Oxfam Trailwalker latest news

The latest news from Oxfam Trailwalker.

Posted on 29 Mar 2015 - 8:10am

We are "live Facebook photo album-ing" the finish line this morning. We will try and bring you as many teams crossing the line as possible. Check out the photos on Facebook.

A gallery of photos of the amazing teams who have just walked 100km for Oxfam. Photos will be added all morning, please tag anyone you know, comment and share.

Posted by Oxfam Trailwalker NZ on Saturday, 28 March 2015
Posted on 29 Mar 2015 - 6:26am

Oxfam Trailwalker legends the City Girls have just finished the 10th anniversary Oxfam Trailwalker, their 10th Oxfam Trailwalker in a time of 23:15. They told us that this will definitely be their last but they definitely want to be involved next year, and they will volunteer next year.


Posted on 29 Mar 2015 - 6:11am

Welcome to a mild and slighty damp morning at the Taupo domain where 74 teams have finished. Its only a very light and misty rain.

All the remaining teams have now passed through Checkpoint 6.
149 teams have been to Checkpoint 7.

Our main online coverage this morning will be our finish line Facebook gallery where we will try and capture as many of the remaining teams to finish this morning.


Posted on 28 Mar 2015 - 9:00pm

Your friendly bloggers are going to take a short break now. We will be back before 6am with more news from Taupo. Apologies to all you walkers out there braving it through the night…you’re amazing…but we need to take a break!

You can still follow the action all night long on social media using the hashtag #otwnz.

As things stand all the remaining teams (237) have passed Checkpoint 4
220 teams have been through Checkpoint 5
122 teams have made it to Checkpoint 6
20 teams have been to Checkpoint 7 and
6 teams have finished

And we leave you with some great news, the fundraising total has just reached $813,000. Thank you so much to all the teams who have together made this happen.

Posted on 28 Mar 2015 - 8:44pm

For a while there was uncertainty about who would be the fastest team - would any of the 7am teams be faster than Kármán's Line who started an hour earlier at 6am. And it was close.

But our third team over the line were only the second fastest. Team Y Y Y OH Y finished in 13 hours and 7 minutes only 10 minutes slower than Kármán's Line so obviously still an awesome achievement.

Time for another update on the progress of the teams through the course ...

All the remaining teams have been through Checkpoint 3, but three teams still need to check-in at Checkpoint 4.
234 teams have been through Checkpoint 4.
123 teams have made it to Checkpoint 5
56 teams have made it to Checkpoint 6.
6 teams have been through Checkpoint 7 and
3 teams have finished.

Posted on 28 Mar 2015 - 7:56pm

We have our winner of the 10th anniversary Oxfam Trailwalker.

Finishing in a time of 12 hours and 57 minutes were Kármán's Line who had led since the 6am start. One of the members of this team, Nick, actually ran the very first Oxfam Trailwalker NZ and here he is back again running the 10th event.

Kármán's Line cross the line

Kármán's Line celebrate at the finish

Then, 40 minutes later, finishing in a time of 13 hours and 37 minutes were the second team over the line (but not the second fastest), the gallant Greytown Grafters who arrived to a raucous welcome from their young support crew who were very proud of their respective dad's achievements. And why not, they were amazing.

The Greytown Grafters

Posted on 28 Mar 2015 - 5:53pm

Our wonderful volunteers are currently finishing the set up of the finish line, while being serenaded by the soundcheck for tomorrows big finish line concert at the domain. Excitement is building because the first finishers are less than an hour away. The only team through Checkpoint 7 are Kármán's Line who have led since 6am.

All the remaining teams have been to Checkpoint 3 now, with
112 teams have reached Checkpoint 4
28 teams have been to Checkpoint 5
11 teams have made it to Checkpoint 6



Posted on 28 Mar 2015 - 5:17pm

This year with the new course the 50 km marker is at a different location - on the long straight of Scoria Road.

The 50 km marker is especially big because, of course, it's a very special marker, and many teams stop for a photo. 

Of course often when they get there is no-one else around to take the photo for them ... so sometimes a selfie is required.


Loving on 50km Its all downhill from here. #otwnz2015 #otwnz

A photo posted by Sherilyn (@qofd) on



#50km #otwnz No turning back now!

A photo posted by Aaron (@aucklandlad) on



Team 1015, whoever you are, you rock. 50km to go. #otwnz

A photo posted by Jason Garman (@jaygarman) on


Team Pat and the Posties on Scoria Road

Posted on 28 Mar 2015 - 4:28pm

Watch out for the official #OTWNZ video this year. For the third year running it will be produced by talented videographer Hamish Pattison and as usual he has some great ideas. For the last 2 years he has also managed to quickly edit a preview of the video on the Sunday afternoon and get it published on the NZ Herald.

Here he is hard at work filming.


#otwnz #oxfam #trailwalker @hamishpattisondop hard at work on the trailwalker video

A photo posted by Hetty Gaskell-Hahn (@hettyhahn) on


And in case you needed a reminder of the previous years' videos, here are the official videos from 2014 and 2013.

Posted on 28 Mar 2015 - 3:47pm

Our intrepid Checkpoint 1 crew have now hiked out of their remote checkpoint with their laptops and now the CP1 timings are in our results system and showing on team pages. Meanwhile the teams are progressing through the trail ...

All 238 teams have been through Checkpoints 1 and 2.
232 teams have been to Checkpoint 3
25 teams have checked in at Checkpoint 4
7 teams have been through Checkpoint 5 and
2 speedy teams have made it to Checkpoint 6, Kármán's Line and the Greytown Grafters

Here's a photo of another one of the Speedy teams, Dragmoe, arriving at the Pacific-themed Checkpoint 4.

Dragmoe arriving at Checkpoint 4