Adventure racing

Adventure Racing is a popular and growing multi-disciplinary sport which combines physical skills, endurance, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. NPBHS is pleased to be able to offer students the opportunity to develop in this area with a range of activities and events offered, often in conjunction with New Plymouth Girls’ High School.

New Plymouth Boys’ High School is one of New Zealand’s leading schools in Adventure Racing. Students have the opportunity to compete in mountain-running, orienteering, rogaining, and adventure races.

Taranaki’s natural environment gives students easy access to great adventure opportunities: kayaking, rock-climbing, skiing, mountain-climbing and hiking, and mountain-biking to name a few.


Teacher Responsible: Mr P Hewlett


Competition and Teams:

The school enters teams into the NZ Secondary Schools Go-for-12 event and a range of other events lasting from 6 to 12 hours in duration. The pinnacle of the competitions is the five-day Hillary Challenge event based at the Outdoor Pursuits Centre in Tongariro National Park. Junior Adventure Racers get the opportunity to compete in the Get-2-Go competition, along with other races.


Students will need to be self-motivated and disciplined as a significant amount of multi-disciplinary training is required to compete successfully.

Uniform and Equipment: Students will need to provide their own personal outdoor clothing which is suitable for outdoor environments and a range of conditions. Some equipment is available on a loan basis.

Cost: Trips away will involve some cost.