Oxfam Trailwalker coming to Taranaki in 2021

Taranaki has won the right to host Oxfam Trailwalker, with the event heading to the coastal town of New Plymouth, and the region’s main centre in March 2021. 

New Plymouth District Council in partnership with Taranaki’s Regional Development Agency, Venture Taranaki have won the right to host the event, becoming the event destination partner for the next three years.

Mayor Neil Holdom says securing the Oxfam Trailwalker event was another feather in the cap for the New Plymouth District and would be a major boost to the region as it recovers from the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 crisis. 

“We’re absolutely thrilled to host the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge for the next three years,” says Mayor Holdom. “It’s another major event in our beautiful region as we continue to Build a Lifestyle Capital and it will be a superb showcase for our wonderful corner of Aotearoa.  It’s perfect timing too as it will bring hundreds of much-needed visitors to our region as we all work to get Get Back On Our Feet as the economic shock of Covid 19 bites.”

Venture Taranaki Chief Executive Justine Gilliland welcomed the addition of another headline event to the Taranaki events calendar, as the region continues to focus on their return to better in the wake of COVID19.

“From Maunga to moana, Taranaki has so much to offer. On the back of COVID19, the announcement of Taranaki as 2021 Oxfam Trailwalker host provides an exciting glimpse into our economic recovery and the possibilities and opportunities that lay ahead”, explains Gilliland.

Those looking to get a head start in training for the four-person, team 50km or 100km treks, can join Oxfam’s #whyIwalk campaign, which encourages people to train for, and sign up to, the 2021 Taranaki Trailwalker event.
Oxfam New Zealand’s Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier says: “Oxfam Trailwalker is a truly inspiring experience and one we hope the Taranaki community will enjoy being part of as much as we and our walkers do. We are delighted with the support of our Taranaki hosts, as the spirit of local hospitality and encouragement will make all the difference as hundreds of walkers set out to challenge poverty over 50 or 100 kilometres.”

“Participants in Oxfam Trailwalker 2021 will enjoy Taranaki's wonderful scenery and the region's other special attractions. We also look forward to seeing many Taranaki locals stepping out on the start line or supporting in some other way, as we make history with the first Oxfam Trailwalker in the region.”

About 1,000 walkers take part in the event, helped by 1,500 friends, family and support crew, and the event was previously held in Whakatane and Taupō.

The influx of event attendees along with their support crew, is set to provide a significant economic boost to the region.

For more information and to find out how you can get involved in the Taranaki event, head to https://www.oxfamtrailwalker.org.nz/