Anaconda Adventure Race New Zealand launched

(Posted - 28 Jan 2010)

Rapid Ascent is very proud to announce that Australia’s premier adventure races – the Anaconda Adventure Race Series – have crossed the Tasman and on Saturday April 24th 2010 will include a new event at Waihi in the New Zealand North Island.The event’s new website is at

The Anaconda Adventure Race (AAR) International Series has unquestionably taken Australia by storm having created the World's Biggest Adventure Race with the Augusta WA leg of the series and now it's the Kiwis turn to give it a go with the same event format being retained for the New Zealand race.

Often regarded as the home of adventure racing, New Zealanders are not shy about pursuing the odd adventure and giving things their all with some of their own countrymen winning Anaconda Adventure Races in Australia in the past. In fact, former Adventure Racing World Champion, Richard Ussher of New Zealand, has proved almost unbeatable in the mixed discipline race by winning the 2008 Series.

When asked about the series’ expansion into his home country, Richard Ussher commented, “The Anaconda race series is one of the best concepts in adventure racing, it brings athletes from Surf, Tri, Multisport and many others together to see who has the best all round skills. The races are also achievable for anyone game enough to give it a try with each leg relatively short. I think the Anaconda race concept is the best race format in the world. I’m thrilled the Anaconda Series is coming to NZ and will be looking forward to a great event in April."

The New Zealand event will be held in the picturesque township of Waihi approximately 1.5hrs drive south east of Auckland at the base of the Coromandel Peninsula. Waihi, and Waihi Beach are an absolute mecca for water and off-road / trail delights, and the course includes a spectacular mix of landscapes varying from ocean beaches and protected inlets to rugged coastal trails, rolling farmland and a mighty big open cut mine right in the middle of Waihi.

The event format is Swim 1.5km, Ocean paddle 13km, Trail run 13km, Mountain Bike 25km, team run 2km, with competitors able to do the course as an individual doing all legs or a relay team of up to 4 people doing one leg each.

The event will start at Waihi Beach with an inlet swim in the protected waters of Anzac Bay. This is followed by a challenging paddle leg around the headland and northwards along Waihi Beach to a protected beach landing site. From here the runners will then traverse a truly spectacular coastal headland course, ducking in and out of some beautiful beaches before a lung busting climb out to the Golden Valley. Then it’s onto the mountain bike, through some stunning private farmland and into the normally inaccessible Martha Mine tailings area and some quality single track to finish on Waihi’s main street. The final 2km team run will be around the working Martha Mine and will finish under the historic Cornish Pumphouse in the middle of the Adventure Expo.

Having gone over the course ourselves, we can certainly say that it is well and truly ‘up to form’ and is equally scenic, challenging and rewarding as the other courses in the Series and will give all competitors a real run for their money.

Rapid Ascent has partnered with local event management company Total Sport who will be coordinating and promoting the event on the ground in New Zealand whilst Rapid Ascent looks after the Australian side of things and ensures that the event maintains the same professional standards expected from this premier racing series.

Now the challenge has been laid down by the Kiwis to see if the Aussies can match them on their own turf by coming over to the New Zealand race and taking them on. There is no doubt that Australia has some very tough and experienced competitors in this format and all bets are on to see who will win the inaugural trophy.

So check out the new event website at , check out your diaries and give some serious thought to crossing the Tasman yourself to see how you compare to the Kiwis ‘at their own game’. We are currently researching rental boats and equipment to make it easier for international competitors and all details will be uploaded to the event website as soon as confirmed, or contact Total Sport in New Zealand for help via Bryce Green or telephone: +64 2 1279-2346