Macpac Hillary Challenge Final


Hillary Challenge winners 2014


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The secondary school battle for first place is intense

The Macpac Hillary Challenge Final (video) is undoubtedly the toughest adventure competition for high school students and the battle for first is intense because it is a prestigious and highly coveted title for schools to achieve. Not only does this event require a high level of physical and mental fitness, being a team sport, members need the ability to work together under stress.

Participants qualify for the final by meeting the required criteria during the Macpac Hillary Challenge 6-hour adventure race events the year prior.

The 20th anniversary challenge to find the top Secondary School Outdoor Adventure Team in New Zealand will take place 5 October – 9 October 2020.

The 5-day Macpac Hillary Challenge Final is held each year at Hillary Outdoors Tongariro, and is only open to a total of 12 teams, each consisting of 8 students from Year 12 or 13.  The teams will be scored on their skill, speed and endurance during a 5-day series of outdoor adventure challenges, including a 2-day rogaine style wilderness expedition and a multi sport race on the final day. In true adventure racing tradition, the exact details of all challenges will be kept secret until the event.

Schools that have qualified for the 2020 final are;

  • New Plymouth Girls and Boys High (Taranaki)
  • Motueka High (Motueka)
  • Golden Bay High School (Golden Bay)
  • St Andrews College (Christchurch)
  • Mt Aspiring College (Wanaka)
  • Cashmere High (Christchurch)
  • St Pauls Collegiate/Waikato Diocesan (Hamilton)
  • Francis Douglas/Sacred Heart (Taranaki)
  • Trident and Whakatane High Schools (Whakatane)
  • Taradale High (Hawkes Bay)
  • Westlake Girls and Boys High (Auckland)

Take a look at our Facebook page for coverage and photos of the action. You can also find photos and footage from our previous Macpac Hillary Challenge Events on our gallery and video library pages.

To find out more and to enter the 2020 Macpac Hillary Challenge 6-hour Adventure Race, which will lead to the final held in 2021, click here