Wander Women Adventure Race

Lake Rotoiti, Rotorua

8 March 2025


What is Wander Women Adventure Race?


Wander Women Adventure Race is navigational team event at beautiful Lake Rotoiti. In your team of four fabulous wāhine, navigate our secret course to collect checkpoints and complete fun mystery activities on foot and mountain bike. Wander Women is designed by women, for women and is suitable for both beginners and experienced adventure racers. 

Teams receive a map and clue sheet at registration to use to trek/run and mountain bike your way around either our short, medium or long course collecting checkpoints and completing fun mystery activities to claim your points.

The team who gets the most points in the fastest time wins. The idea is to complete the whole course to gain maximum points. Enjoy the beautiful taiao as you complete the course and have a great time with your friends.

Wander Women is more than an adventure race – it’s about making memories with your besties and enjoying a well-needed girl’s weekend away.



Our short and medium courses are both designed for beginners as well as experienced adventure racers.

Our Short Course:
The short course is designed for beginners to adventure racing. Navigation will be basic and appropriate for everyone. The Mountain bike will be non-technical.
To complete the short course you will need to be able to walk/jog approx. 5-7km off road, and mountain bike 10 – 15km. The race is set so most teams will finish between 2 and 6 hours.

Our Long Course
The medium course will also be designed for beginners. The terrain may be a bit tougher then the short course.

To complete the medium course you will need to be able to jog/walk approx. 10-15km off road, and mountain bike approx. 25km on forestry roads and farmland. The race is set so that most teams will finish between 5 and 9 hours.

Optional extra checkpoints mean experienced racers can set the right level of challenge for their team.

The woman who participate in Wander Woman really are awesome. They are kind, thoughtful and don’t mind helping others out.

I have been part of the other Woman’s adventure events and never have I experienced the same level of comradely. This is definitely something to be proud of, the woman who participate in your event are amazing.

Jo - Wander Women Russell Participant

Short Course


Team options:

(1) Four fabulous women

(2) Two fabulous women



  • Open: where your average age is less than 40 years
  • Veterans: where your average age is 40 – 49 years
  • Veterans: where your average age is 50+ years


  • Short course: $1,100 per team of four
  • Short course: $550 per team of two
    ($275 per person)
  • Payment is by bank transfer

Long Course


Team options:

(1) Four fabulous women

(2) Two fabulous women



  • Open: where your average age is less than 40 years
  • Veterans: where your average age is 40 -49 years
  • Veterans: where your average age is 50+ years


  • Long course: $1,300 per team of four
  • Long course: $650 per team of two
    ($325 per person)
  • Payment is by bank transfer

What you get for your entry…

  • A fantastic team entry bag of goodies from our wonderful sponsors
  • Fabulous activities and adventure race experience
  • Special Wander Women place prizes for category winners
  • A chance to win some amazing spot prizes
  • Music at the race finish celebration zone
  • Access to official photographs that capture the ‘spirit of the day’
  • Most importantly – a well-deserved weekend away with the girls


All courses include at least 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 Friday 7th March 2025 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. We encourage teams to complete the whole course.

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.

Wander Women 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.

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. If your team decides to stop and rest – the clock still continues.

Merit prizes will be awarded to the first three teams in each category for the 4 person division:

  • Open
  • Veterans
  • Masters

Two person teams will have an open category only

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

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In order to participate in Wander Women Adventure Race, you must:

  • Provide a completed registration form by the team captain
  • Pay the team entry fee in full
  • Provide a signed waiver ( emailed to you the Monday before race day)

This year’s Wander Women Clothing is currently being designed.  Please check back later.

All  4 team courses have three team categories:

  • Open
  • Veterans: where your average team age is 40 years old
  • Masters: where your average team age is 50 years old

All 2 team courses will race as open

Wander Women team consists of either two or four women. Participants must be aged 13 years or older on race day.

Each team member enters under their own responsibility – those under 18 years of age must have written consent from their parent or guardian who will judge if the child should participate in the event, start and continue to the finish line.

** Organisers reserve the right to stop a competitor or team from setting off or continuing the race.

** Support crews are not needed for Wander Women Adventure Race.



This must be carried by each team member:

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


  • Mountain Bike: brakes must work, wheels safe, tyres in good condition, handle bar plugs must be in. 
  • 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 31st December 2024. 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, 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 the race with 3 members and will still be ranked. If 2 team members withdraw you may continue but will be un-ranked. If 3 members withdraw your team can not continue. For 2 person teams, if a competitor withdraws, then your team mate cannot continue.

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.

E Bikes are permitted in Wander Women Races.  Please advise us on your entry form if a team member will be using an e bike.  If you are using e bikes you will be advised of your score and will be listed in the results.  You will however not be ranked or given a place.  Please also be aware that the e bike may have to be lifted at times and you will need to be able to do this between you and your team mates.

Race Day Logistics

Friday 7 March 2025

Race pack pick up

Location to be advised

Sunday 9 March 2025


Location to be advised

Saturday 8 March 2025 - Race Day

Race HQ opens at 6:30am. Teams who haven’t collected their race packs may do so from this time.

Start Times:

These start times are dependent on numbers attending

Medium Course – 8:00am

Short Course – 9:00am

The Countdown Begins!








Event Sponsors

Official Event Partners

Official Partner

Journey Wild Navigation Training

Official Partner

Paula Sharp Nutrition

Official Partner

Olive Grove Wellbeing

Official Photographer

Claire House Photography

Brought to you by

Soaked in Adventure

Race Management Services