Adventure Racers Prepare for Godzone Chapter 6

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An impressive field of New Zealand and international teams will line up in Queenstown later this month for the sixth chapter of GODZone. Today, the official team list for the 2017 event was unveiled on the GODZone website. GODZone Race Director Warren Bates says it’s a showcase of Kiwi flair with a sprinkling of international talent. “Given this event sold out so quickly with all the racing spots gone within 30 minutes on opening day it not surprising that the New Zealand teams were the quickest off the mark. This field has by far the largest representation of Kiwis racing in the history of the event which means the sport is rapidly growing in this country and in a very… Read More →

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Primal Quest & GODZone Announce Partnership

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Two of the biggest names in the world of adventure racing have today announced a partnership to establish an innovative sporting platform for adventure racing worldwide. Global adventure-racing leader, GODZone in New Zealand, and North America’s premiere event, Primal Quest, have joined forces in a bid to increase international exposure and participation in the sport. “We are two of the most recognised events on the adventure racing calendar and we believe by combining forces, sharing our intellectual property and resources, we will create better pathways for the future of adventure racing” says GODZone CEO Warren Bates. “GODZone is now the largest event of its kind in the world and together with Primal Quest we have ambitious plans to further the… Read More →

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World’s Best Battle it Out in New Zealand at Godzone Adventure

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The Adventure Racing World Series had a spectacular start at the recent Godzone Adventure Race in New Zealand. The race attracted one of the biggest fields in the AR World Series with 55 teams entered and 11 nations represented. The big showdown however was between the current World Champions, Seagate (New Zealand) and the current No. 1 team in the ARWS rankings, Columbia Vidaraid (Spain). Neither team took a top position for granted as the standard of competition was exceptional, including many strong New Zealand teams taking part. The final result ran to the home team who were in top form with Seagate finishing ahead of the Columbia Vidaraid to maintain their unbeaten record at the 4th Godzone Adventure race…. Read More →

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Adventure Racing World Series 2015 Underway at Godzone Adventure

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The first 2015 Qualifier round of the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) has just begun in New Zealand. The Godzone Adventure has attracted 55 teams to this international race who are currently attempting to complete a 557km expedition journey around Wanaka on the South Island of the country. Teams commenced the race this morning with a tough trek from the Haast River ascending steeply to the Brewster Glacier, then down a ridgeline and to the Makarora River. Ahead of them are legs of white water kayaking, further mountaineering, mountain biking, trekking and flat water paddling. The two best teams in the world are racing head to head in New Zealand at this seasons opening race. New Zealand team Seagate, winners… Read More →

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Packing for a New Zealand Backpacking Adventure

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By Bev Richardson First, a couple confessions: I am an over-packer. For a typical weekend road trip, I’ll pack enough clothes for every weather condition, and extra clothes, and extra gear, just so I don’t have to think too hard about it. Second confession: I don’t like not being fresh-out-of-the-shower clean. Surprising for someone who does expedition adventure races and gets inches of grime from sweat and dirt during a race. For those reasons, packing for my upcoming New Zealand backpacking adventure was a real challenge. My goal was that everything that goes on the plane with me, goes on my back for 3 weeks. I love the independence and self-reliance of carrying everything on your back, able to go… Read More →

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Spectacular Start to the ARWS 2014 calendar at Godzone Adventure

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The Adventure Racing World Series got off to a spectacular start for 2014 with Godzone Adventure staging the first race of the year in Kaikoura. New Zealand is seen by many as the spiritual home of Adventure Racing as it was the venue for the first Raid Gauloises in 1989 and Godzone follows on from other iconic international expedition races held there, including Eco-Challenge and Southern Traverse. It is a legacy Kiwi racers take very seriously and the 3rd Edition of Godzone lived up to their expectations by delivering a 520km course that took teams through the stunning coastal and mountain scenery of South Island. The course took teams on a circuit starting and finishing in the coastal town of… Read More →

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GODZONE FIELD FACE SHORT COURSE TODAY

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Teams out on the 520Km GODZone course are today racing towards the first and only officially short course option at 1pm this afternoon. Most of the remaining field out of the 41 starting teams are paddling the Hurunui River where the short course cut off is at the Balmoral Forest main bridge. Race Director Warren Bates says it has put a lot of pressure on the back racing teams to make the grade to continue on. “It is a race within a race today as they all try to beat the cut off time. We know that our second placed team R&R Sport managed to paddle the river to this point in five and half hours so it can be… Read More →

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SUCCESS FOR SEAGATE AT GODZONE ADVENTURE

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New Zealand’s leading adventure racing team Seagate won the 2014 GODZone adventure early this morning making it three in a row at the event for the champion multisporters. The decisive winners crossed the finish line in Kaikoura at 6.40am this morning approximately 89 hours and 36 minutes after starting on Saturday afternoon (March 8th). Welcomed by a thrilled crowd of family, friends and fans plus race organisers, the team paddled through relatively calm conditions to land on the beach. Team leader Nathan Fa avae spoke highly of the 520 km course. “It was a very challenging course particularly Mt Tapu O Nuku because there is no easy way up there. There was a lot of blended terrain to travel through… Read More →

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GODZONE RACE BACK ON THE WATER

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The Hurunui River is the focus of day four at the GODZone adventure race in Kaikoura as the front end of the field paddle the longest water section of the 520km course. Five teams started paddling in earnest at 7am this morning after camping on the river side by Jollie Brook near Lake Sumner during an overnight dark zone. “Because the teams were not allowed on the river overnight it effectively restarts the race for them today as they bunched up coming off the Glyn Wye trek,” says Race Director Warren Bates. Christchurch team Vida de Aventura led by Sia Svendson was first to paddle this morning alongside Wanaka team R&R Sport Torpedo 7 led by Richard Anderson. One minute… Read More →

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SEAGATE ON THE RIVER BEFORE NIGHTFALL AT GODZONE

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Adventure race leaders, Team Seagate have had a stellar day at the GODZone in Kaikoura racing hard and fast to reach the Hurunui River kayak stage before night fall. With a night zone effective from 8.30pm the team has made the most of a clear day to blast over the Glyn Wye range trek in just under 13 hours. “They are having such a magic time showcasing their racing pedigree in their own home backyard,”says Race Director Warren Bates. “ A couple of hours paddling tonight will take them through the top rapids on the Hurunui and set them up brilliantly for a restart tomorrow morning.” All teams will be forced to camp on the side of the river between… Read More →

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