New Zealand Event: Manawatu Walk­ing Fes tival

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Walk­ing on a beau­ti­ful day with ex­cel­lent and knowl­edgable guides, be­ing ac­tive with my friends and meet­ing new peo­ple were just two of the com­ments the or­gan­is­ers re­ceived about the 4th Manawatu Walk­ing Fes­ti­val held in March.

Beau­ti­ful weather and no wind and a sunny sky made the 10km twi­light beach walk a very pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially as the weather through­out the North Is­land a few days be­fore left a lot to be de­sired.

The or­gan­is­ers were pleased that 59% of walk­ers came from through­out New Zealand to en­joy walks in the Manawatu.

Three new walks were in­tro­duced this year - the walk around Arupuke For­est Park, the Four Rangi­whaia Re­serves Walks and the Oroua Tu­nipo Tramp. MTSC mem­bers were again promi­nently in­volved both as helpers and par­tic­i­pants. .

Above right: Walk­ers en­joyed a beat­ti­ful sun­set walk from Fox­ton Beach to Him­i­tangi Beach. Mid­dle right: Ian Ar­gyle his­to­rian and guide, with the group on the Ara­puke For­est Walk. A b o v e : Ni c k Dy­mock owner of the Po­hang­ina Es­tate Vine­yard talks to a -group. Be­low right: The Po­hang­ina Wet­lands.

Photo by Berenice Jensen, Feild­ing.

Above left: On the Manawatu Gorge walk.

Photo by Mary Biel­ski.

Be­low left: A group in the Rangi­whaia Re­serves Walk.

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