Wai­heke Walk­ing Fes­ti­val has over 50 guided walks

Walking New Zealand - - Con­tents -

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,


Photo by Gareth Turner.

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.

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