Queenstown loses GODZone hosting rights to Kaikoura

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Queenstown has lost major multisport expedition event GODZone to Kaikoura for 2014.

The adventure race, which finished in the resort on Saturday, will be shifted north after two years based out of Queenstown, directors announced yesterday.

“There are obviously a lot of incredible geographical options here in the South Island where we could take the event,” race director Adam Fairmaid says.

“Kaikoura offers everything we could ask for with a unique and challenging landscape that will inspire and excite participating teams.”

Developing key relationships with regional tourism organisations and councils is vital to the growth of the event and in turn GODZone will create new opportunities for the host town, he adds.

“When we approached Kaikoura their reaction was instantly positive and we are delighted to be partnering with them for 2014.

“The coastal aspect is different from what we have had before and everywhere you look from the inland mountains out towards the sea, there is a rich layer of options for designing a spectacular course.”

Kaikoura district mayor Winston Gray says his council is fully-supportive of the event coming to the region, adding the council is firmly focused on attracting more event tourism to the area.

“GODZone is the perfect fit for Kaikoura and we were immediately on board when Adam Fairmaid first met with us. Our region has a backdrop designed for this type of adventure activity with majestic landscape from the hinterland out towards the sea.”

Entries for the 2014 GODZone will open on July 1 this year.

World champion Kiwi team Seagate won the 2013 event – completing the gruelling 513km course in just over 75 hours last week.