Latest News

It’s Canterbury!

Thursday 31st May 2018

News Categories

Share Page


From: 100% Pure Racing, New Zealand

Friday 1st June 2018

For immediate release



Canterbury, home of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki – Mount Cook, has today been announced as the host location for Chapter 8 of GODZone, the world’s largest expedition-length adventure race.

The seven-day international race will be held from the 10th – 17th March 2019. GODZone Race Director Warren Bates says the scale and scope of the Canterbury region offers adventure racers an opportunity to experience something big and unique.

“I have been lucky enough to spend a fair bit of time exploring the region over the past few months as we prepared for launch. The word ‘big’ just kept coming back to me. Big skies, big mountains, big rivers, big glaciers, big coastlines and big views, all beautifully juxtaposed next to the South Island’s biggest city. Christchurch has been the source of so many multisporters over the past 30 years and now they’re going to get GODZone on their doorstep.”

“It is a wonderfully diverse region with incredibly vast contrasts from big, technical mountain ranges and classic and iconic rivers, to large water catchments and a stunning coastline. There is plenty to work with to create a stand out course. Given the size of the region, we intend to run a linear course that will start from a far-flung, mystery location. This gives racers the chance to experience an enormous array of different environments and preserve the journey feel of GODZone.”

Christchurch, the South Islands largest city, is the regions central point with a major domestic and international airport that will cater for competitors travelling to the event.

“GODZone is New Zealand’s biggest and most influential adventure racing event, attracting teams from around the world to compete each year,” says Bates. “Last time we had nine countries represented in the field including Australia, the UK, South Africa, USA, Poland, France, and Scandinavia.”

“It’s very much a ‘bucket list’ event for international teams who want to travel ‘down under’ and experience our unique landscapes. Australia is the new emerging adventure racing visitor market, and with huge growth in their sport domestically we are starting to attract these teams across the Tasman.”

The historic French seaside town of Akaroa on the Banks Peninsular will be the GODZone race hub where teams will gather for pre and post race activities.

“Akaroa is a unique and beautiful spot and the perfect for teams to relax before and after the event,” says Bates. “ There is an amazing array of harbour side accommodation, superb cafes and restaurants and the incredible surrounding mountains and marine life that inhabit the coastal waters.”

ChristchurchNZ is the official host partner of GODZone Chapter 8.

ChristchurchNZ chief executive Joanna Norris says the event will showcase Canterbury’s wild mountainous terrain where the truly adventurous flourish.

“We’re looking forward to hosting these local and international teams and their support crews as they push themselves to the extreme in some of the most epic untracked wilderness our region has to offer,” says Ms Norris.

“Our region is built on exploration and this hard-core event shows off our stunning landscapes and the athletes prepared to test themselves within it. This is the kind of wilderness exploration we love in Christchurch – after all we are surrounded by the mountains and the sea.”

Canterbury embodies the essence of adventure and the great outdoors and has long been the playground of some of New Zealand’s most prominent adventurers such as Sir Edmund Hilary, who first climbed Mt Cook back in 1939.

Nine time Coast to Coast winner and GODZone patron Steve Gurney says Chapter 8 will be an event of epic proportions.

“My first thought is how can I fix my broken body to have another adventure racing lap – GODZone coming to Canterbury has got my heart rate up. Not since 2000 has there been an adventure race of this size and nature in the area and once again GODZone is front footing it bringing a new generation of racers to this amazing landscape.”

“The beauty of Canterbury is everything is within short access from the high mountains to the coast – it’s relatively quick going. The nooks and crannies of the mountains and valleys are immense, the rivers iconic – it’s going to be one heck of a race.”

For more information on GODZone; http://www.facebook.com/godzoneadventure or http://godzoneadventure.com/


For more information;

Margo Berryman
GODZone Media Manager

Ph: +64 21 246 3342


Related posts

Chapter 10 Sells Out in Record Time

NEWS UPDATE From: 100% Pure Racing, Queenstown, New Zealand For Immediate Release Thursday 1st July 2021   CHAPTER 10 OF GODZONE SELLS OUT IN RECORD TIME GODZone has cemented its position as the world’s largest expedition adventure race by selling out in record breaking time today. Entries to Chapter 10 of GODZone opened at 9am

GODZone Opens Entries Tomorrow at 9am

NEWS UPDATE From: 100% Pure Racing, Queenstown, New Zealand For Immediate Release Tuesday 30th June 2021 NEW ZEALAND’S PREMIERE ADVENTURE RACE TO OPEN ENTRIES TOMORROW Entries to Chapter 10 of GODZone open at 9am (NZT) tomorrow, with domestic and international teams lining up for a racing spot at the tenth anniversary of the prestigious adventure

Chapter 10 is going Coast to Coast

NEWS UPDATE From: 100% Pure Racing, Queenstown, New Zealand For Immediate Release Tuesday 1 June 2021 GODZONE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH RETURN TO THE SOUTH ISLAND The South Island of New Zealand will play host to GODZone, the world’s largest expedition adventure race next year. The epic event is set to return, once again, to the

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