The Oxfam Trailwalker is returning to Whakatane in 2019

We’re excited to hear that Whakatane has once again been chosen as the location for the 2019 Oxfam Trailwalker. This iconic experience brings new faces to the area year after year to take part in the ultimate team challenge.

If you love to test your limits, the Oxfam Trailwalker is something to add to your bucket list.

Walk (or run!) one of two trails, either 50km or 100km in distance. Set in the Whakatane district, this isn’t just any old walk. You’ll be immersed in some of our region’s most beautiful spots, surrounded by stunning landscape and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.

The purpose of the Oxfam Trailwalker is to raise vital funds for people living in poverty.

The Whakatane trail is part of an international series which has seen more than $190 million raised to support Oxfam’s charitable work. Whakatane’s coastal location is the perfect spot to reflect the work Oxfam does in the Pacific Region.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more rewarding moment than reaching the finish line on the Oxfam Trailwalker. The huge sense of pride and achievement will be something you’ll remember forever.

Selfie with friends

A bit about the trail itself

The team behind the Oxfam Trailwalker review the tracks each year to ensure they create something new and exciting for the participants. The 2019 event will mark the fourth year in Whakatane but each year the trail has been different from the last.

Whakatane’s terrain offers a great deal of variety. The mix of bush, beach, farm, road, parks and paths are just some of what you’ll pass through on the trail. Each section is graded by level of difficulty from one to five. It’s important to factor these grades into your training, ensuring you cover all levels.

The trail is made up of both private and public spaces across Whakatane. Checkpoints are set up throughout the track with water, tea, coffee and a few medical supplies at each station. However, it is a compulsory requirement to have a minimum two-person support crew. Your support crew will be your main lifeline during the event, tending to your needs at each checkpoint. Support crews are extremely important so should also be involved in your training and preparation.

Test your endurance, determination, and team spirit

Originally created as part of military training, the Oxfam Trailwalker is the ultimate test of endurance, determination and team spirit. The length is no easy feat but will be one of the most fulfilling physical and mental challenges you’ll ever face.

Teams are made up of four members and each of those members must have the same level of commitment if you want your experience to be a success. Your team must be willing to support and encourage each other even in those final few hours of this remarkable event.

Train together, walk together and finish together – no matter what.

This is a team bonding experience like no other. Regardless of whether you knew your team prior to the event or you’re tackling it as a team of strangers, you and your team will become lifelong friends.

Walking 50 to 100 km is a big commitment and requires a great deal of preparation.

For information on how best to train for the event, give the Oxfam team a call on 0800 600 700 or attend an information session.

Team walking

What’s the Oxfam Trailwalker for?

Oxfam is a global charity with a commitment to finding lasting solutions for poverty and injustice. Through a number of outstanding campaigns, Oxfam helps people in need all over the world.

The Whakatane Oxfam Trailwalker assists communities in the Pacific to resolve root causes of poverty. Funds raised go towards providing water and sanitisation, medical supplies, education facilities and ongoing support to these communities.

Participating in the Oxfam Trailwalker is one of the many ways you can make a difference in the world.

Your efforts in both fundraising and tackling the trail will go a long way in helping Oxfam fight poverty.

The Oxfam Trailwalker is all part of the Campaign for Change.

New Zealand’s Trailwalker raises between $550,000 and $1,000,000 per event, making a significant difference to the lives of the most vulnerable.

If you really want to challenge yourself while making a difference in the world, register for the 2019 Oxfam Trailwalker.

Oxfam trailwalker

Summer is here which means Whakatane’s events calendar will be jam-packed with things to do right across the region. There is always something going on here, which is one of the many reasons we love this city so much.

The sense of community in Whakatane strengthens year after year and you too can be a part of it.

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