Region’s parks beckon in summer
Greater Wellington Regional Council has launched its biggest-ever Great Outdoors summer events programme, packed full of activities for the family to enjoy in the region’s parks.
‘‘With 64 events, there are plenty of options to have fun in the sun this summer. And all of the events are within our region – so you can get away from it all and enjoy new experiences without having to travel very far,’’ said social and cultural wellbeing committee chairman Nigel Wilson.
‘‘Accessibility is important to us, so we’ve made sure there’s something for all ages and abilities. Whether you’d like a guided nature walk led by rangers, a family day of activities that grandparents and toddlers can enjoy or a challenging tramp in the bush, there’s something for everyone. We’ve also made sure that most of the events are either free or low-cost, so that people of all incomes can experience what our regional parks and forests have to offer.’’
The events run from January 6 till April 7. Check the programme at gw.govt.nz/ events and make bookings now. For information or bookings, call 04 830 4041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
January 9: Creepy Crawly Critters – Battle Hill Farm Forest Park.
Uncover creatures that live in our waterways and bush. Feed the eels and see the ways we keep pest numbers down. Suitable for 8 year-olds and over. Follow Paekakariki Hill Rd for 6km from SH58 or from the Grays Rd intersection with SH1 at Plimmerton. For a maximum of 30 people. From 10am to 12pm.
January 12: 4WD Sunset Tour 1 – Battle Hill Park.
Team up with the Cross-Country Vehicle Club for a 4WD trip through farmland and forest, culminating with sunset views over the Pauatahanui Inlet and Cook Strait. No private 4WDs allowed.
For a maximum of 30 people, $5. From 6pm to 9.45pm.
January 29: Explore the Real Cannons Creek – Belmont Regional Park.
Bring the kids to have fun in the bush and creek while Maara Roa guides show you the human impact, past and present. Enjoy the new nature walk. Exit SH1 at Mungavin Interchange, Porirua, and follow Champion St to the Cannons Creek entrance next to the shops. From 9.30am to 12pm.
January 29: Eat Drink And Be Crafty Fair –Battle Hill Park.
Enjoy gourmet food, fun and quality crafts in Battle Hill’s beautiful farm setting. More than 200 stalls showcasing top gourmet food, crafts, games for the kids (and big kids), storytelling and lots more. Westpac Rescue Helicopter on site. Strictly no dogs.From 10am to 4pm. Go to eatdrinkcrafty.co.nz February 5: Farm to Coast 1 – Battle Hill to Queen Elizabeth Park.
Fit and interested in the route less travelled? Meet at Queen Elizabeth Park before bussing to Battle Hill. From there we head up through pine forest to the native bush of Mt Wainui and the trig before dropping into Whareroa Farm and back to Queen Elizabeth Park. For the fit only. For a maximum of 30 people, $8. Enter Queen Elizabeth Park at MacKays Crossing off SH1 and meet at the ranger’s office.
February 6: 4WD Fundraising Event – Battle Hill Park to Belmont Regional Park.
A fundraising trip for Habitat for Humanity to raise money for housing across the lower North Island. This is a fullday 4WD trip from Battle Hill to Takapu Rd, Grenada North. No previous off-road experience required. Entry fee charged. From 9am to 5pm.
February 12: 4WD Sunset Tour 2 - Battle Hill Park.
March 5: Farm to Coast 2 – Battle Hill Park to Queen Elizabeth Park.
March 6: Three Cities Bush Corridor – Belmont Regional Park, Takapu Rd entrance. Take this hilly hike where three cities meet and the Maara Roa guides will surprise you with great views and a big vision for the future. Exit SH1 at Grenada North and follow Takapu Rd to the end. From 9.30am to 1pm.
March 13: Old Coach Road History Trail – Belmont Regional Park.
Join the Friends of Belmont Regional Park on a guided walk along the first road between the Hutt Valley and Porirua. Passing many World War II ammunition bunkers, the route gives you great views of the Hutt Valley and Porirua Harbour. For a maximum of 28 people, $ 19. Meet at Melling Railway Station car park for the bus ride to Old Coach Road. Return transport provided. From 10am to 2.30pm.
March 15: Battle Hill History Walk – Battle Hill Park.
Why is Battle Hill so named? Join Greater Wellington and Ngati Toa on a guided walk up along the ridge highlighting Te Rangihaeata’s stand against colonial troops. From 6pm to 8.30pm.
April 3: Porirua Grand Traverse – Battle Hill Park/Belmont Regional Park/Whitireia Park.
Challenge yourself in the region’s latest multi-sport event by mountain biking, running and kayaking your way around Porirua’s waterways and high country. From 7am. Entry fee charged. Go to poriruagrandtraverse.co.nz.
Hard at it: Marcel Hagener on his way to breaking his own record at this year’s Porirua Grand Traverse. Next year’s event caps an exciting programme of outdoor events around the region in early 2011.