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New Zealand’s recreation walking magazine ISSUE No156 - 2011

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North Shore Coastal Walk

weather forecast

Overseas Walk:

Glaciers, fjords, waterfalls and railways New Zealand walk

Summerhill Farm a BOP secret New Zealand walk;

Ambling to The Anchorage New Zealand walk;

Papaitonga Scenic Reserve Event:

Kaweka Challenge - an iconic event New Zealand walk:

Experience Ahuriri

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CONTENTS Issue No 156 - 2011

4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Papaitonga Scenic Reserve 8 New Zealand walks: Experience Ahuriri 11 Motivation: Embrace the new 12 New Zealand walks: Ambling to The Anchorage 16 Books: Dreamers of the Day - history of Auckland’d Regional Parks 16 Books:The New Zealand Adventure Guide 15 Motivation: The festive season bulge 17 Te Araroa Trail: 18 New Zealand walks: Unveiling the mystery 21 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 New Zealand walks: Summerhill Farm - a BOP secret 26 New Zealand walks: North Shore Coastal Walk 30 Overseas walks: Glaciers, fjords, waterfalls and railways 35 Event: Rotary Sunset Coast Walk at Waiuku 36 Overseas walks: Working and trekking in Nepal Trekking the Ghandruk - Ghorepani Circuit 38 High achiever: From family “fat” kid to working on her six pack 38 Readers views: Now free of diseases side effects 39 Health: Easing sore shoulders while walking 40 Event: Kaweka Challenge - an iconic event 41 Window on Waitakere: The year of the robin 42 Index over previous 14 issues 43 Weather forecast for January 44 New Zealand coming events 47 Overseas coming events 48 Overseas walks and tours 49 Overseas walks and tours 50 Nordic Walking: Events 50 Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking - intensify your aerobic training 52 There’s a walking group near you 56 Great Country Breaks 59 The Great New Zealand Trek 60 Xterra Rotorua Festival




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Walk talk Why walking is good for you?

GRx continues to promote healthier lifestyles Recently the Ministry of Health conducted the first annual survey with Green Prescription (GRx) patients since the transfer of GRx from SPARC in July 2009. Patients surveyed were those who were issued GRx July-December 2009. Here are some of the findings from the over 3000 respondents: • Six to eight months after receiving their Green Prescription, 58% of patients are still more active than they were before getting their GRx

Studies show that walking can: - Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke - Lower blood pressure - Reduce high cholesterol and improve blood lipid profile - Reduce body fat - Enhance mental well being - Increase bone density, hence helping to prevent osteoporosis - Reduce the risk of cancer of the colon - Reduce the risk of non insulin dependant diabetes - Help to control body weight - Help osteoarthritis - Help flexibility and co-ordination hence reducing the risk of falls

• 70% have noticed changes in their health • 51% generally feel better • 56% feel stronger and fitter • 45% have lost weight • 66% encouraged others to be active • 66% are active by themselves • 27% are active with a family member • 22% are active with friends • 24% are active in a GRx community group or programme • 56% have made changes to their diet (32% of these people are eating healthier and cutting down on fatty foods and takeaways) Eighty two percent are satisfied with the overall support received from Regional Sports Trusts and Primary Health Organisations. The main drivers of satisfaction continue to be the encouraging and supportive behaviour of GRx support personnel during follow up contact and improved health, motivation, confidence and happiness. Once again walking is the most popular activity (69%), swimming (45%) gym (42%) water or pool activities (35%) and GRx community groups or programmes (24%). As for previous years, two thirds of the survey respondents were aged over 50 years and two thirds were female European New Zealanders made up 66% of the respondents, Maori 18% and Pacific peoples 9%.

Bridges and boardwalks keep on growing Three new bridges have been installed on the Mangorei Track in the Egmont National Park. It’s part of the ongoing maintenance programme for the 517 structures which include, staircases, ladders, boardwalks, safety barriers, and viewing towers. The Mangorei track leads to the Pouakai Hut and the popular Pouakai Circuit. New boardwalks and bridges have upgraded the upper section to a “back country comfort seeker track,” and DOC has plans to complete the upgrade all the way to the Park boundary over the next two years. “We’ve had some great feedback about what we’ve been able to do so far,” said DOC’s Visitor Assets Manager Dave Rogers. ‘We have the budget to continue but there’s a lot of boardwalk and steps to build and fit yet. It’s a high rainfall area and steep country with highly erosive volcanic soils. That’s the reason behind the boardwalks. A shingle track soon scours out but a well constructed boardwalk will last a long time and attract more users. That’s what we want to see — a wide range of people enjoying their Park.” The new bridges on the Mangorei Track replace three that have been there for 25 years. “That’s about the lifespan for a bridge up there,” said Capital Projects Ranger Paul Marshall. “Some last a little longer and DOC staff inspects them every two years. An engineer load tests them every six years and new building regulations have led to higher safety rails on any new bridges. They’ve grown 100mm because we’re growing taller.”

How many calories will I burn walking? A 150-pound man burns 100 calories per mile; a 200pound man burns 133 calories per mile; and a 250pound man burns 166 calories per mile. You burn virtually the same number of calories whether you run or walk a mile; you just get there faster if you run.

Prizewinners The winners of the this month’s Walking New Zealand promotion are: Card Pedometer - Mrs Jean Whalley, Christchurch and a six month subscription extension to Walking New Zealand magazine - Ross & Denise Lyttle, Mt Maunganui.

Your favourite walk could win you a free subscription We are looking for readers’ favourite walks. Many of us go out regularly walking on a route which we class as our favourite, for a number of reasons. Perhaps because for it’s scenery, it’s safe, it’s challenging, it’s flat, it’s hilly, it’s varied, or for whatever reason. We would like you to tell us in your own words what is you favourite walk and why. Email us a story from say 250 up to 1200 words including a photo or photos. We will now give you a FREE subscription (six months or more, depending on the article), or extension to Walking New


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Walk talk Flashlight frolicking out west If your new year’s resolution is to get fit, learn more and have fun, you’re in luck. You can do all this in the dark on our warm balmy nights. Yes, the ever popular Nightwalks with Nature are back again over January and February So pack up your parka, your flashlight, the family, and the essential insect repellent to discover the Waitakere ranges night time flora and fauna, and to learn more about The Ark in the Park project. The guided walks are run in two separate programmes by two separate groups as usual. The Bat Walks are run by Arataki throughout January and can be booked by phoning 09 817 0089, and the Ark in the Park Nightwalks, featuring Night Plants, Cave Weta Tunnels, Freshwater Fish, Spiders, Moths, Glow-worms and much more, are in February and can be booked by phoning 09 837 8820. Nightwalks with Nature is brought to you by the Auckland Regional Council, The Ark in the Park, and HealthWEST PHO. Booking is essential and spaces are limited to 20 for each walk. As we always have to turn people away you need to book early. For a registration form and brochure, please contact: Kay Lindley, phone 09 837 8820 or 027 274 2280, email:,

Stop a stroke with this many walks How many walks do you need to take this week to make a big dent in your stroke risk? Just a handful of 30-minute hikes could have a major impact. In a study, women who walked at least two hours a week — think 30minute walk, four times — were 30 percent less likely to suffer a stroke compared with nonwalkers. In the 12-year study, walking pace also played a role in preventing strokes. It paid to focus on more than just a leisurely stroll. In fact, being able to cover one mile in 20 minutes was ideal. Women who averaged this pace had a 37 percent lower risk of stroke compared with the nonwalkers. Walking regularly at a moderate pace can lower blood pressure, reduce plaque buildup and inflammation in your arteries, help your blood vessels function better, and improve your blood lipid profile and insulin sensitivity — all of which help keep your stroke risk low. How fortunate that walking also happens to be one of the easiest exercises around!

Mainlanders more likely to vist

Walking event results

national parks as North Islanders A new survey indicates that South Islanders are twice as likely to visit a national park as their North Island counterparts. With the Department of Conservation (DOC) asking New Zealanders to ‘Show your country you love it’ during Conservation Week (September 12 – 19), the survey 1 reveals: * One in three (32%) South Island residents visited a national park last year compared to one in six (17%) North Island residents. * One in three (29%) Christchurch residents visited a national park last year compared to one in ten (11%) Aucklanders and one in six (17%) Wellingtonians. Barbara Browne, DOC’s General Manager Operations for the North Island, said the figures were both encouraging and revealing. “It’s fantastic that one in three people on the Mainland headed to a national park last year – it shows that public conservation land really counts in the daily lives of those living in the South Island,” she said. “So are North Islanders less interested in the places that make New Zealand so special? I don’t think so - I think with only four of New Zealand’s 14 National Parks north of Cook Strait, North Islanders are simply less able to access the National Park experience. “That’s why we are working hard to create more recreation opportunities closer to our biggest population centres.” This includes: * An award winning programme to breathe life back into Motutapu and Rangitoto Islands in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park – providing new protected wildlife sanctuaries and additional recreation opportunities on Auckland’s doorstep. * Work on a proposed new National Park centred around Northland’s magnificent kauri forests and including New Zealand’s largest known living kauri tree – Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest) * On-going work with local communities to create a series of new cycle and walking trails in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Central North Island and Wanganui regions. “We know Aucklanders value the special places close to their city – more than 300 000 people visit the Goat Island Marine Reserve a year – we’re encouraging them to get out as often as they can to enjoy the wonderful conservation opportunities on offer.”

Long Distance Walking Championships, Whakatu Men - Senior 50km: Quentin Rew (Wgtn) 4h 25m 19s 1, Graeme Jones (Hastings) 4h 30m 44s 2, David Sim (Akld) 5h 40m 25s 3. Masters 60-64 50km: Peter Zwart (Pal/Nth) 5h 25m 42s 1. Senior 10km: Mike Parker (Akld) 50m 6s 1. M16 5km: Matthew Holcroft (Ham) 25m 20s 1. M16 10km: Holcroft 50m 1s 1. M19 5km: Daniel Lord (Cant) 27m 58s 1. Masters 10km, 40-44: David Smyth (Aust) 59m 59s 1. 45-49: David Wackrow (Taranaki) 59m 41s 1, Des Hussey (Tar) 1h 6m 17s 2. 55-59: Eric Kemsley (Tar) 54m 45s 1, Philip Grimmett (Wgtn) 1h 8m 55s 2, John Leonard (Wgtn) 1h 11m 4s 3. Women.- Senior 10km: Roseanne Robinson (Otago) 53m 10s 1, Alana Barber (Akld) 1h 0m 8s 2. Senior 15km: Robinson 1h 22m 27s 1, Barber 1h 32m 0s 2. W19 5km: Rowena Meikle (Cant) 33m 53s 1. W16 5km: Sarah-Amy Drummond (Akld) 33m 5s 1, Renee Moratti (Tar) 34m 31s 2. W16 10km: Drummond 1h 7m 13s 1. Masters 10km, 40-44: Nyle Sunderland (Nelson) 1h 1m 24s 1, Katie Tahere (Tar) 1h 10m 9s 2. 45-49: Vanessa Lowl (Tar) 1h 2m 24s 1, Serena Coombes (Tar) 1h 8m 42s 2. 55-59: Sue Hoskin (Pal/Nth) 1h 1m 17s 1, Anne Fraser (Tar) 1h 12m 29s 2. 60-64: Marlene White (Tar) 1h 7m 36s 1, Shirley Barber (Akld) 1h 9m 11s 2. Masters 20km, 40-44: Sunderland 2h 5m 3s 1, Tahere 2h 23m 50s 2. 55-59: Hoskin 2h 6m 1s 1, Fraser 2h 31m 33s 2. 60-64: White 2h 17m 28s 1, Barber 2h 22m 51s 2. Waterfront 5km Series John Roskvist won the walk in 32m 3s. Daphne Jones won the women’s walk in 35m 20s. Napier City Pak’n Save Half Marathon Graeme Jones won the half marathon walk in 1h 50m 30s from Peter Zwart 2h 6m 29s. Vanessa Lowl was the first woman walker in 2h 10m 26s. 56th Feilding Marathon Gray of Hutt Valley won the walk in 5h 7m 2s with Averil Sheehan was the first in the women’s marathon walk in 5h 10m 30s.

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Papaitonga Scenic Reserve

ust ashort distances off SH 1 5km south west of Levin is an easy short bush walk to the lookout over Lake Papaitonga. This area is now an important refuge for birds that depend on the wetlands for survival, as well as forest birds and rare Powelliphanta snails. The walks go through native bush along board walked paths to the lake views. Papaitonga is a dune lake in the Horowhenua coastal plain containing two islands, Motukiwi (Papaitonga) and Motungarara (Papawhaerangi). The latter is an artificial island constructed by Muaupoko residents in 1820 to extend their village. The lake and the surrounding wetland and lush coastal forest make up 135 hectares of scenic reserve. It’s a refuge for birds that depend on wetlands or lowland forests for their survival. There is a 10 minute walk to the Papaitonga Lookout and a 20 minute loop walk to the Otomuri Lookout. The Lake Papaitonga area was settled by the Muaupoko people during the early part of the 19th century, but they were driven from the area in 1822 by Ngati Toa people led by



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Above: A view of Lake Papiatonga from the first lookout, a 10 minute walk from the carpark.

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Above left: The boardwalk goes over a large wetland area. Above right:The track near the first lookout with the lake in the background.

Te Rauparaha. Te Rauparaha had narrowly escaped death at the hands of the Muaupoko previously, in an incident that claimed the lives of his son and daughter. In 1897, Sir Walter Buller purchased an area including Papaitonga with the intention of protecting the land around the lake for future generations. In 1901, 27.5 ha of bush were formally established as a reserve, and the lake was added to the reserve in 1991.

Fact file Getting there: The entrance to the reserve is at the end of Buller Road, 5 km southwest of Levin off State Highway 1. The lake lies in the Horowhenua coastal plain. There is a picnic and viewing area surrounded by native bush. Birdwatching: Papaitonga is home to waterfowl and wading birds as well as forest species on the lake’s margins. Plant life: Within the reserve is the only intact sequence from wetland to mature dry terrace forest in Wellington and Horowhenua. The wetland forest associations of kahikatea/pukatea, tawa and pukatea-tawa-swamp maire are now rare. There is a car parking area at the Papaitonga Scenic Reserve at the end of Buller Road.

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Experience Ahuriri huriri is an exciting year-round desti nation for locals and tourist alike. Just five minutes drive from Napier’s central business district you can discover an area steeped in history, but with a contemporary edge. New apartments sit alongside tiny old fishermen’s cottages, industrial warehouses and woolstores with distinctive saw-tooth rooflines. Why not enjoy the area’s rich cultural heritage, walk the heritage trail and check out world-class examples of Art Deco architecture along the way. There’s a unique mix of places where you can buy artwork, indulge in some beauty therapy, take home the ingredients for an Italian feast, post a letter and consult a lawyer, an accountant or other professional services now based in Ahuriri. If you just want to relax, stroll around the estuary and enjoy the birdlife then wander along the seaside boardwalk, taking in the panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Along the way you’ll see kids fishing, boats unloading their catch, walkers enjoying the invigorating sea air and plenty of relaxed happy people simply enjoying the area. An interesting walk with views of the sea and fishing port is the Ahuriri Walk starting on a boardwalk from East Pier. The 2.5km walk starts from Chatham Street. Facing the sea, cross Hardinge Road and turn left onto the formed walkway on the


seaward side of Spriggs Park Reserve. This vantage point offers sweeping views north to Westshore Beach, Bay View and Whirinaki. Marking the tide line, water-worn piles are the remains of the sea defence wall built by the former Hawke’s Bay Provincial Council in 1876 to stabilise the beach and prevent storm surges washing over the shingle spit and flooding houses along the coastal strip. The walkway skirts a children’s play area and continues onto a generous boardwalk leading to Perfume Point. This landmark’s name came about because this was where the city once discharged sewage into the bay. Formerly a petroleum storage tank depot, the land here was purchased by the Napier City Council in 1994 to add to the city’s foreshore reserves. The octagonal building on the point is the starter box used by the Napier Sailing Club to oversee yacht races. Turning south, a narrower boardwalk follows the channel to the Inner Harbour. This is the tidal connection between the Ahuriri Estuary and the sea. Before the 1931 earthquake, the Tutaekuri River - which now flows into the bay further south at Awatoto - emptied into a much larger lagoon. The boardwalk ends at the Hawke’s Bay Sport Fishing Club’s boat ramp. Follow the wharf along Nelson Quay to your left. This safe haven for fishing boats and motor launches is known as the Iron Pot.

Above: Looking towards the town centre of Ahur Below left: A family on the walkway with the port Below centre: From Perfume Point Reserve there a Below right: Fishermen trying their luck on the b

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riri and the fishing port. t of Napier in the background. re great views out into the Pacific Ocean. breakwater.

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Experience Ahuriri Original wharf structures are high above the waterline - a measure of the severity of the 1931 earthquake, which wrenched land upwards along Napier’s coastline. Turn right, following round the Iron Pot. On your left is the historic Customs House, built in 1904. This now houses a museum where a fascinating collection of old photographs of buildings, boats, events and characters chronicles Ahuriri’s rich past as Napier’s original port. One of the iron trypots used by European whalers in the early 19th century for rendering whale oil can be seen outside the Customs House. An outstanding Maori identity, Tareha survived the massacre at the Battle of Te Pakake fought near the Iron Pot in 1824. Later recognised as one of the five principal chiefs of Heretaunga after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Tareha was a central figure in the Ahuriri land purchase of November 1851 and became the first Maori Member of Parliament for Eastern Maori in the late 1860s. Rounding the western end of Customs Quay brings you onto West Quay where the fishing fleet ties up. This is another historic site, for it was here that the small Royal Navy destroyer HMS Veronica was berthed on the fateful day of 3 February, 1931. The ship’s radio operator transmitted the first report of the earthquake disaster to the outside world while the rest of the company assisted in emergency rescue work in the devastated and burning town. On your left, former wool stores border the quay. These have found new vocations as bustling cafes, restaurants, apartments, motels and bars. Hawke’s Bay’s wool clip was once stored in these buildings, ready for shipping overseas. As you walk along West Quay, the Inner Harbour broadens out into Scapa Flow with its boat moorings and marina jetties. The path curves right towards the Napier Sailing Club grounds with its launching ramps, boat and trailer parks and architecturally iconic clubhouse - the end point of the Ahuriri Walkway. Optional Route At the Customs House you can cross Bridge Street and walk south to the corner of Ossian Street to see the National Tobacco Company building. One of Napier’s finest Art Deco period buildings, it is beautifully restored inside and out. The reception area and former managing director’s office are open, free to visitors Mon-


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Top: Colourful flowers along the breakwater looking towards Westshore and the airport. Above: This boardwalk section in Pefume Point Reserve is very popular with great views.

day to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Leaving the National Tobacco Company building, continue along Bridge Street to Lever Street, crossing the railway line to West Quay.


Embrace the new By Megan Blatchford-Peck hat if, your life never really changed, with each day a repeat of the last; nothing bad ever happens, but neither does anything good. How boring would that be? Whether we acknowledge it or not, we all seek stimulation in our lives. Without change, we experience boredom, staleness, lethargy and even depression. What new experiences and revitalising changes occurred in your life during 2010, or was it a repeat of previous years? As much as we want excitement and adventure in our lives, we often resist change and new ways of living our lives. And, generally speaking, the older people get, the more settled and conservative they tend to become. Recently while waiting in a queue at a cafe, I observed a group


of women aged in their sixties. They were all nicely presented, but I was surprised to see they virtually had the same conservative hairstyle, worn the same style clothes and colours. What had happened to their ability to choose a new and original look? And what about the married couple who get up at the same time, eat the same breakfast, talk about the same topics, watching the same TV programmes and spend their weekends doing the same type of activities. Although they might have an excellent relationship, what about their inner need for new stimulation and variety? They may suppress their need, thinking this is just what life is like. Or with a bit of luck, they may pursue a sport or interest, or get involved in stimulating project. We can tire of too much certainty and sameness in our lives. When we don’t consciously make choices to have our needs met, we loose motivation and enthusiasm for living, or worse, default to unhealthy behaviours. Injecting variety and stimulation into our lives results in more personal growth, excitement and pleasure, which is totally refreshing and essential for our mental wellbeing. There are numerous approaches to variety and stimulation, and they don’t need to be huge and overwhelming. For example, you could introduce ‘newness’ into you life, by experiencing new: a.. Foods and tastes b.. Clothing labels and styles

c.. Movies, videos and TVs programmes d.. Music and concerts e.. Books and magazines f.. Interests and activities g.. Friendships and people h.. Technology The year 2011 presents you all with endless opportunities to try new experiences. Boredom is a choice that can be mentally suffocating. Why not choose instead to experience something new? And remember, you can do anything you choose.

Take action Become more spontaneous and open to new experiences in 2011. a.. Invite someone different out for lunch. b.. Be spontaneous with your breaks away. Just get in the car and go or book a trip the night before. c.. Visit a restaurant or café you wouldn’t normally visit. d.. Get together with a friend, and challenge each other do try something new.

· Megan works as a motivational Coach, visit her websites, Performance Coaching & Weight Loss Coaching for more information.

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Ambling to The Anch

By Dianne McKinnon lthough water taxis abound in Abel Tasman National Park, it is not nec essary to take one to access a good day walk in the area. A return walk from Marehau, the popular start of the 51 km Abel Tasman Coast Track, to Anchorage 11.5 km further north, makes a perfect day‘s ramble. With an eye to a swim at Anchorage and a leisurely picnic lunch, the easy trail allows plenty of time for this. Accessing some of the many small bays beside the track adds interest and a sense of achievement through their exploration. ■Views abound, gentle gradients and the well-worn leafy track surface allow 22km to pass pleasurably without


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horage before climbing steadily after leaving Tinline Bay. Passing Colquin Bay the gentle trail ambled and loitered round gullies and headlands. Views beyond the towering beech to golden sandy bays below enchanted as we sidled along the sea edge by Appletree Bay. Glimpses were given of the water taxi world emerging, dropping bodies here and there to undertake their excursions for the day. Kayaks came and went

Above: Dropping down to The Anchorage. Left: The inviting waters of The Anchorage. Top right: Marehau, the start of the walk. Right: The DOC sign at The Anchorage.

regret that a water taxi wasn‘t organised for the return. Marehau caters well for multiple methods of enjoyment within this National Park. Throughout summer the infrastructure is well used, with an influx of tourists who are very aware of our great asset. Fringe peak and through winter are good times to be here too. We came in November pleased to beat the wasp season of summer and autumn, when beech trunks black with honeydew attract these pests to their sweet delights. Shimmering early morning light as we crossed the bridge at Marehau revealed an entrance to another world with quiet coastal views enhanced by the time of day. Freshly-awakened leg muscles appreciated the lack of gradient for the first half hour

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Ambling Fact file

Above: Turqoise waters of the sea make a

between the tree-framed views. pretty scene. Unobstructed stunning views rewarded Below: A sandy, leafy, well-worn track on further gentle climbing as Anchorage ap- the way to The Anchorage. proached, turquoise- watered, kayak-studded, far below, awaiting our gradual descent. Still and wander on a little further. The sign to Puketea Bay just 800 metres only morning, there was time to stretch out in over a small saddle enticed my greedy legs. A the shade beyond the welcoming DOC hut, take a swim by golden sands, replenish energy picnic place and sandy bay were just another delight of discovery. Kayakers found it so, its empty beach a magnet to pull in to. Walk there, take a kayak or water taxi, but, who cares? Just being there at Anchorage is everything - well maybe not - its just one spot in a whole golden park worth visiting. Experiencing the journey twice, with our return along the coastal fringe, doubled our pleasure and gratitude for bodies fit enough to do this; to walk both ways and still have energy left for an evening stroll in the remote, rustic, tourist-catering settlement of Marehau. Maybe we‘ll amble the whole route one day.

Marahau, the southern gateway of The Abel Tasman Coast Track, is 67 km from Nelson on a sealed road. Boat transport operates to a timetable out of Marahau and Kaiteriteri, providing transport to the main beaches of Anchorage, Torrent Bay, Bark Bay, Onetahuti, Awaroa and Totaranui. The track is well serviced by public transport including buses/coaches and boat transport. For details, contact the transport operators directly. DOC provides a carpark at Marahau. Cars are parked at owner's/driver's risk. Secure parking can be arranged at various Marahau businesses. Water taxis operate year round from Marahau and Kaiteriteri. The scheduled water taxi pickup locations are: Anchorage, Torrent Bay, Bark Bay, Onetahuti, Awaroa and Totaranui. Parkmaps are detailed maps for those visiting and using New Zealand's national parks and other conservation land. They are available from DOC visitor centres.



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Above: Daylight arriving at the Abel Tasman National Park. Below: This beach is popular with kayakers.

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Dreamers of the Day - history of Auckland’s Regional Parks his book Dreamers of the Day will in spire the reader to visit Auckland’s re gional parks ... more often. But on a winter’s day when perhaps inclement weather makes staying at home more suitable, one hopes the reader, perhaps sitting by the fire, can still venture forth in imagination to these sublime natural landscapes: — Mike Lee, Chairman, Auckland Regional Council Dreamers of the Day: A history of Auckland’s regional parks is the story of the origin and evolution of parks in the wider Auckland area including Tawharanui, Wenderholm, Muriwai, Omana, Hunua, and Piha. Because of Auckland Regional Council’s emphasis on working with the community, it commissioned this beautifully illustrated book to inspire individuals throughout the region and to honour the creation and development of these and many other unique parks. When established in 1964, the Auckland regional parks network contained the Auckland Centennial Memorial Park, 5249 hectares. Now, after 47 years, the network encompasses 40,000 hectares of land and includes 69 per cent of the region’s public open space. The parks have become a significant part of the region’s economy and also contain numerous


sites that reflect 800 years of human settlement and culture within New Zealand. ‘The regional parks are an incredible asset for the people of Auckland. Developments in the last few years have shown the vast range of opportunities presented by regional parks. Such things as the Bach Escapes, the southern kayak/waka trail, coastal trails linking to wider walkways, overnight long trails, sculpture, and art on parks, show the potential for more innovative projects which will add to people’s enjoyment of parks, and that these can be provided by the public sector.’ As welI as the politics of land acquisition, recreational opportunities offered and development planning, the book covers personal stories of those involved in the parks on an everyday basis: what it was like to live as a park ranger’s wife, a day in the life of a cadet ranger, and more. Graeme delves into the personalities, visions, and deeds of those ‘dreamers of the day’ who dedicated themselves to saving the precious lands throughout the region. Auckland Regional Council (ARC) seeks to protect the many natural environments while also ensuring that regional development meets current needs. By managing various aspects of the region’s environment from the economic development to the heritage locations, ARC aims to create an economically and environmentally sustainable region for present

and future generations. Graeme Murdoch, an Auckland native, is a self employed historic heritage consultant and author with an MA in history. After working as a secondary teacher for 17 years, Graeme was employed by the ARC Group as a historian from 1988-1998 and then as ARC Director Heritage from 1998-2006. However, his association with Auckland’s regional parks started during childhood. When working as an assistant ranger in the Waitakere Ranges in 1965 he helped prepare the first regional park, Wenderholm, for opening.

The New Zealand Adventure Guide

ith the publication of this colour ful ‘The New Zealand Adventure Guide’ you won’t need to scroll through reams of cheap hotels or places to eat, before you finally find your New Zealand adventure.



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While there are plenty of adrenalin-fuelled activities for the boundary-pushing junkies out there, author Shane Boocock has designed the book to inspire both New Zealanders and travellers to get out, explore and enjoy the great outdoors. Of course bungy jumping and skydiving feature pretty highly but if you want your feet to stay firmly on the ground, then author Shane Boocock takes us out for the best off-road driving thrills and the country’s famous hiking trails. Or perhaps some whitewater rafting, surfing — or parasailing — will float your boat? Or maybe you’d like to get close to nature with whale watching or high-country horse riding — or a breathtaking hot-air balloon ride? Find out how you too can experience the ZORB, the shweeb, blokart and snowkitingl Divided into different outdoor activity areas—adventures on line; high; wheels; foot; snow; horseback; sea; lakes/rivers; on the edge — the straight-forward layout in ‘The New Zealand Adventure Guide’ 174 pages means

it’s easy to find the type of adventure you want. However, if you’re heading for a particular geographical area, the map and simple index at the back lists all the adventures in the region you are visiting — or living. And with all the websites listed, it’s simple to use it to organise as well as inspire (prices and phone numbers have been avoided so the guide doesn’t go out of date). As the best resource for adventure tourism available in New Zealand together with a foreword by John Key, the book gets to the heart of what has made New Zealand such a great place to live in and experience — adventure in the great outdoors. Get out there and experience those thrills for yourself! About the Author: Shane Boocock’s penchant for adventure began while hitchhiking around Europe and the USA. Since 1996, Shane has been based in New Zealand and his travel stories and photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines in New Zealand, Australia and North America.

Te Araroa Trail

Te Kuiti section opened ormer New Zealand Prime Minister and patron of Te Araroa Waikato Trust, Jim Bolger opened the newest section of the New Zealand-long track a 3-km section from Te Kuiti up to Mangaokewa Reserve. Jim Bolger recalled opening the very first of Te Araroa’s linking tracks in 1995. “We thought then that we’d see it completed one day, and that day is now approaching, with community-based links like this happening in many places, and a New Zealand opening scheduled for next year.” Te Kuiti Rotary built the new track, headed by its President Kevin Forgeson who introduced Jim Bolger to the crowd of 80, and local Rotarian secretary Ray Scrimgeour. Maori elder Piripi Crown welcomed the crowd and blessed the


new track, and its extension up the Mangaokewa Gorge, recalling Maniapoto history in the area, the old trail routes, and important marae. “This is the way we hoped Te Araroa would work,” said CEO Geoff Chapple. “We originally teamed up in 1999 with Project Manu, a local restoration group, to put a trail up the Mangaokewa Gorge and a swing bridge across the Mangaokewa Stream. That effectively created a loop walk through the gorge. “As a result of this success, Te Kuiti Rotary decided to eliminate the three-kilometre road-walk to our Mangaokewa trailhead. Rotarians did all the land negotiation and fund-raising to put this

Another 32 km signed in North Is.

track in place and Te Kuiti High School carpentry students built the track furniture. “This completes Te Kuiti’s connection to the trail as it departs south of the township, and at Sunday’s opening Waitomo District’s new mayor, Brian Hanna, promised action also to complete the trail as it enters Te Kuiti from the north. “Te Araroa Waikato Trust has

Above Former PrimeMinister Jim Bolger opens the new section. Photo by Greg Martin

already done most of that track through from Waitomo, but there’s a short final section through Brook Park still to complete. “When that’s done Te Kuiti – the self-styled Sheep Shearing Capital of the World – will have totally knitted itself into the trail.”

. One of the signed posts along the trail from Turakina to Santoft. Photo Lindsay Forrest

team from the Rangitikei Tramping Club signed up 36 km of Te Araroa route of the trail on the Turakina-Santoft-Bulls section south of Wanganui, at the end of October. The club’s Fraser Hill sought approval from July’s club meeting to assist trail development in the Rangitikei area, and after correspondence with Te Araroa Trust took delivery of bollards, logos, chevrons and orange trail markers. A club working bee headed by Fraser and club president Lindsay Forrest has now just finished embedding five stout 125mm x 125mm bollards at critical changes of direction along the mixed route of sand, forest and road, and nailing in the orange trail markers that keep walkers on track through to Bulls.


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Above: Walking on the Beaumont side of the river.

Right: Following the fence line. Below: Beginning the walk.

By Ann Robbie ystery trips are always the best – an unknown destination, secret places and lots of spectacular ground to be walked. And this mystery trip for the Sport Southland Kiwi Seniors proved no exception. Hype and intrigue surrounded the day as 49 seniors boarded the bus for what was to become a magnificent day – a far cry from the month earlier which saw our Stadium Southland collapse under the extreme weight of snow. As we ventured out of the city of Invercargill on SH1 towards Gore, the anticipation got the better of a few and the destination guessing game began. Owaka, Balclutha, Wyndham, Tapanui and Dunedin were all mooted, with one lady covering all bases by simply stating ‘Central Otago somewhere’. Turning north at Rae’s Junction was the biggest clue. As we wound our way through the un-



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dulating countryside, the scenery was breathtakingly beautiful. The wild cherry trees, willows and gorse were in full flower, along with the fresh green needles on the larches giving more than a hint of new beginning and definitely a sense of ‘well-being’. Alighting from the bus, we were greeted by a couple of rabbits hoping and skipping in the lush green pasture and then scampering for cover from foe. As the late morning sun shone down, our walk began – down a long lane, gently up an incline, through a cutting, along a fence and down a step scrub laden decline. You knew the river was close – you could see the willows, smell the beautiful fresh air and hear the birds singing as they performed their aerobatics. The walkers stopped still, looking at each other in amazement as they gazed at the swift flowing sea green Clutha River and the huge swing bridge appearing in the distance. Welcome to Horseshoe

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the mystery

Above: Two lonely graves in the countryside.

Bend – a historic suspension bridge built in 1913 with a span of 70.2m and towering 9.3m. The only surviving example of its type that crossed the mighty Clutha River, a millennium project saw it restored and it continues to serve as a reminder of the early

! ve urs i s o lu a T c r Ex ata Tu o t

Below: The group at the start of the walk.

farming and gold mining days. As walkers met the road we continued south to another piece of remarkable history – the ‘Lonely Grave’. The story goes: About the end of 1864 William Rigney found a shivering dog beside the body of

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Unravelling the mystery a good looking young man. Police were notified but the body was never claimed. Rigney dug a grave and everyone at the diggings attended the funeral. A pine slab with the words ‘Somebody’s Darling Lies Buried Here’ burned on was placed at the head of the grave. When Rigney died in 1912, he was buried alongside as he had wished. His stone was engraved ‘Here lies William Rigney, the man who buried Somebody’s Darling’. As the bus meandered north towards Roxburgh alongside the proposed Roxburgh to Beaumont cycle way, we viewed the historic remains of the largest stone woolshed in the southern hemisphere. Built in 1865 and believed to be 137m long, 47.3m wide, the Teviot Woolshed was seriously damaged by fire in 1924. Believed to hold about 8000 sheep,

it is now an attraction in itself. We arrived in Roxburgh crossing the Clutha River again via a steel expansion bridge. The iconic Jimmy’s Pies supplied a scrumptious cut lunch for our picnic beside the river. Such spots are few and far between as modern engineering and building allows us to perch our homes closer to nature. As lunch drew to a close, the walkers again donned their footwear and followed the River Track back to town to visit the Roxburgh Entertainment Centre and view historic film footage about the opening of the Roxburgh Dam. Amazingly, one of the walkers called out “see that wee girl standing beside her dad? That’s me”. She remembered the opening well. Major redevelopment has transformed the Entertainment Centre into a wonderful asset

for Roxburgh which can seat over 300 people and features a sprung dance floor and reception area. A recent national award for their work is definitely well deserved. Doug the projectionist has been volunteering for 55 years and still has the same love as the day he started. On the street a number of the walkers met up with the Tui beer scouts who were on the search for what makes the ‘perfect woman’ – they certainly gained some valuable information from the men in our group! An amazing adventure was reflected in the fact no-one wanted to head home. Sleep would definitely be on the cards that night as the chatter on the bus was so complimentary about the positive day of historic adventure and activity. Kerri at the information centre at Roxburgh is a marvellous asset to her town – it was a pleasure working alongside her to give these active walkers a touch of Central Otago.

Top left: Historic suspension bridge. Top right: Lunch by the Clutha River. Left: Climbing to the road – onwards to the lonely graves. Below right: Teviot Woolshed.


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Digital Photo Contest monthly winners These are the winners of this month’s photos in our Digital Photo Contest. Congratulations to the following who each re ceive a six month sub scription, or six month subscription extension to Wa l k i n g N e w Z e a l a n d magazine. Entrants whose photo is chosen for a cover receive a 12 month subscription. Above: Walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Photo by Phil Murray of Lower Hutt.

Above: On the Mangawhai Coast Walkway. The islands in the background are part of the Hen and Chicken group and the lovely lady in the fopreground is my wife Avis. A great way to spend a couple of hours on a nice day! Photo taken by Ross Wilkinson, of Mt Roskill.

Above: Entrants in the Matakana Island Walk/Run Day on 18th April 2010, run by Sport Bay of Plenty caught out by the tide. Photo taken by Diane Wilson of Tauranga.

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Summerhill Farm a BOP secret By Barb Lowther apamoa. (near Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty) has a wealth of walks, not only in the Papamoa Hills Regional Park, but also in its best kept secret ‘Summerhill Farm’. Summerhill, up Reid Road (off Welcome Bay Road) has a myriad of trails for family walks, serious hikers, bikers, or horse riders.


For a gold coin donation, you can happily spend all day exploring; or even stay overnight in a ‘Mongolian Ger’. The farm offers bush walks, walks over grassy tops with magnificent views, steep circuits, or more gentle wanders beside little streams. Although you may find yourself mislaid at times, you can never be truly lost, be-

cause at no time are you very far from Reid Road. We left Papamoa Hills car park on a Sunday morning and took the direct route to the trig. This starts with a steep uphill ‘grunt’ through Pine forest, then levels out, and you follow a wide undulating trail to the top in about 40 minutes. From here, we headed down the far side of the hill towards the quarry. When we reached the stile to Summerhill farm, we stayed on the left of the fence and followed a path beside the fence, to a gate and a second stile into Summerhill. Climbing over, we hugged the fence line to our right for a few minutes, then turned left, following trails that meandered and looped down through the bush. Reaching a clearing, we again turned left, and climbed uphill past a young Kauri grove, and on down a wide track to a Mongolian Ger. After peeping through the windows, and taking note of the attached phone number in case we wanted to stay in this magic little spot, we continued on down, wandering beside a little stream. At the base of the hill we took a left turn, which led us to an adventure area for bikers, with ramps, narrow bridges and jumps. Through a gate at the far end, a track led to a stand of tall gums, on the edge of open farmLeft: The track through Papamoa Regional Park, up to the Trig. Below: A colourful mushroom. Right page: The mountain bike area.


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land. We walked across to the fence bordering Reid Road. Turning left along a 4 wheel drive track, we walked past two houses, continuing on, until we spied a bright orange marker on a large Puriri tree. This indicated a gate to Reid Road. This section of the walk took us two hours. We now crossed the road to begin a new adventure, Climbing the fence, we turned right then sharp left and walked along a path strewn with pine needles for about an hour. We crossed several wooden bridges, walked along boardwalk, climbed wooden ramps and stiles, passed by a Chestnut grove, and generally en-

joyed a roundabout route to a stand of Blackwoods, where we stopped for a lunch break. After lunch we continued on through the Blackwoods to junction and a bush toilet (5 minutes) At this point we turned right to follow a steep loop track through Pines. We were back at the junction in 45 minutes, and it was a half hour walk through the gate, back past the Chestnuts, and up a farm road to Reid Road. As you can see Reid Road was never far away . Summerhill entrance was a few minutes up the road, and from here it was a 10 minute wander across open tops back to the Summit

Top left: A steady climb to the Trig. Top middle and top right: At the Summerhill entrance from Reid Road.

of Papamoa Hills. From the trig we headed down to the carpark, but veered left after a few minutes to climb over a stile. We followed markers over the farmland past some beautiful big trees and well placed seats, with views of the coastline and the islands in the Bay. It took about half an hour to reach the main track again, and it was only 10 -15 minutes back down to the cars. Although this took us five hours, and was an awesome day for trampers; a family can

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Summerhill Farm - a BOP secret have just as much enjoyment in an hour’s walk, or bike, along one of the many interesting trails in this pretty area. Summerhill can be accessed from either the regional park carpark in Poplar Lane (off S.H.2) or at the farm entrance in Reid Road (off Welcome Bay Rd). This is something Papamoa can be really proud of. Top left: The Pack’n Boots group reach the Trig. Top right: The group on their way to the Trig. Below left: Going through to an area of bridges and boardwalk towards the Blackwoods. Below right: The Mongolian Ger.

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North Shore Coastal uckland’s North Shore City Coastal Walk a 23 km urban walk takes you from Long Bay in the north to Devonport in the south. Te Araroa logos, markers on posts, and small fingerboards on poles mark the all-tide route. This route follows cliff top tracks, pedestrian shortcuts, steps and footpaths. At low tide only, it is possible to walk almost all the way on the shoreline, but North Shore City Council does not recommend this route. Rocks may be very slippery and unstable underfoot, and there are high unstable cliffs above you. You will need to take careful note of the time of low tide, as there are several points where you can be cut off by the rising water. If you want to walk the whole way during one low tide, prepare to do some wading. Alternatively, break the walk part way, and complete it at low tide the following day. All walkers must come inshore between Castor Bay Esplanade and Milford Beach to cross Wairau Creek on the Inga Road bridge. There is no foreshore route between these two beaches. Wairau Creek cannot be safely forded at any stage of the tide. All-tide route follows cliff top tracks, pedestrian shortcuts, steps and footpaths:


Long Bay to Torbay

From Long Bay, near Marine Education Recreation Centre at the bottom of Beach Road, head up the Oneroa Track to Cliff Road. Go down Cliff Road to Rewi Street, turn left into Rock Isle Road, right into Waiake

follow the concrete path to the footbridge, which leads round onto the North Shore City Cliff Top Walkway, up the steps to Beechwood Road, past Dan Jones Bluff and down to Rothesay Bay. Rothesay Bay to Murrays Bay

Coming out of the Cliff Top Walkway at Rothesay Bay, follow the path across the footbridge, through the reserve, and up into Rothesay Bay Road. From there turn left into Churchill Road, and just before the road curves right, head down Gumdiggers Trail and onto the Cliff Top Walkway, to emerge on Murrays Bay Reserve. Murrays Bay to Mairangi Bay

From the reserve at the northern end of Murrays Bay, walk along the beachfront and Street, left onto Beach Road and head down then up the steps to the Cliff Top Walkway at the southern end of the beach. This leads up to Waiake Beach (Torbay). and over, to come out on Mairangi Bay Torbay to Browns Bay beachfront. Walk along the Waiake beachfront at Mairangi Bay to Campbells Bay Torbay, go up Beach Road a little way and turn From Mairangi Bay Beach head up Forde left into Sharon Road. At the end of Sharon Way to Whitby Crescent. Road, follow the Lotus Walk down to Manly Turn left into Whitby and a little way along Esplanade and Browns Bay Beach. find Te Araroa signs pointing up Sea Dog AlBrowns Bay to Rothesay Bay ley to View Road. Head left down View Road At the southern end of Browns Bay Beach until you reach the Possum Ladder track on Below left: An interesting part of the walk around rocks. Below right: A boardwalk over a tricky section.


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Walk the left. This will take you down to Campbells Bay. Campbells Bay to Castor Bay

Walk along Campbells Bay Beach, and up Huntly Road to Beach Road. Stay on Beach Road as far as JF Kennedy Memorial Park. Go through the park to the eastern edge and follow the track through to Rahopara Historic Reserve. From here take the path down to Castor Bay Reserve. Castor Bay to Milford

From The Esplanade at Castor Bay there is no access, at any time of the tide, around the beach to Milford. Wairau Creek cannot be safely forded. At the southern end of Castor Bay Esplanade turn right along the concrete path, and follow it left to climb the steps between the houses, emerging on Beach Road at the top of the hill. From there go down to Inga Road, and across the road bridge over Wairau Creek. Turn left into Omana Road, left again into Craig Road and go round to the end of Craig Road

and onto Milford beach. Milford to Takapuna

You can walk all the way along the beach and rocks from the northern end of Milford Beach to the southern end of Takapuna Beach. Between Milford Beach and Takapuna Beach the route follows the North Shore City heritage trail Takapuna – Milford Walk and crosses private property thanks to the own-

Above: Walkers traverse a rocky ledge. Below: There are magnificent views of Rangitoto Island and views of ships in the Hauraki Gulf along most of the sections of the North Shore Coastal Walk.


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Above photos: Walking along the rocky ledge and concrete path on the section between Milford and Takapuna Beach.

ers’ goodwill. Please respect the environment and the privacy of local residents, and do not trespass on private property outside the described route. The pathway in this area is not properly constructed so please take care. Neither North Shore City Council, Te Araroa Trust, nor the private property owners accept any responsibility for any loss, damage or injury to you or your property arising from your use of this walkway.

and Belmont Intermediate School, turn left into Winscombe Road, and then right along Seacliffe Avenue and Hamana Street. At Old Lake Road, turn left to reach Narrow Neck Beach. From the southern end of the beach follow Vauxhall Road up and over, down to Bath Street on your left. At Bath Street turn left to reach Cheltenham Beach and walk along the sand as far as Cheltenham Road. You may leave the beach at Cheltenham Road, and walk straight through to Devonport, Takapuna to Devonport or you may go to the end of the beach and up From the southern end of Takapuna North Head to come down Takarunga Road. Beach, head up Clifton Road to Lake Road. Then head left along King Edward Parade to Walk down past Takapuna Grammar School finish at Devonport Wharf.

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Fact file North Shore Coastal Walk Length: Twenty-three kilometres from Long Bay to Devonport. Walking time: Seven hours. Track standard: A mix of suburban footpath, steep paths and steps, with some slippery and uneven surfaces and unstable rocks. Equipment: Wear comfortable clothes and strong walking shoes, carry water, snacks, raincoat, sunscreen and hat. There are cafes and dairies en route. Caution: Parts of the signed route are very steep. There are steps and narrow grassy tracks which may become slippery in wet weather. On the coastal route many sections involve boulder-hopping. Rocks may be unstable or slippery, and there is the danger of falling rocks from the cliffs above. It is easy to be cut off by the rising tide without any way up the cliffs. If you are unsure of the state of the tide, please follow the signed all-tide route. Management: The North Shore City Coastal Walk is maintained by North Shore City Council.

Above: The end of the North Shore Coastal Walk on the beach near Cheltenham Road Takapuna. Below: The start of the North Shore Coastal Walk at Long Bay.

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Overseas walks

Glaciers, fjords, waterf railways

- spectacular walking in Norw

Alex and Jenny Davies The western, coastal part of Norway with Bergen as the capital is separated from the eastern capital Oslo by a high plateau, the Hardangerfjell. A 496 km railway connecting the cities was achieved in 1909 with long tunnels and snow sheds to keep the track clear in winter. The spin-off for walkers is access to wild regions in several places where roads are restricted or absent. The Bergen railway is billed as one of the “most beautiful train trips in the world” and the branch line from Myrdal to Flåm as “a railway experience unparalleled in Europe”. Our experience is that the train trip, with long sections underground (there are 182 tunnels, totalling 73 km), is nothing compared with the walks we did.


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By travelling by train to Geilo, Finse, Myrdal and accessing Aurland by ferry from Flam, a whole host of walking opportunities presented themselves. We are high on the alpine meadows of Prestholtseter, at 1250 m, 500 m above the small town of Geilo on the Bergen railway. The mountain beyond looks inviting but it’s enough today just to walk the 14 km back to Geilo. The path follows a stream across moorland to where it plummets down into a rocky gorge. There is no shortage of waterfalls round here! Down a steep ridge into a birch forest, over the railway and we eventually reach a bridge over a rushing river, built with massive logs in a cantilever from each bank. The river flows into the lake that we will now skirt to return to our hotel in Geilo. As we climb

again, a long goods train rumbles down the line. Some clumps of pines border the lake. For some reason, even in this wet climate, wood from these trees rots very slowly, and wooden houses last a long time. Geilo has an interesting collection of relocated log farm

falls and


Top left: The path descending into the Flåm valley. Above: Undredal, a village on the shore of Aurlandfjord, is visited by the the ferry. Right: Location map of our bases along the Oslo—Bergen railway. Below:Glaciers flow down from an ice plateau, Hardangerjøkulen, across the lake from the hotel in Finse.

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Glaciers, fjords, waterfalls and railways buildings, some 350 years old, with the traditional grass-covered roofs that are also popular on new buildings. From Geilo, the train climbs to a region of open moors and scattered lakes. Just north of the Hardangerjøkulen, an ice plateau 12 km across, the railway reaches Finse at 1222 m. The comfortable hotel is directly across the platform and is called Finse 1222. Beyond the hotel is a lake and beyond that a series of glaciers spill down from the ice plateau. Finse has a museum telling the story of the building of the railway, and a memorial to Captain Robert Scott and his team. Both Scott and Shackleton used Finse to prepare for their forays into the Antarctic. There is little else here. There are no roads and no cars, just walking opportunities, given good weather, in all directions. Its fine the evening we arrive, but the weather keeps changing fast. Next morning at least it’s cosy in the hotel as we wait for a break in the rain. Too late to climb a 1694 m peak or walk to the foot of a glacier, we spend the afternoon walking along the Rallavegen, once a construction road for the railway but now a 80 km route for walkers and cyclists, right across the plateau. Our walk west of Finse parallels a section of the railway unused since the 10.5 km Finse tunnel was finished in 1992. Clear torrents of water pour out of the hills past patches of snow and myriads of wildflowers. Small holiday cottages nestle among rocky hillocks. The views of the glaciers change as we reach the end of the lake, The skies look threatening and we return to the hotel before the next storm. Today we plan to ride the rails to Myrdal and walk to our next accommodation in Flåm. Our bags will be transported down the Flåm railway. But the train from Oslo is late. It’s a chance to look at the railway museum but the weather is set to change again by late afterTop: A train passes Jenny as she walks down the Flåm valley towards Aurlandfjord. Middle: The next shower sweeps down the lake at Finse. This section of the railway is now replaced by the Finse tunnel. Below: The Eima river tumbles into a gorge from the Prestholt mountain pastures towards the lake at Geilo.


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noon. We don’t get to Myrdal till midday. We are in the middle of nowhere but half of Europe seems to have arrived at the little station. The railway to Flåm is the third most visited tourist attraction in Norway. But once the station is out of sight we have left the mob behind and we are descending a steep zigzag beside a couple of gushing waterfalls, eager to begin our 20 km walk. A train creeps along a steep cliff on the other side of the valley. In a more level part of the valley we meet a herd of goats and an enterprising farming family producing gjetost. They heat whey slowly to evaporate the water and leave a brown caramelised paste, a product essential in any Norwegian breakfast. The next culinary treat is provided by a 12 year old boy selling his grandma’s waffles and strawberry jam by the track. In perfect English he explains that he had met New Zealanders before, at a scout jamboree in SwitTop: Walkers and cyclists having an experience unknown to the hundreds of tourists on the Flåm railway. Right: Part of a collection of 27 farm buildings at Otternes, the oldest from 1700.

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Glaciers, fjords, waterfalls and railways

A ferry on Naerøyfjord at Gudvangen.

zerland. He prefers city life to being in this remote place with Grandma. Not far from our destination the promised rain starts to fall again, feeding the many high waterfalls and swift-flowing river. The best part of the walk is over so we flag down a passing train and arrive dry in Flåm. Our bags are still in Myrdal but helpful railway staff sort that out. There are no problems conversing in English in Norway and everyone is friendly. Next day we catch a ferry for the short trip to Aurland. The highway nearby passes though tunnels including the 24 km Laerdal tunnel, the longest road tunnel in the world that opened in 2000. This leaves a pleasant little town, with little motor traffic and no aircraft or powerboats to disturb the silence and beauty. It’s a sunny afternoon so we walk along the side of the fjord to where we can see down to its junction with the main Sognefjord. The weather for the following day is dubious so we don’t plan to attempt the reputedly spectacular gorge of the Aurland valley walk that is recommended only for good conditions. Instead we make our way on a little-used and vaguely signposted track to Otternes, a cluster of log buildings preserved as they were in the 18th century, perched high above the


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fjord. Some of the houses are furnished in original style. Four families once lived here and worked the steep hillsides, but today the forest is returning. We return to Aurland on another obscure track. Only one day left in this part of the fjords. We walk to a nearby agricultural school with students from all over Europe, some of which help out in their visitor display. We decide to do a ferry cruise on part of Sognefjord, the world’s longest. The friendly tourist office shows us how to catch a bus through two long tunnels to Gudvangen where we catch the ferry back to Aurland. The sun breaks through as we cruise along the spectacularly narrow and deep Naerøyfjord. After an hour of waterfalls and high bluffs, the ferry turns back into Aurlandfjord, stopping at the pretty village of Undredal. Next day it’s a bus back to Flåm where the three souvenir shops and the railway are stretched to the limit by several thousand tourists pouring out of two cruise ships. The trains are fully booked, but we have tickets for the ride back up to Myrdal. Also fortunately, we have walked the route and know what sedentary travellers are missing. We connect with a train on to Bergen to

start the coastal part of our visit to Norway. It’s been great walking and discovering how one can use the railway to find such spectacular walks. This trip was arranged by Sherpa Expeditions <>


Rotary Sunset Coast Walk at Waiuku unday the 14 February 2010 saw the an nual Waiuku Rotary Club Sunset Coast walk take place. Although we can not control the weather the gods do smile upon us most of the time. The day dawned with a little local mist and forecast of fine warm weather. Unfortunately around 7.30am a sea fog rolled in and did not clear until around 9.30am. This did not deter the walkers they still ventured out onto the course. One comment was we enjoyed the walk in part fog and will be back next year to see all the views we missed this year. Another comment from a walker from Hamilton was I am 62 and my son is 42. We both enjoyed the walk and will be back next year. An additional bonus for all the ladies who participated on the walk was, as it was Valentines Day they received a red rose at the end of the walk. Sunday the 13 February 2011 is the day Waiuku Rotary has planned the annual Sunset Coast Walk for 2011. The walk in its 7th year has raised over $45,000.00 for local community organizations. Less than an hour’s drive out of Auckland, the Awhitu Peninsular stretching from Waiuku to the Manukau Heads is an area of outstanding scenic beauty with extensive views along the West Coast, Tasman Sea and back over the Manukau Harbour. From high vantage points you can see the Manukau Bar in the north, Mt Karioi in the south and Mt Egmont on a clear day. View back towards Auckland and the sky tower. If you are lucky you may also see pods or orca’s swimming along in the breaking waters of the beach.


Make your way to Waiuku and then follow the road signs to the registration base at 207 Kohekohe – Kariaotahi Road Waiuku. Good free parking is available. Set on private farmland, the Sunset Coast Walk offers walkers the opportunity to enjoy a 5km or 10km (approximately) walk in this unique area incorporating the stunning views and interesting varied landscape. The walk takes you through rolling farmland to the more rugged contours along the West Coast. You then decide whether to carry on over more farmland for the longer walk with views over the Manukau Harbour or take the shorter option of the valley track back to base. There will be a complimentary cold drink and sausage waiting for you on return back to base. You will also receive a complimentary certificate showing that you have completed the walk. This not a competitive walk but a chance for families or individuals to walk at your own pace and enjoy the surroundings. Sorry no dogs allowed. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy under the shade of the trees or tents or buy an extra sausage or two. Register on the day any time between 7.30am and 1.00pm. Adults $15.00 and children 5 to 13 years of age $5.00. Under 5yrs of age no charge. You can also email Over 600 walkers enjoyed the day in 2010 so with some changes to the route the Waiuku Rotary Club is planning another top day. The principal benefactors for this years walk will be local community activities. From the car park it’s worth a drive to Kariaotahi Surf Beach on the West Coast for a swim or explore further up the Awhitu Peninsular to the beautiful sandy beaches of the Awhitu Regional Park on the Manukau Harbour. You can also visit local bird parks or the restored Manukau Head’s lighthouse. Don’t forget also the Glenbrook Vintage Railway and the steam trains which now come right into Waiuku or a visit to the Glenbrook station. Check the information tent for more details. Don’t forget your camera and suntan lotion and we’ll see you all on Sunday 13th February 2011. Further information can be obtained by telephoning 09 235 3880 or 09 235 8500 or email Left and right: Photos taken at the 2010 Rotary Sunset Coastal Walk.

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Trekking the GhandrukGhorepani Circuit By Mark & Jo Dowle fter we had been living in Nepal for three month we finally man aged to sneak away from language study for an Easter four-day weekend of trekking doing the Ghandruk-Ghorepani circuit. The first day we picked up our guide from lakeside at Pokhara and caught a taxi to the start of the trek. We walked for about four hours up to Ulleri, a cute little town nestled on the side of a steep hill. Most of the terrain is steep mountains and there are only two ways to get there - up or down stone steps! Before coming into Ulleri, according to the map we climbed 3280 consecutive stone steps! Our guide seemed to know all the best guest houses, and within the Annapurna National Park the prices for food and accommodation are all fixed so there is no hassling about cost. These guest houses are simple rooms with two single beds, a shared toilet/shower facility and food is cooked for you – we found them really comfortable, and some have amazing views from the bedroom and dining room windows.


The second day saw us walking for about four hours to Ghorepani, walking through barley and rice fields, and rhododendron or oak forests, with the mountains always nearby. There were many waterfalls due to the steep cliffs. We spent the afternoon exploring the Himalayan Rhododendron

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town and wandering on to the next town down the valley to see the rhododendron forests. The rhododendron trees here are as big as rimus and totaras are in NZ! On Easter Sunday we rose at 4:45am and hiked up Poon Hill (just above Ghorepani) at elevation 3200m above sea level - just a hill in these parts but higher than Mt Ruapehu! We watched the sun rise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges including three of the ten highest mountains in the world (eight of which are in Nepal); Annapurna 1, Dhaulagiri 1, Manaslu. Even if you tried you couldn’t take a bad photo - and what a special way to celebrate Easter!! While we were very glad for all the work our porter did for us, you don’t have to carry much stuff as all the food and lodging is provided. However, the food has to get to the lodge somehow. We frequently met porters and mule trains being used to transport food, gas and tourists’ bags; many of these porters were carrying at least 40-50kg either in a doko (bamboo basket) or in a bag with rope. Both have a strap that goes around the head - no shoulder straps and waist bands around here! The party of porters (shown in the photo top right) were happily chatting away whilst half way up a 1000m step climb! The fitness of some was incredible. The third day we walked to Ghandruk, an old Gurung town nestled on the side of a steep hill (similar to Ulleri). The guest house here was very swish. We were thankful for our porter as we never would have found it otherwise. We were wide awake at about 5:30 in the morning so got up to watch the sun rise over the Annapurna’s from a different angle. We then climbed down from Ghandruk to the river below and walked out to the trail end. It was very tempting to turn around and head back into the mountains! Maybe next time we’ll do the Annapurna circuit and Annapurna Base Camp!!

A party of porters 1000m up.

Lynched by leaches One weekend a group of two couples and two families went on a very easy trek. We walked for a few hours on the first day to reach our destination, Australia camp. At the altitude of the camp there were leeches! These are incredible creatures. We thought they would be like a worm but no, they stand up, lunge forward, and then arch their back and bring their tail to their head, still standing up. They are very crafty: they can get in your boots and take a feed without you knowing they are there - you can only tell from the blood

and a slight itch afterwards. The kids thought they were great and spent a lot of time collecting them and trying to get them to eat each other. The next day we dropped 1000m - away from the leeches quickly - down Nepal’s infamous stone steps and caught a bus back to Pokhara. Mark and Jo are working with needy disabled people in a country with no social welfare and minimal health funding. They appreciate the support of New Zealanders, and one way you can help transform lives is by purchasing a ‘gift’ such as shoes for people with leprosy, a buffalo, a toilet, or physiotherapy treatment for a disabled person. You will receive a card describing the gift which you can send to your friend or relative. Find the gifts on line at (see advert on this page).

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ith two skinny siblings, Johanna Byrnes was always the “fat” kid of the family. “When people tell you that a lot you start to believe it” she says. “I played netball every week, but I also ate too many of the school tuck shops pies and donuts.” After meeting Cameron, her future husband, Johanna started living it up. “We’d go on dates where I’d pile my plate high with hot chips and then go to the movies with a


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One afternoon in early September 2009 I was sitting in a lounge in Waikato Hospital, enjoying a short break from entertaining a young grandson. Idly I picked up Walking New Zealand magazine which opened at page 34/35. As I have a benign form of Parkinson's Disease and had had two unexpected trips to Accident and Emergency Dept, I read the article by Gary Moller- "What is the cause of most ailments?" with great interest. I contacted Gary, had a 'Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis' and have now enjoyed a year almost clear of three annoying side effects of Parkinson's Disease ie: 1. Choking when swallowing ) 2. Constipation problems) Both of which resulted in visits to A&E. 3. Horrible dehydration problems which no amount of drinking water helped ease. Life has been much more pleasant for the past year. I have thanked Gary, so now thank you for publishing such articles. Bless you. Mairi C. Edmonds.

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Easing sore shoulders while walking by Gary Moller Dip Ph Ed PG Dip Rehab PG Dip Sport Med (Otago) FCE Certified

Hi there Gary. Whilst I'm out running or walking I tend to get sore shoulders from time to time. Its not a major but very annoying. Thanks for your time. Shane Gary replies: Sit and get somebody strong to dig their thumbs or elbow into the shoulder muscles (trapezius)it should be obvious that there are painful lumps (knots) within the muscle belly. These will be the source of your pain. When running, or walking, the trapezius is under static pressure. Even a light backpack may add to this pressure. If there is already any restriction of blood flow due to muscle knots, then the muscle may be thrust into a state of acute lack of oxygen (ischaemia) and this will be felt as intense cramping in the neck and shoulder and even coldness and numbness extending down to the fingers. If this is felt during exercise, stop and do some arm and shoulder rotations similar to what a swimmer will do as part of their warmup. Do some neck limbering while you are at it. If possible, give your shoulders a quick self massage then continue the run/walk. Longterm prevention requires a weekly deep tissue massage of the affected muscles for as long as there are any hints of any knots. There may also be a need for magnesium and pyridoxine supplementation. The best way to determine any dietary needs and to not waste your money is the ICL Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis which you can order through me. Please tell us how you get on with applying this advice.

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Kaweka Challenge - an ico he Kaweka Challenge is an iconic event held in the Hawke’s Bay each Febru ary and it is attracting more participants from overseas than ever in the past. Held every year since 1990, the Kaweka Challenge has become part of the local venture tourism scene attracting walkers, runners and bikers who want a safe day out in New Zealand’s native bush (or a couple of days). Enquiries from overseas at this time of year are high as people planning their holidays in New Zealand are on the lookout for summer events in this part of the country. “Website design is important to get the information to those wanting to give the Challenge a go.” says event organiser, Tim Anderson. “The website has been re-designed again to keep our profile high for next year’s event and we are on facebook for the first time”, he says. For those who wish to take up the Challenge of getting around a rugged mountain track there are five courses offered in 2011. The courses are reviewed each year but continue to be designed to provide participants a wonderful opportunity to challenge themselves while alone, safe, in our bush-clad mountain ranges. Online entry via the event website has made it easier for local people to make a late decision to enter the weekend’s challenge, so boosting numbers closer to the start date. “We can cope with these late entries because computers used onsite during the weekend make things easier during registration”, says Tim. Listening to comments from international participants confirms those who come believe taking on the Challenge is well worth-while. Ed O’Connor and Lyn Davies, both from Queensland, Australia, were typical of those


Above: The sample of the type of country that the Kaweka Challenge goes through. Below: The map showing where the various five courses make their way around.

Below A stream on one of the courses.

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Window on Waitakere

onic event coming from Australia scheduling their trip to be part of this year’s Challenge. “It’s just beautiful. There’s nothing like it in Australia - you kiwis don’t know how lucky you are,” said Ed. He should have been tired after completing the course on day one but he was very energized - on adrenalin from a day in our bush on the Kaweka Range. “When they fall in love with our mountains like that it is natural for them to promote our country when they go home,” Tim says. Various fitness levels are still catered for in the day-long and two-day events and whatever speed they intend to go participants are constantly having their safety monitored by experienced volunteers manning strategic places on route. Electronic timing devices now help with tracing of people’s progress around the courses. For some the Challenge is so alluring they return year after year. For a few the Challenge is to finish their particular course in a recordbreaking time - they are not here for the spectacular views nor the negative ions that are created from such country as this. But for most it is the opposite – why would you want to rush in such an environment. The event has attracted nearly 400 entries some years, with some returning to take up the challenge more than five times. To them the combination of bush atmosphere and personal achievement is addictive. One thing doesn’t change year to year – the feeling that comes with completing a personal challenge like a Kaweka Challenge – it’s like a tonic that sets you up for the months ahead. Next year’s event is on 26th - 27th February, 2011. Seek out more information at

The year of the robin

From Kay Lindley

ndoubtedly the introduction of new birds has been influential, but this year is certainly turning out to be the year of the robin. With 30 birds captured in northern Pureora and released this May, it could have been expected that they would disperse as widely as did the first cohort in 2005, but perhaps the larger area of predator-controlled forest, the presence of a few anchoring birds, or some other factor has led to more of these birds staying within or near the Ark boundaries. Locally based volunteers were joined by Coraline Descamps from France and sought out robins in all the previous known territories as well as new ones discovered by these and other volunteers. With the first nests discovered in August, many more nests and territories were added over subsequent weeks. An interesting finding was the number of territories in R block, which previously had only one territory known. This block takes its name from the Robinson Ridge Track, but with five apparent territories now, it seems the track should be renamed “Robins On Ridge Track.” Excitingly, the pair formations throughout the Ark seem to have involved almost every possible combination with original birds of 2005—Waitakere bred birds and exPureora birds—all mixing and matching. Additionally, several robins have been seen and heard in the new Aw block, which is being opened up for predator control. Although late in 2005 robin calls were heard from the east side of the reservoir during the first bird survey conducted from the water, few people would have ventured subsequently into such dense untracked forest. That very density of forest, with its tangle of kie kie, supplejack, and cutty grass, coupled with the lower rat density noted over the years at these slightly higher elevations, may make this new Aw block ideal robin territory. Robins also have been observed a few hundred metres to the west of the Ark, closer to Lake Wainamu in the past year and again these seem to be well ensconced in their second season. Reinforcing the phrase “an oldie but a goodie” is M/R, which has been redis-


covered close to the Ark in this area. And who or what is M/R? None other than the very first bird caught and banded at Mokoia Island for our first robin transfer in 2005. Welcome back M/R! His mate incidentally is a Waitakere-bred bird banded in the first breeding season. Behind the searchers of nests, and the banders of birds, have been the suppliers of worms who are yet another part of the Ark support system. These volunteers have kept pace with the ever-increasing need for mealworms without which finding nests and catching fledglings would be near impossible. Volunteer couple Adnan and Raewyn Demir initially found how to ensure the propagation of mealworms and now they and others steadily breed mealworms year round. Common mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) are popular food items for any animals that eat insects. They are an excellent source of protein. Lots of lizards, amphuibians, turtles, hedgehogs and even ferrets can eat mealworms. People also use them for fishing bait. Mealworms are amazingly simple to keep. You can keep them in a 10” x 18” x 6” plastic container with no lid. They have a four part life cycle: egg, larva, pupa and adult (beetle). Not many animals eat the beetle because they are hard. The larva is the “worm” stage. The pupae are edible, but they do not move around a lot. Most insectivores (animals that eat bugs) like to see their dinner moving before they eat it. Mealworms breed best in temperatures between 24-29 degrees Celsius. Colder temperatures mean the cycles take too long and warmer means they become overheated. If you want to grow some mealworms for the Ark in the Park Project, please contact them to organise it. And to see the wonderful Ark in the Park region, register for the Nightwalks With Nature series over January and February 2011 to see bats, glowworms, night fish, night plants, weta tunnels, night spiders and a wonderful array of moths and other nighttime creatures. For a brochure and registration form contact Kay Lindley, phone: 09 837 8820, mobile: 027 274 2280, fax: 08 837 8852, email: Walking New Zealand, issue no 156 - 2011


CONTENTS for previous 14 issues DECEMBER 2010 155 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walks: Lake Wanaka’s new tracks ready for summer 8 New Zealand walks: Lake Wanaka’s walking tracks 11 Hi achievers: Raewyn and Geraldine love five year challenges 12 New Zealand walks: Sea, Sky & Bush walk 14 High achiever: Susan’s a half marathon stunner 15 Motivation: The festive season bulge 16 New Zealand walk: Waiheke Island summer works of art 18 New Zealand walk: A weekend of hiking in Opotiki 21 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 New Zealand walk: Wairere Falls Track 26 Overseas walks: Five days on the Pacific Crest Trail 32 Overseas walks: Walking in an ancient land - Ethiopia 38 Books: Wild New Zealand from the Road 38 Health: Is walking a pain in the butt? 40 Event: Moro Marathon events 2010 41 Window on Waitakere: Class action 42 Index over previous 14 issues 43 Weather forecast for December 44 New Zealand coming events 46 Overseas coming events 49 Overseas walks and tours 50 Nordic Walking: Events 50 Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking some good reasons to walk the talk 52 There’s a walking group near you 56 Great Country Breaks 59 The Great New Zealand Trek 60 Green Prescription: Need help to get active? NOVEMBER 2010 154 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Akatrack Luxury in the wilderness 8 My favourite walk: Weymounth Walkway 10 News: Earthquake damages DOC walking tracks 12 New Zealand walk: Walking loop track great for walkers and bird watchers 13 Motivation: Simplify your life 14 New Zealand walk: The Kaikoura Coast Track 19 High achiever: Walked to top of world’s steepest street 20 Te Araroa Trail: Signage completes 12km northern section 21 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 New Zealand walks: Discover the Lindis region 24 Overseas walks: Stepping out in Central Australia 30 Overseas walk: Doing the Cinque Terra independently 36 Books: Inspiring Gippsland Walks 36 Books: Best Short Nature Walks 37 Health: Role of Vitamin C in fighting cancer 38 New Zealand walks: Walk the Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest 42 Index over previous 14 issues 43 Weather forecast for November 44 New Zealand coming events 46 Overseas coming events 49 Nordic Walking: Events 50 Window on Waitakere: Kokako release 50 New product: Don’t put your back out - pull the handle out! 51 Overseas walks and tours 52 There’s a walking group near you 56 Great Country Breaks 59 Walking New Zealkand Shop 60 Need help to get active? OCTOBER 2010 153 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: The Abel Tasman Coast Walk 9 New Zealand event: Te Awamutu group celebrates 20 years 9 Readers views: 10 New Zealand walks: Warkworth Walks 2010 - walks worth doing 12 High achiever: I bought great new shoes 13 Motivation: The danger zone 14 Event: A winter wonderland 16 New Zealand walk: From Huntly

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to Mercer 18 New Zealand walk: K2K - from country to coast 25 Event: Historic tunnel takes trekkers back in time 21 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 Overseas walk: Railway Reserves Heritage Trail 26 Event: Pegasus group celebrates 30 years 27 Event: Mid distance event welcome in Onehunga Half Marathon 28 Te Araroa Trail: Funds help Southland trail extension 30 Overseas walks: Italy’s Apaune Alps 36 Health: From sweet toothed lump to sword fighter 38 Event: Manawatu Striders events 40 Window on Waitakere: AUTC hut popular with groups 36 Podiatry: Forefoot pain - what’s that? 42 Index over previous 14 issues 43 Weather forecast for October 44 New Zealand coming events 47 Overseas coming events 49 Nordic Walking: Events 50 Event: Coastal challenge 51 Overseas walks and tours 52 There’s a walking group near you 56 Great Country Breaks 59 100th marathon for Hutt Valley woman 60 Need help to get active? SEPTEMBER 2010 152 4 Walk talk 6 NZ walk: Iconic Te Rewa Rewa Bridge opens 8 NZ event: The other side of Matakana 9 Kiwi programme benefits 10 Guidelines for outdoor access published 12 High achiever: Healthy feels good! 13 Motivation: Life changing habits 14 NZ Walk: Bridal Veil Falls 16 NZ Walk: Howath Memorial Wetlands 18 Overseas walks: Gold Coast Federation walk 21 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 NZ walk: Enchantment on the Kaituna Walkway 27 NZwalk: Chelsea Park Heritage walk 28 Overseas walk: Tipperary - here we come! 32 Books: Field Guide to Wild New Zealand, Sydney Free & Dirt Cheap 33 Health: Big toe pain a sign 34 Event: Record field and fast racing in Christchurch 35 Event: Harbour Capital Marathon celebtrates 25 years 36 Window on Waitakere: A day in the life of B94055 36 Podiatry: Tarsal Tunnel syndrome 38 Index over previous 14 issues 39 Weather forecast for September 40 NZ coming events 42 Overseas coming events 44 Nordic Walking: What Nordic Walking and walking does for your body 44 Nordic Walking: Events 46 NZ Walking Shop 47 Overseas walks and tours 48 There’s a walking group near you 52 Great Country Breaks 55 DOC cleans up the Navy in the Bay 56 Off Road Half Marathon - Taupo AUGUST 2010 151 4 Walk talk 6 NZ walk: Onepoto Domain 8 New Zealand walk: Tupare Garden walks 9 Kiwi programme benefits 10 NZ walk: Pauanui Hill - a walk for all seasons 11 Digital Photo Contest winners 12 Event: Fifteen times for Taupo Half Marathon icon 13 Motivation: Success supporters 14 Event: An Autumn Muster walking with the shepherd 18 Event: Seniors three day walking adventure 22 NZ walk: Hiking in the Tararuas 28 Overseas walks: Walking in northern Crete 31 High achievers: How Green Prescription helped these two women

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32 Readers views: Walking the Camino de Santiago trial 32 Health: Achilles tendon pain - or is it? 34 NZ walk: Manawatu Estuary:walks in an unique area 36 Window on Waitakere: Worth their weight in gold 36 Podiatry: Wobbling down the hills or stairs 38 Index over previous 14 issues 39 Weather forecast for August 40 New Zealand coming events 42 Overseas coming events 44 Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking as a tool after hip replacement 44 Nordic Walking: Events 46 Event: Record numbers in Curves to Curves 47 Overseas walks and tours 48 There’s a walking group near you 52 Great Country Breaks 55 K-Swiss Rotorua Ekiden 56 Mizuno Half Marathon - Taupo JULY 2010 150 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Mount Maunganui Base Walk 11 Digital Photo Contest winners 12 New Zealand walk: Why was Mission Station in such a remote spot? 13 Motivation: Winning decisions 14 Event: Challenge yourself in New Zealand’s fastest growing marathon 14 Working for you while you walk 16 NZ walk: A glimpse of paradise? 20 New Zealand walk: Improved track opens on Paritutu Rock 20 Overseas walks: Sunken garden a top short walk 22 Walking group celebrates 10 years 23 Event: Great NZ Trek stage 5 ends in a surprize 26 Overseas walks: Walking the new Danube Pathway 31 High achiever: Wake-up call for once active 36 year old 32 Walking groups encouraged to enter event 32 Health: Is hair dye making you sick? 34 Altitude training for the lads at DOC Taranaki 35 Long walk: Walking the World 36 Window on Waitakere: What is P. T. A.? 36 Event: New timing system for Moro 25th event 37 Podiatry: Cramp hurts - why? 38 Index over previous 14 issues 39 Weather forecast for July 40 New Zealand coming events 42 Overseas coming events 44 Event: Record entries at new venue 46 Nordic Walking: What is Nordic Walking? 46 Nordic Walking: Events 47 Overseas walks and tours 48 There’s a walking group near you 52 Great Country Breaks 55 K-Swiss Rotorua Ekiden 56 Mizuno Half Marathon - Taupo JUNE 2010 149 4 Walk talk 6 NZ walk: A hiking week away in Central North Island 9 Event: Taupo adds new event to walking portfolio 10 Books: Drawing the Waitakere Coast - Wild about London Parks 11 Digital Photo Contest winners 12 High achiever: Rose finds inspiration with Green Prescription 13 Motivation: High vibe Winter 14 New Zealand walk: Hamurana Springs Reserve walk 17 New Zealand walk: Walking up the Wilkin 21 New Zealand walk: Pohangina Wetlands walk 24 New Zealand walk: Tuff Crater 26 Overseas walks: Holy Year for Spain’s pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago 30 New Zealand walk: Bledisloe Park to Old West Road walk 31 Podiatry: When to treat Bunions 32 Health: Good nutrition key to healthy lifestyle 34 Window on Waitakere: Expansion of Ark in the Park 34 Long walk: Walking the World 36 Event: Martinborough Round the Vines 38 Index over previous 14 issues 39 Weather forecast for June

40 New Zealand coming events 42 Overseas coming events 45 Nordic Walking: Walk away back pain the Nordic way 46 Nordic Walking: Events 47 Overseas walks and tours 48 There’s a walking group near you 52 Great Country Breaks 56 Harbour Capital Marathon MAY 2010 148 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Te Waihou Walkway and Spring 9 Te Araroa Trail: New Mt Richmond Forest Park on Te Araroa Trail 10 High achiever: How Green Prescription helped Joanne Paul 11 Digital Photo contest winners 12 Te Araroa Trail: Sir Stephen Tindall backs the trail 13 Motivation: Get accountable with numbers 14 New Zealand walk: Hooked on the Hooker 16 High achiever: Aiming to reach 100 marathons 17 New Zealand walk: Wilkies Pools Loop Track 18 New Zealand walk: Easy and challenging walks in OtariWilton’s Bush 22 Little Barrier - Island of hope and glory 26 Overseas walks: On foot in Slovenia’s Julian Alps 31 Sealink announces Barrier breakaway fares 32 Books: Great Kiwi outdoor camping guide 32 Health: Downsides of antiinflammatory drugs 34 Window on Waitakere: Curiouser and curiouser 34 Long walk: Walking the World 36 Important to register you PLB 36 Walk2Work day a success 38 Index over previous 14 issues 39 Weather forecast for May 40 New Zealand coming events 46 Nordic Walking: Events 47 Overseas walks and tours 48 There’s a walking group near you 52 Great Country Breaks 55 SBS Christchurch Marathon 56 Pak - A - Roo APRIL 2010 147 4 Walk talk 6 Coromandel walking festival 8 NZ walk: Westmere Walkway 10 High achiever: Merita Orgias just loves to walk 11 Digital Photo contest winners 12 New Zealand walk: Hillsborough Bay circuit 13 Motivation: Get competitive 14 NZ walk: A right royal walk 17 NZ walk: Taieri Gorge Rail Walk 18 New Zealand walk: Waihi Beach to Houmunga Bay 20 Reader’s views: Best way to see a place is on foot 21 Window on Waitakere: Roving robins 22 New Zealand walk: Fantastic ferns of Peel Forest 23 New Rotorua walking trail 24 New Striders course popular 26 Books: Which native fern?, Which native tree? Majestic New Zealand 27 Famous wall illuminated 28 Overseas walk: One Track For All 31 Explore Lake Tekapo High Country on snow shoes 32 Health: How to get fit for a challenging multi-day walk 34 Event: New walking festival has walks for everyone 35 Long walk: Walking the World 36 Te Araroa Trail: Cool, clear, water now at 90 Mile Beach 36 Podiatry: Painful toes - shoes? 38 Index over previous 14 issues 39 Weather forecast for April 40 New Zealand coming events 46 Nordic Walking: Events 47 Overseas walks and tours 48 There’s a walking group near you 52 Great Country Breaks 55 Huntly Half Marathon 56 SBS Christchurch Marathon MARCH 2010 146 4 Walk talk 6 NZ walk: Waikato River walk 8 New Zealand walk: Tama Lakes Walk - something for everyone 11 Digital Photo contest winners 12 Te Araroa Trail: Prime Minister open Pirongia 13 Motivation: Just do it! 14 New Zealand walk: The Hidden Treasures Trail - a 40km journey to remember through Rodney 16 NZ walk: Seeing in the new year at Sign of the Packhorse 18 News: Governor General opens

Hilliary Trail 20 Road through Molesworth open till Easter 21 Window on Waitakere: Hihi happenings 22 New Zealand walks: The Catlins: an area of walks of great contrast and natural beauty 27 New Zealand walk: Waipohatu Track receives a make-over 28 Overseas walks: Hiking along the World Heritage Hinterland trails 32 Event: Event for walkers in Cape Brett Challenge 32 Health: How to reduce fluid retention 34 Event: Walking in the Rotorua Marathon 35 Long walk: Walking the World 36 Event: New walking festival set for launch 36 Podiatry: Spots can kill you Melanoma it’s not what you think 39 Weather forecast for March 40 New Zealand coming events 46 Nordic Walking: Events 47 Overseas walks and tours 48 There’s a walking group near you 52 Great Country Breaks 56 Shoe Clinic Harbour Capital Marathon FEBRUARY 2010 145 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Getting into hot water on The Barrier 8 New Zealand walk: Meandering around Moeraki 11 Photo contest winners 12 High achiever: Raelene reaches for the Summit 13 Motivation: Annual lifestyle check-up 14 New Zealand walk: Hiking Te Araroa tracks in the King Country 16 New Zealand walk: Manawatu Gorge tracks 19 News: The Central Gold Rush 20 Overseas walks: Experience Nepal and help a charity 21 Event: NZ’s longest running and walking relay 22 New Zealand walks: Mangawhai Walking Festival 24 Overseas walks: Mt Tamborine National Park walks 28 Overseas walks: Menorcan adventure 31 Window on Waitakere: Geckos and skinks in park 32 Event: 27th Half Marathon aims to be a fun event 32 Health: How to treat grazing and bruising naturally 34 Why Gary loves to walk 35 Walking the World 36 New Zealand walk: Onetangi meanderings 38 Index over previous 14 issues 39 Weather forecast for February 40 New Zealand coming events 44 Overseas coming events 46 Nordic Walking: Events 47 Overseas walks and tours 48 There’s a walking group near you 52 Great Country Breaks 55 ACC NZ Masters Games Dunedin 56 Great New Zealand Trek JANUARY 2010 144 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Thames Coastal Walkway 10 Photo contest winners 11 New Zealand walk: Auckland’s Kauri Point Centennial ParkNews: Guidelines for outdoor access drafted 12 New Zealand walk: Award winning Coastal Walkway 15 Walker loves Waiheke’s Wharf2Wharf 15 Fourteen members over 80 years of age 16 New Zealand walk: Exploring the huge expanse of Mesopotamia Station 19 New Zealand walk: Lake Ellery Track reopens 20 Overseas walks: Patagonia walking in the land of giants 25 Books: Let’s go Camping 25 Books: A Wee Walk in the Wilderness 26 High achiever: Dropped from size 22 to 14 27 Overseas walk: Whitsunday Peak - walk 28 Overseas walks: Mont Blanc one of the world’s classic mountain walks 34 Health: Think before you get a bike 35 Window on Waitakere: Track improvements 36 Nordic Walking:Jan Petrie - From wheelchair to golfer

36 Nordic Walking: Events 39 Weather forecast for January 40 New Zealand coming events 45 Event: Sunset Coast Walk planned for February 46 Event: Great Barrier Marathon a “must do” 47 Overseas walks and tours 48 There’s a walking group near you 52 Great Country Breaks 55 ACC NZ Masters Games Dunedin 56 Great New Zealand Trek DECEMBER 2009 143 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Ara Harakeke - a brisk walk in the footsteps of Te Rauparaha 10 Photo contest winners 11 News: Guidelines for outdoor access drafted 12 New Zealand walk: New trail to honour Sir Ed 14 New Zealand walk: Short and long walks in the Haast 16 Achiever: How walking improved mum’s career prospects 17 News: New Zealand moves to new official maps 18 New products: Personal locator beacon tested for extreme heights Drink bottle made from vegetable starch 18 New Zealand walks: Landscapes feature of Central Hawkes Bay walks 20 Training: Time to get out and enjoy the scenery 20 Podiatry: Fitness walking: not just one foot in front of the other 22 Overseas walks: Walk the West of Ireland 26 Overseas walks: Burleigh Head National Park 29 Te Araroa Trail: New link track 30 Window on Waitakere: Translocation of birds in Arc in the Park project 31 Books: Galapalos - preserving Darwin’s legacy: 101 Must-Do Weekends 32 Event: Exciting changes to Wharf2Wharf event 34 Health: Pros and cons of Cortisone 35 Nordic Walking: From stove top to mountain top 36 Nordic Walking in rehabilitation 38 Index over previous 14 issues 39 Weather forecast for December 40 New Zealand coming events 45 Event: Great Forest Levin events 46 Event: Moro Marathon events 47 Overseas walks and tours 48 There’s a walking group near you 52 Great Country Breaks 56 Land Information New Zealand NOVEMBER 2009 142 4 Walk talk 6 Event: Buggy walks - a social outing for parents 8 New Zealand walk: Branch Road walkway reopens 9 Motivation: Keeping a Training Journal 10 New Zealand walk: Blue and Green Lake walks 13 Photo contest winners 14 New Zealand walk: Richmond Trail - another Tekapo attraction 16 New Zealand walk: A taste of the Tararuas 19 Window on Waitakere: A great breeding season for Robins 20 New Zealand walk: See Abel Tasman National Park with the locals 22 High achiever: Ali Davis is a champion 22 Podiatry: Wart’s n all 24 Overseas walks: Walking Spain’s Camino de Santiago Pilgrim Trail 30 New Zealand walk: Haurata discover the pleasures of living in the remote hills of Gisborne 34 Reader’s views - Likes back to basics articles 35 Health: Knee pain more common in women 36 Nordic Walking events 36 Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking and why it could interest you 38 Index over previous 14 issues 39 Weather forecast for November 40 New Zealand coming events 44 Overseas coming events 45 Event: Round the Bridges reaches new milestone 46 Event: Both Taupo events popular with walkers 47 Overseas walks and tours 48 There’s a walking group near you 52 Great Country Breaks 55 Southland Marathon 56 Land Information New Zealand

JANUARY WEATHER FORECAST From January 1 to January 31 2011 Daily Summary JANUARY In the first half, cold southerlies, westerlies and depressions bring cloudy, cool weather to many especially the East Coast. 3rd January Weak troughs with variable conditions. 5th January Over the next month, persistent southwest winds and lack of rain may affect north and eastern Waikato farmers. 6th-11th January Troughs to the west and south of NZ with changeable westerlies. Southerlies follow a depression on the 11th. 9th January Very hot at Christchurch during northwester conditions. 12th January Over the next four weeks expect cold conditions, dry over the northern half of the North Island, wet in Southland and Fiordland. Change to west and southwest wind flows bring cool changeable weather especially to Southland and Westland. There may only be a few days with anticyclones over NZ. Bay of Plenty and Gisborne are sheltered from the prevailing wind flows and may have average rainfall and more sunshine than average. The national average temperature may be a degree below normal, possibly the lowest for a January for many decades. West to southwest winds should keep temperatures below average in Fiordland, Taranaki, Manawatu, Buller and Westland. The occasional hot northwesterly in the east may not be enough to bring mean temperatures in those areas up to average for the time of the year. Rainfall may be less than average in Northland, Waikato, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and along the Kaikoura coast. Rotorua and Nelson may have a third less than average rainfall, and Rotorua may have to take temporary extreme firerisk precautions as little rain is expected in the region before March. The changeable west to southwesterlies may double the average rainfall to Fiordland and coastal Southland, with about 20% more than average in both Westland and much of Otago. Despite the dry and cold, sunshine hours may be near the average over much of NZ. The sunniest regions may be Bay of Plenty and Gisborne, followed by Northland and Buller. However hours of sun may be below average along the Southland coast. 12th-23rd January Southerlies, then northerlies. 15th January Heavy falls in Waikato. 16th-23rd January A trough of low pressure brings disturbed westerlies and the passage of frontal systems. 24th January Southwesterlies are followed by a ridge of high pressure over the South Island on 25th. Weather may be still too wet to dry hay in the Waikato, to allow clearing for re-growth for a summer grazing rotation. 26th January Change to westerlies. 27th January Change to southerlies. 28th-31st January Northwesterly change, interrupted by a brief southwesterly change on 30th. Heavy rain in the South Island West Coast may flood creeks and rivers and block roads. CYCLONE WATCH This month sees several tropical lows attempting to form cyclonic systems, but it is a depression around 15th-22nd January that has the greatest cyclonic potential. One may form around New Caledonia around 10th before traversing towards the Queensland coast by around 16th and is expected to be downgraded to a general low by the time it sweeps across the top of Northland around 18th-20th. Another low forms over the Solomons around 20th, another in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland around 24th and a further one around New Caledonia around 30th. All of these are likely to eventuate and should remain tropical lows. 15th-22nd January A depression forms in the northern Tasman Sea between Northland NZ and New South Wales Australia from a dip in the monsoonal trough, which over the next week as it meanders around the Tasman Sea threatens to turn cyclonic and move eastward over NZ. It is expected to disintegrate into a depression by 20th as it passes over the South Island over the following couple of days. Allow 24-hr error to all forecasts. Skewing may occur around 4th(new moon), 10th(apogee), 20th(full moon) and 22nd(perigee).

According to

Ken Ring The Moon controls the weather. Each moon phase has a changing effect. The atmostphere has a tide that is forever changing and the weather is what results. Shaded areas depict rain or showers.































Ken Ring author of . . . Predict Weather 2011 at a bookstore near you

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Coming events

Mangawhai Walking Weekend March 31st to April 3 2011 25 walks to choose from 90 minutes north of Auckland

NEW ZEALAND EVENTS DECEMBER 2010 1 The Rat Race 5km, Milford 1 Waitakere Tri Club 5km, Henderson 2 10km in the Domain, Auckland 2 DevonSport Sun Run,5km & 3km Walk/Run, Auckland 4 Marlborough Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km, Blenheim 4 The Goat Alpine Adventure Run, 21km, Whakapapa 5 Columbo Street Mile 1.6km, Christchurch 5 Run & Walk Events -0 Half Marathon, 15km & 10km, Auckland 6 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Pakuranga 6 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa

22nd KAWEKA CHALLENGE 26 and 27 February 2011

for runner and walkers • Walk the beautiful coastal area of Mangawhai. •Learn of our endangered shore birds • All walks are guided. • Limited numbers on walks •Enjoy the Troubadour Trail •Specialist walks • Local Wine & Food Festival

For entry contact: Louise or Tim 06 844 9933

7 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 7 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 7 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 8 The Rat Race 5km, Milford 8 Waitakere Tri Club 5km, Henderson 9 DevonSport Sun Run,5km & 3km Walk/Run, Auckland 9 10km in the Domain, Auckland 11 3 Bridges Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Wanganui 12 Sri Chinmoy 100km, 50km, 25km & 10km, Christchurch 12 Westfield Albany Lakes Summer Series, 10km, 5km & 2km, Albany 13 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Pakuranga 13 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa 14 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 13-14 Warkworth Walking Weekend, Warkworth 14 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 14 Eastside 5km & 2km River Run, Hamilton 14 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 15 The Rat Race 5km, Milford 16 DevonSport Sun Run,5km & 3km Walk/Run, Auckland 16 Trout Fly Summer Series, 5.4km & 3km, Rotorua 16 10km in the Domain, Auckland 19 Sri Chimony Christmas Dash 10km, Christchurch 19 Trust House Summer Series 8km, 7km, 4km & 2km, Masterton 20 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote 20 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa 21 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 21 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington

COMING EVENTS We obtain information for this column from a large number of sources up to two years in advance and sometimes there are date changes etc that occur. If there are any changes in dates etc, we ask clubs to advise us direct.

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GREAT FOREST EVENTS 2010 Sponsored by Brooks shoes

Early booking essential to secure your chosen walk Send for an entry form or print out the booking sheet from the web page.: or email Enquiries: Jean Goldschmidt, Co-ordinator Mangawhai Walking Weekend, 208 Staniforth Road, RD 5 Wellsford. Phone 09 431 5096 Proceeds to Mangawhai Community Trust


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SATURDAY 2nd APRIL 2011 NZ No. 1 OFF ROAD EVENTS Two circuit Marathon course run/ walk Half Marathon course run/walk 10km & 5km fun run/walk

Medals for all finishers Early Bird Entry Prize Enter by Friday 18 March 2011

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Coming Events 21 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 21 Eastside 5km & 2km River Run, Hamilton 23 10km in the Domain, Auckland 26 Olex Series 2.9km, 10km & 5km, Bell Block 27 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa 27 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote 28 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 28 Eastside 5km & 2km River Run, Hamilton

JANUARY 2011 3 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa 3 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote 4 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 4 Eastside 5km & 2km River Run, Hamilton 8 10km in the Domain, Auckland 10 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa 10 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote 11 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 11 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 11 Eastside 5km & 2km River Run, Hamilton 13 10km in the Domain, Auckland 13 Trout Fly Summer Series, 5.4km & 3km, Rotorua 15 Fullers Wharf to Wharf Fun Run/Walk, 25km, 13km, 12km & 7km, Waiheke Island 15 Orewa Beach Dash for Cash, 5km, Orewa 16 Westfield Albany Lakes Summer Series, 10km, 5km & 2km, Albany 16 NBS Nelson Striders Half Marathon & 10km, Nelson 16 Trust House Summer Series 10km, 7km, 4km & 2km, Mauriceville

17 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa 17 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote 18 Manawatu Striders Super Seven Series 7km, Palmerston North 18 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 18 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 18 Maitai Valley Summer Series 3km, Nelson 18 Eastside 5km & 2km River Run, Hamilton 20 10km in the Domain, Auckland 22 Blackball Hilton Croesus Crossing, 25km, Barrytown 22 Hutt River Trail Ultra Marathon, Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km Hutt Valley 23 Olex Series 5km & 10km, Inglewood 24 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa 24 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote 25 Manawatu Striders Super Seven Series 7km, Palmerston North 25 Eastside 2km & 5km River Run, Hamilton 25 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 25 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 25 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 25 Maitai Valley Summer Series 5km, Nelson 27 10km in the Domain, Auckland 27 Trout Fly Summer Series, 5.4km & 3km, Rotorua 29 Tussock Traverse, 27km, Tongariro National Park 29 Jumbo Holdsworth Trail Race, 24km & 12km, Masterton 30 Trust House Summer Series 10km, Masterton 31 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa

FEBRUARY 2011 1 Eastside 5km River Run, Hamilton 1 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 1 Manawatu Striders Super Seven Series 7km, Palmerston North 1 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/

27km ALPINE ADVENTURE RUN & WALK SATURDAY 29 JANUARY, 2011 Tongariro National Park - Limited to 400 entrants Entry form and details at Phone (09) 4125508 or email

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Coming events Walk, Wellington 1 Maitai Valley Summer Series 10km, Nelson 1 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 3 10km in the Domain, Auckland 4-13 NZ Masters Games, Wanganui 5 The Great Cranleigh Kauri Run, 32km & 13km, Coromandel 5 Heaphy Five-O-Trail Run 82km, Collingwood 6 Pukekohe Half Marathon, Pukekohe 7 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Pakuranga 7 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote 7 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa 8 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 8 Manawatu Striders Super Seven Series 7km, Palmerston North 8 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 8 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 10 10km in the Domain, Auckland 12 Buller Gorge Marathon & Half Marathon, Buller Gorge 13 The Blueberry, 5km, 10km, 17km & 17km Fun Run/Walks, Ohaupo School, Waikato 13 Asics Shoe Clinic Killer Mountain Run/Walk, 30km, 21km, 12km 7.5km, Glen Massey 13 Botany Town Centre Summer Fun Run/ Walk Series, 10km & 5km, Botanty Town Centre 13 Westfield Albany Lakes Summer Series, 10km, 5km & 2km, Albany 14 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Pakuranga 14 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa 14 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote 15 Manawatu Striders Super Seven Series

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7km, Palmerston North 15 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 15 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 15 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 17 10km in the Domain, Auckland 18 New Balance 16th Great Lake Relay, 155km, 100km, & 67km, Taupo 19 Riverrun Trail Series, 14.3km, Wanaka 19 Avalanche Peak Challenge, 25km, Arthur’s Pass Village 20 Wellington Round the Bays & New Balance Half marathon, Wellington 21 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Pakuranga 21 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa 21 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote 22 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 22 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 22 Nelson Striders Offroad Series, 5km Run/ Walk, Nelson 22 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 22 Manawatu Striders Super Seven Series 7km, Palmerston North 24 10km in the Domain, Auckland 27 The Kakepuku 6km & 14km Fun Run/Walks, Pokuru School, Waikato 27 Cathay Pacific Half Marathon & 11km, Auckland 28 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Pakuranga 28 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa

MARCH 2011 1 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 1 Manawatu Striders Super Seven Series 7km, Palmerston North 1 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 1 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 1 Nelson Striders Offroad Series, 6km Run/ Walk, Nelson 3 10km in the Domain, Auckland 5 Bayleys Mountain to Surf Marathon, New Plymouth 5 North Shore Coastal Challenge 22km, 16km & 11km, Devonport 5-7 Sea, Sky & Bush walks, Central Hawkes Bay 7 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Pakuranga 7 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa 7 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote 8 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 8 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 8 Nelson Striders Offroad Series, 6km Run/ Walk, Nelson 8 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna

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10 10km in the Domain, Auckland 10 Trout Fly Summer Series 5.4km &3km, Rotorua 12 Waiheke Coastal Classic18km, 10km & 5km, Waiheke Island 12 Motatapu Icebreaker Marathon, Wanaka 13 The Hamilton Lake 6km & 14km, Fun Run/ Walks, Hamilton 14 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Pakuranga 14 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa 14 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote 15 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 15 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 15 North Shore Beach Series, 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 17 10km in the Domain, Auckland 19 Hastinf Pak’nSave Triple Peaks Challenge, 47km &13km, Havelock North 19 Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon, Kaiteriteri Beach, Motueka 19 The Tarawera Ultramarathon Trail Run and Relays,100km, 85km, & 60km, Rotorua 19-20 IWL International Two Day Walk, 30km, 20km & 10km, Rotorua 20 Coastville Classic Half Marathon, 8km & 2km, Coastville 20 Mt Lyford Challenge, 20km, 9km, 4km & 3km, Mt Lyford, Canterbury 21 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Pakuranga 21 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa 22 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 22 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 24 10km in the Domain, Auckland 26 Northburn 100, 160km, 100km, & 50km, Cromwell 26 The Dual, Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km, Motutapu Island ,Auckland 27 Run Auckland Series, 10km & 5km, Remuera, Auckland 27 The Star City 2 Surf, 6km & 12km, Christchurch 27 Mt Lowry Challenge 22km & 11.8km, Days Bay 28 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Pakuranga 28 The Monday Nighta, 5km Orewa 28 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote 29 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 29 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/ Walk, Wellington 31 10k in the Domain, 10km, Auckland

APRIL 2011 2 15th Brooks Great Forest Marathon, Half Marathon 10km & 5km, Waitarere Beach, Levin 2 Southern Lakes Half Marathon & 10km, Cardrona, Wanaka 4 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Pakuranga

COMING EVENTS We obtain information for this column from a large number of sources up to two years in advance and sometimes there are date changes etc that occur. If there are any changes in dates etc, we ask clubs to advise us direct.

Coming events 5 Lifestyle Sports Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk, Wellington 5 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 8 Xterra Rotorua Festival Half Marathon & 11km, Totorua 9 Oxfam Trailwalker 2011, 100km, Taupo 9 The Bedrock 50, 50km, Coopers Creek, Oxford 9 Xterra Rotorua Festival, Half Marathon & 11km, Rotorua 10 Arrowsmith Thee Run, Marathon, Lake Heron, Ashburton 11 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Pakuranga 12 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 16 Alpine Lodge Loop the Lake, 25km, Nelson Lakes 17 Moonshine Half Marathon & 10km, Trentham 17 Orewa Beach Half Marathon, 10.5km & 5km, Orewa Beach 17 Porirua City Scenic Fun Run & Walk, 11km, 8km & 1km, Porirua 17 Run Auckland Series, 10km & 5km, Auckland 18 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Pakuranga 19 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 26 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 30 Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon, Rotorua

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JUNE 2111 19 Run Auckland Series, 10km & 5km, Western Springs, Auckland

JULY 2011 16 Furneaux Lodge Captain Cook’s Landing, 25km, Picton

AUGUST 2011 14 Woodbourne Half Marathon & 10km, Blenheim

SEPTEMBER 2011 17 Abel Tasman Coastal Classic, 36km, Nelson Bays

OCTOBER 2011 9 Wairarapa Country Half Marathon, & 10km, Masterton 15 Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf, 42.2km, Great Barrier Island

FEBRUARY 2012 4-12 NZ Masters Games, Dunedin

OVERSEAS EVENTS DECEMBER 2010 5 Standard Charters Singapore Marathon, Singapore 5 Sussan Women’s Fun Run 10km & 5km, St Kilda, Vic, Australai 5 Angkor Wat Half Marathon, Cambodia 8 Emma & Toms Christmas Run, 10km & 5km, Melbourne, Vic, Australia

5, 6, 7 MARCH 2011

3 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 7 Hanmer Springs Four Square Half marathon & 10km, Hanmer Springs 8 Run Auckland Series, 10km & 5km, Bucklands Beach, Auckland 10 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 17 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 21 Riverrun Trail 14.1km, Lake Wanaka 24 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland 31 O’Hagans 5km Series, Auckland

17 Kaikoura Surburban Half Marathon, 10km & 2km, Kaikoura

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Coming events 12 Honolulu Marathon, Honolulu, Haw, USA Christmas Walking Festival in County Mayo, Ireland 26 Mt Kosciusko Marathon, Charlotte Pass Village, NSW, Australia 26-27 Walk Killarney and Kerry, Ireland 27 31st Rip to River Classic10km & 5km, Ocean Grove, Australia

JANUARY 2011 9 Resolution Run, 4.5km & 7km, Adelaide SA, Australia 9 Resolution Run, 5km & 10km, Melbourne, Vic, Australia 9 Resolution Run, 5.5km & 11km, Sydney, NSW, Australia 9 Resolution Run, 5km & 10km, Brisbane, Qld, Australia 21 Dubai Marathon, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tainan Ancient Capital Marathon, Taipei, Taiwan

FEBRUARY 2011 13 Seville City Marathon, Seville, Spain 19 Geelong Multi Sport Festival 10km & 5km, Geelong, Vic Australia 27 Tokyo Marathon, Tokyo, Japan 27 Kaohiung International Marathon, Taipei, Taiwan 27 Seychelles Eco-Healing Marathon,Seychelles 27 GSO Limmasol Marathon & 10km, Cyprus

MARCH 2011 13 King Island Imperial 20 32km Coast to Coast, King Island, Australia 20 Maratona di Roma, Rome, Italy Croagh Patrick Walking Festival, Co Mayo, Ireland Tain Walking Festival, Carlingford, Co Louth, Irealand

APRIL 2011 8-9 IML Two Day Walk, Gilboa, Israel 10 Paris Marathon, Paris, France 10 Milano City Marathon, Milan, Italy 10 Zurich Marathon, Zurich, Switzerland 18 115th BAA Boston Marathon, Boston, USA 24 33rd International Marathon de Madrid, Madrid, Spain South Sligo Spring Walking Festival, Co Yeats, Irealand Boots’n Bogs Walking Festival, Co Tyrone and Monaghan, Irealand Ballyhoura International Walking Festival, Co Cork, Irealand BAA Boston Marathon, Boston, USA 2011 Virgin London Marathon, London, England

MAY 2011 1 Geelong Half Marathon, Geelong, Vic, Australia 1 40 Vancouver Marathon, Vancouver, Canada 7-8 IWL Two Day Walk, 6km, 12km, 24km & 42km, Blankenberge, Belgium 14-15 IWL Waendel Weekend, 15km, 25km & 42km, Wellingborough, England


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13-15 IML Two Day Walk, Dalian, China 15 San Francisco Bay to Breakers, San Franscio, CA, USA 21 The Great Wall Marathon, Half Marathon 10km & 5km, Beijing, China 21-22 IML Two Day Walk, Bern-Belp, Switzerland Volkwagon Prague Marathon, Prague, Chez Republic Slieve Bloom Walking Festival, Co Offaly, Ireland Donegal Walking Festival, Donegal, Ireland Leenane Walking Festival, Co Galway, Ireland

JUNE 2011 2-5 IWL Four Day Walk, Chantonnay, France 18-19 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km & 40km, Diekirch, Luxembourg 25-26 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km, 30km, 40km & 45km, Viborg, Denmark 28 1 July IWL Four Day Walk, Castlebar, Ireland Laois Walks Festival, Laois, Ireland Mournes International Walking festival, Mourne Mountains, Ireland

JULY 2011

Sperrins Walking Festival, Co Tyrone, Ireland

SEPTEMBER 2011 10-11 IWL Two Day Walk, 24km & 17km, Arenzano, Italy 16-18 IWL Three Day Walk, 10km, 20km & 42km, Seefeld, Austria 24 Round Rarotonga Road Race, Rarotonga, Cook Islands 24-25 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km 30km, 42km, & 50km, Brno, Czech Republic

OCTOBER 2011 1-2 IWL Two Day Walk, 25km & 42km, Fulda, Germany 15-16 IML Two Day Walk, Barcelona, Spain 22-23 IML Two Day Walk, Arlington, USA 29-30 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km, Won-Ju, Korea

NOVEMBER 2011 4-6 IWL Three Day Walk, 20km, 30km, 50km Higashimatsu-yama, Japan 6 ING New York City Marathon, New York, USA 12-13 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km, Taipei, Taiwan

19-22 IWL Four Day Walk, Nijmegan, Netherlands 23 Round Island Relay, Vanuata 30 Vanuata Half Marathon & 10km, Vanuata

AUGUST 2011 12-14 IWL Three Day Walks, 10km 21km & 42km, Vaasa, Finland 27-28 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km, 25km & 35km, Verdal, Norway

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Nordic walking

Nordic Walking – intensif ere is the good news: Nordic Walk ing is relatively easy to learn and eve rybody can do it. However it is important to understand the entire technique and the training principles that go along with it. In order to really make the most out of Nordic Walking training here is some basic information about cardiovascular fitness.


The heart – your reliable trainings partner The heart is the key to health and fitness. It provides the entire body with blood and oxygen. It is a barometer for the status of the whole body. It reflects your emotional (excited, angry or happy) and physiological (level of exertion) status. This information is mirrored in your pulse. Nordic Walking events The pulse is the pressure onto the internal walls JANUARY 2011 of your blood vessels after your heart has con8 AKL-Greenlane Cornwall Park, Taster, E Bancer 027 2472082 10 AKL-Greenlane Cornwall Park, Tast, E Bancer 027 2472082 tracted. The heart rate provides precious in10 AKL-Riverhead Rugby grounds, Taster, Marilyn 4122654 formation about the intensity of the exertion: 12 AKL-Greenlane Cornwall Park, Tast, E Bancer 027 2472082 do I exercise too hard or too little? Has my 13 Napier Cityfitness Gym, Taster, Marya Hopman 021-452172 15 AKL-Greenlane Cornwall Park, Starter, E Bancer 027 2472082 fitness increased? 15 Thames Inform Center, Taster, Jutta Schultheis 021-2333862 There are three important terms that give 16 AKL-Greenlane Cornwall Pk, N course, E Bancer 027 2472082 valuable information about your fitness 17 AKL-Riverhead Rugby grounds, Starter, Marilyn 021752556 17 Motueka Goodman Park, Taster, Michelle 021-2459955 · Resting heart rate 17 Whangarei, i-Site at SH1, Taster, Barbara Faust 09-4320386 · Maximum heart rate 18 Hamilton Lake Domain, Taster, M Thomson 027-2471885 · Optimal training pulse 18 Ruakaka Surf Club, Taster, Barbara Faust 09-4320386


19 AKL-Greenlane Cornwall Park, Taster, E Bancer 027 2472082 19 Mangawhai Domain, Taster, Barbara Faust 021-2998840 19 Waipu Cove Surf Club, Taster, Barbara Faust 09-4320386 22 AKL-Greenlane Cornwall Park, Starter, E Bancer 027 2472082 22 Motueka Goodman Park, Starter, Michelle 021-2459955 23 AKL-Parnell Domain, Starter, Chrissie Wright 021 2101709 23 AKL-Parnell Domain, Taster, Chrissie Wright 021 2101709 23 Hamilton Lake Domain, Starter, M Thomson 027-2471885 23 NEL-Richmond Washbourne Gdns, Tast, Jacqui 027-4452326 24 AKL-Parnell Domain, Starter, Chrissie Wright 021 2101709 24 AKL-Parnell Domain, Taster, Chrissie Wright 021 2101709 25 Orewa i-site, Taster, Barbara Faust 021-2998840 25 Whangaparaoa Leisure Centre Tast. B Faust 09-4320386 26 AKL-Greenlane Cornwall Park, Starter, E Bancer 027 2472082 26 CHC-Shirley Burwood Park, Taster, P Yeoman 021-2567082 26 Tutukaka Coast Ngunguru Sports, Taster, Robyn 09-4344060 29 CHC-Nth New Brighton Broad Park, Start, Penny 03-9819360 Nordic Walking Groups and Fitness Walks by day Mon AKL-Takapuna, Mary-Anne Abplanalp 021-121 5562 Mon AKL-Parnell, Chrissie 021-210 1709 Mon Napier Cityfitness Gym, Marya Hopman 06-8357058 Tue AKL-Kohimarama, Mary-Anne Abplanalp 021-121 5562 Wed Whangarei, Kensington Park, Barbara Faust 09-4320386 Sat AKL-Takapuna, Mary-Anne Abplanalp 021-121 5562

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Optimal training pulse

The training pulse is the most important pulse. If you want to train effectively, which means with the right intensity, you need too know your ideal training pulse. The optimal training pulse is high but not to fast. You should be able to talk to your training partner. The training pulse is calculated by the following formula: 220 – your age (max heart rate) Resting heart rate times 60 % of your maximum heart rate up to You can feel your pulse with your index at 85% (at the most) of your maximum heart and mid finger at your neck or wrist. Feel it in rate. the morning before you even get out of bed. Training zones Count your pulse for 15 seconds and then multiply with 4. Usually the resting heart rate Training in different heart rate zones makes is around 70 beats per minute. Aerobic exer- your exercise more efficient. For example if cise can lower the rate by up to 20 beats per you are trying to lose weight you should train minute. This would save you about 175 000 in a heart rate zone during which you metabobeats per year. lize fat rather than carbohydrates. This means that you train within your optimal heart rate Maximum heart rate level for this particular goal. Training at a The harder you do Nordic Walking the

Walking and Nordic Walking are “Poles” apart


more oxygen your muscles need. Thus the heart has to pump more blood through your system. It beats faster - the pulse increases. A general rule of the thumb to determine your maximum heart rate (the maximum amount of heart-beats per minute) is: 220 minus your age. Although this is a rather vague number, it helps to determine different levels of exertion, which can later be fine tuned.

Nordic contacts Contact details for three groups in New Zealand promoting Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking New Zealand (NoWaNZ) Waipu Northland, Phone 0800-669-269 Email Web International Nordic Walking Assn (INWA) June Stevenson Phone 09-416-3917 0274-383-923 Email Web

Nordic walking

fy your aerobic training higher intensity would not make sense with kcals a week (e.g. 3 sessions of 300 Calories regards to weight loss. or 4 sessions of 200 Calories). Review of the scientific literature suggests that you need to Training – how often and perform moderately intense aerobic activity how long? most days of the week to bring about signifiHow often and how long you train depends cant fat loss. on your individual goals. Some sources recommend brisk walking Optimal Physical Health progressing to 45 minutes or more daily. NorThe American College of Sports Medicine dic Walking can deliver both: a moderate train(ACSM) suggests all adults should engage in ing intensity or a brisk walk. 30 minutes or more of moderately intense Cardiovascular Fitness physical activity daily. This level of activity For cardio respiratory fitness the ACSM corresponds to 200 kcals a day . (2000) recommends intensities between 55% Other authorities (Peterson & Bryant) sugand 65% to (even!) 90% of your maximum gest that the least amount of activity for optiheart rate. ACSM also suggests that recondimal physical health is about 1500-2000 kcals a tioned individuals may experience improveweek of light and moderately intense activiments at exercise intensities of only 55% to ties. 64% maximum heart rate. Additional physical health benefits come Cardiovascular fitness improvement is dewith increased intensity and eventually level pendent upon your individual exercise prooff at around 3500 kcals per week: gram (mode, frequency, duration, intensity of Fat Loss exercise) as well as your individual conditions The ACSM recommends targeting a weekly (fitness level, age, and health status). The Intensity, duration, and frequency of exercise expenditure of approximately 1000

your Nordic Walking are somewhat inversely proportional. If one component increases, the others may be decreased to a degree.

How you can make progress You will make progress by implementing a wise combination between training and recovery. In our next issue we will talk about the four aspects of fitness: initial fitness, training, recovery and super compensation. We will also provide you with various training plans. Feel free to contact us under 0800 669 268 or for further enquiries.

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BAY OF ISLANDS BAY OF ISLANDS RUNNERS & WALKERS: Saturday (AM), Bert Vanasche 09-404-0147, or Gea Hadderingh 09- 405-7773

DARGARVILLE DARGARVILLE WALKING GROUP: Thursday (PM), Joan Burnett, 09-437-8708

WHANGAREI KIWI SENIORS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Lee Taylor 09430-3470 CARDIAC CARE WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM or PM), Jo or Hugh Knight 09-438-7976 KIWI SENIORS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Kensington Reception, 09-437-4404 GREEN PRESCRIPTION WALKING GROUPS: 0800-228-483 HARRIERS WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Wednesday (PM), Thursday (AM), Val Babe 09-437-1657 HIKURANGI WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (PM) KAMO 60’s UP: Monday, Thursday (AM), Yvonne 09-435-1101 KENSINGTON WALKING GROUP: Tuesday Thursday (PM), Sport Northland 09-437-4404 TIKIPUNGA WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Barbara Derrick 09435-0746 WAIPU WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM) WHANGAREI ATHLETICS CLUB WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (PM) (BIA), Tuesday Thursday (AM), Beth McLeod 09-437-7763, Saturday (PM) Morris or Shirley Gray 09-436-1524 WHANGAREI TRAMPING CLUB: Sue Guyatt 09-436-1441

AUCKLAND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES CLUB: midweek, weekends (BIA), walks, tramps, Jan Thompson 09-634-4624,Val Todd 09-579-8250 AUCKLAND NATURAL HISTORY CLUB: Every second Sunday, (AM), (IA),Praemi Pera 09-836-9161 ALPINE SPORTS CLUB: Tramps, walks, cycling, Sunday, Saturday, Marianne Rienhard 09-575-2429 ALPINE SPORTS CLUB: Sunday, Saturday & weekdays, tramps, walks , Beryl Borthwick 09-444-9667 or Sue Fitzpatrick 09-5761069 PRAM WALKING GROUP: Second Wednesday of month, Sport Auckland, Alissa Tosswill 09-623-7925

AUCKLAND CENTRAL AUCKLAND YMCA MARATHON CLUB, (Walkers Section), Sunday (AM), Bruce Mattson 09-570-4941 AUCKLAND CATHOLIC TRAMPING CLUB: Jenny Andrew 09-5705455 AUCKLAND WALKERS & JOGGERS CLUB: Tuesday, Thursday (PM), Sunday (AM), (BIA), Bev Horton 09-625-5329 AUCKLAND PRESBYTERIAN HARRIER & WALKING CLUB: Ray Vickers 09-576-6906 AUCKLAND BAPTIST TRAMPING CLUB: Sunday Monthly (PM), (BIA), John McCarthy 09-630-4073 AUCKLAND PRESBYTERIAN HARRIER CLUB: John Yolland 09-5769807 AUCKLAND RACE WALKERS ASSN: Sunday (AM), AUCKLAND TRAMPING CLUB: Doug Astley 09-620-4923 AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY TRAMPING CLUB: Michelle Lee 09-3581296 BLOCKHOUSE BAY COMMUNITY CENTRE: Len Govind 09-627-9911 ELLERSLIE Y’S WALKING CLUB: Doug MacKay 09-274-7083 EAST AND BAYS RUNNERS & WALKERS: Glendowie, Saturday, Denise 09-570-9683 EPSOM Y’s COMMUNITY CENTRE WALKERS: Tuesday/Thursday (AM), Jan Dwyer 09-636-6294, Sunday (AM), M Armstrong 09639-1378 LYNFIELD Y’S WALKING CLUB: Mt Roskill, Sunday (AM), Marlene 09-827-2737, Danny 09-627-9993 MT ALBERT Y’s WALKING GROUP: Tuesday Friday, (AM), 09-8460788 MT ROSKILL COMMUNITY HOUSE: Theresa McDonald, 09-6243281 OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES CLUB AUCKLAND: Jan Thompson 09-6344624 WALKING CLUB: Graeme Easte, 09-376-5901 LES MILLS GYM: Seven days, (AM) (PM), (BIA), Powerwalking, Dave Buchan, 09-379-9590 STEP OUT WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), 09-379-2095 x 9704

WEST AUCKLAND BLUE TOP WALKERS: Henderson, Tuesday, Thursday (AM), Terry Wilson 09-814-9523 or 021-266-1071


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LYNNMALL CITY MALL WALKING: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (BIA), 09-826-2333 TITIRANGI TWILIGHT STROLLERS: Tuesday, Thursday (PM), Miranda 09-817-9677 FIA OLA WOMEN’S DEVELOPMEMT WALK GROUP: Monday to Saturday, Anne, 09-813-0021 FIT4LIFE: Glenfield, Monday (PM), Friday (AM), Sarah 021 534 649 FOOTSTEPS: Saturday (AM), John 09-410-2995 GLEN EDEN WALKERS: Oratia Bowling Club, Tuesday (AM), Ethel Denscombe 09-818-3561 GLEN EDEN ATHLETIC CLUB WALKERS: Glen Eden, Neil Turner 09817-6230 GREEN BAY MUMS BUSH WALKERS: Every second Monday, Anne 09-827-7810 or 09-817-5867 GREEN BAY COMMUNITY HOUSE WALKERS: Tuesday (AM), Thursday (AM), Elaine 09-827-3300 HENDERSON SENIORS WALKING GROUP: Henderson, Friday (AM), Alene Couchman 09-818-2580 KELSTON MORNING WALKERS: Kelston C.C. Tues (AM), Joy Martin 09-838-6553 KELSTON TWILIGHT WALKERS: Kelston, Tuesday (PM), Joy Martin 09-818-6084 KUMEU WALK GROUP: Kumeu, Friday (AM), Beryl Pook 09-4128914 LYNFIELD Y’S WALKING CLUB: Mt Roskill, Sunday (AM), Marlene 09-827-2737, Danny 09-627-993 LYNNDALE AMATEUR ATHLETIC & HARRIER CLUB: Mic Baker 09626-3232 NEW LYNN ACTIVE 35+ WALKING GROUP: New Lynn, Wednesday, Lorraine, 09-827-8663 MASSEY ATHLETIC CLUB: Nyree Sherman 09-832-6922 MASSEY JOGGERS & WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Kerry Watt 09838-6665 RANUI MORNING WALK GROUP: Monday to Friday (AM), Judith 09-832-5692 RANUI TWILIGHT WALK GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Glenys 09832-4069 RIVERHEAD WALK GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Dane Brown 09412-9952 SUMMERLAND WALKERS: Henderson, Max Eyes 09-837-4787 TE ATAU PENINSULA WALKERS: Monday, Friday (AM), Wednesday (PM), Lorna Trass 09-834-5366 TE ATATU JOGGERS & WALKERS CLUB: Te Atatu Peninsula, Sunday (AM), Malcolm 09-834-4101 or Diane or Graham 09-834-4423 TE ATATU SOUTH ACTIVE 35+ WALKING GROUP: Te Atatu South, Wednesday, Edna, 09-834-1401 THE HAPPY WANDERERS WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Brian 09-817-4562 or 027-471-3038 TITIRANGI WALKERS & JOGGERS: Sundays (AM), John Harris 09817-7212 WEST HARBOUR ACTIVE 35+WALKING GROUP: West Harbour, Friday, Lorna, 09-416-7871 Y’s WALKING HENDERSON: Tuesdays, Thursday, Sarah, 09-8368031 Y’s Walkers, Mt Roskill, Sunday (AM), Dan Gofin 09-627-9993 WAIATARUA WALKERS:Oratia, Saturday (AM), 09-814-9945 WANDERWOMEN ADVENTURES: 09-360-7330 WALKING WAITAKERE WEDNESDAY WALKS: Wednesday, (AM), May to October, Kay Lindley 09-837-8820 WOMENS OUTDOOR PURSUITS INC: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Harriet Ambler 09-486-6284 WEST AUCKLAND DISTRICT TRAMPING CLUB: Jill 09-626-4325

NORTH SHORE 10,000 STEPS HARBOUR CLUB: Harbour Sport 09-415-4610 60’s UP TORBAY/BROWNS BAY: Wed (AM), Heather Jean Adams 09-478-2462 ABERDEEN ROAD WALKERS: Campbells Bay, Saturday (PM), Patsy Hulse 09-410-9353 BUSH WALK & TALK: Margi Keys, 09-443-6819 NORTH SHORE TRAMPING CLUB: Barbara Lobel 09-473-6938 BIRKENHEAD PROBUS CLUB: Albany, Tuesday (AM), Tracy Watson 09-414-5351 BROWNS BAY/TORBAY 60’s UP MOVEMENT: Wednesday (AM), Roy Urlic 09-473-8777 CALLIOPE ATHLETICS WALKERS & HARRIERS: Northcote, Wednesday (PM), Gail Mouldey 09-418-3457 DEVONPORT WALKERS: Bayswater, Tuesday Thursday Sunday (AM), Pat & Jim McKay 09-445-2743 DEVONPORT FRIDAY WALKING GROUP: Devonport, Friday (AM), Naomi Gardyne 09-445-4303 EAST COAST BAYS WALKERS: Torbay, Tuesday, Friday (AM), Shelley Sharp 09-473-9021 GREENHITHE WALKING GROUP: Greenhithe, Tuesday (AM), Marjorie Andrew 09-413-9065 HIGHBURY COMMUNITY HOUSE: Highbury, Thursday, Friday (AM), Judy Mayn 09-480-5279 MAIRANGI WALKING NETWORK: Mairangi Bay, Everyday (AM), Jack Rendle 09-478-9115 MEADOWOOD WALKING & TALKERS: Albany, Tuesday (AM), Carol Buckner 09-479-7804 MILFORD MALL WALKERS: Greenhithe, Tuesday, Thursday, (AM), Carol Mosedale 09-443-2054

MILFORD MENS PROBUS: Ian Hall 09-479-4259 NORTH SHORE DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: Every second Sunday (AM), Jan 09-483-5645 NORTH SHORE TRAMPING CLUB: Barbara Lobel 09-473-6938 NORTHCOTE WALKING GROUP: Northcote, every second Tuesday (AM), Peter Cox 09-480-5622 TORBAY WALKERS: Torbay, Wednesday (AM), Jill Devonshire 09473-1931 WALKERS & TALKERS: Campbells Bay, Wednesday (AM), Brenda Gray 09-410-4019, Dorothy Ensor 09-478-6702 WOMENS OUTDOOR PURSUITS INC: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Harriet Ambler 09-486-6284 Y’s WALKING SUNDAY GROUP: Northcote, Sunday (AM), Malcolm Curtis 09-444-3823

RODNEY 10,000 STEPS HARBOUR CLUB: Harbour Sport 09-415-4610 ARIKI WALKERS: Snells Beach, Mondays (AM), Edna Prbert 09425-5928 HEALTH IN ACTION: (BIA), Susie George 09-426-1269 HELENSVILLE WALKERS: Helensville, Tuesday (AM), Malcolm Keane 09-420-8739 HIBISCUS COAST Y’S WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Wednesday (AM,PM), Kevin Tiller, 09-426-6461 LEISURE WALKERS: Whangaparaoa, Thursday (AM), Ann Mahon/ Margaret Gilbert 09-424-0765 MONDAY NIGHTA, Orewa, Monday (PM), Laraine Chase 09-4279321 SCOTTS LANDING WALKING GROUP: RD2, Warkworth, Sunday (AM), Angela McIntyre 09-425-5854 SNELLS BEACH WALKING GROUP: Warkworth, Wednesay (AM), Jenny Burton 09-425-5583 WELLSFORD ROAD RUNNERS & JOGGERS: Second Sunday (AM), Thursday (AM), Robert Scott 09-425-8089 or Heather Rankin 09431-4692 WOMENS OUTDOOR PURSUITS INC: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Harriet Ambler 09-486-6284

WAIHEKE ISLAND WAIHEKE ISLAND WALKING GROUP: Saturday (PM), Shaona Maddle, 09-372-6645

COUNTIES/MANUKAU PUKEKOHE JOGGERS & WALKING GROUP: Monday, Friday, Sunday (AM), 09-238-9820 WAIUKU WALKING GROUP: Information Centre, Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), ONEWHERO KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUP: Merlene, Walker, 09232-8844 PAPATOETOE Y’S WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), Derek McKeen, 09-266-2304 PAKURANGA ATHLETIC CLUB: Tuesday, Thursday 9am (BIA), Linda Mitchell, 09-273-9531 PAKURANGA KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday (AM), 09-576-9739 MANUKAU TRAMPING CLUB: Judith Walker, 09-296-6977 MANUREWA Y’S WALKERS: Recreation Centre, MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY (AM), 09-267-4646 MANUREWA Y’S WALKING GROUP: Clendon Recreation Centre, Tuesday, Thursday (AM), 09-266-1100 MANUREWA COSMOPOLITAN CLUB WALKERS: Sunday (AM) HOWICK UXBRIDGE WALKERS: Monday, Thursday (AM), 09-5356467 HOWICK Y’S WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), 09-534-5153 PUKEKOHE TRAMPING CLUB: David Lawrie 09-238-8407 TOI TOI TREKKERS TRAMPING CLUB: Colin Johnstone 09-535-6231

WAIKATO HAMILTON FRANKTON ATHLETIC & HARRIER CLUB: Wednesday, Saturday, (PM), (BIA), Heather Purdie-Raill, 07-847-5639 NAWTON WALKING GROUP: Rene Smyth, 07846-3245 CENTRAL LAKE WALKING GROUP: Monday, WEdnesday Friday (AM), Nella Barron 07-846-3103 CHARTWELL WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Carrie Haak 07-8554281 DINSDALE WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Val Russell 07-847-6539 ENDERLEY WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Leonie Smith 07-8552224 HAMILTON EAST WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Irene Millar 07-855-6848 HILLCREST WALKING GROUP: Monday Wednesday Friday (AM), Nell Bradburn 07-856-3787 MEMORIAL PARK WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Maureen Doms 07-855-2497 NAWTON WALKING GROUP: Monday Tuesday (AM), Roslynn Billman 07-847-4873 SILVERDALE WALKING GROUP: Sister Anne Marie Jones 07-8568980 CLAUDELAND WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), Irene Millar 07-8556848 FLAGSTAFF WALKING GROUP: Monday Wednesday Friday (AM), Gillian Bartram 07-854-0069 WESTFIELD MALL WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM) Westfield Mall Chartwell



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HAMILTON MARATHON CLINIC:Tuesday (PM), Sunday (AM), Sharon 07-854-9214 TOD SQUAD: Friday (AM), Julie 07-829-4579 Y’s WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM) MONDAY BUSHTRAMPERS: Monday, Marian 07-828-9029 BREAKAWAYS BUSH WALKING & TRAMPING CLUB: Diana Ammann 07-823-6147 WAIKATO TRAMPING CLUB: or Stu Kneebone 07827-3097

CAMBRIDGE CAMBRIDGE WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday (AM), Sharon Woodings, 07-827-6033 LEAMINGTON WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Sharon Woodings, 07-827-6033


MATAMATA MATAMATA WALKERS: Tuesday, Friday (AM), Ruth Stanley 07880-9088 AFTERWORK WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday (PM), Janis Jeffers, 07-889-7032 MATAMATA TRAMPING & WALKING GROUP: F Smeed 07-8831222

MORRINSVILLE MORRINSVILLE WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Ruth Stanley 07880-9088


PAEROA PAEROA WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday (AM), Elaine Lally 07-862-8409 PAEROA LUNCH WALKERS: Monday Wednesday Friday, Julie Stephenson 07-867-7011


PIOPIO SILVERADOS EXERCISE GROUP: Wednesday (PM), June O’Donoghue, 07-877-8492 PIOPIO CROSS COUNTRY WALKERS: Mon (AM), (BIA), Maurice Kearns, 07-877-8836

TAIRUA TAIRUA WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday, Mike Lord, 07-8686025

THAMES THAMES WALKING GROUP: Monday, Friday (AM), Mike Lord, 07868-6025

TAUPO TAUPO HARRIER CLUB WALKING SECTION: Saturday (PM), Wednesday (AM), Bernie Rolls 07-378-9229 TAUPO TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (AM), Thursday (AM), Weekends (AM or PM), Isabel Hutcheon 07-376-9319 MONDAY WALKERS: Monday (AM), (BIA), Betty Stockman 07378-4992 WAIORA WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, Friday (AM), Kaye Beatson 07-378-6957 WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (PM), (I), 06-378-9229

TE AROHA TE AROHA WALKERS: Thursday (AM), Ruth Stanley 07-880-9088 TE AROHA TRAMPING CLUB: Every second Sunday, Judy Forsman 07-884-8841 TE AROHA TREKKERS: Wednesday (AM), Frances Harrison 07-8628184

TE AWAMUTU TE AWAMUTU TUESDAY TRAMPERS: Tuesday, Lesley 07-870-1973 or Kathy 07-870-2006 TE AWAMUTU WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), Jan Jefferies 07-889-7032 TE AWAMUTU MARATHON CLINIC: Wednesday (PM), Sunday (AM), (BIA), Pip Annan 07-871-2980

TE KUITI WAITOMO WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), (BIA), Ruth Early, 07-878-6870 TWILIGHT WALKING GROUP: Monday, (PM), (BIA), Dede Downs, 07-878-7867

TOKOROA TOKOROA ALPINE CLUB:Midweek, Christine 07-886-7294


KAWERAU KAWERAU WALKERS: Kawerau, Thursday (AM), (B), Sport Bay of Plenty, 07-308-8304 HARRIERS WALKERS: Kawerau Thursday (PM), (A), Sport Bay of Plenty, 07-308-8304

OPOTIKI BUSH WALKERS CLUB: J Hedley, 07-315-7807

ROTORUA CROSS COUNTRY WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (AM), (A), 07 347-8945 LAKE CITY ATHLETIC CLUB WALKERS GROUP: Tueday, Thursday (PM), Sunday (AM), Ted Sheppard 07-348-1205 or Sarah Wiwarena 07-348-7874 GREEN PRESCRIPTION WALKING GROUP: Tueday (AM), (B), Lisa Mansell 07-348-4156 HEART SUPPORT WALK GROUP: Tueday (AM), Wally Walford 07347-6173 MOKOIA COMMUNITY CENTRE WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (B), Lisa Mansell 07-348-4156 SPRINGFIELD STROLLERS: Wednesday (AM), (BIA), Glenys Searancke 07-348-4243 ROTORUA TRAMPING & SKI CLUB: Sundays (AM), Trevor Cochrane 07-345-6362 ST BARNABAS WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), (BIA), Joy Gordon 07-357-5744 THE THURSDAY STROLLERS: Thursday (AM), (B), Myrtle Raxworthy 07-346-3772 WALKING WITH JOY: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Joy Gordon 07-3575744

TAURANGA/MT MAUNGANUI AGE CONCERN: Tauranga, Wednesday (AM), 07-578-2631 CITY ON ITS FEET: Days and areas, (BIA), Penny 07-578-9610 STEPPING OUT JOGGING CLUB: Monday, Wednesday, (AM), (IA), 07-544-0316 FOREST & BIRD SOCIETY: Secretary, tauranga. branch, Tauranga HEALTHY HEART CLUB: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (B), YMCA, 07-578-5891 Y’s WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), YMCA, 07-5785891 MOUNT JOGGERS & WALKERS: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday, (AM), Gaye Westwood 07-574-1075 ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION: MONDAY (AM) 07-576-2469 NORDIC WALKING AT THE MOUNT: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Steffi 07-574-7527 NORDIC WALKING IN TAURANGA: Monday, Wednesday, Mary 07577-0711 MT MAUNGANUI RSA WALKING CLUB: Tuesday, Thursday, Sundays (AM), (BIA), Kieran Jensen 07-572-0626 50 FORWARD WALKING GROUPS: Sport Bay of Plenty 07-5780016 TAURANGA MID-WEEK TRAMPING GROUP: Derek 07-572-2512 TAURANGA ROAD RUNNERS: Sunday (AM), Nick 07-578-5802 TAURANGA RAMBLERS: Malcolm 07-544-2369 or Rod Taylor 07576-4207 TAURANGA TRAMPERS NETWORK: Natalie Bird 07-576-0016 TAURANGA TRAMPING CLUB: Christine Rawnsley 07-578-9984 PAK N BOOTS: Moya Hewson 07-575-7064


AHURIRI WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), (I), Beverly Gillies 06843-6805 NAPIER WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), (I), Lyn 06-835-7704 NAPIER SOUTH WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), (B), Maria Rogers 06-843-1225 RUN WALK HAWKES BAY: Russell Pattison, 06-844-4435 Ys WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday, Napier, Barry 06-844-3929 or Nola 06-843-7912


TARANAKI INDEPENDENT WALKERS TARANAKI: Saturday (PM). North: Ray/ Mary 06-756-7798. Central: Wallace/Nancye 06-762-2861. South: Alan/Jean 06-278-6846

NEW PLYMOUTH CARRINGTON WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Catherine McKee 06-753-3254 WESTOWN DIABETES WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Peter Brookes 06-753-4646 TIME FOR ME WALKS FOR WOMEN: Friday (AM), (I), Glenice 06758-3974 FRONT RUNNER GROUP: Monday (PM), (BIA), Kelvin & Michelle Giddy FITZROY WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (IA), Elizabeth 06-757-9291 WESTOWN WALKING GROUP FOR WOMEN: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (IA), Karen 06-751-1361 WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Karen 06-751-1361 WALKERS IN THE PARK: Monday, (AM), (B), Dawn 06-758-6429 or Dorothy Humphries 06-751-0431 SPOTSWOOD WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (BI), Allie Fitzgibbon 06-751-2304 NEW PLYMOUTH JOGGERS & WALKERS CLUB: Sunday, (AM), Jan Dempsey, 06-758-8373 TARANAKI RACE WALKING CLUB: Trevor Suthon, 06-758-0776 EGMONT ATHLETICS: Karen Green, 06-758-1569

WAITARA WAITARA WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, (AM), (I), Cleo 06-7547311

INGLEWOOD INGLEWOOD WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), (I), Maureen 06756-7255



STRATFORD RUNNERS & WALKERS CLUB: Saturday (PM), (BIA), Jill Gorrie 06-764-5088 STRATFORD WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Ivan Coates 06-765-7212 or Wes Robinson 06-765-5242

WAIHI STRIDERS: Wednesday (AM), Julie Stephenson 07-8677011 WAIHI STROLLERS: Friday (AM), Julie Stephenson 07-867-7011 WAIHI MONDAY TRAMPING: Monday (AM), Marie 07-863-4633 or Barry 07-863-4597 or Jill 07-863-8477

WHAKATANE SUNSHINE WALKING GROUP: Whakatane, Tuesday (AM), (I), Graham Thomas, 07-307-9800 HARRIERS WALKERS WHAKATANE: Saturday, (PM), (I), Noel Jones, 07-308-7101

WHITIANGA WHITIANGA WALKING GROUP: Monday, Thursday (AM), Mike lord, 07-868-6025

WHANGAMATA WHANGAMATA WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Mike Lord, 07868-6025 WHANGAMATA ROAD RUNNERS & WALKERS: 07-865-6580 WHANGAMATA RAMBLERS: Ron Le Noel, 07-865-9475 WALK WHANGAMATA: Everyday (AM), from Surfclub WHANGA SENIOR WALKERS: Tuesday (AM), 07-865-7022


COROMANDEL TOWN WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday (AM) 07-8667101or 07-866-8560

GISBORNE GISBORNE RUNNERS & WALKERS: Margaret Badger 06-868-4785




TE PUKE WALKERS: Tuesday (AM), 07-573-8306


KATIKATI TRAMPING CLUB: fortnightly weekends (AM), Barry Denton 07-863-4597

HASTINGS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), (I), Eddy 06-8763371 HASTINGS WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (PM), (BI), Templey 06-8730971 HAVELOCK NORTH WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), (BI), Jane 06-877-0017 HAVELOCK NORTH WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Jeanette 06-877-2114 HAVELOCK NORTH WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Lyn 06877-7886 BRIDGET ROBERTSHAWES STUDIO OF FITNESS: Saturday (AM), (BIA), Bridget, 06-877-5285 KIWI SENIORS: Eana Young 06-845-9333 x 708 RUN WALK HAWKES BAY: Lynda Anderson, 06-876-6268

HASTINGS FLAXMERE WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (BI), Maisy 06-879-7077


HAWERA HAWERA WALKING GROUPO: Friday (AM), Nancy Riddick 06-2785784 PUSH PLAY WALKERS: Thursday (AM), Tuesday (PM), (BIA), Moira Koch, 0800-223-228

ELTHAM KIWI SENIORS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), (BIA), Maria Erkes 06-764-8984

WANGANUI WANGANUI CASTLECLIFF WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), Dorothea Dobbie 06344-4219 RONA & GLAD’S WALK GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Rona Wright 06344-5434 WANGANUI HARRIER CLUB: Wednesdays, Saturday (PM), Secretary, P O Box 702, Wanganui, Perry Newburn 06-343-6484 SPORT & RECREATION CLUB GOLD: Tuesday, Thursday, (AM), Robyn Rose 06-348-1440 WANGANUI MILLENNIUM WALKERS CLUB: Sunday (AM), Darol Pointon 06-345-3137

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SPORT & RECREATION CLUB GOLD: (AM), (BIA), Betty Morrison 06-346-5613

OHAKUNE SPORT & RECREATION CLUB GOLD: Mondays (AM), Kerry Young 06-385-4055

MARTON SPORT & RECEATION CLUB GOLD: Wednesday (AM), Deane James 06-327-7607

MANAWATU PALMERSTON NORTH HOKOWHITU KIWI WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (I), Jack Cook 06-357-7458 or Dorne Jarvis 06-357-2444 KELVIN GROVE WALKERS: Tuesday (PM), (I), Marjory Edmonds, 06-354-3342 MANAWATU STRIDERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (PM); Sunday (AM), Hockey Manawatu Pavillion, Manawaroa Street, (BIA), Alister Martin 06-353-7175 PALMERSTON NORTH JOGGERS & WALKERS: Esplanade,Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (AM), (BI), Robyn McKey 06-354-9952. CLUB PED: Monday, Wednesday, (PM), (IA), Ongley Park; Saturday, (AM), Esplanade, (IA), David Young 06-356-7179 HEARTY STRIDERS: Thursday (PM), (BI), Esplanade, Adrienne Kennedy 06-350-8617 MASSEY WALKERS: Monday, Thursday, noon, Massey Recreation Centre, (BIA) Chin Diew Lai 06-350-5799 ext 2471 MANAWATU WALKWAYS PROMOTION SOCIETY’S MONTHLY WALKERS: Sunday (AM), (IA) Gillian Absolom 06-329-6898 FOREST & BIRD: monthly 2nd Saturday, (AM), Vivienne Nicholls 06-353-2305 METHODIST AGAPE FELLOWSHIP WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (B), Lorna Goodwin, 06-358-2860 U3A Exploring Walkways: Thursday (PM), (B), Lynley Watson 06356-4384 WALKY TALKIE TROOPERS: Tuesday, Thursday (PM), (I), Liz MacNeill 06-357-8216

FEILDING SENIOR WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (BI), Gail Byrnes 06-323-5470

FOXTON FOXPEDS: Monday (PM), Foxton, Foxton Beach, (BIA), Dave Blackett, 06-363-5743, Michelle Duffy, 06-363-7987

LEVIN LEVIN HARRIER & WALKING CLUB: Saturday (PM), (BIA), Ivan Morgan 06-368-3622 WEDNESDAY LEISURE WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (BIA), Lila McCall, 06-367-9070 LEVIN JOGGERS & WALKERS CLUB: Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday, (BIA), Colleen Francis 06-368-8624

WELLINGTON HARRIER ATHLETIC CLUB: Saturday (PM) mid March to mid October, (BIA), Veronica Gould WELLINGTON MID-WEEK WALKERS: Tues, Thursday (PM), Bart Jones 04-477-3746 or David Lonsdale 04-977-8990 WELLINGTON NORDIC WALKERS: Rod McColl 04-526-6833

LOWER HUTT WALK FOR HEALTH: Wednesday (PM), Saturday (AM), Sunday (AM), (BIA), Jean 04-589-7887 or Dave 04-970-5133 POSITIVELY SLIM “Health for Life Walkers: Sunday (AM) Wednesday (PM) (BIA), Jim or Barbara Mobbs 04-566-2603 HUTT VALLEY WALKERS: Saturday (PM), Pam McArthur 04-5864088 WALKING FOR PLEASURE: 60’s Plus, Melling, Molly Shephers, 04567-5727 WOMENS WALKING GROUP: Wainuiomata, every second Wednesday (PM), 04-564-6019 HUTT VALLEY TRAMPING CLUB: Weekend (AM), Dennis Page 04970-6901 TAKE HEART WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), (BI), Keith Millar, 04526-7440 LEISURE WALKERS: seniors, Tuesday (AM), Jean, 04-565-1918 HUTT VALLEY MARATHON CLINIC: Trevor Knowles, 04-565-0294 WALK WAINUI: Monday (AM), (BIA), Shirley 04-564-6179 EASTBOURNE WALK GROUP: Lesley O’Neil, Eastbourne ALICETOWN WALKING GROUP: 04-589-2646 KIWI MASTERS WALKERS: Richard Davies 04-566-1335 OLDER ADULTS – LEISURE WALKING GROUP: Judy 04-528-4445

PORIRUA FRIDAY WALKERS: Margaret Hughes, 04-237-8660 TAWA LINDEN HIKERS: 04-232-8705 WEA RAMBLERS: Muriel Thompson, Tawa TAWA/LINDEN WALKERS: Maurice 04-232-4407 or Claire 04-2328764

UPPER HUTT TUESDAY TRIPPERS: Bill Thompson, 04-971-5123 FANTAIL HIKERS: Marg Eagles, Upper Hutt TRENTHAM UNITED HARRIER CLUB: Teresa Tito 04-565-0333 UPPER VALLEY TRAMPING CLUB: Sandy Wilton/Colin Hamlin, 04527-0107

KAPITI KAPITI CARDIAC CLUB: Tuesday, Thursday, Graham Priest 04-2937872 KAPITI WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Robin Leger 04-905-4680 or Muriel Hill 04-293-5121 KAPITI SUNDAY WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Frank Morris 04-2932567 or Ethel Symes 04-904-1485 KAPITI JOGGERS & WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Pam Childs 04-9021754 MONDAY WALKERS: Monday, Reg Goodsell 04-904-7558, or Steve Golledge 04-904-5904 SPORT KAPITI THURSDAY WALKERS: Thursday (AM), 04-296-9022






WALKING GROUP RECREATIONAL: Edna Patrick, 06-377-4338 ATHLETICS VETERAN WAIRARAPA: J Earles, 06-377-3479 ORIENTEERING GROUP: 06-377-7961 or 379-5124 CARTERTON 40+ STRIDERS: Ada Lyster, 06-379-8746 RUAMAHANGA RAMBLERS: Winter Saturday, Summer Tuesday (PM), (BIA), Ray Wallis 06-377-0703

50 PLUS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Joan 03-578-1922 or Colin 03-572-9423 PICTON WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), Claire 03-573-7991 SPORT MARLBOROUGH WALK GROUP: Thursday (AM), Sport Marlborough 03-577-8855



MARTINBOROUGH WALKING GROUP: Barbara Behrent 06-3069226



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NELSON MOTUEKA WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (BIA), Evelyn Gilbertson, 03-528-8894 MOTUEKA FIFTY PLUS WALKERS: Thursday (AM), Freda Gerslov 03-528-6510

NELSON NELSON STRIDERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (PM), (BI), Averil West, 03-548-3655 NELSON KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), Kay O’Dinot, 03-546-7910 WAKEFIELD WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Lou Manson, 03541-8414 TAHUNA KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), Kay O’Dinot, 03-546-7910 NELSON 50+ WALKING GROUP: alternative Tuesday, Thursday (AM), Noel Brown 03-544-2286 NELSON 50+ WALKING & TRAMPING GROUP: Noel Brown 03544-2286 WAIMEA HARRIER WALKERS: Saturday (PM), Sunday (AM) (BIA), Heather McNabb, 03-547-8490 WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Visitor Information Centre

TAKAKA GOLDEN BAY ALPINE AND TRAMPING CLUB: Day walk and overnight trips, Paul Kilgour, 03-525-7383


AVON LOOP/CITY KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), (B), Sport Canterbury 03-373-5060 AVONSIDE KIWI SENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Jan 03-3892755 AVONHEAD KIWISENIORS: Friday (AM), (BI), Bess 03-342-7647 AFTER WORK WALKING CLUBS: around Christchurch, (BI), for all ages and fitness levels, recreation clerk, CCC 03-371-1778. ARAI-WALKERS: Wednesday, Wainoni/Aranui, Natalie Hoani, 03388-2593 ARTHRITIC AMBLERS: Wednesday, (B) suitable for people with physical disabilities, Trevor Randall 03-385-7446 BEXLEY KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Kath 03388-6161 BARRINGTON KIWISENIORS: Friday (AM), (BI), Nita 03-337-1493 BECKENHAM WALK ‘n’ TALK: Thursday (PM), Di 03-385-3452 BISHOPDALE RAMBLERS: Wednesday (AM) (I), Bishopdale, Paul Muir 03-359-7971 BISHOPDALE TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (AM),(IA), Margaret 03-351-6681 BURNSIDE JOGGERS & WALKERS CLUB: Sunday (AM) Burnside, Anne Uys 03-342-6337 BUSHWISE WOMEN: (BIA) Cynthia Roberts or Roz Heinz 03-3324952 BRIGHTON RAMBLERS WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), New Brighton (I), Marlene Crocker 03-388-1115 CANTERBURY RACE WALKERS ASSOCIATION: Monday, Wednesday, (BIA), coordinates all Canterbury race walkers and friendly race walking, Ann Henderson 03-387-0387 CANTERBURY UNIVERSITY TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (PM), Darryn Welham 03-960-3808 CARDIAC COMPANIONS: Sunday fortnight, (PM) Neville Wootton 03-942-5453 CARDIAC CARE GROUP, Marg Allison 03-366-2112 CCC EASTENDERS: Monday (AM), (IA), or Bruce 03-388-7295 CCC GARDEN CITY WALKERS: Saturday (AM) (IA), Helen 03-3822302 CCC GLOW WORM EVENING WALKERS: Wednesday (PM) (IA), Norm Wells 03-981-5487 CCC HALSWELL: Saturday (AM) (PM), (IA), Pauline 03-322-8057: Sunday, Terrence 03-322-8092 CCC SUNSHINE WALKERS: Tuesday (PM (IA), Jim 03-389-1982 or Hope 03-389-7997 CCC SHIRLEY RECREATIONAL WALKERS: Monday, Thursday (AM), (IA), 03-941-5409 CCC SOCKBURN: Tuesday (AM) (IA), Estelle 03-342-7841:Friday (AM) (IA), Jo 03-349-7146 CCC WEEKEND WANDERS: Sunday (PM) (IA), Marilyn 03-3383826 CHRISTCHURCH PERSONAL GUIDING SERVICE: Daily (AM) (BIA), Cathedral Square, C Tonge 03-981-6350 CHRISTCHURCH MARATHON CLINIC: Saturday (AM), Neil Messenger 03-322-7709 CHRISTCHURCH METHODIST HARRIER CLUB: Saturday (PM) (BIA), Mrs Lindsay Evans 03-355-4356 CITY RAMBLERS WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, 50+age group men & women, Margaret Borrens, 03-354-1534 CRUSADERS WALKERS: Tuesday (BI), (50’s and above age group), Pauline 03-385-9947 DARLINGTON KIWISENIORS: Wednesday (AM), Bill 03-385-1925 DIAMOND HARBOUR RAMBLERS: Tuesday, Hunters Road, (IA), Noeline Coleman 03-329-4566 EASTENDERS: Monday (AM), Bruce 03-981-5329 ELLESMERE TRAMPING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Trish Vessey 03329-1865 FAMILY SOCIAL GROUPS: (B), for parents with young children, recreational clerk, 03-371-1778 FASTRACK WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM) (I), Linwood, Dorothy Jones 03-389-5339 FENDALTON WALK ‘n’ TALK: Thursday (AM), 03-941-8999 FENDALTON NORDIC WALKERS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Yvette So 03-351-6407 GARDEN CITY WALKERS: Saturday (AM), Helen 03-382-2302 GENTLE EXERCISE: Monday, Friday, (NI), qualified physed instructor leads groups, Russell Graham, 03-388-3196 GLOW WORM EVENING WALKERS: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, Pauline 03-322-8057 HAGLEY PARK NORDIC WALKERS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Kerstin Fahrenschone 03-388-0000 HALSWELL WALK ‘n’ TALK: Monday (AM), 03-941-8999 HAPPY RAMBLERS WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, (IA), 50+age group, Vera 03-337-4094 HAPPY WANDERERS WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, (BI), mainly 1-2 hour flat walks, John van Herpt, 03-980-5664 HEI HEI WALKERS: Thursday, Lee Tuki 03-373-8150 HERITAGE WALKS: Tuesday, (PM), Graeme Stanley 03-980-1553 HERITAGE WALKS: Thursday, (AM), Graeme Stanley 03-980-1553 HOON HAY KIWISENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Barbara 03-3388306 KAIAPOI WALKERS GROUP: Tuesday, Wednesday (AM), Lyane Graham 03-327-5679 KAIAPOI NORDIC WALKERS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Trudy Blakey 03-327-4457 KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUPS: for the over 50’s, 23 surburban groups plus rural locations, Sport Canterbury 0800-228-483



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LAMBDA DAY TRAMPERS: every second Sunday, (BI), social group for gays and lesbians of all ages, Helen Davies 03-332-8724 LINWOOD AVENUE WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, Thursday (AM) (B), 03-389-5303 LINWOOD KIWISENIORS: Thursday (AM), Phyl 03-389-6130 LYTTELTON WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Lyttlelton, (BI), Ada Goodwin 03-328-7235 MAIREHAU LADIES PROBUS, Tuesday, Leah 03-385-6310 MARYVILLE KIWISENIORS:: Monday (AM), Valmai 03-377-8742 MERIVALE KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), (BI), June 03-355-8703 MT PLEASANT KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Pauline 03-3844794 NEW BRIGHTON KIWISENIORS: Wednesday, (AM), (BI), (both walkers and strollers), Joy 03-383-4494 NEW BRIGHTON WORKING MENS CLUB WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (I), Jenny Wilson 03-332-8818 NEW BRIGHTON ATHLETIC CLUB: Saturday (PM), Phil Bastion 03981-1798 NEW BRIGHTON HILL WALKERS: Wedneday (AM), Royce henery 03-388-7335 NEW BRIGHTON WALK ‘n’ TALK: Monday (AM), 03-941-8999 NEW BRIGHTON STROLLERS: Wednesday (AM), Tess Hall 03-3883237 NEW BRIGHTON WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Joy 03-383-4494 NO HILL WALKERS: Thursday (AM) (B), Hazel Matthews 03-3855338 NEW BRIGHTON NORDIC WALKERS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Kerstin Fahrenschone 03-388-0000 NZ VIVENDI SOCIETY: Sunday, Janet 03-389-1609 PAPANUI WALK ‘n’ TALK: Wednesday (AM), 03-941-6840 OXFORD WALKING GROUP: Monday Thursday (AM), Coral Gilbertson 03-312-3155 OPAWA KIWISENIORS: Monday, Tuesday (AM), (BI), Carol 03-3325638 PAPANUI KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Elaine 03-352-7519 PAPANUI WALK ‘n’TALK: Wednesday (AM), 03-941-8999 PARKLANDS KIWISENIORS: Thursday (AM), (BI), Bernard Marriott 03-383-2665 PARKLANDS WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), BIA), Bernard Marriott 03-383-2665 PENINSULA TRAMPING CLUB: (Family Strollers Group), Sunday, Gloucester Street, (BIA), Rick Bolch 03-338-5156 PIONEER STROLLERS: Thursday, (BIA), Shirley Hitchcock, 03-3227220 PIONEER TRAMPERS: Thursday (AM) (IA), Alan Williams 03-3432216 PLEASURE WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday (AM) (I), Colleen Cook 03-389-8607 PORT HILLS NORDIC WALKERS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Chiaki Jagau 03-981-1433 PORT HILLS ATHLETIC WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, Friday (AM), Glen Watts 03-332-1964.Saturday (PM), Peter King 03-341-1154 QE11 MINI HIKERS: alternate Wednesday, QE11 Park, (BI), Beverley Church 03-388-5736 Q.E. PARK STROLLERS: Tuesday, John Plumridge 03-385-9710 RETIREES CLUB KIWISENIORS: Wednesday, (AM), (BI), (both walkers and stroller groups), Sport Canterbury 03-373-5060 RETIREES SOCIAL CLUB: Thursday (PM) (BI), 50 + age group, Ira Williams 03-342-8172 or Carol Roscoe 03-337-5901 RICCARTON KIWISENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Enid 03-3489351 ROWLEY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Lee Tuki 03-373-8150 ROVER HARRIER CLUB: Saturday (PM) (BI), Steve Mitchell 03348-8195 SALLY STROLLERS: Saturday, fortnight, general Christchurch, (B), leisurely pace, Margaret Bennetts, 03-322-9187 SHIRLEY RECREATIONAL WALKERS: Monday, Thursday (AM), 03941-5409 " A SLICE OF HERITAGE WALKS” with Walktologist Graeme Stanley, Tues (PM) Thurs (AM ), Graeme Stanley 03- 980-1553 SOMERFIELD KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Marie 03-3371436 SOUTH CHRISTCHURCH/SYDENHAM WALKERS: Sunday (AM) (IA), Ray 03-332-0555 ST PETERS WALKING GROUP: Monday (PM), Thursday (PM) (BIA), Audrey 03-348-9157 SUNSHINE WALKERS: Tuesday (PM), 03-389-1982 SPORTY SINGLES: Saturday, Sunday, (BI), Llolyd 03-323-6232 TUESDAY TREKKERS CLUB: Tuesday, (AM), Necia Sullivan 03-3389035 TOWER TRAMPING & WALKING CLUB: Tuesday, (IA), Dave Bates 03-332-6233, Sunday, Yvonne van Eerden 03-339-0751 WAINONI/AVONSIDE COMMUNITY SERVICES: Thursday (AM), 03389-2285 WALKIE TALKIES WALKING GROUP: Thursday, (B), members mainly from Burwood United and St Kentigerns Parish, John 03-981-9994 WOMEN WALK: Wednesday and weekends, throughout Canterbury not in city area, (BIA), Pauline Cara 03-384-1921

XY’s WALKERS: Thursday (AM), Maureen Ryder 03-383-1226 or Alison Jarvis 03-338-2678 “Y’s WALKERS” (YMCA): Tuesday, Thursday, (BIA), City YMCA, 03-366-0689, Bishopdale Community Centre, 03-359-8330 “Y’s TREKKERS”: Monday, Port Hills, (IA), City YMCA, 03-366-0689 YMCA WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (AM), Jill O’Connor 03-366-0689 WAYFARERS WALKING GROUP:Thursday (AM) (BI), 50 + age group, Ted Hill 03-323-9311 WEEKEND WANDERERS: Sunday (PM), Marilyn Dean 03-338-3826 WOMEN WALK: Wednesday Weekends (AM), (BIA), Pauline Cara 03-384-1921 30 MINUTE WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Greame Stanley 30 MINUTE WALKING GROUP:Tuesday (AM), (B), Risingholme, Christchurch City Council 03-941-8999 30 MINUTE WALKING GROUP:Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (BIA), Bishopdale, Christchurch City Council 03-941-8999 30 MINUTE WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM) (PM), (BIA), 039412-8999

RURAL CANTERBURY CHEVIOT KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Sport Canterbury 03373-5060 ELLESMERE TRAMPING GROUP: Thursday (AM) (IA), Trish Vessy 03-329-1865 LEESTON KIWISENIORS: Friday (AM), (BI), Sport Canterbury 03373-5060 LINCOLN KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), (BI), Sport Canterbury 03373-5060 RANGIORA KIWISENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Sport Canterbury 03-373-5060 SOUTHBRIDGE KIWISENIORS: Friday (AM), (BI), Sport Canterbury 03-373-5060

ASHBURTON ASHBURTON HARRIER CLUB: Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday, Merv & Jackie Gilbert 03-308-5894 KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUPS: for the over 50’s, Wednesday (AM), (BI), two groups, Janice Cochrane, Sport Mid-Canterbury, 03-307-0475



03-456-4223 CIVIL SERVICE: Saturday, (PM), Peter Smith 03-471-7127 CAVERSHAM HARRIERS WALKING GROUP: Saturday (PM), Keiran Columb 03-489-4027 DUNEDIN CITY RAMBLERS: Wednesday,(AM) Alison St John 03476-2344 GREEN HUT TRACK GROUP: Wednesday (AM), George Sutherland 03-467-5999 HALFWAY BUSH WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), (I), Pat Garth, 03-476-2579 HILL CITY WALKING GROUP: Saturday (PM), Alex McEwan 03-4554851 KOPUTAI WALKING GROUP: 2nd Tuesday, (AM), Noeline Forgie, 03472-8302 LEITH WALKERS: Saturday (PM), Janette Anderson 03-476-2830 MORNINGTON MONDAY WALKERS: Monday (AM), (B), Kieran Hurring 03-453-4423 MULTI-PEAK FITNESS WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Marelda Gallaher 03-477-6057 or 027-222-3863 MOSGIEL 50's FORWARD WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Roberta Telfer 03-488-3175 OTAGO TRAMPING/MOUNTAINEERING CLUB: Sunday (AM), Ian Sime 03-453-6185 OVER 30’s TRAMPING CLUB: Sunday (AM), Janice Hodges 03-4894071 PHOENIX CLUB WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Nina Davidson 03-471-0114 PINEHILL WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Norman Vare 03-4738683 ST KILDA COMMUNITY CLUB WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, (AM), Ngaire McIndoe 03-456-4478 TAIERI RECREATIONAL TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (AM), Ian Fleming 03-489-8964 TRIXIE TRAMPERS: Thursday (AM), Alison Jones 03-489-8372 WEA OVER 50’s TRAMPING CLUB: 2nd & 4th Tuesday, (A), Jenny Gonin 03-467-2711 WAIHOLA WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Elizabeth Jones 03-4898064 XY TRAMPING CLUB: 1st & 4th Tuesday, (AM), Cliff Donaldson 03467-9875 Y’S WALKING GROUP: Sunday (AM), Betty Booth 03-456-2000 60 PLUS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Judith Wright 03-4562080 60’s PLUS RAMBLERS: 1st & 3rd Tuesday, Vern Gould 03-476-4457 60’s PLUS TRAMPING CLUB: 2nd & 4th Thursday, (A), >4 hours, Murray Bolt, 03-454-2211 60 PLUS HIKERS: 2nd & 4th Tuesday, (AM), Moreen Hayes 03-4761545

TIMARU HARRIER CLUB: Saturday (PM), March to October, Alister 03-686-1010 GLENITI WALK GROUP: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Edna 03-688-0779 HIGHFIELD WALK GROUP: Thursday (AM), (BI), Joy, 03-688-9888 KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUPS: for the over 50’s, Verna Parker, Sport Canterbury, 03-686-0751 MARCHWIEL WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), Colleen, 03-688-6231 SOUTHEND WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), (BI), Bev, 03-688-8381 WANDERERS WALK GROUP: Thursday (AM), (BI), Brian Illingworth 03-684-9355





60’S UP WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), Len Johnston, 03-231-3372, Don Todd, 03-217-5931 INVERCARGILL KIWI SENIORS’ WALK GROUP: Thursday (AM), Sport Southland, 03-211-2150 YMCA WOMEN’S WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Joan Sutherland, 03-218-8738

GREYMOUTH CATHOLIC WOMENS LEAGUE WALKING GROUP: Nora Sheard, 03-768-6479 GREYMOUTH OVER 50’S: Graham Schaef, 03-768-7437 GREYMOUTH DAUDLERS: Yvonne Davison 03-768-6664 KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUPS: for the over 50’s, Don Monk SWC 03-768-0775 RUNANGA WALKING GROUP: Pat Butler 03-762-7665 BLACKBALL WALKING GROUP: Charlie Quibell 03-732-4887

HOKITIKA HOKITIKA KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), (BI), Pavel Bare SWC, 03756-9037 HARI HARI KIWISENIORS: Historic walks (BI), Pavel Bare SWC, 03-756-9037 HOKI HIKERS: Tuesday (AM), Margaret Stevens 03-755-6466


ALEXANDRA WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Ngaire Turnball, 03-448-8726

QUEENSTOWN WAKATIPU WALKERS: Thursday, Patricia Cook 03-442-1525

WANAKA WANAKA WALKING Group: Tuesday (Nov- Apl) (PM), Sunday (AM), (BI), Graham Barnett 03-443-1780


GORE EASTERN SOUTHLAND KIWI SENIORS’ WALKING GROUP: Every third Tuesday of month (AM), (BIA), Richard Pasco, Sport Southland 03-208-3846 HOKONUI TRAMPING CLUB: Margaret Hughes 03-208-7053

NORTHERN SOUTHLAND NORTHERN SOUTHLAND KIWI SENIORS’ WALK GROUP: Every second and fourth Thursday of the month, (AM), Sport Southland, 03-211-2150

TE ANAU TE ANAU KIWI SENIORS WALK GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Sport Southland, 03-211-2150

CLYDE CLYDE OFF-ROAD WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday, Judy Blanch, 03-449-2580, Eleanor Edgar 03-448-6767

OAMARU SENIOR CITIZENS WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Nancy Bell 03-434-5061 OAMARU FRIDAY WALKERS: Every 2nd Friday (AM), Barbara McGann 03-434-9178 WEDNESDAY WALKERS TRAMPING GROUP: Jane Naish 03-4346363 NORTH OTAGO TRAMPING & MOUNTAINEERING CLUB: Margie Carrington 03-434-8484

DUNEDIN ACTIVE WALKERS: Monday (PM), Bill Brockie 03-467-9114 ARIKI WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, Saturday (PM), Karen Martin

LEGEND Fitness levels: “B” beginner, ”I” intermediate, “A” advanced. (AM) denotes morning walk, (PM) denotes an afternoon or evening walk. Group co-ordinators are asked to please advise us of any updates by fax 06-358-6864 or email

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Lakeside Farm Cottage Perfectly situated to enjoy great walks on the Waikato River Trails, Maungatautari Ecological Island and Te Waihou Walkway. Fully self-contained 3 bedroom farmstay cottage. Contact Liz and Dick Johnson. Phone: 07-883-5890

Email: Website:


Walk Wairata. . . Wairata Station is a stunning peaceful 1800 hectare mountainous retreat with numerous bush tracks . The Waioeka river runs through the heart of the farm, so views from 2,000 feet are a photographers dream. Affordable meals, quality self contained accommodation & experienced guides.

Your Recreational Park Bob & Mary Redpath Phone 07 315 7761


Cape Runaway

Large farmhouse, 'Hayward's', available to rent. Sleeps 14 people, ideal for tramping, mountain biking groups etc to explore this area. Also great fishing. Fully equipped.

Sally & Jim Kemp 07 3253609 or


A dropoff, a 4-6 hour Walk, a Hot Shower & Spa, an amazing Dinner, Bed & breakfast. Where: Out in the Styx Cafe at Pukeatua, Waikato (40 mins from Hamilton)



Walk the Maungataurari Crossing Kayak the Arapuni Lake OR just sample the homemade food and soak up the ambience.

Bookings essential: call us for a brochure

“Bridge to Somewhere”

Phone 07-872-4505 or freephone 0800-461-559 Website:

• 2 or 3 night getaways of moderate tramping in the very heart of the Eastern Taranaki backcountry. (2 to choose from) • Inclusive package of transport (from Stratford) accommodation and meals. • September to May best months. • Matemateaonga Track package of transport, jetboat, hut passes also arranged.


For further information contact: Carol or Dave Digby

Phone 06-765-7482 (evenings) email: website: GISBORNE


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Waikaremoana Whirinaki Tongariro Guided Walking Holidays


Tranquilly in the bush . . .great walks CANTERBURY

Ph: 0800 WALK NZ



Farm walking at its most scenic A one, two or three day walk over scenic Rangitikei hill country. Your private walk is at your own pace, with minimal gear, over superb hill country farms with spectacular views of the Ruahine Range, Mount Ruapehu and the Kawhatau River Valley.

Quality accommodation, hearty food.

Phone 06-382-5507 Fax 06-382-5504 Ruth & Jim Rainey, RD7, Mangaweka E:



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* Unguided 2 day 2 night experience * Coastal hill country * Native "bird filled" bush * Gourmet home cooked food or self catering * Bags transported Phone: Sarah & Duncan 06 307 8989

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Tekapo High Country Trek Go further this summer - go with a guide!

Stunning views of the Southern Alps All meals and gear provided Cosy private hut Light packs Guided


A lpine Recreation

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HEAPHY TRACK ABEL TASMAN Walk with us on these Top Tracks Small Groups, Great Guides, Great Stories Our portering system makes it easy John Croxford, Takaka

Dodson Road, RD1, Tel/Fax 03-525-7177


Banks Peninsula Track Self guided two or four day walks * Delightful and well equipped accommodation * Great value tramping - the Kiwi favourite * There is now a full pack cartage option for groups Make this your first multi-day tramp

Are you missing out on potential customers? To promote your business in the Overseas Walks section Phone: Jenn at 021- 546-096 or email: jennifer@walkingnz 58

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Walking New Zealand 156  

A monthly magazine. In this issue enjoy articles with beautiful pictures of the Glaciers fjords waterfalls of Norway, Papaitonga Scenic Res...