Posts Tagged ‘Southern Traverse’


Cut-off date extended for the Tour de Wakatipu in New Zealand

March 31, 2009

Due to popular demand, the deadline to enter the New World Tour de Wakatipu mountain bike event has been extended to the 5th April, 5pm. This is the inaugural 2009 Easter event. Ignore the previous deadline and spread the word!

$65 per person
$45 Junior (19 years and under)

For all entries $5 go to Cure Kids.

We first told you all about this event a few weeks ago… 7th March to be exact, and it seems as though so much attention has been drawn to the event that the response has been fantastic – 500 confirmed entrants so far and expected to climb to 700 or so.

Remember that the 45km event takes place in previously inaccessible parts of the district, traversing a course from Millbrook Resort to Chard Farm. The entries for the event now close on Sunday 5th April. The race is on Easter Saturday, 11th April.

The event, which caters for elite, sport and recreational mountain bikers, “has caught the imagination of people from all over the region and other parts of the South Island,” says Geoff Hunt, director of Southern Traverse and organisers of the event.

“This is an event which offers people exclusive access to the right
bank of the Kawarau River. The chance to go to places which are
usually off limits has created a huge response with over half the
field entered in the recreational division. This indicates clearly
the demand from ‘social athletes’ for events of this nature and we
are pleased to be able to provide a course which suits all levels.”

So, if you’re in the vicinity, and looking for something different to do – go to the official website and sign up quickly on the online entry form…

And while we’re reminding you about forthcoming events, if freediving is what you’re interested in, don’t forget that the Dean’s Blue Hole Competition  starts tomorrow, 1st April and will go on until the 11th.

Dean’s Blue Hole is the world’s deepest blue hole (underwater sinkhole), which plunges 202 meters (663ft) to the ocean floor, in a bay on Long Island, Bahamas.

Good luck everyone…


The inaugural New World Tour de Wakatipu on April 11, 2009

March 7, 2009

Southern Traverse is organising another extreme event in New Zealand – this one a mountain bike race which is set in the Wakatipu Basin that links the two rivers and two lakes using some of the new tracks developed by the Wakatipu Trails Trust.

The race will be 45kms long and has been organised in response to the ever increasing demand for biking events, both serious and recreational, in the region.

New World Tour de Wakatipu

It is expected that there will be intense competition at the front of the field as athletes race to finish the event in a time of around 2.5 – 3hrs, while the recreational athletes will  finish in about 5hrs.

Competitors will Start in the Millbrook area and will finish at Chard farm winery with barbeque and band. Please click on this map to see the full route.

There will be several divisions to choose from:

  • Recreational: for racers who wish to have a good fun ride. 36kms total
  • Sport: For racers who wish a longer challenge, and a decent ride. 45kms
  • Elite & Pro Teams : for the fast and furious, 45kms total. For the Pro teams, 3 riders per team, all riders must enter and complete the individual section. All 3 riders times will be added to determine the winners of this category. Pro teams must ride the same colours

Age groups will be split up as follows:

  • Junior 15 – 19yrs …………
  • Open 20 – 39yrs …………
  • Veteran 40 – 49yrs ……….
  • Master 50 – 59yrs ………..
  • Master + 60+yrs…………

And age refers to AGE ON RACE DAY !

$65 per person
$45 Junior (19 years and under)

For all entries $5 go to Cure Kids.

27th March 2009 or when full … SO HURRY.

For further information please Email:


Extreme Sport weekend in New Zealand

November 18, 2008

Wow … what scenery. What terrain to run an extreme race through.

Southern Traverses’ Macpac 24 Hour weekend got off to a flying start on Friday night at midnight at the Greenstone, with a 14km trek to Lake Rere and Mt Bastard. There was a full moon and clear, calm conditions.

Two of the teams were out of the bush by 6.00 a.m. and had started the 10km paddle from Greenstone to Kinloch by 6.00am.

A 21km mountain bike stage took competitors from Kinloch to Paradise and this was followed by a 9km trek in Paradise Conservation Park alongside the Dart River which proved to be tough going.

Once having reached the Dart River the competitors paddled across to gain access to an 11km trek on Sugarloaf.

“It was incredibly windy by this time but the temperature remained in the 20’s, says Hunt, “so it wasn’t unpleasant racing, just a bit tougher coping with the wind.”

A final paddle followed the Dart River for 7kms to finish at Paradise with a 2km run to the finish line where champagne awaited the winners.

Aurum Survey represented by New Zealand orienteering representative Bruce McLeod and top multisporter Phil Wood, won the race as predicted. They completed it in 19 hours 42 minutes.
“Their combined orienteering and multisport skills definitely made them the strongest team on paper and they lived up to expectations,” says Hunt.

But the exciting event was the placing, on the podium, of an Under-23 team,, a team made up of Dougal Allan, Mike Walker, Mattie Graham and Emmah Ussher, who finished the race in 22hrs and 21 secs, finishing runner-up to the experienced and talented two man Aurum Survey Queenstown team.

“They were chuffed to finish a Southern Traverse course and with the sort of talent they and the other Under 23 competitors are displaying New Zealand adventure racing is in good hands,” says Hunt. “ beat some other very experienced teams and these are the athletes who will carry on the tradition of the sport. At the World Adventure Racing Championships in Brazil in October the New Zealand team Orion not only won the event but seven out of the top twelve racers competing were Kiwis, numbers which speak for themselves.”

The eight hour adventure challenge introduced for the first time this year began at the Greenstone with a rough paddle on Lake Wakatipu at 8.00am on Saturday.

“There were a few capsizes but the Wakatipu Coastguard did an excellent job getting everyone back in the race again,” says Hunt.

The eight hour race involved paddling, trekking and biking and was won by Mike Kelly from Queenstown in 4hours 09 mins ahead of Aaron Scott of Christchurch in 4 hours 22mins.


Another Extreme Adventure Race in New Zealand this weekend.

November 12, 2008

Have you heard of Southern Traverse Ltd?

If you are into extreme sports possibly, if you’re into adventure sports racing probably, but if not then Southern Traverse is a premier international Sport Event Management company which operates and manages elite events around the world including the Adventure Racing World Championship, the AR World Series and New Zealand’s iconic adventure race, the Macpac Southern Traverse – these are all extreme races which will test the skills of the competitors to the very limit.

This weekend (14th – 16th November) two extreme challenges will be held in New Zealand: The Macpac 24 Hours Of Southern Traverse and the 8-hour Adventure Challenge. The Macpac 24 will incorporate run/trekking, kayaking and mountain biking and the area of Lake Wakatipu and the Glenorchy region will be the backdrop for this challenging race.

Glenorchy Lagoon looking toward Lake Wakatipu

Glenorchy Lagoon looking toward Lake Wakatipu

Glenorchy is an area of spectacular scenery at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand’s South Island. It is only about 45kms from Queenstown. It is famed for its many ‘tramping’ tracks. The local scenery received worldwide attention when it was used as one of the settings for the movie ‘Lord of the Rings’.

Director of Southern Traverse, Geoff Hunt, says that, as is traditional with their courses, no-one will know the route until the midnight start on Friday, “but I can promise competitors some very different terrain and they will be going places they haven’t been before. The overriding thing they will remember about the course is the bush. all the treks are centred round bush rather than open tussock land but there is some spectacular scenery on the way,” he added.

Hunt expects the fastest teams to cross the finish in 14 hours and the slowest in around 20.

The competition is open to teams of two or four persons. The two person catagory can be a mixed team, or single sex. The 4 person team MUST have at least one woman, and each team must have a support crew. It is recommended that team members have first aid certificates and that competitors must know how to swim and have a Grade 2 kayak certificate… The race will cover approximately 150 kilometres and will continue day and night.

A new fun 8 hour race for first timers, individuals and teams, (women and men), will be run on the Saturday 15 November, in conjunction with the Macpac 24hrs of Southern Traverse. This is a new challenge and is an attempt to persuade athletes who traditionally compete in shorter events to test themselves on a longer course. As Hunt says, “the eight hour challenge is also part of our bid to expand adventure sport racing. It is really an off-road Peak to Peak and makes the event more accessible to a wider group of people. We expect it will grow in popularity particularly amongst multi-sporters and triathletes because of the soft introduction it offers to the disciplines of adventure racing.”

The eight hour competitors will start at 10.00 a.m. on Saturday and the four stage race will cover a 51 km course of kayaking, mountain biking and running.

Entries for the 8 Hour Challenge will be accepted on Friday 14th November at Queenstown Event Center between 6 – 8 o’clock… so get your running shoes on if you’re interested! The entry to the Macpac 24 is already closed. Prize giving will be on Sunday, 16th November.

Good luck!