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Event weekend info for 2014

This page contains information about the 2014 event. We will update this page for 2015 as soon as possible.


Event guide

In the last week of March an Oxfam Trailwalker Event Guide will be sent to all participants via email. This document contains critical event info teams need to be familiar with. It is essential that you give this document a good read over. 

It is available online or for download as a PDF.

The support crew event guide is also available online or for download as a PDF.


All four team members plus two support crew must register together at The Great Lake Centre in Taupo. Registration is open from 3pm, Friday April 4, 2014.

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: 4.30pm
  • Briefing 2: 5.30pm
  • Briefing 3: 7.00pm
  • Briefing 4: 8.00pm
  • Briefing 5: 9.00pm

Start times announced

Oxfam Trailwalker 2014 start times have been allocated.  A massive shout out to the teams that increased their fundraising target to choose their start time! The remaining teams have been allocated a start time. Whether you chose your start time or not please check your allocated time through the link below. These 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 4 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Officially daylight savings ends Sunday April 6 when clocks are moved back 1 hour (officially 3.00am becomes 2.00am overnight from Saturday to Sunday). All event times over the Oxfam Trailwalker weekend IGNORE the end of daylight savings until the finish of the event. These checkpoint closing times are not adjusted for the end of daylight savings.

CP Checkpoint location Checkpoint closure time
CP1 Whakaipo Bay Saturday 5 April  12:00
CP2 Tauhara Pony Club Saturday 5 April  16:00
CP3 Oruanui Pony Club Saturday 5 April  18:30
CP4 Tongariro North Domain Saturday 5 April  23:30
CP5 Taupo Gliding Club Sunday 6 April 04:30
CP6 Wairakei Resort grounds Sunday 6 April 13:00
CP7 Owen Delany Park Sunday 6 April 16:30
Finish Tongariro North Domain Sunday 6 April 19:00

Checkpoint site plans

Sometimes when there are hundreds of walkers and support crew vehicles around it can be hard to find everything you need at a checkpoint. Check out the site plans to orientate yourself and help your team and support crew be super organised at the event.

CP Checkpoint location
CP1 Whakaipo Bay
CP2 Tauhara Pony Club
CP3 Oruanui Pony Club
CP4 Tongariro North Domain
CP5 Taupo Gliding Club
CP6 Wairakei Resort grounds
CP7 Owen Delany Park

Event sustainability

Keeping Oxfam Trailwalker green depends on you! Check out our sustainability tips for great ways you can help.

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!