Adventure Race


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This is an authentic achievable adventure race for teams of 3 or 4-people, either female, male or mixed teams. Each team travels together through the entire course, in other words, it’s not a relay, it’s a team challenge. As a team, you’ll navigate your way through the course visiting a series of checkpoints (CP’s) using just a map and a compass, no GPS sorry, that’s cheating. Once you reach all the checkpoints your team can go to the finish line. The race is made up of a number of stages of either rafting, mountain biking and hiking. The exact details of the course are kept a secret until the maps and course are released the eve of the event. At the end of each stage / discipline there is a transition area (TA), this is where your team will meet your support crew, who have driven ahead and prepared your gear for the next stage.

If you’re a first time adventure racer, the 3-hour event is a good starting point. Keep in mind this is the projected winning time, teams on the 3-hour event tend to take 3-6 hours to finish. The 6-hour event is an intermediate adventure race and is a step up with teams on course typically for 6-10-hours. The 12-hour event, well, that pretty much speaks for itself.


Welcome to the 6th Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race. This is the furtherest south the event has ventured and we’re very excited about the location and course planned for 2019.

We’ll give you a hot tip, the hills around Twizel are steep! so if you enter keep that in mind in your training, plenty of ups and downs. The scenery on the planned course routes is spectacular but be prepared for a hot and dry day out in the wilds, and we strongly recommend tubeless mountain bike tyres with a fresh fill up of glue, there is a lot of spiky plants around that take great pleasure in watching you fix flat tyres. But like all adventures, be ready for anything, the McKenzie country can still be subject to southerly storms all year around, and it can also be extremely windy.

This is going to be an excellent adventure in an incredible location, we hope to see you there.

For more information about the location go to:



Friday 22nd:

4:00 - 6:00pm Registration

6:00 - 6:30pm Maps released and Course Planning

6:45pm Event Briefing


Saturday 23rd:

Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race Start Times

6:30am 12-hour event (& maybe some 6-hour teams)

9:30am 6-hour event

12:30pm 3-hour event

Note: start times / categories may change depending on numbers of teams entered

Sun sets at 8:30pm


Sunday 24th:

10:00am - 11:00am Prize giving


Categories + Entry Fees

Times and Distances

Gear List + Support Crew

Race Rules