NZ Secondary Schools Adventure Racing Champs

Hawke's Bay

13th April – 15th April 2018

Event Information


What is GO-4-12?

The GO-4-12 Youth Adventure Race is The Official New Zealand 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?

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?

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

The NZ 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 2018 Teams are limited to 40 NZSSARC Teams and 10 GO-4-12 Teams 

There are three categories:  

Mixed (any combination of Boys & Girls)


What Accommodation and Food is available?

Friday night only at Camp David Adventure Centre, 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. Limited cabin accommodation is available, please contact us.  Also please contact us if bringing a campervan or caravan.

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 Camp David Adventure Centre NOW owned by Te Aratika Academy, 2501 Middle Road, RD11, Hastings - location map, click HERE


Entries for the 2019 event will open late 2018

Thursday 5th April 2018 - all entries must be received

Friday 13th April 2018

3:00pm Teams can arrive at Camp David / Te Aratika Academy - note there is no sign at the entrance, but there is a sign on the hall facing the road "Te Aratika Academy".
4:00pm – 6:00pm: Registration and Gear Check
6:00pm: Race Briefing 

Saturday 14th April 2018

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

Sunday 15th April 2018

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 Updated 4th March 18 Click HERE

Gear Check Checklist Click HERE

2018 Tube Rafting Info:

Kayaks are not required this year.  Each team is to provide one homemade raft; this is to be constructed however you like but it must consist of 4 inner tubes – these can be any size (we will allow the option of 2 rafts with 2 tubes in each raft, but these would probably be slower).

Other requirements for the raft:

Items NOT allowed in the construction of the raft:

2018 Items required for other activities:

2018 NZSSARC Event Management Plan PDF document:

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