Chapter 5 – Tasman
Chapter 5 of GODZone was hosted by the wider Tasman District with pre and post event activities being focused on the stunning beach location of Kaiteriteri. Tasman is home to three national parks: Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson Lakes National Park and Kahurangi National Park, all of which were visited during the event.
The landscape in the region is diverse, from large mountainous areas to valleys and plains, and is sliced by such major rivers as the Buller, Motueka, Aorere, Takaka, Matakitaki and Wairoa. The limestone-rich area around Mount Owen and Mount Arthur is notable for its extensive cave networks, among them New Zealand’s deepest caves at Ellis Basin and Nettlebed. Throw in the magnificent coastline, mixed forests and it was a terrific foundation to build a challenging and varied course on.