Waiheke Walking Festival has over 50 guided walks
With its stunning views and award-winning wineries and restaurants it is easy to understand why Waiheke Island is often considered the jewel in the Hauraki Gulf’s crown.
You may be aware that the island has the Te Ara Hura walkway, an extensive network of walking tracks covering over 100km.
Just a short 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, you can immerse yourself in beautiful native bush, visit historical sites and take in the breathtaking views.
Every November for the last nine years the Waiheke Walking Festival has been held on Waiheke Island and this year is no different. Hosted over nine days it is the largest free walking festival in New Zealand.
With fifty guided walks on offer, a real effort is made to ensure there is something appropriate for everyone so there is no excuse not to get involved. All the walks are hosted by an expert guide, supported by our friendly local volunteers and cover a range of topics.
This is a great opportunity to gather a group of family members and/or friends to enjoy a day out in nature.
For example, you may want to sign up to the Owhanake Headland Sculpture walk hosted by Sue Biggs a keen art enthusiast; participate in a conservation themed walk where you learn about local native trees and plant a native tree in one of our local reserves; or join in one of the private land walks where you get to climb to the highest point on the island and take in the breath-taking views.
Sir Graham Henry and his lovely wife Lady Raewyn Henry, ambassadors of the Waiheke Walking Festival will be guiding a walk again this year which is always very popular. Why not join in the fun and book your walking holiday today.
This year’s festival dates are 17-25 November 2018. Bookings open 1 October, or better yet, become a Friend of the Festival, you will get early bird booking
privileges whilst providing some essential support for this free event. For all the details visit www.waihekewalkingfestival.org.
The Waiheke Walking Festival is proud to have Ray White Waiheke as presenting partner for the second year running. We would also like to thank the Waiheke Local Board, Patrons of the Waiheke Walking Trust and major sponsors Fullers and Treescape for their support.
For more information, programme details and to book walks visit www. waihekewalkingfestival.org Follow us on Facebook and Instagram www.facebook.com/WaihekeWalkingFestival,
Opposite page below left: A group on the penguin walk. Above left: Photo by Rainer Lehr. This group winds its way over the hills on Waiheke Island. Hill. Above top: Photo by Kim What a fantastic view walking down with the boats moored in the distance. PhotoAbove: The group on the Church Bay Celebrity Walk. by Elaine Riddell.