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Event weekend info for 2015

This page contains information about the 2015 event. We will update this page for 2016 as soon as possible.


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Participant Event Guide

Here's your essential Oxfam Trailwalker Event Guide 2015

This document contains critical event info teams need to be familiar with. It is essential that you give this document a good read over.

Support Crew Event Guide

Here's your essential Oxfam Trailwalker Support Crew Guide 2015! Inside you'll find all the event information that you need to be familiar with as support crew to take part in the event and make it a success.


All four team members plus two support crew must register together at The Great Lake Centre in Taupo. Registration is open from 3pm to 9:30pm, Friday March 27, 2015.

For your own safety it is essential all team members and one of your support crew attend an event briefing held at The Great Lake Centre at any of the following times:

  • Briefing 1: 4.00pm
  • Briefing 2: 5.30pm
  • Briefing 3: 7.00pm
  • Briefing 4: 8.00pm
  • Briefing 5: 9.00pm

If your team is planning on attending the 9pm briefing you must register BEFORE attending the briefing.

Start times announced

Oxfam Trailwalker 2015 start times have been allocated.  Please check your start time below. You will be allocated a 6am or 7am start time. Please note you will need to allow considerable amount of time to get to the start line. Once allocated, start times are not changeable. Bib numbers are assigned by start time so we will know if any sneaky changes have taken place. Bibs will be given out at event registration on Friday March 27 at the Great Lake Centre, Taupo.

Checkpoint closing times

Each checkpoint has a designated closing time. This is not the latest arrival time … it is the closing time. Both your team and support crew must depart the checkpoint before it closes. This is to help you plan your pace to ensure you can complete the course within 36 hours.

Support Crew please do not arrive at checkpoints prior to indicated opening times.

Checkpoint Location Open time Close time Hours open Support crew access
START Airstrip - Whangamata Rd 4:30 Sat 8:00 Sat 3.5 YES
CP1 Kawakawa Bay 6:30 Sat 11:00 Sat 4.5 NO
CP2 Kinloch Community Hall 7:30 Sat 14:30 Sat 7 YES
CP3 Whakaipo Bay 8:30 Sat 20:00 Sat 11.5 YES
CP4 Riverside Park 10:30 Sat 1:00 Sun 14.5 YES
CP5 Huka Falls Rd 12:00 Sat 5:00 Sun 17 NO
CP6 Wairakei Resort 13:00 Sat 8:00 Sun 19 YES
CP7 Taupo Gliding Club 15:00 Sat 15:00 Sun 24 YES
FINISH Tongariro Domain 16:30 Sat 19:00 Sun 26.5 YES

Checkpoint facilities

Check out what will be available at each checkpoint to help your team and support crew be super organised at the event.

Checkpoint facilities table from page 16 of the Preparation Guide. Sorry no HTML version possible, I tried, there wasn't room.

Toilets will be available at all stops along the trail.

The above information is subject to change prior to the event.

Finish line festival

Oxfam Autumn FestAlongside the finish line, in celebration of 10 years of Oxfam Trailwalker in Taupō, we are excited to bring you the Oxfam Autumn Fest, a FREE all ages concert featuring top NZ bands Cornerstone Roots, Batucada Sound Machine, solo artist Jesse Sheehan and DJ R.I.A alongside local bands and cultural groups.

There’ll also be stalls selling a range of delicious food and drinks, a beer and wine garden and fun activities for the kids making a great day out. We hope that the Taupo community will come along to cheer on the Sunday finishers and that teams and support crew will return to the domain to listen to some sounds (we guess dancing will be out of the question!) Find out more

Event sustainability

Oxfam Trailwalker demonstrates Oxfam New Zealand’s commitment to environmental sustainability. We’re at the forefront of sustainable event management in New Zealand!

Reducing our carbon footprint depends on you!
In 2014, the per team carbon emissions was 870kgCO2e and team transport accounts for a massive 98% of that. In 2015, we need your help to keep that number down. Here are two big ways you can make that happen:

The absolute best way to reduce per team carbon emissions is with less cars! So plan your event carefully to get your team, support crew and gear to and from the event and leave a car behind. With a bit of carpooling you can make a big difference to your carbon footprint.

In 2014 we went cup-free and it worked! Thanks to you, we reduced waste by 40%. So we’re going to continue being cupfree. Bring your own mug and hydration pack for the cold and hot drinks at checkpoints. Have a mug for each team member.

Check out our sustainability tips for more ways to help reduce our footprint

Event photos

Hey That's Me are the official participant photographers for Oxfam Trailwalker 2014 and will be along the track taking photos of all teams. Watch out for Hey That's Me on the the course and you're sure to have memorable moments captured!

Following the event you will be able to order your photos from heythatsme.co.nz with a portion of sales being donated to Oxfam.

Here’s a few tips from the Hey That's Me crew on how to look your best for your photos on the trail:

  • Keep an eye out for the photographers! We will have some signs out before you reach us so you can slow down to get ready or speed up if you want to look faster!
  • Spread out! If you walk/run single file, your teammates in front will hide you! Fan out and walk abreast so the photographer can see you all!
  • Look tidy! Try keep your hair under control. Hair in the face won’t get you flattering shots. Maybe tie it down with a hair tie or use a headband (or Oxfam Trailwalker Buff).
  • Wear bright coloured clothing! Having vibrant colours really lifts the photos!
  • Rethink your headgear! Wearing a cap/visors are paramount for sun protection, but they also create a shadow over your face on a sunny day. Perhaps you can take it off as you see the photographer up ahead!
  • Running/Walking pace! Running/walking faster increases your chance of the photographer snapping a midair shot or when you are landing with your front foot. These shots make you look more awesome!
  • Enthusiasm! You’re supposed to be having fun right? Wave, jump, hands in the air, thumbs up! Show everyone Oxfam Trailwalker is a piece of cake for you! 
  • SMILE! A smile goes a long way and will definitely make your photos shine!