Tanya Bottomley

Wanaka Time
Tuesday June 28 – 7.30pm to 10.30pm (doors open and live music from 7.00pm)
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Queenstown Time
Queenstown Session

Ultra-distance runner Tanya Bottomley’s 45th Parallel Traverse saw her complete an extraordinary, self-supported 600km journey following the circle of latitude that is 45 degrees south of the Earth’s equator.

Covering over 300km on foot, 270km by bike and 22km by kayak, the journey took 26 days, starting from the rugged, untouched west coast of New Zealand’s South Island and finishing on the sandy beaches of the east coast.

A self-professed scaredy-cat, Tanya nonetheless chose bravery over fear and set out to traverse areas through which few others have travelled, climbing, hiking and scrambling through untouched wilderness, paddling glacial lakes, and following ridgelines, rivers and historic cycleways to complete her mission.

With 19 days on the move, travelling up to 16 hours a day, and seven days spent waiting for severe weather to pass, the traverse took some twists and turns along the way and was a true test of resilience.

As an advocate for women’s empowerment, Tanya is showing women everywhere that there is a space where fear and success can co-exist, and that extraordinary strength can come from choosing audacity over timidity.