New Zealand Walks: Take a walk on the wild side
Fear the walking dead? Well, they are coming to the city of Christchurch in October. You can brave The Ultimate Zombie Survival Experience during The Breeze Walking Festival or explore the woods with a Gruffalo – complete “with terrible tusks, and terrible claws”.
The festival puts its best foot forward from 29 September to 14 October, with more than 50 walks to thrill all ages.
So put a spring in your step and check out the programme today or pick up a copy from your local library or service centre.
Christchurch City Council Head of Community Support, Governance and Partnerships John Filsell says the Walking Festival provides an organised pathway so that people can explore their local environment during a fun and free wander across Christchurch and further afield into Waimakariri and Selwyn.
“The festival also introduces hundreds of people each year to fresh areas to experience, encouraging residents to take a wider view of our region and appreciate the many stunning natural habitats,” Mr Filsell says.
“Many discover special spaces right on their doorstep.”
Ramblers from all walks of life can go bush, amble through a forest or park, savour the riverside scene or stride up hills and scramble down dales. Or simply join forces to prevent a zombie apocalypse.
For the young – and the young at heart – there is nothing like “Going on a Bear Hunt”.
As the children’s book says: “We’re going to catch a big one [but] we’re not scared.”
A Dogs Day Out may better suit your pace as you pad along a scenic walk before exploring Ferrymead Heritage Park with your precious pooch.
The festival also features the Allright? Amble – a family friendly hunt for treasure in the Botanic Gardens – and all the fun and games of the Three Generation Walk at Travis Wetlands.