Oxfam Trailwalker latest news

The latest news from Oxfam Trailwalker.

Posted on 27 Jan 2015 - 4:44pm

Selling chocolate is a no brainer for fundraising. Who doesn’t like the sweet stuff? Now Trade Aid has gone even further to help you reach your fundraising goal.  You can now purchase Trade Aid gift boxes at a great price to sell for a profit to friends, family and workmates.  Does your work need to send some corporate gifts? Or, perhaps you need a cool prize for a pub quiz or raffle.  Order yours today!

Print the order form and order your Trade Aid gift boxes today!

Posted on 6 Jan 2015 - 3:01pm

Congratulations to T.H.E H.O.P.E Walkers who took out our December fundraising competition and raised the most money in the two weeks before Christmas, winning a deluxe Trade Aid hamper! We’ve got something even bigger for January…

The old adage ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it’ has never rung more true as we move into serious but exciting fundraising territory for the month of January. Oxfam Trailwalker fundraising has been increasing steadily and we need your help to lift fundraising to that next level as we push over our first $100,000.

To add a bit of motivation, we’re running the easiest Oxfam Trailwalker competition we’ve ever had, with the winning team taking home

A two-night stay in a one-bedroom apartment and three Hilton Guest Rooms for your team and support crew. Thanks The Hilton Lake Taupo!

How it works?

From January 7 -  20, for every $50 donation you get on your team, you’ll be in the draw to win this luxurious prize! And even better news, should someone donate $100, $150 or even $250 in one sum, we’ll award you with the appropriate number of entries, i.e 2, 3 and 5 in the above instances.

How to get started?

1) Check to see how close you are to your fundraising target. If you are within $250, it’s time to raise it to encourage more donors to support you.  Donations tend to stop or the amounts become smaller once you get close to reaching your target. 

2) Make a list of all your friends, family and colleagues who you have yet to make contact with.

3) Touch base via email or through a phone call to make ‘the ask’ of $50. It’s moments like this when it’s important to let your donors know of the real and tangible difference $50 can make in the lives of those living in poverty (see an example below).

4) Send out a tailored email for this competition like the one below or organise for it appear in your corporate/community news.

Dear ...

I’m contacting you today because I need your help!

I may not have told you yet, but in a little under three months I’m taking on a once in a lifetime challenge with three people as part of Team (insert name here). We’re walking 100km in 36 hours to raise vital funds to support Oxfam New Zealand as they work in the Pacific to reduce poverty and injustice.

It’s very likely that we’ll walk through the night (with little or no sleep) until the end and to help us get across the finish line, we’ve been training really hard for a number of months.  

We also need a spot to stay in Taupo and The Hilton Lake Taupo are giving us an awesome chance to win!  Entries into the competition are unlimited, all it takes is for a supporter to donate $50 to our team and we get an entry into the competition. Every $50 donated equates to one entry, so if you donate $100 we get two! Don’t forget the money is going to a make a huge difference in the lives of so many people in the Pacific and make walking each km worth it for our team.

This is where you come in! Make a tax deductible donation to our team page (insert link here) and we’re in the draw.

Thanks for all the support, you’re helping us challenge ourselves and challenge poverty.

What difference can $50 make?



1) Donations must be received from 12am January 7 through to 12pm January 20.

2) Donations must be by a person as opposed to an event fundraiser.

If you have any questions about this fundraising competition, please don’t hesitate to email or call our office on 0800 600 700.

Posted on 10 Dec 2014 - 2:43pm

The team that raises the most money between December 10 and December 24, 2014, will be having a very Merry Christmas indeed! For the next two weeks, take on the challenge of a fundraising frenzy, raise the most money in this two week period and win a massive Trade Aid hamper packed full of goodies!

If you need tips and tricks on how to fundraise, look no further than our ‘how to’ guide.  Take advantage of selling Trade Aid chocolates before Christmas in your workplace, schools or clubs – Trade Aid very kindly supply the choccies at at a super special price which is below wholesale so you can keep the profits when you sell them.  Fill in the form now or give them a call.

Plus we’re also working with Trade Aid so your team can fundraise with fantastic Trade Aid gift hampers. More details to come soon so in the meantime, win one for your team first!

Good luck and we look forward to announcing our winner!

Posted on 14 Nov 2014 - 9:49am

Are you looking for a rewarding trail walking event that will help you get prepared for Oxfam Trailwalker? Then try the Tussock Traverse 26km alpine walk from Tukino to the Chateau Tongariro on Saturday 24 January. Make a weekend of it with your team members in the majestic Tongariro National Park with a range of other training walks available. Special offer for Oxfam Trailwalkers $90.00. Use the code OTW2015. www.tussocktraverse.co.nz.

Posted on 23 Oct 2014 - 11:27am

For our Auckland-based teams, here’s a fantastic Oxfam Trailwalker training week right on Auckland's doorstep.

The 2014 Waiheke Walking Festival is a great training opportunity with 46 FREE guided walks on offer over nine days, November 15-23. Enjoy all that Waiheke Island is famous for - beautiful beaches, spectacular scenery, delicious food, divine wine and do it all on foot.

With a variety of terrain and stunning views, every walk is sure to be amazing. Here are our picks of the walks that will be fantastic to incorporate in to your Oxfam Trailwalker training programme:

Saturday November 15, 9am – Waiheke’s Gone Bunkers
3 hour walk from the Matiatia ferry building that includes a history lesson about the Owhanake area and you can easily extend it by walking back to the ferry.

Monday November 17, 10am – Cross Island Walk – Whakanewha to Onetangi
5 hour track walk (inclusive of stops) from one side of the Island to the other with an optional walking festival lunch offer at Peacock Sky Vineyard along the way.

Wednesday November 19, 9:30am – Te Matuku to Orapiu
4 hour walk including a bit of bush bashing along a gorgeous track that follows the coast alongside Te Matuku Marine Reserve.

Thursday November 20, 9:30am – Te Whau Wow
5 hour walk including everything from bush to sculpture, coastlines and clifftops. Plus there’s an optional special lunch at award winning Te Whau Vineyard on the way.

Saturday November 22, 8:30am – Madame Rouge
2.5 hour walk through private land at heart of Waiheke’s wine country. Easily extendable with Onetangi beach nearby.

Saturday November 22, 7pm – Rorohara by night
2 hour walk including a visit to Rorohara Estate’s gloworms. This is a great chance to crack out your head torch and practice your night walking. Be quick, this one books out fast!

Walks are free but you must register at www.waihekewalkingfestival.org.

Posted on 19 Oct 2014 - 11:21am

Team of the week goes to... Boca Loca! We heard about an awesome fundraiser they've got going on - Portraits for Oxfam. Cool and they've already made $400 from it!


Posted on 10 Oct 2014 - 11:07am

And it's back! Team of the week for 2015 has arrived. Each week, we'll bring you a team that is going above and beyond. Let us know if you're doing something fun, exciting or crazy!

Congrats to The PokéMasters: Gotta Walk It All for being the first team of the week & first team to crack the $2000 mark with fundraising! Goodie bags are winging their way to you!

Posted on 24 Sep 2014 - 12:41pm

For all you old hands, this is exciting stuff! We’ve got a new trail mapped out for 2015 with a new starting point, new checkpoints and a few extras thrown into the mix. Here is your first teaser look at the new course:

Course map

We’re still finalising a few pieces but each month we will introduce a new leg of the trail in detail. We should have the course profile available very soon and hope to bring you a course flyover video from Google Earth as well. The trail info page will have all the details.

Posted on 12 Aug 2014 - 2:47pm

Happy 10th anniversary Oxfam Trailwalker! We're celebrating a few milestones ... Congratulations to our tenth confirmed team Little Miss Ninjas!!!!

A prize pack full of ten goodies will be winging it's way to you shortly. Have you signed up for 2015 yet? Get on board for Oxfam Trailwalker number 10

Posted on 11 Aug 2014 - 2:53pm

Our first info session for Oxfam Trailwalker 2015 is tomorrow night! Come along with your team, friends, family, support crew to hear all the inside info on this amazing challenge! They'll be plenty of time to ask questions too.

Date: Tuesday 12 August 6pm
Venue: Oxfam Office, Level 1, 14 West St, Newton, Auckland

Plus confirm your team on the night and you could WIN 4 x tickets to Cirque Du Soleil's dress rehearsal show valued at $480!

There will be more info sessions every month in Auckland with at least one in Wellington as well.