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

Here is the 2017 route map (PDF). You will also receive a printed copy of the map in your event pack.

Pack pick up

All registered walkers will receive a Walking Stars pack. To take part in the event you must have a unique walker number which you will find in the pack – you cannot take part in the event without your number. If you want to pick up your friends' packs for them, make sure you have their full names.

The pack pick-up location is Domain Lodge, 1 Boyle Crescent, Grafton. There is free undercover parking onsite. Click here to see it on Google Maps >

You can pick your pack up during the following hours:
  • Friday 24 November: 9am - 7pm
  • Saturday 25 November: 9am - 12pm
If you can't make either of these times, you can pick up your pack from 6pm at the Grandstand in the Auckland Domain. 

Essentials on the night

For a great night, remember to bring along the following items:

  • Walker number and safety pins 
  • Torch, headlamp, or anything that shines bright to help you glow!
  • Comfortable and appropriate clothing plus sensible, closed footwear that you’ve trained in
  • Long sleeve thermal top to wear under your T-shirt if it’s cold
  • Rain jacket – hopefully not needed!
  • Water bottle for water stops en route
  • Snacks to keep you going on the walk
  • Cash for spot prize balloons!

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