Showing posts with label New Zealand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Zealand. Show all posts

Video: Welcome to New Zealand - Home of Middle Earth

Shot by filmmaker Awhile Suhas as he traveled 15,000 km (9320 miles) throughout New Zealand, this short video takes us on a stunning road trip to see some of that country's most spectacular landscapes. You'll see everything from snowcapped mountains to windswept beaches, with pretty much every other type of terrain imaginable in between. If you didn't want to visit this amazing place before, you're likely to want to book a trip now.

New Zealand, the home of Middle Earth from Akhil Suhas on Vimeo.

Video: Adventure Racing Through the New Zealand Wilderness

The Red Bull Defiance is a two-day long adventure race held in the country that invented the sport – New Zealand. Over the course of those 48 hours, racers run, mountain bike, and paddle their way across some of the most rugged terrain imaginable, on a 142 km (88 mile) course designed to push them to the limits. As you'll see in this video, it seems that that mission was accomplished. If you're not familiar with adventure racing, this clip will certainly make a good introduction to the sport.

Video: New Zealand - Land of Light and Shadow

Anyone who has ever been to New Zealand will tell you just how beautiful of a place it is, but this video is a good reminder nonetheless. It captures some of the stunning landscapes of that country in timelapse, with the sun, clouds, and sky all casting intricate shadows across the ground. Short and sweet, this is a minute-and-a-half of pure bliss, and a perfect way to wrap up the day.

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New Zealand - Land of light and shadow from Stephen Patience Photography on Vimeo.

Czech Traveler Survives for a Month in the New Zealand Wilderness After Partner Dies

Here's a harrowing tale of survival that will probably make a great book or film at some point. Last week, authorities found a Czech tourist who had been missing for more than a month in the wilderness of New Zealand. The woman was discovered living in a park warden's hut along the Routeburn Track, one of the country's popular trekking routes. She is said to be in reasonably good physical condition, although she is understandably suffering some physiological stress from the ordeal.

The woman, and her traveling companion set out to hike the trail back on July 26. The Routeburn Track typically takes about three days to complete, but the duo became lost when the trail markers they were following became buried in deep snow.

Things went from bad to worse when the woman's partner fell off a cliff, dying as a result of his injuries. She then spent three long, cold nights out in the open before locating the cabin, which became her home over the past few weeks. During that time she suffered some minor frostbite and hypothermia, but for the most part is in good condition.

Nearly a month past before the Czech consulate contacted authorities in New Zealand, who up until that point were unaware the couple was missing at all. They organized a search party, but held out little hope since it been so long, and so much snow had fallen along the trekking route. But, the couple's car was discovered near the trail head, which initiated a longer search that resulted in the rescue.

In addition to the cold weather and snow conditions, the woman faced a serious threat from avalanches. Most hikers are advised to avoid the higher altitude sections of the hike during the winter months for that very reason. It was because of those dangers that no other hikers discovered her living in the cabin over the past several weeks. She was found last Wednesday and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Quite a story indeed. She is obviously lucky to be alive. Thankfully this one had a mostly happy ending, although condolences go out to the friends and family of the man who perished on the trek.

Video: Nat Geo Takes Us Inside the World's Longest Sea Caves

Journey to New Zealand with National Geographic to explore the longest sea caves in the world. Geologist Nicolas Barth was studying active faults on the South Island when he decided to climb down some cliffs and go for a swim. What he discovered there was truly astounding.

Video: Mountain Biking New Zealand with Yeti Bikes

We all know that New Zealand is an outdoor playground with few equals, but did you also know that it is a fantastic mountain biking destination too? In this video, Yeti Cycles takes us to the New Zealand backcountry to ride everything from narrow sheep trails to custom made routes built specifically for riders. The best part? The amazing scenery that surrounds these trails, which will leave you breathless just looking at it. I need to go ride here.

NEW ZEALAND. PROVEN HERE. from Yeti Cycles on Vimeo.

New Zealand Team Claims Victory at GODZone Adventure Race

Last Friday one of the premiere adventure races in the world got underway in New Zealand. That's where the GODZone Adventure Race has been unfolding over the past few days covering more than 530 km (330 miles) through some of the remote and wild regions that make that country so famous. Coed teams of four have been battling it out on a course that includes trail running, mountain biking, and paddling that have tested competitors at every turn. 

While some of the coed teams of four remain out on the course, the podium has already been set. The winning team crossed the finish line in just 3 days, 12 hours, and 44 minutes with Team Yealands Family Wines claiming victory. They were followed by Team Swordfox claiming second place 4 hours back, and Team Torpedo finishing third more than 16 hours behind the winners. 

Most of the teams in the race are from New Zealand, which gave them a decidedly home-field advantage. But teams from the U.S., Australia, the U.K., Sweden, and Japan have all been competing, with the top foreign finisher being American team Adventure Medical Kits. 

GODZone is the second race in the 2016 Adventure Racing World Series. The next event is scheduled to take place in Chile in just a few weeks time, with five other races on the schedule for the rest of the season. The top teams will gather in Australia in November to crown an ARWS champion for the year. 

Congratulations to the winning team at GODZone for completing the course in such a quick time. That was an impressive performance to say the least. 

Video: Over the Enchanted Land of New Zealand

Filmed back in December of 2015, this video takes us to New Zealand, where filmmaker Richard Patterson traveled for his honeymoon. He had the foresight to bring a drone with him, and as a result we get these fantastic images of one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. Sit back and enjoy this one. It's a perfect way to go off into the weekend.

Over Enchanted Lands // New Zealand from Richard Patterson on Vimeo.

Video: Kelly (McGarry) vs. The Volcano

Recently, pro mountain biker Kelly McGarry died of a heart attack while riding in his home country of New Zealand. He passed away far too young at the age of 33. He was known for being not only a great rider, but also having a wonderful sense of humor. Both are on display in this great three-minute video that he unfortunately never lived to see finished. Watch as Kelly takes on a volcano with nothing but his bike. He will be missed.

Kelly vs The Volcano: A Memorial film from CoLab Creative on Vimeo.

Final 2015 Adventure Racing World Series Rankings Revealed

With the Adventure Racing World Championships being held in Brazil last month, another season of the AR World Series has come to a close. Earlier in the week, the final rankings for 2015 were released, and for those of us who follow the sport closely there are some familiar names at the top. 

The rankings are a result of how teams finish over the course of the entire season, which began last February at the GODZone Race in New Zealand and wrapped up at Pantanal Pro in Brazil. Each team receives a point value based on their performance, although sometimes their overall score is skewed by how often they race. Still, the best teams do tend to gravitate to the top of the list, and the best team in the world is definitely ranked number one in my opinion. So, without further ado, here how the top adventure racing teams stacked up, along with their point totals for the season:
1 - Seagate - 700
2 - Columbia Oncosec - 556
3 - Adventure Medical Kits - 458
4 - Haglöfs Silva - 398
5 - Swedish Armed Forces Adventure Team - 371
6 - Raidlight-Naturex - 364
7 - Merrell - 355
8 - GODZone Adventure Team - Expedicion Guarani - 338
9 - Peak Performance 306
10 - YogaSlackers - 275
11 - Estonian ACE Adventure - 223
11 - France Green Caffte Costa Rica - 223
13 - R'ADYS Team Switzerland - 218
14 - Ecuador Movistar - 183
15 - Arverne Outdoor - 176
16 - Bivouac Inov-8 - 160
17 - Sweco Adventure - 150
18 - Fenix Multisport - Adidas - 133
19 - DART Nuun - 108
20 - Chimpanzee Bar - 105
20 - Kailash Brou Aventuras - 105
The 2016 season will begin in February at the Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge in Belize, and the ARWS will have another full schedule of events planned for the months that will follow. It should be another interesting year, with some great races set to take place on five continents, including the World Championships being held in Australia.

Video: Mountains of the South Wind

This beautiful video takes us back to New Zealand once again, where we get some great shots of the mountains that cover the landscape there. The timelapse shots of these beautiful places are a good reminder of how amazing our planet actually is. This is three minutes of pure bliss. Sit back and enjoy.

Mountains of the South Wind 4K from Bevan Percival on Vimeo.

Video: Mainland New Zealand

Shot on New Zealand's South Island, this timelapse video features some great shots of the spectacular landscapes found there. Images were captured near Mount Cook, the Te Anau Basin, and Central Otago, amongst other places. This seems like a fitting way to close out the week, and perhaps inspire a bit of wanderlust at the same time. I hope you enjoy!

Mainland New Zealand from Stephen Patience Photography on Vimeo.

Video: On the Road in New Zealand with Photographer Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard is a professional photographer who travels the globe to capture athletes in remote and extreme places. In this video, he takes us along on a journey to beautiful New Zealand, giving us a glimpse of some of the exceptional landscapes found there while his subjects hike, climb, windsurf, and paddle their way through that amazing place. This clip is so beautiful it will inspire you to get outside and go on an adventure of your own.

Video: Lost on New Zealand's South Island

This super-creative clip packs a lot of scenery and adventure into just a minute and a half. Shot on New Zealand's South Island, it takes us across the entire place with rapid-fire scenes of beautiful landscapes and wild adventures.This is about as comprehensive of a tour of South Island as you'll get in under two minutes, and once again it will leave you wanting more.

Lost in New Zealand from BenSteensels on Vimeo.

Team Seagate Wins GODZone Adventure Race in New Zealand

The home team favorites and defending adventure racing world champions Team Seagate proved that they are still a formidable force in the sport this week by taking first place in the GODZone Adventure Race in New Zealand. The team managed to hold off a field of 52 teams to claim the top of the podium once again, completing the 550+ km (340+ mile) event in just 4 days, 8 hours, and 28 minutes.

The GODZone race is the premiere AR event in New Zealand, a country that is synonymous with the sport. It is also part of the Adventure Racing World Series, which means that is serves as a qualifying race for the AR World Championships to be held in Brazil later this year. As is typical with all ARWS events, GODZone pits coed teams of four against one another in a non-stop endurance event that mixes trail running, mountain biking, paddling, and various other disciplines including climbing and abseiling.

While the race is still ongoing at this time, many of the teams have reached the finish line and the podium spots are now secure. Coming in second was Team Columbia Vidaraid with a time of 5 days, 3 hours, and 57 minutes, while Team Tiki Tour claimed third place by finishing in 5 days, 7 hours, and 52 minutes.

For Seagate this was just another opportunity for the team to flex its muscles on its home territory. The team has now won all for editions of the GODZone race and doesn't appear to be slowing down in any way. The squad, which consists of AR legend Nathan Fa'avae, Sophie Hart, Chris Forne, and Stu Lynch are now poised to defend their world championship in Brazil this November. By winning the GodZone they automatically receive an entry into that race months before it is set to take place.

You can find out more about this race, and check out the full standings, at

Video: Rafting Tutea Falls in New Zealand

Tutee Falls in New Zealand is the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world. While it doesn't look like much compared to some of the major waterfall drops we've seen in the past, it definitely looks like it is a lot of fun. Add in the fact that any rafting crew can go over the falls, and you start to see why it is a special place. Add this to the every growing list of reasons you need to visit New Zealand.

Video: New Zealand: Mountains to Sea

The landscapes of New Zealand are captured incredibly well in this short video which takes us across some of that country's most wild places on a journey from the mountains to the sea. Timelapse imagery captures the natural beauty that New Zealand is so well known for, and it puts it prominently on display for viewers. This is a visual travelogue of a place that is known for its outdoor adventures.

Mountains to Sea from Stephen Patience Photography on Vimeo.

Video: The Wild Landscapes of New Zealand in Timelapse

Shot over the past two years, this video features some fantastic images of the landscapes of New Zealand captured in timelapse. It is a wonderful four-minute short film that will leave you breathless for more. Just sit back and enjoy these incredible shots of nature from a country that embodies the spirit of adventure.

L E A V E H O M E - A NEW ZEALAND TIMELAPSE PROJECT from Manoj Kesavan on Vimeo.

Video: A Portrait of New Zealand

If you still haven't had your fill of great videos showing the amazing landscapes of New Zealand, then check this five-minute short-film out. It was shot earlier in the year, and gives us some more fantastic images of a country that practically exudes adventure. For hiking, climbing, rafting, and kayaking, it is tough to beat New Zealand as an all-around get outdoor destination. Enjoy this clip, and be inspired to visit the place for yourself.

Portrait of New Zealand from • of two lands • on Vimeo.

Ultra-running Team Sets New Mark on New Zealand's Great Walks

A few weeks back I posted about the New Zealand 9 expedition, an attempt by a trio of ultrarunners/adventurers to set a new speed record for completing all nine of New Zealand's Great Walks in just nine days. While I was off galavanting around Ecuador the past few weeks, this team of endurance athletes launched their ambitious effort as well. While not everything went according to plan, they were able to successfully complete eight of the Great Walks, and a portion of the ninth, while in the process, setting a new record along the way.

Ben Southall, Luke Edwards, and Patrick Kinsella faced grueling trail conditions, sleep deprivation, logistical challenges, and the wrath of Mother Nature as they ran – and paddled – their way along the Great Walks. The three men pushed themselves to their physical limits, often running distances greater than a marathon on back-to-back, successive days, on dirt trails no less. In the end, it was circumstances beyond their control that prevented them from achieving the nine walks in nine days, although they did manage to complete eight of the journeys in record time.

For those who don't know, the nine "Great Walks" consist of the following: The Rakiura Track (32km/19.8 miles), Kepler Track (60km/37.2 miles), Milford Track (54km/33.5 miles), Routeburn Track (32km/19.8 miles), Heaphy Track (78km/48.5 miles), Abel Tasman Coastal Track (51km/31.6 miles), Whanganui Journey (145 km/90 miles), Tongariro Northern Circuit (43km/26.7 miles), Lake Waikaremoana Track (46km/28.5 miles).

When the team completed the Routeburn Track, they immediately set out for the Heaphy Track to continue their expedition. Unfortunately, extended driving times between the trailheads forced them to run the 78km (48.5 mile) route at night, which presented plenty of challenges in and of itself. They were able to complete that route however, and that wasn't where they faced a roadblock that couldn't be overcome.

With logistical issues causing delays, the expedition schedule got a bit off track, and by the time they reached the Whanganui Journey – a 145km (90 mile) paddle down the Whanganui River – they new they were racing an uphill battle. The river had swelled to unusually high levels, making it even more of a challenge to complete. When nightfall set in, the boys realized that it was too dangerous to paddle after dark, and were forced to abandon the attempt.

Dejected that they wouldn't be able to finish that stage of the journey, the move don to the Tongariro Northern Circuit, before catching a helicopter ride to the start of the Lake Waikaremoana Track. They ran those two ultramarathon length trails back-to-back, and crossed the finish line for the expedition in 9 days, 23 hours, and 20 minutes. 40 minutes shy of ten days.

As it stands, they team set a new mark for finishing 8 of New Zealand's Great Walks in record time. They are disappointed of course that they were unable to complete the Wanganui Journey, but are proud of their accomplishment none the less. Congratulations to Ben, Luke, and Pat on a job well done.

To find out more about the expedition visit  And check out the video below of the final leg of the journey to get an idea of the challenge they faced along the way.

Trail 9 - World Record from NothinButShorts International on Vimeo.