New Zealand Walks: Take a walk on the wild side

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Fear the walk­ing dead? Well, they are com­ing to the city of Christchurch in Oc­to­ber. You can brave The Ul­ti­mate Zom­bie Sur­vival Ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing The Breeze Walk­ing Fes­ti­val or ex­plore the woods with a Gruf­falo – com­plete “with ter­ri­ble tusks, and ter­ri­ble claws”.

The fes­ti­val puts its best foot for­ward from 29 Septem­ber to 14 Oc­to­ber, with more than 50 walks to thrill all ages.

So put a spring in your step and check out the pro­gramme to­day or pick up a copy from your lo­cal li­brary or ser­vice cen­tre.

Christchurch City Coun­cil Head of Com­mu­nity Sup­port, Gov­er­nance and Part­ner­ships John Filsell says the Walk­ing Fes­ti­val pro­vides an or­gan­ised path­way so that peo­ple can ex­plore their lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment dur­ing a fun and free wan­der across Christchurch and fur­ther afield into Waimakariri and Sel­wyn.

“The fes­ti­val also in­tro­duces hun­dreds of peo­ple each year to fresh areas to ex­pe­ri­ence, en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to take a wider view of our region and ap­pre­ci­ate the many stun­ning nat­u­ral habi­tats,” Mr Filsell says.

“Many dis­cover spe­cial spa­ces right on their doorstep.”

Ram­blers from all walks of life can go bush, am­ble through a for­est or park, savour the river­side scene or stride up hills and scram­ble down dales. Or sim­ply join forces to pre­vent a zom­bie apoc­a­lypse.

For the young – and the young at heart – there is noth­ing like “Go­ing on a Bear Hunt”.

As the chil­dren’s book says: “We’re go­ing to catch a big one [but] we’re not scared.”

A Dogs Day Out may bet­ter suit your pace as you pad along a scenic walk be­fore ex­plor­ing Fer­rymead Heritage Park with your pre­cious pooch.

The fes­ti­val also fea­tures the All­right? Am­ble – a fam­ily friendly hunt for trea­sure in the Botanic Gar­dens – and all the fun and games of the Three Gen­er­a­tion Walk at Travis Wet­lands.

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