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New Zealand’s most prestigious adventure race, GODZone, is set to take place in the majestic and scenic location of Wanaka.

Announcing the official dates and host location for the 2015 event, GODZone Race Director Warren Bates says Wanaka provides the perfect platform for the expedition length race that attracts hundreds of competitors from all over the world.

“As an adventure racing location, you couldn’t ask for much more than the Lake Wanaka region. It’s a destination that really promotes the outdoor lifestyle, has unbelievably good access to a whole host of adventurous activities and enjoys a thriving sporting community.”

The 2015 GODZone adventure race will kick off on the 27th February and run to the 9th March, with teams of four racing non stop over seven days in and around the Lake Wanaka region. Mr Bates says Lake Wanaka Tourism has welcomed the event and support from the whole district has been overwhelmingly positive.

“ We are delighted that Lake Wanaka Tourism has partnered with us to accommodate GODZone and we know our competitors are going to love visiting the town of Wanaka and the entire Lake Wanaka region. They will discover the stunningly beautiful terrain is also uniquely challenging with a backdrop of mountains and glacier fed lakes and rivers.”

Lake Wanaka Tourism General Manager James Helmore says he is delighted to support GODZone and believes the event will bring significant benefits to the region.

“GODZone is a major sporting event that draws both national and international attention and we welcome that to Wanaka. Adventure racing fits perfectly with the adventurous nature of our community and our spectacular natural playground providing the backdrop.

We have everything here from canyoning to mountain biking, mountaineering, and kayaking through to skydiving. I’m sure many of our local adventure racers will be excited about racing in their own backyard, and those not competing will be as excited to discover just where the teams will be heading once the course is revealed next year.”

A new look GODZone website featuring some of the highlights from the Lake Wanaka region goes live today at www.godzoneadventure.com <http://www.godzoneadventure.com> and entries for the unique event will open on the 1st July, 2014.

«Following the hugely successful GODZone Chapter 3 held in Kaikoura this year we have experienced unprecedented enquiry about Chapter 4 from both international and domestic teams so we are expecting to sell out once again,” says Mr Bates.

“ Our entries will open at 9am NZST on 1st July and we know there are plenty of teams clamouring to secure one of the 40 spots available. I expect now that we have announced Wanaka, as the host location there will be surge of interest from local teams keen to race in their home region.

Everyone who comes to Chapter 4 in Wanaka, from the competitors and supporters to our the many volunteers, are going to have an unforgettable experience.»

GODZone is an official member of the Adventure Racing World Series and a qualifier for the pinnacle adventure-racing event, the AR World Championships.

GODZone website opens

We’re excited to announce that the new website is up and running. Access the website and all information about Chapter 4 by clicking here. Feel free to browse the new-look site and find out about the amazing host location, entry information, schedule and you can even get tips for taking on the event if you are a first timer. There is a wealth of information on the site for competitors, volunteers, fans and media but if you need to get in touch then please email us at info@godzoneadventure.com




Lake Wanaka to host Chapter 4

The World’s First Protected Lifestyle Reserve, with a population of just 7,000, it’s a spectacular natural playground and if you are into the outdoors there is no better place to visit or to host GODZone. Wanaka is one of New Zealand’s premier gateways to the outdoors. With four ski resorts, a wide selection of mountain bike trails, endless hikes over iconic trails, an abundance of water sports and the Mt Aspiring National Park just up the road, it’s an adventure racing paradise.

Wanaka hosts some of New Zealand’s premier events and was the finish location for Eco Challenge back in 2001. With the course options available, adventure racing history and community love of sport, it’s going to be another incredible and unique experience for everyone involved. Find out more about the Host Location by clicking here.

Entries open on the 1st of July

GODZone will open it’s doors to team entries at 9am on the 1st of July 2014. To secure your entry one person per team needs to register and complete the entry form on the Enter Now page. We envisage, given the amount of enquiry that we have received, that demand for places will be extremely high so be proactive in getting your entry in as soon as you can.

Important Dates

  • 01 Jul 2014 – Entries open
  • 31 Aug 2014 – Discount ends
  • 30 Nov 2014 – Entries close*
  • 28 Feb 2015 – GODZone starts
  • 07 Mar 2015 – Course closes

* Unless event is full prior to date (subtle hint: it will be)

We look forward to seeing you in 2015

All of us are incredibly excited about what lays ahead for those who get involved in Chapter 4. Lake Wanaka has all the ingredients for the most epic GODZone yet and teams are going to experience something truly unique, challenging and inspiring. We look forward to seeing you and your team at the ADVENTURE LIKE NO OTHER.

See you out there…

   The GODZone team

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