Participant Info

The Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge is one of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand’s largest fundraising events, has completed its fourteenth year. Each year firefighters from around New Zealand, Australia and the USA gained sponsorship and compete in this amazing event at Auckland’s Sky Tower. The event has consistently raised over $1 million the last three years.

Registering for the 2019 event

If you are interested in participating in 2019, please email to be included on our communications list.  The next The Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge is the 18th of May 2019.

Race and fundraising categories

For a full list of race categories and eligibility criteria, see Participant Rules.

Team fundraising categories are based on the number of people in a team:

  • 1 = individual
  • 2 – 5 = small team
  • 6 – 9 = medium team
  • 10+ = large team

There will be a first, second and third place within each fundraising category and then an overall team winner announced based on the total fundraising divided by the number of members.

Firefighter of Steel

The Firefighter of Steel category is a category that was introduced in 2015. This category is to acknowledge the challenge of climbing with a steel cylinder as opposed to a carbon cylinder. Are you tough enough?

Are you tough enough for our newest challenge?

This is our toughest category yet!! And we have “Upped the Challenge” for 2019!

In this category firefighters will climb to level 60 of the Sky Tower, in full firefighter kit with a steel cylinder. This section is limited to 100 firefighters and is a donned only section.

The categories are;
Male, Age 16-39 and Masters 40+
Female, Age 16-39 and Masters 40+

View full event rules here.

Note: Steel cylinders are around 9kg heavier than carbon cylinders and around 6kg heavier than alloy.