Secondary Schools Adventure Racing Champs

Hawke's Bay

12th April – 14th April 2019

Event Information


PLEASE NOTE: More details for the 2019 events are to come! 

What is GO-4-12?

The GO-4-12 Youth Adventure Race is The Official Secondary School Adventure Racing Championships and the New Zealand Youth Adventure Challenge. 
It is an authentic adventure race with the core disciplines consisting of mountain biking, walking/running and navigation and may include rope skills and tube rafting/kayaking. 
The race is 12 hours in duration, starting and finishing in a secret location and the teams of four will face both physical and mental challenges while covering a picturesque course designed by experienced adventure racers. It is a points race, the teams try to collect as many points as possible in the 12 hours.

The 2007 GO-4-12 was filmed, check it out;

GO-4-12 2007 Chapter 1

GO-4-12 2007 Chapter 2

How much does it cost to enter the event?

12 hour event: It costs only $550 per team (four competitors and one support crew: Includes camping accommodation for Friday night only, Sunday brunch at Prize Giving). Please see Entry Info for more information regarding costs.

Additional Sunday brunch meals at Prize Giving @ $25 each 

Who is eligible to compete?

12 hour event: It's open to all New Zealand secondary school students from Year 10 and over (or age equivalent to NZ Year 10).

The Secondary School Adventure Racing Champ teams of four must be from the same school

The GO-4-12 Youth Adventure teams of four can be made up from different schools, clubs, groups or friends 

The competitors will be young people who enjoy fun and adventure and are able to mountain bike, kayak and walk for extended periods of time.  At least one member of each team must be a confident navigator.

Note: All high school aged young people from Year 10 and over can enter as part of the GO-4-12 if they are not from the same school.  They will be eligible for all spot prizes and will be ranked under the GO-4-12 but not under the Secondary School Adventure Racing Champs.

For 2019 spaces are limited to 50 Teams 

There are three categories:  

Mixed (any combination of Boys & Girls)


What Accommodation and Food is available?

Friday night only at TBA, this is included in the Registration Fee (4 team members & one support person). Teams must supply their own tents, bedding etc. Boys and girls must sleep in separate tents UNLESS supervised by an adult. 

Prize Giving Brunch Sunday morning (this is included in the Registration Fee; 4 team members & one support person) you need to be self-sufficient for all other meals/food.


SPOT Tracker

Each team will have a SPOT tracker allocated to them so we know where they are and friends and family at home can follow them - Click HERE

A video on how to use the SPOT Tracker - Click HERE
PDF instructions click HERE


This years event will be based from TBA


Entries for the 2019 event will open late 2018

Thursday 4th April 2019 - all entries must be received

12 Hour Event - Friday 12th April 2019

3:00pm Teams can arrive at TBA
4:00pm – 6:00pm: Registration and Gear Check
6:00pm: Race Briefing 

Saturday 13th April 2019

The race will commence at 5:30am or 6:00am and conclude at 5:30pm or 6:00pm the same day.

Sunday 14th April 2019

Prize Giving

This will be a Brunch held at the Havelock North Function Centre - location map Click HERE. The Brunch will be served at 9am 
Extra Tickets $25 each: Any extra Brunch meal tickets extra to the team (4 team members and 1 support crew) can be purchased on entering.

For the Full Race Information, Rules and Compulsory Equipment (note this is for 2018, 2019 TBC) Click HERE

2018 Gear Check Checklist Click HERE

2018 NZSSARC Event Management Plan PDF document:

Click HERE This is a living document and will be additions leading up to the event.