hillary-outdoors_darrenAn update on all the latest Events news from our Events Manager, Darren Ashmore (pictured left)…

Our exciting programme of 20 secondary school outdoor adventure events for 2018 is just about to get underway. The online entries for all our events are now open and you can find these on our website. It is always a good idea to register your teams early as most events have a limited capacity, so leaving it until the last minute might mean your students miss out on these great learning experiences.

Torpedo7With Torpedo7 now the naming sponsor of all our Get2Go and Hillary Challenge events we are set for a big year and hopefully event more students coming out to join us for a little team adventure racing fun.

The Senior Get2Go challenge events in the North Island kick off the season in early March. These 3hr Adventure Races are the perfect next step for students that have previously participated in a Junior Get2Go event and/or for those who are preparing for the North Island Hillary Challenge 6hr in June. If you are a complete beginner and want to come out for a taste of some Adventure Racing fun, then please do, as there is something for all levels of skill and fitness at these events.

In early May we will hold the 18th annual Torpedo7 Hillary Challenge national final at our Tongariro Centre. The 12 best secondary school adventure racing teams from around New Zealand will join us for 5 challenging days of competition. For the first time ever, we will have five South Island teams taking part which is a reflection on the growth and popularity of our events across the whole country.

Just a couple of weeks after the national final our South Island Hillary Challenge 6hr event will be held at a secret location near Geraldine. The great folks at the Peel Forest Outdoor Centre are again helping us run this event and we are looking forward to welcoming teams from schools across the South Island. This event will also serve as a qualification event for the 2019 national Hillary Challenge Final, with the top 4 teams guaranteed a spot in this event.

A month later in June we have the North Island Hillary Challenge 6hr taking place near Rotorua. Once again, the top 4 places will earn a place in Hillary Challenge 19. It will be exciting to see who makes it.

In Term 3 we will be running our 13th annual Torpedo7 Junior Get2Go series of events across the country. These events are always very popular and are an excellent entry point into multisport and adventure racing with around 1600 students taking part each year. We may top 20,000 Get2Go participants this year if entries keep growing at the rate they have in recent years. So far, we have over 100 teams registered to take part with some regions closing in on the 24 team capacity.

Just a reminder that all our events are designed to cater for all levels of skill and experience, so all students with a reasonable level of fitness and positive attitude can easily participate. Not only are they a chance for your students to get outside and engage in some different and unique physical activity, they also develop some great teamwork and interpersonal skills – communication, time management, self and team leadership, self-confidence, decision making, problem solving, strategic thinking, working with others, working under pressure…etc. So come along and join in the fun!


If you are keen to catch all of the ‘up to the minute’ coverage of our events and other adventures happening around our two Centres then be sure to ‘follow/like’ our social media feeds. We are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The user name for each is – hillaryoutdoors

I hope to see you at one of our events soon!