Event: Mangawhai Walking Weekend ticked all the boxes
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!