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New Zealand’s adventure racing scene is about to step up to a new level with the launch of the Adventure 1 Series next month. A1 NZ unifies five existing AR events with a mandate to grow the sports national profile and increase participation, particularly from youth. “ The trans-Tasman A1 Series founded by Todd Vickery in Australia has been hugely successful already and our New Zealand race directors have responded positively to aligning with it,” says A1 NZ Series CEO Warren Bates. “We have an excellent geographic split for the New Zealand launch with three events in the North Island...

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After our blog post Kahurangi we received this amazing response from Kieran Mackay on why Kahurangi was special to him. Why is Kahurangi National park so special? For me its adventure and the contrasts….I look up at the marble mountains and limestone hills of the park with excitement and awe and wonder, what else are you hiding? Will I be lucky enough this year to discover some more of your incredible secrets? It is more than this. though… It is the senselessness of it it all.Climbing pitch after pitch while lugging a heavy pack of gear, feeling the exhaustion creep...

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The Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race has been running since 2014. Here’s some highlights from the past 4 years. Murchison 2014 - The first AWAR!! Teams rafted the Buller River and explored the Matataki Valley, the race finished in Murchison with the highlights being the Mole Tops and teams exploring areas that had interesting earthquakes faults and areas with rich mining history. Murchison 2015 - Back in Murchison but this year the course rafted a different section of the Buller River and teams spent the day in the Owen Valley going into some wild and remote places. The long course teams summited the...

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Kahurangi National Park is the second largest national park in New Zealand. In Maori the name means treasured possession and to locals its most certainly that. Designated a national park in 1996 the park includes the Tasman wilderness area, an area with no huts or tracks that remains completely undeveloped. Kahurangi holds a special place in the history of Absolute Wilderness too, Grant and Andrew came up with the idea for Absolute Wilderness sitting beside an alpine tarn deep within the park. With numerous areas of limestone and marble the caving potential in Kahurangi is virtually unlimited. Both the longest and...

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I am not a curry eater, ask anyone I cave with and they will tell you “if you want to get enough to eat, make the meal nice and spicy and Kieran won’t eat his share.” However Sunday evening sitting in Nettlebed’s Soft Rock café camp deep inside Mount Arthur feeling cold and hungry I didn’t have any choice over what to eat.  Absolute Wilderness had given Chris Whitehouse and I a whole bunch of freeze dried meals for our big Christmas caving mission and nearly all the dinners were Red Thai curry. The day itself had been a lot...

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