Preparation is vital not only to your success in Adventure Racing but also your enjoyment. When preparing your body and mind and learning new skills, you’ll strengthen your friendships with your team members while enjoying adventurous training weekends in new and exciting places. On this page, you’ll find plenty of information to help your team achieve your adventure racing goals.

Preparation for the 2020 Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race

North Island Navigation and Adventure Racing Clinics

Rachel Smith of Navigation North will be running skills based navigation and adventure racing clinics ahead of the Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race. The clinics run for three hours and will include basic map skills including reading and understanding, using a compass, route choice and map preparation, teamwork as well as other adventure race specific skills. Each clinic will be followed by a two-hour rogaine on a nearby area (note: more experienced teams can just come along and participate in the rogaine, but will still need to register). There are limited spots available for each clinic so register early for a place.

Rachel also offers small group navigation clinics in the Central North Island.

For more information or to register, please check out Navigation North’s Facebook page here or email Rachel

Women’s Adventure Race Skills Weekends
Would you like to fast track your learning in this awesome sport? So many factors come into play with adventure racing and it’s important to practice and up skill in all areas that make up a great team! But where do you start? Join Kym from NZ Adventure Retreats for a crash course to get you and your team up-to-speed fast, for the upcoming Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race.
  • Horowhenua/Kapiti region on 7th/8th September – ALREADY FULL
  • Tauranga region on 2nd/3rd November – ALREADY FULL
  • Tutira, Hawkes Bay on 29th Feb/1st March
If you are new to adventure racing or want to build your skills so you have the confidence to enter or to perform better and step up to a longer race category, then this is for you. Come along on your own or as a team.For more information, click here.

North Island Small Group (just your SW team) Navigation Clinics

Darren Ashmore (Spirited Women Course Director) offers small group navigation clinics in the North Island region. These clinics can be catered to the skill level of your team and what you would like to work on. 

For more details, email Darren on 

South Island Skills Coaches & Navigation Clinics

There are so many orienteering clubs around the South Island to up-skill your navigation prior to the race. If you contact the club in person, they would be delighted to offer private tutorial for our Spirited Women. Click here for a list of club, to find one in your region.  

Mission WOW delivers fresh, fun and funky events for women in New Zealand. A mix of day courses or evening sessions, weekend retreats or multi-day mountain missions all based on the concept of learning new skills in excellent company with great snacks and a big grin. Jo Guest & Katharine Eustace will be delivering specific day courses designed with Spirited Women in mind- MTB skills, bike maintenance & navigation sessions for beginner/ intermediate level in Wanaka. Various dates starting in October. Mission WOW also offers small group MTB skills clinics or navigation sessions in the Central Otago area. Gather you mates and book a be-spoke course. For more information, click here.

Karen Muller from Fit for Life is an endurance coach based in Christchurch. Karen has been coaching since 2007 and is never one to turn down an adventure opportunity whether it be a 12hr, 24hr, multiday race or time out exploring our amazing back country.  Karen offers programs, advice and coaching sessions that will prepare you physically and mentally for being the best that you can be for your adventure. For more information, click here.

Jo from MOJO Coaching is an adventure racing specialist (hiking & off road fitness, programming, race planning, psychology, and team work), based in Wanaka. Jo has over 10 years experience, passion and history in adventure racing and coaching. Jo can offer weekly or one-off sessions to prepare you for the Spirited Women adventure race. Specialising in bespoke training plans; Jo caters to your individual needs and time available to train. There’s also the option to get a group of mates together and set a team plan. For more information, click here.

National orienteering events

Orienteering New Zealand

Orienteering NZ has events throughout the year, the vast majority of which will cater to all levels of skill and experience. These events are very affordable and a great way to practice your navigation skills leading up to the Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race. The ‘filters’ at the top of the page are good for narrowing down the search by area/region and type of event foot, MTB, Rogaine, etc.

For more details or to register, please check out their website here.

Adventure Motivation made easy by Senka Radonich

Senka Radonich aka nzadventuregirl
After losing her mum to pneumonia suddenly, Senka woke up to the fact that life can be taken away at any moment, so why waste it.  Setting out to make her life one giant adventure doing stuff she freaking loves she established Adventure Girls which is all about getting women out to do cool sh*t.  Whether it’s getting you out adventuring and stretching yourself in trying new things or working with you one on one in the personal coaching space, Senka will be all over it like white on rice.

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Adventure Girls – Kick ass adventures for women 
Have ever wanted to try surfing, mountain biking, or 4 wheel driving?  What about dirt biking, snowboarding or rock climbing?  How about stand up paddling, gun shooting or tree adventures?  Join a bunch of super rad women, like you, who are up for getting out and trying new adventures for the first time.

FREE email training programmes & tips

Anna Dean from Foot Traffic Coaching is delivering free training programmes & tips for all women taking part in the Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race.

Below is the schedule of FREE email Training Programmes which will help preparing women for the 2020 events;


  • 23rd Nov. Monthly articles commence
  • 23rd Nov. Training Programme: 12 Week Long Course
  • 23rd Nov. Training Programme: 12 Week Medium Course
  • 23rd Nov. Training Programme: 12 Week Short Course


  • 4th Jan. Fortnightly articles commence.
  • 4th Jan. Training Programme: 12 Week Long Course.
  • 4th Jan. Training Programme: 12 Week Medium Course.
  • 4th Jan. Training Programme: 12 Week Short Course.

To sign up to receive the FREE Spirited Women Training Programmes and monthly articles in the lead up to the 2020 event, click here.

First timers information – blog site

For all women considering doing their first adventure race, the ‘Adventure Racing Basics’ blogs provide some invaluable reading.

  • Blog 1: What is Adventure Racing – Click here
  • Blog 2: Gear and Clothing – Click here 
  • Blog 3: Food, Food, Food, What to eat during a race – Click here
  • Blog 4: Preparing your headspace is as important as preparing your body – Click here
  • Blog 5: Navigation for beginners – Click here
  • Blog 6: Question & Answer Session with Debbie Chambers – Click here
  • Blog 7: 2016 Race report by team #53 – Expedio GOT – Click here