Welcome to the Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race, where women team up, train and have an absolute blast of an adventure together, side by side all the way.

The Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race is an event where teams of four women choose from an intro (non kayak navigation adventure), short, medium and long-course adventure. Travelling together in a team, they must navigate around a secret course by foot, mountain bike, and kayak, completing a few surprise mystery activities along the way—where no prior experience is needed! The provision of stable sit-on tandem kayaks are provided for all teams and all levels of fitness and experience are welcome.

Given teams are required to navigate an entirely new secret course, the event travels the country visiting new North and South Island destinations each year. Rotorua, Taupo, Whakatane/Ohope, Gisborne and Whangarei in the North Island, and Central Otago and Marlborough in the South Island have already been wonderful hosts to incredible events. Due to every region being very different, the event changes from one year to the next. Some years, we have a more structured course with only three disciplines (trek, kayak, bike) and other years we have had all disciplines several times in a different order. The course each year depends on the canvas we have to work with. If it’s your first or your eighth Spirited Women, it is always a fresh and exciting adventure experience in a new area of New Zealand. 

The course is kept a secret from participants and spectators until the Friday of the race weekend. Once your team receives your map/s, course notes, and briefing instructions, you will have the evening to plan and prepare. On race day, your team needs to navigate your way around the course with a map and compass, visiting checkpoints in the order specified (sequential or any order) on each leg, changing disciplines and participating in mystery activities along the way.

The Spirited Women is far more than creating an unforgettable event experience shared among girlfriends; it’s about women making time for themselves, and prioritizing their health and fitness. For many participants, the journey to the event is the most cherished part. Regularly getting together as a team to train, learn new skills, and supporting one another to push their boundaries. The Spirited Women event strengthens bonds and relationships, bringing family, friends and work colleagues together for a weekend of unadulterated fun.

“This event defines the spirit of a kiwi woman – her give-it-a-go attitude, sense of adventure, a strong belief in her girlfriends and a desire to help them through difficult times and celebrate the good times.” – The spirit of a kiwi woman.

This coming year, the North Island Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race will be held out of Central Hawkes Bay. The South Island Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race will be held out of Wanaka. Limited to 500 teams of four per event, we invite you to find your inner spirit, be brave, and together with your girlfriends make up a team to compete in an unforgettable experience.