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Sign up for the Back to Base Challenge!

This August take up the challenge to walk, run, ride, ski – however you want to move – to raise funds to support the Canterbury Westpac Rescue Helicopters and the ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter.

For the whole month of August you can take on a distance challenge, get fit, improve your mental wellbeing and raise money to support the training and equipment needed on every rescue helicopter in our region.

How it works

The Back to Base Challenge is all about picking a challenging distance for you to achieve during the month and getting sponsored to do that for the Westpac and ROA Mining Rescue Helicopters

Sign up

Pick a distance that will challenge you and decide how you’ll cover that distance. Walk, run, cycle, wheel or ski. We don’t mind how you move.


Let your friends, family and colleagues know that you’ve taken on the challenge and ask them to help by sponsoring you.

Rise to the Challenge

Work out how far you need to move each day or each week. Over the whole of August, track your distance to get to your target.

Raise Money for the Rescue Helicopter

Help us to move forward too. Your sponsorship money will ensure that the Rescue Helicopter can support more people in the future.

Challenge yourself in August to help the Rescue Helicopters – choose the distance you’ll move

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The distance from the Christchurch Hospital helipad Back to Base


The distance from Akaroa to Christchurch Hospital and Back to Base
Trev Gurney NZ police IGI 145 on Mt Hutt


The distance from Mt Hutt to Christchurch Hospital and Back to Base


The distance from Timaru Hospital to Christchurch Hospital and Back to Base

Want to do a different challenge or a different distance?

Sign up and let your sponsors know what you’ve decided to challenge yourself with.

You can do whatever you choose through the whole of August.