New Zealand Walks: Man­gawhai Walk­ing Week­end - walk­ers spoilt for choice

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - www.walk­ingnewzealand.co.nz By Tr­ish Whyte

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.

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