Are you up for the challenge?

The Long Walk Home is a long-distance challenge walk from Wellington City to Mana, Porirua (30km) held on Friday 1 March, 2024.

It’s about raising awareness and helping increase emergency preparedness in the Wellington region.

The event is not a race. It’s a shared challenge where participants are encouraged to get to know one another, support each other and have fun!

The event is open to people of all ages and abilities, with most people taking between 5 and 6 hours to complete the walk. Participants can walk as far as they are comfortable.

There will be multiple checkpoints along the route where people can decide to stop if they are close to home or have had enough.

* In the event of wet weather, the Long Walk Home will be held the following week on Friday 8 March, 2024. If necessary, an email will be sent to participants and our website and social media will be updated to reflect this change. *

About the Long Walk Home

Date: Friday 1 March, 2024

Time: The event begins at 1:00pm and should take participants 5-6 hours to complete. 

Location: The event begins at Sky Stadium Concourse and finishes at Ngāti Toa Domain Hall in Mana, Porirua.

Rain Date: Friday 8 March, 2024

Why will you need to walk home?

After a large earthquake in Wellington, road and rail links could be cut off for a week or longer. 

If this happened on a weekday, the city’s 80,000 daily commuters are likely to have to travel home on foot.

If you commute into the city, your only option may be to walk home.

Do you have a Grab Bag?

A grab bag, or getaway kit, is a small backpack of essential items which you can take with you on your walk home.

Make sure your Grab Bag contains comfy shoes, a jacket, water, snacks and other personal items you may need if you have to walk home (e.g. personal medication).

Event Information for Participants

Date: Friday 1st March 2024

Time: Check-in opens at 12:30pm, walk starts at 1:10pm.

Location: Sky Stadium Concourse Steps (corner of Mulgrave St and Thorndon Quay) to Ngāti Toa Domain Hall, Porirua.

Check-in information

  • Check-in will open half an hour before the event starts at 12:30pm on Friday 1st March.
  • Check-in will be at the bottom of the Sky Stadium concourse steps on the corner of Mulgrave Street and Thorndon Quay (opposite East Day Spa).
  • If you have registered for another person, please make sure they know the name of the person who registered them. This will help check-in run smoothly.

What to bring:

  • Comfy walking shoes
  • A water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen)
  • Mobile phone

All registrants should have received an email containing the details for this Friday's walk. If you did not receive the email but have registered, please email info@wremo.nz.

See you on Friday!

Long Walk Home Route Map

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Long Walk Home?

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After a large earthquake, Wellington’s road and rail links could be cut off for a week or longer. If you commute into the city, your only option will be to walk home.

The Long Walk Home is a long-distance walking challenge to raise awareness and encourage others to be prepared for their walk home. 

Where do we walk?

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The walk starts at the Sky Stadium concourse in Wellington City. Participants will then walk along SH1 and finish at Ngāti Toa Domain in Mana, Porirua.

How long is the walk?

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The walk is around 30km long from start to finish and should take around 5-6 hours to complete.

How do I sign up?

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Registrations are held through Eventfinda but you can sign up on our website wremo.nz/longwalkhome

Is the event a race?

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No, the event is not a race. It’s about raising awareness and helping increase preparedness in our region.

What if I live along the way and want to stop when I get to my house?

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You don't have to complete the whole walk. You can stop at any checkpoint along the way and finish the walk.

How will I get back to the city if I have walked out?

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It is the participants responsibility to make their own way home after the event. However, Ngāti Toa Domain is right next to Mana Station so you can train back into the city after you have completed the walk.

Does my registration get me a free train ticket home?

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No, it is the participants responsibility to make their own way home after the event. 

Do I have to register or can I turn up on the day?

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Yes, you will need to register before the event. 

What safety protocols are in place to make sure everyone finishes safely?

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Participants will be required to sign in on arrival at Sky Stadium and check in at the three main checkpoints along the way (Johnsonville Library, Takapu Station and Porirua Station).

There will also be marshalls stationed along the walk and a tail-end-Charlie at the back of the group.

We have worked with Waka Kotahi to make sure there will be road signage along the route warning drivers that there are participants walking along the road.

Can I split the walk across two days?

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The Long Walk Home is a single day event. 

Will you be holding the event in other parts of the region?

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No, not at this time. We have not confirmed a date or location for the next Long Walk Home.

What scenario is the Long Walk Home based off?

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The Long Walk Home is based off the expected impacts/consequences from a large Wellington Fault earthquake.

This analysis can be found in the Wellington Lifelines Report.

The Wellington Fault is capable of producing shaking intensity of MM9 - MM10 which would result in significant damage to infrastructure and transport links. 

Why won't trains and buses be running after a major earthquake?

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A major earthquake on the Wellington fault would result in significant damage to roads and rail links, as well as landslips.

Even after a moderate shake, like what happened in the 2013 Seddon earthquake - the train and airport closed to check for damage and there were no bus replacements available for several hours. 

How long will it take to get transport access from Wellington City to the rest of the region?

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Under the analysis of the Wellington Lifelines Report, it is estimated that The Wellington CBD area will be isolated from the Western Wellington and Porirua areas by road for around 3 weeks, and isolated from the Hutt Valley area for at least 8 weeks. 

What should I have at work in case I need to walk home?

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We recommend you have a Grab Bag with walking shoes, a jacket, snacks, and water.

Make sure you include any other items that you rely on (for example medication), and things you will need if you have to evacuate in a hurry. 

In a real earthquake what happens if the route I would normally take is damaged?

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If bridges are out, or parts of your route are unpassable, people may need to find an alternative route or stay with friends or family in a location they are able to get to.

As part of your personal preparedness plan, have a think about places you may be able to stay (friends/whānau) if you are unable to get home.

What if my route home is in the tsunami zone?

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We advise that you always avoid areas within the tsunami zone after a long or strong earthquake, until there is no tsunami risk and the all-clear is given by Civil Defence.

If you work in the CBD and your main route home is through a tsunami zone, it would be a good idea to have a plan of where you could go to (e.g. colleague or friend's house) that is outside the tsunami zone until the all clear is given. You could then make your way home after that.   

It’s always best to have a couple options for getting home after a large earthquake as roads or bridges may be too damaged to walk on or pass. Depending on where you live, one of these options could include a route that is outside of the tsunami zone.

I have a disability/accessiblity requirement that means it would be too difficult/far for me to walk home after a real earthquake- what should I do?

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Walking long distances may not be possible for everyone. If you are unable to walk home due to accessibility needs, have a plan for where you could go and stay close to where you work (and outside the tsunami zone).

Connect with colleagues, friends or whānau to make a plan for where you could go and make sure to have any essential items like medications, spare hearing aid batteries, walking stick, to last you until you can get home.

This may be several weeks depending on where you live in the region, and what transport links will be open.