Event: Top ten with Warkworth Walks to celebrate milestone
We can scarcely believe it but Warkworth Walks are 10 years old this year. So, to celebrate that milestone, we are serving up our Top Ten walks from Thursday 8 November to Sunday 11 November 2018.
Sticking with the recipe which has made the event so popular over 10 years, we focus on getting you to the special places you normally can’t go and providing local hospitality along the way.
Hauturu is back on the programme and guaranteed to sell out. This trip to New Zealand’s wildlife ‘ark’ is an amazing experience and a unique opportunity to see endangered flora and fauna in a pristine environment.
New to the programme this year is the Jane Gifford & Warkworth Heritage Trail. This trail starts with a one hour cruise down the Mahurangi River aboard the historic scow, Jane Gifford.
After disembarking, our local expert will take you on a walking tour of Warkworth, sharing stories of pioneering days and the historic township. We then take you on a short ride up to Warkworth and District Museum in Parry Kauri Park for lunch, a museum visit and time to walk amongst our local kauri giants.
Big Omaha Trail is another in the network of walks around the Rodney area that is striving to provide connectivity for walkers, so that we can move towards some truly great multi-day walks in the area.
With spectacular views over Omaha Bay and great local hospitality, it is a wonderful day out.
Mahurangi Masterpiece is another annual sell out that gives our longer distance walkers a good workout. Hike across beautiful farmland that follows the coastline of Kawau Bay. You’ll see gorgeous bays, a range of habitats and some spectacular coastal puriri and pohutukawa.
The Cape Rodney to Sawmill Cafe trail is a good choice for anyone who loves stunning coastline, farmland, a
pretty harbour, and pizza and beer – who doesn’t love those things?!
We also venture west again this year with two trails – Glorious Glorit and Hoteo & the High Country. Glorit features the peace and plenty of the Kaipara Harbour edge with lots of opportunities for spotting native birds and flora, and a lovely lunch along the way.
We walk beside the Hoteo River during our visit to the award-winning Dill family farm, which includes 360° views from coast to coast from the peak of the Kaipara hills.
The ever-popular Vineyard Trail visits three local vineyards and a cidery for tastings, with gentle meandering across farmland and trails in between. There are panoramic views and a scrumptious platter lunch.
We are delighted by the return of trails at Duck Creek and Pohuehue to Puhoi. These walks feature glorious views, native bush, and the opportunity to take in local food and beverage. They received rave reviews last year and will almost certainly sell out again this year.
So, make a long weekend of it and take in a selection of the great walks on offer. Check the website and plan your visit. Remember to book early to avoid disappointment. We look forward to seeing you for Warkworth Walks 2018 (www.warkworthwalks.co.nz).
Above: The sort of views walkers can expect around the Kawau Bay coastline. Below middle: Walkers relax on the Hotea & High Country Walk. Below: Walkers on a uphill road on the Big Omaha Trail.
Above: Time for a BBQ on Glorious Glorit.