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Yealands Family Wines at the finish

Swordfox vs Yealands battling it out

Yealands Family Wines lead into TA3

Swordfox Lend A Hand

A weary team Swordfox were taking a quick breather at CP16, where they picked up their non-compulsory gear left behind for the mammoth trek stage, when they were approached by one of the ladies in team Tail End Charlie. “Do you have an inflation bag or pump you could leave with us?” she asked. [An

Swordfox Take The Lead

The trackers have updated and now we can see Swordfox have taken the lead! ” That was a bit of a surprise when we saw how far they were in front of Yealands,” says GODZone Course Advisor Ian Edmond. ” The tracker now shows that Yealands probably stopped and slept for some time between 5am

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

Day 3 of GODZone takes teams deep into Fiordland

Two days, twelve hours into the ten-day GODZone expedition race in Fiordland National Park and the adventurous field is spread far and wide. “ The leading teams have paddled across Lake Hauroko and down the Wairaurahiri River through remote parts of southern Fiordland today and are now trekking into an area by Lake Poiteriteri,” says


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

It’s A True Wilderness Experience

Steven Freitag captured the essence of the first stage of GODZone Chapter 7 from paddling to abseiling and trekking.

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

Lead teams night 1

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


With only a matter of minutes between first and second position, Yealands Family Wines ran into Kollats Crib tonight and looked relieved to see Swordfox were still cleaning their gear. Team captain Chris Forne had plenty to say about the first day out racing…

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

A less than perfect champion finish for Pursuit defending champions

By Annabelle Latz It hadn’t been quite the dream finish champion Pursuit team Virbac Animal Health (74) had predicted. It ended up a very tight finish between them and Best Foot Forward, (83) but they claimed the win with huge smiles, meaning a back to back Pursuit victory for two of the team members Anthony

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

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