How it works


North, South, East or West - wherever you are in the city, the challenge is simple. Dust off your shoes (or do it barefoot!) and walk 17 kilometres to cross the finish line at HomeGround, the Mission’s hub in the CBD, on Saturday 23 March 2024. There will be a celebration for participants and their whānau at the finish line.

We suggest a fundraising target of $600 but how much you raise is up to you. Take on the challenge solo or do it in a team - however you choose to do it, you'll be making a difference for people in need.

Sign up for free

Ready to step up to the challenge? Sign up to get your online fundraising page. Don't forget to invite your friends and whānau!

Start fundraising

Check out our tips and tricks to smash your fundraising target. Every dollar you raise will make a difference to those in need.

Go the distance

Dust off your shoes (or do it barefoot!) on 23 March and walk 17km to HomeGround to join the celebrations. You're a hero!

Suggested routes

We've planned several routes from across the city already so you don't have to - but feel free to choose your own path too.

Disclaimer: While the Auckland City Mission has taken reasonable steps to ensure the suggested routes are suitable and safe for walkers, it is your responsibility to keep safe on whatever route you choose to take and check for hazards and route disruptions prior to participating.

Mairangi Bay to HomeGround

Start at Mairangi Bay and follow the coast down to Devonport, then a quick ferry crossing before walking up to HomeGround.

Māngere Bridge to HomeGround

From Māngere Bridge, walk past Cornwall Park, Mangawhau (Mt Eden) and the Mission's food bank in Grafton. 

Glen Innes to HomeGround

Begin at the Mission's Glen Innes op shop and follow Tāmaki Drive from St Heliers into the city.

Henderson to HomeGround

Starting at the Falls in Henderson, this route follows the Twin Streams path then the Northwestern shared path into the CBD.

On the Day

Timings & celebrations at HomeGround

What time you set off is up to you, with a celebration at HomeGround kicking off from midday to 4pm. Allow 3.5 - 4.5 hours to walk 17km at an average pace. Friends and whānau are welcome to join the celebration.

Health & safety

Please take care on your walk and be particularly mindful around busy roads. Keep to footpaths and pedestrian routes and keep walking groups small so you can stay clear of roads. Drink lots of fluids!

All the essentials

Make sure you have everything you need for your walk - including lots of water, sunscreen and snacks. Blister plasters and a good playlist might be a good idea too!

More questions?

Check out our frequently asked questions for more information.