GZ ‘Pure’ Event

GZ Pure is the ultimate expedition adventure racing experience. The event format is the same used at the 5 previous Chapters of GODZone – with unsupported teams travelling approximately 500km across New Zealand’s wilderness for up to seven days. GZ Pure represents the most technically challenging adventure race in the World and teams should prepare accordingly. Places for GZ Pure will be limited and we expect this event to sell out. Given the technical difficulty and length of GZ Pure, all teams should consider carefully whether they have the requisite skills, physical and mental strength to complete the course. For those who are uncertain about their ability, or if you haven’t done a race of this length or magnitude before, we advise you to take on the GZ Pursuit event. It has all the challenges, strategy, thrill of racing hard in the wilderness, but is more appropriate.

Expedition races are not all created equal. For those overseas or international teams who have completed other events away from New Zealand, we encourage you to take GZ Pure extremely seriously, it will be harder, from a technical perspective. Get the skills.



Approximately 500km


Yes (usually employed after Day 3 or 4)


7 days


Saturday 25th February to Saturday 4th March 2017


3-4 Days


Strictly limited – Be warned, these will go fast


All teams must contain at least one female


None Required (‘unsupported’)


Extreme (train and plan accordingly)


$8,500 (Early Entry Discount) or $9,500 (Standard Entry)


Overall, Colt & Seasoned



What’s Involved?

GZ Pure is designed to give teams the ultimate adventure racing experience. The course is set up to test the full range of skills of participants. A high level of proficiency, competence and fitness is required to successfully negotiate the course in its entirety. For example, decisions on whether to negotiate higher grade rapids or to paddle at night may be left for the teams to decide. Checkpoints will be placed in positions that will create difficult navigation and route decisions. There may be additional challenges (such as orienteering) that are set at an elite level to ensure the event provides a good challenge to both brains and brawn. As a general rule, teams will only receive key course information (maps and route handbook) a few hours before they start. Teams will receive a logistics planner a day before the race starts so that they can organise their equipment.

All teams will be expected to be self-sufficient during the event. The organisers will transport all the gear boxes, bike boxes and other key equipment items such as kayaks and canoes for the teams. GZ Pure teams will transition between the different disciplines without any outside assistance. With this in mind it is highly important for teams to manage their equipment and supplies carefully. More information about the gear box and bike box requirements will be provided in the Newsletters.

It is anticipated that the winning teams for GZ Pure will take between three and four days to finish. Teams may be allowed to take as many as seven days to complete the GZ Pure course and there will be a mid-race cut off which will shorten the route to ensure that teams reach the finish line in the time allowed. GZ Pure is the ultimate event at the Adventure Like No Other. For all teams that have not done an expedition race before or who are keen to take on GODZone we highly recommend that you elect to do the GZ Pursuit event first before diving straight into the GZ Pure event – it’s a lot harder than you imagine. If you believe you have the requisite skills, experience, determination and desire then please click here to enter now.