Soaked in Adventure

3 & 6 Hour Race Whakatāne 

Brought to you by Goldsmiths Chartered Accountants

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About Soaked in Adventure 3 & 6 Hour Race Whakatāne 2022

Brought to you by Goldsmiths Chartered Accountants, the Soaked in Adventure 3 and 6 hour races will take place on June 25th 2022 in a magical setting including farmland, native bush and forestry:

Race HQ is at Burt’s Farm woolshed at 177 Mimiha Road, Matatā. Allow 30 minutes travel time from Whakatāne. 

Soaked in Adventure is a team event suitable for both beginners and experienced adventure racers – an amazing adventure and experience for teams of workmates, friends and whānau.

In your team of up to five people, you will trek/run and mountain bike, navigating the secret 3 or 6 hour course to collect checkpoints and complete mystery activities around our secret course. You need to be back across the finish line within your race time frame or you will be penalised.  You will therefore need to plan and strategise to get back to the finish line in time.

Adventure racing is a team sport – you must stick together and complete the race as a team. The team who gets the most points in the fastest time wins.

The Course

Designed for children, families, beginners and experienced adventure racers – you choose the course that’s the right challenge for you: 3 Hour and 6 Hour!

Our 3 Hour Social Course:
Designed for families, children and beginners to adventure racing, the navigation is basic and appropriate for everyone. Mountain biking stages are non-technical.

To complete the 3hr race you will need to be able to walk/jog approx. 5-7km off road, and mountain bike 10 – 15km. The race is set so that everyone needs to be back within the 3 hours. There will be remote transitions so be prepared to carry your gear for the whole race.


Our 6 Hour Course:
Our 6 hour race course is designed to suit both beginners and more advanced adventure racers. Optional checkpoints provide a challenge level to suit intermediate and advanced teams who are experienced adventure racers. The course is flexible and designed so that anyone can complete the course or have options to cut it short if required.

To complete the 6hr event you will need to be able to jog/walk approx. 10-15km off road, and mountain bike approx. 25km on forestry roads and farmland (distances will be longer if getting optional checkpoints).

The race is set so that everyone needs to be back within the 6 hours. There will be remote transitions so teams must be prepared to carry plenty of gear.

3 Hour

Social Race

Friday 24 June 2022:

Race pack pick up: 5.30 – 8.30pm

The Comm Whakatāne, 45 The Strand

Saturday 25 June 2022:
Registration opens: 7.00am
Race Brief: 9.30am
Race Start: 10.00am
Race Finish: 1.00pm

Sunday 25 June 2022:

Prize Giving: 10.00am

Trident High School Auditorium [Provided this gathering size will be Covid-19 safe]

Entry Fees:
Adult: $60
Under 18: $40

6 Hour

Adventure Race

Friday 24 June 2022:

Race pack pick up: 5.30 – 8.30pm

The Comm Whakatāne, 45 The Strand

Saturday 25 June 2022:

Registration opens: 7.00am
Race Brief: 8.30am
Race Start: 9.00am
Race Finish: 3.00pm

Sunday 25 June 2022:

Prize Giving: 10.00am

Trident High School Auditorium [Provided this gathering size will be Covid-19 safe]

Entry Fees:
Adult: $95
Under 18: $50

Its an awesome way for families and teams to get together in a fun competitive or non competitive way learning new skills , taking in the beauty of places you would never normally get to explore.

Liisa - Soaked in Adventure participant

Our 3 hour and 6 hour courses both include two mystery activities that are designed to be completed and count towards your teams’ points.

Once you complete the mystery activity, points will be added to your clue sheet by officials. Please note, if you choose not to complete the activity, then your team will not be awarded the points.



The course is a secret until the morning of the race when teams receive their maps at registration. This is when your team can begin planning and strategizing. You will search for checkpoints to collect as you navigate the course – they will either be punches to record on your team clue sheet, or letters to write down (for which we recommend a waterproof artists pencil to record answers).

Points are awarded for every checkpoint correctly recorded. You need to collect as many points as possible in the time you have to complete the race (3 hours or 6 hours). Points will be deducted at 25 points per minute late.

While navigating the course, all team members must stay within 100 metres of each other at ALL times.

Teams may not receive any help from outside sources.


The Soaked in Adventure Race is a timed race. The clock will start at the beginning of the race and your time to complete will be taken when your team has crossed the finish line.

This however is not a completion race. You must be in on time or points will be deducted.

Placings are based on points gained over the course. In the case where teams are tied the faster team will be placed higher. The first team across the finish line with the highest points will win.

You will not get extra points for finishing early. So you will be better to stay on the course collecting more points than finishing early but this needs to be part of your strategy. If your team decides to stop and rest – the clock still continues.


Merit prizes will depend on numbers entered for each category.

Spot prizes are randomly awarded to all participants at Prizegiving. You must be at the Prizegiving to receive your spot prize.

In order to participate in the Soaked in Adventure Race, you must:

· Provide a completed registration form by the team captain

· Pay the team entry fee in full

· Provide a signed waiver

    Each team member enters under their own responsibility (those under 18 years of age must have written consent from their parent or guardian). The parent / guardian can judge whether the child

    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 race.

    Anyone primary aged child has to be in a family team. You do not have to be related. You do need an adult in your team over the age of 18years.


    This must be carried by each team member:

    • Survival blanket
    • Thermal top (long sleeved
    • Beanie
    • Whistle
    • Water proof jacket
    • Running shoes
    • Backpack
    • Food & water (we recommend at least 3l water)
    • $2 coin
    • Mask


    • Mountain Bike: brakes must work, wheels safe, tyres in good condition, handle bar plugs must be in. No E-Bikes.
    • Cycle Helmet



    Items listed are required per team:

    • First aid kit – minimum contents: triangular bandage, crepe bandage, strapping tape, knife, antihistamine, gauze bandage
    • 2x Compass - Note: 2 per team required
    • Topo maps – provided
    • Cell phone (fully charged)
    • Map pens/waterproof pencil & map bags


    ** Individual and team gear will be checked at registration.




    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 in advance.

    Competitors should ensure that they are adequately insured. Competitors under 18 years of age must have the waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

    You are responsible for your own safety. As you are on farmland, remote bush, near rivers, there are many risks out there. It is your own responsibility to keep yourself safe.

    Please be mindful of stock. In some cases you may come across stock. Please avoid getting too close. Please leave all gates closed and climb at the hinge end.

    Participants must respect instructions given by the officials and must also follow their decisions regarding health security and safety.

    Breaches of the rules contained in this entry form may lead to points being forfeited, or disqualification. In addition unfair behaviour, obtaining information or advantage from an outside source, abandonment of a team member, intentional damage, or dropping of rubbish may also result in disqualification.

    There will not be any entry refunds after 15th June 2022. Any cancellations prior to this will incur a 50% administration fee.

    If the event is postponed there will be no refunds. Your entry will be transferred to the new date.

    In case of withdrawal of a competitor or entire team during the race, the captain must inform the organisers by any means available in the shortest possible time. If a team member pulls out of the race, you can continue as long as there are 2 team members left.

    There will be no refund of entry fees in the event that the race is cancelled due to forces outside the organisers control such as weather. However we will do our best to postpone the event.

    Soaked in Adventure map boards

    Map boards are ideal for adventure racing.  Ben’s mapboards sit on the front of your mountain bike and tie down with elastic cord.  The board rotates so you can orientate you map and fits most modern mountain bikes.

    Map Boards are only $35 plus $10 postage. Boards can be picked up from any Soaked in Adventure event or picked up in Whakatāne to save postage.

    Our map boards are made by Ben, who is currently fundraising to go on a 5-week school trip to Great Barrier Island by making and selling map boards.

    It is an exciting learning opportunity for Ben to experience a 5-week placement on Great Barrier Island.  English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, PE and Technology will be developed within the authentic context of the Island, using all its resources. Skills such as research, self-management, relating to others as well as a wide range of outdoor skills including tramping, sailing, kayaking, conservation, an overnight expedition and survival skills will challenge Ben and his classmates.

    Thanks to our sponsors:

    Major Sponsor

    Goldsmiths Chartered Accountants

    Major Sponsor

    Whakatāne District Council

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    Soaked in Adventure

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