Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

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Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Volunteer Roles, Times & Locations

Wondering how, when and where you can help as part of the Challenge Wanaka Volunteer Crew?

Wed- Fri pre pre event week

  • Admin help, 10am-2pm- 3 volunteers

Event week


  • Transition set up, 8am-5pm- 16 volunteers (active)
  • Admin help, 10am-2pm- 3 volunteers


  • Transition set up, 8am-5pm- 16 volunteers (active)
  • Packing Volunteer bags, 10am-2pm- 14 volunteers
  • Admin help, 10am-2pm- 1 volunteer


  • Transition set up, 8am-5pm- 16 volunteers (active)
  • Packing Athlete bags, 10am-2pm- 14 volunteers
  • Gear Set-up, 9am-1pm- 2 volunteers
  • Admin help, 10am-2pm- 1 volunteer


  • Transition set up, 8am-5pm- 16 volunteers (active)
  • Swim The Course, 6.30am-9am- 15 kayakers needed
  • Registration, 8.15am-4.15pm- 12 volunteers
  • Gear Set-up, 9am-1pm- 2 volunteers
  • Banners, 12-6pm- 6 volunteers
  • Pasta Party, 4-9pm- 9 volunteers to help serve food and clear up


  • Transition set up, 8am-5pm- 16 volunteers (active)
  • Registration, 8.15am-4.15pm- 12 volunteers
  • Registration, 11.15am-6.15pm- 3 volunteers
  • Gear Set-up, 9am-1pm- 3 volunteers
  • Banners, 8am-2pm- 6 volunteers
  • Junior Challenge, 9am-3pm- 60 volunteers to help on course

RACE DAY- Saturday 

Swim Leg– (5.30-9.30am)

  • Kayak/ boat/ land/ transition

Bike Leg

  • Special Needs Aid Station- Riverbank Road- 9am-3pm
  • Road Marshal- Wanaka -7am-12pm & 12pm-5pm
  • Road Marshal- Hawea – 7.30am-12.30pm & 12.30-5.30pm
  • Road Marshal- Luggate -8am-1pm & 1pm-5.30pm
  • Motorbike Marshal 7am-12pm

Run Leg- Wanaka & Albert Town

  • Aid Station – 10am-4pm, 4pm-10pm, 10pm-1am
  • Course Marshal (road and athlete)-10-3pm, 3pm-8pm, 8pm-12pm

Transition / Finish Area (includes recovery, finish line, timing, transition, comms, info, pedestrian marshals, VIP)

  • Shifts- 6am-11am, 11am-5pm, 5pm-11pm


  • Shifts- 11.30-3.30pm, 3.30-7.30pm, 7.30pm-11.30pm


  • Transition pack-down, 8am-5pm- 16 volunteers (active)

New to the system? Create yourself an online profile by filling in an application here and we’ll notify you when the roles come online at the end of October

Any questions please email Jo by clicking here

Here are just a few of the roles available in the Volunteer Crew. There’s something for everyone!

Aid stations – you are the athletes’ lifeline, providing them with essential nutrition on the bike and run courses. Working with a team of 8-12 people, this is heaps of fun and you get lots of interaction with the athletes

Road marshals – your job is to keep both the athletes and other road users safe and aware of each other. It’s easier than it sounds and lots of smiles and thank yous go a long way with the motorists!

Transition – you could be doing anything from helping athletes out in the change tents to organising the gear bags to directing athletes in and out of transition

Finish line – you’re right in the hub of the action but you do have to be reasonably fit as you assist athlete from the finish line to the recovery tent, about 100m away

Water safety – kayakers and boat owner are a key part of the team to ensure the safety of the swimmers

Lead MTBs – if you’ve got a mountain bike and think nothing of cycling up to 42km then we need you. You’ll ride just a few metres in front of the lead professional athletes (1st, 2nd and 3rd) while they’re out on the run course, making sure they have a clear path

Pack in and pack out – these volunteers are key to building up and taking down all the event infrastructure – a hugely important job

Office assistants – before the event the office is a hive of activity and help is needed packing race bags, photocopying, laminating, stapling etc