The 10th NZSS Adventure Racing Championships 11th April 2015

01/03/2015 by Steve Knowles


The New Zealand Secondary Schools Adventure Racing Championships is being held on the 11th April 2015 in the rugged Kaweka Mountains the Hastings District Hawkes Bay New Zealand.   Known as the GO-4-12 the event is a 12 Hour Nonstop Adventure Race for Year 9 to Year 13 Students.  

The genesis of the event was to create something to fill a void in the sport of Adventure Racing and the event has been one of the factors leading to the revival of the sport in New Zealand. With the 10th running of this event there will be new developments and partnerships including live tracking and Military style challenges as part of the Spotnz and NZDF relationships.   “We are so excited about this year’s event as we have put a huge amount of work into making this event the best ever and expect to have all 50 spots filled” Race Director David Tait from the Kiwi Adventure Trust said.

The event has been raced in Hawkes Bay for 9 of the 10 Years and each year it has been at a different location in this little known Adventure Playground. Teams travel from around the country to be part of the event with some schools not missing a year. But no School has had more impact on the event than New Plymouth Boys High School as this team has won every single year and are going for ten of ten.

The event is a points based event with teams able to pick and choose what they do with a mixture of Optional and compulsory check points of varying values. From the outset Mr Tait wanted to create an event that would challenge the best but encourage the rest and be heaps of fun. “Over the years in addition to the base activities of biking and trekking we have had teams dong some very cool challenges which have included but not limited to code breaking, making plates, carrying eggs, drafting sheep, solving puzzles, abseiling, climbing, ropes course clambering, Tube raft paddling, cave exploring, Waka crewing, shooting slingshots, firing arrows, making splints, fire lighting, stretcher carrying… and this year’s challenges are the best ever” Mr Tait says with what can only be described as a cheeky grin. 

The event is delivered by the Kiwi Adventure Trust (an Outdoor Education Trust) in association with the New Zealand secondary School Sports Council and Multisport New Zealand. This years event will have a remote campsite Friday night and then will have competitors moving to Hastings for the Saturday night ready for the Sunday Prize Giving Brunch complete with guest speaker.  “It is amazing to think that we are 10 years down the road from that  conversation about making this happen and I am just totally humbled by the amazing supporters who make this special event for some amazing youth. Many of our volunteers have been with us from the first event and love the vibe of whole thing. ” Mr Tait said.  

Teams are encouraged to enter soon so they don’t miss out and to get training for what promises to be an Epic Event. if you are an adventurous young person or know of someone who is, jump onto the events website to find out more.