Another major multisport event is being added to a crowded
Wanaka summer calendar.
The Godzone Adventure Race, which can take some teams of four
more than six days to complete, will be held in and around
Wanaka from February 27 to March 9 next year.
In a release to the Otago Daily Times yesterday, race
director Warren Bates said the event would draw competitors
from New Zealand and overseas and Wanaka provided the
''perfect platform'' for the expedition-length race.
''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
Forty teams are able to compete in the Godzone and entries
open on July 1.
The event was held in Kaikoura this year and was won for the
third time by the Seagate team of Nathan Fa'avae, Stuart
Lynch, Chris Forne and Sophie Hart in a time of 89hr 36min.
The all-Wanaka-based R&R Sport Torpedo 7 team of Richard
Anderson, Jo Williams, Bob McLachlan and Simon Bowden was
The Godzone event will take place two weeks after the Coast
to Coast race from Kumara beach on the West Coast to New
Brighton Beach, Christchurch on February 13 and 14, and one
week after the Challenge Wanaka triathlon, on February 22.
Earlier this week, organisers of a new two-day teams race
called the Red Bull Defiance announced plans to run their
event around Wanaka on October 24 and 25.
The Godzone event has the backing of Lake Wanaka Tourism.
General manager James Helmore said he expected local
adventure racers would be excited about racing in their own