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2 Day Race | 19th - 20th Jan 2019 | Wanaka, Otago, South Island

The first race of the 2019 A1 NZ series is X4.  It takes the existing Red Bull Defiance concept and spreads it over teams of four, with only two people racing at any one time. This allows teams to be tactical in their selection and to sub in and out of their preferred stages.
Spectacular mountain trails, wonderful panoramic backdrops, stunning views, beautiful stage locations and participants from over around the world make this event a unique and unforgettable experience.

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18hr Race | 16th Feb 2019 | Coromandel, North Island

The 2nd race in the A1 New Zealand Series is the Osprey Packs ARC Adventure Race, on the 16th of February 2019. You will get the chance to explore the oceans, rivers, coastlines, forests, bush and some of the hidden secrets of the Coromandel Peninsula, with some of your best friends. What could be better?

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Absolute Wilderness

12hr Race | 23 Feb 2019 | Twizel, South Island

The 3rd race in the A1 New Zealand Series is the Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race in Twizel, on the 23rd February 2019, designed and organised by AR legend, Nathan Fa’avae. Teams of 3 or 4 compete against the course, the environment and some battle against each other in the race.

Teams are required to navigate a series of checkpoints using only a map and compass to guide them while transitioning between several disciplines, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Rafting and Navigation.

Teams will have to push their boundaries and nail their teamwork just to finish. Winning will require willpower to rush hard, mastery of all disciplines, and a little luck. The event welcomes all abilities with a range of course options and categories that will have teams on course between 3 and 24-hours.

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Bivouac AR

12hr Race | 10 Aug 2019 | Whangamata, Bay of Plenty, North Island

The 4th race in the A1 New Zealand Series is the Bivouac Outdoors Whangamata Adventure Race, on 19th August 2019. The event will be held in the region near Whangamata, one of New Zealand's best locations for producing great adventure athletes. It must be something to do with the climate! 

These guys run a hugely popular, shorter, adventure race and we expect this event to be very well supported. The organising team are highly experienced adventure racers themselves, which should make for a demanding course over the 12hrs expected for the winning teams.

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Marokopa Munter

24hr Race | 23 Nov | Marokopa, Waikato, North Island

The final race in the A1 New Zealand Series will be the Marokopa Munter 24 Hour Adventure Race, in November (date to be confirmed). The event will be held in the Marokopa/Waitomo area that is one of the North Island's best-kept secrets.

The region is packed with adventure potential and is just under a two hours drive from New Plymouth and 90 minutes from Hamilton, which makes it an easy access location from all over the North Island.

Teams should expect a good, tough examination of their route finding skills in New Zealand classic bush country. The organisers say teams should be warned: “you will need a high level of fitness, experience and skill - this is not an entry level race!”

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Best 3 of 5 races count

Race 01: ARC, Coromandel, North Island | 24hr | March 7-8
Race 02: X4, Wanaka, South Island | 2 day | March 28-29
Race 03: Kaikoura Adventure Race, Kaikoura, South Island | 24hr | April 25-27
Race 04: Bivouac Outdoor Adventure Race, Whangamata | 12hr | August 8
Race 05: Marokopa Munter, Marokopa, North Island | 24hr | October tba

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