The xtreme character challenge

A 4 day wilderness adventure designed to rattle, test and inspire you.

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"Suffering produces endurance; endurance produces character; and character hope"
- Paul

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WHAT is an xcc?

From 8pm on Friday through to Monday afternoon you and your team of 7-10 will march through the Southern Alps - Kā Tiritiri o te Moana with up to 100 other men. You won't be told what lies ahead, what you'll eat, when you'll stop or how you'll be challenged but you can trust you'll be met with a series of perfectly placed and demanding tasks. Each stage of the XCC is extremely intentional and designed to unearth the real you, but the details are kept a mystery on purpose; to know them, you'll have to come and see for yourself.

Have you found your limit? Well the XCC may or may not push you to your physical breaking point, and although it's designed for men to finish it's still been described as the hardest thing some men have ever done. But what it certainly will do is bring to the surface your blind spots, things that need dealing with, bring perspective to life and awaken the fighter in you.


This is not a men's retreat, a walk in the park or a coffee fueled conference. There are no showers. No sofas. No bunk beds or cozy lodges. All you'll have is your pack on your back and your team around you.


Every man will walk considerable distances over the 4 days whilst carrying a fully loaded backpack; there's no Land Cruiser to carry you!

Get training, you won't regret it. Go for a run once a week and try to increase the length or speed each time. Why not knock out 50 squats twice a week to strengthen up those mountain knees as well?

Lastly come with as light a pack as possible, leave your binoculars, hunting knife and multi-function military spade behind, they'll only weigh you down.


You will finish the XCC and discover your capacity to do more together. You will grapple with tools for being a better husband, father, brother, son & friend. You will have stronger convictions and greater resolve for leading & impacting the world around you. You will be inspired to fight for justice. You will see the need for more men of action in this world. You will not leave the same.

HEAR Stories fRom other men

“I’ve not seen my reflection in 3 days but I’ve never seen myself so clearly.”

A.L , United Kingdom

"This weekend was terrible - in that it exposed to me just how hollow I actually am.
It exposed me for how I portrayed myself and hid real problems behind smiles and laughs.
It exposed me to vulnerability and I didn't like it.
It has challenged me to peel back those layers and unprotect myself. To be vulnerable.
And to keep going."

NZ XCC Member

"It's a breakthrough adventure and camaraderie for a fresh start ... It's so accessible and a great way to have fun and bond together."

R.K, United Kingdom

"The greatest challenge was talking to strangers about my personal challenges without being judged, not feeling ashamed, and opening up. I would recommend it to men who are seeking a further purpose & reason in life."

NZ XCC Member

"I spent 20 years in the marines, but I have never felt an accomplishment like I did this weekend. I feel a pull toward the cross. I will cherish it until I die... I want the 4th musketeer and my marine brothers to be at my funeral to bury me when I die."

Kirk, Oklahoma

"I had a few excuses why I couldn't come. But my wife told me I should do it."

NZ XCC Member

"I want to hear more of other peoples stories. I want to serve more, I want to share more, and be ok to ask for help.

NZ XCC Member

"Intense, unforgettable, something I would absolutely recommend!"

Carson, Saskatchewan

"It made me realise there are a lot of common issues that we as men face and can share."

J.E, Australia

"XCC taught me that physically we might suffer and we talk about that easily. But spiritually and mentally, we tend to hold that in."

NZ XCC Member

"This weekend, I discovered that it is okay to forgive yourself. Even when pride may be stopping you."

NZ XCC Member



Ashburton Lakes


20th to 23rd October 2023


8pm Friday - 12pm Monday


$380 per person.

Is this a Bible conference?

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No. We aren't here to preach at you. We aren't here to memorise bible verses but we are a Christian organisation and 4M is a faith-based movement, but this event is for everyone.

XCC is for all men, regardless of religion.

It's important to know there will be some unavoidable Christian moments throughout the XCC, however these are designed in such a way that you do not need to believe in God in order to receive their benefits. The XCC works best when there are men with all sorts of beliefs, so come and add your view.


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An Xtreme Character Challenge is designed for men, 18 years and older.

What is the route? / Where are we going?

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The XCC will take place about 2 hours west of Christchurch Airport. As for the exact location, you will see! As time draws closer you will be told the rough location, and the exact location will be revealed on the week of the event.


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If you can't source the needed gear, contact us at, or via our website and we can help you out.

What if I have dietary requirements or medical conditions?

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Ensure you have filled in the relevant details on your registration form and we will take it into account where possible. If there is a problem we will contact you.

Do I need to be fit or experienced to take part?

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You do not need to be an athlete or experience tramper, however this challenge involves a considerable amount of hiking on steep and untracked terrain. The fitter you are the better.

The challenge is designed for ALL men to complete, you don't have to be technically skilled or a survival expert, in fact if you've never left the office you're encouraged to accept the challenge, but we'd recommend some prior training!

If you have knee or ankle problems this tramp may not be for you. Get in touch to see what we think or you may want to check with your doctor about any other medical conditions you're concerned about.

Can I come from the North Island?

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We start at 8pm on Friday, which gives you time to fly into Christchurch and make your way to the challenge. You can purchase a shuttle to and from the airport when registering.

Please arrive at Christchurch Airport no later than 6pm on Friday. We will drop you back at the airport at 3pm on the Monday.


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We have a number of sponsored places available, so please get in touch regardless of your current financial situation.

What happens if it's cancelled?

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If the XCC is cancelled due to COVID-19, bad weather or any other unforeseen circumstance; your place will still be valid for any future XCC of your choice. We also advise purchasing flexi flights if you are flying in for the event as we cannot compensate for this expense should we have to cancel the event.

Alternatively we are happy to issue a full refund minus the 3.2% admin fee.

If you cancel your place you can transfer your place to a future XCC but a refund is not guaranteed.

Man on XCC NZ in sunset


4M is an international movement spanning across 6 continents and has challenged over 30,000 men so far. It's purpose is to call men to a higher purpose; to live with drive, strength and for justice. Men need brotherhood and once you are part of the 4M movement you enter into an international but also local brotherhood.

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