This social event, now in its 13th successful year and is all about getting people out for a walk to enjoy the fabulous scenery that makes Hawke’s Bay so special. As with previous years there will be four events, to cater to all fitness levels and physical abilities. We have a varied array of participants from the very young to the young at heart and the finely tuned athletes to those with physical challenges who each year inspire us and show great determination in completing the event.

Over the past 12 years MEGAwalk has raised over $206,000 that has gone directly to young people and their families in Hawkes Bay living with cancer. This year marks a change and we are very pleased to announce all proceeds raised will be donated to The Acorn Project Hawke’s Bay.

This year all funds raised will stay locally in Hawke’s Bay, being donated to The Acorn Project – Hawke’s Bay. The Acorn Project provides a wraparound support service for young people 12 - 24 years and their families living with cancer in Hawkes Bay. Support is tailored to the individual needs of the member and will include 1-1 face to face Youth Worker support, peer to peer support with other local members and monthly activities.

The Acorn Project believes that 12 - 24 year old young people living in Hawkes Bay deserve the opportunity to access the type of cancer support that best suits their needs, which makes them feel visible, empowers them to make decisions and choices about their future and to be given the support needed to share those thoughts and express them.

We are looking forward to seeing you all there for MEGAwalk 2020!




The MEGA WALK is a 28km run or walk. The event starts at Mitre 10 MEGA Hastings at 7.30am. Participants will follow a clearly defined route through Hastings to the Showgrounds. The course then heads towards Whakatu before joining the Rotary Pathway at Pakowhai Park, adjacent to the Chesterhope Bridge. From here it follows the Pathway to Ahuriri. The finish line is at Mitre 10 MEGA Napier. Average time to complete is 5 hours. To ensure safe operation of the event, there is a cut-off point at the 15km point at Awatoto and participants should have passed this point by 9.30am. The course and finish line will officially close at 1.30pm.

The Dunlop HALF MEGA is a 15km run or walk that starts at Awatoto - opposite the southern end of the Fertiliser Works - at 9.00am. This event also follows the Pathway and finishes at Mitre 10 MEGA Napier. Average time to complete is 2.5 hours. 

The Langley Twigg Law SHORT MEGA is a 6.5km walk or run which starts behind Ocean Spa on the Marine Parade at 10.30am. Average time to complete is 1.5hours. 

The Hawke's Bay Today MEGA MEANDER is a 3.5km walk or meander starting at 11.00am at Perfume Point Ahuriri. Average time to complete is 1 hour.



  • Adult (16+) $20
  • Child (<15), Senior (65+) $10
  • Family (2 adults & 2 Children) $40
  • Team of 4 $60
  • Under 5s Free
  • Pre purchased Bus passes are available at $4 per person. If there is room on the bus a pass can be purchased on the day which you will pay directly to the bus driver. We can not guarentee on the day that there may be space avaible on the bus. Unforuntatly pets are not able to ride on the buses.

All proceeds go directly to The Acorn Project Hawke's Bay. To Register click here for more information. 

COVID-19: MEGAwalk can only go ahead under Alert Level 1 or no Alert Levels, the organisers reserve the right to postpone or cancel the event if the organisers feel that the participants safety or the integrity of the event will be impacted in anyway due to covid-19. If the event is postponed you will be refunded your registration fee minus any booking fees, event organisers hold no liability for any accommodation or travel arrangements you have booked or paid for in the event of postponement or cancellation.


As part of the entry fee all entrants receive an event pack containing a Hi-Vis vest and other goodies that have been provided by local businesses (subject to availability). You should bring along your own drink bottle. There will be refreshment stops with water filling facilities and toilets at regular intervals (see course map). Race packs will be given out at the time of registration in-store. For online registrations, you can collect your race pack and/or bus pass from in-store anytime up until the event or on the morning of. Please bring your Trident email confirmation receipt along for collection.


Nimons kindly subsidise buses for the day to get participants between start points and Mitre 10 MEGA. Bus passes are $4 each. To guarantee a place we suggest you include as part of your registration.

To the start points

  • Pre-Event departing 6.45am Mitre 10 MEGA Napier to Hastings – MEGA WALK starting point
  • Pre-Event departing 8.15am Mitre 10 MEGA Napier to Awatoto – HALF MEGA starting point
  • Pre-Event departing 9.45am Mitre 10 MEGA Napier to Ocean Spa - SHORT MEGA starting point

Buses will depart from Severn Street, Napier. Please park along Severn St. No parking permitted in the Mitre 10 Carpark.

Post Event return to start points 12.45pm and 1.45pm ONLY

  • Post Event Napier to Hastings Mitre 10 Mega carpark
  • Post Event Napier to Ocean Spa & Awatoto

There is no bus service for the MEGA Meander to and from Perfume Point this year, please make alternative arrangements. Unforuntatly pets are not able to ride on the buses.

Bus will depart from beside the finish line at Mitre 10 MEGA Napier. If you think you may not be able to complete the event before 1.30pm when the last bus departs, it is suggested that you only take the morning bus to your start point.


We want everyone involved in this awesome event and we don't care how you do it, so bring along the kids with their scooters or bikes, Grandma on her mobility scooter and even the dog (if he is good on a leash and doesn't mind crowds). One year we even had a pony come along!


Join in on the fun at the finish line. Thanks to ANZ there will be a lot going on at the finsih line. For the kids there will be face painting, rock painting, colouring in, balloon twisting and games. There will be spot prizes galore to be given out!  Chill out listening to live music, grab a drink, ice cream and sausage or two and enjoy the satisfaction of completing your event as well as supporting a great local charity. Finish Line activities will run from 9.30-1.30pm.


To add a bit more fun to the event we are running some extra competitions on the day. We will be adding to these as we get closer to the event. All prizes are still to be confirmed. Prizes will be presented at the Prize Giving at 12.20pm at the finish line.

  • 1st male and female over the finish line to complete the 28km
  • Fancy dress - Prize for the wackiest costume worn on the course, you will need to be at prize giving to enter.
  • Largest whanau team - The family who has the largest number of family members participating on the day.
  • Largest corporate team - The local business with the largest number of participants on the day will also be rewarded.

Plus, we will be throwing out 100s of random spot prizes at the finish line. Along the track keep your eyes peeled as you may find something worth picking up!


We want you, your family and friends to have an amazing day and to keep you safe. There a few important rules you need to know that will help all of us to do that. Please CLICK HERE to read the complete Terms & Conditions and view your Race Briefing.

For a printable information pack, CLICK HERE