Taupo October 26th-28th 2018

Welcome to the Spring Challenge!


Taupo will be hosting the Spring Challenge North, all women adventure race.

Spring Challenge is one of the gems of New Zealand adventure racing, where up to 450- teams of three women take part in the adventure that includes rafting, mountain biking, hiking and orienteering.

Event Details       


  • School Girls(15-18 years old) 3-hour only
  • Junior (combined age under 60-years) 6-hour only
  • Open
  • Veteran (combined age 120-years +)
  • Super Veteran (combined age 150-years +)
  • Corporate Challenge

Note: Minimum Age - 13-years old if competing with caregiver

3-HOUR - School, Open, Veteran, super veteran
6-HOUR - Junior, Open, Veterans, Super Veteran
9-HOUR - Open, Veteran, super veteran  

TEAM SIZE (3 or 4 women per team)

New for 2018, due to regular requests, there is now a 4-women team option. You can choose to enter with 2-friends to make a team of 3, or get together 3-friends and make a team of 4!


3-hour (beginner) – Introduction to Adventure Racing. Rafting, non-technical mountain biking, trail and easy off-trail hiking – a bit of a challenge but nothing too silly. Navigation is basic level. Time range 3 to 6 hours.

6-hour (intermediate) – Something to get your teeth into. Rafting, mostly non-technical mountain biking but can have a few rugged bits linking the course together – walking with bike an option in these sections if you're a bit of a Nana (or officially a Nana). Hiking mostly can be on and off trails, can contain rough ground to pass over, slippery stuff, cow poos, stream crossings. Navigation is intermediate level, map and compass knowledge needed. (Unless you trust the team in front of you and you tuck in behind them).  Time range 6 to 12-hours.

9-hour (advanced) – The epic version of the Spring Challenge, expect a mission! Time range 9 to 20-hours.


We don't like to focus on distances because they can be misleading, the 6-hour event for example will be a winning time close to 6-hours whether the course is 50km or 100km, because speed over terrain will vary so much. But as a rough guide, here's a few numbers to crunch. 
3-hour Event: 30-45 minutes Rafting, 15-20km Biking, 4-5km hiking
6-hour Event: 30-45 minutes Rafting, 25-35km Biking, 8-12km hiking
9-hour Event: 30-45 minutes Rafting, 45-55km Biking, 20-30km hiking


Anyone entering should be comfortable in deep water, you don't need to be a strong swimmer but you need to be prepared to swim. In the rafting stage you will be wearing a wetsuit and a PFD so you will float adequately, but being comfortable in the water is important.
The rafting stage is guided.


Friday(venue to be confirmed)

3:00pm – 5:00pm

  • Collect Event Pack
  • Event Booklet
  • Race Bibs
  • Final check of your team details
  • Sign waiver
  • (one member can pick up the team gear but we do need everyone's signature on Friday at some stage)
  • Each team must attend the rafting safety briefing which will be held during Race Briefing.

Map & Course Release
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Race Briefing
6:00pm - 7:00pm


RACE DAY - details to come
Note: start / finish could be up to 60-minutes drive from Taupo.


Awards and Prize Giving
10:00am – 11:00am