Race Information

Race Programme

Race Registration:  

 Friday 15th February -  From 3pm  -  Venue - Whitianga Town Hall

Race Briefing:  

Friday 15th February– 7pm  - Whitianga Town Hall


Saturday 16th February –  Starts location

Finish - All  -  Kuaotunu


Prize Giving :


Sunday 17th February - 11am - Kuaotunu - Special Mystery Prize 


Kauri Dieback


To help ensure that the impact of Kauri Dieback is minimised on the Peninsula, in conjunction with DOC, we will be implementing the following procedures during and before this years’ ARC Adventure Race.

  1. We ask that you clean all your gear before arriving on the Peninsula. In particular, the running and mountain biking shoes you will be using during the event, your mountain bikes, especially the tyres and your kayaks, paddles and PDF’s.
  2. Your gear will be checked when you register and there will be a cleaning station available. You will be asked to put your mountain bikes through our tyre cleaning system
  3. DOC will be delivering a short presentation on Kauri Dieback at the Race Briefing on Friday evening
  4. During the event there will be specific cleaning stations before and after the trek sections. There will be a compulsory stop to clean your shoes and penalties or possible disqualification will be imposed for teams that miss these.
  5. Please see www.kauridieback.co.nz for further information on Kauri Dieback and
  6. https://www.kauridieback.co.nz/media/1450/kauri-dieback-bpg-walkers-runners-fs-portrait-25_7_17.pdf






Race Rules

a) The Competition

The course will be kept secret from competitors until the race briefing on the evening before the race. Competitors must follow the course and alternatives designed by the organisers and must race within the spirit of the competition.

Teams will be provided with a detailed list of checkpoints (map references) and transition points and will be informed as to each stage type (ie kayak, trek, mtb etc). at the race briefing.

Checkpoints, Rogaine Points and Transition Areas;
The race will comprise of a number of checkpoints, rogaine points and transition areas.
Transition Areas : Teams must sign in at every transition area 
Checkpoints : Teams must record letters at each checkpoint or incur time penalties (variable)
Rogaine Points : Teams will incur time credits at each Rogaine point recorded (variable)

b) Timing

The clock will start at the beginning of the race. Times will be recorded at each transition area and when the team crosses the line. When a team decides to rest at a checkpoint, the clock doesn’t stop. On some stages there will be time penalties for arriving after a certain time. In the event of a compulsory stop during the race the clock will be stopped for each team affected.

c) Cut Offs and Alternative Courses

The organisers reserve the right to impose cut off times on sections of the race for logistic and safety reasons. These will be announced at the race briefing and noted in the competitors race instructions.

d) Placings and Awards

Placing is based on finish times adjusted for any time penalties/credits incurred during the race.

e) Responsibility

Each competitor enters under their own responsibility. They can judge whether they should participate in the event, start and continue to the finish line. Nevertheless the organisers reserve the right to stop a competitor or team from setting off or continuing the event.

f) Support Crew

This year’s Long race will require support. 

g) Equipment

Gear List per team – Compulsory: First Aid kit, compass, land and survey maps (will be advised of which maps closer to event), one sealed mobile phone.

Gear List per Individual – Compulsory: Glow stick, survival blanket, polyprop top and bottom, fleece top, fleece or woolen hat, whistle, head lamp with adequate batteries for night, waterproof jacket, gloves, backpack and multi-purpose knife.

Kayaks (ARC Long)

It is recommended that suitable double sea kayaks are used. Don’t sacrifice safety for speed. Double kayaks should have a minimum water width of 550cm. Single Sea kayaks are alos permitted. Note we will be operating a hanicap system for this years ARC based on Hull speed of boats used.The aim will be that this is as fair as possible and it designed to help level the playing field.

Additional kayak equipment per competitor : Life jacket (6.2kg positive buoyancy, international standard) and marine flare

Mountain Bikes: Cycle helmets must be worn during the biking sections and each bike should be fitted with a rear red strobe light.

Rifle shooting, rope work and mystery activities : All equipment for these activities will be provided.

Forbidden Equipment : GPS, additional windsurf masts or sails or any other additions to kayaks.

h) Jury

Any legitimate race protests will be reviewed by the race organisers. Any protest must be filed with the race organiser within one hour of finishing the race.

i) Withdrawal

In the case of withdrawal of a team member or the entire team during the race, the team captain must inform the organisers by any means available in the shortest possible time. Failure to do so may result in a search and rescue operation. For a team to proceed on a new stage they must have at least 2 team members.

j) Time Penalties

These will occur where teams fail to record letters at checkpoints (variable), retirement of a team member (4 person team only), any breach of rule or regulation and littering.

k) Disqualification

Unfair behaviour or behaviour that brings the race into disrepute, use of unauthorised equipment and abandonment of team member during the race.

l) Team Numbers and Bibs

Each team will be provided with a race number and bibs. The bibs should be visible at all times.

m) Safety / Security

The race will be supported by comprehensive safety back up. Radio Operators and marshals with knowledge of the course will be placed at each transitions area. These will be coordinated by a central control team that will keep a tab on the progress and whereabouts of each team. There will also be a paramedic and ambulance on the course at all times. The kayak legs will be supported by boat safety teams including the coastguard.

n) Insurance

All participants compete at their own risk and the organisers will not accept liability for any personal accident or injury during the event. A liability waiver form must be signed by the team captain on behalf of the team. Competitors should ensure that they are adequately insured.

o) Consideration for the land

To enable us to run this event we have sought permission from a number of private land owners, local Iwi and DOC. It is important that we treat the land that we pass through with respect. To this end it is a requirement that all teams carry out their own rubbish. Support crews should be conscious of keeping the transition areas as they find them.

p) Officials

Team members and support crew must respect instructions given by officials and must also follow their decisions regarding health, security and safety.

Compulsory Gear List

General – (Must be carried at all times inc. kayak) (This excludes ARC Short Life Jacket and ARC long Non kayaking life jacket) 



First Aid Kit

1 Per Team


2 Per Team

Topo Maps – Will be provided

1 set per team

Survival Blanket

1 per member

Polypropylene top – long Sleeves

1 per member

Polypropylene bottom – long pants

1 per member

Fleece Top (100 series weight min ) long sleeves

1 per member

Fleece or wool hat

1 Per member


1 per member

Polypropylene or wool gloves

1 pair each

Waterproof Jacket

1 per member

Multipurpose knife (eg swiss army)

1 per team

Cell Phone (fully charged battery)

1 per team

High VIz vest to wear on Mountain Bike at night  (ARC Long only)

1 per member

Life Jacket  (ARC Short and ARC Long Non Kayak)

1 per member

Charged Phone

 1 per team

Kayak – ARC Long  (additional equipment )


Marine Flares

1 Per kayak

Life Jacket (6.2kg positive buoyancy)

1 per member

All round white lights  1 per kayak



Mountain Bike  (additional equipment)


Cycle Helmet

1 per member

Rear red strobe lights (flashing)

1 per bike



Trek  (additional equipment)


Suitable backpack

1 per member

Headlamp and adequate batteries for whole night

1 per member

Glow Sticks

1 per member



You should carry out the following Safety Checks on your bike.


Mountain Bike 


Cycle Helmet – safe to wear and no cracks in cover

1 per member

Head set is tight

Per bike

Brakes work

Per Bike

Wheels are safe

Per Bike

Tires are in a safe condition

Per Bike

Nothing is bent on bike

Per Bike





Double Sea Kayaks or Single Sea kayaks

Includes Racing Doubles such as Hypernovas, Duets and  Insomniacs 

No Multisport singles

Per Team