Latest News

Abel Tasman Welcomes Teams

Wednesday 6th April 2016

News Categories

Share Page

For the leading teams the next few hours is all about the Abel Tasman National Park. Either in the form of biking, via the Rameka Track, or enjoying what is one of the most scenic sea kayaks in the world. Torpedo 7 have a clear advantage over their rivals and will enjoy their journey home. For Bivouac-inov8 and American/Australian team Adventure Medical Kits it will be a lot more stressful. They entered the final transition virtually neck and neck and will dual their way to the finish, with just the small task of a 34km kayak ahead of them. The checkpoints shouldn’t cause too many problems navigation-wise in daylight. It may come down to which team is prepared to push the hardest – not the easiest way to finish a race after over 110hrs of solid racing. With Next Generation close behind them it will be a speedy paddle for all regardless of the outcome.

For the teams behind them it will be a case of paddling the Abel Tasman coastline in the dark, making sure they don’t miss any of the 4 checkpoints that are placed on various islands and in sandy bays.

Further back, teams are coming steadily off the Mt Owen trek and will enjoy some downtime before heading off on the long bike ride to Totoranui.

Related posts

Vet, farmer and athlete

Country Wide Magazine – April 2021 Taihape vet, farmer and family man Anthony Oswald finds adventure racing takes his mind off the everyday as well as being good fun. Annabelle Latz tracked him down to find out more. Multi day adventure racing means entirely removing yourself from society. Your entire focus is about getting to

Meet Martin, the GODZone trophy guy

He loves New Zealand so much, so bugger it, he’ll draw it. Meet Martin Rogers, you’ll probably be more familiar with his work than you realise, as he’s the man you can thank for the stunning logs of wood we call the GODZone trophies. It all started way back in 2012, just before Chapter 1

The Stuff Legends Are Made Of

The Legends Trophy went to Team Swazi (19) for GODZone Chapter 9 Rotorua. For each GODZone this Trophy is awarded by the race organisers to the team that, in the twilight of their sporting careers, show how it should be done. The Legends Trophy is open to both race categories. And true legends, as the


The weather has turned, the sun is out and the last team – Unfinished Addiction (37) – at the back of the field, is slowly moving forward! Day eight of GODZone has a super positive vibe wherever you are on course. The finish line is humming, the music is playing and the Cargo brews and

Pushing through the puddles

Where’s Warren? Buying gumboots. Well, that’s fair. It was late afternoon of Day 7, down on the finish line at Waipa Hub. It was wet, very wet. Puddles everywhere. The rain falls hard and fast in Rotorua, all of a sudden. And then it’s gone. And then it comes back again. The rain in Rotorua is not


Day seven at GODZone and teams at the back of the field are taking the brunt of Chapter 9. With cold, wet weather socking in over the Kaimanawa ranges its been a very long 24 – 48 hours for some who are struggling to make and find their way across the 88km trek and down