The Red Bull Defiance is an endurance race held in Wanaka, New Zealand. It combines running, kayaking and mountain biking with a little twist suited for the geographical location. It also has clay bird shooting and abseiling or rappelling. There are three categories namely the two-person team category, the individual Minaret Burn mountain bike race and the Skyline Transverse Run.
The event runs on a two-day course with the two-person team completing 71 km of mountain biking, 39km of running, 40 km of kayaking and 60 km of abseiling, with a total vertical of 5,238 metres.
The Minaret Burn requires participants to complete the 43 km distance of the Minaret Burn track and has a total vertical requirement of 1,200 metres. The Skyline Transverse, meanwhile, requires participants to cover 28 km distance and a total vertical of 1,848 metres.
The next Red Bull Defiance will be held on 20th to 21st January 2018 at Wanaka, New Zealand. Spectators are only allowed in designated areas such as the West Wanaka Bridge, Rocky Mountain/Diamond Lake and the Lake Wanaka shorefront on the first day. On the second day, the race will start in the Wanaka lake front HQ.
Spectators can watch at the Outlet camping ground and Albert Town Bridge, Oxbow Driveway, Cardrona Valley, Spots Creek and Mt Roy department of conservation and the finish line at the Wanaka Town Centre right in front of Gin and Raspberry. Race starts at 6:30 AM and ends before noon.
Lake Wanaka has a camping ground so you may bring your camping gear or camper vans and spend a day or two at the area. There are lodges, motels, holiday parks, B&BS, hotels, apartments and holiday homes, particularly the Waiorau Homestead near the area and within 20 km radius.
Wanaka has solar bicycle, mountain bike and trike rentals for track transport. There are numerous bus operators servicing from the airport to the mountain and to various tracks like the Rob Roy Glacier and the Otago Rail Trail. There are also car rental services or you can join a guided tour to explore the region.
1. Hike, walk, bike or camp at the nearby Mt. Aspiring National Park. There are 750 km of trails to choose from.
2. Kayak, jet boat and paddle board in Lake Wanaka in summer. Ski and snowboard in winter.
3. Go on an off-road tour or an airborne adventure around Wanaka.
Wanaka is a good place to explore for outdoor lovers and adventurers. The town has almost every adventure a tourist would love to explore from outdoor activities, shopping, to wining and dining.