Welcome to Walk1200km!

Walk1200km is the perfect challenge for our times. That’s because walking is the direct antithesis to the busyness of the world around us. It’s uncomplicated. It’s cheap. It’s slow. It will de-stress you. It will introduce to you a community whose sole purpose is to support and encourage. It will help you make a habit out of doing good for yourself. It will give you a purpose, a goal that brings satisfaction, lightness and even dignity to your life.

In joining Walk1200km you’ll make new friends, explore new trails and enjoy new wonders – sun rises, wildlife, a simple hello from a stranger.

You’ll be joining thousands of others (4700 in 2023!) who walk because it makes them happy, because it brings joy to their day and their friends closer, it can open treasured time with loved ones or time alone to think and ponder.

Walk1200km participants are found along local streets, walkways, backcountry trails, adventurous tracks and in unmarked wilderness.

For some, it’s simply attaching a meaning to what they’ve been doing for years. For others, it’s totally life-changing. For all, there’s a new sprightliness to their step, a brightness to their eyes and an after-walk smile that keeps getting broader.

So join us. Register below, get your progress tracker and start walking. By signing up, you’ll receive plenty of help and motivation so that you never feel like you’re doing this on your own. You’ll also get loads of opportunities to win prizes from our partners. Once you’ve registered, join the Facebook Group, say hello and see what other participants are doing.


Next Steps


Get your Progress Tracker

It’s the best way to keep track of your distances and stay motivated. Get your official 2024 Walk1200km Progress Tracker here.

Get your Walk1200km badge

Grab a pin badge and declare to the world your determination to walk 1200km! Get the badge alone, or buy a bundle including a progress tracker and current issue. Buy now

Join the Facebook Group

You’ll never walk alone when you join the Facebook group. Share your walks, be inspired by the journeys of others. Join now

Stay on track

Walk1200km is an individual challenge, but with Wilderness with you every step of the way you’ll never really be alone. 

We’ve done it!

Read the advice and endorsements of those who have done the challenge before.  Learn more

Walking gives you superpowers

Read about how you will benefit from walking 1200km over the next 12 months. Learn more

Have fun with #microchallenges!

Each month we’ll be setting participants a #microchallenge. The challenges will inject a bit of fun into your walk so that those everyday kilometres feel less like a chore. Learn more

Meet our 2024 Walk1200km Partners

With the support of these generous partners, you’ll have no trouble at all in completing the Walk1200km challenge. Make sure you register for Walk1200km to be in with a chance to win gear and other prizes from our partners throughout the next 12 months. The sooner you register, the more chances you’ll have of winning.

Sock partner
From mountain tops to weekend walks, Bridgedale socks will keep your toes warm, comfortable and blister-free. Learn more
Footwear partner
No matter where your Walk1200km challenge takes you, Salewa has the footwear for your needs. Learn more
Lowe Alpine
Pack partner
Lowe Alpine has packs for every trip, whether day, weekend or longer. Learn more
Apparel partner
Rab makes hard-wearing, high-performance clothing you’d rather repair than replace. Learn more
Panasonic Lumix
Camera partner
Capture your Walk1200km journey in the highest quality with a Panasonic Lumix camera. Learn more

Technology partner
Track your daily walks with Samsung phones, watches and other devices. Learn more

Further Faster
South Island retail partner
The team at Christchurch’s Further Faster outdoor store is ready to help you find the right gear for your adventure. Learn more
Back Country Cuisine
Food partner
Wherever your Walk1200km journey takes you, Back Country Cuisine can provide the fuel needed to keep going, to keep discovering, to keep adventuring. Learn more