gang (34) has stormed ahead into the top four leading teams, ahead of last year’s champions; the Yealands Family Wines. They are just behind Torpedo 7 (21), Swordfox (17) and the leaders
Every year, GODZone competitors are chomping at the bit by the time they reach the start line. But this year, even the race organisers are surprised at the pace the leading teams have set. Two hours and 50 minutes into the race, and New Zealand team Tiki Tour (13) are in the lead, closely followed
Torpedo 7 have crossed the GODZone Chapter Five line in third place after four days, four hours and 47 minutes. The team of Richard Anderson, Simon Bowden, Bob McLachlan and Jo Williams arrived back at Kaiteriteri at 3.47pm. The team battled back from 13th place to overtake a number of teams and come in third.
Single tracks in Silvan Forest, TA2 and onto the first trek, on the Red Hills.
The world’s best navigator Chris Forne has led his Yealands Family Wines team into first place overnight on the GODZone expedition summiting the 1790m high Ben Nevis on the spectacular Red Hills in the Richmond Ranges. The 60 following teams will track in their footsteps as GODZone competitors reach new heights today. Stage 3 of
Teams assemble their bikes and negotiate the MTB orienteering on Rabbit island.
We captured some awesome shots of the GODZone Chapter Five teams as they coasteered their way around the shoreline from Kaiteriteri to Stephens Bay. There were brave dives off the rocks, some questionable routes taken and a fair few competitors giving each other a helping hand.
Some killer waves met the teams as they landed at Rabbit Island.
GODZone Chapter Five teams faced some big waves as they kayaked through stage one.
WATER ACTION FOR FIRST DAY OF GODZONE The action has been on the water today for the start of GODZone Chapter 5 that saw hundreds of locals witness competitors heading off on the 530km expedition adventure. Teams sprinted off the start line on Kaiteriteri beach on midday swimming and coasteering around the rugged coastline to
Watch the competitors set off from the start line this morning.
Teams clambering over rocks and into their kayaks.