Event Information

Inaugural Orokonui Challenge

WALK - Saturday 22 April 2017 at 9am
RUN - Sunday 30 April 2017 at 11.30am

The inaugural Orokonui Challenge on is an 18.5km race and an 11km walk organised by Orokonui Ecosanctuary. All proceeds from the event will support our takahe and kaka conservation work.

The race is fantastic and beautiful all the way - it includes Orokonui’s protected forest, Orokonui estuary, Blueskin Bay and Doctors Point beach. Great views and great wildlife! Terrain varies from compacted gravel, grass, beach, asphalt and coarse gravel. The run includes 500-600m of climbing.

The walk includes Orokonui’s forest and Orokonui Estuary. Walkers can take their time and enjoy forest and estuarine wildlife. The walk includes 300m of climbing and the terrain is compacted gravel, grass and boardwalk.

See map for more details.

Entry Form

Start & finish time


Water and First Aid






Course description

See Map Section for more details

The race

Starting outside the fence at the top of the Ecosanctuary, around the eastern side of Orokonui’s perimeter road, down the McKessar track, down Purakaunui Station Rd, along Osborne Rd, along Canoe beach (at low-mid tide) through the sea cave Doctors Point Beach, along Doctors Point Road, around the Opeke track, along Doctors Point Road, along Chelivode St to Orokonui Estuary Track, alongside the Orokonui stream, up through Orokonui Ecosanctuary’s Valley Track to finish at the top grassland.

The walk

Starting inside the Ecosanctuary on the grassland area, walk down through the Ecosanctuary protected forest from top to bottom, alongside the Orokonui stream, right around the eastern side of the Orokonui estuary, along Chelivode St, left along Doctors Point Rd, over the bridge, left onto the board walk and grass track to Killarney St, left over the bridge at Erne St, left along the western side of the Orokonui estuary, back alongside Orokonui stream, up through the Orokonui forest and back to the grassland area at the top of the Ecosanctuary.