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4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Whakamaharatanga Walkway 8 My favourite walk: T rack and T unnel walk - along Track Tunnel the other side of the gorge 10 Clean shoes can help save the K auri Kauri 11 Christchurch Airport Marathon 12 New Zealand walks: Taupo to Huka F alls walks Falls 16 New Zealand walks: Woolshed Hill - Just two hours drive from Christchurch 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand walk: In the heart of the P ourakino Pourakino Valley 22 Overseas walks: Top 10 United Kingdom winter walks 23 Event: Entries open for biggest fun run/walk 24 Te Araroa Trail: Breast Hill hut upgrade 25 New Zealand walks: Queenstown popular with walk ers walkers 25 Books: Otago Central R ail T rail - easy guide Rail Trail 26 New Zealand guided walks: ECHO Walking Festival - connecting hills and ocean 28 Overseas walks: Cape to Cape: ultimate multi-day coastal walk 32 Margaret River town site not affected by fire 34 New Zealand walks: Mangawhai Walking Weekend in 13th year 36 Walking the W orld: Page Arizona to Prescott World: Arizona 38 Health: Is barefoot walking for you? 39 Window on Waitakere: Ark in the P ark aims to Park create an open sanctuary 40 Event: Rotorua Marathon includes a half and quarter marathon 41 Overseas walks and tours 42 Index over previous 14 issues 43 Weather forecast for March 44 New Zealand coming events 49 Overseas coming events 50 Nordic W alking: Why Nordic Walking enhances Walking: regular walking 51 Nordic W alking Calendars Walking 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 59 Xterra Rotorua 60 Rotorua Marathon




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Walk talk

Fire on Doubtful Island, Fiordland

Airlie Beach new walking track

Photo by Danica Tauri – Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park

The Department of Conservation as part of Southern Rural Fire responded to a fire early this year in the Doubtful Islands group in Lake Te Anau. The fire, at the southern end of Doubtful Island, at the entrance to Middle Fiord in Lake Te Anau, was fed by 10 knot northwesterly winds. The fire burnt towards the lake end of the island. The team of five DOC staff worked for four hours to bring the fire under control. There are very strong indications the fire was caused by a campfire that was not properly extinguished. A total fire ban exists in the region with both rural and forested areas extremely dry. Ross Kerr, DOC Incident Controller says, “Even in a place like Fiordland where people think the forest is wet, it’s not. If this fire was on the opposite beach it would have been blowing inshore into the Takehe Area and we could be looking at a much more significant problem. Fire ban means NO fires.” Kiwi were transferred onto the Doubtful Island group about 10 years ago but they failed to thrive and are no longer actively managed on the island now.

You may need nothing more than swimmers, a sarong and thongs on a Whitsundays holiday in Queensland, Australia, but pack walking shoes and you’ll discover another side of Airlie Beach. The newly-opened, 850-metre Airlie Creek walking track allows visitors of all fitness levels to experience a slice of rainforest close to town at no cost. Stop off for a picnic under the shade of a large fig tree and keep your eyes peeled for rare flora and fauna such as the Whitsunday bottle tree and endangered Proserpine rock wallaby.

Fine for taking dog into national park A man has been fined $1250 for taking a dog to Flora Hut in Kahurangi National Park, putting Kiwi and Blue Duck at risk. Department of Conservation Motueka Area Manger Martin Rodd said dogs were known to kill ground-dwelling birds such as Kiwi and Weka and also Blue Duck/Whio and were not allowed in national parks without a permit. ‘It was especially irresponsible to take a dog into the Flora area where the community conservation group Friends of Flora has been tirelessly working for more than a decade now to enhance the native vegetation and wildlife. ‘Whio numbers have been steadily increasing in their conservation project area due to their efforts in partnership with DOC and two years ago they returned kiwi to the area which has entailed an enormous trapping and fund-raising effort.

Race to beat the train

Around 400 competitor s, including mothers with prams, dogs and athletes took to a 12 km journey to try and beat a train. This was an inaugural event in Januar y against the Kingston Flyer from Fairlight to Kingston. Event organiser Welshman Adrian Bailey had seen a similar fun run in his home town and decided to bring this to Otago once he learnt in October the Flyer had been sold to a new owner. Oska Inkster of Wanaka was the fastest man home in over 38 minutes beating the train by 22 minutes, while Carol Shuttleworth was the only woman to beat the train to Kingston.


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Sports computer for the head

One of the most dramatic hikes to take in the Austrian Alps happens to be one of the easiest, and most accessible. All ages will enjoy the jaw-dropping views and contemplative pace of the Zirbenweg Trail. Approachable from multiple directions, it offers enough variety to bring hikers back again and again. The 7km Zirbenweg Trail may wind hikers through the largest pine forest of the Alps, and pass above Innsbruck at no less than 2,000 meters -- but it also happens to be accessible for old and young alike, and perfect for an easy, 2 ½ to 3-hour family outing. The trip can begin at the Glungezer funicular, starting from Tulfes, or at the Patscherkofel funicular. The legendary trail snakes along at the bottom of the Viggar and Neunerspitze mountains, with hardly any difference in altitude. The Inntal valley unfurls at your feet as the peaks of the Nordkette mountain with Hafelekar and Seegrube tower upwards. After a cozy stop in the Tulfeinalm refuge, you can return down into the valley on foot or by chair lift. The intrepid can press on to the summit of Glungezer mountain.

With many kinds of sports, looking at the sports computer at your wrist is cumbersome. Now o-synce is offering the first training computer for the head. The sports cap ‘screen-eye’ projects all training data into the user’s field of vision. The ultralight computer and the display are placed inside the visor of the cap. All data are recorded and can be evaluated via micro USB. The measuring point is far enough away from the body to guarantee that the actual ambient temperature is displayed. The headband can be separated from the plastic visor and is washable. The ‘screen-eye’ is compatible with all heart rate sensors and foot pods with ANT+ technology. Website:

Molesworth Station road open for 25th season When the road through Molesworth Station opened on 28 December it marked the 25th anniversary of the road through the Marlborough high country station being opened to the public in summer. The Acheron Road through the180,787-hectare station was first opened to the public in summer 1987-88 for six weeks. The open period for the road has since increased and this summer it will be open for more than 14 weeks, up until 7pm on Easter Monday 9 April, road and fire risk conditions permitting. The summer road opening began to enable New Zealanders to drive through and experience the dramatic high country landscape of what is New Zealand’s biggest farm. The Department of Conservation managed the The original Molesworth homestead. opening of the road through the Crown-owned station and in July 2005 Molesworth Station became a recreation reserve under DOC administration with Landcorp Farming Limited continuing to run its cattle farm. DOC South Marlborough Area Manager Dave Hayes said more than 85,000 people in more than 40,000 vehicles had travelled the Acheron Road in the summer opening period since it was first opened in summer 1987-88. ‘The Acheron Road goes through a vast awe-inspiring landscape of towering mountains and river valleys. The station is steeped in history, in its farming evolution and as a Maori and early European travel route. The journey takes in two historic cob buildings, the Acheron Accommodation House and the Molesworth Cob Cottage. ‘People enjoy the road trip as an accessible and secure way to experience a remote and extreme environment.’ Anyone planning to travel the road should first check the road is open as it can close at short notice due to weatherrelated conditions. Calls can be made to the DOC South Marlborough Area Office, ph (03) 572 9100 or people can ask at visitor centres in the region. The journey through the station can be made as a day trip, taking around six hours between Blenheim and Hanmer, or people can camp overnight near the Molesworth Cob Cottage and Acheron Accommodation House. Several tracks provide opportunity to get out of vehicles and enjoy short walks with panoramic views.

New look for Walking Access website The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has created a new-look enewsletter and is upgrading its website to make it easier for people to find information about outdoor access and responsible behaviour in the outdoors. The redesigned website will go live in the new year, featuring a cleaner, less cluttered look that will make navigation simpler and better highlight the Commission’s latest outdoor access news. It will complement the new e-newsletter, which was sent for the first time in December last year to people on the Commission’s email newsletter subscriber list.

Prizewinners The winners of the this month’s Walking New Zealand promotion are: A588 Pedometer - Sue Saunders, Whangarei and a six month subscription extension to Walking New Zealand magazine Jacki Jones, Whangarei.

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Above: The Whakamaharatanga Walkway sign in the carpark area. Top right: A view from up the hill with the Port of Napier top left and the Napier Airport to the right.

Below: The track looking towards the carpark.


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Walkway T he Whakamaharatanga Walkway crosses farmland, most of which was under water prior to the Napier earthquake in 1931. There are two prominent old pa sites with identifiable terraces, pits and middens (shell dumps). The walkway crosses land that is owned by Landcorp and is closed for lambing from 1

July to 30 September and may be closed at other times for farm management.

Ror ookuri Loop TTrack rack Rorookuri 3.5 km / 1 hour Rorookuri was an island in the original Te Whanganui a Oroto lagoon and its archaeological features are of much interest. One of these, Otiere Pä, was defended by two transverse ditches and a bank across the narrow headland, both of which can still be seen today. The Rorookuri Loop Track follows the base of Rookuri Hill, past Otiere Pä and back to the carpark.

Ror ookuri Summit TTrack rack Rorookuri 2.5 km / 40 min The other option is to walk over the top of Rorookuri Hill and back around either side. The summit offers magnificent views of Hawke’s Bay. The start of the track is signposted about one km along Onehunga Road in Bayview six km north of Westshore, Napier off the main highway north to Gisborne . There is a carpark and a possible picnic area.

Below left: The Otiere Pa at the top of the hill with commanding views over the bay area. Right: Orange marker poles lead walkers to the summit.

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Left: Monkey business on the train track! Right: Tunnel coming up! Torches out.

Track and Tunnel walk Along the other side of the gorge By Wouna le Roux Once a year the Woodville Lions Club organise an approximately 8km walk on the train track through the Manawatu gorge, starting at the Ballance Bridge end (Woodville side) in the east and walking back to the Ashhurst Domain on the west side of the gorge. I’ve often wondered what the gorge would look like from the other side. If you are on the one side of a river, you always long to see the other side, and vice versa. That’s life, I guess … :). We’ve driven through the gorge on several occasions by road, which is on the one side of the river, while I always look across to the train track, also carved into the cliffs of the gorge, and wonder how the graffiti got onto the concrete slabs underneath the track. With the river way below and near vertical cliffs to get to the track, the willpower of graffiti artists always amazes me. When the opportunity then presents itself to see the river and gorge from the viewpoint of the trains, we grabbed it with both hands!

No more wondering. And what a wonderful idea. Approximately 1500 people are allowed to walk on the track though the gorge, while the cars whizz by on the other side of the river. With three different time slots, an hour or so apart, and 10 plus buses to cart participants to the start in a staggered approach, the walk is an absolute joy. The rules are quite strict: no running, no walking on the river side of the track, no hanging over the railings of train bridges, no kids under 10 years, etc. Marshals are ample to guide and help where people might be scared to cross the train bridges. Some of the damp moss covered railroad sleepers are quite slippery. And other bridges have sleepers that moved, making it possible to climb through the bridge if you are skinny. You cross 13 train bridges in total. Crushed rock are, apart from the wooden sleepers of the train track, the only walking terrain, which is hard on your feet and sturdy shoes are recommended. However, it is only 8km and you can go almost as slow as you want. There are five tunnels in total through the gorge, of which you walk through the longest two - the one being 597 metres long. A torch is recommended and luckily we had one between the two of us that worked. In my minds eye, I thought one would be able to see a bit of light at the other end of the tunnel, helping to at least make out silhouettes in the dark, and to find your way, so we nearly didn’t take

a torch at all! In the end we had two, of which the one’s battery was close to flat. And boy is it dark in those tunnels! The Manawatu gorge has a long history, with slips and fallen boulders causing trains to derail and plummet into the river. With the introduction of ■ containers transported by rail in the 1970s, the bridges had to be lowered to allow for container wagons to go through. Later on the larger sea containers also had to be transported and every now and again a train would get stuck in a tunnel. So the tunnels had to be lowered yet again to provide clearance for all. Many other accidents have occurred on the road over the years and while a vast majority Footnote: It is an offence to walk on a railway track in New Zealand. This is an official event with permission from KiwiRail. - Editor

Left: Concentrating hard on another train bridge without railings. Right: Light at the end of the tunnel.


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Above: If you don’t like heights, looking down through the sleepers on the bridges is not recommended.

of the vehicles don’t end up in the river, some do; a Newmans bus, for instance, plunging off the road and into the river, a truck and trailer unit having a mishap also ended up in the river. Divers managed to free the container and let it float down the river for extraction, while the trailer had to be towed ashore by helicopter, where it was cut in two and then air lifted to the road. In 2004 massive floods and torrential rainfall caused huge slips, both above and underneath the road, causing a total road closure. The result being that 200,000 cubic metres of debris had to be removed from the road over a seven week period. On 18 August 2011, another massive landslide closed down the gorge road yet again. Despite efforts to clear the debris, subsequent slips, including a 20,000 cubic metres slip in October, have further complicated the situation, resulting in the road being closed indefinitely. In February this year is still not open. Investigations are currently underway to decide the future of the road. At the finish of our walk, every participant was handed a little finisher’s certificate, while food and other beverages were on sale at the Ashhurst Domain grounds. A lovely event. $25 per person. Well worth the effort, and all for a good cause, with all funds raised going to Cancer Care and local charities. This year’s event is planned for a Sunday in April or May. The date for the event can only be advised by KiwiRail about three weeks before the event. The gorge rail link is very busy especially during the milking season. Many trains go through the gorge to and from Hawkes Bay taking milk to Fonterra’s Dairy factory at Hawera and there has to be a clear track for a six hour period for the event to be held.

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Below: Walkers on the train bridge, as see from the road across the gorge.

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Above left and above right: The bleeding gum showing the affects of Kauri dieback.

Clean shoes can help save the Kauri


ests like possums are easy to see and their effects on our native forest can be devastating. However there are also threats to forest ecosystems not as obvious or infamous as possums but with just as big an impact, including plant diseases spread by soil movement. One of these is Kauri dieback disease which is killing trees in Auckland and Northland and anyone enjoying the outdoors can help stop it spreading. Kauri dieback is a soil-borne disease, spread by spores in the soil that attack the tree through its roots. Symptoms include bleeding lesions at the base of the tree, yellowing leaves, thinning canopy and dead branches. “Any movement of soil can spread the disease, including soil on dirty shoes or mountain bike tyres,” says Dr Nick Waipara of Auckland Council Biosecurity. “This means everyone visiting a Kauri for-

By the Kauri Dieback team, Auckland Council

est should arrive with clean footwear and equipment and clean this again when they leave. “Many public parks and reserves with Kauri have cleaning stations for visitors to use, but you can also simply clean your shoes at home, making sure you scrub them free of all soil as the spores can live for up to three years. “Much like the Check Clean Dry message for didymo and freshwater pests, good hygiene is the most important weapon we have against Kauri dieback while we await research results into treatment,” says Dr Waipara. “We need to stop the disease spreading and protect the areas that are still healthy.” Kauri dieback disease is not the only threat out there either. Many weeds and other plant and animal diseases are spread easily by people on dirty shoes and equipment. By keeping all our gear clean, it will help stop the spread of all of these pests. “If cleaning shoes and gear becomes part of a routine for anyone going out to enjoy nature it will make a huge difference,” says Dr Waipara. “If everyone plays a part, the very outdoor environment we enjoy now will stay healthy for future generations to enjoy as well.” In Auckland Kauri dieback disease has been found in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Pakiri, Okura and Albany Scenic Reserves, the Awhitu Peninsula, Great Barrier Island and private land around Auckland. It has also been found in the Waipoua Forest, Trounson Kauri Park and the forest plantations of Omahuta, Glenbervie and Russell in Northland. The national collaborative effort to fight Kauri dieback includes Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Conservation, Auckland Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Northland Regional Council, Waikato Regional Council and iwi. Visit for more. Left: The thinning canopy of a Kauri tree with Kauri dieback.

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Taupo to From Spa Thermal Park it is only a five minute walk to the walkway by the river.


The track down to the Waikato River at Spa Thermal Park.

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Looking down on Reids Farm - a popular camping area.

The track is also used by cyclists.

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he Huka Falls Spa Park Walk is a popu track, depending on how many photo stops. This walk can be linked with the Aratiatia lar tourist track that follows the Waikato River above the Huka Falls Rapids Walk. and provides some fantastic views as well as Rotary Ride: Spa Thermal Park other activities. to Huka Falls You can also start from the control gates This is a shared bike track where walkers bridge in Taupo for a longer walk. give way to bikes. Follow the signs from the Control Gates Bridge to Spa end of County Ave (off Spa Road). The track crosses the Otumuheke Stream Thermal Park From the Control Gates bridge follow the approximately 200m upstream from the true right of the Waikato River. Pass the waste Waikato River. From here the track meanders through treatment station on the right and at the end gullies, twists around trees, runs alongside open of the entrance road take a sharp left. Turn right after 20m and follow the path farmland, crosses two bridged streams, passes through culverts and has great views of the to Cherry Island. Head along the river to the steps up to Waikato River and open valleys. Time: Three hours return via the same track Taupo-Bungy. Here there are great views of the river down the gorge. From the top it is depending on how many photo stops. only 200 m to Spa Thermal Park.

The information sign by the bridge.

Huka Falls Walkway Starting from the Spa Thermal Park turn right off Tongariro Street into Spa Road at the northern end of Taupo, then left into County Avenue and drive into Spa Thermal Park. There is a large carpark area. To get to the walkway follow the signs, walk for five minutes across the park to the Waikato River. Near the start of the walkway, a bridge crosses a natural hot stream which is popular with bathers. The well-defined track now winds along the riverbank and offers river views on the way. The walk finishes at the spectacular Huka Falls, where the Waikato River is confined to a deep rock channel. The river emerges with a rush at the northern end to form the falls. A pleasant walk for the whole family. Return via the same track or arrange transport from Huka Falls carpark. Time: Three hours return via the same

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Taupo to Huka Falls walks

Above left: Bathers in the warm waters of the stream that flows into the Waikato River. Above right: The track is easy to the Huka Falls.

The Huka Falls are a set of waterfalls on the Waikato River that drains Lake Taupo in New Zealand. Several hundred metres upstream from the Huka Falls, the Waikato River narrows from roughly 100 metres across into a hard rock granite canyon only 15 metres across. At the top of the falls is a set of small waterfalls dropping over about eight metres. The most impressive, final stage of the falls is an 11 metre drop where water tumbles over a cliff around 11 metre high, into a deep circular basin with a dangerous undertow. The volume of water passing over the falls varies between 32 and 270 cubic metres per second, or approximately 220,000 litres per second with the water temperature varying from between 22ยบC in the summer to 10.5ยบC in the winter. The cliff or is a band of silicified conglomerate forming part of a sequence of freshwater lake beds (Huka Beds) that cover the WairakeiTaupo region to a depth of several hundred feet including the region tapped by the geothermal bores in the Wairakei geothermal field. During the 1930s a small hydro-electric power station was constructed just below the Huka Falls. It supplied power to the Wairakei Hotel until the mid 1950s when it was replaced by electricity. Above left: Walkers on the track. Below left: The famous Huka Falls. Below right: A tree in the middle of the track.

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Woolshed Hill

Just two hours drive from Christchurch

emerging onto an exposed ridge, with easy By Brenda Greene Woolshed Hill ascends through beech for- walking and spectacular views to the head of est from the Hawdon Valley, Arthurs Pass the Hawdon Valley. We heard Kaka and Kakariki, and saw BellNational Park to just over 1429m. bird, Riflemen and Robin. A long tailed The first hour is steep climbing, before Cuckoo followed us for some while up the track, hunting the nests of brown creeper, in which to lay its eggs. As you continue to ascend for the next hour, bright orange Dracophyllum scrub gives way to a mosaic of Snowberry, cushion plants and Alpine Daisy. There are short interludes of rocky outcrops, marked with small cairns. On a warm day, alpine Grasshoppers â– perform aerial acrobatics. Pipit flick their tails. The track levels at a small tarn filled with red rushes, and surrounded by low growing whipcord hebes. During the last half hour to forty five minutes, the track leads along a rocky ridge, with beech forest falling steeply to the east, and Above: A Robin one of many birds on scree slopes to the west. Woolshed Hill. It looks more challenging than it is, alBelow: Tarn flat with scree slope and though care must be taken if the wind is resummit to the left in background.

Above: Summit ascent with Waimakariri centre, Cass river top right, Andrews stream mid left.

ally blowing. We watched out to the south for any hint of cloud breeching the alps. The norwestern arch looked spectacular. The final short climb to the summit through tussock and aciphylla (the spiky tips eaten by hares) onto a long sweeping ridge line gives views to Sudden Valley, and over the Waimakariri River, Andrews Stream and Cass River. With binoculars, we could follow the progress of a trans-alpine train carrying coal to and from the west coast. The descent is

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very easy, and can be achieved comfortably in two hours As a favourite walk, Woolshed Hill ticks all the logistical boxes. It can be easily achieved in a day (three to five hours is needed for the 10km round trip, plus two hours drive one way from Christchurch Central), there is ample shaded parking and toilets, the track is well maintained and easy to follow. It is challenging but rewarding, and the views are spectacular. All this, and although we tramped in the Christmas holidays, we had the whole landscape to ourselves. And you can’t beat that for feeling on top of the world.

Below left: Cusion plants

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Monthly Ph Above left: Early morning on the Kepler Track. Photo by Rosie Bradshaw, Palmerston North. Above right: Grace (10) and Ruth Johnson (8), hiking to Nydia Bay in the Marlborough Sounds. Photo by Sandra Johnson, Richmond. Left: Sculptures depicting walkers near the Visitor Centre to the entrance of 'The Redwoods', Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua, where many, many locals and visitors go walking on a regular basis. The Rotorua artist responsible for sculpting 'Walk in the Redwood' in 1992 is Martin Tissink. Photo by Eleanor Ashcroft, Rotorua. Below: The lone figure of Michael Bargholz hiking up besides Manly Beacon on the Gower Gulch four mile loop trail in Death Valley, California. Photo by Antony Raine.


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oto Contest 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: One of the new swing bridges on the Waitewhata Tramway Walk, Waihi, NZ. Photo by Tanya Broomhead, Te Puke.

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Walking New Zealand, issue no 170 - 2012


New Zealand walk

By Ann Robbie


In the heart of the Pourakino Valley Above: Walkers using the deer fence for downhill support. Below left: Start of the Peat bog. Below right: Spectacular view downstream of the Pourakino Stream.

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Where is it? Pourakino Valley is some 50 kilometres north east of Invercargill.

Active Lifestyles Advisor Sport Southland

very once in a while the BNZ Active Walkers KiwiSeniors are offered the privilege of walking on private farmland property and, in early December, the group got that chance again, this time heading to the Pourakino Valley to be hosted by the Hopcroft family. The winding road took us right into the heart of the valley and the drive through the bush signalled that this wasn’t going to be just any trip. The cool refreshing air was pleasant as the previous few days had seen hot 25-plus degrees, and the change in temperature was a welcome one. Prime farmland surrounds this forest valley, which is laden with beech trees. As we headed along Ermedale Road, we passed farmers who were creating a hive of activity, planting winter crops, and preparing sheep for shearing and lambs for weaning. Tractors were out in force, topping paddocks, making silage, spraying weeds and some were even drilling for water. This country is still ‘sheep’ majority and the fluffy white dots littered the green hillsides amongst the valleys of bush. As we arrived at the woolshed we were greeted by Anne Hopcroft who issued us a map and pointed out the tracks, boundaries and the lookout at the top of the hill. Bearing in mind that not all of the KiwiSeniors are good at hills, we headed off south before turning west up along the deer fence. This fence was fairly new after a fire ravaged this area about eight years ago. As we plateaued and looked back we could clearly see that we had climbed steadily and a number of the group mentioned that if they knew just how high we were climbing, they probably would have declined. However, they were all delighted to have

New Zealand walk made the grade and a clear view of the Riverton coastline was visible. It was a spectacular view and, apart from the distant hum of a tractor, it ■ was a very quiet and peaceful scene. As the group of walkers spread out across the paddock a few kicked the scotch thistles and reminisced about the days when they were on the land. Stories were bountiful and some were actually quite funny – some, though, were not suitable for publishing and a few made us realise just how lucky we are today. One lady at the age of 12 had to rise at 6am – hand milk four cows, feed the menagerie of farm animals, check the flock of sheep and get ready for school, returning home at 4.30pm and repeating the scenario. A hard life – but it certainly taught her the principals of life. As with all hills once you are at the top, you have to come down – and our journey saw us head downhill through a valley, over a small stream and onto a recently planted grass paddock that desperately required a shower of rain to flush that meristem from its casing. As we crossed recently drained steps, we became increasingly cautious as the ground beneath us was swampy and boggy – a few jumped up and down and you could feel the cushioning effect of the peat. Reaching the bush line, we clambered over a fence and followed the small stream that meandered along the edge of the forest. We were searching for relics or evidence of the ‘tram’ days – being told that trams used to frequent this area. Arthur led the way and his cry of ‘Eureka’ signalled that he had found what we were searching for – an original tram bridge built in the 1950s. Arthur and I clambered down the fern-clad bank and what confronted us was spectacular. A beautiful curved bridge meticulously created from concrete and littered with small ferns and mosses. Most of the group made their way down through the ferns to take in this view and all were in awe of the find, which

is well hidden from public. The KiwiSeniors headed back up the farm track to the lunch destination of the woolshed and the chat was rife. Topping off the perfect walk was the locating of the historic bridge. What a day and what a grand walk. KiwiSeniors is co-ordinated by Sport Southland and includes four groups of active walkers in Southland. Members are aged 50-

Above: A few of the group with the historic tram bridge. Below: Some of the group with the Riverton coast line at the rear.

plus. The groups are based in Te Anau, Invercargill, Eastern and Northern Southland and enjoy regular trips to various locations where they get the opportunity to take on some fantastic walks that the region has to offer.

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A winter scene in The Breck’s East Anglia, England

Hadrian’s Wall.

Top 10 United Kingdom


ull on your boots and a snuggly scarf and experience Britain at its most wild and wintry. Banish the winter blues with our top 10 winter walks. Hadrian’s W all, NorthWall, umberland-Cumbria, England

Holkham Beach Norfolk, England

Invigorate the senses on one of the biggest and most unspoilt beaches in the country. Holkham Beach is part of one of the biggest nature reserves in Britain and in winter it’s chock full of migrant birds. Soak up stormy seas and endless skies and share the beach with larks, finches and pink-footed geese. Get to the beach via Lady Put yourself in a Roman solAnne’s Drive on the A149 (oppodier’s sandals and follow this arsite The Victoria Hotel). chaeological marvel across NorthDartmoor Dartmoor,, Devon, umberland and Cumbria. England Hadrian’s Wall Path runs for 84 miles across this World Heritage Dartmoor feels like a proper Site and bisects weathered moor- wilderness especially at this time land and a patchwork of fields of year. under vast skies. The Postbridge audio walk is a In winter you might want to 6 mile (10km) circular walk that follow a variety of shorter, circu- includes far reaching views from lar routes detailed on the Hadri- Hartland Tor, historical remains an’s Wall Country website. from Dartmoor’s industrial past and an impressive waterfall. You Below: Richmond Park, London, England. can download the audio walk from

the Dartmoor website.

Ffor est Fawr ales Fforest Fawr,, W Wales Within easy reach of Cardiff, this expanse of woodland, moorland and meadows in the Brecon Beacons National Park was once an ancient hunting ground. With pounding waterfalls and many walking routes, the area is an excellent and accessible destination for brisk winter walks. It’s an excellent alternative to wild Snowdonia which can be challenging at this time of year.

The Br ecks, East Brecks, Anglia, England To the west of Suffolk lies the Brecks, one of the driest parts of the UK and a unique landscape of sandy soils which are light and free draining – ideal for a winter walk. During the winter months, the heathland of the Brecks is a subtle tapestry of greens, browns and golds, brought to life by the slanting winter sun. From November until the end of February you’ll have the free-

dom to roam as seasonal restrictions on Open Access Land are lifted.

Wastwater astwater,, Lake District, England Wastwater is the most dramatic of the Lakes and is surrounded by peaks including Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain. It’s a popular spot for walking but in winter the crowds stay away leaving you to absorb this most ruggedly beautiful of Lake District views. Start at the Scree Inn at Nether Wasdale.

Richmond Park, London, England The largest Royal Park in London is a true taste of the countryside. Walk under ancient trees stripped bare and spot Red and fallow deer grazing beside the paths. Don’t miss the uninterrupted view of St Paul’s Cathedral from the top of King Henry’s Mound. Check the Richmond Park

Glen Muick and Loch Muick Nature Reserves, Scotland

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Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland.


Entries open for biggest fun run/ walk

winter walks E website for routes and informa- have a variety of guided walks tion on guided walks. during the winter months throughout the New Forest NaHolyr ood Park and Holyrood tional Park. Arthur’s Seat, Take the Tall Trees Trail to see Edinbur gh, Scotland majestic evergreen conifers or the Edinburgh, Banish the last vestiges of your Deer Watch Trail which ends at a Hogmanay hangover with a blus- viewing platform for spotting faltery stroll up Arthur’s Seat or the low deer. Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park. Glen Muick and Loch These remarkably wild volMuick Natur e Nature canic outcrops are slap bang in the Reser ves, Scotland Reserves, centre of Edinburgh and the The Glen Muick part of Abclimb rewards with fabulous views erdeenshire is beautiful at any time over the city and beyond. of the year but in winter, with a In clear winter light or under a sugaring of snow, Holyrood Park dusting of sugary frost, the deserted glens take on a still majesty is magical. that’s extra special. New For est, England Forest, Share your walk with herds of There are 19,300 acres of New wild red deer, admire the snowForest with about 150 miles of covered peaks of Lochnagar from car-free track for walking and cy- Glen Muick and finish your walk cling. with a warming dram or two at the The Forestry Commission Royal Lochnagar Distillery.

Your favourite walk could win 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 Zealand magazine for walks published. You can also post an article to Walking New Zealand, Freepost 78863, P O Box 1922, Palmerston North, or fax 06-358-6864 If sending a photo by email please make sure photo is in high resolution one. (ie taken with a 4.0 mega pixel camera in high resolution mode. Our email address is:

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ntries have opened for what is expected to be the biggest ever Ports of Auckland Round the Bays fun run. The event on Sunday 18 March marks the 40th anniversary of New Zealand’s largest mass-participation sporting event. Of the estimated 70,000 people who took part in 2011, only 42,000 officially registered. This year, event organisers are calling for more people to register online at to ensure their participation in Ports of Auckland Round the Bays directly benefits four nominated charities. Event spokesperson, Fairfax Media Group Sales and Marketing Manager Sandra King, says participants in 2011 generously raised more than $100,000 for children’s charities. Net proceeds from this year’s fun run will go to the Child Cancer Foundation, Kidz First Children’s Hospital, the Make a Wish Foundation and the Garden to Table Trust. “We want the 40th anniversary Ports of Auckland Round the Bays to be the biggest and best yet, as every extra registration means more money to our nominated charities. “The event attracts entrants of every age and ability. In 2011, participants ranged from babies pushed in prams to 200 people aged over 75. It’s a true celebration of Auckland, with the costumes and t-shirt designs getting better every year,” says Ms King. Ports of Auckland Round the Bays was established in 1972 by the Auckland Jogger’s Club, with

An aerial photo of the 2011 event.

1,200 participants in one of the world’s first fun runs. The Club marks its 50th Jubilee in February this year, with Round the Bays nostalgia expected to feature in celebrations. Returning as the event’s major sponsor for the third year is Ports of Auckland, Chief Executive Officer, Tony Gibson, says Round the Bays is a day for Aucklanders to celebrate their magnificent harbour and waterfront. “Auckland’s port has been an iconic part of the city’s waterfront for over 100 years, and we’re proud to again be the principal sponsor of this fantastic Auckland event. Ports of Auckland Round the Bays takes place on our doorstep, and gives participants a glimpse of our working port facilities as they take part,” says Mr Gibson. The event follows the waterfront from Quay Street along Tamaki Drive to St Heliers Bay. The picturesque 8.4km is an achievable distance for runners and walkers, and six week training schedules are on-line to help everyone get race-fit. Ports of Auckland Round the Bays starts at 9.30am on Sunday 18 March 2012. Entry fee is $10 for children (16 and under) and $15 for adults. To enter visit

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Te Araroa Trail

Left and above: The new Timaru Hut.

Breast Hill hut upgrade


he Department of Conservation has added a porch and ex tra sleeping capacity to Te Araroa’s Top Timaru Hut, the first stopover for southbound Te Araroa walkers on the Breast Hill track. The department has also shifted the hut from the true right of the Timaru River to the true left. Trampers no longer have to cross the Timaru River to reach the hut. The hut was originally built in 1962 as a forestry hut, and was sited in a dark gorge. “The hut has always been a popular base for hunters, but with the arrival of Te Araroa it now provides a stopover for trampers too,” says DOC’s Wanaka Area Manager, Paul Hellebrekers. “It’s had a significant makeover. For those who can remember the early tin huts built by the forest service, the new hut will be something special to see.” Te Araroa Trust’s South Island project manager, Mike Pullar said the hut’s location and upgrade was a welcome effort on Otago’s 54 km Breast Hill track –“one of Te Araroa’s South Island highlights.”

The Timaru River.

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Queenstown popular with walkers


ake a hike and explore Queenstown with its world renowned multi-day hik ing tracks and walking trails, the town is buzzing with visitors keen to explore the magnificent scenery. New this season is the spectacular 8.5km Gibbston River Trail which takes in stunning views framed by the Kawarau River on one side and Gibbston vineyards on the other, with easy access to prominent wineries and historic and archaeological sites. Another popular new walk just 20 minutes’ drive from Queenstown is the Manse Road trail which provides an easy way to explore picturesque Arrowtown and the historic Chinese Village. Ten minutes away, the 8km Lake


Hayes Loop offers 360-degree lake and mountain views and stunning lakeside picnic spots. Queenstown’s surrounds are also a haven for more adventurous hikers with a number of New Zealand’s Great Walks, such as the world-famous Milford, Hollyford, Routeburn, Dart/Rees, Caples and Greenstone tracks, within a short driving distance of Queenstown. Some have guided options with the luxury of showers, beds and three-course meals, or can be walked independently using Department of Conservation huts or campsites which need to be booked well in advance. Mr Everitt said Queenstown was considered one of New Zealand’s most popular walk-

Otago Central Rail Trail - easy guide


h e book Otago Central Rail Trail - easy guide is an innovative pocket-guide that will change the way people walk and ride the Rail Trail The book by Brian and Diane Miller, first published in Nov 2011, sold out in four weeks and was reprinted in December. Over 10,000 people complete the trail each year and over half of those are Aucklanders. This compact illustrated guide is packed with useful facts, visual, easy-to-digest information and suggested side trips to enhance your experience on the trail. A book to buy before the trip and to use as you do the trail. The first section explains why Central Otago is so special, with an overview of natural history – geology, climate, plants and animals. Photos help bikers and walkers identify the common plants and animals.

ing and hiking destinations and, together with its range of activities, provided the perfect mix of action and relaxation for an unforgettable summer holiday. “With dawn as early as 5am and dusk settling around 10pm, the long days and evenings are perfect for enjoying the outdoor lifestyle, diversity of landscapes and vast range of things to do. “It’s easy to fit in a solid day’s walk and then come back and enjoy all that the town has to offer or, alternatively, do a multi-day hike and tack on a few extra days for some time out.” For more information about Queenstown visit

The human history is equally fascinating – the first travellers, the squatters, the discovery of gold and the building of the Otago Central Railway on which the trail is built. The cross-sections of each part of the trail along with maps of main towns and surrounding areas make it easy for ‘trail trippers’ to plan their movements. Includes tips for good (picnic) lunch spots, fun quiz questions to enliven these breaks, locations of ‘loos’etc.... Web-site links, will help those wanting to book accommodation, rental bikes and shuttles. An “Events Calendar” helps to link a trip to regional activities, and there are hints for taking better photos and biking tips. This pocket-sized guide is so full of useful facts and easy-to-digest information that it should find a home in the pocket of every Rail Trail visitor. Walking WalkingNew NewZealand, Zealand,issue issueno no170 170- -2012 2012

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ECHO Walking Festival - connecting hills and oceans


ow in it’s 9th year, the ECHO Walk ing Festival is once again gearing up for a busy two weeks of walking, 10 April to 22 April. The beautiful Coromandel and Kaimai areas play host to this increasingly popular event. (Numbers participating rose to over 1000 last year). Coinciding with school holidays, this walking festival aims to highlight the benefits of regular exercise, increase the awareness and use of local parks and reserves and to promote ■ local tourism. All walks are free, although a donation is appreciated, and they are graded according to fitness levels required. An experienced leader is at the helm of each walk, with several hi-vis clad helpers to assist. Young, old, fit, plodder, experienced or inquisitive; there is a walk for everyone. It is a great opportunity to explore the region’s hidden corners. History abounds in these bushy hills, while the coast offers its secrets to be discovered. Below: Resting on the Coromandel Coastal walk from Stony Bay to Fletchers Bay.

By Frances Harrison

From thermal pools to a train ride, glow worms to waterfalls, a doggy beach stroll to a six hour leg stretch; each walk delivers something different. From Tuesday 10 April to Sunday 22 April, up to three walks are offered each day. They range from short and sedate, to a longer trek with extra puff required. A couple of trips require transport costs with numbers limited. All walks require registration and of course sensible attire, food, water and weather protection. Mark your diary now. Check out the website, for more details and to register, or pick up a brochure from participating local town promoters or Information Centres at Coromandel, Paeroa, Thames, Whitianga, Katikati, Te Aroha and Waihi. This is a walkingfest not to be missed. Some of the more challenging walks from the selection:

Above: At Waka’s Cave on the DuboDickens Flat walk.

Journey back in time as you walk along a wide road leading off the upper Waitekauri Rd into the Grace Darling Valley. The track follows the stream past two battery sites toward the Grace Darling Mine. Once at the Grace Darling battery site, where the bones of the old cyanide tanks are still visible, you continue through groves of Putaputaweta to the Central Battery site where you can stand “Following the Dreams of the on the interesting mound of the mulloch heap Cornish Miners” and visualise how life must once have been. Tuesday April 10 Be prepared to get your feet wet as there There is a story in Cornwall of a young are four stream crossings each way that are heroine by the name of Grace Darling and easy and shallow in good weather. one of the first miners in the Waitekauri ValDuration: five hours, track grading: 4 with ley brought her name to the Goldfields. a start time of 9.00am.

Paeroa to Waitekauri Packhorse Track Friday April 13 This track was established in 1875 by Mr Gordon of the “Gordon’s Boarding House”, to take supplies and equipment from Paeroa to the flourishing Waitekauri township, that once boasted a population of 3000 people. Starting at the end of Reservoir Road on the Paeroa side, it climbs the slope to the top of the ridge fairly steadily and when you reach the top, offers wide views of the Thames Valley and Hauraki Plains. After a stroll along the farmland, we will descend back into bush to the Waitekauri Valley. Perhaps the “Tui Bar” will be open on the day and you’ll be in for an extra treat. Imagine packhorse teams hauling heavy steel mining equipment up these slopes. Duration: six hours. Track Grading: 5. Start

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New Zealand guided walks crosses it and sidles above the stream along an old pack track constructed about the turn of the 20th century to service mining activity. Some gold was discovered in the area and prospectors put several shafts and drives into Mt Eliza (the longest being 187 meters long) but the various mining attempts proved uneconomic. The track to Mt Eliza leaves the pack track and climbs up to the right. It passes the sites of several shafts, open cuts and adits (care must be taken). After about another 30 minutes the track climbs further onto Mt Eliza. Duration: four hours. Track grading: 4. Start Time: 8.30am.

Wairere Falls to Te Tuhi Thursday April 19 The Wairere Falls track follows a stream strewn with moss covered boulders to a platform to view the 153m drop falls. Then climb to the top of the falls for a view of the Waikato Plains before an easy walk along the Kaimais to the junction on the Te Tuhi track. This historic pathway was the link between Waikato and the Bay of Plenty for ancient Maori and early missionaries. Emerge from the bush for sweeping views and a gentle stroll over lush farmland. Duration: six hours. Track grading: 5. Start time: 9am. Looking up at the Wairere Falls, on the Wairere to Te Tuhi walk.

Time: 9.00am. Cost: $20 for transportation to be paid at time of registration.

Coromandel Coastal Walkway – Stony Bay to Fletchers Bay Saturday April 14 Experience breathtaking views of Great Barrier Island, across the Hauraki Gulf and out to the Pacific Ocean. This gem of a walk introduces you to the beauty and solitude of the Coromandel. The Walkway starts 53km by road from Coromandel Town; the last hour from Colville is on unsealed metal road with stunning views. The track is 7km in length and takes three to four hours one way and in the shadow of the brooding Mt. Moehau, traverses pristine bush, farmland and coastline. The walkway showcases the beauty and solitude of the remote upper Coromandel and offers breathtaking views of offshore islands including Great Barrier, Cuvier and Mercury and the Hauraki Gulf and Pacific Ocean. This is a natural gem that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Some transport available. Please book transport through Your Guides are: Lisa Jury and Crawford Brown. Duration: eight hours (including travel). Walking time: three to four hours. Track grading: 4. Car travel time: four hours return. Transport cost if required: $25. Start time: 8.30am.

The Adventures of Mt Eliza Wednesday April 18 The Mt Eliza Track drops down off Thompsons Track into the Waitekohe Stream,

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Walkers at Injidup Beach.

Cape to Cape: ultimate multi-day co By Alex and Jenny Davies


e’ve been lured by the prospect of a seven-day walk along a coastline almost as wild and unchanged since the first Dutch sailors, such as those in the Leeuwin in 1622, gazed at a long expanse of beaches, cliffs and low forested hills. So with the sun struggling to penetrate black clouds, and a strong wind blowing off the Indian Ocean bringing squally showers, we find ourselves at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse. As intending Cape to Cape walkers, the friendly custodian lets us walk around the small Left: Alex and Jenny at the end of the trail.

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peninsula free of charge. It’s not the most southern or western part of Western Australia, but it feels a long way from anywhere. Our helpful host from the bed and breakfast in Augusta had delivered us here, and the plan is to meet her on a remote side road a long way to the north, by 4.30pm. The coast stretches away to a distant horizon. The wind whips up streaks of white across the deep blue sea. A low rainbow appears way out beyond the ocean. We’d better get going, because we have 135 km to walk before we get to Cape Naturaliste. We have reached this interesting corner of Australia on a bus from Perth to Augusta. For

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Australia’s astal walk the return journey, we’ll pick up the bus in Dunsborough. Otherwise, Auswalk has solved all our accommodation and transport problems. We were met by Patricia in Augusta and taken to her very comfortable bed and breakfast. For the first two days she and her husband Tom collected us off the track in the evening and delivered us back in the morning. On the third day, they also took our bags on to the next accommodation, a resort style hotel near the beach. Right: Remains of the jetty at Hamelin Bay where jarrah and karri timber was exported to the world 100 years ago.

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Above left: Crossing Calgardup Brook on Redgate Beach.

Above right: Jenny negotiating granite outcrops north of Cowaramup Bay.

After that, we stayed at Gilgara Retreat, a rural property between Margaret River and the coast. We opted for a rest day here so stayed three nights. Steve and Elaine fed us well, collected and delivered us, and took our bags on to Yallingup. Here we stayed in a 1930s holiday hotel with a distant view of the sea and with fine restorations of the art deco bar and dining rooms. The last night at Bunker Bay was a special treat. Breakfast was on a sunny balcony with a

view of the bay and spouting Humpback whales. Whether it was our hosts, hotel staff, the backpackers from all around the world employed in hospitality, or just folk we met along the track, everyone was particularly friendly and helpful. The capes and headlands along the way are made of granites that underlie the whole region. Limestone on the top of this is weathered along the coast by the sea and wind into grotesque shapes or into low windblown dunes. In places, high crumbling cliffs remain. 15 years ago, part of a cliff fell on spectators at a school surfing carnival and killed four children and five adults. A poignant memorial above the site at Gracetown commemo-

Below left: Jenny follows the trail through Boranup Forest through 120 year old regrowth Karri trees.


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ultimate multi-d rates this. Inland beyond the coastal ridge are many limestone cave systems, some open to the public. It was early September and the wildflower season was just beginning. It was already quite spectacular, with many unfamiliar species everywhere. The flora of Western Australia is extraordinarily diverse. Frequently we saw plants in one location and not again along the Below right: Heart-leafed poison bush (Gastrolobium), just loaded with 1080.

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Above left: A Western Blue-tongued Lizard found resting on the track. Above right: Gilgara Retreat, our home for three nights.

ape: Australia’s ay coastal walk entire track. We found Gastrolobium bushes in only one place near Cowaramup Bay. They contain the highest concentration of monofluoroacetate (1080) of any plant. Local animals are supposed to be immune to this poison. Perhaps we are fortunate that New Zealand’s introduced possums are not. Birds were disappointingly few compared with our previous experience along the southern coast. There were a few blue-tongued lizards sitting on the path that although looking apprehensive, stayed around to let us have a good look at them. We saw only the occasional Wallaby or Kangaroo. There are traces of the early pioneering days to see. One is the remains of a jetty at Hamelin Bay that was the end of a railway operated by a timber company. Logs from two kinds of eucalypt, Karri and Jarrah, were exported round the world from here and from Augusta. Timber for railway sleepers, bridges, poles, piers and building frames round New Zealand probably left from this jetty. Later we would turn inland and walk for several kilometres through beautiful Karri forest regenerated after the clear felling of 120 years ago. Today there is no further logging of old growth forests in Western Australia. North of Margaret River, a small stream, Ellen Brook, enters the sea. The Cape to Cape track passes right by a homestead built in the 1850s from mostly local materials. Alfred Bussell’s wife Ellen established a dairy while Alfred managed the beef cattle and a timber business. The coastal land no longer supports livestock and is contained mostly within the Leeuwin-Naturalist National Park,

but this old home in the bush is an enduring reminder of how things once were. This coast, with many offshore reefs over which the great swells surge, has been the site of many shipwrecks. There is a memorial plaque at Redgate for the brave rescue in 1876 of passengers on the SS Georgette, sailing from Fremantle for Adelaide with a load of jarrah. Leaking badly, the boats were lowered. An aboriginal stockman, Sam Isaacs, and the 16 year old daughter of the pioneers of Ellenbrook, Grace Bussell, rode into the raging surf on horseback and ferried many of the 50 survivors ashore. Such is the stuff of legends. A walk like this presented us with some special challenges. • Soft sand beaches are fine for a few hundred metres but plodding for stretches up to 7 km does slow up progress and challenges mind and body. Whether up under the dunes or within reach of the biggest waves, our boots sank way down with each step. The end of the beach always seemed a long way off, and any bird, shell, piece of sponge

and especially, flotsam drifting perhaps from Africa, became of interest, to divert us from the hard slog. It was always with relief when we eventually reached the sign in the dunes directing us off the beach. • There had been a lot of rain over winter and the streams (locally called ‘brooks’) were running high and had broken their sandbars. We had to wade across, no problem, but how big will the next brook be?. Only two brooks on the entire journey have bridges. Margaret River was the biggest challenge and our instructions suggested we could use hire canoes. However, along the way, we heard stories about this river being over waist deep and that canoes were not available. It was a long deviation along the road to the bridge so we opted for a prosaic solution. We rode for part of the journey in the taxi that took our bags to our accommodation north of the river. • With parts of the track well overgrown by bushes, we were always wary of snakes. We did see a few but they wasted no time in slithering out of our way and we did our best to warn them of our coming by tapping our walk-

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Overseas walks for all of the day. There, rising rather unimpressively above the next headland, is the Cape Naturaliste lighthouse. Belying the state of the track further south, a remarkable ‘Access for More’ track leads us all the way from the Sugarloaf to the lighthouse. In spite of the magnificent view points and fantastic surface on this wheelchair track, other visitors are walking no further than from the carpark to the lighthouse. The friendly warden at the desk respects our achievement and leads us up to the lighthouse to take our photo. Then there is still a little way down to Bunker Bay where in great comfort we can enjoy a hot shower and a fine meal with a good Margaret River wine. And where we can contemplate the enthusiasm of Marilyn and the team at Auswalk for preparAbove: The last few steps: on the wheelchair access track leading to Cape Naturaliste lighthouse. ing our itinerary, and the wonderful hospitality at each of our lodgings. We must also acknowledge the work of the ‘Friends of the Cape to Cape Track, Inc’ who arrange all the volunteers that we never met but who did their best to ensure we made it. at the end of the day, and meeting no one on ing poles on rocks. After all, they have good hearing, both for Day 2 except the lady who sold us an icecream ground vibrations and sound waves, and Aus- in the camp store at Hamelin Bay, we were tralian snakes are shy. Gaiters are a good pre- wondering about the popularity of this kind caution. A ranger we talked to was especially of adventure. Even further north, walkers were few and fond of them. • A section of the track north of Quininup far between and everyone we did meet was Beach was marked with a sign informing walk- happy to stop and have a friendly chat. Most ers that at some stage a controlled burn would were Aussies doing short segments but there est Australian firefighting authori take place. There was a phone number to ring, were the usual young Germans setting out on ties report that the bushfire that but we were out of cellphone range! So we their own, full of adventurous spirit. burnt through coastal areas west of Also along the track we met up with othwent on to the other end regardless. Margaret River late last year was no longer Our snake-loving ranger was erecting an- ers with different recreational purposes. At regarded as a threat to lives or homes. other sign to close the track. There was an Wilyabrup Cliffs the track skirts the top of a The Fire and Emergency Services Aualternative route along the beach but walkers sheer red granite bluff marked off for varythority (FESA) reported that 32 houses and would now have to wait for low tide. Later we ing levels of rock climbing ability. People were nine holiday chalets (at Isaac’s Ridge Resort) heard of other walkers being reprimanded for arriving loaded with ropes and other climbing have been destroyed, with a further 22 homes and one shop damaged in the Prevelly, ignoring the signs. Along with snakes, it’s just gear. South of Prevelly the wide bay with huge Gnarabup and Redgate communities, west of another problem we are unlikely to meet on waves rolling in from the ocean was ideal for Margaret River town site. our New Zealand tracks. It is important to note that the Margaret • In a couple of places, signs were in place kite surfing. At the northern end of the track directing us to an alternative track because north and south of Yallingup, where persistant River town site is some 10 kilometres from some of the coast had been washed out over rows of towering surf folded over with a roar, the fire zone and was not damaged at all. Apart from Prevelly and Gnarabup, the the winter. But getting back on to the main surfers congregated at the ends of 4WD tracks overwhelming majority of extraordinary desat places with evocative names like The Womb, track was never easy and never properly tinations and experiences the region offers are marked. The detailed instructions provided Left Handers, Super Tubes, Guillotine and unaffected. by Auswalk no longer fitted our location so Gallows. Visitors can still enjoy the wineries, resFrom the clifftops, there were great views the maps they provided were really useful. taurants, premium food producers, forests, • The entire route is marked by sturdy of riders shooting down the face of these gi- caves, beaches, the lighthouses, fishing, divwooden posts with the Cape to Cape logo. But ant waves. Access for surfers down the cliffs ing, surfing, whale watching, art and craft as everyone has experienced, track markers are was assisted in many locations by elaborate galleries that have made the region famous. obvious when the path is clear and missing stairways. As a downside to this sport, a meTowns including Busselton, when a decision is needed at a fork or when morial reminded us that the sea is not all our Dunsborough, Yallingup, Canal Rocks, the track disappears. Of course getting a bit own and only 12 months ago a young man Gracetown, Augusta, Cowaramup, lost now and again is just part of the chal- with a family was taken by a shark. Witchcliffe, Karridale and Margaret River itIt’s Day 8, out seventh on the walk, and we self were not impacted by the fire at all and lenge. On Day 1, after meeting only one group are rounding a headland with a granite island are all open for business. of walkers who were looking for a campsite named Sugarloaf that has been in our sights

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Mangawhai Walking Wee


By Jean Goldschmidt

t will be thirteen years when between March 29 and April 1 this year, Mangawhai will hold its annual walking weekend events. Mangawhai is a small east coast holiday township just north of Auckland. Until 1978 it consisted of two settlements; one entirely made up of baches while the other was the working village with a strong heritage of kauri milling and gum digging. On the water’s edge sits the pub, and where there was once a wharf, the hub of the original community. Sailing ships and later the


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steam ships transported passengers, kauri gum and logs while bringing in provisions for the growing community. Nowadays it is still a hub at holiday times as it hosts all the bands travelling the northern circuit. Since the causeway went in round 1978 joining both centres together, and since the foresight of the Harbour Restoration Society to keep the harbour entrance open after it was drastically closed as a result of a catastrophic storm, Mangawhai has become one community with a burgeoning population. Bach owners are upgrading to become residents and new permanent people of all ages are choosing Mangawhai as a place to live. Subdivisions on farms in the surrounding areas have brought ‘lifestylers’ able to fulfill their dreams and are now established enough to produce award winning products of wine, olive oils and coffee roasting as well as a variety of vegetable growing. A visit to the Saturday market displays it all. The annual Mangawhai Walking Weekend encompasses many of these features as locals open their properties to welcome small groups of guided walkers into areas not available generally. With round eighteen walks to choose from each day do look at the web page for the de-

Above: The walkers on the Geology Walk last year. Photo Miriam Beatson

tails and you will find that most are over private properties. Mangawhai can boast one of the best coastal walks in New Zealand and now it is on the Te Araroa Trail it will become even better known. A visit to Mangawhai must include this loop walkway of around two and a half hours. The Walking Weekend has produced a first pamphlet for this DOC walk. To complete the route the tide needs to be considered. Brochures for the track can be obtained from the Mangawhai Information Centre. Since the inaugural weekend the hunt has been on for two walks; the first to find the portage route between the Kaipara and Mangawhai, where arms of the Kaipara (3000+ kms coastline) nearly reach the east coast and secondly to find a Jane Mander walk. In this, our thirteenth year, we have managed to achieve the second aim. ‘The Story of a New Zealand River’ written in ■ 1920 is considered by some to be a New Zealand classic. Modern in theme Jane wrote of her life as she grew up describing the area of this unknown but much loved


ekend in13th year

Above left: One of the stalls at the Wine and Food Festival. Photo Jean Goldschmidt Above right: The group of voluteer guides on a training day for the guides. Photo Jean Goldschmidt

part of the North. Many descendants of the pioneers still live in the area with several acting as guides on the day. They talk with passion of this arm of the Kaipara that is truly home. A walk or even stroll with us over an isolated land will prove a memorable experience. Other surprises are also in store on this walk named ‘Romance on the Kaipara’. Often there are people who would like to participate in the Weekend but feel unable because of physical limitations. This year these people are welcome to enlist on the ‘Clayton’s Walk’ with the short stroll finishing at a catered lunch. The guide works with people with health issues where exercise can be a help, and is also experienced in encouraging the unfit and the unsure. She will lead the group round a series of gentle experiences in the open air while strolling towards the lunch venue. We look forward to this being a huge asset to our programme. Continuing the idea of providing a section of Te Araroa, on Thursday the 29th March the long walk will be from Dunns Bush at Puhoi to Moir Hill with a long side walk. Instigated three years ago this extra day for walking has proved very popular. As with a number of the trails where there is no loop, a bus is used so walkers can access a track not normally available. The Thursday walk last year was from the Dome tearooms to Govan-Wilson Road. This year we have it again on the programme but

on Saturday for the visitors who were unable to make the Thursday. ‘Panoramic Mangawhai’ is a special walk round all the lookouts and sights as well as taking in the Goldschmidt Track so well featured in this magazine last year. The Friday, track working retiree locals, who built the track continue to keep it in good condition. Another locally built track but this time at Waipu was created by the Lions Club and is proving very popular. Registrations filled up by the 10th January so all the regular attendees to the Weekend quickly noted that one. It filled because we limit the numbers on each walk so the guides and ‘tail end Charlies’ get to know everyone and walkers have a more pleasant time. On Friday the Troubadour will feature five entertainers on a route round the cliffs and water of the estuary. Over 200 people depart in three groups to do a casual stroll between the entertainments. We expect the usual beau-

tiful afternoon that has been our good fortune every year. Country music will be the theme for the Wine and Food Festival this year. Always a wonderful afternoon of dancing and eating and drinking each year seems more memorable than the last. The local producers look forward to this event each year indicating that they enjoy the exposure and are appreciated by everyone. An olive orchard right in the village of Mangawhai makes a glorious and ideal setting for the afternoon. And there is always the Art Trail for both the walkers and the non-walkers. Do come to visit Mangawhai. There is plenty of accommodation including backpackers. This can be found on For more information see or ring 09 431 5096.

The town of Mangawhai taken from the Jean Goldschmidt Track.

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Gary Walkingman Hause is on the road again Just finished up working the summer at Lake Powell Resort near Page, Arizona,and ready for my next big walk. Leaving Page, Arizona in November 2011 and walking south for Mexico. Not sure how far or exactly where I will walk this winter. Just going to amble along and enjoy myself, no hurry, no worries, as the Australians say. Might do a loop around southern Arizona through a bunch of small towns like Tombstone, Bisbee, Douglas, Patagonia, Sells, Why, and Nogales, or I might drop down into Mexico for a while, not sure yet. So far I have walked about 24,000 miles across the USA, Europe, UK, Mexico, Central America, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. I have about 14,000 more miles to walk across Asia, Africa, and South America to break the Guinness Book World Record of 38,000 miles for walking around the world, set by Arthur Blessit. Every night right after sunset I pitch my tent just off the road and get a good night’s sleep. Up one hour before sunrise every morning, I cook up a single pot of oatmeal, with two eggs, instant coffee, sugar and sometimes chocolate stirred in, while lying in my sleeping bag. Then I break camp and start walking just about as the sun rises. Usually I average about 20 to 25 miles a day, stopping to shop for food, take rest breaks, talk to locals, go swimming, and enjoy observing the local plants, animals and people. Lots of nice people stop to talk and ask me what I am doing. People are always giving me food, drink, advice, and sometimes invite me into their home for a home cooked meal, hot shower, and to stay over. Always makes me appreciate my favorite things in life, a hot shower, home cooked meal, and friendly people. I usually eat about 5000 to 6000 calories a day(about $5 to $8 a day) to keep me going. Yogurt, granola or oatmeal, sugar (for my oats, coffee, and sun tea), eggs, apples, V-8, bananas, oranges, bread, cookies, dates, raisins, and lots of sun tea. I push a three-wheel baby stroller made by Runabout Stollers in Aloha Oregon (, loaded with all my gear. I emailed the company about buying a new stroller and after finding out that I had been using one of their strollers the last 10 years to walk around the world they gave me a free stoller. Switched to Sketchers Shape up sandals and shoes for the extra cushioning they provide because of some bruising in my foot that caused Plantar Facetitis. With my Gore-Tex suit and wool pants and sweater on, I can walk through any cold weather. Also using Udderly Smooth Udder Cream on my feet to keep them blister free. Lots of people ask me why I am walking around the world. I tell them I am doing it for fun, adventure, exercise, and a cheap way to see the world. Every day I get to see the sun rise and set, meet lots of nice people, get lots of good exercise, and something unusual happens to me everyday. You never know what’s going to happen, whom you will meet, or what the weather will be like. It always reminds me of reading my favorite books like “The Hobbit”by JRR Tolkien, “Walk Across America” by Peter Jenkins, or “Siddharta” by Herman Hesse. You never know what kind of adventure you will have, what you will learn, who you will meet, or how your life will be changed. Always nice to lay down in my tent after a full day of walking, watch the moon and stars, and think about what happened over the course of the day.


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Walking t Page Arizona to Prescott Arizona 241 miles, 24,038 Total World Walk Miles. On the road walking again and I feel great now. It is amazing how much better I feel when I am walking every day, camping out every night, and seeing all kinds of new sights. I never know who I will meet or what new experience I will have. It must be all the extra oxygen and blood that gets pumped to my brain from walking that makes me feel great. I am always coming up with amazing ideas and thoughts. Most of this summer I have been kind of lazy and in a blue funk. My daily stretching, walking, and biking routine was a little off, not as much as I usually do. I knew if I would just do it every day, I would feel a lot better mentally and physically. But for some reason I kept on oversleeping and watching way to much TV. I almost did not come on this winters walk, but deep down I knew once I started walking everything would be fine. I'm on the road again and still walking about 20 Below: Gary Hausemen when he walked in New Zealand. Here he is pictured on the State Highway several kilometers north of Manakau in the Horowhenua.

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he World miles a day with no aches or pains in my body. Headed south from Page Az where I worked at Lake Powell Resort again for the summer. Great place to spend the summer. Taking route 89 south through the Navajo Reservation, Flagstaff, Sedona, Jerome, and all the way down to Mexico hopefully. Lots of nice colors as the salt cedars and cottonwoods are changing their leaves yellow and contrast nicely with the red sandstone and green pine trees. Cool to cold nights, 28F to 45F, and warm sunny days, 45F to 70F. no snow or rain yet, but my rainfly sometimes has ice on the inside from my exhalations all night. Lots of people stopping every day to chat and ask questions. They almost always want to give me something, water, food, advice about the local area, or invite me into their home for dinner and to stay overnight in a warm bed. Amazing how many nice people out there, not one single bad experience on this trip yet. One couple stopped and gave me a big takeout container of chinese food that was still warm. Another couple gave me a big bag of sandwiches, candy bars, and water. A bag of Fritos chips came flying at me as the Lays potato chip truck went by. I think the guy driving used to work with me at Lake Powell. The Catholic Church car stopped to see if I needed anything. They had a big load of tents, sleeping bags, food, water, warm clothes, and other misc stuff. I think they just roam around the area looking for homeless people to help. Lots of people think I am a homeless bum down on my luck till they stop and talk to me, and find out how well organized I am. I will have to write a chapter on homelessness and what in my opinion will help them the most. Tent and sleeping bag the most important, lots have health problems from sleeping out in the wet and cold unprotected. Something to carry all their possessions is next. Shopping carts are okay, but not very easy to push or very secure. There is a real nice design for a 4 wheel homeless trailer in the book "Tiny, Tiny, Houses", I think by Gary Lester. It was a entry in a

contest for temporary homeless solutions in NYC I think. It looks like a Connestoga wagon or sheep camp trailer. Light enough to be hauled around by one or two people, but enough space to sleep 2 people. Could be easily outfitted with portable toilet, sun shower bag, unfolding back tailgate for outdoor kitchen, and various other misc stuff that would come in handy. You could put together a rig like mine for anywhere from $50 to $1000, depending on whether you went with all new stuff or got stuff cheap at church thrift stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, or local church store. Salvo from Spain stopped to chat from his mountain bike. Five years and 100,000 km or 62,000 miles around the world on his bike so far. He started in Spain, across Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, USA, and headed south now for Central and South America. He did not have any cards with him, but I think he has been blogging or has a website about his journey, I will have to google him and see what shows up. Amazing how many people are out there walking, biking, kayaking, sailing, or going around the world in some crazy way when you look on the web. Got a nice photo of Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona from Midgley Bridge. Nice colors of the changing cottonwood trees. The bridge had no walking signs on it though. Had to stop my walk there or break the law and walk across. Always gets me mad when I see those no walking signs. I can understand when the bridge is real narrow with no shoulder and lots of fast rush hour traffic. But this bridge had wide shoulders and hardly any traffic. Only one real big hill I had to climb so far. Most of my walk so far has been on the level or slightly downhill. Started in Clarkdale at 8am at the base and climbed up to Jerome, a neat little old mining village on the side of a hill. Up through sharp steep switchbacks to the pass near Mingus Mountain after 13 miles and 8 hours of walking. Had to switch from shorts and t-shirt to long pants and jacket as I crested the top and hit a cold wind and the temp dropped about 30 degrees. Nice long downhill all the way to Prescott Valley. Saw a nice Gypsy Wagon parked in a driveway just as you come into Jerome. I met a couple Gypsy's in Ireland with wagons and big working horses to pull them. Been meaning to build a smaller 3 wheel gypsy wagon one of these days. Taking a week off walking to spend Thanksgiving with some friends at Rocky Point Mexico. Be back walking next week headed south for Phoenix and Tucson.

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Is barefoot walking for you?


ast year, I read a book about the leg Fingers. These minimalistic shoes are the closendary Tarahumara Indians who run est to being barefoot as you can get. I wear up to 30 miles a day barefoot. This them everywhere, including during adventure book, “Born to Run” has sparked a craze for holidays and when doing light-weight hiking. These shoes are extremely light and agile and barefoot running and walking. Is barefoot the way to go? Should you dis- easliy carried as back-ups to heavier-duty footcard your walking and running shoes in fa- wear. Still, I am very careful where I run barefoot and how far I go. vour of minimalistic footwear such as worn Barefoot running is by the Tarahumara Innot for everyone dians? If you weigh more While I think going than about 80kg I suggest barefoot as much as you think twice before possible is great for taking up running for the foot health, I am not first time or after a long about to tell every body break. You would be betto do so. The main ter off doing a low-improblem is that most pact activity such as people nowadays do s w i m m i n g not have feet tough paddling,cycling or walkenough to handle being. ing barefoot, nor do The injury risk of they have the running running is inherently high and walking technique and it increases as weight for safe and efficient increases. barefooting. (Modern Running and walking shoes soften the feet Above: Lorraine and Gary Moller in bare foot shoes is difcirca 1958 - raised bare foot from and encourage stomp- birth. ferent to running or walking heel-first). ing in conventional shoes I am a barefoot person. My feet are tough. and you need lots of time to safely transition. You’ll find me getting about the house bare- The most important rule in shifting to barefoot just about all the time -winter or sum- foot running is to take your time, doing a little mer. bit of barefoot running at a time while stickI will walk barefoot; but I do not run more ing mostly to barefoot walking. than a few kilometers without wearing “norNote: While I am talking about walking and mal” running shoes and this is running off- running in the same breath in this article, this road. The strain of running on pavements message of caution applies mostly to running makes barefooting too high-risk for my lik- which has a much higher risk of injury. If you ing. stick to walking then barefoot simulation My favourite pair of shoes is Vibram Five should be perfect for most -so long as you take your time getting used to it!

heavy footwear. So, feet nowadays are very different to those of our ancestors, or present day Tarahumara Indians who were raised wearing little more than a pair of beat-up jandals -if that. Unless you are a Gary Moller Tarahumara then by Dip Ph Ed PG Dip Rehab PG Dip Sport Med (Otago) FCE Certified your soft feet are going to require months, if not years, to strengthen to withstand the stresses and strains of running with, or without shoes! In my job I am kept busy with stress fractures and strained foot tendons -and these are hardened runners not newbies!

Start slow - keep the miles low Get about the house and environs barefoot.

Begin to toughen your feet, including the soles and skin, by taking every opportunity to be bare foot. As your soles harden, walk on grass and sand until the skin feels tender. The sinews of the feet will respond by getting stronger and the soles thicker and harder. Once that is comfortable, shift to walking on hard pavement, asphalt and even gravel - bare foot of course! this process may take several weeks of daily application. Do two minutes of barefoot running or walking at the end of each of your runs/walks

Run or walk in your trainers but carry your bare foot shoes with you, or have them waiting at the end. Swap shoes and do a few minutes warm-down in your bare foots, including Take your time making the transition stretching. As the weeks pass, very gradually to running or walking bare foot increase the distance you do in your bare foots. Most people are raised from birth wearing Run only every second or third day some kind of protective footwear. Few peoWhether in cushioned trainers or bare foot ple walk further than what it takes to get to shoes, sensible runners always schedule every the car or the fridge. Further than that and it second day as a relative rest. This injury-preis done on a treadmill or cross-trainer. If walkvention r ule is most important when ing the outdoors, it is on a manicured trail in transitioning to bare foot running -and con-


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Window on Waitakere

Ark in the Park aims to create an open sanctuary S

Above and on opposite page: Vibram Five Fingers footwear.

tinued once the transition is complete. If you stick to walking, you can train daily because of the lower injury risk. Run and walk mostly off-road

The best way to avoid injury is to make 80% of all your running and walking off-road, bare foot or not. The feet are best served by favouring surfaces that require continuous adjustment of the muscles, ligaments and joints of the feet. Monotonous ambulating on hard, flat pavement is a sure guarantee for eventually suffering an over-use injury. Your feet love the constant variation that is inherent of natural terrain. Get a massage of the calf muscles and feet once a week

Massage kept the Roman Legions on their feet when marching a thousand miles and more in full battle-kit from Rome to the outer reaches of the Roman Empire, to do battle and then return victorious. They managed this in little more than leather sandals. If massage was good enough for them then it is good enough for you. Get a thorough massage of the legs, including the feet, once week. It is the best investment you’ll ever make to ensure your running and walking remain enjoyable and injuryfree.

peaking with groups about the Ark in these creatures to disappear in the past 100 the Park is a frequent activity that some years. Many Aucklanders have worked hard to of the Ark committee are asked to per- protect the Waitakere Ranges. form. Forest and Bird branches, senior citiPossum control conducted by Auckland zens, Rotary, and tramping clubs, overseas visi- Regional Council has allowed the forest vegtors, and many more groups ask to hear about etation to recover, but the lost wildlife cannot the project. return unless we protect them by also conParticularly enjoyable is giving talks to trolling rats, stoats and wild cats. school children with their enthuArk in the Park is a partnership besiasm and often left-field questween our Waitakere Branch and Aucktions. Ark member Karen Colgan land Regional Council to create an recently spoke to Kaurilands open sanctuary in the Cascades Kauri School juniors, where the princiPark in the Waitakere Ranges to restore pal had indicated the school the natural glory of the forest. would like to donate to the We undertake control of plant and project. animal pests and have reintroduced A suggestion that the school native species including North Island purchase some bait stations was From Kay Robins, Kokako and Whiteheads. Our followed up with the idea that the efforts are helping restore the Lindley children should decorate the bait Waitakere forests and their wildlife to stations. Since then two other school groups their former glory, for everyone to enjoy. have decorated their donated bait stations. Ark in the Park lies 35 minutes drive from Like graffitied bombs being laden into a central Auckland and is always in need of new bomber these bait stations will cast fear among volunteers. If you wish to become a volunall literate rats! teer for Ark in the Park, there are a variety of Why do we have to have bait stations at activities that you can take part in such as pest the Ark in the Park area of the Waitakere control, bait monitoring, or project manageRanges? Here is what Forest and Bird New ment. If you would like to be involved in this Zealand have to say about it. project, contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator Lying just 20 minutes drive from central Jane Ferguson nature.project@forest Auckland, the Waitakere Ranges holds some of our most treasured and imperiled species. And if Kaurilands School can take such Once upon a time, this ancient Kauri forest an interest in the project, so can other schools. was home to Kiwi, native Falcons, long-tailed The Ark has their “Help a Hectare” project Cuckoos, Bellbirds, Kakariki, short-tailed bats which, for a small annual cost, names a hecand many reptiles and invertebrates. tare after the sponsor. Imagine if every priHowever, predation by pests has caused mary school had their own hectare!

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Rotorua Marathon includes

a half and quarter marathon By Pam and Dennis Kenny (Long term Rotorua Marathon volunteers and past race director)


he 48 th annual Rotorua Marathon, sponsored by the Lion Foundation, will take place on Saturday 28 April 2012, on the picturesque course around Lake Rotorua. This is New Zealand’s best known and most prestigious marathon which is rapidly closing in on its 50th event (2014). First established in 1965 with sponsorship from what then was the Fletcher Timber Company, a field of 16 runners faced the starter with 11 completing the 26 mile 385 yard (42.195km) journey anti clockwise around Lake Rotorua. To alleviate a number of road crossing the event was changed to the current clockwise direction in 1977. Initially the event was organised by the Rotorua Athletic Club and in the 1990’s by the Lake City Athletic Club with sponsorship from the Fletcher group of companies covering 35 years. It was this long standing sponsorship and good organisation that attracted the who’s who of New Zealand men and woman distance athletes. One has only to look at the events Hall of Fame to see who have competed at Rotorua and who have gone on to perform at the highest level of marathon running. With the so called running/jogging boom of the late 70’s and 80’s entries increased to what was, and still is a record sized field for the full marathon distance in New Zealand, when 6364 entries were received for the 25th event in 1989. 5967 started the event with 5859 finishing. There was no electronic chip timing

in those days. 1999 saw, what many believed was a world first, when the 35th event was cancelled 10 minutes prior the 10.00am start, because of a torrential downpour over the Rotorua basin, which caused flooding throughout the city and washouts on the course at the back of the Lake. A total of 190mm of rain fell in a 12 hour period. During the years since Fletchers non-involvement, other sponsors have included Bartercard New Zealand Ltd for two years (2000, 2001), Fletcher Challenge Forests (2002, 2003), Tenon (2004) and since 2005 the current sponsor The Lion Foundation. As number of those at the helm of the event wished to lighten their load, ownership of the event was taken over by Athletics New Zealand in 2000 from the Lake City Athletic Club. Last year saw the appointment of Event Promotions Ltd, Rotorua, as the event managers. The new management team introduced in 2011, a half marathon, thus giving people the opportunity to build to the full marathon distance. The weekend’s programme also caters for those wishing a shorter choice of events - a 5km or quarter marathon (10.5km). It is hoped these add on events will encourage people to step up and complete the full circuit of the Lake in the 50th anniversary event, which could easily see the field exceeding the 25th anniversary entry numbers. Since its inception in 1993, when 29 where inducted in to the Club, The Rotorua Marathon Survivors Club, which recognizes those

who have completed 15 plus Rotorua based marathons has seen membership steadily grow to 424. Colin Smyth (Mr Rotorua Marathon) has 46 Rotorua finishes to his name, while a number have 30 plus finishes, including Verna Cook-Jackson who has completed 31. All abilities can compete in the events on offer as they cater for the novice to the experienced athlete whether they are a runner, jogger or walker, or someone who has returned year after year seeking to add another Rotorua finish to their marathon endeavours. In the marathon, all age groups 16 and above are catered for with five year age groups awards for both male and female competitors aged 35 plus. There is no upper age limit. The only requirement for official recognition is to complete the marathon course by 5.00pm when the official event timing for all events will cease. All competitors this year will receive a substantial goodie bag, the chance to win one of the numerous spot prizes on offer, first aid and event support, on line certificate, plus the opportunity to visit the Asics Sports Expo for some fantastic shopping opportunities. Marathon and Half marathon competitors also receive a souvenir Asics event shirt. Merit prizes in the form of training awards are on offer to the first three male and female marathoners across the finish line. – 1st $3000, 2nd $2,000 and 3rd $1,000. Half marathoners and those that walk the marathon will be awarded trophies across the various grades. Visit for event information, or to enter online.

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in walking back to happiness 30 Overseas walk: Two weeks in Annapurna 36 Window on Waitakere: Further expansion 36 Books: Walking the Waitakere Tasman about to “Get moving” Ranges 28 Overseas: Venice and beyond 37 Podiatry: Diabetes and feet by bike and barge what’s the connection? 34 Event: SBS Marathon defies the 38 Long walk: Walking the World earthquakes 40 Health: The controllable factors 35 Event: Fast walking in in aging Wellington 43 Weather forecast for August 36 High achiever: I feel more than 44 New Zealand coming events good! 47 Overseas coming events 37 Podiatry: DOMS: Delayed onset 51 Overseas walks and tours muscle soreness 52 Directory: Walking groups 38 New Zealand walk: Step out throughout New Zealand and enjoy this slice of rural life 59 GPx Need help to get active 39 New Zealand walk: Mangati/ 60 Mizuno Taupo Off Road Half Hickford Park Marathon 40 Health: Reversing JULY 2011 162 cardiovascular discease risk 4 Walk talk and quality of life 43 Weather forecast for October 6 My favourite walk: Manawatu Gorge Track 44 New Zealand coming events 8 New Zealand walk: Walk among 50 Window on Waitakere: Kauri the native plants dieback: a far more serious 9 Event: New trail event in Nelson threat to the park than we sanctuary think! 10 New Zealand walks: Four short 51 Overseas walks and tours Bay of Islands walks 52 Directory: Walking groups 12 Canterbury walks: Top places to throughout New Zealand propose to your princess 59 Mizuno Offroad Marathon Taupo 13 Canterbury walks: Canterbury 60 GPx Need help to get active ready, willing and able to show SEPTEMBER 2011 164 visitors a great time 4 Walk talk 13 News: Tawa shared pathway 6 New Zealand walk: Mayor starts to take shape Island 9 Readers views: Signs and the 14 New Zealand walk: Parry Kauri Park visually impaired pedestrian 10 Event: Where the field meets 20 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 New Zealand walks: The Great the forest New Zealand Trek - Stage six 11 New Zealand walk; Deans Bank 26 New Zealand walk: Walk the Track capital’s Sculpture Trail 12 New Zealand walks; 28 Overseas walks: The Dreampath Coromandel coastal walking - a walk from Munich to Venice tour 34 New Zealand walk: A few 16 New Zealand walks: Waterfall surprises for BNZ Active walks Walkers at Green Lake 20 Digital Photo Contest winners 37 Window on Waitakere: The high 22 New Zealand walks: Akitioground Glenora Walk - New Zealand’s 37 News: New cycle trail will newest private walk benefit walkers 28 Overseas walks: Revamped 38 Long walk: Walking the World Goldfields Track relaunched 39 Event: Feilding to Palmerston 30 Overseas walk: Four days North event exploring Yosemite National 40 Event: Taupo half marathons Park back for 2011 34 New Zealand walks: Warkwoth 42 Index over previous 14 issues walks - more walks worth 43 Weather forecast for July doing 36 High achiever: Mobile scooter 44 New Zealand coming events 46 Overseas coming events to walking around town 37 Podiatry: Haglunds deformity 50 Nordic Walking Calendars 38 Long walk: Walking the World 51 My favourite walk: Wellington’s Eastern Walkway 39 Window on Waitakere: Better 52 Directory: Walking groups biodiversity throughout New Zealand 40 Health: High doses of 59 GPx Need help to get active Ergocalciferol a concern 42 Index over previous 14 issues 60 Wellington Marathon 43 Weather forecast for September JUNE 2011 161 44 New Zealand coming events 4 Walk talk 46 Overseas coming events 6 New Zealand walks: Much to 48 Nordic Walking Calendars explore on Great Barrier Island 49 Event: Birds a plenty at Bay 12 Canterbury walks: Tuatara Tours 50 New Zealand walk: Dome has eight tours operating Forest and Totara Scenic 13 Canterbury walks: Christchurch’s Reserve walks Marathon helping Cantabrians 51 Overseas walks and tours get back on their feet 52 Directory: Walking groups 14 New Zealand walks: Wharariki throughout New Zealand Beach Hilltop walk 59 GPx Need help to get active 19 Event: Whenuapai Half Marathon 60 Mizuno Taupo Off Road Half events Marathon 20 Digital Photo Contest winners AUGUST 2011 163 22 New Zealand walks: A volcanic 4 Walk talk experience 6 New Zealand walk: Mangawhai 24 New Zealand walks: Mavora - an area of peaceful tranquillity Heads Lookout 8 New Zealand walk: Clevedon 25 New Zealand walks: Mavora Lakes Park tracks Scenic Reserve has significant 26 NZ walk: Beating the bounds heritage value 10 Te Araroa Trail: Ocean to Ocean 27 Event: Challenge yourself 28 Event Great Forest events leg soon to go 30 Overseas walks: La Dolce Vita! 10 Te Araro Trail: Levin to cooking and walking in Italy Wellington link now open 36 Window on Waitakere: The 12 Overseas walks: Innsbruck Hillary Trail hiking boots or high heels? 37 Podiatry: Blisters - a common 13 Canterbury walks: New complaint walkway in Canterbury 14 New Zealand walk: Te Anau - a 38 Long walk: Walking the World 40 High achiever: Maisie Brown’s place in paradise journey to better health 16 New Zealand walk: Walks 40 Event: Huntly Half course on a around Lake Mangamahoe variety of terrain 20 Digital Photo Contest winners 41 Health: Result of getting rid of 22 New Zealand walks: Waiheke toxic elements plans second walking festival 43 Weather forecast for June 22 News: New bridges improve 44 New Zealand coming events the Pouakai Circuit 50 Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking 23 Event: Coundown is on for the burns more kilojoules Taupo Half Marathon 52 Directory: Walking groups 24 Overseas walks: Walking on the throughout New Zealand unique island of Guernsey and 59 GPx Need help to get active Sark 60 Huntly Half Marathon 29 High achiever: Motivated man

CONTENTS for previous 14 issues FEBRUARY 2012 169 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: A taste of a mountain track 9 Tell someone where you are going and returning 10 New Zealand guided walks: Fiordland Coast Walks Exploring a land unknown 12 New Zealand walks: Glenorchy and beyond 15 New Zealand walks: Glenorchy Gateway to paradise 16 Te Araroa Trail - One of world’s greatest walks opened 19 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand guided walks: Kahurangi Guided Walks Walking with Nature 23 New Zealand guided walks: South Island has it all! 24 New Zealand walks: Queen Elizabeth Park 26 Overseas guided walks: Contrasts and contraditions part of Sicily’s charm 31 Readers Views: Karangahape Road footpath waterfalls 31 New Zealand walk: Rare opportunity for winners to visit iconic Whale Island 32 Overseas walks: Walking the Pacific Crest Trail 37 Podiatry: Pre- walking warm up routine 38 Overseas walks: Is Azerbaijan the new Gold Coast? 39 Window on Waitakere: Rare plants for rare fauna 40 Health: Vitamins and minerals do work - Case in point - Psoriasis 41 Overseas walks and tours 43 Weather forecast for February 44 New Zealand coming events 51 Nordic Walking Nordic Walking - Just what the doctor ordered 52 Directory: Walking groups 56 Country Breaks 59 Xterra Rotorua JANUARY 2012 168 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Inspirational Northland forest walk 9 ABC of walking 10 New Zealand walks: Waikato River Trail opened 12 New Zealand walks: Million dollar walk, view and cruise 16 My favourite walk: Duder Regional Park walks 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand guided walks: Routeburn and Milford favoured top walking attractions 22 New Zealand guided walks: Kaikoura Wilderness Walks an ultimate wilderness experience 24 Overseas guided walks: Walking in the wilderness of Patagonia 28 Event: Sunset Coast Walk has amazine views 28 Overseas guided walks: Walk Europe or China in style in 2012 30 Overseas walks: Southern Spain - in the footsteps of the Moors 34 New Zealand walks: Walk in Taupo’s secret bush-garden 36 New Zealand walks: Goldfields Heritage Trust 37 Podiatry: Stress fractures 38 High achiever: The Golden Gate Bridge was an achievement 40 Window on Waitakere: Canopy Corps 40 Health: Massage: Essential for performance and career longevity 43 Weather forecast for January 44 New Zealand coming events 49 Nordic Walking Calendars 51 Overseas walks and tours 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout New Zealand 56 Country Breaks 60 Great New Zealand Trek DECEMBER 2011 167 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Walk the trail of the gold miners 8 New Zealand walks:What walks are planned for next Sea, Sky and Bush Walk 10 New Zealand walks: New scenic walkway in Bay of Islands 13 The many uses of walking poles 14 New Zealand walks: Rangitoro Island Scenic Reserve

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18 New Zealand walks: Piriharaeke Walkway opened 20 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 New Zealand walks: Daylight saving signals start! 23 New Zealand walk: Sutton Salt Lake walk 24 Overseas walks: Trekking China’s Tiger Leaping Gorge 30 Overseas walks: Walking tropical islands of Queensland 34 Books: Walks to Waterfalls 35 Books: New day walks guides published 36 Overseas: Kiwis conqueor Kilimanjaro for Christchurch earthquake 37 Podiatry:Shin splints 38 Take a kid tramping 38 Event: Moro Marathon events 40 Window on Waitakere: Moby and Punga 40 Poor footwear link to foot impairment 41 Health: Training advice for the Oxfam Trailwalk 43 Weather forecast for December 44 New Zealand coming events 46 Overseas coming events 51 Overseas walks and tours 56 Country Breaks 59 Buller Gorge Half Marathon 60 Great New Zealand Trek NOVEMBER 2011 166 4 Walk talk 6 Walking Access Mapping System now open for public use 7 New sponsor for South Island marathon 8 New Zealand walks: Pirongia walking tracks 10 New Zealand walks: An indulgent walk over coastal country 15 Water fountains spout clean green water 16 New Zealand walks: Auckland’s Coast to Coast Walkway 18 New Zealand walks: Coast to Coast walk passes a number of interesting places 19 Books: Wainwright’s 1938 Pennine journey re-creathed 20 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 New Zealand walks: Whararoa Farm walks opened 24 New Zealand walks: Awesome Orui on Riversdale Beach 26 Plan to have walking trail around Lake Rotorua 28 Overseas: Hiking up an Austrian Alp 36 Overseas walks: Outdoor sculptures a growing tourist attraction 37 Podiatry: Verrucae 38 Window on Waitakere: Hihi update 38 Event: A fresh start in Taupo for half marathon 40 Event: Perfect conditions at Kinloch 41 Health: The 21 day rule of thumb 43 Weather forecast for November 44 New Zealand coming events 49 Nordic Walking: How Nordic Walking developed 50 Overseas walks: Art, history and architecture in Sacramento walking tours 51 Overseas walks and tours 56 Country Breaks 59 Buller Gorge Half Marathon 60 Great New Zealand Trek OCTOBER 2011 165 4 Birkenhead War Memorial Park walk 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walks: Walks from the Waioeka Gorge 10 Testimonials from people saved by using a McMurdo emergency locator beacon 12 New Zealand walks; Compresensive range of walks at Waiheke Festival 14 New Zealand walks: Catered Coast Walks - discovering hidden gems in Northland 19 New Zealand walks: Te Aroha Wetlands 20 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 Te Araroa Trail: Another section of Te Araroa Trail opened 24 Harbour Bridge Pathway - what do you think? 26 Event: Auckland classic back for its 10th year 27 More people in Nelson and

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MAY 2011 160 4 Walk talk 6 My favourite walk: Headland, sculpture on the Gulf 9 Canterbury walks: Bank Peninsula Track escapes big quake 10 Canterbury walks: Many short walks just north of Christchurch 11 Canterbury walks: Fabulous walks in Rangiora and Oxford foothills 12 Canterbury walks: Kaikoura Wilderness Walk 13 Canterbury walks: Business as usual at Christchurch active travel company 14 New Zealand walk: Rocky Marlborough high - The Awatere Tussock Track 18 Te Araroa Trail: Trail now goes under State Highway 1 18 Books: Natural New Zealand 19 Motivation: Pathway visualisation 20 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 New Zealand walks: Arataki Nature Trail 26 Overseas walks: On foot in Slovenia’s Julian Alps 30 Overseas walks: The Emerald Isle - made for walking 36 Window on Waitakere: Kokako capers 37 Podiatry: Plantar Fascitis 38 Event: Wellington Round the Bays 41 Health: Ongoing neck and shoulder pains 43 Weather forecast for May 44 New Zealand coming events 46 Overseas coming events 51 Overseas walks and tours 52 Aorangi Mountains 52 Long walk: Walking the World 54 New Zealand walk: Warkworth River Walkway 59 GPx Need help to get active APRIL 2011 159 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: New track opens at Mangawhai Heads 10 New Zealand walks: Walking festival ready for greater numbers 12 Overseas walks: Walking tour feature historic USA sites 13 High achiever: John’s remarkable recovery to now having climbed the Mount 14 New Zealand walk: Kauri Glen Reserve 16 New Zealand walks: Rainbow Mountain-CraterLake walks 18 Te Araroa Trail: Clearwater residents helped mark new South Island trail 20 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 New Zealand walks: Craters of the Moon - a geothermal walk 25 Motivation: Believe and win 26 New Zealand walks: New walkway links two parks 28 Event: Manawatu Super Seven grows in strength 30 Overseas walks: Hiking and cruising around coastal Italy 40 Book: Walks in nature Melbourne 40 Reader’s views: Says advise not “best practice” 41 Health: How to walk away from fluid retention 43 Weather forecast for April 44 New Zealand coming events 48 Overseas coming events 51 Overseas walks and tours 52 Long walk: Walking the World 54 Window on Waitakere: Waitakere Reservoir is outward bound 55 Event: Huntly half ready to roll 60 Wellington Marathon MARCH 2011 158 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: New vineyard to yineyard track on island 8 New Zealand walks: South Island trip full of challenges 12 Rotorua events 14 Overseas walks: Top nature parks on the Gold Coast 15 New land gateway to Hakatere Conservation Park 16 New Zealand walk: Okere Falls: An oasis off the highway 20 Motivation: Shift to a better life 21 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 New Zealand walks: The Pakuranga Rotary Walkway 24 The Chathams Islands - a place like no other 26 New Zealand walks: Kawau Island Historic Reserve 30 Overseas walks: Guatemala land of the Mayans 38 New Zealand walk: Taieri Gorge

Rail Trail 40 Book: Over 400 walks in new book 40 Quake-damaged track reopens 41 Health: Why I can exerecise like I do now 43 Weather forecast for February 44 New Zealand coming events 48 Overseas coming events 50 Overseas walks and tours 51 Overseas walks and tours 52 Walking for adventure, fun and exercise 52 Long walk: Walking the World 54 Window on Waitakere: Breeding Kaka 54 Walking to raise awareness of Scouts 49 Overseas walks and tours 55 Nordic Walking Calendars 59 Pak-A-Roo Walking Jackets 60 The Great New Zealand Trek FEBRUARY 2011 157 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Gibbston River Trail now open 11 Rotorua events 12 New Zealand walks: Crosshills a walkers little paradise 15 Event: Leading IT executives take on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing 16 Motivation: Resolutions revisited 16 Te Araroa Trail: Te Araroa Trail featured in Warkworth walks 18 Event: Walking into the light 20 Event: Cathay Pacific Half Marathon & 11km Fun Run Walk 21 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 New Zealand walks: Foulwind maybe, but a splendid walk 25 Books: New Zealand - Eye on the Landscape 25 Window on Waitakere: Waitakere Wednesday Walks 2011 26 New Zealand walks: Great views from new Crosbies Hut 29 High achiever: A clever way to get active! 30 Overseas walks: Walking in Champagne 36 Overseas walks: Mt Gambier Blue Lake walk 38 Overseas walks: Mt Gambier lake walks 40 Health: How to walk and eat you way to a great body 43 Weather forecast for February 44 New Zealand coming events 49 Overseas walks and tours 50 New Zealand walks: Skippers Canyon steeped in history 50 Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking intensify your aerobic training 52 Ten-day Walking Festival in Rotorua 54 Nordic Walking: Walking and Nordic Walking - train the right way 59 Xterra Rotorua Festival 60 The Great New Zealand Trek JANUARY 2011 156 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’s 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 44 New Zealand coming events 50 Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking intensify your aerobic training 56 Great Country Breaks 60 Xterra Rotorua Festival


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Daily Summary

Ken Ring

1st: March 2012 Possible heavy rain in Wellington. 1st–4th March 2012 A depression develops and becomes slow moving over the South Island, bringing electrical storms with hail and high rainfall to Nelson. Heavy falls may also occur in South Canterbury and Otago with the possibility of hail south of Ashburton and Nelson. 4th March 2012 Possible unusually low temperature in Omarama, North Otago. 5th–6th March 2012 The depression finally moves south. 6th–10th March 2012 Anticyclonic conditions. Over the next four weeks the pattern of weather is marked by anticyclones over Victoria and Tasmania and depressions to the southeast of the Chathams. These produce cold conditions with more frequent southerly airflows in the Tasman Sea and the New Zealand area. The national average temperatures may be below the long-term average over this outlook period. The cold southerlies bring especially cooler conditions to Tongariro, King Country, northern Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu and parts of Otago. Mean temperatures at Taupo may be unusually low. Temperatures may be slightly below average in Bay of Plenty, southern Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, South Canterbury and Otago. Elsewhere temperatures should be only slightly below average. Many central North Island regions may measure very low maximums, perhaps the lowest in 20 years, especially Tongariro and King Country, but also other central North Island regions. This outlook period may be very sunny in western North Island regions from Northland to Taranaki, where sunshine totals may be 50% more than usual. Other sunny areas may be Bay of Plenty, Wanganui, Hawke’s Bay and Buller. Most other North Island and South Island areas may receive totals of at least 10% above average. However, near average sunshine can be expected along much of the east coast from Wairarapa south. Over this outlook period it may be very wet in coastal parts of Canterbury and Otago. High rainfall may occur in the Dunedin area with totals nearly three times the average. In the North Island, dry conditions may continue from the previous four weeks with rainfall less than half average in Northland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. Only Taranaki and Wellington may have near or above average rain. Napier may be especially dry. It may be drier than average too in Fiordland, with Milford Sound possibly only receiving a third of its total for this time of the year. Rain may also be below average in Marlborough, Nelson and Southland and near average elsewhere except coastal Canterbury and Otago. 12th March 2012 Chance of a hail storm in the Hawke’s Bay which may produce damage to stone fruit crops. 12th–20th March 2012 Northerlies may be followed by a trough and southerlies after the 12th, gradually turning southwest. Westerlies may prevail on the 16th with southwesterlies again the next day. 17th March 2012 High temperatures possible in Napier. 21st–31st March 2012 Light southerlies with an anticyclone give way to northerlies, which dominate through to the 26th, followed by changeable westerlies on the 27th. A depression to the west may become slow moving near Buller on the 28th. This crosses the South Island, bringing easterlies and high rainfall to coastal Canterbury and Otago. 24th March 2012 Chance of high overnight rainfall and severe flooding in Fairlie, South Canterbury. Flooding may also be widespread from Fairlie south to Dunedin.. Allow 24-hr error to all forecasts. Skewing may occur around 8th(full moon), 10th(perigee), 23rd(new moon) and 26th (apogee)

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Coming events 6 Northcote Tavern 5km Walk, Auckland 7 Eastside 5km Series, Hamilton 7 Nightwalks with Nature - Exhibition Drive Walks, Exhibition Drive Carpark, Auckland 7 Clubhouse Summer Run Run/Walk, 4.5km, Cambridge 11 30th Buller Gorge Marathon & Half Marathon, Westport 12 Westfield Albany LakesFun Run/Walk, 5km & 2km, Albany 12 Aurora Handicap Marathon, Upper Hutt 13 The Honest Lawyer 5km, Nelson 13 Northcote Tavern 5km Walk, Auckland 13 Pakuranga 5km Road Race Run & Walk, Manukau 14 Ruamahanga Ramblers, Walkers and Running Group Summer Twilight 5km Series, Aeroplane at Gladstone 14 Manawatu Striders Super 7 Series, Palmerston North 14 Nightwalks with Nature - Kauri Fish Walk, Cascade Kauri Carpark, Auckland 14 Eastside 5km Series, Hamilton 14 Clubhouse Summer Run Run/Walk, 4.5km, Cambridge 16 Sportswear Summmer Series, 10km, 6km

NEW ZEALAND EVENTS FEBRUARY 2012 1 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 2 Sportswear Summmer Series, 10km, 6km & 3km, Auckland Domain 2 Nightwalks with Nature - Katamatua Spider and Moth Walk, Kakamatua, Auckland 4-12 NZ Masters Games, Dunedin 4 Shotover Moonlight Mt Marathon, Queenstown 5 Olex Fun Run/Walk, 2.5km, 5km, 10km, Fitzroy 6 The Honest Lawyer 5km, Nelson

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MARCH 2012 1 Sportswear Summmer Series, 10km, 6km & 3km, Auckland Domain 3-5 Sea, Sky and Bush Walk, Central Hawkes Bay 4 Rotorua Off Road Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5km, Rotorua 4 Westfield Albany LakesFun Run/Walk, 5km & 2km, Albany 4 Bayley’s Mountain to Surf Marathon, New Plymouth 5 The Honest Lawyer 5km, Nelson 5 Northcote Tavern 5km Walk, Auckland 5 Pakuranga 5km Road Race Run & Walk, Manukau 6 Eastside 5km Series, Hamilton 6 Clubhouse Summer Run Run/Walk, 4.5km, Cambridge 8 Sportswear Summmer Series, 10km, 6km & 3km, Auckland Domain 10 Motatapu Marathon, 49km & 15km, Queenstown

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Coming events 10 Motatapu Miner’s Trail Run, Arrowtown 11 Olex Fun Run/Walk, 2.5km, 5km, 10km, Eltham 12 The Honest Lawyer 5km, Nelson 12 Northcote Tavern 5km Walk, Auckland 12 Pakuranga 5km Road Race Run & Walk, Manukau 13 Ruamahanga Ramblers, Walkers and Running Group Summer Twilight 5km Series, Dalefield Hall 13 Eastside 5km Series, Hamilton 13 Clubhouse Summer Run Run/Walk, 4.5km, Cambridge 15 Sportswear Summmer Series, 10km, 6km & 3km, Auckland Domain 17 Te Houtaewa Challenge 90-Mile Beach Marathon, Kaitaia 17 Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon, Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson 17 Mt Lyford Challenge, Mt Lyford 17 Tarawera Ultramarathon, 100km, 85km, &60km, Rotorua 19 The Honest Lawyer 5km, Nelson 18 Skechers Coastville Clasic Half Marathon, 2km & 8km, Coatsville 19 Pakuranga 5km Road Race Run & Walk, Manukau 19 Northcote Tavern 5km Walk, Auckland 20 Eastside 5km Series, Hamilton 20 Clubhouse Summer Run Run/Walk, 4.5km

& 6.5km, Cambridge 22 Sportswear Summmer Series, 10km, 6km & 3km, Auckland Domain 24 Northburn 100 Ultra Mountain Run, 50km, 160km & 100km, Cromwell 24 The Dual Marathon, Motutapu - Rangitoto, Auckland 25 Run Auckland Series, 10km & 5km, Remuera 25 Mt Lowry Challenge 22km & 11.8km, Days Bay, Wellington 26 The Honest Lawyer 5km, Nelson 26 Northcote Tavern 5km Walk, Auckland 26 Pakuranga 5km Road Race Run & Walk, Manukau 27 Eastside 5km Series, Hamilton 29 - 1 April Mangawhai Walking Weekend, Mangawhai 29 Sportswear Summmer Series, 10km, 6km & 3km, Auckland Domain 31 Arrowsmith High Country Marathon, & 24km, Lake Heron, Nelson 31 Southern Lakes Half Marathon &10km, Wanaka

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.

Sunday 18 March 2012

2Fun walk/run

Join the 2010 pilgrimage to NZ’s most fabulous Martinborough fun walk or run vineyard experience. SPO T PRIZES FOR F ANCY DRESS SPOT FANCY

Live entertainment and Delicious refreshments around the course and at the finish line in Martinborough’s town square.

Book Online Information line ph 06-306-9321

rotorua events Walking Festival Walking Festival Rotorua Rotorua 20112012 12–20 March 2011 | Member of IML and IVV

A fantastic festival of walking events that include a wide range of routes and distances suitable for all abilities and based around spectacular scenery. Community walking events


will be held during the week leading up to the big weekend of ‘International Walks’.

To advertise in Coming Events section phone Frank 0800 walking (925-546)

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Coming events

In its 23rd year


31 Ohope Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Ohope, BOP

APRIL 2012 1 Sri Chinmoy Auckland Run/Walk Series, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland 2 Pakuranga 5km Road Race Run & Walk, Manukau 14 Great Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Waitakere Beach 16 Pakuranga 5km Road Race Run & Walk, Manukau 15 Run Auckland Series, 10km & 5km, Remuera 15 Moonshine Half Marathon, Trentham 15 Heart 4 Heart Half Marathon, Tauranga 14 Paymark XTERRA Rotorua Festival Half Marathon, Rotorua 15 Hastings Half Marathon & 10km, Hastings 21 Bush to Beach Half Marathon,Otama Beach, Coromandel 21 Alpine Lodge Loop the Lake, 25km, Lake Rotoiti 23 Pakuranga 5km Road Race Run & Walk, Manukau 24 Armstrong Motor Group Wellington Marathon, Wellingtgon 25 Ruamahanga Ramblers, Walkers and Running Group, Anzac Day, Dalefield Hall 28 Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5km, Rotorua 30 Pakuranga 5km Road Race Run & Walk, Manukau

MAY 2012 2 Dargarville Run/Walk, 12km,& 6.8km, Dargarville 6 Nelson Shoe Clinic Half Marathon, Nelson 6 Run Auckland Series, 10km & 5km, Remuera 12 Saint Clair Yineyard Half Marathon, Marlborough 13 Sri Chinmoy Auckland Run/Walk Series, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland

20 Huntly Half Marathon, Huntly 27 Run Auckland Series, 10km & 5km, Remuera

JUNE 2012 1 Hidden Trails Half Marathon, 12km & 4km, Kawerau 3 Christchurch Airport Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Christchurch 10 Sri Chinmoy Auckland Run/Walk Series, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland 17 Run Auckland Series, 10km & 5km, Remuera 19 Balclutha Half Marathon, Balclutha 24 Armstrong Motor Group Wellington Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 1.5km, Wellington

JULY 2012 7/8 Auckland Tough Guy & Gal Challenge, Auckland 8 Run Auckland Series, 10km & 5km, Remuera 15 Sri Chinmoy Auckland Run/Walk Series, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland 21 Waikato Draught Palmerston North Tough Guy & Gal Challenge, Palmerston North

AUGUST 2012 4 Waikato Draught Rotorua Tough Guy & Gal Challenge, Rotorua 5 Sri Chinmoy Auckland Run/Walk Series, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland 11 Waikato DraughtRotorua Tough Guy & Gal Challenge, Rotorua 18 Waikato DraughtRotorua Tough Guy & Gal Challenge, Rotorua 19 Petone Workingmens Club 5 Bridges Marathon, Wellington 26 BMW North Shore Marathon, Auckland

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.

MOONSHINE 2012 Half Marathon & 10km Walk and Run

Sunday 22 April 2012

Trentham Memorial Park, Barton Road, Upper Hutt 10km walk & run: A flat, off-road course through park, bush and along the Hutt River trail, starting and finishing at Trentham Memorial Park. Suitable for walkers and runners of all ages and fitness levels. Half Marathon trail walk & run: A very scenic off-road trail with long, flat stretches along the Hutt River Trail at the beginning and end. In the middle, a challenging 5km hill section over Cannon Point Walkway provides spectacular views of the Hutt Valley and native bush. This event is most suited to experienced, long distance competitors with a high level of fitness. ½ M entry up to 5 April: $35 10k entry up to 5 April: $25 Late entry from 6 April: $40 Late entry from 6 April: $30 Online entry via Enquiries: Michael Beaumont via Trentham United Harriers & Walkers Club, PO Box 40 357 Upper Hutt


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Coming events

SEPTEMBER 2012 9 Sri Chinmoy Auckland Run/Walk Series, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland 9 Moro Marathon, Dunedin 15 Lydiard Legend Marathon, Auckland 16 Carters Whangarei Run/Walk Festival Marathon, Whangarei 23 Tauranga City to Surf and Surf to Surf, Tauranga

OCTOBER 2012 7 Wairarapa Country Marathon, Masterton 28 Adidas Auckland Marathon, Auckland 8 XTERRA Waitti Marathon, Waitti 13 Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf Marathon, Great Barrier Island

NOVEMBER 2012 10 Speight’s West Coaster Marathon, Auckland 11 Ascot Park Hotel Southland Marathon, Riverton

DECEMBER 2012 1 New World Marlborough Marathon, Blenheim 8 Wanganui 3 Bridges Marathon, Wanganui

OVERSEAS EVENTS FEBRUARY 2012 1 Running Fit Supersunset Series 2012 4km & 8km, Melbourne, Vic, Australia 5 2012 Brazialn Butterfly Queen Lake 5km & 10km, Melbourne, Vic, Australia 11 Geelong Multi Sport Festival, 10km & 5km, Geelong, Vic, Australia 11 Caboolture Historical Village Dusk to Dawn Marathon, Caboolture, Qld, Australia 15 Running Fit Supersunset Series 2012 4km & 8km, Melbourne, Vic, Australia 19 Austin Marathon, Austin, TX, USA

Davenport Service Centre Half Marathon & Travel Smart Pahiatua 10km Fun Run & Walk Saturday March 17th 2012 Hosted by Bush Harrier Club

Pahiatua Prize money if you break the existing course records in the Half Marathon for runners and walkers. Great place and spot prizes. Come over to Bush and experience our country hospitality! Information and entry forms:

26 Tokyo Marathon, Tokyo, Japan 26 Warburton Up and Running 10km & 5km, Warburton, Vic, Australia 27 Sahara Marathon, Sahara, Algeria

MARCH 2012 4 Sao Paulo International Half Marathon, Sao Paula, Brazil 4 Colour City Running Festival Half Marathon, 10km 4.8km Fun Run Walk, Orange, NSW, Australia 5 The Antarctica Marathon & Half Marathon, Antarctica 7 Running Fit Supersunset Series 2012 4km & 8km, Melbourne, Vic, Australia 10 Six Foot Track Marathon, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia 11 King Island Imperial 20 32km Coast to Coast & 8km, King Island, Australia 11 International Women’s Day Fun Run Walk, Brisbane, Qld, Australia 16 Jerusalem Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km, Jerusalem, Israel 18 Seoul International Marathon, Seoule, South Korea 18 Twilight Half Marathon, St Lucia, Qld, Australia 18 Honda LA Marathon Los Angelos, CA, USA 18 Eaglehawk Half Marathon, Eaglehawk, Viv, Australia 23-24 IML Two Day Walk, Gilboa, Israel 25 Great Volcanic Mountain Challenge, 11km, Mt Canobolas, Orange, NSW, Australia 25 Lisbon Half Marathon, Lisbon, Spain

25 Cliff 2 Cliff Fat Ass Marathon, Brisbane, Qld, Australia 31-1 April IML Two Day Walk, Canberra, ACT, Australia

APRIL 2012 1 Hill to Harbour Half Marathon, Newcastle, NSW, Australia 1 Newcastle Herald Hill 2 Harbour Challeng, 2km, 10km & 21km, Newcastle, NSW, Australia 15 Geelong Half Marathon, Geelong, Vic, Australia 15 The Canberra Times Canberra Marathon, Canberra, ACT, Australia 15 Southern Charity Challenge Half Marathon, 15km, 35km & 60km, SA, Australia 15 Marathon de Paris, Paris, France 15 Oxfam Southern Charity Challenge Half Marathon, Goolwa, SA, Australia 16 Boston Marathon, Boston, USA 18-19 IML Vancouver Two Day Walk, Vancouver, USA 22 Virgin London Marathon, London UK 22 Mt Mee Classic Trail Marathon, Brisbane, Qld, Australia 29 Gold Rush Marathon, Babinda Boulders, Qld, Australia

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.

18th Annual Woodville Lions Club

Manawatu Gorge Track & Tunnel Walk A Sunday in April/May 2012 See COMING EVENTS page on Walking New Zealand website after March 31 to find exact date of event. Website:

Start times: 9.00am, 9.45am, 10.30am at Ashhurst Domain SH3, Ashhurst Approximately 8kms 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours walking time

Funds raised go to Cancer Care and local charities

Essential: • Moderate fitness • Sturdy footwear (preferably boots) • Wet weather clothing and a strong TORCH.

$25.00 (No gate sales). Minimium age 10 years

Strickly limited tickets (This popular event has sold out every year)

User pays BBQ and drinks available

Tickets available from I-Sites at: Woodville (Tararua) 06-376-0217, 0800-827-278, email Palmerston North 06-350-1922, 0800-626-292, Email Phone bookings accepted, cheque, credit card and Visa debit

For further information: Clive Boyden phone 06-376-4554 or Ron Mabey 027-449-8764

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Coming events

MAY 2012 5-6 IWL Two Day Walk, 6km, 12km, 24km & 42km, Blankenberge, Belgium 5-6 Wild Endurane Challenge 100kms 50km, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia 6 Westpac Hilly Half Marathon, Hamilton Island, Qld, Australia 11-13 IML Two Day Walk, Yatsushire, China 12-13 IWL Waendel Weekend, 15km, 25km & 42km, Wellingborough, England 13 3 Waters Marathon, 50km, Marathon & Half Marathon, Bunbury, WA, Australia 13 Volkswago Prague Marathon, Prague, Czech Republic 13 Noosa Half Marathon, Noosa, Qld, Australia 17-20 IWL Four Day Walk, Chantonnay, France 19 The Great Wall Marathon, Beijing, China 19 Mount Beauty Half Marathon, Mount Beauty, Vic, Australia 20 Great Ocean Road Half Marathon, Lorne to Apollo Bay, Vic, Australia 20 Bunbury Half Marathon, Bunbury, WA, Australia 19-20 IML Two Day Walk, Bern-Belp, Switzerland 21-22 IML Two Day Walk, Dalian, China 26 Warwick Pentath Half Marathon, Warwick, Qld, Australia 27 Sri Chinmoy Williamstown Half Marathon, Newport, Vic, Australia

JUNE 2012 2-3 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km & 40km, Diekirch, Luxembourg 3 BMA Mackay Marina Run, Half Marathon, 8km & 5km, Mackay, Qld, Australia 3 Asics Elleker Half Marathon, Elleker, WA, Australia 3 Traralgon Marathon, Half Marathon & Quarter Marathon, Traralgon, Vic, Australia 3 Queensland Half Marathon, Mackay, Qld, Australia 9-10 40th Townsville Road Runners Morning Run Celebrations

10 Rocky Hill Marathon, Rockhampton, Qld, Australia 10 Macleavy River Marathon, South-West Rocks, NSW, Australia 17 Perth Marathon, Perth, WA, Australia 23 Big Five Marathon, African Savannah, South Africa 23-24 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km, 30km, 40km & 45km, Viborg, Denmark 24 Pichi Richi Marathon, Flinders Ranges, SA, Australia 28-1 July IWL Four Day Walk, Castlebar, Ireland

JULY 2012 1 Gold Coaswt Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia 8 Ulverstone Marathon, Ulverstone, Tas, Australia 8 Geraldton Harriers Marathon, Geraldton, WA, Australia 17-20 IWL Four Day Walk, Nijmegan, Netherlands 21 Wilco Round Island Relay, Efate, Vanuata 22 Hunter Valley Marathon, Pokolbin, NSW, Australia 22 Mt Haig Trail Marathon, Lake Tinaroo, Qld, Australia 28 Australian Outback Marathon, Half Marathon, 11km & 6km, NT, Australia 29 Westlink M7 Cities Marathon, Blacktown NSW, Australia 29 Bush Capital Bush Marathon, Canberra, ACT, Australia

AUGUST 2012 4 Tony Ireland Holden Townsville Marathon, Townsville, Qld, Australia 5 Mizuno Brisbane Marathon, Brisbane, Qld, Australia 10-12 IWL Three Day Walks, 10km 21km & 42km, Vaasa, Finland 19 The Athletes Foot Adelaide Marathon, Adelaide, SA, Australia 19 Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon, Wagga

This annual beach run along world famous 90 Mile Beach in Far North district of New Zealand, honours the Maori legend of the great athlete Te Houtaewa.


March 17 2012 THE CHALLENGE * 60km Ultra Marathon Individual/5 person Team Relay * 42 km Marathon Run * 21 km Half Marathon Run/Walk * 6 km Walk for Life CY CLE CHALLENGE * 60km Ultra Marathon Individual/5 person Team Relay CYCLE * 42 km Marathon Cycle * 21 km Half Marathon Cycle WAK A AMA CHALLENGE * Blue & White Endurance Challenge AKA * Open Mixed W6 - 30km * Open W1 - 10km * NEW!!! * 4 Man Waka Surf Challenge Thundercat Racing will be attending the race this year, and will have a Surf Cross Race close to the finish line

On race day March 17 all events finish at Paripari Domain, Ahipara * Whanau Day * Stalls * Entertainment, * Beach Sports (Sport Northland), and Prizgiving

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Wagga, NSW, Australia 19 Alice Springs Community Bank Marathon, Alice Springs, NT, Australia 19 Mudgee Running Festival, Mudgee, NSW, Australia 25-26 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km, 25km & 35km, Verdal, Norway 26 Shepparton Marathon, Shepparton, Vic, Australia 26 City to Surf Marathon, Perth, WA, Australia

SEPTEMBER 2012 2 The Ross Marathon, Ross, Tas, Australia 8 Le Marathon du Medoc 2012, Medoc, France 8-9 IWL Two Day Walk, 24km & 17km, Arenzano, Italy 14-16 IWL Three Day Walk, 10km, 20km & 42km, Seefeld, Austria 16 Blackmores Sydney Marathon, Sydney, NSW, Australia 20-28 Round Rarotonga Road Race, Rarotonga, Cook Islands 22-23 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km 30km, 42km, & 50km, Brno, Czech Republic 29 Lap the Lake - Penrith Lakes Marathon, Castlereagh, NSW, Australia 30 BMW Berlin Marathon, Berlin, Germany

OCTOBER 2012 6 Fitzroy Falls Fire Trail Marathon, Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia 6-7 IWL Two Day Walk, 25km & 42km, Fulda, Germany 7 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Chicago, USA 20 Polar Circle Marathon, Greenland 20-21 IML Two Day Walk, Barcelona, Spain 20-21 IML Two Day Walk, Arlington, USA 21 Toowoomba Marathon, Toowoomba, Qld, Australia 27-28 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km, Won-Ju, Korea 28 Brooks Rottnest Marathon, Rottnest Island, WA, Australia 29 Dublin Marathon, Dublin, Ireland

NOVEMBER 2012 4 Port of Portland 3-Bays Marathon, Portland, Vic, Australia 4 Carcaor Cup Marathon, Carcoar, NSW, Australia 4-6 IWL Three Day Walk, 20km, 30km, 50km Higashimatsu-yama, Japan 10-11 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km, Taipei, Taiwan 11 RACV Maryville Marathon, Maryville, Vic, Australia 11 Deep Space Mountain Marathon, Namadgi Natiuonal Park, ACT, Australia 14 The Solar Eclipse Marathon, Port Douglas, Qld, Australia 25 Glenbrrok Marathon, Glenbrook, NSW, Australia

DECEMBER 2012 Mt Kosciusko Marathon, Snowy Mountains, NSW, Australia

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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plus $8.50 postage and packing Thumbs up to the Lightweight Walking Jackets from two satisfied customers who used them on the recent three month walk. “We used them a lot on the walk from Cape Reinga to Bluff and found them very light, warm against the wind, showerproof and comfortable to wear. They were screwed up and stuffed into our bum bags. Using the sleeves as ties they were tied round our middle. They were tossed on to the seat in the support vehicle and later sat on. After three months of this kind of treatment, the jackets still look great. They are now being used for tidy wear when a windjacket is required. We give our reccommendation to the value of these jackets”. Regards, Don and Sheena.

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Why Nordic Walki By June Stevenson (INWA) NZ National Nordic Walking Coach

Increases caloric expenditure up to 40%: One of the most effective activities for burning calories and building cardiovascular fitness is cross-country skiing. Both large upper and lower body muscles are fully engaged in this sport. The Nordic Walking technique will give you similar benefits. There can be an increase in oxygen consumption and caloric expenditure of up to 40%. Increases upper body strength Regular walking only uses the legs, while the arms are used for balance. Vigorous arm action will help increase your walking speed and drive your legs. Using Nordic Walking poles, you add resistance to the arm action. This engages the core, chest, back and arm muscles. Less stress on the joints Many people suffer from back, hip, knee and ankle pain due to too much weight on the joints, loading misaligned joints, lack of spinal stability, and injury, etc. Hard paved surfaces contribute to impact related injuries. The Nordic Walking poles simulate two extra legs, giving the body a beneficial weight distribution. This results in less stress on the joints. Anyone rehabilitating from injury should avoid putting all their weight on their injury. Pregnant women can also benefit from Nordic Walking as they gain weight. Relieves neck and shoulder pain A twelve-week study in Finland showed that the musculoskeletal tension symptoms in the upper body decreased more in the group

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

that did Nordic Walking than in those who did not. Both groups in the study were Finnish female office workers. Nordic Walking increases muscular endurance in the upper body, which seems to have a positive effect on muscles involved in daily work tasks. Improves neck and chest mobility Nordic Walking requires torso rotation with each step. This increases flexibility of the muscles in the thoracic area. A number of posterior and anterior upper body muscles originate on the thoracic spine and ribcage. These muscles increase in mobility as a result of the torso rotation. Increases safety, reduces risk of falling Hikers and trekkers who walk on rough

✔ Upper body workout while

walking ✔ Burn 40% more calories ✔ Less impact on joints ✔ Release tension in neck and shoulders ✔ Improve posture and breathing ✔ Fun to do, easy to learn, for all ages Classes in Greater Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Whakatane, Hawkes Bay, New Plymouth, Wellington, Kapiti and Christchurch

Nordic Academy New Zealand P O Box 6749 Marion Square Wellington, Phone 04-389-3655 Email Web

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ing enhances regular walking mood disturbances. More fun! Many Nordic Walkers say they have more fun Nordic Walking than regular walking because it gives them more variety and definitely more exercise! 0800 NORDIC (667342)


Nordic Walking events Nordic W alking Events by date Walking

Nordic Walking is very popular in Europe with all ages.

terrain and carry large loads have long used great benefits from the stability provided by ski poles for added stability. Any individual the Nordic Walking poles. The poles can be who has a problem with balance can receive beneficial to pregnant women as they experience a changing centre of gravity. It is like NORDIC KIWI NORDIC WALKING walking with 2 extra legs. Allows same intensity of running out the high impact NORDIC WALKING EVENTS (Jan-Mar 2012) 10 & 21 km Training Squad: Saturday 14 January to 20 People have given up running when they February 2011 8am have learned that they can achieve the same 5K-FIT Class: Sunday 15, 29 January & 12, 19 February heart rate from Nordic Walking as they can 8.45am Rangitoto College Community Education: First Steps: with running. This is due to the increase in Course starts Monday 13 February to 5 March (4 weeks) muscle usage. The upper body is working in 6.30pm Selwyn College Community Education:First Steps: Nordic Walking. This causes a greater demand Course starts Tuesday 14 February to 6 March (4 weeks) for oxygenated blood. As the walker becomes 6.30pm more conditioned, he can use more challengPt Chevalier Beach: Free Trial: Thursday 16 February 6pm Cornwall Park: Free Trial: Wednesday 22 February 6pm ing terrain to reach a higher intensity workout. Cathay Pacific 11km & Half Marathon: Sunday 26 February Enhances mood 2011, Orakei Waterfront, Auckland One of the first studies on Nordic WalkGisborne Botanical Gardens: Introductory Workshop: Saturday 3 March. 9am to 11am ing analysed mood states. Research subjects Taupo Owen Delany Park: Introductory Workshop: Sunday 4 walking with poles showed a marked reducMarch. 9am to 11am Parnell Community Centre: Introductory Workshop: Saturday tion in anger, depression, fatigue and total 10 March. 9am to 11am NORDIC WALKING GROUPS (2012) Sat 8am: Central Auckland & Environs Sat 9am: Takapuna/Auckland City - alternate weeks Sat 9am: St. Vincent’s MetLife Care, Remuera Sun 8am: Long Bay Sun 8am: Botanical Gardens/ Wattle Downs Mon 10am: Nordic Gold (Senior Citizens) Tues 11am: Parkinson’s & Neurological Class begin Wed 6pm: One Tree Hill Thu 6am: Auckland YMCA Thu 9am: Pakuranga Tues & Thu 6pm: Pt. Chevalier Beach. (Alternate weeks) Also at: Hamilton, Taupo, Whakatane, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Christchurch 0800 NORDIC (667 342)

15-Feb Blenheim, Oliver park, Starter, S Rainbird 03-5727377 16-Feb Hamilton Lake Domain, T, M Thomson 027-2471885 18-Feb Whangarei, i-Site at SH1, Taster, Matthias 09-4320386 18-Feb Kerikeri Domain, Taster, Matthias 022-4320386 18-Feb CHC-Shirley Burwood Pk, N Brighton, T, 021-2567 082 18-Feb AKL-Greenlane, Course, Ewa Bancer 09-6344197 18-Feb Hamilton Lake Domain, S, M Thomson 027-2471885 21-Feb Ruakaka, Surf Club, Taster, Barbara 09-4320386 21-Feb Hamilton Lake Domain, Crse, M Thomson 027-2471885 23-Feb Invercargill Queens Pk, Taster, S Murray 03-2186583 25-Feb Balclutha Naish Park, Taster, M Gardner 03-4180645 29-Feb Tutukaka Coast Ngunguru Sports Comp, T, 09-4344060 29-Feb Nelson, Washbourne Gardens, J Sinclair 03-544 1645 29-Feb Whangarei, Kensington Pk, T, B Faust 09-4320386 3 AKL-Greenlane, Taster, Ewa Bancer 09-6344197 4 AKL-Greenlane, Starter, Ewa Bancer 09-6344197 6 Blenheim, Oliver park, Taster, Sally Rainbird 03-5727377 6 Hamilton Lake Domain, Course, M Thomson 027-2471885 6 Hamilton Lake Domain, Taster, M Thomson 027-2471885 6 Waipu Cove, Taster, Matthias 022-4320386 6 Wellsford, Centennial Park, Taster, Matthias 022-4320386 6 Orewa/Silverdale, i-Site Centre, T, Matthias 022-4320386 7 Whangarei, Kensington Park, Taster, B Faust 09-4320386 10 AKL-Greenlane, Taster, Ewa Bancer 09-6344197 10 AKL-Riverhead rugby fields, Starter, M Palmer 021-752556 11 AKL-Greenlane, Course, Ewa Bancer 09-6344197 14 Tutukaka Coast Ngunguru Spts Comp, T, Robyn 09-4344060 17 CHC-North N Brighton Broad Park, 2 wk crse, 021-2567 082 21 Whangarei, Kensington Park, Taster, Matthias 09-4320386 22 Invercargill Queens Park, Taster, S Murray 03-2186583 For further information and updates or call 0800-669 269 Nordic Walking Groups and Fitness Walks by day Mon AKL-Takapuna, Mary-Anne 021-121 5562 Mon Hastings Pakowhai Reserve, Pakowhai Rd, 06-8782475 Tue Ruakaka, Surf Club, Anja 09-4328616 Tue Orewa, i-site, Matthias Heffner 09-4320386 Tue AKL-Kohimarama, Mary-Anne 021-121 5562 Tue Blenheim, Harling Park, Sally Rainbird 03-5727377 Tue Napier Ahuriri Cityfitenss, Marya Hopman 06-357058 Tue Havelock North River Rd Walkway, River Rd, 06-8782475 Wed Tutukaka Coast, Robyn Skerten 09-4344060 Wed Whangarei, Kensington Park, Barbara Faust 09-4320386 Thu Napier Ahuriri Cityfitenss, Marya Hopman 06-357058 Fri Hastings Pakowhai Reserve, Pakowhai Rd, 06-8782475 Sat AKL-Takapuna, Mary-Anne 021-121 5562 For further information and updates or call 0800-669 269

Walking and Nordic Walking are “Poles” apart We offer courses New Zealand wide - from Northland to Southland

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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, 09437-8708

WHANGAREI KIWI SENIORS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Lee Taylor 09-4303470 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, 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 09-576-1069

AUCKLAND CENTRAL AUCKLAND YMCA MARATHON CLUB, (Walkers Section), Sunday (AM), Dave Lampitt 09-410-5287 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 09-358-1296 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, 09-624-3281 OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES CLUB AUCKLAND: Marshall Piecy 09-4453808, 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, 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, Wednesday (PM) and Saturday (AM), Neil Turner 09-817-6230


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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 09-412-8914 LYNNMALL CITY MALL WALKING: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (BIA), 09-826-2333 LYNFIELD Y’S WALKING CLUB: Mt Roskill, Sunday (AM), Marlene 09-827-2737, Danny 09-627-993 LYNNDALE AMATEUR ATHLETIC & HARRIER CLUB: Wednesday and Sunday (AM), Mic Baker 09-626-3232 MASSEY ATHLETIC CLUB: Sunday (AM), Shena McGregor 09-4128076 MASSEY JOGGERS & WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Kerry Watt 09-8386665 or 021-517-049 NEW LYNN ACTIVE 35+ WALKING GROUP: New Lynn, Wednesday, Lorraine, 09-827-8663 RANUI MORNING WALK GROUP: Monday to Friday (AM), Judith 09832-5692 RANUI TWILIGHT WALK GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Glenys 09832-4069 RIVERHEAD WALK GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Dane Brown 09-4129952 SUMMERLAND WALKERS: Henderson, Thursday (AM), Max Eyes 09-837-4787, lyn Mountier 09-838-1599 TE ATAU PENINSULA WALKERS: Monday, Friday (AM), Wednesday (PM), Mary Jones 09-834-6989 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 Ashmore 09-817-4562 or 027-471-3038 TITIRANGI TWILIGHT STROLLERS: Tuesday, Thursday (PM), Miranda 09-817-9677 TITIRANGI WALKERS & JOGGERS: Sundays (AM), John Harris 09817-7212 WEST HARBOUR ACTIVE 35+WALKING GROUP: West Harbour, Friday (AM), Lorna Lyon, 09-416-7871 Y’s WALKING HENDERSON: Tuesdays, Thursday, Sarah, 09-836-8031 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, Sandra Townsend 09-478-7194 WEST AUCKLAND DISTRICT TRAMPING CLUB: Sunday (AM),

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, 09-443-6919 or 0274-481-581 NORTH SHORE TRAMPING CLUB: Lynda Langridge 09-4821320, 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), Paula Cole 09-444-6435 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: 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 09-4255928 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 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



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


MATAMATA MATAMATA WALKERS: Tuesday, Friday (AM), Ruth Stanley 07-8809088 AFTERWORK WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday (PM), Janis Jeffers, 07-889-7032 MATAMATA TRAMPING & WALKING GROUP: Shirley Hickson 07888-6054

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

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

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

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 GROUP: First Monday of month, (AM), John Looney 07-315-5507

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: TMonday and Thursday (AM), (B), Melissa Gordon 07-348-4125 HEART SUPPORT WALK GROUP: Tueday (AM), Wally Walford 07347-6173 MOKOIA COMMUNITY CENTRE WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (B), Melissa Gordon 07 348 4125 SPRINGFIELD STROLLERS: Wednesday (AM), (BIA), Glenys Searancke 07-348-4243 ROTORUA TRAMPING & SKI CLUB: Sundays (AM), Trevor Cochrane 07-345-6362 ROTORUA SOCIAL NORDIC WALKING GROUP: Fridays (AM), Audrey 07-348-1471 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 07-357-5744

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 07-578-0016 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

TE PUKE TE PUKE WALKERS: Tuesday (AM), 07-573-8306 WAIHI STRIDERS: Wednesday (AM), Julie Stephenson 07-867-7011 WAIHI STROLLERS: Friday (AM), Julie Stephenson 07-867-7011 WAIHI MONDAY TRAMPING: Monday (AM), Marie 07-863-4633 or Barry 07-863-4567

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

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: Wed (PM), Sunday (AM), Mike Sheely 06-843-7804, 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 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), Marlene 06-758-8749 or Marilyn 06-757-2022 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 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


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



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



HAWKES BAY HASTINGS BRIDGET ROBERTSHAWES STUDIO OF FITNESS: Saturday (AM), (BIA), Bridget, 06-877-5285 FLAXMERE WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (BI), Maisy 06-879-7077 HASTINGS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), (I), Eddy 06-876-3371 HASTINGS WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (PM), (BI), Templey 06-8730971 HAVELOCK NORTH WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), (BI), Jane 06877-0017 HAVELOCK NORTH WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Jeanette 06877-2114 HAVELOCK NORTH WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Lyn 06-8777886 KIWI SENIORS: Eana Young 06-845-9333 x 708 RUN WALK HAWKES BAY: Wed (PM), Sunday (AM), Doug Clark 06878-2785,

NAPIER AHURIRI WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), (I), Beverly Gillies 06-843-

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 WANGANUI CLUB GOLD: Tuesday, Thursday, (AM), Karen Buckholt 06-349-2315 WANGANUI MILLENNIUM WALKERS CLUB: Sunday (AM), Darol Pointon 06-345-3137

WAVERLEY SPORT WANGANUI CLUB GOLD: (AM), (BIA), Betty Morrison 06346-5613

OHAKUNE SPORT WANGANUI CLUB GOLD: Mondays (AM), Kerry Young 06385-4055

MARTON SPORT WANGANUI 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, 06354-3342 MANAWATU STRIDERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (PM); Sunday (AM), Hockey Manawatu Pavillion, Manawaroa Street, (BIA), Alister Martin 06-353-7175

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Walking Group There’s a

near you

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 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

WAIRARAPA MASTERTON WALKING GROUP RECREATIONAL: Edna Patrick, 06-377-4338 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


WELLINGTON WELLINGTON BROOKLYN WALKERS: Edith, 04-384-6799 BUGGY WALKING GROUP: First Thursday of month (AM), FOREST & BIRD: 04-567-7271 ORIENTAL BAY WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Christine Blakely 04-3836276 MT VICTORIA WALKING GROUP: Euan Harris 04-384-4770 WALK WAINUI: Monday (AM), (BIA), Shirley 04-564-6179 ISLAND BAY WALKING GROUP: Community Resource Centre, Island Bay, 04-383-7464 WALKING FOR LIFE: Lynne Waring, Miramar KARORI WALKING GROUP: Mavis Shaw, Kelburn KARORI ARTS & CRAFT WALKING GROUP: 04-934-8630 KANDALLAH CORNERSTONE WALKERS: Monday (AM) 04-479-5420 MIRAMAR WALKING GROUP: 04-388-1944 NEWLANDS COMMUNITY HOUSE WALKING: Tuesday (AM), 04-4788799 TARARUA TRAMPING CLUB: WEA MIDWEEK WALKERS: Hanna Harwood WELLINGTON WEDNESDAY WALKERS: 04-388-1988 WELLINGTON CATHOLIC TRAMPING CLUB: 04-934-4729 WELLINGTON HARRIER ATHLETIC CLUB: Saturday (PM) mid March to mid October, (BIA), Veronica Gould WELLINGTON MARATHON CLINIC: Sunday (AM), (BIA), Toni 04478-9201 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 04-586-4088 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


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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 THURSDAY WALKERS: Thursday, email, kapitithursdaywalkers KAPITI JOGGERS & WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Pam Childs 04-9021754 KAPITI WANDERERS: Tuesday (alt), email:, kapitiwanderers MONDAY WALKERS: Monday, Reg Goodsell 04-904-7558, or Steve Golledge 04-904-5904 SPORT KAPITI THURSDAY WALKERS: Thursday (AM), 04-296-9022

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


NELSON NELSON STRIDERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (PM), (BI), Averil West, 03-548-3655 NELSON KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), 03-548-1126 WAKEFIELD WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Lou Manson, 03541-8414 TAHUNA KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), 03-548-1126 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

CANTERBURY CHRISTCHURCH ACTIVE CHRISTCHURCH SUNDAY WALK: Sunday (AM) (BI), 03-9418999 AVON LOOP/CITY KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), (B), Sport Canterbury 03-373-5060 AVONSIDE KIWI SENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Jan 03-389-2755 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, 03-3882593 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 03351-6681 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 03-338-3826 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 12 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 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



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RANGIORA KIWISENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Sport Canterbury 03-373-5060 SOUTHBRIDGE KIWISENIORS: Friday (AM), (BI), Sport Canterbury 03-373-5060

ASHBURTON 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 03-348-9351 ROWLEY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Lee Tuki 03-373-8150 ROVER HARRIER CLUB: Saturday (PM) (BI), Steve Mitchell 03-3488195 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 03-337-1436 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, 03366-0689, 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), 03-94128999

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

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 ASHBURTON STROLLERS CLUB: 1st Sunday and 2nd Wednesday of month, (AM), Diane Milne 03- 303-6250 METHERN & DISTRICT TRAMPING CLUB: Helen 03-308-7011 MT SOMERS TRACKS: Warren Jowett 03-303-0880, MT SOMERS WALKWAY: Marilyn & Bruce Gray 03-303-0809 PACIFIC ISLAND WALKING GROUP: Ashburton Domain, Torika Patterson 03-308-5868 ST DAVIDS WALKING GROUP: Barbara Lischner 03-308-5174, WALKING GROUP: Eileen Ward 03-307-0475 WALKING GROUP: Ethel Powell 03-308-9662



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






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 HARRIER & WALKERS CLUB: Saturday (PM), April to October, John Thampson 03-448-7244, ALEXANDRA WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Ngaire Turnball, 03-448-8726

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

WANAKA WANAKA WALKING Group: Monday (February - Mid-December (AM), (BI), Marion Barnett 03-443-1780

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

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 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 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

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Walking New Zealand, issue no 170 - 2012



Walking New Zealand, issue no 170 - 2012

Walking New Zealand 170  

In this issue: ECHO Walking Festival, Cape to Cape in Australia, Mangawhai Walking Weekend, Track and Tunnel Walk, Taupo to Huka Falls walks...