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Adventure Racer

6 x Adventure Racing World Champion



Adventure Racer

6 x Adventure Racing World Champion


Nathan’s life is a nexus of adventure,
he is the consummate adventure professional. 

Nathan is 46 years old. He lives in Tasman Bay, near Nelson with his wife Jodie and their 3-children. He is half Samoan.

Adventure has been the theme in his life since developing a passion for the outdoors and adventure sport when he was a young teenager. 

He started running marathons at 16-years old and competed in his first endurance triathlon when he was 17. His first competitive sport was mountain biking where he raced extensively from 1990-1996, as a Cross-country racer he won the NZ Junior Title, South Island Championships, was in the NZ Team for 5-years; qualifying for the Olympics in 1996 (but didn't compete), in that time he competed in Australia, Asia and North America.

From Mountain Biking he switched to Multisport getting two podium placings (2nd & 3rd) in the Speights Coast to Coast.

In 1999 he won the Southern Traverse Adventure Race and that launched him into a career in the sport.

Nathan has been a semi professional and full time professional athlete for 18 years. During that time he has represented New Zealand at 4 different sports, attending 15 World Championships. He has captained the New Zealand Adventure Racing team to 6 World Championship victories. He has competed in 28-countries.

Perhaps what makes his sporting career quite extraordinary is he has battled with a Heart Condition ‘Atrial Fibrillation’ throughout his adult life. He has had three corrective surgeries to manage the condition.

He spends a significant amount of time in the wilderness with his children doing adventures.


You can read all about Nathan's life in his Autobiography titled 'Adventurer at Heart'. www.pottonandburton.co.nz


Gemini Lights
inov-8 Footwear
Bridgedale Socks
Frontier Packrafts
Santa Cruz Bicycles
Tineli Performance Bike Wear
Toyota - BMG - Bowater Toyota
Absolute Wilderness Freeze Dry Meals (Nathan is an owner of the company)


Nathan can assist athletes with coaching and training.

  • Adventure Racing

  • Multisport

  • Kayaking / Surfski

  • XC Mountain Biking

  • Road Cycling

  • Mountain / Trail Running

Nathan works with athletes over 6-12 weeks with the aim of teaching them the skills to self coach themselves.



Sporting Highlights


Sporting Highlights

Sporting Highlights


  • 1st Adventure Racing World Championships, Reunion Is.

  • 1st Abdication of the King Rogaine

  • 5th Ultra Long Hogs Back

  • 5th NZ Orienteering MTB Champs - Long course

  • 4th Godzone Fiordland

  • 3rd Orienteering National Champs - Sprint 45+


  • 1st OY Nelson / Marlborough

  • 3rd Orienteering National Championships - Sprint 40+

  • 3rd Orienteering National Championships - Middle 40+

  • 3rd Orienteering National Championships - Long 40+


  • 1st Adventure Racing World Championships, Australia

  • 1st Raid in France

  • 2nd Yeti Adventure Challenge, Denmark

  • 1st Rockman Offroad Triathlon, Niue

  • 3rd Orienteering National Championships - Middle 40+

  • 3rd Orienteering National Championships - Long 40+


  • 1st Adventure Racing World Championships, Brazil

  • 1st Royal Belum Ironbound Challenge, Malaysia

  • 2nd Raid Gallaecia, Spain

  • 1st Godzone Wanaka

  • 1st Coast to Coast Veteran (Fastest Kayak)


  • 1st Adventure Racing World Championship, Ecuador

  • 1st Expedition Africa

  • 1st Godzone Kaikoura

  • 1st Geo Quest ,Australia

  • 1st Bannockburn Rogaine

  • 2nd Portage race

  • Kiwi Brevet Finisher


  • 1st Mystery Lake Adventure Race

  • 1st Southern Lakes Adventure Race

  • 1st Remarkables Road Run

  • 2nd Eco Motion Pro, Brazil

  • 1st Southern Lakes Kayak Winter Series

  • 1st Peak to Peak (Veteran! - 4th overall)

  • 2nd Heights of Winter

  • 1st Wanaka Rogaine - 12-hours Timburn

  • 1st Rollos 24-hour Adventure Race

  • 2nd Wenzhou Outdoor Challenge, China

  • 1st Godzone Mount Cook

  • 3rd KBAR NZ Multisport Championships

  • 1st Send off Summer Multisport Wanaka

  • 2nd Clutha Classic River Race


  • 1st World Adventure Racing Championships, France

  • 1st Ordos Adventure Challenge, China

  • 2nd Heights of Winter

  • 1st Portage Race

  • 1st Godzone Milford Queenstown

  • 1st Tierra Viva Patagonia, Argentina

  • 6th Wulong Mountain Quest, China


  • 1st St James Rogaine

  • 3rd Adventure Racing World Championships, Tasmania

  • 3rd Tour de Tasman

  • 1st Wulong Mountain Quest, China

  • 2nd Expedition Idaho, USA

  • 3rd Heights of Winter

  • 29th Surf Ski World Champs, Molokai Hawaii

  • 1st Mana Ocean Challenge

  • 1st Tasman Bay Surf Ski Series

  • 11th King of the Harbour


  • 1st Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge

  • 2nd Buller Gorge Descent

  • 3rd South Island Orienteering Championships

  • 2nd Adventure Racing World Championships Spain

  • 2nd Abel Tasman Coastal Classic

  • 1st Zunyi Mountain Challenge China

  • 2nd Wulong Mountain Quest China

  • 3rd Tour de Tasman

  • 1st Gibbs Hill Challenge

  • 1st Mid Winter Triathlon

  • 1st Heights of Winter

  • 1st NZ Adventure Racing Championships

  • 1st Portage Race

  • 1st Crazyman

  • 1st Tasman Bay Surf Ski Series

  • 2nd National Rogaine Championships


  • 1st Rollos 24 hour race

  • 1st 6-hour race

  • 1st Tasman Bay Surf Ski Series

  • 3rd Portage Race

  • 3rd Dream Raid, New Caledonia


  • 1st Grape Ride Magnum

  • 2nd Heights of Winter

  • 1st Rollos 24 hour race

  • 1st 6-hour race

  • 2nd City Safari

  • 2nd Coppermine Classic


  • 1st Grape Ride Magnum

  • 2nd Rainbow Rage

  • 1st National Rogaine Championships


  • 1st Southern Traverse

  • 1st Rollos 24 hour race

  • 1st PW Memorial Triathlon


  • 1st Adventure Racing World Championships NZ

  • 1st Arrow Queenstown

  • 1st Arrow Christchurch

  • 1st Musselman

  • 5th Raid Gauloises France

  • Bull of Africa finisher


  • 1st Primal Quest USA

  • 1st Balance Bar Series USA

  • 1st Arrow Hanmer

  • 3rd Outdoor Quest Borneo

  • 1st Rotorangi Gutbuster

  • 1st Tuatara Banks Peninsula Race


  • 1st Outdoor Quest Borneo

  • 1st Balance Bar LA

  • 3rd Primal Quest USA


  • 1st Eco Challenge Fiji

  • 1st Gorge Games USA

  • 1st Southern Traverse NZ

  • 5th Primal Quest USA


  • 2nd Eco Challenge NZ

  • 2nd Adventure Racing World Championships Switzerland

  • 5th Raid the North Canada


  • 1st Adventure Racing World Championships NZ


  • 1st Southern Traverse NZ

  • 1st Tongariro Mountain Classic

  • 1st PW Memorial Triathlon

  • 2nd Speights Coast to Coast


  • 1st Motu Challenge

  • 1st Kahurangi Endurance Triathlon

  • 1st Musselman

  • 1st Mangatapu Triathlon

  • 3rd Goldrush

  • 3rd Speights Coast to Coast


  • 1st Mangatapu Triathlon

  • 3rd Kahurangi Endurance Triathlon


  • 1991-1997 NZ MTB Team – Pro/Elite XC

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It’s about the Adventure


It’s about the Adventure


Nathan has spent his life climbing, biking, paddling and hiking his way through life and around the planet. 

He has extensive experience in Sea Kayaking, having paddled in over 15-countries and many exposed trips in NZ, including 7 x Cook Strait Crossings and 3 x Stewart Island trips. As a white water kayaker he has paddled up to Class 5 and has a couple of first descents to his credit.

In the summer time he enjoys kite boarding and surf ski paddling. He is an avid trail runner and tramper. Whitewater rafting and canoeing are popular family activities for the Fa'avae crew.

In the winter he mainly skis with his family or tours the back country, plus some easy grade mountaineering trips.

He races outrigger canoes, road cycling and regularly competes in orienteering, has done a significant amount of caving and canyoning. He has traveled the planet competing in 28-countries and passing through many more.

Nathan is a Rotary New Zealand 'Paul Harris Fellow'.




Want to book Nathan or discuss an event?




Want to book Nathan or discuss an event?