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Explore, Learn and Connect HŌpara, Ako me Hono Saturday 17 April – Sunday 2 May 2021 ccc.govt.nz/walkingfestival


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Saturday 17 April – Sunday 2 May 2021 ccc.govt.nz/walkingfestival

Walks

Explore, Learn and Connect HŌpara, Ako me Hono Nau Mai Haere Mai – The Walking Festival is back! Last year’s lockdown gave us a greater appreciation for our local areas and special places to recreate and connect with nature. The 2021 Walking Festival is going to build on this experience. If this is your first time, welcome to the wonderful world of walking. If you’ve joined us before, welcome back: whether you’re a fan of beaches or hills, local history or new developments, getting amongst the wildlife or enjoying a view, socialising or pushing your own physical limits, there’s something for your whānau. This year, we’ve based our 50 plus walks around three pillars of wellbeing: :Explore: Hōpara

Learn: Ako

Connect: Hono

Last year’s COVID-19 restrictions didn’t just cancel our plans for a 2020 Walking Festival – they also gave many of us an appreciation for exploring our back yards. This is your opportunity to explore local and as well neighbouring areas all over Christchurch, Waimakariri and Selwyn, and to environments you may never have seen up close.

Don’t take our word for it – hear what our experienced guides have to say. Our walks will teach you all about our natural environment, and the historical and cultural places of interest in our city and district.

The mental health benefits of regular exercise are well known, and the Walking Festival brings you the benefits of connection. Meet people from other districts, migrants and refugees and like-minded walkers, and build connections that last beyond our two weeks of events.

Lianne Dalziel Mayor of Christchurch 2

Sam Broughton Mayor of Selwyn

Don Gordon Mayor of Waimakiriri


The Walking Festival has something for everyone. We hope you enjoy exploring our beautiful city and region. Key information • All walks are FREE. • Two walks have transport costs: Discover Otamahua Quail Island and Christchurch 360 Trail in 8 days, • Bookings are only required if specified. • Please wear suitable shoes and clothing. • Children must be supervised. • Be prepared – bring a water bottle, snack, sun hat, sunscreen and rain coat. • Walking routes may change due to weather or track changes.

Icon guide Each walk has an approximate grading. This reflects the type of terrain, duration, and level of fitness required. Easy – Flat terrain Medium – Mixed terrain Hard – Hills/challenging Bookings required

For up-to-date information, visit: ccc.govt.nz/walkingfestival

Dogs on a leash

Cancellations and Rain Dates:

Suitable for buggies

• Visit our website: ccc.govt.nz/walkingfestival • facebook.com/chchwalkingfestival • Call us on 03 941 8999 • Listen to The Breeze 94.5 FM

Suitable for wheelchairs Transport cost

For Covid-19 alert level change updates, please visit our website and check the walk listing: ccc.govt.nz/walkingfestival

Toilets available

Thanks

Feature/Family friendly walk

A massive thank you to our event partners who provide a great range of walks each year, their continued support makes the festival possible.

On bus route

Selwyn walk Waimakariri walk

Bookings Some walks require bookings. Bookings begin from 27 March 2021. See each walk listing for the booking information.

Proudly sponsored by

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GET KIDS INTO NATURE Find your nearest adventure

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Toyota Kiwi Guardians sites around Christchurch

Toyota Kiwi Guardians in the Waimakariri District

Riccarton Bush, Ōruapaeroa/ Travis Wetlands, Godley Head, Ōtamahua/Quail Island, Little River Railtrail, Ōtepatotu (Banks Peninsula)

Ashley Gorge, Wooded Gully- Mt Thomas* *Official TKG opening event during the Walking Festival on Sunday 25 April

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Ōtautahi Go WILD! – School Holiday Trail

FRIDAY

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Time: 10am–5pm Meet: Around the venues

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Lace up your sneakers to explore the cultural heritage of Ōtautahi with this activity trail exploring Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Tūranga Central Library, Canterbury Museum and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Pick up a copy of the trail from any of the above venues and get walking around the central city. Approx distance: 5km SATURDAY

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Dunes at Dawn

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Time: 6.30am–7.30am Meet: New Brighton Clock Tower, Marine Parade Rain date: Sunday 18 April 2021 Join us for a stunning walk watching the sunrise over New Brighton beach! Heading north along the dunes and back along the beach, watch the sunrise over the sea with picturesque views of the Kaikoura ranges, New Brighton Pier and Port Hills!

Approx distance: 3km

SATURDAY

Ōtukaikino to Waimakariri River Loop

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Time: 8am–2.30pm Rain date: Saturday 24 April 2021 Meet: The Groynes Reserve fishing lakes. Main entrance to the Groynes is off Groynes Drive (off Johns Road). Follow signage from the park’s main entrance to the staging area. Join park rangers on a guided loop walk of epic proportions! Starting at The Groynes, the walk follows the Ōtukaikino Stream to the Waimakariri River on a unique long distance adventure right on Christchurch’s northern edge. Participants must be fit enough to walk all day and carry food, etc. No age limit. Approx distance: 21km Bookings required: Robbie Hewson, 027 459 2891, Robbie.Hewson@ccc.govt.nz THE ISAAC CONSERVATION AND WILDLIFE TRUST A study in conservation

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Wheelies in Wonderland

SATURDAY

Time: 10am–11am Rain date: Saturday 24 April 2021 Meet: Botanic Gardens Kiosk, over the pedestrian bridge from the Botanic Gardens carpark, Armagh Street

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Alice and her wonderful Wonderland friends are waiting to meet you at the Botanic Gardens! This walk is open to any one with wheels, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, trikes, pushchairs, etc. Come along dressed as your favourite character from this great story. Approx distance: 1–2km Bookings required: Phone 022 676 5851, kylie@aspirecanterbury.org.nz SATURDAY

The 10th Great Ōtākaro Avon River Walk

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Time: 10am–3.30pm Meet: New Brighton Pier, behind New Brighton Library, Marine Parade, New Brighton

The Great Ōtākaro Avon River Walk will leave from New Brighton Pier and follow the Avon River to the top Antigua Boat Shed Cafe. Along the way we’ll learn about the history of the river, efforts to improve water quality and the impacts of climate change. Walk to the Bus Interchange to return to New Brighton. Approx distance: 15km Bookings required: Text David Hill, 027 421 3761 SATURDAY

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Discover Ashley River Rakahuri Estuary

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Time: 10am–2pm Rain date: Sunday 18 April 2021 Meet: River end of Kings Avenue, Waikuku (follow the signs) A self-guided walk to explore and learn about this ecological hotspot which provides a habitat for a wide range of bird and whitebait spawning. Wander along the tracks and dunes at your own pace, talking to our knowledgable rangers as you go. Soak up this spectacular environment. Pack a picnic to enjoy along the way or visit Waikuku playground. Approx distance: 6km 6


Godley Head / Boulder Bay Coastal Walk

SUNDAY

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Time: 9.30am–12.30pm Meet: Taylors Mistake car park by the public toilets

Walk a Mile in a Refugee’s Shoes

SATURDAY

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Time: 11am–1pm Rain date: Saturday 24 April 2021 Meet: Christchurch Netball Centre, in Hagley Park, Hagley Avenue Connect, hear stories and share in the experiences of a refugee’s journey. Share stories of the walk a refugee has done from their home country to make a new life in New Zealand. Bring a plate to share and enjoy some cultural food. We may include a cultural performance too. Approx distance: 2.5km Bookings required: cnzba.org.nz/ walk-a-mile-campaign/

Meet in the Middle Burwood

SUNDAY

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Time: 10am–11.30am Meet: Avondale Bridge, Avondale Road This guided walk through the Avondale and Burwood East Red Zones will teach you all about our cultural history through to our most recent history. The guide will be an expert in each area. Approx distance: 2.3km and 5km

Walk from Taylors Mistake beach to Godley Head, taking in spectacular views before reaching the historic military heritage site (graffiti art). Along the way, we’ll pop down to the quaint seaside bach settlement of Boulder Bay before looping back to our start point. Suitable for children 12 years and older. Approx distance: 8km Bookings required: 022 613 4610, or 365 0888, or kandycouling@gmail.com

Heart Angels Rememberance Walk

SUNDAY

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Time: 10am–11am and 11am–noon Meet: Ascot Community Centre, Ascot Avenue Connect and reflect with families of Heart Angels – children who have passed away – in an area of QEII Park which has been planted as a memorial garden. Bring a picnic and enjoy a walk through this peaceful space. Heart Kids’ mission is to provide support to families affected by a childhood heart condition or heart disease acquired through childhood. Approx distance: 1km Koha or donation welcome

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Waimakariri District Council is happy to support

The Breeze Walking Festival Come and experience some of the amazing walks within our District. Find out more at waimakariri.govt.nz

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Parks, Paths and Gardens of Ilam and Fendalton

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Time: 10am–11.30am APRIL Meet: Corner of Corfe Street and Tripp Place, Avonhead Start from the source of Avon River and follow it through the University of Canterbury grounds to Fendalton Park, along Hamilton Avenue, and looping back through Ray Blank Park to the finish. Approx distance: 10km, Rain date: Sunday 25 April 2021

Explore Innovative Earthquake Engineering

SUNDAY

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Time: 10am–11.15am APRIL Meet: Christchurch Art Gallery foyer, Montreal Street, Central City It has been 10 years since the 2011 February Earthquake in Christchurch. Learn about the seismic resilience of Christchurch’s buidings during this guided walk. Discover how new and existing buildings withstand earthquakes to create a safer Ōtautahi. Suitable for walkers 10 years and older. Approx distance: 2.2km Rain date: Saturday 24 April

Reserves along the Ōpāwaho Heathcote Awa

Dogs’ Day Out in the Zone Time: 10am–11.30am Meet: Richmond Community Garden, behind Avebury House, 9 Eveleyn Couzins Ave, Richmond. Parking on Eveleyn Couzins Ave, Flesher Ave, Vogel St or Swanns Rd.

SUNDAY

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Walk the Red Zone with dog-friendly vendors and activities dotted around the loop. An opportunity to introduce people to the Ōtakaro Avon River green spine and the wonderful happenings in and around the Richmond loop. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Approx distance: 1.5 and 4km

SUNDAY

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Time: 10am–1pm Rain date: Sunday 25 April or Sunday 2 May 2021 Meet: South Library, 66 Colombo Street, on the north-facing lawn, by the sculpture A guided walk along the banks of the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River, taking in five beautiful reserves (Ernle Clark Reserve, Purau Reserve, Hollis Reserve, Donkey Track and Farnley Reserve). Learn about how the local community has worked to restore these special spaces. Approx distance: 7.5km

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Active Canterbury puts local physical activity info at your fingertips. Find classes, activities, groups, places, programmes, events, support and advice!

Mauri tū mauri ora ~ An active soul is a healthy soul

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Ashley Gorge Discovery Time: From 11am–3pm Meet: Ashley Gorge Reserve, 709 Ashley Gorge Road, Oxford

SUNDAY

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Visit Ashley Gorge for a picnic and explore self-guided beautiful bush walks. Options for a short loop track or a longer walk to a waterfall. Activities and displays at the DOC tent in the picnic area. Fantastic views across the Canterbury Plains. This is a DOC Toyota Kiwi Guardian site, where children can earn medals for visiting a range of local family friendly walks. Approx distance: 2 or 5km

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SCAPE Public Art Walkway Time: 10am–11.30am, 1pm–2.30pm Meet: Tram Stop 11, Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Join our guided exploration of the temporary and permanent large-scale artworks that form the SCAPE Public Art Walkway. Participants are invited to discover new ways of connecting with their city through these works. Accessible tours for groups with special requirements available by appointment.

Explore Ngā Puna Wai? Why Not?

MONDAY

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Time: 10am–noon Rain date: Tuesday 20 April 2021 Meet: Augustine Drive, Halswell. Meet in the car park at front of the facility by the hockey fields. Learn about Christchurch’s new premier outdoor recreation facility, with a story to share along the way. Sport Canterbury’s Green Prescription service supports this walk, engaging those who are new or returning to exercise. The café will be open for you to purchase a drink after the walk. Approx distance: 2–3kms Bookings required: 03 373 5060

Approx distance: 3km Bookings req'd: https://forms.gle/mAigNbjGA5Q1zQYp6, bookings@scapepublicart.org.nz Phone 03 365 7990

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Activities for pre-schoolers Keep kids entertained with fun activities that support their physical and mental development. Find out more ccc.govt.nz/under-5

Kia Kori! Get Moving! The Greater Christchurch Sport & Recreation Guide brings together sport and recreation information in one place.

FIND

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Sports Clubs Classes and Groups Events Parks and Grounds

SEARCH: Sport & Rec Guide Phone: 0800 ACTIVE (228 483)


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Silverstream Reserve, Kaiapoi Time: 10am–noon Rain date: Tuesday 27 April 2021 Meet: 85 South Eyre Road Reserve car park

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Harts Creek Sneak Time: 10am–noon Rain date: Wednesday 21 April 2021 Meet: 23 Timber Yard Road (Hantz Honey), Leeston

A beautiful setting in a spring-fed stream environment where we will walk along the Silverstream waterway that runs through the reserve. Join us for a guided journey taking in recently discovered rare native species and hear about a volunteer-led planting programme.

One of the only places in New Zealand where you will see the muted swan. This walk is rich in birdlife, so bring your binoculars and take your time to view swans, pukeko, Canada geese, several species of duck, white heron, pied stilts and more.

Approx distance: 3km Bookings required: Michael.Kwant@wmk.govt.nz

Approx distance: 2km Bookings required: hartscreeksneak.eventbrite.co.nz

Drayton Reserve Port Hills Walk

WEDNESDAY

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Time: 9.30am–11.30am APRIL Rain date: Thursday 22 April 2021 Meet: McCormacks Bay Reserve car park area, 128 McCormacks Bay Road (Glenstrae Road end) Join the Mt Pleasant walking group for a guided walk up Drayton Reserve Track, looping around Balmoral Hill through lanes and parks, and head back down past the new Redcliffs School to complete the journey. Spectacular views along the way including estuary, mountains and sea. Suitable for 8 years and older. Approx distance: 5km Bookings required: Michelle, 027 201 1055 13


Gruffalo Explorers

WEDNESDAY

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Time: Start anytime between 10am–1pm (walk and activity takes about 1 hour) Rain date: Thursday 22 April 2021 Meet: Bottle Lake Forest Info Centre, Waitikiri Drive, Burwood Young walkers can become “mouse” to explore the deep dark woods on this self-guided walk to meet new friends including snake, fox, owl, a few special New Zealand species and... THE GRUFFALO! Enjoy storytelling and craft activities. Approx distance: 2.3km

Halswell Quarry Ramble Time: 10am–11.30am Meet: Halswell Quarry, Kennedys Bush Road, in front of the stone cottage on the main driveway

WEDNESDAY

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Take a leisurely tour of Halswell Quarry Park with Christchurch City Council park rangers. The walk will take you through the conservation area, Sister City Gardens and around the Rim Track with views of the city and inside a 15 million-year-old volcano. Approx distance: 3km Bookings required: nigel.morritt@ccc.govt.nz

From the barren planet to the Green World of Endor

WEDNESDAY

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Time: 10am–noon Meet: Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust Office, 1 Woodend Beach Road, Woodend Beach Join us for a ‘space-tacular’ journey through the forest and dune ecosystem of Tūhaitara Coastal Park. Learn about the effects of forest fires and how forest life will be reborn. Sci-fi dress-up is encouraged for this family and child-friendly walk. A great opportunity to have a bit of fun while learning about regeneration projects. Approx distance: 5km Bookings required: Phone 03 313 1768 or on Facebook – Friends of Tūhaitara Coastal Park 14


With over 60 short walks and tramping tracks, ranging from alpine to coastal, there’s something for everyone.

Follow Selwyn NZ Share @selwyn.nz Visit selwyn.nz for further information and location details.


Saturday 17 April – Sunday 2 May 2021 ccc.govt.nz/walkingfestival

Pull me out!

Explore, Learn and Connect Saturday 17 April 2021

Monday 19 April 2021

Ōtautahi Go WILD! – School Holiday Trail (2 April – 2 May)

SCAPE Public Art Walkway

Dunes at Dawn

Explore Ngā Puna Wai? Why Not?

Ōtukaikino to Waimakariri River Loop

Tuesday 20 April 2021

Wheelies in Wonderland

Silverstream Reserve, Kaiapoi

The 10th Great Ōtākaro Avon River Walk

Harts Creek Sneak

Discover Ashley River Rakahuri Estuary

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Walk a Mile in a Refugee’s Shoes

Sunday 18 April 2021

Drayton Reserve Port Hills Walk SCAPE Public Art Walkway Gruffalo Explorers

Meet in the Middle Burwood

Bookings required if we are at Covid-19 Level 2

Godley Head/Boulder Bay Coastal Walk

Halswell Quarry Ramble

Heart Angels Rememberance Walk

From the barren planet to the Green World of Endor

Parks, Paths and Gardens of Ilam and Fendalton

Walking Netball

Explore Innovative Earthquake Engineering

Port Hills by Night

Dogs Day Out in the Zone

Rawhiti Roam

Reserves along the Ōpāwaho Heathcote Awa

Thursday 22 April 2021

Ashley Gorge Discovery

Rakaia Gorge Experience Port Hills Sunset Walk

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Bookings Required

Toilets available

Easy – Flat terrain

Dogs on a leash

On bus route

Medium – Mixed terrain

Suitable for buggies

  Feature/Family friendly walk

Hard – Hills/challenging

Suitable for wheelchairs

  Selwyn Walk

Transport cost

  Waimakariri Walk

Friday 23 April 2021

Wednesday 28 April 2021

Port Hills Sunrise Walk

Going on a Bear Hunt

Saturday 24 April 2021

All the views, half the effort!

Discover Ōtamahua Quail Island!

Thursday 29 April 2021

Kaiapoi River Wellbeing Walk

Hogs Back Hike

Christchurch Antarctic City Walk

Discover Ōtukaikino!

Adventure on Te Ara Ihutai Christchurch Coastal Pathway

Friday 30 April 2021

Sunday 25 April – Sunday 2 May Christchurch 360 Trail in 8 Days

Sunday 25 April 2021 – ANZAC Day

Beachside 2 Eastside

Saturday 1 May 2021 Walk on the wild side of Sugarloaf

Anzac Day Walk and History

Lyttelton Antarctic Heritage

Wooded Gully Toyota Kiwi Guardians site opening

QEII Park Have a Go Disc Golf

A Walk Amongst Giants

Monday 26 April 2021 Historic Ōpāwaho Heathcote Loop

Tuesday 27 April 2021

Sunday 2 May 2021 Meet in the Middle Dallington Hidden City Gems Explore the Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Lyttelton Hilltop

The Generation Game

Kura Tāwhiti/ Castle Hill Treasures

Meet in the Middle Richmond

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Walking Netball

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Time: 10am–11.30am APRIL Rain date: Wednesday 28 April 2021 Meet: Centre Court at the Christchurch Netball Centre, Hagley Park, Hagley Ave This is the latest craze for ladies and gents 18 and older who may have previously enjoyed netball and would like to play again, are recovering from injury, want to learn to play for the first time, want to be active, or simply want to meet new friends and have a laugh! Suitable for walkers 18 years and older. Approx distance: 2km Bookings required: Kelly Bodger, 021 379 499 or gamedev@cnc.org.nz

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Port Hills by Night Time: 6.30pm–9.30pm Meet: Corner Summit Road and Mount Pleasant Road An adventurous night walk using your headlamps to explore the Port Hills, circumnavigating Tauhinu Korokio / Mt Pleasant. Views over Lyttelton, Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains. Suitable for walkers 13 years and older. Approx distance: 7.5km Bookings required: 021 741 795, dave@ymcachch.org.nz

Rawhiti Roam Time: 10am–11am Rain date: Friday 23 April 2021 Meet: Eastern Hub carpark, 17 Rawhiti Avenue, New Brighton

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Join us for a roam as we loop through Rawhiti Domain! Enjoy a guided tour to catch up with the local projects including the Domain canopy, the community garden and nature play projects happening in our amazing domain out east! Approx distance: 3km

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Port Hills Sunset Walk Time: 5pm–7pm Meet: Corner of Mount Pleasant Road and Summit Road

Rakaia Gorge Experience Time: 10am–4pm Rain date: Friday 23 April 2021 Meet: Rakaia Gorge Bridge car park. Same location as Discovery Jet, State Highway 77 or 72 Inland Scenic Route. A Department of Conservation guided walk that provides magnificent views of the river and cliffs in the gorge, passing through forest, riverside scrub and regenerating bush. Optional: 30 minute Discovery Jet experience from the top (at cost), or walk back. Please bring lunch, snacks and water. Approx distance: 11km Bookings required: rakaiagorge. eventbrite.co.nz

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A wonderful end to the day. Come and join us watching the sun set across Canterbury and the Port Hills, circumnavigating Tauhinu Korokio / Mt. Pleasant. Suitable for walkers 10 years and older. Approx distance: 2.5km Bookings required: 021 741 795, dave@ymcachch.org.nz

Port Hills Sunrise Walk

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Time: 6am–8am Meet: Corner of Mount Pleasant Road and Summit Road What a great way to start the day – watching the sun rise over the ocean, Canterbury and the Port Hills, circumnavigating Tauhinu Korokio / Mt. Pleasant. Suitable for walkers 10 years and older. Approx distance: 2.5km Bookings required: 021 741 795, dave@ymcachch.org.nz


Discover Ōtamahua Quail Island!

SATURDAY

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Time: 9am–2pm Meet: Lyttelton Ferry Terminal for Black Cat Ferry, B Jetty, 5 Norwich Quay Meet to catch the ferry from Lyttelton Harbour over to Ōtamahua / Quail Island, and join in on a guided loop track which passes historic sites and offers beautiful views of Lyttelon Harbour and the surrounding Banks Peninsula. This track circumnavigates Ōtamahua / Quail Island.

Transport costs: Cash only on arrival or pre pay via debit or credit over the phone, Adults $15, Children $10. All attendees must check in and pay with a Department of Conservation staff member before boarding the boat. Please indicate in your email how you wish to pay. Approx distance: 6.1km Bookings required: mahaanui.events@doc.govt.nz

Kaiapoi River Wellbeing Walk

SATURDAY

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Time: 10am–1pm Meet: Kaiapoi Food Forest, corner of Cass and Meadow streets, Kaiapoi. The walk will start and finish at the Kaiapoi Food Forest, and will follow a circuit around the Kaiapoi River. Learn about the history of the river and how the new food forest is helping to connect and strengthen the local community. Approx distance: 10km Bookings required: Text David Hill on 027 421 3761

Christchurch Antarctic City Walk Time: 1pm–3.30pm Rain date: Sunday 25 April 2021 Meet: Outside main entry of Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue

SATURDAY

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Ōtautahi was once described as the ‘Cape Canaveral’ of Antarctic exploration. The NZ Antarctic Society and Youthtown are collaborating on this guided walk to share the city’s rich Antarctic heritage and current Antarctic scientific programmes with walkers of all ages. Join us to discover what makes Christchurch an Antarctic Gateway City. Approx distance: 3.6km

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Love the Red Zone

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SATURDAY

Adventure on Te Ara Ihutai Christchurch Coastal Pathway

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Time: 1pm–3pm Meet: Mt Pleasant Community Centre, 3 McCormacks Bay Road An easy and fun walk suitable all ages. Register at the Mt Pleasant Community Centre to receive a treasure hunt activity sheet. Activities and speakers will help you learn about our fabulous estuary and its bird life. The walk ends at the Scarborough Clock Tower, Sumner. Walk or bus back to Mt Pleasant – see the Purple Line at metroinfo.co.nz. Bring your Metrocard. Approx distance: 5.4km

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Christchurch 360 Trail in 8 days Time: 9am–5pm Meet: Walkers meet at the beginning of the Trail's segment each day and will be informed of details, and pre-walk meeting, once booked.

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A truly 'Great Walk' covering 140km over eight days with ecologist Dr Colin Meurk around wetlands, dunes, streams, braided river beds, estuaries, forests, savannah grasslands, hills and harbours. Suitable for walkers who can walk for up to eight hours each day across varied terrain regardless of the weather conditions. Limited to 10 walkers. Bookings required: John Scott, 021 161 8899 or jonsct@protonmail.ch Transport cost for eight days: $70 per person Approx distance: 16–20km per day

Anzac Day Walk and History

SUNDAY

Time: 10am–11.30am Meet: Avebury House, 9 Eveleyn Couzins Avenue, Richmond

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Start from Avebury House and explore the Richmond Red Zone, including a special Anzac installation of crosses and local bios by the Ōtākaro-Avon River. Finish your jaunt back at Avebury House with tea and an Anzac biscuit. Approx distance: 1.5km

Wooded Gully Toyota Kiwi Guardians site opening Time: Anytime between 11am–3pm Meet: Mt Thomas Forest, Wooded Gully at the end of Hayland Road, off Birch Hill Road (approx 4km), Okuku

SUNDAY

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Visit Mt Thomas, have a picnic and join a a self-directed walk on the Kereru Loop Track to earn a Toyota Kiwi Guardian medal. This new location for Toyota Kiwi Guardian programme is being launched during the Walking Festival. Approx distance: 2.5km 23


A Walk Amongst Giants

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Time: 10am– 4pm APRIL Rain date: Sunday 2 May 2021 Meet: Christchurch Adventure Park Village, 225 Worsleys Road, Cracroft Guided walks at the times of; 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Groups will be limited to 15. Walkers will head up-valley, through a mix of Pine and Douglas Fir trees. This walk is on a gentle gradient and weaves through the trees. Along the way you’ll interact with native wildlife, our resident bikers and information boards on birdlife on the property. Approx distance: 2.5km Bookings recommended, not required, at https://christchurchadventurepark.com/ about-us/events/2021-walking-festival

Historic Ōpāwaho Heathcote Loop

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Lyttelton Hilltop

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Time: 1pm–4pm Meet: Opposite The Tannery, 107 Rutherford Street, Woolston. Overflow car park of the Tannery as well as street parking available.

Time: 10am–noon Meet: Lyttelton Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street, Lyttelton

Learn about the ecological, cultural and historical journey on the old towpath of the Ōpāwaho Heathcote River and Tannery. On the way there are several points of interest including old wharf sites, the cut and barrage and some great areas of planting and bank restoration.

Walk the high, steep roads of Lyttelon, taking in the majestic harbour views, and learn about the the heritage-registered Lyttelton Timeball Station, a prominent local landmark. The original station was significantly damaged and finally collapsed on 13 June 2011 after a large earthquake. The rebuilt Timeball opened in November 2018. Approx distance: 4km

Approx distance: 6km

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Kura Tāwhiti / Castle Hill Treasures Time: 10am–noon Rain date: Wednesday 28 April 2021 Meet: Kura Tāwhiti (Castle Hill Rocks) car park off SH73 West Coast Road Walk among the limestone figures of Kura Tāwhiti, or Castle Hill. Explore a majestic walk guided by a DOC ranger, be introduced to the history of Māori pathways through the land, and the spectacular flora and fauna. Bring lunch, snacks and water. Approx distance: 3km Bookings required: kuratawhiticastlehill.eventbrite.co.nz

All the views, half the effort!

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Going on a Bear Hunt Time: Starting every 20 minutes between 1pm–3.30pm Meet: Walter Park Plaground, Mairehau. Parking on either Hills or Kellys roads. We’re going on a Bear Hunt! We’re not scared! Bring the children down to the park for a swishy swashy, splashy, sploshy, squelchy, muddy experience. Great outing for the younger walkers and their families. Gumboots essential. Approx distance: 1km

WEDNESDAY

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APRIL Time: Open from 3pm–5.30pm Meet: Christchurch Adventure Park car park, 225 Worsleys Road, Cracroft Guided walk option at 4.30 and 5.30pm. Walk from the Adventure Park Village car park and head uphill, past the regenerating pine forest damaged in the 2017 Port Hill fires. The track is a mixture of single-track and 4WD roads. From the top there are spectacular views from Kaikoura round to Mt Hutt and further! Head down via the chairlift for free. Walk duration 1.5 hours. Headlights/torches are required and warm clothing is recommended. The chairlift has a 1 metre height restriction. Limited to 20 people per guided group. Bookings recommended, not required, at https://christchurchadventurepark.com/ about-us/events/2021-walking-festival Approx distance: 6km 26


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Hogs Back Hike

APRIL

Time: 10am–4pm Rain date: Friday 30 April 2021 Meet: Hogs Back Track car park, off SH73, West Coast Rd (Castle Hill Village turn off)

Hiking for the adventurous with DoC ranger guidance. Breathtaking beech forest, undulating traverses and ridgeline clearings. Enjoy lunch with 360 degree mountain views at Picnic Rock before descending back to the start, taking in spectacular views you may have missed. Bring snacks, water and lunch. Suitable for walkers 12 years and older. Approx distance: 11.6km Bookings required: hogsback.eventbrite.co.nz

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

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30

APRIL

Discover Ōtukaikino! Time: 11am–12.30pm Meet: Car park off Main North Road, between Chaneys Corner and the Belfast end of the Northern Motorway This guided DOC walk will let you discover the regenerating wetland life of the springfed waters of the Ōtukaikino stream. There are plenty of great spots to look for water-life along this loop track – common bullies, native snails, short and long-finned eels (tuna), juvenile native fish and various aquatic insects. Approx distance: 1.2km Bookings required: christchurchvc@ doc.govt.nz

APRIL

Beachside 2 Eastside Time: 10.30am–12.30pm Meet: 10.30am at New Brighton Library, Marine Parade, New Brighton. Or you can use the free transport from Cowles Stadium car park, 210–220 Pages Road, at 10am, with an extra pickup at Aranui Community Centre at 10.15am. Beachside 2 Eastside is a walk from New Brighton Library through the Red Zone and the heart of Aranui, ending at He Waka Tapu. Bring your whānau and wear bright colours. Approx distance: 4.5km

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Visit Ashley swim, play, Gorge walk, picnic, relax and stay to camp

Find out more about Ashley Gorge KIWI Holiday Park at agkph.co.nz or phone 03 312 4099

ASHLEY GORGE RESERVE

AshleyADVISORY Gorge Reserve GROUP Advisory Group


Walk on the wild side of Sugarloaf

SATURDAY

1

MAY

Lyttelton Antarctic Heritage

SATURDAY

1

MAY

Time: 10am–2pm Meet: Sugarloaf car park – north along the Summit Road from the Sign of the Kiwi, Dyers Pass Road, Port Hills

Time: 1pm–3.30pm Rain date: Sunday 2 May 2021 Meet: Albion Square, 44 London Street, Lyttelton

A walk for the more adventurous that heads off the beaten track to discover the wild side of Sugarloaf Reserve. Walk beneath the canopy of regenerating forest and then climb back up to Summit Road for stunning views. Suitable for walkers 15 years and older.

Ōhinehou Lyttelton has a rich Antarctic history with Scott and Shackleton both departing the Port on three expeditions during the ‘heroic era’. The NZ Antarctic Society and Youthtown are collaborating on this guided walk to Antarctic points of interest including the iconic Tug Lyttelton and Dry dock. Join us to discover what makes Lyttelton an Antarctic Gateway Port.

Approx distance: 4km Bookings required: nigel.morritt@ccc. govt.nz or 027 234 1353

QEII Park Have a Go Disc Golf

SATURDAY

1 MAY

Time: 1pm–3pm Meet: Ascot Community Centre, Ascot Ave Try out this great walking sport meandering through the old Ascot golf course grounds at QEII Park. Disc Golf is ideal for all ages. Discs, maps and some basic coaching is provided. Go at your own pace, on your own, or with some friends/whānau. Approx distance: 2–3km

Approx distance: 3.5km

Meet in the Middle Dallington

SUNDAY

2

MAY

Time: 10am–11.30am Meet: Gayhurst Road by the bridge

This guided walk will teach you about our cultural history through to our most recent history in the Dallington Red Zone loop. The guide will be an expert in each area. Approx distance: 5km

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SUNDAY

2 MAY

The Generation Game

SUNDAY

2

MAY

Time: 11am–2pm Meet: Travis Wetlands Reserve Education Centre, 280 Beach Road, Burwood

Hidden City Gems Time: 9.30am–11am and 1pm–2.30pm Meet: Meet outside Tūranga in Cathedral Square We weave through the inner city on foot, exploring and learning as we go. We will share tales of the old, the new and the bold, and bring to life many of our city’s hidden secrets and bi-cultural narratives.

An interactive, self-guided loop walk around Travis Wetlands Reserve. Throughout the walk there will be activities that celebrate past and present generations. Each activity will show how people were active during that time period. This walk is open to people of all ages. Approx distance: 4km

Approx distance: 2.5km Bookings required: amiki.eventbrite.com

Explore the Christchurch Botanic Gardens

SUNDAY

2

MAY

Time: 10.30am–noon Rain date: Sunday 2 May 2021 Meet: Christchurch Botanic Gardens kiosk A guided loop walk meandering through the beautiful grounds of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, with interesting facts to be revealed along the way. Approx distance: 3km Bookings required: email krystal.mcalister@nzcaregroup.co.nz

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Meet in the Middle Richmond

SUNDAY

2

MAY

Time: 1pm–2.30pm Meet: Swanns Road, by the Richmond Community Gardens The guided walk will let you trace our cultural history through to present day and the new projects happening in the Richmond Red Zone loop. The guide is an expert in each area. Approx distance: 5km


Discover the abundance of walks on offer in Waimakariri. From mountain walks and tramps to coastal ambles, forest trails to wetland strolls and a host of hidden gems in between. The walking experiences in this picturesque district are as varied as they are enjoyable, with something for every age and ability. Start your journey here: www.visitwaimakariri.co.nz/walking-and-cycling


Find a walk! From a 10 minute stroll to a full-day hike, Christchurch parks offer walks for everyone. Access it online: ccc.govt.nz/walking-track-map

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