Macpac Hillary Challenge Final

The secondary school battle for first place is intense



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 11-13.

It is undoubtedly the toughest adventure/sporting competition for high school students and the battle for first is intense. 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.

The teams are 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 were kept secret until the event.

To qualify for the final teams must earn one of the qualifying spots in the North and South Island Macpac Hillary Challenge 6-hour adventure race events at the beginning of Term 2.

The 21st anniversary challenge to find the top Secondary School Outdoor Adventure Team in New Zealand will take place during the week 11 October – 15 October 2021.

Schools that have so far qualified for the 2021 final are: 

  • Motueka High (Motueka) 1st place in the 2020 Final
  • New Plymouth Girls and Boys High (Taranaki) 2nd place in the 2020 Final
  • Golden Bay High School (Golden Bay) 3rd place in the 2020 Final
  • Cashmere High (Christchurch) 1st place in the 2020 South Island event
  • St Andrews College (Christchurch) 2nd place in the 2020 South Island event

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.