Participant Info

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

If you are taking part in the event, here are some important things you need to know.

Registering for the 2018 event

Registration is now closed for the 2018 event. If you are interested in participating in 2019, please email to be included on our communications list.

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?

To enter this category participants must be DONNED only. There are no age categories, only male and female. View full event rules here.

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

Accommodation offer

SKYCITY are once again generously offering a discounted room rate for the 2018 Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge. Please use the links below to book. 

Book a room at SKYCITY Hotel – $249 (incl GST) per room/night

Book a room at SKYCITY Grand Hotel – $289 (incl GST) per room/night

Please note availability is limited and discounted rates are only for 18-20 May 2018.

Prize-giving dinner

Tickets to the prize-giving dinner are now available for purchase. The dinner starts at 6pm on Saturday 19 May and is held at Sky City Convention Centre. This is a fantastic evening celebrating your fundraising achievements, and a great way to cap off a fantastic day of climbing! Participants can order tickets by logging in to their fundraising page and selecting ‘Purchase Items’ from the menu. Purchases must be made with a credit or debit card and are available until 5pm Friday 11 May.

Dinner tickets are $72 per person.

Sky Tower passes

This year, to assist with overcrowding at the top of the Sky Tower, we will be offering Sky Tower passes for either the morning or afternoon.  Participants can purchase passes when logged in to the fundraising portal.

Adult Sky Tower pass: $15 per person
Child Sky Tower pass: $6 per person