Event: Man­gawhai Walk­ing Week­end ticked all the boxes

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By Tr­ish Whyte

Man­gawhai may be the walk­ing cap­i­tal of New Zealand, and while peo­ple can walk some of the walks all year round, the 2018 Man­gawhai Walk­ing Week­end held ear­lier this year fea­tured seven walks that were only avail­able at that time be­cause of ac­cess is­sues.

These walks were: Blokes Sheds, Bream Tail Ram­ble Dog­gie Walk, Es­tu­ary to Ocean Man­gawhai, Gar­den Spec­tac­u­lar, Tern Point Ram­ble and Te Arai Un­wrapped.

Good weather, pos­i­tive num­bers, new walks com­bined with old favourites set the scene for a very suc­cess­ful 2018 Man­gawhai Walk­ing Week­end.

With a wide range of walks strad­dling Thursday to Sunday and a sold out Food and Wine Fes­ti­val on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon, the Man­gawhai Walk­ing Week­end was a suc­cess on all fronts, with 1750 tick­ets sold across all events!

Calm weather and the stun­ning Man­gawhai es­tu­ary pro­vided just the back drop for this year’s Troubadour Trail. With two favourite acts from pre­vi­ous years - tal­ented young mu­si­cians the Martin fam­ily and ac­ro­bats Re­act Stu­dio; and three new acts – a cap­pella group Sweet Thun­der, Rodney Col­lege Kapa Haka group and Whanga­paraoa Col­lege Jazz Combo, the Troubadours wooed their au­di­ences with cap­ti­vat­ing per­for­mances.

Many kind prop­erty own­ers wel­comed par­tic­i­pants to see their spe­cial slice of par­adise.

The suc­cess of the walk­ing week­end is through the many vol­un­teers, en­thu­si­as­tic walk guides, Man­gawhai’s leg­endary ‘track­ies’, who not only pre­pare the walk­ing tracks but put up sig­nage, gaze­bos etc, and the help­ful Man­gawhai Kai­waka Scouts.

This year we re­duced our land­fill waste by 50% with the as­sis­tance of Plas­tic Free Man­gawhai, an­other vol­un­teer group led by Stephanie and team that is a credit to the small com­mu­nity.

We look for­ward to you all join­ing us again for the 20th Walk­ing Week­end cel­e­bra­tion - 28-31 March 2019.

The com­mitte is now work­ing on some new walks for next year. There is aways some­thing new to ex­plore in Magical Man­gawhai. For more im­for­ma­tion go to: www.man­gawahi­walk­ing. co.nz.

Above: Sit­ting down for a cuppa on the beach walk. Mid­dle: The group on the 2018 Te Arai Un­wrapped Walk. Below: What a view at the group meets the coast­line!

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