Important Event Information for Participants

Thanks for signing up to take part in Walking Stars 2017! Please read through this information carefully. If you still have questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email

Walking Stars 2017

When: Saturday 25 November 2017
Where: The Grandstand in the Auckland Domain


Join us at the Grandstand in the Auckland Domain from 7.30pm for pre-event entertainment where you can purchase your spot prize balloons and prepare to set off.
Your night time walking half-marathon will begin at 8:15pm.

  • 7:30pm: Pre-event entertainment
  • 8:00pm: Safety briefing & opening ceremony 
  • 8:15pm: Power walkers begin
  • 8:25pm: Striders begin 
  • 8:35pm: Strollers begin

Route Map

The final route map will be announced closer to the event. You will also receive a printed copy of the map in your event pack. To give you an idea of what it might look like, here is last year's route map for Walking Stars 2016 (PDF)

Pack pick up

Your event pack contains your Walking Stars T Shirt if you purchased one, a walker number, an 'I'm Walking For' back sign for you to complete and final instructions for the night including a route map. You cannot take part in the event without collecting your event pack as you must wear your walker number.

Event pack pick up details will be announced closer to the event.

Transport and parking

Please arrive early to allow time to park. There will be restricted access to Auckland Domain during the event so you will be unable to park in the Domain itself. There is street parking available around the Domain, as well as paid car parks in Grafton and Newmarket. 

If you are using a paid car park, remember to make note of what time the car park closes as you may not get back to your car until after midnight.

As there are over 3,500 participants, we recommend carpooling with other walkers or using public transport where possible.


Please note ALL roads on the route are open to traffic.

The route may feel busy at times, particularly at road crossing points. You will be walking alongside some fast moving traffic, so please remember to keep safe by walking on the pavement at all times. 

  • Please complete your personal information on the back of your walker number, and ensure your walker number is visible at all times during the walk 
  • Always walk with at least one other person
  • Study the route so you know where you are going
  • Do not walk on the road in an effort to pass others
  • Only cross the road at designated crossing points

Emergency Procedures

Roving Medical Officer 0800 367 368
Emergency Services 111
Walking Stars Event Control Centre 021 088 09147

In the event of an emergency:
  1. Ensure that you and others are not in danger
  2. Assess the situation and any injuries
  3. Call the Medical Officer on 0800 367 368 or emergency services on 111
  4. Stay with the injured person until help arrives