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What Is The Wishbone Relay?

Read about the long history of orthopaedic events & research supported by
The Wishbone Foundation over 25 years at this link,
but in a nutshell:
The Relay was a fresh & collaborative approach to the twin goals of
awareness and fund raising.
All funds raised support the Wishbone Foundation.

Orthopaedic surgeons Perry Turner & Ian Galley worked extensively with colleagues & NZOA to create a Wishbone Relay that offered events ranging from adrenaline pumping challenges to family fun, quiz nights & balls...
something for every fitness & mobility level. 

If you were unable to sign up for an adventure, you can still make a Wishbone donation at any time - or  relive the Relay via our blog posts (links in section below)
covering legs from Bluff to Reinga.

Whatever you manage, we're delighted to have you with us on this journey.


Where Did They Go?


Perry Turner saddled up in Bluff & cycled to Queenstown, where he & his family  joined the groups doing the Around The Mountains leg plus One Day Ride from Kingston to Lumsden.
After only one day of rest, the next leg begun Lake Dunstan & Otago Central Rail Trail. and then it was onto the Alps2Ocean & West Coast Wilderness Trail. The Banks Peninsula Walk was the last group trip for the South Island... here's the last action packed blog from the South Island that covers multiple adventures between Christchurch & Picton. On Friday 16 Feb the Orthopaedic Flying Squadron started the North Island legs off in style; Remutaka InclineKenepuru2WellingtonHospitalEscarpment Track, Wellington Ball  &  He Ara Kotahi  in Palmerston North. From there two groups of riders rode & rivered Mountains2Sea & Hawkes Bay treated their registrars to a weekend at River Valley Lodge. The largest group of riders yet tackled the Timber Trail & the six day ride from Cape Reinga back to Auckland was also started concurrently at this time.
Hawkes Bay worked some rostering magic & took all their registrars to River Valley for some R&R (one of those R's is grade 5 rafting). From there it was Rotorua Redwoods , a boat trip to Tarawera hot pools & Kaituna was another grade 5 rafting adventure.
A good sized group walked from Waihi Beach -Homunga  with a great evening at Falls Retreat & the Relay crossed the finish line in Auckland with four events: Fishbone (unfortunately a storm cancelled the fishing trip), Golf, a Gala Ball & Waka Ama

Kaituna Rafting

Soundbites From The Source


We were in regular contact with the participants as they wove their way around NZ  visiting hospitals & creating unforgettable memories before passing the baton onto the next region.

We hope you enjoy the blog stories linked to in the section above, but this massive orthopaedic journey actually began already in 2023 with a highly successful Southland Quiz night & the creation of two truly stunning Relay batons by orthopaedic surgeons David Bartle & Roy Craig (which you can spot in  every blog story) & which will be donated to Wishbone. 

Open day to empower Kiwi knowledge of orthopaedics



The Wishbone Foundation is a registered charitable trust that fundraises to distribute annual grants supporting important local orthopaedic research.
New Zealanders of all ages rely on orthopaedic care & innovations that lead to best patient outcomes & quality of life. Open days & events such as the Relay are key to raising awareness & funds.

You can help  by making a donation (any amount, any time)  click here.
Receipts are emailed automatically & personal donations over $5 are eligible for a tax rebate.
If you'd like to find out more about Wishbone Foundation first, please click here.
For the Wishbone Relay Givealittle page click here.


Contact Us
We're keen to hear your feedback or answer any questions you may have.
Phone: +64 (04) 913 9891 

Perhaps you’d like to share your own (or a loved ones) orthopaedic experience?
Helping is what gets us out of bed - we’d love to hear your story.


Many Thanks To Our Supporters:

Southern Cross Healthcare