Overview - X4


– Raced over the inspiring Red Bull Defiance course as a team of four –

– Only two team members racing at any one time with other two supporting the team –

– Teams free to choose which team members do each stage –

– Minimum of 2 stages and maximum of 4 stages per competitor –

– Bring your own double or single kayaks to paddle on Lake Wanaka –

– Organisers provide inflatable canoes for paddle down the Clutha River –

– Mystery Team Challenge for all four team members –

– The perfect introduction to Red Bull Defiance or just the best way to spend a weekend with your mates –

"Red Bull Defiance exceeded all expectations. Combine three of the best sports - kayaking, mountain biking and trail running, over a two-day race through Wanaka's backcountry and mountaintops, unsurprisingly you end up with a stunning race. The two-person team definitely adds another element to the race. It's a different mindset, you need to focus on how two people are feeling, make joint decisions based on each other's strengths and weaknesses. The race start, in itself feels like the start of an epic adventure, catching a barge across the stormy lake, helicopters swooping low. There is never a lack of adrenaline, with a breathtaking abseil and clay bird shooting as added extras when you are feeling absolutely knackered! The final run to the top of Mt Roy is the icing on the cake, feeling like a true sky runner as you navigate a breathtaking ridgeline track before coming to the finish line in the heart of Wanaka."


What's Involved?


X4 takes the existing Red Bull Defiance concept and spreads it over teams of four, with only two people racing at any one time. This allows teams to be tactical in their selection and to sub in and out of their preferred stages. 

Spectacular mountain trails, wonderful panoramic backdrops, stunning views, beautiful stage locations and participants from over around the world make this event a unique and unforgettable experience. 

From January 19th to 20th 2019, 30 teams will take on the Red Bull Defiance – the most challenging and scenically stunning multisport race in New Zealand.

In 2019, the teams will have to overcome 6 stages, positioned over 2 days. The teams will run, bike, kayak, canoe and complete other adventure activities through the breathtaking alpine landscapes of Wanaka, taking them on a memorable journey around this amazing adventure playground.

Can you Defy the Odds?

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X4 - Important Facts

  • Race Dates :: January 19th, 2019 - January 20th, 2019
  • Entries Open :: August 20th, 2018 at 9am NZST
  • Open to teams of four only (with 2 people racing at any one time)
  • Teams self support themselves around the course, except for transport to barge
  • Each competitor may do a minimum of 2 stages and a maximum of 4
  • X4 competitors need to supply their own kayak/s for Day 1 on Lake Wanaka
  • Day 2 paddle on Clutha River in canoes provided by organisers
  • Event HQ, Registration and Finish hosted by Edgewater Resort, Wanaka
  • Team Limit :: Maximum of 30 teams

2 Day - 4 Person Team - Multisport Race

Red Bull Defiance combines off road running, kayaking and mountain bike endurance disciplines, with the creative element of undisclosed special stages. Designed by Braden Currie, New Zealand’s foremost adventure and multisport racer, the course has been designed to test athletes over two challenging days, racing along side the worlds best multisport and endurance athletes.