The Godzone adventure race will be staged in Wanaka next year.
Announcing the official dates and host location for the 2015 event, cace director Warren Bates said Wanaka provided the perfect platform for the expedition length race that attracts hundreds of competitors from all over the world.
"As an adventure racing location, you couldn't ask for much more than the Lake Wanaka region. It's a destination that really promotes the outdoor lifestyle, has unbelievably good access to a whole host of adventurous activities and enjoys a thriving sporting community."
The 2015 Godzone adventure race will run from February 27 to March 9, with teams of four racing non stop over seven days in and around the Lake Wanaka region.
Bates said Lake Wanaka Tourism had welcomed the event and support from the whole district had been overwhelmingly positive.
"We are delighted that Lake Wanaka Tourism has partnered with us to accommodate Godzone and we know our competitors are going to love visiting the town of Wanaka and the entire Lake Wanaka region. They will discover the stunningly beautiful terrain is also uniquely challenging with a backdrop of mountains and glacier fed lakes and rivers."
Lake Wanaka Tourism general manager James Helmore says he was delighted to support Godzone.
"Godzone is a major sporting event that draws both national and international attention and we welcome that to Wanaka. Adventure racing fits perfectly with the adventurous nature of our community and our spectacular natural playground providing the backdrop,'' he said.
''We have everything here from canyoning to mountain biking, mountaineering, and kayaking through to skydiving. I'm sure many of our local adventure racers will be excited about racing in their own backyard, and those not competing will be as excited to discover just where the teams will be heading once the course is revealed next year."
Bates said the race had recieved plenty of interest after its third edition was staged in Kaikoura this year.
"Our entries will open at 9am NZST on 1st July and we know there are plenty of teams clamouring to secure one of the 40 spots available. I expect now that we have announced Wanaka, as the host location there will be surge of interest from local teams keen to race in their home region,'' he said.
''Everyone who comes to Chapter 4 in Wanaka, from the competitors and supporters to our many volunteers, are going to have an unforgettable experience."
Godzone is an official member of the Adventure Racing World Series and a qualifier for the pinnacle adventure-racing event, the AR World Championships.