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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.


Photo credit kinenphotography.com

Essential event guides

Essential Oxfam Trailwalker event guides for participants and support crew will be send out via email and available on this page at least 2 weeks before the event. 

These documents contain critical event info that teams and support crews need to be familiar with. It is essential that you give this document a good read over.


All four team members plus two support crew must register together in Whakatane the day before the event, Friday April 1, 2016.

For your own safety it is essential all team members and at least one of your support crew attend an event briefing. These will be held at various times over the evening. If your team is planning on attending the final briefing you must register BEFORE attending the briefing.

Start times

Oxfam Trailwalker 2016 start times will be allocated and announced about a month before the event. 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 April 1, 2016.

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 (or 18 hours for the 50km event).

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

Opening and closing times will be announced when these are finalised.

Checkpoint facilities

Each checkpoint will have a range of facilities, such as water, boiling water, first aid, podiatry, physio and basic food. The facilities at each one will differ from checkpoint to checkpoint. Here you will be able to find out which checkpoint has what, to help your team and support crew be super organised at the event. These will be announced when these are finalised.


Toilets will be available at all stops along the trail.

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

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 were the official participant photographers for Oxfam Trailwalker 2015 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!