Welcome to the Spring Challenge!
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 or four women take part in the adventure that includes rafting, mountain biking, hiking and orienteering.
School Girls(15-18 years old) 3-hour only
Junior (combined age under 60-years) 6-hour only
Veteran (combined age 120-years +) : (160-years+ 4-women teams)
Super Veteran (combined age 150-years +) : (200-years+ 4-women teams)
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
3 or 4 women per team
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 18-hours.
RAFT / SWIMMING
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.