Frequently ask questions

What is the Pink Ribbon Walk?

The Pink Ribbon Walks are a series of 5km and 10km fundraising walks for men, women and children of all ages and fitness levels in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown. The walks are run by Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, and help fund the Foundation's vital work in breast cancer education, research and patient support. 

What time do the walks start and finish?

The Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch events will start at 2.15pm, please refer below for the full event schedule. 

2.15pm: Pre-event entertainment starts 

2.45pm: Official welcome and Heath and Safety briefing  

3.00pm: Walk starts 

The Queenstown event will start at 10.15am.

10.15am: Pre-event entertainment starts

10.45: Official welcome and Health and Safety briefing

11.00: Walk starts 

Please aim to arrive on time in order to prepare yourself for the walk and join in on pre-event festivities (it is important that you are at the pre-walk safety briefing which will start 15 mins before the walk).

Walking times vary greatly so we can’t say what time you will finish walking, however we encourage all of our walkers to stick around until the end to cheer on those still walking. There is no rush in completing the event - volunteers will be along the route until the last participant has finished.

How do I register for the Pink Ribbon Walk and how much does it cost?

To enter all you have to do is fill in the entry form online and then pay the registration fee. Registration fees vary according to distance and we also have concessions for those under 16 and family passes available. Prices can be found in the "Event Info" section of this website (events: Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown). Earlybird tickets are only available until September 11th so get in quick!

Can I buy my ticket at the event?

We would definitely encourage you to purchase your ticket in advance, so we have a chance to send your walker number to you and so you can just arrive and enjoy the event on the day! However, there will be tickets available at each event; if you would like to purchase your ticket on the day, please ensure you arrive early to allow enough time to register as queues can become quite long.

What happens once I register?

Once registered, we encourage you to set up an online fundraising page and take on the added challenge of fundraising. We've set up the registration process so that it's easy to set up a fundraising page as soon as you've purchased your ticket.

We'll also email you your walker number which is your ticket to the event. You need to be wearing your walker number on the day of the event. 

Do I need to raise money?

Fundraising isn't compulsary, however we encourage all Pink Ribbon Walkers to take on the added challenge of fundraising. Your ticket helps to cover the cost of the events, and fundraising is what helps continue Breast Cancer Foundation NZ's vital work in breast cancer education, research and patient support. 

Where does the money I raise go?

The money raised by our amazing Pink Ribbon Walkers helps fund Breast Cancer Foundation NZ's vital work in:

  • Research and medical grants
  • Awareness and education for early detection
  • Support for Kiwi's affected by breast cancer

Are there age restrictions?

Nope, there are no age restrictions! We'd love to see the whole family.

How can I volunteer?

Thank you so much - we'd love your help. You can check out the info and get in touch with the team here

Can I change the distance I purchased a ticket for?

Sure! Just get in touch with the Pink Ribbon Walk team on 0800 902 732 or email fundraising@bcf.org.nz

Please be aware that if you change from the 5km walk to the 10km you will need to pay the difference between the two ticket prices. If you would like to change from the 10km to the 5km you won’t receive the difference back as unfortunately we can’t give a refund.

What is the route?

The exact details and maps of all routes will be released closer to the event. Please check the event info pages for route maps.

Is the Pink Ribbon Walk a race? Will I get a prize for coming first?

All of the Pink Ribbon Walk events are fun, non-competitive walking events, so there are no prizes for coming first. However, we do have some awesome fundraising prizes so keep an eye out for them!  

What should I wear?

All participants are encouraged to dress in pink with other clothing items and accessories. There will be prizes awarded on the night for the best costumes and for those adopting the pink spirit. We also recommend you wear comfortable shoes that are suitable for walking the 5km or 10km distance as well as clothing that is suitable for the weather on the day.

Am I allowed to bring my own food and drink to the Pink Ribbon Walk?

Yes, but we do ask that food and wrappers are kept to a minimum to control rubbish. As we are trying to reduce our plastic waste, we ask that you bring along your own filled up reusable water bottle. There will be limited plastic water bottles for a gold coin donation. Snacks and other beverages will also be available for purchase at the finish area. Before the walk, we recommend that you have a light carbohydrate based meal in order to ensure you have the energy to complete the walk.

What facilities are available?

Food vendors, bottled water and toilets will be available on site.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, if your dog is good with children and crowds then they are welcome to come along. Dogs will need to be kept on a leash for the duration of the event.

I can no longer take part - can I have a refund?

Sorry but the event fee is non-refundable. Please consider your fee a donation to the Foundation instead.