Cromwell is the destination for the 13th Spring Challenge, all women adventure race.
Spring Challenge is one of the gems of New Zealand adventure racing, where teams of three women take part in the adventure that includes rafting, mountain biking, hiking and orienteering.
The event first began in 2007 in the village of Hanmer Springs with 327 women entering, making it the highest participated adventure race in NZ at the time. The following year in Kaikoura 600 women took part.
The event continued to grow as it toured to Nelson Lakes National Park, Motueka, Marlborough, Methven. In 2013 the event was held in Gibbston (Queenstown) with 960 entrants. Hokitika 2014 hosted 1050, Wanaka in 2015 with 1260 entrants. Golden Bay had 1350-taking part. 2017 in Geraldine set a new record of 600-teams but it was decided that the event was to big so for 2018 it was capped at 450-teams for Westport.
The 2019 Cromwell edition will have 450-teams.