THE LORD OF THE RINGS Virtual Challenges are HERE
Te Araroa Virtual Challenge comes with two routes: 100 mi / 160km (recommended for running and walking) and 1974mi / 3177km (recommended for cycling).
Each time you complete a distance-based exercise such as running, walking, cycling, swimming, etc you advance along with the map of Te Araroa.
Go solo or use our private community to start a group and help each other stay motivated!
Start your fitness journey with the Te Araroa Virtual Challenge today and earn a stunning medal!
Celebrate your achievement with a stunning Te Araroa Virtual Challenge finisher's medal.
The Medal gets mailed to you once you have completed the challenge. This one is guaranteed to stand out in your medal collection!
Te Araroa comes with two routes: 100mi / 161km and 1974mi / 3177 km.
The 100mi / 161km route goes from Wānaka to Paradise. We recommend this length if you want to run or walk the challenge.
The 1974mi / 3177km route goes from Cape Reinga to Bluff. We recommend this length if you either want to cycle the challenge or if you already do daily long-distance runs or walks.
You will select one of the 2 routes right before entering the challenge in our mobile app.
The local spots are areas of interest you can now unlock as you reach certain milestones.
Once you hit the explore button a gallery of images and videos of those places will unfold — lake, mountains and fjords.
Our mobile app will map your progress on a virtual 100mi (161km) or 1974mi (3177 km) route through Te Araroa. Every time you add a workout, you also advance on the map.
Not only can you see your avatar and others on the map, but you can also explore your virtual surroundings on Street View as you approach the finish line.
Receive custom virtual postcards when you reach certain milestones.
Each postcard contains interesting information about the location. 6 or 36 postcards are waiting for you along Te Araroa Virtual Challenge.
You can track all your miles (or km) directly into our mobile iOS and Android apps.
You can enter an activity into the app either by manually entering its distance or by syncing your activities from your favorite fitness tracker or smartwatch.
We will plant a tree or stop 10 bottles from entering the ocean for every 20% of the challenge you complete. There’s no extra work or cost for you — just make sure you keep exercising!
By the end of the challenge, you will have planted 5 trees or have stopped 50 bottles from entering the ocean. Imagine what we can achieve as a community!
So far, we have planted 8,739,426 trees and stopped 23,508,060 bottles of ocean plastic.
Each participant gets access to our private Facebook group. Words cannot describe how awesome our community is — seriously they can't.
People from all over the world will encourage you, share their stories, wins, and losses with you, and make you feel part of our tribe. Once you've signed up we will send you an invitation link.
Log and see your progress on our iPhone and Android mobile app.
Get a group of friends or workmates together and share the load, or take on the challenge by yourself.
Pick your start date and choose how many weeks you want to set as your goal to complete the challenge depending on your exercise type, fitness level and how many other people there are in your team (if any).
Any distance-based activity can count toward reaching the finish line. Do cartwheels if that’s your thing.
Check out these places as you make your way through Te Araroa
Take your pick from two designs in men’s and women’s styles, a huge color range and sizes XS-4XL. Shipped to you once you begin your challenge.
1 design | 4 colors | S-2XL
1 design | 4 colors | XS-4XL
1 design | 4 colors | XS-XL
1 design | 4 colors | S-2XL
1 design | 4 colors | XS-4XL
1 design | 4 colors | XS-XL
Entry into the challenge
Stunning finisher's medal
Virtual postcards along the way
Plant 5 real trees / Recover 50 plastic bottles from the Ocean
Track progress on our mobile app
Digital certificate of completion
Medal dispatched on completion
All of Entry + Medal
Choose any t-shirt or tank top
1 Te Araroa design
4 Apparel Colors
Men’s and women’s styles
Sizes XS – 4XL
Free global shipping on apparel
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers - let’s do this!
How do I enter a distance towards the challenge?
You can log distances using two methods:
1) Manually - Either on the web or via our iPhone and Android apps. Select your exercise type, add a distance and boom, you’re done. You can add a screenshot of your tracker if you wish but it is not required.
2) Automatically – Via the range of apps and devices that we connect with. Currently, we support: Apple Watch, Apple Health, Garmin, Fitbit, Adidas Running, Strava, Map My Run, Map My Ride, Map My Walk, Runkeeper.
What’s stopping someone from cheating?
We do have a number of ways that we can detect cheaters, however we do realise that no matter what we do or how we structure it, people are always going to be able to cheat if that’s what they want to do. E.g. Put their Fitbit on their dog!
There are no prizes for first place.
If someone wants to cheat then they are only really cheating themselves and wasting their money.
How long does it takes to complete the full distance?
The amount of time it will take you or your team to complete this journey depends on your fitness level, exercise type and team size.
You can set your own time-frame goal from 1 week to 18 months to complete each challenge. This goal can be easily changed at any time if you want to extend or shorten it.
When can I register for the challenge?
You can start this fitness challenge any time and from any location around the world. Registrations are open now so feel free to sign up and make a start.
We’ve made it as flexible as possible so you can backdate your start date to whatever date you want as long as it’s after the date we launched the challenge.
Can I enter multiple challenges at once?
Yes - You can enter as many challenges as you like and post your distances to each of the challenges.
You can either post all your distances to all of your challenges or you can decide what types of distances go to which challenges. e.g. you might want to send your walking distances to one challenge and your cycling or swimming distances to another challenge. It's completetely up to you.
What types of exercise count?
You can log most types of distance based exercise such as running, walking, cycling, swimming, rowing etc. For other non distance based exercise such as yoga or cross fit, we have a handy conversion chart that converts time doing these activities into distance equivalents that you can use..
Can I log multiple exercise types?
Yes - You can log any distance based exercise that you do. The common ones that we have icons for are:
Running (indoor and outdoor)
Cycling (indoor and outdoor)
All others can be logged in the “other” category.
You can also convert other exercises, such as sports that you play or going to the gym etc into distances. We can provide information on some ways to do this.
How long does the challenge go for?
You get to choose the time-frame in which you will complete your Challenge, from 1 week to 18 months. This goal can be easily changed at any time if you want to extend or shorten it.
You can change this goal as many times as you like during the event.
How do teams work?
Teams are a fun way to take part in The Conqueror Virtual Fitness Challenges.
**Note that each team member is required to purchase their own entry into the challenge. Each team member will receive their own medal at the end**
Basically you share the distance with the other people in your team.
Your team will have their very own team icon on the map.
Each time a team member posts a distance, your team icon will advance along the map.
Your team will also be represented on the leaderboard.
You will also be able to see information about your own personal achievements and rankings separate from the team.
The distance doesn’t have to be divided evenly among team members. You can team up with guru athletes and people just starting out!
So hustle up your friends or workmates and join the fun!
Which countries do you accept entries from?
We warmly welcome entries from all over the world and we offer global shipping on medals and apparel. On average we have people from over 80 countries from around the world enter our challenges each month! Join our global community of virtual fitness enthusiasts!
How do I access the challenge once I’ve signed up?
The best way to enjoy our Conqueror Challenges is through our mobile app "The Conqueror Challenges" which can be downloaded through the App Store or Google Play. You can also access the Challenges through our My Virtual Mission Website.
You will be asked to create an account on either the App or Website and this login can be used on either platform.
Once you have logged in, you'll click "ENTER JOIN CODE" and enter the join code that was emailed to you when you purchased.
How much does it cost to enter?
Please view the pricing on the pricing table above.