Rotorua to host iconic event in 2020

Action from last year’s GODZone event. Credit: GODZone Adventure.

Rotorua has another world class event to add to its reputation as the adventure capital of New Zealand.

The world’s largest expedition adventure race GODZone sold out all available 90 team slots last week less than 24 hours after opening entries to Chapter 9 of the event to be held in Rotorua from November 19-28 next year.

It is expected to be one of the biggest multi-day adventure racing events ever held in New Zealand.

“We had a lot of entries that flooded in and we hit the 90 team capacity quite swiftly,” says event director Warren Bates.

“The event is going to be one of the largest fields we have had at GODZone, similar to Fiordland Chapter 7, and will truly be an adventure like no other.”

It’s the first time the event has been held in the North Island.

Warren says the area is hugely appealing for multiday adventure racing and a significant attraction for Chapter 9.

“Rotorua offers an extraordinary landscape with unique features not seen before in adventure racing the world over. Rotorua has a stellar reputation for delivering “out there” events such as the Tarawera Ultra Marathon and the Crankworx Bike Festival.

“Our event philosophy is to take competitors to world class adventure locations and give them a unique experience they won’t forget. What better place to kick off than in the adventure capital?

 “GODZone in Rotorua is a logical extension of this adventure theme and we’re looking forward to pushing teams further afield into some magical terrain.”

The seven-day adventure racing competition has been held every year in the South Island of New Zealand since its inception back in 2012.

Warren says taking the expedition event north is “bucket list” for him and founding GODZone race director Adam Fairmaid.

“This is a beautiful part of the country, and the number of team entries proves the allure of the toughest adventure race in this region.

“The teams now have plenty of time to get out and prepare over the summer season here in New Zealand and explore that part of the world. It is going to be a tough race held over eight days, and competitors will benefit from the long lead-in time.”

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