Waiheke Island Walking Festival

“We are delighted to announce that this year’s Waiheke Walking Festival programme is now live on the website. We’re thrilled with the programme this year – it’s a great mix of fresh, new walks and crowd favourites.  We’re sure you’ll find something to tempt you in there”, says the organisers of this year’s Festival
Bookings will open to everyone on 1 October so be sure to mark this date in your calendar and let your friends and family know. For anyone who wants to guarantee their walk spots, plus get a few extras, if you become a Friend of the Festival you can start booking now.
Thanks to each and every one of you for your support and for being part of this year’s festival. We’d love to see you at the Festival Finale – hopefully you have 26 November in your diaries already. We will be sending out invitations for this in the coming weeks.
And, if you’d like to help us promote the Festival through your social media channels, we have some great content on facebook and instagram that we’d love you to share / regram / like.
We are ‘Waiheke Walking Festival’ on facebook
And waiheke_walking_festival on instagram
Finally, a big, heartfelt thank you again for your support of the Waiheke Walking Festival. Please enjoy reviewing the Festival programme and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Happy walking from, Denise, Jo, John, Tess and Tim, Waiheke Walking Trust


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.


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.

Bookings are essential.  Book after October 15 2018  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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