New Zealand Walks: Mangawhai Walking Weekend - walkers spoilt for choice
The Mangawhai Walking Weekend March 2017 event at Mangawhai will be our 18th annual walking festival. Each year feedback from participants gives the organisers a good steer on which new activities might be introduced.
In March 2017 sees seven new activities with the emphasis on active.
Mangawhai is renowned for its beautiful harbour, beaches and Pacific and island vistas. Many of our walks exploit this backdrop. Northland has large areas of beautiful native bush and Mangawhai is no exception.
There are large areas of unspoilt bush, pristine spring-fed streams, waterfalls and magnificent ancient trees.
Between the bush and the ocean Mangawhai is a farming, horticultural, wine producing and artisan community.
Many of the weekend events enable participants to go behind the scenes and talk to producers.
A total of ten walks take place on private property, opened specially for the walking weekend including a selection of blokes sheds.
Mangawhai folk care for our environment. Talk to the custodians of kiwi, NZ fairy terns and builders of bush walking trails. Mangawhai offers a destination for active visitors who can participate in beach, bush and water activities.
Abundant accommodation options are available along with fine and casual dining, golf, bowls, vineyards, food markets, museum and art gallery.
The weekend begins on Friday 24th March with a unique event – the Troubadour Trail. This is an opportunity to stroll the Mangawhai Harbour edge enjoying coastal views whilst being serenaded by a collection of inspiring entertainers. This has become a favourite family event.
On Saturday participants will be spoilt for choice. From the twenty-five events available, keen walkers have a choice of several four to five hour grade 4 walks:
Tanekaha Falls/Puriri Track – This spectacular loop bush walk combines the Tanekaha Falls Track as far as the remains of the kauri dam with our newest Puriri Track, which winds back along the valley side until it re-joins the Falls Track just below the first waterfall.
The Puriri Track includes two very large puriri trees, one of which is bigger than the largest formally recorded in Burstall and Sale’s Great Trees of New Zealand. This is one of the best bush walks in Northland.
Waipu Coastal Trail – Beginning at the Waipu Cove tidal stream, this magical track takes us along the coast almost into Lang’s Beach.
The walk includes private ‘riparian rights’ and public esplanade reserve. To avoid disturbing the natural landscape, the track is rough and narrow so this walk is best suited to the reasonably fit. Matheson Bay to Goat Island – Starting at the picturesque Matheson Bay, the track continues alongside a stream through bush and mature kauri to a series of delightful small waterfalls.
We then take the scenic Leigh coastal walk around Leigh Harbour, continuing through bush to a small pretty bay for lunch. A two kilometre road walk then offers expansive views before crossing farmland to join the walk to Goat Island through regenerating bush with great views of Little Barrier Island, Great Barrier Island and the Mokohinau Islands. Keep a look out for dolphins! This walk has a section with a demanding climb of 165 steps.
If these walks are too challenging for any of your party, there is selection of gentle strolls including wheelchair access, and for those for whom walking is not a priority why not try stand-up Above: Walkers on the Waipu Cliff Top Walk. Photo Lori Satterthwaite Opposite page right: An entertainer on the Troubadour Trail. Opposite page left: Just one of the sheds in What’s happening behind the 2017 shed doors walk.
Mangawhai Walking Weekend walkers spoilt for choice!
paddle boarding or kayaking on the beautiful Mangawhai estuary.
All Saturday events are timed to allow participants to return in time to attend the annual food and wine festival, a chance to relax in the village olive grove.
Taste local wines and beverages, and delectable food treats. Catch up on experiences of the day and dance to “Daughters of Ally”.
Twelve events are available on Sunday morning, ten of which are available both Saturday and Sunday; two walks available on Sunday only are:
Bald Rock is an unusual outcrop of grey/white sandstone, known as NZ’s “half dome”. Walk through lush regenerating kauri forest known locally as “Pretty Bush”.
Both walks are rich in history and are led by local identities who are direct descendants of the first European settlers who once lived beside this outstanding landmark.
Doggie Day Out – set in a rural location. Dogs love it here! This is a more sedate outing with your canine cobber, minimal walking required, the emphasis on doggie, you can sit and relax, throw a few balls and enjoy the view while your dog has a brilliant time playing, running and maybe getting wet!
With a total of 38 events over three days to choose from, please plan your bookings and check out full details at: www.mangawhaiwalking.co.nz
Our booking office will be open online from 6th January 2017. Above: Mangawhai Cliff Top Walk. Photo Lori Satterthwaite Left: A waterfall on the Tanekaha Falls Track.