Newly formed Waiheke Island Walking Trust

The previous organisers of the Waiheke Walking Festival are delighted to announce that the 2017 Waiheke Walking Festival will be delivered by the newly formed Waiheke Walking Trust (WWT), a charitable trust developed for the primary purpose of ensuring the Waiheke Walking Festival continues to be a successful event with strong governance and financial security.

Having helped to develop and manage the festival over the last four years, Denise Whitfield will remain active as the festival manager while also joining the WWT as a Trustee. Other Trustees include Waiheke residents John & Jo Gow, who are well known as founding benefactors of Sculpture on the Gulf, owners of Connells Bay Sculpture Park and who were actively involved in transforming Rotoroa Island; and Tessa Shaw and Tim Huston, keen walkers who have lived on the island for five years, and bring branding, marketing and sponsorship skills to the Trust. Gary Wilton, champion of the Waiheke Walking Festival and walking trails including Te Ara Hura, will be working with the Trust in an advisory role. The Trust is also thrilled to announce that Sir Graham and Raewyn, Lady Henry have generously become ambassadors for the Trust.

With the stronger governance and added financial stability provided by the Trust, they have already been able to make some exciting changes including a new patrons programme for the Trust and a bigger and better Friends of the Waiheke Walking Festival programme. To learn more and find out how one can become involved in the Trust’s Patrons Programme, please contact Denise directly at denise@waihekewalkingfestival.org.

Despite these changes, the goals of the Festival remain the same. They will continue to promote Waiheke Island as a walking destination and encourage both locals and visitors to be active as they enjoy the incredible network of tracks weaved throughout Waiheke.

Most importantly, they will continue to share the stories of the people and the land that make Waiheke the beautiful island that they call home, and remind us why we must nurture our precious environment.

2018 Manawatu Walking Festival

The Manawatu Walking Festival  coming in its 4th year, is offering walkers and trampers from throughout New Zealand, lots of  interesting and inspiring walks from 9-11 March 2018.

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Here are just some of the walks tramps that are expected to be in the 2018 festival:

The walks will range from a Sunset Beach Walk from Foxton to Himatangi on Friday, the most popular walk last year, to the Pohangina Estate Vineyard and farm walk on Sunday.  This vineyard walk has been the  second most popular walk and includes wine tasting, a gourmet picnic lunch, and a walk around the Pohangina Wetlands, and in 2018 will end up at the historic County Faye Cafe.

There will be  Manawatu Gorge Tawa Walk, a family walk is guided by Forest & Bird and also  the full Manawatu Gorge walk on the new part.

Manawatu Striders are guiding a walk around the Summerhill area with magnificent views of the Manawatu River ending at the Victoria Cafe.  This can be a good starter walk before doing a longer walk on Sunday.

Another new walk led by Gavin Scott of the Kitchener Park Trust,  is the Kowhai Park to Kitchener Park in Feilding, where there is a 700 year old kahikatea tree.  Walkers go on by bus to Mt Lees Reserve with a walk through the reserve, ending with a picnic lunch in the summer house.

Bronwyn Zimmerman is guiding a Public Sculpture Walk around the city of Palmerston North.

Bookings are essential.  Book after October 1 2017  to avoid disappointment at www.mwf.org.nz

There’s lots to do in the Manawatu

The ten top attractions you could visit while in the Manawatu  area are:

  1. Coach House Museum, 2. Feilding on a Friday, 3. The Herb Farm, 4. Managaweka Adventure Company, 5. Mokai Gravity Canyon, 6. NZ Rugby Museum, 7. Owlcatraz, 8. River Valley, 9. Te Manawa Museum, 10. Tui HQ.

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