The challenge

Tackle 100km in 36 hours or 50km in 18 hours and raise funds to fight poverty and inequality.

Oxfam Trailwalker is the ultimate team challenge. It is part of an international series, with an incredible 18 events being held around the world in 10 countries. Over the years, the event has raised more than $190 million internationally for Oxfam's life-saving work.

Set up by the legendary elite Queen's Gurkha Signals Regiment in 1981 as a military exercise to test teamwork, endurance and determination, Oxfam Trailwalker is the ultimate physical and mental challenge. But with training it is totally achievable!

It'll be one of the hardest things you ever take on, but the sense of achievement you'll get when you cross the finish line will blow you away. It truly is the experience of a lifetime.

Oxfam Trailwalker NZ

Oxfam Trailwalker began in 2006 in New Zealand. Since then over 10,000 participants have lined up at the start line and raised over $10 million. Thousands of people take part each year as participants, support crew and volunteers. And every year we capture it on camera.

After a magical 10 years in Taupō, Oxfam Trailwalker moved to Whakatāne! 2018 will be Oxfam Trailwalkers third time in the beautiful Easten Bay of Plenty.

We have two event options for 2018 - the original 100km in 36 hours along with the 50km in 18 hours option.

Enter now! Or if you are still not quite sure, just find out more

The trail

Whether this is your first Oxfam Trailwalker or you’re an experienced past participant the Whakatāne trail is going to take your breath away. 

50 km profile

100km profile coming soon!

How to enter

Get your team together

We need names and emails for all four team members to accept your registration.

Sort your support crew

A support crew is essential too, but we just need your team's details for now.

Choose your pledge

Teams must commit to raising at least $2500 to take part (but why not aim higher?)

The physical challenge

The 100km and 50km Oxfam Trailwalker are both about teamwork.

You'll need to motivate and encourage each other from start to finish to get the job done, so training as a team of four before the event is essential. It will help build team spirit and give you a chance to work out your strengths and weaknesses, so by the time Trailwalker comes around you'll be prepared to pull together to achieve something astonishing. 

The other important team is your support crew - friends and family who'll meet you at checkpoints along the route to provide supplies and encouragement. It is essential you have at least two support crew.

And, not only are teams challenged to cross the finish line together, but we also encourage them to do the last leg in fancy dress!

Fundraising challenge

Our goal is to raise a collective $1 million dollars to help eliminate poverty and injustice

Oxfam Trailwalker is not just a physical challenge, each team must also commit to raising at least $2500 (regardless of distance entered) to support Oxfam New Zealand's work in the Pacific and around the world. By raising money for Oxfam New Zealand you will be making a tremendous difference to people's lives. Fundraising is a challenge, but it's also great fun!

In 2017 Trailwalker teams raised an incredible $864,859 and in 2018 we're aiming to crack a million.

This is what it's all this!

Put yourself in the shoes of an Oxfam Trailwalker participant and discover what it is like to walk 100km.


More questions?

Visit our FAQs page to see if your questions have been answered.  If not, feel free to contact us anytime and we will be happy to help.

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Key dates

  • Oxfam Trailwalker 2019: 23-24 March
  • Whakatāne Awards tbc
  • Auckland Awards tbc
  • Wellington Awards tbc 

*dates subject to change