“End to end, side to side, coast to coast, A Southern Traverse or simply, a journey like no other. This course will take competitors through some of the most beautiful parts of the South Island and leave an indelible mark on their memories. The essence of the event will be an expedition-style adventure, with teams racing from one remote location to another, with almost 9 days to complete the task. The South Island offers some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth and this will be a unique opportunity to take it all in."
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Now, for something different. Well, it is Chapter 10, after all. We are feeling the need to do something a little bit special since we’re celebrating a decade of Adventure Like No Other. So, rather than base ourselves out of a particular hub, we have decided that GODZone Chapter 10 will effectively be hostless (at least in terms of naming rights). What this means in practice is that we plan to take teams on an incredible journey from one remote location to another. Yes, from one coast to another coast on an intrepid trip through some of New Zealand’s most stunning (and challenging) terrain. Kaikoura to the Karamea? Mikonui to Marlborough, Milford to Moerangi….you’re probably getting the picture.
This will be a linear journey and teams will have up to 9 (yep, nine) days to complete the challenge. We expect that the fastest teams will take between four and a half and five days to complete the course.
We are well aware that teams from further afield will want to start putting together their travel arrangements. At the same time, we are keen to keep the location of Chapter 10 a secret for as long as practicable. The plan, therefore, is to announce the ‘host’ location for registration and briefing at the time we release Newsletter 1 (23rd September) which, will give teams almost 6 months to finalise their travel movements, accommodation, etc. We can say for sure, that you will be on the South Island! And for this reason (and as a hat tip to the event that was instrumental in getting adventure racing to where it is today) we shall be referring to Chapter 10 as A Southern Traverse edition, or ‘Traverse’ for short.
The host location for registration and briefing will be somewhere convenient for the course. The actual location of the start or finish could be a long way away from the host location – such is the nature of a linear event.
South Island - The Home of Adventure
New Zealand’s South Island hosts the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience. From wildlife to wineries, glacial valleys to star-filled skies, the South Island offers adventure in all its forms. Choose to explore just one region, or road trip from Picton all the way down to Bluff. No matter which destinations you choose to explore on this long, mountainous island, you’ll be constantly open-mouthed before the incredible scenery.
The main feature of scenery in the South Island is mountains. The Southern Alps mountain range is the backbone of the island, stretching for roughly 500 kilometres from Wanaka to Arthur’s Pass.
The Alps have snowy tops all year round, feeding glaciers and crystal clear rivers.
As well as dividing the island visually, the Southern Alps also separate the lower South Island into two distinct halves climatically. The West Coast is frequently drenched in rain the slopes on this side of the island are covered in lush forest. On the eastern side, the Canterbury Plains are much drier and feature a much more arid landscape.
The highest mountain in New Zealand, Aoraki/Mount Cook, soars to 3,724 metres. Mount Cook is one of New Zealand’s greatest natural features. The pyramid-shaped peak entices both day walkers and keen climbers. To get a glimpse of New Zealand’s tallest mountain, you can visit Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park for a day walk or even an overnight trip to the famous Mueller’s Hut.
Head to Nelson, Golden bay and Abel Tasman National Park to see some of the best beaches in New Zealand.
Milford Sound is the most famous fiord in New Zealand, but you can also visit Doubtful Sound for an off-the-beaten-path adventure. You can see these and other fiords in – you guessed it – Fiordland.
The higher altitudes and open plains mean dense forests aren’t as common as they are in the North Island. For rich green scenery, check out Fiordland National Park, the stunning beech forests in Mount Aspiring National Park, or the rich nikau wilderness in Paparoa National Park. In the upper reaches of the South Island, such as in Marlborough or Nelson, you’ll also see plenty of green spaces.
The Home of Adventure
Taking you to places other races just can't reach