Welcome to Walk1200km!

To celebrate Wilderness’s 30th year, we wanted to do something special. Not just for you to read, but for you to do.

Walk1200km is a unique challenge that we hope as many Kiwis as possible will take up. Put simply, for the next 12 months, the goal is for you to walk as far as you can – whether that be 500km, 1200km or even more.

Register to join thousands of others in walking 1200km. By signing up, you’ll receive plenty of help, motivation and wisdom to keep you on track as well as have loads of opportunities to win gear from our partners. Once you’ve registered, join the Facebook group to see what other participants are doing.


Why will you Walk1200km?

There are lots of reasons to Walk1200km over the next 12 months. We’ve listed a few reasons below. Are these good enough for you? Let us know why you’ll be walking 1200km.

Walk for physical health

While many modes of exercise are beneficial, walking is considered the most accessible and cheapest way to get your daily dose. Learn more

Walk1200km for mental health

Walking 40 minutes every day can have significant benefits for your mental health and brain power. Learn more

Walk1200km for a purpose

Walking for a cause can help you stay motivated and increase the reward of cracking 1200km in 12 months. Learn more

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’re doing it!

See who among the Wilderness staff and contributors are doing the Walk1200km and join us! Learn more

Stay on track

Tips from motivation experts to help you stick to the challenge and achieve your goals. Learn more

Logging your kilometres

How will you keep track of the distances you’ve walked? Here are some ideas. Learn more

Meet our 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 wiht 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
Plan my Walk 
Safety partner
Prepare for the outdoors with the world-first Plan My Walk App from the NZ Mountain Safety Council. 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
Living Simply
North Island retail partner
Auckland’s only independent outdoor retailer stocking a wide range of brands, including Walk1200 partner gear, is located in Newmarket. Learn more