Walking New Zealand Magazine is dedicated to the many walking trails available in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
It all started in the late 1990s. Frank Goldingham, a passionate walker, rued the fact there were no walking magazines in New Zealand. There were running, cycling and hiking magazines, but nothing in between.
At around the same time, the US Surgeon General advocated that we all need to do 10,000 steps a day to keep active. Also, The Ministry of Sport introduced a wonderful initiative called the Green Prescription, which encourages doctors (when appropriate) to prescribe exercise rather than medication to their patients.
So, it was these things that led to the first edition of Walking New Zealand. Now, at the time of writing, we are preparing to publish our 244th issue!
Everything walkers need to know
Walking New Zealand caters to walking enthusiasts in their 30s through to retirement age. We define “walking” as day walks, rather than more arduous multi-day outings, which we call “hikes.”
Every issue contains information to help you plan your next adventure:
- detailed profiles of New Zealand & overseas walks (as well as cycling tracks)
- dates for upcoming events
- High Achievers (a section with inspirational stories about people who have achieved their fitness goals)
- a directory for walking groups
- a photo competition (to win a 6-month subscription)
- Country Breaks (a section profiling two- & three-day walks & accommodation).
Walking New Zealand is published monthly, 12 times a year. Every month, we post over 1500 copies, and you can purchase the magazine at newsagents nationwide. Walking New Zealand is also available for free in doctors’ waiting rooms, at Auckland Airport’s Emperor Lounge and at Qantas lounges at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch airports.
These days, more people read online. So, if you prefer a PC or tablet over paper, you can read Walking New Zealand through this website for $2.50 Also, back issues can be viewed on ISSUU free.