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Geoquest New Zealand Launches in the Adventure Racing World Series (Oceania)

Press Release / 30.07.2021See All Event Posts Follow Event
The Hawke's Bay region will host the new Geoquest New Zealand
The Hawke's Bay region will host the new Geoquest New Zealand / © Hawke's Bay Tourism

Geoquest was one of the first Australian adventure races back in 2002, and has been the country’s premier race in all that time, attracting the very best Australian and international competitors. Now, race organisers Wild and Co. have decided to launch the race in New Zealand as well, as part of the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) Oceania circuit.

The new Mountain Designs Geoquest New Zealand race will take place from January 21-24th 2022, and will be based in Napier, with courses set among the stunning rivers, parks and forests of the Hawke’s Bay region.

It will follow the same format as the Australian race, with the course open for 48 hours, and teams choosing whether to complete the full ARWS course, or a shorter ‘half’ course within that time. The race will be open to teams of 4, who must race together, navigating with map and compass through trekking, mountain biking and paddling stages, plus some other outdoor challenges.

Race Director Chris Dixon commented, “It’s always exciting putting on a new race, and this time it’s with the pedigree and history of Geoquest, in the country where adventure racing began, and in the fabulous scenery around Hawke’s Bay.

“The 48 hour race format offers teams a chance to step up from the more familiar one day and 24 hour events and to push themselves to a new level. It will be ideal training for expedition races like GODZone Adventure, but at the same time the flexible race format makes the race accessible to new teams who want a full weekend of adventure activities.

“Team Seagate, led by Nathan Fa’avae, have been winners of GeoQuest and XPD in the past, and we expect there will be some great trans-Tasman rivalry, with the best Australian and Kiwi teams going head to head.”

As part of the ARWS Oceania regional series, the new race will join 4 others (so far), and teams taking part will earn qualifying points for the regional Oceania championships, and could ultimately qualify for the Adventure Racing World Championships. They will earn ARWS team ranking points too.

Hawke’s Bay, located on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is an ideal location for the new race. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the east and the towering Kaweka and Ruahine Ranges to the west, the area offers a variety of terrain including rugged mountain trails, pristine native forest, scenic waterways and alluvial coastal plains.

Notable landmarks include Cape Kidnappers peninsula, which juts out into the Pacific Ocean, Lake Waikaremoana, where the walking track is among New Zealand’s 10 Great Walks, Te Mata Peak, with its 360-degree view of Hawke’s Bay, and five major rivers that flow from mountain ranges and hill country to the Hawke’s Bay coast.

Napier and Hastings are the two Hawke’s Bay cities, and the Mediterranean climate makes Hawke’s Bay a food and wine producing powerhouse. It’s New Zealand’s ‘Food and Wine Country’ where the wide-open skies are usually blue, and the event hub in Napier city will provide a perfect location to visit for the race, and the chance of some delicious food for that post-race pick-me-up.

Hamish Saxton, Chief Executive of Hawke’s Bay Tourism commented; “We are excited to welcome GeoQuest, its competitors and support crew to Hawke’s Bay in January 2022 for the ARWS Oceania Series. Hawke’s Bay is home to spectacular mountain ranges, adrenaline pumping riverways and pristine native bush, making it the perfect home for an adventure race of this kind.

“Our Kaweka and Ruahine Ranges, the Mohaka River and beautiful native bush will act as an incredible backdrop for GeoQuest’s very first New Zealand race.”

You can find out all about the race at; https://www.geoquest.com.au/

The race is organised by Wild and Co. who run adventure sports competitions throughout the year (https://www.wldnco.com/) and is part of the ARWS Oceania series (https://arworldseries.com/arws-oceania/).

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