Re­gion’s parks beckon in sum­mer

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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 book­ings@gw.govt.nz

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.

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