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ISSUE No 175 - 2012

Overseas walks:

Petra - a

jewel in Jordan’s crown

New Zealand walk:

New Brighton Pier


weather forecast

New Zealand walk:

Langs Beach walk

New Zealand walk:

Te Mata Peak -

popular with locals

Te Araroa Trail

The Wellington spectacular

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CONTENTS Issue No 175 - 2012

4 Walk talk 6 My Favourite walk: Te Mata Peak popular with locals 9 New Zealand walk: Forest erntrance upgrade for Whakamarama 10 New Zealand walks: Te R angiita River walk Rangiita ellington spectacular 12 Te Araroa Trail: The W Wellington 13 Training: Warm up is important before walking 14 My favourite walk: Langs Beach walk 16 New Zealand walk: St James trail upgrade to benefit families 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Great New Zealand Trek: Tik okino to Akitio ikokino 24 New Zealand guided walks: Bush and Beyond now in their 20th summer of walks 27 Walking Access funds makes outdoor access easier 28 Overseas walks: Petra - a jewel in Jordan ’s crown Jordan’s 36 Event: Asian walking groups set up in North Shore 37 Overseas walks and tours 38 New Zealand walk: New Brighton P ier Pier 39 Podiatry: Twenty interesting foot facts 40 Window on Waitakere: Our streams our dreams 40 My favourite walk: Mangaweka Scenic R eserve Reserve Track 41 Health: Get walking it ’s easy as 1-2-3 it’s 42 Index over previous 14 issues 43 Weather forecast for August 44 New Zealand coming events 47 Overseas coming events 50 Nordic W alking Calendars Walking 50 Nordic Walking: Nordic W alking and effective Walking exercise option for diabetes 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 59 Green P rescription Prescription 60 The Duke of Marlborough Hotel



Cover picture: Looking up the Cobb Valley in the South Island. Photo by Bush and Beyond

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Walk talk

Te Araroa Trust has new CEO Te Araroa's founder, Geoff Chapple, has stepped down as Te Araroa Trust's CEO. He will continue to be involved with the trail, though not on the day-to-day level of administration. Miriam Beatson, who has been Te Araroa Trust’s secretary for the past 10 years, also stepped down at the Trust’s May meeting. The new CEO is Rob Wakelin, formerly the general manager of the Piha Surf Club, and general manager of Rugby League Northland. Rob told the trust he would be working hard to ensure the 2012 construction targets are met – there are still 12 tracks to be completed under the present work programme – and to ensure none of the original vision and energy is lost. Te Araroa was opened by the Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae in December 2011, and at that time Geoff told Te Araroa Trustees it was time for him to step aside for new leadership. ‘My personal goal was to see the trail opened, and I had a pact with our first patron, Sir Edmund Hillary, that I’d see it through. It took a total of 17 years – a long time, but it was a huge project, and without any official support for the first ten of those years.” Geoff also paid tribute to all the trustees and to the hundreds of volunteers who have helped realise the trail. “Without them and their skills and the local contacts of the regional trustees and their supporters we could not have negotiated and funded and mapped the trail routes. “The trail has brought Miriam and me new friends the length of New Zealand and around the world – including many of Te Araroa’s through-hikers.“

Queenstown’s new online app shows walking tracks

The SkyPath, the walkway/cycleway across Auckland’s Harbour Bridge has been included in Auckland Council's Long Term Plan, says Andy Smith of the Getacross Team. The team now expect to work closely with Council staff to develop the funding arrangements with private investors. Their goal is to start construction on the SkyPath next year. Perhaps that's rather optimistic, but they think SkyPath is well overdue.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing safety enhanced The safety of people undertaking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing has been further strengthened following a meeting of local tourism operators and interested organisations. The establishment of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing Transport and Guide concessionaires group (TACTAG) in 2007 has already seen significant steps to improve the safety of people doing the Crossing which is internationally renowned as one of New Zealand’s top tramping experiences. TACTAG has established protocols that guide operators on weather conditions and the minimum equipment for trampers. Group members have agreed to operate to these protocols, meaning they do not transport trampers to the Crossing if the weather is unsuitable or they do not have appropriate clothing and equipment. DOC Conservator Damian Coutts says Tongariro Alpine Crossing is recognised as the sixth best day walk in the world. This can only be maintained if all visitors are safe in all aspects of their visit. “We all want visitors to have a great experience in the park and leave not only having enjoyed their visit but also having learned something about its significance, its values and its history. We are working collaboratively with the commercial transport and guiding sector to ensure the visitor experience is not only world class but safe,” Mr Coutts says.

Looking at district maps just became a whole lot easier with the addition of a new mapping service to the Queenstown Lakes District Council website. Local maps have always been available online but QLDC GIS manager Ryan Clements said the new service is much easier to use. Pathways is the book written by Walkingworld founders Nicholas Recreation view shows the Rudd-Jones and David Stewart. It traces the history of Britain's location of parks, reserves and historic paths, from ancient processional routes right up to local walking and mountain biking pedestrian zones. In it they explore an example of each path, tracks. recording its individual history and taking photographs along The service also allows users to the way. download an a pp to their smartphone or tablet devise so In twenty chapters the book explores paths used for commerce they can search for information on and trade, such as drovers' roads and packhorse routes; dykes, the go. ditches and roads used for the exercise of military power; “There’s no charge to use the religious routes from prehistoric avenues to medieval ser vice and we’re already pilgrimages; and pathways built specifically for leisure, whether receiving feedback from people stalking tracks in Scotland, in municipal parks or on seaside saying how useable it is,” Mr promenades. Clements said. People can access the new Writing the book was a fascinating experience, which took them mapping service and instructions from the Highlands of Scotland, where they tramped for two on how to download the apps days over heather moorland, to the tip of Cornwall, along the online at ot cliffs and bays that were haunts of smugglers two centuries ago. they can go direct to http:// It is hardcover with 318 pages, with twenty chapters with lots of


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Walk talk Award for Moro Marathon

The Caversham Harrier and Athletic Club won the Delta sponsored “Innovation in Sport” award this year in an event in Dunedin recently. The award was for the effort and innovation the club has put into the popular Moro Marathon that the club took over some 25 years ago.

Plans to get folk active in UK Over 7,500 new cycle spaces at railway stations in the UK and 38 new and improved routes have been agreed, as part of a £30 million package of developments to connect communities, reduce carbon emissions, get people active and make cycling safer and more convenient. The schemes will also promote economic growth by providing commuters with improved sustainable travel options. The Department for Transport has worked closely with the Association of Train Operating Companies, UK transport charity Sustrans, the Cycle Rail Working Group and local councils to design and approve the 68 projects to provide better access for cyclists and pedestrians.

Unrivalled spectacular panoramic

views of Dublin from new walkway Ireland’s most iconic venue, Croke Park Stadium, is delighted to announce that the much anticipated Etihad Skyline tour on the roof of the historic ground is now open to the public Sponsored by Etihad Airways, the roof top tour of Croke Park boasts the most spectacular panoramic views of Dublin city and its surroundings from 44 meters or 17 storeys above the ground. With an investment of over 1million and the creation of 10 jobs, the opening of the Etihad Skyline at Croke Park is expected to bring even more visitors to what is already Dublin’s most visited attraction. Some 100 tonnes of painted galvanised steel have gone into creating a unique 0.6 kilometre walkway which was fabricated in Portlaoise and has been installed within the existing steel roof support structure at Croke Park which has a seating capacity of 82,300. Five viewing platforms have been created along the walkway which offers a unique perspective of Dublin’s most popular and celebrated landmarks. Among the more notable landmarks which can be viewed from the Etihad Skyline are Glasnevin Cemetery, Guinness Brewery, the Dublin Mountains, Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Poolbeg Lighthouse, Trinity College, The Spire, St. Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedrals, the Phoenix Park and Docklands buildings. The two hour tour with an experienced tour guide will see groups of up to 30 people ascend to the Etihad Skyline walkway following a full briefing in the stadium dressing room. Each of the five viewing platforms features interpretative panels which highlight the famous landmarks in the line of vision. Visitors who must be over 1.2 metres tall, will also be able to learn more about these sites through multi-lingual audio guides which are available in six languages and include historical information, quirky anecdotes and interviews with key figures working at some of Dublin’s most famous locations visible from the Etihad Skyline. The more adventurous visitors will have the chance to make their Etihad Skyline experience even more memorable by walking out from the stadium roof onto a specially designed metre long walkway which is suspended above the Croke Park pitch. Not for the faint hearted, this view of Croke Park shows Ireland’s most famous arena from a completely different and breath-taking perspective.

Krimml Waterfalls

Above: Krimml waterfalls are the highest falls in Austria.

Prizewinners The winners of the this month’s Walking New Zealand promotion are: A588 Pedometer - J B & D F Adamson, Kaitaia and a six month subscription extension to Walking New Zealand magazine, Heather Easton, Remuera, Auckland.

A spectacular hike is to the Krimml waterfalls, Austria’s highest waterfall. The three stages of the hike, starting in the village of Krimml, take you to ever more spectacular views of the falls and the surrounding countryside. Bring your camera and capture the most beautiful section of the falls! The gorgeous scenery of the Hohe Tauern National Park is your backdrop when hiking from the little village of Krimml, in the province of Salzburg, to Europe’s highest waterfalls, the “Krimml Water Falls.” Walk for abut 30 minutes from the southern end of the village, high above the Salzach valley, along the path built in 1835 by Ignaz von Kürsinger to the first view point, the Lower Falls. The Riemannkanzel and the third view point are only about five minutes apart. Further along, the Regenkanzel takes you to the Middle Falls where you can literally feel the power of the water. If you feel like taking a break, the Schoenangerl restaurant at 4,216 ft. is the perfect place to do so. Of course, you’l l find the finest view at the Bergerblick, the top of the falls. Expect to spend 1 ½ hours to hike to the top. Tectonic shifts pushed the earth up to create the high distance to the bottom of the falls. Don’t miss the Krimmler Ache, a glacial creek that is the source of the waterfall! Walking New Zealand, issue no 175 - 2012


My favourite walk

Te Mata Peak popular with locals ‘Have you been up The Peak this week?’ is the common question asked among active people of all ages in Havelock North, Hawkes Bay. Nobody says ‘Which peak?’ because we all know the questioner is referring to our own Te Mata Peak. I say ‘our own’ because that is how we think of it - everyone who walks The Peak feels a sense of ownership and indeed Below left: The pictuesque track through a pine forest. Below right: Walking up the valley is a lovely start. Photo Jocelyn Hall.

we are entitled to it. In 1927 one of Hawkes Bay’s generous landowning families, the Chambers family, passed 98 hectares of land into the hands of a Trust for all the people of Hawkes Bay to enjoy, and Te Mata Park was created. So many people use and love this Park and we are aware how lucky we are to have it, and remain grateful to the Chambers family and the Trust that administers it. It is walking distance from our village though most people drive to one of the two entry points to enjoy a good challenge or just a wander with the family. The tracks are well

defined and easy to manage. There are many tracks one could follow, from the Nature Trail (Two hours), Chambers Walk (30 minutes) Te Mata Walk (over an hour) and Peak Trail (One hour). All of these and a lot of information about the Park can be seen if you Google Te Mata Park. Our favourite walk combines sections of all those tracks and makes a great round trip from bottom to top and return. We start from the end of Tauroa Road where there is a carpark and have a nice 10

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Left: The road up to Te Mata Peak with a walking track on the hill.

Below right: Two walkers scramble down a track from the peak. Below left: Walking along one of the tracks near the top of Te Mata Peak.

minute walk up a gentle valley to get warmed up. Then we start the climb, up the exposed hill in the cool weather, but through the bush in the shade for a bit longer if it is hot. Another 15-20 minutes takes us to a road crossing and a lovely view of the Tukituki Valley with the river, farmland and Craggy Range Winery below. Over the road and back on to the track, now climbing steeply and no more bush to shelter in. We might see a bunch of orienteerers searching the Peak for their mark-

ers, or hardy young things training for the ‘Triple Peaks’, an endurance race held over Te Mata Peak, Mount Kahuraniki, and Mount Erin late in the late summer. We’ll probably see some cyclists straining on their way up the Peak Road or flying down, maybe some abseilers testing their courage on a sheer rock face, or a group of teenage boys bumping and jumping their way down the nearby mountain bike track, and we’ll certainly see many people like ourselves out to enjoy the air, the views and the exercise.

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Te Mata Peak popular with locals

Above: Great views of the Tuki Tuki River, surrounding hills and the vineyard on the valley below. Below: Looking out to Napier over the plains.

Photo Jocelyn Hall

A few ups and downs and ups and we’ve made it to the top well under an hour at a good pace. A more leisurely pace would take longer of course. Te Mata Peak, the highest point of the Park at 400 metres, has it’s own Maori legend involving love, challenge and death, and also has many ancient seashells buried in the rocks at the top to tease the imagination as to how they got there. Now we can admire the wonderful views of Hawkes Bay in all directions, taking in Havelock North just below us, Napier and Hastings cities further out, the lush farmland, orchards and vineyards of the Heretaunga Plains spreading beyond the towns, the rivers spilling into the Pacific Ocean. Not far away is the Ruahine and Kaweka Ranges in the distance with Mount Ruapehu peeping through a divide. We can watch the paragliders leaping off the peak and cruising the currents till they land on the paddock below. There may be a few cars and a bus at the

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Left: Walking along one of the top tracks on the peak. Above right: Out in the open over the grassy slopes.

Photo Jocelyn


top as well for those not as keen on the exercise, and we look forward to the easy bit after a drink - the downhill. We will take a different route down, maybe the steeper Goat Track that goes through the magnificent stand of Redwoods where you feel as though you are in a cathedral and where children have a wonderful time hiding behind trees or sliding down banks, or maybe down

past Peak House Restaurant and through a different patch of bush via the Lookout Carpark. This carpark is the place many start the walk as Te Mata Peak Road comes to here, and there is a large map with the tracks marked. Whichever way we choose we have bush to walk through and will finish up in the same valley and at the carpark where we started, looking forward to lunch and a lazy afternoon.

You don’t have to be a serious walker to enjoy The Peak, just have a pair of sneakers and a water bottle and you can walk one of the many tracks, or part of one, but you will get a real buzz out of doing it bottom to top and back again! We are in our 60’s, and still manage it easily every week. Thank you Mr Chambers for giving us The Park.

Forest entrance upgrade for Whakamarama

Above: Before the upgrade and below the upgrade completed.

Going for a walk in the Kaimai has got a little easier now, with the completion of a major entrance upgrade at the end of Whakamarama Road. This is one of the closest entrances to the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park for Tauranga residents. The new formed road and car park give access to the historic Leyland O’Brien logging tramway track (a three hour return walk) as well as the Ngamarama track (a day walk crossing the Kaimai range). The road and car-park upgrade is a joint agency funded project between the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and the Department of Conservation. The local community are relieved that something has finally been done after seeing six years of deterioration and misuse by 4WD and gun owners. Whakamarama Community Incorporated Treasurer Anne Mackersey says the road had become impassable, and the car park was an unpleasant place to visit. “This should be a place for walkers, trampers and hunters to get into the forest and enjoy it”. Jeff Milham is the Visitor Assets Manager at Department of Conservation in Tauranga and was responsible for DOC’s involvement in the project. Jeff says the vision was to create a more family friendly environment, and one that supports the conservation values of Whakamarama: “This site has been mistreated over recent years with activities such as shooting, four wheel driving and motorcycle activity happening in an area that is supposed to provide a safe and welcoming environment for people to access the forest. With the TECT AllTerrain Park now open for business we can firmly say these highimpact activities are well catered for. Whakamarama Road end should become what it was meant to be, a car park and entranceway for hunters and trampers. It is a great place for people who want to enjoy the Kaimai forest and the historic walkways in this area”. Walking New Zealand, issue no 175 - 2012


New Zealand walk

Te Rangiita F

or a short bush walk with a water view, the walk from State Highway 1 at Te Rangiitea fills the bill. Te Rangiitea is known by motorists where there is a sharp bend in the road before or after driving over the bridge, some 20kms south of Taupo. The ten minute flat walk starts on the northern side of the bridge and follows the river as it winds its way to enter Lake Taupo. Along the way you can get close to the river. The walk ends with views of Lake Taupo and often you will see fisherman on the opposite side of the river.

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Opposite left: Where the track starts. Opposite middle: A board walk adds to the variety. Opposite below: The view towards the end of the track. Above right: A clearing in the bush. Below middle: The track enters a tree shaded area. Below: A sign on the track.

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Te Araroa Trail

Above: At the northern end, the track begins beside the railway, but is planned to sidle right across the escarpment beyond.

Above: Three members of Te Araroa Wellington Trust (TAWT), left to right chairman Bill Wakelin, John Farrell (back to camera) and Andrew Simm discuss route with Paul O’Hagan (hands on hips). Note SH1 and the Main Trunk Line below. Photo by Geoff Chapple

The Wellington spectacular


Above: TAWT chair Bill Wakelin, Andrew Simm, and John Farrell cross a bridge on the lower Paekakariki Escarpment track. Below: As the climb up the escarpment proceeds, Paul O’Hagan leads the TAWT team on a rough-cut section. The altitude here is around 80 metres. When the next section is complete, the track will reach a lookout point at 200 metres.

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he Escarpment on the Kapiti Coast north of Wellington has begun. The new track is being incised onto the steep coastal escarpment between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay. It will stand high above the main trunk line and SH1 which wind in parallel far below at this coastal pinchpoint. The new track will open up sweeping views across to Kapiti Island, and along the rugged Wellington coastline. KiwiRail signed off its consent for the first stages of the track within their rail corridor last December, and Paul O’Hagan’s company Valley Landscape then won the tender to begin construction. O’Hagan’s team began work on 24th January and by the end of May had finished the first two stages, a total of 1.8 km. January’s start followed years of fund-raising for the project, also negotiation to secure maximum safety both for the transport corridor below, and for walkers along a high track that will sometimes be swept by strong winds. The track will be well-metalled throughout, drained and benched to a minimum of 700 mm wide – day walk standard. As well as being a critical part of Te Araroa’s entrance into Wellington it has been designed as a high quality stand-alone walk. Its position on the outskirts of a major metropolitan region is expected to make it a popular daywalk, accessible by train and bus from Wellington and Porirua cities. Construction is now set to continue following the Porirua City Council’s grant of a resource consent for the remainder of the track, and with news also that the New Zealand Community Trust has granted $100,000 to help finance the next 850-metre section. When that work is complete, the first 2.6 km of track will be in place, but the entire track is 7 km long and is still short of its final $1.1 million budget. It’s the most expensive track the Te Araroa group has yet attempted, and Te Araroa Trust and TAWT let the first contract on the basis that they’d raised $500,000 of the total $1.1 milllion cost, and that the self-evident spectacular character of a high-use track would bring in the rest of the funding as construction proceeds. Porirua City, the Walking Access Commission, Kapiti District, the New Zealand Land Transport Agency, the Southern Trust, the NZCT grant and the Government together financed that first $600,000. Wellington Te Araroa Trust chair Bill Wakelin, and Te Araroa Trust chief executive Rob Wakelin said they would be applying to a wide range of funding agencies to bring in a further $500,000 and ensure the momentum that began with the construction start in January this year can be sustained through to a successful opening in 2013.


Warm up is important before walking Arm circles


efore you start walking, it is a very good idea to warm up first. Increasing the temperature in your muscles and joints and increasing blood flow will make you more comfortable when you exercise and reduce the risk of injury. Mark Fenton has developed a few easy warm-up moves that target the muscles you use most during walking. You can do them all in a standing position and the entire routine should take only three minutes.

swings on each leg. Pelvic loops

Stand with your hands on your hips, your knees gently bent, and your feet hip-width apart. Keep your body upright and make 10 slow, continuous circles with your hips, pushing them gently forward, to the left, back and to the right. Then reverse directions and repeat.

Hold both arms straight out to your sides, making yourself into the letter T. Make 10 to 12 slow backward circles with your hands, starting small and finishing with large circles, using your entire arm. Shake out your arms, then repeat with 10 to 12 forward circles. Hula-hoop jumps

Begin hopping in place on both feet. Keep your head and shoulders facing forward, and begin to twist your feet and lower body left, then right, going back and forth on successive hops, 20 times.

Ankle circles

Standing on one foot, lift the other leg off the ground in front of you. Slowly flex that ankle through its full range of motion, making circles with the toes. Do six to eight circles then reverse the direction of your circle and do six to eight more. Switch feet and repeat. Leg swings

Standing on one leg, swing the other leg loosely from the hip in a front to back motion. Keep it relaxed and unforced like the swinging of a pendulum. Your foot should swing no higher than a foot or so off the ground. Do 15 to 20 swings on each leg. Figure-8 leg swings

Just like the leg swings above, swing one leg from the hip in a front to back motion, but this time, trace a figure-8 with your leg. Your leg should trace a circle in front of the body and another circle behind. Do 15 to 20

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My favourite walk

Lang’s Be By Judith Simpson


im, the Weather Man, got it wrong again. Thank goodness we didn’t cancel our walking weekend because he said it was going to be torrential! We’ve just returned from three days magnificent walking at Lang’s Beach which is about 90 minutes north of Auckland. The coast line is really beautiful and although Langs Beach is obviously a very popular spot for holiday homes, and I don’t mean the ordinary NZ Bach, we walked in splendid isolation each day. On the first morning Jac led us through regenerating Manuka bush to the edge of their property and pointed us in the right direction for the DOC coastal walk to the Mangawhi Heads. It was great to see Fantails bouncing around us and to hear the odd Tui call and to see tiny Rimu, juvenile Lancewoods and even the odd spindly Kauri pushing up through the grassy stuff beside the path. Now we’re not what you would call trampers, merely invigorated walkers, so we thought it was pretty cool to be striding along a partially sealed single lane road that lead up to farm gates and some sorting yards. But, alas, we could go no further! Two big dogs growling and showing their teeth. None of us were game to open the gate so here we were, half an hour into a five hour Top left: The tress bent over with the wind. Middle left: The rocky coastline. Left: A tree hugs the coastline.

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Above: Three hardy walkers ready to start the day’s walk.

The well formed cliff track.

Araroa Trail. What a beautiful sight. A wide, well formed track with views out to sea and along the cliffs to die for. Well worth our struggle. The sea was like a washing machine and the tide was out so we could see amazing patterns along the sand. Wonderful photo shots everywhere. We loved the stroll along the cliff tops even if we did have to hang onto our hats. In desperation I found a spare bootlace and tied my hat to my back pack and glad I was too, as the wind whipped it off my head several times. Some of the trees were twisted with the wind and the old pohutukawas that clung to the cliff face had to be captured by our cameras. One hundred and ninety five steps, beautifully made, led down to the beach and then it was a short stroll along the hard black sand to the Mangawhai Beach Surf Club. We hadn’t seen a soul since the farmer,

each walk walk and we were going to have to go home! What woosses. But then the farmer came out of a shed. The wind was a howling gale (more of that later!) and we shouted our little heads off all to no avail. The wind was in the wrong direction. Eventually we did manage to attract his attention and like all dog owners he said his dogs wouldn’t hurt anyone. Yeah right! The wind was so strong we could barely keep on our feet. Our hair was streaming as though we had put our fingers in a plug and our shirts and trousers billowed out so that we looked like Michelin men. It was a warm wind and all we could do was laugh and take photos. The lane led us to a DOC stile and signpost but we had been told that there was a short cut that went around the steep gully and wasn’t quite so breath takingly steep so we ignored the stile and continued up the lane only to be pursued by the farmer who was fed up with trampers marching across his land and so we returned graciously to the stile. Going down the gully presented no problem really. It was steep but walkable and the views out over the farmland were beautiful. Northland had obviously had a wet summer because the grass was so green and lush I thought I must have dark glasses on. Now we had to go up. It looked perpendicular. Even the sheep had a job making zigzags across the hillside. Friend Raewyn, who is a real tramper, would have laughed at me and shot up like an arrow. I didn’t want to think of her, I just wanted to get up. By virtue of many gasping stops we made it to the top and then it was a small gradient, quite pleasant really, with a grove of Nikaus and some Kauris to the beginning of the Mangawhai section of the Te

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Lang’s Beach Above: A tricky rocky part along the track.

so it was good to see lots of people out investigating the rock pools and enjoying an invigorating walk. The round walk back to our lodge wasn’t an option for us but it did look as though it would be interesting and probably challenging so we decided to walk into Mangawhai Village, get a coffee and then phone our hosts who had promised to come and fetch us if necessary. It was necessary. The food at the Lodge was exceptional. Nibbles before dinner out on the terrace in the late afternoon sunshine and then an evening meal that any restaurant would have been pleased to present. We would definitely have to walk vigorously the next day to walk it off! Jim still wrong, no rain, and the sun was shining as the next morning, Natalie led us northwards through a denser bush up towards the Bluff and the trig point the next morning. More fantails and the remains of the biggest wasp nest I have ever seen. It took three days to kill the little devils off and the ground below the branch where it had been hanging looked like a mess of shredded paper. Some lovely specimens of Rimu and several 100 year old Kauri

giants but what about the Kowhai trees. I’ve never seen so many in the bush before, and why is it always such fun to find a ring of spotted red mushrooms. We could almost believe in fairies! The view from the trig point was out towards the Hen and Chicken Islands. What a wonderful name for this group of islands that guard the bay. We lay back in the long grass and watched the clouds racing across the sky. We could see crocodiles and bunnies – who said we couldn’t be fanciful? Natalie led us carefully down the steep path (not as steep as that hillside of yesterday) to the beach and with a wave of her Leki stick in the direction we were to walk she disappeared. Puff. I must say her instructions, briefing and maps were excellent. We never at any stage felt directionless. Another hard sand beach but this one had lots of driftwood and rocks and stones to entertain us. We didn’t have the wind of yesterday to contend with and so could meander along, poking and peering and then ■ stopping for morning tea perched on an old driftwood branch. What a wonderful way to spend Easter. But this wasn’t going to get us to Waipu Cove so upwards and onwards. We had a small rocky outcrop to negotiate to get around to Langs Beach and although the tide was out it was going to be some energetic scrambling or slightly wet feet. We chose the wet feet and three of the four of us stayed dry! Langs Beach had a coffee cart so, as we felt deserving, we headed for that and a small crowd of like minded people. We were definitely a point of interest. What were we up to with our Leki sticks, day packs and walking boots on a beach busy with holiday makers in jandals and shorts and even togs!

St James trail upgrade

to benefit families


amilies with young children and off-road wheelchair users will enjoy greater access to the iconic backcountry of the St James Conservation Area thanks to a project initiated by Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson. The project will see a section of the St James Cycle Trail upgraded to make it suitable for those unable to follow the longer trail. “New Zealand has the most stunning scenery in the world and I was really concerned to think those with physical disability or young children would be prevented from experiencing our amazing back country,” Ms Wilkinson says. The 64km-long cycle trail passes through the magnificent grassland valleys, river valleys and beech forest of the St James Conservation Area, near the tourist town of Hanmer Springs. Work is soon to begin widening and adding to part of the trail to create the 15km “Homestead Run” loop track. “The loop will offer a taste of the trail for people with less time, less experience and those who are unable to negotiate the longer trail,” Ms Wilkinson says. “With a 1.5m wide track and easier gradients, it will be ideal for


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Above: View looking down Peters Valley, where the loop track will pass.

parents to push buggies and for people in off-road wheelchairs. This more accessible backcountry experience will also benefit the booming local tourism industry.” The ‘Homestead Run’ loop track will start and finish at the St James Homestead. It will take in the last 7km section of the existing cycle trail up the scenic Peters Valley, then along the Edwards Valley 4WD track to Tophouse Road, leading back to the homestead. The new dual purpose track is expected to cost around $170,000; with $100,000 coming from the Ministry of Economic Development’s New Zealand Cycle Trail project, and $70,000 from the Department of Conservation (DOC). The project is expected to be completed in time for summer.

My favourite walk

walk Right and above: The waves below crurned up by the strong winds.

Folk were quite impressed when we told them where we had come from and where we were heading. I should perhaps explain that we four were/are of the retired generation and are grey haired and not terribly fit looking! We needed that coffee. The “Lions” had recently completed a track from Langs Beach to Waipu Cove with a sign that said 1 ½ hours? Thank you Lions. You were brave and courageous to even contemplate the exercise. The first part was a little difficult and narrow but with peeking views through to the cliff top and the sea. It was quite tangled and overgrown and hardly room to pass if anyone came towards you. We were glad we had our sticks but then were passed by a young girl in jandals who said she was off for a coffee. Seemed a bit of an excessive way to get a coffee when we knew there was café at Waipu Cove! And then we came out of the scrubby part and onto grassland and Pohutukawas along the clifftop. Amazing views down to pancake rocks just like Punakaiki on the West Coast of the South Island. Quite big waves were rolling in and crashing on the rocks. We just had to sit down for a bit and watch. The wind had come back a little and I had to get out my bootlace again. I’d never have retrieved my (new) hat if the wind had caught it and whirled it away. We followed cattle tracks along the cliff top admiring the sea, the clouds and the sea birds on one side and some huge holiday homes on the other. Is there really a recession or did they all have For Sale signs up on the roadside? We scrambled over stiles, farmers stiles, not like the beautiful new DOC styles and wished we had longer legs. We clambered over rocks and through gaps we thought wouldn’t be wide enough and even had to swing down holding a rope in one part. It was a great walk. We loved every minute of it and of course I exaggerate a little as I tell my tale. Most good walkers would enjoy the day out as I would say our level of fitness was pretty average. And then the last undertaking. The river to cross. We had been warned that even at low tide it could be deepish so should be prepared to get wet feet at least! Ah ha – no trouble for these ladies. We found a convenient tree with branches that hung out over the water and bingo we had swung across with not a droplet near our feet. Across the road, very conveniently situated was the Waipu Cove Café. Delicious ice creams as a treat for a day well spent on our beautiful Northland coastline. A lady came over and said ”you made it then”. She had spoken to us at the coffee cart at Langs Beach. No, we were not going to walk home, so a phone call to Natalie and 20 mins later, after a walk of five hours, we were back at the Lodge and preparing ourselves for more delicious nibbles before dinner. Wonderful hosts, Natalie and Jac. Thank you.

Somehow we felt we had done our dash and chose not to do the planned walk on day 3. Instead we drove back into Mangawhai Heads and walked along the grass and up and over the clifftops that looked down onto the lagoons and moorings. So completely different to the other walks. With the wind they had been wild and exciting and so beautiful. This walk was calm and quiet, the boats bobbing at anchor and dozens of gulls and oyster catchers in large groups. They all looked as if they were having a meeting and then suddenly they would whirl away like a cloud and then settle again until the next time. Time to say goodbye to our friends so another coffee stop was called for. A voice said “ where are your sticks and why aren’t you out walking?” It was the same lady! A small place New Zealand. A wonderful way to end a weekend of fresh air and feasting. We headed home to the Bay of Plenty feeling rather pleased with ourselves.

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Photo contest

These are the winners of this month’s photos in our Digital Photo Contest. Congratulations to the following who each receive a six month subscription, or six month subscription extension to Walking New Zealand magazine. Entrants whose photo is chosen for a cover receive a 12 month subscription.

Above: Trampers setting out to take a closer look at West Mitten Butte in Monument Valley, Utah, USA. Photo by Keith Batchelor, Waimate.

Monthly Photo Contest

Below: On the Kaikoura Coast, whilst walking the Kaikoura Coast Track. Photo by Lynne Rosser, Northcote, Auckland

To enter: The rules are simply: there must be a person or persons walking in the picture either front, side or back on, and can be in the distance. We require an emailed image in high resolution mode, in jpeg format as an attachment, and NOT embedded in Word or in the email, etc. Photos must be emailed and not sent by post. In the subject line type “Walking New Zealand Photo Contest” and the email must include the NAME, ADDRESS and phone number of the person who took the photo and a small caption. In this contest only ONE emailed photo accepted per month. Email your entries to: with subject line: “Walking New Zealand Photo Contest”


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Above right: Wanganui Midweek trampers in single file by the Waitotara River. Photo by Margaret Walford, Springvale, Wanganui

Above: I know these trampers are not walking, but all trampers need morning tea sometime and these posts came in very handy. Photo by Valerie Trow, Richmond, Nelson.

Above left: Dwarfed by the magnificence of Mount Cook in the distance, this viewpoint of the Tasman Glacier and the icy terminal lake was an easy half hour uphill stroll for Helen Dodds (Melbourne) and Peter Bergstrom (Hawkes bay). It offered amazing vistas on a beautiful day and was well worth the effort. Photo by Sharon Bergstrom, Havelock North.

We are looking for the best digital photos each month depicting walking Now the time to get your digital camera out or look through your digital images and enter the

Walking New Zealand Digital Photo Contest The image could be a scenic scene, a walk on the beach with the dog, a bush walk, a street walk or anything walking that takes your fancy. The rules are simply: there must be a person or persons walking in the picture either front, side or back on, and can be in the distance. We require an emailed image in high resolution mode, in jpeg format as an attachment, and NOT embedded in Word or in the email, etc. In the subject line type “Walking New Zealand Photo Contest” and the email must include the NAME, POSTAL ADDRESS and phone number of the person who took the photo and a small caption. In this contest only ONE emailed photo accepted per month. Entry in the contest automatically allows us to print the image. The person who has their photo published will receive a six month subscription or a renewal to Walking New Zealand magazine of six months. If a picture is chosen for the cover page the person will receive a 12 month subscription or renewal.

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The Great New Zealand Trek - Stage 7

Tikokino to Akitio By Frances Harrison


arch, 2012, once again an adventurous group of people gathered to continue the Great New Zealand Trek, this unique trekking experience toward Bluff. With 79 walkers, 39 bikers, 124 horse riders, 74 volunteers, 70 support people and various contractors, the Great New Zealand Trek is just that: great. Posted as ‘New Zealand’s best kept adventure secret’; the secret has leaked out. Thirty new trekkers joined in the camaraderie, laughter and family atmosphere this year, several coming from overseas. Last year the Trek path finished at Below: “We needed this!”

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Mangaweka, south of Taihape on State Highway 1. To continue this linear to Wellington, the trail would hit major difficulties with terrain and population, so a lateral jump was necessary. East of the Ruahine Ranges on somewhat easier country, and a personal knowledge of the area, were the decisive factors in locating this year’s route. Beginning at historic Smedley Training Station at the back of Tikokino in the Central Hawkes Bay, the coloured ribbons marking the route, fluttered off fence lines, trees and wire stakes. They led us along the base of the rugged bush-clad Ruahine Ranges. Then the trail snaked out through hilly Norsewood to rolling Dannevirke where a rest day was scheduled. Akitio on the distant east coast was to be the final campsite. We walked through beautiful regenerating native bush, wound our way ever higher to be rewarded with magnificent views, and then wandered over lush open hills. We sloshed through rippling streams full of colourful stones and overhanging greenery, disturbing slumbering ducks and swooping dragonflies. To cross State Highway 2, we splashed down through the river and under the road bridge, so avoiding the expense of having to stop traffic on a major highway. By Day 6 the South Pacific Ocean twinkled into view and then sand caked everyone’s feet. This year however, the weather Gods decided to give us a taste of what they had on offer. Light rain for the first two days brought out the wet weather jackets and umbrellas. The trail dissolved into thick mud.

Putting up and pulling down wet tents, whilst trying to keep gear dry, took on a whole new set of skills. Ivan and his Waitomo Caterers were tested to their limits, but still turned on magnificent meals each night. And Below left: Lesley Smith and Caroline Williams in the rain. Below right: Trooping across a stream.


Above: Looking down into Akitio.

Photo by

John le Comte

the talents of the truck drivers in negotiating their huge vehicles through the narrow back country roads churned into bog, were truly admirable. After the rain came the wind. On the ridge tops it blew horizontally and with determined force. Bikers carried their bikes flying sideways like flags and horse riders led their horses dancing like Austrian thoroughbreds. The walkers clung to the fence battens, crawled, or gripped each other for support. While some found the wind to be frightening and others found it exhilarating, most found it a challenging experience. And it can blow even stronger in this part of the country. The rest day near Dannevirke was a welcome relief. The rain and wind dissipated, the sun shone and everyone’s wet gear dried. Smiles appeared back on faces. Tired bodies relaxed. it was time for some retail therapy. The town’s laundry-mat had a hectic day. The

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Above left: Setting off on a day’s walk. Photo by John le Comte. Above Right: This group having a welcome rest in the sun. Photo by John le Comte. Middle below: Caroline Williams looking over the Tukituki River with the Ruahines in the background. Photo by John le Comte. Bottom left: Walkers and horses along Herbertville Beach. Photo by John le Comte. Bottom right: Lesley Smith and Caroline Williams smile despite the rain.

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Tikokino to Akitio local cafes were kept bustling and second hand shops were scoured for treasures. The Fantasy Cave opened its doors to revive childhood memories of nursery rhymes and stories, and had its busiest day in months. Refreshed and revitalized, the Trek moved on, heading towards the wild wind-swept east coast, through Weber, to Herbertville. Here the pub nearly ran dry and the beach was tested for its surf. As Akitio came into view on Day 7, it was mixture of relief and sadness that once again, our adventure was over for another year. We had walked (or cycled or rode) some 200 km.

Seven years ago the Great New Zealand Trek began at Cape Reinga. Looking at the map now and seeing the black lines tracing our journey to date, it’s awe-inspiring. The end of the North Island is but one more stage away. Thoughts are now turning to the South Island and of course, the ultimate goal of Bluff. The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research has again benefited by $30,000 raised to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis. The lively auction evening added to that total with its usual hilarity and entertainment. As Helen Keller has said; ‘Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” This Trek is definitely a daring adventure. That organizer Steve Old should dare to dream; that the Great NZ Charitable Trust team dare to give up their time to organize such an adventure; we the participants are on a mighty adventure. Life will never be ‘nothing’ to us. Do join us next year. www.greatnew has photos, information and entry forms.

Above left: Having High Tea! From left are Lesley Smith, Caroline Williams, Frances Harrison and Marilyn le Comte. Above right: On the last day on Herbertville Beach. Jonathon contemplating how far to go! Below left: A large old gracefull homestead at Akitio. Below right: The teddies had to come to on John le Comte’s backpack.

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New Zealand guided walks

Bush and Beyond now in their 20th summer of walks


By Bill Rooke

large deposits, into a national park where they couldn’t be mined. Tramping clubs and conservation groups put pressure on the Government, and, as they say, the rest is history. Kahurangi is also the top of the list in New Zealand, for world heritage listing. So... a very special place... Bush and Beyond are the original guiding company in Kahurangi. The company began in 1993, three years before Kahurangi became a national park – then known as the North West Nelson Forest Park. As conservationists, we decided it would be a good way to, not only ‘keep an eye’ on the park, but to be able to focus our walks on conservation values. We have come a long way since those early days, but have continued this philosophy through to today. Over these 20-years we have built a sound reputation as an ecologically based operation, with a concern for the Park’s natural values In 2001, Bush and Beyond owners, Maryann Ewers and Bill Rooke, founded the successful community conservation group,

ush and Beyond Guided Walks is celebrating their 20 th summer in Kahurangi National Park. Kahurangi, at 452,000 hectares, is New Zealand’s second largest and most diverse park. It is located in the north-western corner of the South Island, and many of the features seen in Kahurangi are unique to New Zealand. Those who make the effort to explore the hinterland are provided with a wonderful treasure trove of surprises. Bush and Beyond provide an intimate and rare opportunity to observe the flora, birdlife and geology of this remarkable environment. Its natural features, ■ ecological value and tramping possibilities are unparalleled. Kahurangi National Park offers seclusion and rugged grandeur in imposing mountain ranges, rolling tussock lands, unspoiled forest valleys and coastline. Kahurangi wasn’t gazetted as a national park until 1996. It was NZ’s 13th national park, but by no means did that mean it was the 13th most important. Being so geologically diverse, Right: Looking down on Lake Peel. Below left: Moira Gate Oparara Valley. it contains many different minerals, and no Below right: Sunset on the Heaply. Government was prepared to tie up potentially

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Friends of Flora Inc (FoF). FoF is a predator trapping project in the Flora Catchment area on Kahurangi’s eastern border. Bush and Beyond also has a predator trapping project, which links with FoF on its north-west boundary in the Cobb area, with over 200 stoat traps. We have been donating $5.00 for every person booking with us, to either of these projects since their inception. We show our clients these projects, on some of the walks we do. Bush and Beyond takes walks in to many places in the park – here are just a few.

Heaphy The Heaphy Track is approximately 80 kilometers and at the longest of our Great Walks, it is renowned as the ‘flora walk’ of New Zealand. No other track has the diversity and number of plant species found on the

Heaphy. Scenery and habitat range from forest and Nikau palm fringed beaches and montane nothofagus (beech) -podocarp forest pounding surf. It truly deserves its recognition and sub-alpine tussock grasslands, mountain as the most diverse walk in the country. vistas, through to lush jungle like lowland The track is well graded and maintained,

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and all the major rivers and creeks are bridged. magnificent views of the Arthur Range and Only an average fitness level is therefore the interior of the park, with a wonderful variety of alpine flora. required. are two DOC huts on the Tablelands, Mt Arthur Tablelands/Cobb andThere many secret places to explore. The ‘Tablelands’ is a rolling, tussock The Cobb Valley lies adjacent to the covered peneplain (the Heaphy’s Gouland Tablelands, and is an ancient glacially carved Downs, is also a peneplain) which is the most valley. For anyone interested in flora, the Cobb easily reached of all Kahurangi’s secret gems. area is as good as it gets. Kahurangi Park has a This “Island in the sky” is fringed by mountain massive 80% of all alpine plant species in New ranges and deep valleys, and features magical Zealand. The closest any other park has to limestone formations and mossy forests (Elves offer is 50%. The best time to view alpine and Hobbits have been seen!). Also, there are plants in bloom is summer, mid-December caves, gold mining history, an alpine lake and through mid-February. diverse flora and fauna to be discovered. The walking options in the Tablelands/ The entrance to the Tablelands is via the Cobb area are numerous and varied. From eastern entrance to the park, at the Flora car tussock covered river valley, to alpine lakes and park which sits at 945 metres. Although the ridge top walks. Tablelands are over 1,200 metres, they are Bush and Beyond offers walks for all ages easily accessed because of the car parks high and most fitness levels. From day walks, to elevation. multi-day day walks from a central cottage This section follows the Flora Stream location, returning each day to a hot shower amidst typical South Island beech forest, and and glass of wine, through to multi-day along the way we can show you the ‘Friends backpacking (using the DOC hut system, or of Flora’ conservation project. The track then camping) on Kahurangi’s numerous track climbs steadily to emerge onto the Tablelands, systems, and for the more adventurous, we a vast alpine tussock plateau that offers you have wilderness backpacking, where not


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Above: Mt Arthur Tablelands from Gordons Pyramid.

another hiker may be seen for days! Other areas include; Mt Owen, Wangapeka, Leslie/Karamea, Kahurangi Lighthouse, Matiri Tops, Kiwi Saddle and Diamond Lakes. For those who don’t wish to carry a backpack, we take multi-day trips into these areas; Cobb Valley, northern West Coast (including a walk on the western end of the Heaphy Track and the Oparara Valley, Denniston Plateau), Golden Bay, and more. We offer fully guided walks, which include; interpretation, all food (which is all carried by our guides on many of our walks), DOC fees, accommodation fees, and pick up and return to Nelson airport if required. Or a cheaper alternative on some of our walks, self catered guided walks. This option allows for you to have a guide for interpretation and safety, whilst doing your own catering and cooking. For further information, please enquire: Maryann Ewers and Bill Rooke, Bush and Beyond Guided Walks, PO Box 376, Motueka 7143, Phone 03 528 9054,,

Walking Access funds makes outdoor access easier


wenty-two projects designed to improve access to the outdoors will receive funding through the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund. Fifty organisations applied for a portion of the $230,000 made available in this year’s funding round. The contestable fund contributes to the Commission’s goal of free, certain, enduring and practical walking access to the outdoors. Commission Chief Executive Mark Neeson said 2012 grant recipients came from all over New Zealand, from the Brynderwyn Ranges in Northland to Mataura in Southland. Projects that will receive funding range from new tracks and boardwalks to bridges and signage that makes existing access easier to find. “Every year the quality and number of applications improves. There are some incredibly hard working groups out there with strong community support and it’s always a challenge for our panel to select successful recipients.” A project to create a walkway to the eastern shore and wetlands of Lake Wairarapa will receive the largest grant this year ($20,750). Led by community group Wairarapa Moana Wetland Project, the walkway is expected to open up the area to walkers, bird watchers, botanists and wetland enthusiasts. Other groups receiving grants of $20,000 or more include the Mohikinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust ($20,000), to build a walking and cycling bridge on the Old Ghost Road cycle trail in the north west of the South Island, and Te Araroa Trust ($20,000), to assist access negotiations in five parts of the North Island. Mr Neeson said some of the projects would still require agreement, consents and permissions from private landholders, local councils and iwi. “We look forward to the completion of these projects. Not only will they benefit local communities, but they will also open up some of our country’s most desirable spots for the enjoyment of domestic and international tourists,” he said. The 2012 round of the Enhanced Access Fund is the third run by the Commission. It follows a successful 2011 round, in which eighteen projects received funding. Among those that have been completed in

the past year are the Lake Ngatu Track in Northland, the Purakaunui Inlet Track northeast of Dunedin and a project to signpost access to Waikato River Trails Trust walking and cycling tracks in the Waikato. The 2012 Enhanced Access Fund grant recipientsare: Northland Brynderwyn Ranges track – Mangawhai Tracks Charitable Trust ($7,641) Funding for construction of 300 steps and accompanying signage on a new track to the summit of the Brynderwyn Ranges. Once complete, the track will link with existing Brynderwyn and Te Araroa walkways. Auckland Home Bay Loop on Motutapu – Motutapu Restoration Trust ($15,435) Funding for construction of a loop track in the hills around Home Bay on Motutapu – an island in the Hauraki Gulf. The new track will provide visitors with a two-hour bush and ridge walking experience offering stunning views out over the gulf. Woodhill Heritage Trail – New Zealand Horse Recreation ($15,690) Funding for construction of an 8km heritage trail through the commercial Woodhill Forest. The trail will include signage about the history of the forest, its ecology and the local Maori people. Central North Island National Park cycleway – National Park Village Business Association ($10,000) Funding to assist creation of a cycleway and walkway that follows the historic Marton Sash and Door Company tramway near National Park Village. The funds will assist construction of a bridge and access signage on the route. Whanganui Te Ripo Punanga Restoration Project - Sisters of St Joseph Congregational Trust Board ($3,450) Funding for gates, stiles and signs marking access to Te Ripo Punanga Restoration Project near Cullinane College in Whanganui. The project provides community access to a valley and wetland owned by the Sisters of St Joseph Congregational Trust Board. Wairarapa Te Ara o Parera - Wairarapa Moana Wetland Project ($20,750) Funding to create a walkway to the eastern shore and wetlands of Lake Wairarapa. The walkway is expected to open up the area to walkers, bird watchers, botanists and wetland enthusiasts. Wellington Paekakariki Escarpment Loop Track – Nga Uruora – Kapiti Project ($13,250) Funding to create a beach and bush loop walk starting at Paekakariki Railway Station. The walk will take walkers along Paekakariki Beach and through a nearby forest reserve. Cycle and walkway from Paekakariki to Raumati South – Friends of Queen Elizabeth Regional Park (Kapiti) Trust ($7,000) Funding to assist construction of a section of an allweather cycling and walking track between Paekakariki and Raumati South through Queen Elizabeth Park. Marlborough and Tasman Grovetown Lagoon Access Track – Te Whanau Hou Grovetown Lagoon Society ($10,000) Funding to assist construction of a 750m access track along the southern side of Grovetown Lagoon, north of Blenheim. The track is the first stage of a planned perimeter path around the lagoon. Motueka Boardwalk – Keep Motueka Beautiful ($10,000)

Funding for construction of a boardwalk that will form the final section of the existing walking and cycling path around Motueka Estuary Inlet. Takaka Hill Walkway signage – Queen Elizabeth II National Trust ($3,980) Funding for signs to mark access on the Takaka Hill Walkway, near Motueka. The popular walkway offers panoramic views over the surrounding area. West Coast Bridge on Old Ghost Road – Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust ($20,000) Funding to build a pedestrian and cycle bridge across Specimen Creek on Old Ghost Road, north of Murchison. The 80km Old Ghost Road is a designated ‘Great Ride’ and will form part of Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail once it’s complete. Kahikitea Walk extension – Murchison Community Resource ($10,320) Funding for construction of a new 480m track that will connect the existing Kahikitea Walk and Riverside Track to form a 2.75km loop from Riverview Motor Camp, near Murchison. Kawatiri Beach Reserve signs – Kawatiri Beach Reserve Advisory Group ($10,000) Funding for signage marking access to Kawatiri Beach in Westport. The Kawatiri Beach Reserve Advisory Group plans to make the area a hub for recreational activities including walking and cycling. Canterbury Hurunui Trails Waipara Vineyard Loop – Hurunui Trails ($8,000) Funding for a section of a walking and cycling trail through the Waipara Valley. The trail will stretch for approximately 35km and will take in historic farmland and local vineyards. The project will provide access to private land that has not previously been publicly accessible. Southern Lakes Newcastle Track – Upper Clutha Tracks Trust ($10,000) Funding to assist creation of a 12.5km track that will provide walking, mountain biking and fishing access along the Clutha River, east of Wanaka. The new Newcastle Track will link with the existing Hawea River Track and the Upper Clutha River Track to create a loop. Golden Lakes Discovery Loop – Queenstown Mountain Bike Club ($10,000) Funding to assist creation of a walking and cycling loop track that will take in lakes Wakatipu, Moke and Dispute. The new Golden Lakes Discovery Loop will combine existing multi use tracks with mining pack tracks and water races to provide a scenic walkway for locals and visitors to Queenstown. Lower Shotover Conservation Area Walking Access – Lower Shotover Conservation Trust ($4,007) Funding for installation of a gate and construction of a new 500m trail linking the Lower Shotover Conservation Area to the neighbouring Tucker Beach Wildlife Reserve. Otago Otematata Wetlands Walkway – Otematata Residents Association ($5,400) Funding for track markers and signs to mark access along the Otematata Wetlands Walkway, on the shores of Lake Aviemore. Gabriel’s Gully Walking Track – Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board ($10,000) Funding to assist formation of the last 400m of a 4km walking and cycling track from Lawrence to historic Gabriel’s Gully. Gabriel’s Gully is the site where Australian prospector Gabriel Read struck gold in 1861, triggering the Central Otago goldrush. Southland Mataura Walkway Project – Mataura Community Board ($5,000) Funding for construction of an 800m walkway providing access alongside a flood bank between Asquith Street and State Highway 1 in Mataura. National Access negotiations – Te Araroa ($20,000) Funding to assist access negotiations in the North Island. If successful, the negotiated access would result in some changes to the existing route of the Te Araroa pathway, which stretches 3,000km from Cape Reinga to Bluff. The changes would help ensure more desirable tracks in some areas. Walking Walking New New Zealand, Zealand, issue issue no no 175 175 -- 2012 2012


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Petra - a jewel in Jordan’s crown By Frank Goldingham n August 2012 there will be a incredible party in Jordan to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the rediscovery of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, that at present attacts about 2500 visitors a day. Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed. Petra, Greek for rock, the world wonder, is without a doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction after the Dead Sea. It is a vast, unique city, carved out of sanstone, a soft rock that is easily damaged by wind, rain, earthquakes and flash floods, by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago. They turned it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome. Petra was admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels. To see Petra in comfort you need two to three days, but one can get a lasting experience of the area in one day. Our visit was a long day but we managed the kilometre walk through the Siq, which is a gorge, past the Treasury, along the spine or main path, and up the 800 step climb to the


Monastery. That is just five per cent of Petra’s 101 square miles. It has been suggested that 85 per cent of Petra still lies unexcavated. The walk from the village of Wadi Musa, where the hotels are, to the entrance of the Siq is about 1.5km, along a crushed sandstone road twisting and turning between towering sandstone cliffs. You now come to the entrance to this Above: A range of local vases for sale in the Treasury area. Below: The Treasury beautifully carved out of the rock face is world famous.

Opposite page: The one kilometre long Siq. On each side can be seen channels that take away the surplus water. Below: This donkey ready to take up a load of drink and water up some 800 steps.

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ancient city that is through the Siq, a narrow gorge, once an ancient watercourse, over 1km in length, only 10m wide in places, that is flanked on either side by soaring, up to 80m high sandstone cliffs. Just walking through the Siq is an experience in itself. The colours and formations of the rocks are dazzling. Some twenty years ago the Siq was hit by a heavy flood, but newly built rock dams and cross drainage systems now appear to solve the problem. As you reach the end of the Siq you catch your first glimpse of the Treasury (AlKhazneh), an awe-inspiring experience. The Treasury is a massive facade, 30m wide and 43m high, carved out of the sheer, dusky pink rock-face and dwarfing everything around it. It was carved in the early 1st century as the tomb of an important Nabataean king and represents the engineering genius of these ancient people. Used in the final sequence of the film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." the towering façade of the Treasury is only one of myriad archaeological wonders to be explored at Petra. To really explore everything in this ancient Right:A busy scene of camels and donkeys. Steps can be seen cut out of the rockface to the caves and tombs. Below:Two Roman type gladiators love to pose with visitors.

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Above: Pillars still standing from some 2000 years.

city it is said you will need at least four or five days. As you enter the Petra valley you will be overwhelmed by the natural beauty of this place and its outstanding architectural achievements. Various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of buildings, caves, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, colonnaded streets and haunting rock drawings. There are hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs with intricate carvings - unlike the houses, which were destroyed mostly by earthquakes, the tombs were carved to last throughout the afterlife and 500 have survived, empty but bewitching as you file past their dark openings.

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Above: Donkeys with riders on their way up the 800 steps.

A massive Nabataean redesigned Roman-style open air theatre, which in its day could seat up to 3,000 people, gives you some idea that a lot of people once lived in the area.. Continuing along you now walk the colonnaded main street where you come across the stone-flagged Temenos Courtyard, once the venue for religious ceremonies, still dominated by the giant Qasr Al-0 Bint temple. Up to some years ago five Bedouin tribes lived in the ancient city of Petra, but since it is now an historic site they now live in a government-built settlement just off site, overlooking Petra called Umm Sayhoun, and come each day, where they have set up small stalls selling local handicrafts, such as pottery and Bedouin jewellery, beads and trinkets etc. Within the site there are also two excellent museums; the Petra Archaeological Museum, and the Petra Nabataean Museum both of which represent finds from excavations in the Petra region and an insight into Petra’s colourful past. Walking along, the loudest sounds you hear are generators the only source of electricity in the valley. The other sounds are of Bedouins

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Below: Looking back from the Treasury at the exit of the Siq from where people come to visit the ancient city.

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offering you a camel or donkey ride. There is the absence of motorized vehicles, as they are not permitted to enter the site. Nearing the end of the colonaded main street a restaurant awaits you. High above, is the impressive Ad-Deir Monastery – a flight of 800 rock cut steps takes you there. Some people take the easy way and hire a donkey, but we preferred to walk. This was well worth the climb and the views along the way and from the top are impressive. Along the way a number of enterprising

Above: The start of the 800 steps to the Monastery. The top of the hill visible above is not the top where the Monastery. That is only half way. Below right: The Monastery ( (Al-Deir) high up in the mountains.

Bedouins have little stalls perched on the steps selling water, trinkets etc. Half way up is a little cafe selling drinks and bars, all brought on the backs of donkeys It is worth a stop even to just take in the scenery.

Once at the Monastery it is time for a break. A shop with drinks and nibbles and seats under shade was very welcome. The day we walked the temperature was 44 degrees celsius. Several short walks from here can take you to impressive views of the surrounding

Below left: Bedoins waiting for business who give camel rides or on a horse drawn carriage.

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Above left: A Bedouin stall with lots of local trinkets, beads etc for sale. Above right: Rock carvings on the road from Wadi Musa to the Siq entrance. Below middle: Map of Petra. Highlights are: (3) The Siq, (4) Treasury, (6) The Theatre, (15) Colonnaded Street, (22) Petra Archeological Museum, (24) The Monastery (Al-Deir).

mountains. A 13th century shrine, built by the Mameluk Sultan, Al Nasir Mohammad, to commemorate the death of Aaron, the brother of Moses, can be seen on top of Mount Aaron in the Sharah range. The only way back to Petra is the way we came, so it was back down the steps along the main street with many offers from Bedouins for camel or horse drawn carrage rides to end the day. We preferred to walk and see the ruins from a different angle. The best time to see Petra, especially if you’re planning to take photographs, is either early to mid-morning or late afternoon, when the angled sun highlights and enhances the amazing natural colours of the rocks. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat to protect you from the sun, and always carry plenty of drinking water. and a snacks or two. History Petra was first established sometime around the 6th century BC, by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundations of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. Despite successive attempts by the Seleucid king Antigonus, the Roman emperor Pompey and Herod the Great to bring Petra under the control of their respective empires, Petra remained largely in Nabataean hands until around 100AD, when the Romans took over. It was still inhabited during the Byzantine period, when the former Roman Empire moved its focus east to Constantinople, but declined in importance thereafter. The Crusaders constructed a fort there in the 12th century, but soon withdrew, leaving Petra to the local people until the early 19th century, when it was rediscovered by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812. The Petra Archaeological Park covers a 264 dunum (264,000 square metres) area within Wadi Musa. Left: Columns still standing on the Colonnaded Street.

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Fact file Petra is some 250kms south from the Jordian capital, Amman, or 150km from the Dead Sea hotel area. There is a daily bus service from Amman. The most comfortable time to go is in spring between March and May, or autumn between September to November. Summer tempertures can be a blistering 40 degrees or more and as the area is 1100 metres above sea level is can be guaranteed to be cool at night. In winter Petra can be very cold. Accommodation at the local village of Wadi Musa caters for all budgets. Restaurants: The Movenpick Hotel at Wadi Musa offers a western style smorgasborg. But if you don’t want to walk, you can hire a horse or a horse-drawn carriage to take you through the one kilometre Siq. Once inside the site, you can hire a donkey, or for the more adventurous, a camel - both come with handlers and take designated routes throughout the site.

Above: Walkers in the valley view ruins on the hillside. Below left: Some people choose to go up the 800 steps to the Monasterey by camel. Below right: The massive Monastery carved out of rock in the hillside. It’s size can be compared against the people in the foreground.

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Above: A group of new arrivals and others at the start of the morning walk held on Thursdays.

Asian walking groups set up in North Shore


n Asian walking group is now up and rolling. Harbour Sport initiated the group due to a lack of walking groups specifically tailored to Asians and the need for greater opportunity to socialise for new Asian immigrants on the North Shore in Auckland.

can help combat depression, which is common, while acclimating to a new culture. This can be the first step to finding their way through the friends they make and the networks they create.” The Korean Women’s Association of New Zealand (KWANZ), a 500 member strong organisation, is fully behind the group and understands the positive impact such a group can make. They are helping to spread the word about the walking group through their significant connections in the Asian community.

The project is funded by the Hibiscus Coast and Bays Local Board to promote the establishment of walking groups and walking information across the Local Board area. They currently meet at 9.30am on Thursday at various locations to explore different walkways and bush reserves, mingle and chat. The participants have particularly enjoyed an Looking into the future of the Asian hour long bush walk exploring North Shores Walking Group, Harbour Sport is planning largest bush reserve, Centennial Park. to be actively involved with the group for only Joe Cho, an Asian immigrant to New the first four weeks, “We at Harbour Sport Zealand and co-facilitator of the walking wanted to get this group up and running, then group, points out how important a walking give them all the information we had about other local walking groups so that they could group can be to new arrivals. join these groups and integrate into their “The Asian Walking Group will introduce community,” says Hall. new immigrants to different areas of the Harbour Sport has provided the members North Shore, help them make friends and through these friends learn about how life in with booklets written recently by Margaret Scrymgeour outlining many of the North New Zealand works,” says Joe Cho. Shore walking tracks and information about Harbour Sport also takes the opportunity each. to introduce the walking participants to other For more information regarding the sports available to them on the shore via Harbour Sports ‘ActivAsian’ project, walking booklets written by Margaret Scrymgeour or the Asian Walking Group, expanding their horizons even further. contact Jennifer Hall (English speaking) or Joe Jennifer Hall, co-facilitator of the Asian Cho (Korean speaking) or Jenny Lim (Chinese Walking Group, notes that a walking group speaking) on 09-415-4610. offers many advantages for those involved, For more information contact Jenny Lim “The Asian Walking Group provides the chance to get fit, to socialise, to be active in – Asian Community Sport Co-ordinator. their local community. All of these advantages Email:


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New Brighton Pier F

or a short walk that makes you feel close to the ocean the New Brighton Pier in Christchurch could be the one for you. The walk to the end of the Pier and back is 600 metres long, over a six metre wide 900mm concrete deck, seven metres above high tide. The walk starts beside the New Brighton Library building. After the walk there is a cafe for a cup of coffee etc, with views over the New Brighton Beach area. The pier was officially opened on 1 November 1997, on the site of the original New Brighton Pier which had been demolished more than 30 years previously. It is the biggest ocean pier in Australasia. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the opening of the New Brighton Pier on 21 June 2007 the structure became a permanently lit icon of the city’s coast. LED lights along the underside of the pier were switched on, bathing the pillars the length of the pier in a combination of red, green and blue lights. This effectively lights all the columns and the sides of the pier structure creating a dramatic display of colour which is also


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reflected in the water. The first pier In 1894 the first New Brighton Pier was opened and for the next 70 years it provided the citizens of Christchurch with a recreational destination in the traditional British style. Along the way the pier had a “penny arcade” full of games and amusements and even a nightclub, the Shoreline, at the shore end. The pier complemented New Brighton’s role as a favourite seaside outing and, for many years, as the only place where you could shop on Saturdays. The original pier was built of wood. Original grand designs were for the pier to be 600ft long with a 100ft octagon at the end. Rising from this was to be a large pavilion with a landing stage for use at high or low water. The whole was to be protected by a double breakwater. The first pile was driven in 1891 and the completed pier was opened on January 18, 1894 by the Governor General, Lord Glasgow, in the presence of large crowds who travelled to the beach by special trams. By 1965, the pier had become so run down that the council ordered that it be demolished. On the night of October 12, between 2.30am

and 7am workmen from Ryan Brothers, using a bulldozer, demolished the pier, starting at high tide and following the tide out. About 100 20 ft piles were winched out or cut off 18 inches below ground level. The new pier A group of residents who had formed the Pier and Foreshore Society to try to save the pier continued to campaign for a new pier. Thirty years of lobbying and fundraising in the community saw almost $2 million raised from the community which was matched by a further $2 million from the Christchurch City Council and a new pier design was approved with a new library, a café and a restaurant at the landward end. The striking library building was completed in 1999 and has won many awards. The new pier was designed to be a place where people could feel close to the ocean. Much of the pier’s length is out over the water, even at low tide. The Pier is 300 metres long, by six metres wide while the deck is made of 900mm thick pre-stressed concrete above 17 piles 1.4 metres in diameter and 20 metres apart. The deck is about seven metres above sea level at high tide.


Twenty interesting

foot facts 1) Feet contain 26 bones per weather. foot, that adds up to a quarter of 11) Flat feet are not always the body’s bones. Fourteen of problematic. In World War 2 these are found in the recruits were excluded toes, with each toe from service if they had having three bones, insufficient arch height, except for the big toe believing these people which has two. to be at higher risk of 2) Sometimes peoinjury. Testing over the ple can have a few past 20 years have extra bones in the feet, proven this to be false. By Rachel typically on the bottom 12) Lower back ache Carle of the foot below the and hip pain can big toe. sometimes be attributed to poor 3) The average person will walk foot posture. around 128,000km in a lifetime, 13) Standing in one spot is that’s about three times around the much more tiring than walking, world. this is because more demands are 4) The foot has 33 joints, and made on fewer muscles for a over 100 tendons, ligaments and length of time. muscles. 14) The skin on your feet is 5) There are approximately thicker than on any other part of 250,000 sweat glands in a set of your body. feet and they excrete around 15) It is always best to buy 500ml of sweat per day. shoes at the end of the day, as your 6) The soles of your feet feet swell slightly throughout the contain more sweat glands and day. sensory nerve endings that any 16) Women experience foot as a size. Barleycorns are a 1/3 of next shoe size. This sizing is still other part of your body. problems more than four times an inch long, so that would be the used today in the UK. 7) It is rare that two feet are the rate of men. Mostly due to the same size, typically one is footwear larger than the other. 17) Fingernail and toenail grow 8) The average child will walk faster during hot weather, at around 13-17months of age, pregnancy and teenage years. but between 10-18 months is still 18) Feet can contract a number classified as normal. of nasty diseases from communal 9) During the first year of life showers including tinea, ringworm feet develop rapidly, growing to and verrucae. about half of their adult length, 19) The largest feet in the and by age 12 the foot is at 90% world belong to Brahim of its adult length. Takioullah of France with a left 10) The first foot coverings foot measuring 39.6cm. His right would have been animal skins, is 38.9cm. with stone age people in northern 20) King Edward the Second Europe and Asia tying them devised a method of shoe sizing around their ankles in cold using the length of a barleycorn

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Window on Waitakere enthusiasm from Moira, Tristan, Helen and Matt about the Orchard along the Glen Eden Cycleway idea that was mentioned in our latest Glen Eden Project Twin Streams e – newsletter. They are keen to get together to help take it to the next stage. For the opportunity to go on the Walking Waitakere Wednesday Walks series, please Project Twin Stream Glen Eden were shocked email me on: at the amount of junk that was in the Then Waikumete Stream. We found large items like a bed, metal hand rail and numerous car tires. We collected many bags that were filled with small plastics including bags, drink tear tabs, polystyrene, bottles and cigarette butts to completely fill the six metre cubed bin that was delivered for us. It turned into a satisfying job. So what can we do to reduce the impact of plastics on our streams? The 4 R’s is a good start –Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Refuse. Now Refuse to buy stuff that is over packaged. A lot of stuff gets washed into streams via storm water systems from our roads. Try to reduce the amount of plastics you buy. Tell your friends and family about the effects of plastics and reducing the amount they buy. Visit for some great tips. We’ve had feedback from the community over the past month, it’s great, we’re always interested. Great to see that there is positive

Our streams our dreams From Kay Lindley

What a load of rubbish!


t is now estimated that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square kilometer of every ocean in the world. Plastics take hundreds or thousands of years to biodegrade. In the water, plastic photo-degrades into thousands of small particles that are invisible to the naked eye. Stream life and sea life feed on these particles. Larger forms of plastic harm and kill our wild life like penguins, sea birds and turtles. Most of this junk comes from single use plastics – used once and thrown away and are helping to devastate our natural world of streams, rivers, harbours and oceans. Our streams connect our lives on the land to the life in our harbours and oceans. On Saturday April 21 we organized a stream clean up in the Waikumete Stream with the community near the back of Parrs Park. The community, volunteers and we at

My favourite walk

Mangaweka Scenic Reserve Track

remnat walk that offers spectacular views of the Rangitikei River terraces and cliffs, as well he Mangaweka Scenic Reserve Track as the Ruahine Ranges. The track is easy to follow, is one of my favourite walks and within most people's as a child it is Ok to do, and capabilities, although there are there are great views over the town some steep parts but it is not of Mangaweka. The day my uncle too onerous. took us up it was fun to gather up ■ Children will be able to dead ferns as seen in the photo tackle this walk easily, provided above. they're big enough to walk up The Mangaweka Scenic Reserve steps and can last an hour of Track is a great short regal bush gentle walking. Once you get to the first big Kahikatea, look left and you'll see a grassy area. From there you'll get an awesome view out across the Mangaweka River terraces and the cliffs cradling the Rangitikei River, to the Ruahine Ranges. Further on the track heads into forest with large

From Courtney Trow


Left: View of Mangaweka Township DOC photo

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Matai, Rimu, Tawa and Titoki trees. To get there: From Mangaweka drive south and turn right into Te Kapua Road and follow it for about 600m until you get to a little offroad carpark by a farm gate on the right hand side of the road. The loop track begins on the other side of the road.


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Get walking fit as easy as 1-2-3


et’s say you have signed up for walking a half marathon or a multi-day guided walk, such as the Milford Track, and you have three months to get fit. How much training do you need to do each week between now and then to be fit enough to enjoy the challenge? Above: Kelvin Moller hiking the Main Divide of the Tararua Ranges.

While you could walk daily - and you probably should - there is an alternative: Three decent walking training sessions per week • Saturday: Have a break, or easy walk, gym, swim - anything other will more than do the job. Let me explain why. than hard walking. Physical conditioning requires a concentrated period of stress on Notes: physical structures and energy supply systems, followed by a period of rest during which the body repairs any damage, replenishes depleted 1. Make the Sunday walk the “Biggie”: Increase the duration very energy and nutrient stores and grows a little stronger. gradually to become as long as three hours at a time. Take your time Generally, this concentrated period of stress (training) need be no with building up to three hours please! The Tuesday and Thursday longer than one to two hours at a time, while the optimum time for walks can be kept at about two hours or less. recovery and growing a little stronger is two to three days. Anything 2. If your adventure involves carrying a loaded backpack and wearing in the way of exercise during this recovery period of two to three days a particular type of footwear, then you should use them during your needs to be relatively easy - non-stressful so as not to interfere with Sunday walk at the least. You must get used to them well beforehand! recovery. This is so that the next real workout that happens in two to three days 3. Vary each walk: One may be on the flat, the next over rolling time builds on the extra strength and stamina that has been built during the hills and the third on firm sand for example. Your body loves variety! recovery period. 4. Try doing each Sunday walk before breakfast drinking only water Training hard every day does not allow for recovery and while on the go. Always take some emergency snacks (And wet weather growth and will leave the person feeling flat and overall progress in gear), but train your body to get really efficient at using its fat stores fitness and strength may be poor. While walking has to be one of the for energy. safest forms of exercise, training hard at anything more than four to five times a weeks brings with it a much greater risk of overuse injuries such as tendon and joint pain. When a person trains every day, they must drop the intensity and duration of at least some of the days in order to avoid injury. If the intensity of all the days is dropped, the threshold for stimulating an increase in stamina and strength may not be crossed. Training may become boring and progress poor. So, even if a person is training daily, three or four of those days need to be more intense while the remaining sessions must be easy for recovery. This principle applies to the extremely fit walker as much as it does to the unfit beginner. So a three per week minimal training plan may be along these lines: • Sunday: Walk briskly up to two hours exploring any of the amazing network of walking and cycle tracks that now braid the New Zealand countryside. • Monday: Optional easy walk, gym, swim - anything other than hard walking. • Tuesday: Walk briskly up to two hours. • Wednesday: Optional easy walk, gym, swim - anything other than hard walking. • Thursday: Walk briskly up to two hours. • Friday: Have a break, or easy walk, gym, swim - anything other than hard walking.

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CONTENTS for previous 14 issues JULY 2012 174

4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: St Bathans walks 6 New Zealand walk: New Opotiki bridge encourages walkers and cyclists 8 New Zealand walk: Treading through the turbines 11 New Zealand walks: Raglan walks - Bryant Memorial Reserve walks 12 Overseas walks: Walking in Northern Italy and in the Dolomites 14 Book: Auckland’s Best Bush, Coast and City Walks 15 New Zealand walk: Moturiki Island walk 16 New Zealand walks: Walking Full Circle from The Duke and back 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Event: In the back and beyond Linton Station reigns supreme 22 New Zealand walks: Ruahine Forest Park has many walks 26 New Zealand walks: Cornwall Park One Tree Hill walks 30 Overseas walks: Shackelton’s Walk 34 Overseas guided walks: Climbing Myanmar’s Mt Victoria 36 Step it out campaign to encourage walking 37 Overseas walks and tours 38 New Zealand walk: Nature’s highway in Landsdowne 39 Podiatry: Toe numbers with walking - possible causes and solutions 41 Training: Training for walking a half or full marathon 40 Window on Waitakere: Team Robin 42 Index over previous 14 issues 43 Weather forecast for July 44 New Zealand coming events 47 Overseas coming events 49 Nordic Walking Calendars 50 Event: Feilding to Palmerston North events 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 59 Wellington Marathon 60 Green Prescription

JUNE 2012 173 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Korokoro Walkway 8 New Zealand walk: Ruamahanga River Bridge walk 10 New Zealand walk: Invercargill’s hidden walking treasure 12 New Zealand walks: From the city to Orokawa Scenic Reserve 14 New Zealand walk: Lake Hakaroa Walkway 17 New Zealand walk: New Arthur’s Pass walking track 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Cycle tours: Takaro Trails - fun on wheels 22 New Zealand walk: Tongariro River Lookout Track 24 Event: Record entries in Waitarere events 26 High achiever: Round the Bays was emotional and inspirational for group 27 New Zealand walk: Gillespies Beach walking tracks 28 Overseas walk: Enchanting Lake Bled 34 New Zealand walks: Christchurch Botanic Gardens 36 Walk away cancer 37 Overseas walks and tours 38 Walking the World: Sonoita, Arizona to Wilcox, Arizona 40 Window on Waitakere: Lizard monitoring 40 Te Araroa Trail: Weather bomb delays opening 41 Health: Discovering dental problems 43 Weather forecast for June 44 New Zealand coming events 46 Overseas coming events 48 Nordic Walking: Event popualr with Nordic walkers 49 Nordic Walking Calendars 49 News: Tongariro National Park 49 News: Porirua walking tracks get high-tech treatment 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 59 Wellington Marathon 60 Green Prescription

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4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Whananaki

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and Onekainga Tracks 8 New Zealand walk: Under the arches. . . 10 My favourite walk: Ohinetonga Loop Walk 13 New Zealand walks: Manawatu - more to offer than first meets the eye 16 New Zealand guided walks: Hiking to the World of the gods 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Overseas guided walks: European Alps - a network of paths and trails 25 Te Araroa Trail: New Hamilton route opened 25 Overseas personal locator beacon helped find man in New Zealand 26 Overseas walks: Walking in the wilderness of Patagonia 28 Overseas guided walks: The roof of Australia 32 Overseas walks: Nepal is the perfect place to trek 37 Overseas walks and tours 38 Walking the World 39 Window on Waitakere: Wasp study 40 Health: Are you being bugged by parasites? 42 Index over previous 14 issues 43 Weather forecast for May 44 New Zealand coming events 46 Overseas coming events 49 Nordic Walking Calendar 50 Podiatry: Common toenail problems 51 Product marketplace: Lightweight hiking shoe introduced 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout New Zealand 56 Country Breaks 60 Wellington Marathon APRIL 2012 171 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Karituwhenua Stream Walkway 8 Walkers benefit by new Horopito to Ohakune link 11 Major project to rejuvenate Abel Tasman National Park ecology 11 Books: Cycling Auckland 12 Event: Alpine plant enthusiasts hitch ride to herbfields 13 Southern Lakes now a world top ten region 14 New Zealand walks: Many wetland walks around area 16 New Zealand walks: Rotorua woman explores the Forgotten Coast 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand walks: River walk with paddleboat option 22 New Zealand walk: Tour de Stoke 23 Te Araroa Trail: New high view points opened in Southland 24 Overseas walks: Two easy walks in Blue Mountains National Park 30 Overseas walks: Walk in Burgundy and experience good food and wine 34 New Zealand walk: Taieri Gorge rail walk coming up 36 Walking the World 38 Health: Does adding more calcium in the diet prevent Osteoporosis? 40 Podiatry: Painful forefoot? 41 Overseas walks and tours 43 Weather forecast for April 44 New Zealand coming events 46 Overseas coming events 50 Window on Waitakere: Contractors 50 Nordic Walking Calendars 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout New Zealand 56 Country Breaks 59 Christchurch Marathon MARCH 2012 170 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

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23 New Zealand guided walks: South Island has it all! 24 New Zealand walks: Queen Elizabeth Park halfway between Paraparaumu and Paekakariki 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 56 Country Breaks 60 Rotorua Marathon 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 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 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 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 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 Tasman about to “Get moving” 28 Overseas: Venice and beyond by bike and barge 34 Event: SBS Marathon defies the earthquakes 35 Event: Fast walking in Wellington 36 High achiever: I feel more than good! 37 Podiatry: DOMS: Delayed onset muscle soreness 38 New Zealand walk: Step out and enjoy this slice of rural life 39 New Zealand walk: Mangati/ Hickford Park 40 Health: Reversing cardiovascular discease risk and quality of life 43 Weather forecast for October 44 New Zealand coming events 50 Window on Waitakere: Kauri dieback: a far more serious threat to the park than we think! 59 Mizuno Offroad Marathon Taupo 60 GPx Need help to get active SEPTEMBER 2011 164 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Mayor Island 9 Readers views: Signs and the visually impaired pedestrian 10 Event: Where the field meets the forest 11 New Zealand walk; Deans Bank Track 12 New Zealand walks; Coromandel coastal walking tour 16 New Zealand walks: Waterfall walks 20 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 New Zealand walks: AkitioGlenora Walk - New Zealand’s newest private walk 28 Overseas walks: Revamped Goldfields Track relaunched 30 Overseas walk: Four days exploring Yosemite National Park 34 New Zealand walks: Warkwoth walks - more walks worth doing 36 High achiever: Mobile scooter to walking around town 37 Podiatry: Haglunds deformity 38 Long walk: Walking the World 39 Window on Waitakere: Better biodiversity 40 Health: High doses of Ergocalciferol a concern 42 Index over previous 14 issues 43 Weather forecast for September 44 New Zealand coming events 46 Overseas coming events 49 Event: Birds a plenty at Bay 50 New Zealand walk: Dome Forest and Totara Scenic Reserve walks 59 GPx Need help to get active 60 Mizuno Taupo Off Road Half Marathon AUGUST 2011 163 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Mangawhai Heads Lookout 8 New Zealand walk: Clevedon Scenic Reserve has significant heritage value 10 Te Araroa Trail: Ocean to Ocean leg soon to go 10 Te Araro Trail: Levin to Wellington link now open 12 Overseas walks: Innsbruck hiking boots or high heels? 13 Canterbury walks: New walkway in Canterbury 14 New Zealand walk: Te Anau - a place in paradise 16 New Zealand walk: Walks around Lake Mangamahoe 20 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 New Zealand walks: Waiheke plans second walking festival 22 News: New bridges improve the Pouakai Circuit

23 Event: Coundown is on for the Taupo Half Marathon 24 Overseas walks: Walking on the unique island of Guernsey and Sark 29 High achiever: Motivated man in walking back to happiness 30 Overseas walk: Two weeks in Annapurna 36 Window on Waitakere: Further expansion 36 Books: Walking the Waitakere Ranges 37 Podiatry: Diabetes and feet what’s the connection? 38 Long walk: Walking the World 40 Health: The controllable factors in aging 43 Weather forecast for August 44 New Zealand coming events 47 Overseas coming events 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout New Zealand 59 GPx Need help to get active 60 Mizuno Taupo Off Road Half Marathon JULY 2011 162 4 Walk talk 6 My favourite walk: Manawatu Gorge Track 8 New Zealand walk: Walk among the native plants 9 Event: New trail event in Nelson sanctuary 10 New Zealand walks: Four short Bay of Islands walks 12 Canterbury walks: Top places to propose to your princess 13 Canterbury walks: Canterbury ready, willing and able to show visitors a great time 13 News: Tawa shared pathway starts to take shape 14 New Zealand walk: Parry Kauri Park 20 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 New Zealand walks: The Great New Zealand Trek - Stage six 26 New Zealand walk: Walk the capital’s Sculpture Trail 28 Overseas walks: The Dreampath - a walk from Munich to Venice 34 New Zealand walk: A few surprises for BNZ Active Walkers at Green Lake 37 Window on Waitakere: The high ground 37 News: New cycle trail will benefit walkers 38 Long walk: Walking the World 39 Event: Feilding to Palmerston North event 40 Event: Taupo half marathons back for 2011 42 Index over previous 14 issues 43 Weather forecast for July 44 New Zealand coming events 46 Overseas coming events 51 My favourite walk: Wellington’s Eastern Walkway 59 GPx Need help to get active 60 Wellington Marathon JUNE 2011 161 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walks: Much to explore on Great Barrier Island 12 Canterbury walks: Tuatara Tours has eight tours operating 13 Canterbury walks: Christchurch’s Marathon helping Cantabrians get back on their feet 14 New Zealand walks: Wharariki Beach Hilltop walk 19 Event: Whenuapai Half Marathon events 20 Digital Photo Contest winners 22 New Zealand walks: A volcanic experience 24 New Zealand walks: Mavora - an area of peaceful tranquillity 25 New Zealand walks: Mavora Lakes Park tracks 26 NZ walk: Beating the bounds 27 Event: Challenge yourself 28 Event Great Forest events 30 Overseas walks: La Dolce Vita! cooking and walking in Italy 36 Window on Waitakere: The Hillary Trail 37 Podiatry: Blisters - a common complaint 38 Long walk: Walking the World 40 High achiever: Maisie Brown’s journey to better health 40 Event: Huntly Half course on a variety of terrain 41 Health: Result of getting rid of toxic elements 43 Weather forecast for June 44 New Zealand coming events 50 Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking burns more kilojoules 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout New Zealand 59 GPx Need help to get active 60 Huntly Half Marathon


Daily Summary 1st–10th August 2012 Unsettled conditions with a slow-moving, cut-off depression in the west of the North Island. This may bring moist northeasterly flows to northern and eastern regions. 2nd–3rd August 2012 Unusually low temperature at Clyde. 4th August 2012 A storm brings gales with high rainfall to Northland and Auckland, gales to the lower North Island and flooding in South Canterbury and Otago. Gale-force easterlies and heavy rain may deluge Northland and Auckland as a depression passes over the region. Whangarei and West Auckland may receive enough rain for surface flooding. Kaikohe may receive heavy falls. 5th August 2012 High rainfall widespread. Storm brings wind damage and gusty southeasterlies in the Horowhenua-Wellington region. 20th August–10th September 2012 Cold southerlies bring snow and ice disruption. Over the next four weeks expect extremely dry and warm conditions in the east and large contrasts between east and west. Low rainfall may feature in the east of both islands. It may also be very warm and sunny in these regions. In contrast, it may be cloudy and wet in the west and south of the South Island. This weather pattern may be caused by very persistent westerlies over the South Island and to the south, with more frequent anticyclones than usual in the north Tasman and over northern New Zealand. Rainfall may be very low along the East Coast, especially in Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, the Kaikoura coast and Canterbury with totals possibly all less than a quarter of average. Rainfall may be less than usual in Gisborne, Napier, Hastings, Waipara West, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Lincoln and Akaroa. Other very dry regions may be eastern Northland, Wairarapa and Otago, all with only perhaps 50% of average rain. In contrast, westerlies bring up to 50% more than average rain to south Westland, Fiordland, Southland, west Otago and inland South Canterbury. Queenstown’s rainfall may be twice the average for the time of year. Rain elsewhere may be around average. Much warmer than average temperatures may occur in the east of the South Island, especially North Canterbury, but also elsewhere along the South Island’s east coast. It may be very warm in Kaikoura, Waipara West, Taieri and Invermay, and to a lesser extent, Nelson, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wellington and Wairarapa. In contrast, Fiordland and isolated areas of Northland, Hawke’s Bay and Bay of Plenty may experience below average temperatures. It may be very sunny in east coast regions from Gisborne to Canterbury including Wellington, with about 20% more sun than average. It may also be sunnier in Northland, eastern Bay of Plenty, Nelson and Otago. However, rather cloudy weather may prevail in the west of the South Island and Southland. Snow and ice may cause disruptions on a number of Southland and Otago highways as well as the Arthur’s, Lewis, Porters and Lindis passes, including Nelson’s Takaka Hill and the North Island’s Desert Road about August 20th as cold southerlies pass over the country. 20th August 2012 Showers in the south and east of the South Island, low pressure but rising. 21st August 2012 White frost on roofs, calm and cold. 22nd August 2012 Cold without frosts, high barometer. 23rd August 2012 Thick mist in places, barometer steady. 24th August 2012 Overnight showers, pressure descending. 26th–28th August 2012 Rising pressure, probable frosts and mists. 30th–31st August 2012 Fairly settled conditions, appearance of blossoms Allow 24-hr error to all forecasts. Skewing may occur around 2nd(full moon), 10th (apogee) , 18th(new moon), and 24th(perigee).

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































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NEW ZEALAND EVENTS JULY 2012 1 Hidden Trails Half Marathon, 14km & 4km, Kawerau 1 Winter WarmUp Trail, Half Marathon & 10km, Greta Valley 1 Mangawhai Heads to Harbour, 8.5km, Mangawhai 1 Unitec Run Walk Series, 6.6km & 2km, Auckland 1 Xterra Trail Run Series, Auckland 8km,

14km, Woodhill Forest, Auckland 3 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 4 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 7 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 7 Auckland Tough Guy & Gal Challenge, 6km & 12km, Auckland 8 Run Auckland Series, 10km & 5km, Remuera 8 Saucony Off Road Half Marathon & 10km, Taupo 8 Auckland Tough Guy & Gal Challenge, 6km & 12km, Auckland 8 Trust House Cross Country Series, 4km, Masterton 10 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 11 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland

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Sunday 12th August 2012 Palmerston North 5km & 10km run/walk options available

14 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 15 Sri Chinmoy Auckland Run/Walk Series, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland 17 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 18 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 21 Waikato Draught Palmerston North Tough Guy & Gal Challenge, 6km & 12km, Palmerston North 21 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 22 Xterra Trail Run Series, Auckland 8km, 14km, Wiuku Forest, Auckland 24 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 25 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 28 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 28 Furneaux Lodge Captains Cook’s Landing, 26km, Picton 31 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 31 Unitec Run Walk Series, Half Marathon, 5km, 15km, 10km, Auckland

AUGUST 2012 1 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 2 Shoe Clinic/Brooks 5km Series, Lower Hutt 4 Waikato Draught Rotorua Tough Guy & Gal Challenge, 6km & 12km, Rotorua 4 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 5 Sri Chinmoy Auckland Run/Walk Series, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland 7 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 8 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 9 Shoe Clinic/Brooks 5km Series, Lower Hutt 11 Waikato DraughtRotorua Tough Guy & Gal Challenge, 6km & 12km, Rotorua 11 Butterfly Creek Nightime Madness, 7.7km, Eastbourne 11 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 12 The Arthritis Marathon, Hamilton 11 Xterra Trail Run Series, Auckland, 14km, Whitford Forest, Auckland 14 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 15 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 16 Shoe Clinic/Brooks 5km Series, Lower Hutt 18 Waikato DraughtRotorua Tough Guy & Gal Challenge, 6km & 12km, Rotorua 18 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 19 5 Bridges Marathon, 10km & 5km, Petone 19 Petone Workingmens Club 5 Bridges Marathon, Wellington 19 Unitec Run Walk Series, 24km, 18km, &12km, Auckland 19 Wodbourne Half marathon, 10km & 5km, Blenheim 21 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 22 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 23 Shoe Clinic/Brooks 5km Series, Lower Hutt 25 Great Naseby Water Race, 80km, 60km & 50km, Naseby 25 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 26 BMW North Shore Marathon, 5km & 2km, Auckland 26 Cambridge Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Cambridge 28 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 29 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 30 Shoe Clinic/Brooks 5km Series, Lower Hutt

SEPTEMBER 2012 1 Whangamata Run/Walk Festival, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Whangamata


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Coming events 1 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 2 Xterra Trail Run Series, Auckland, 8km & 14km, Hunua Forest Park, Auckland 4 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 5 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 6 Shoe Clinic/Brooks 5km Series, Lower Hutt 7-9 NZ Outdoor Adventure Expo, Auckland 8 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 9 Sri Chinmoy Auckland Run/Walk Series, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland 9 Moro Marathon & Half Marathon, Dunedin 9 Unitec Run Walk Series, 28km, 21km, & 14km, Auckland 11 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 12 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 15 Arthur Lydiard Legend Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland 15 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 16 HVMC Pelorus Trust Half Marathon,10km & 5km, Lower Hutt 16 Carters Whangarei Run/Walk Festival Marathon, Half Marathon & 9.4km, Whangarei 18 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 19 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 22 Abel Tasman Coastal Classic 36km, Abel Tasman National Park 22 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 23 Tauranga City to Surf and Surf to Surf, Tauranga 23 Sri Chinmy Half Marathon, 10km & 2km, Christchurch 25 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 26 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 28-30 NZ Outdoor Adventure Expo, Auckland 29 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 30 Unitec Run Walk Series, 32km, 24km, & 16km, Auckland



2 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 3 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 6 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 7 Wairarapa Country Marathon, Masterton 7 Hamilton Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Hamilton 9 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 10 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 13 Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf Marathon, Great Barrier Island 13 Subway Dun Run, 22km, Matai Dam, Nelson 13 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 13 Xterra Trail; Challenge Marathon, 19km, 13km, Auckland 14 Wairarapa Country Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km, Masterton 14 Waitakere Charity Fun Run, 11km & Half Marathon, Henderson, Auckland 16 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 17 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 20 Lodge to Lodge Half Marathon,10km & 3km, Mt Lyford 20 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 23 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 24 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 27 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 28 Adidas Auckland Marathon, Half Marathon, 10,5km & 5km, Auckland 28 Napier City Pak’nSave Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Napier 28 100% Heathcote Appliances Morrinsville Collge Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Morrinsville 30 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 31 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland

3 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 6 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 7 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 9 Queen Charlotte Ultramarathon, 71km, Ship Cove, Marlborough Sounds 10 Speight’s West Coaster Marathon, Auckland 10 Maratoto Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Paeroa 10 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 11 Ascot Park Hotel Southland Marathon, Half Marathon 10km & 5km, Riverton 11 Mitre 10 Mega Walk 28km & 15km, Hastings 11 Sri Chinmoy 6 and 12 Hour Walk Christchurch 13 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 14 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 17 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 17 Molesworth 84km , Ultradistance Marlborough 18 Thames Save the Children Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Thames 20 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 21 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 24 Ellesmere Road Runners Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Leeston 24 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 25 Mahana Half Marathon, 10km, 5km & 1.6km, Nelson 27 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 28 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland

DECEMBER 2012 1 New World Marlborough Marathon, Blenheim 1 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 4 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 5 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 8 Wanganui 3 Bridges Marathon & Half Marathon, Wanganui 8 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 9 Korokoro Stream Half Marathon, 10km & 4km, Lower Hutt 11 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 11 Sri Chinmoy Christmas Dash 10km & 3.3km, Christchurch 12 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 15 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 18 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 19 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 22 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 29 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt

JANUARY 2013 20 Westfield Albany Lakes Summer Series, 10km & 5km, Albany 26 The James Mountain Marathon 50km Ultradistance, Hanmer

FEBRUARY 2013 10 Westfield Albany Lakes Summer Series,

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MARCH 2013 3 Westfield Albany Lakes Summer Series, 10km & 5km, Albany 9 Motatapu Miners Trail Run/ Walk, Glencoe Station, Arrowtown 9 Motatapu Icebreaker Off Road Marathon, Arrowtown 24 Skechers Coatseville Classic Half Marathon, 8km & 2km, Coatesville, Auckland

OVERSEAS EVENTS JUNE 2012 2-3 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km & 40km, Diekirch, Luxembourg 3 Rocky River Run, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Rockhampton, Qld, Australia 3 MS Walk + Run, 5km & 10km, Canberra, ACT, Australia 3 MS Walk + Run, 5km & 10km, Melbourne, Vic, Australia 3 MS Walk + Run, 5km, 9km & 16km, Sydney, NSW, Australia 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 8-11 Serra Terror 111 Endurance Hile, 80km, Southern Grampins, Vic, Austrlia 9-10 40th Townsville Road Runners Morning Run Celebrations 10 Rocky Hill Marathon, Rockhampton, Qld, Australia 10 Manly Soft Sand, Sydney, NSW, Australia 10 Macleavy River Marathon, South-West Rocks, NSW, Australia 16 Porcupine Gorge Challenge, 8km, Hughenden, NW Queensland, 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

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 29 Salomon Trail Running Series, 6km & 12km, Plenty Gorge, Vic, Australia 29 Mornington Bay Run, 8km, 3.7km, Mornington, Vic, Australia

AUGUST 2012 5 Tony Ireland Holden Townsville Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Townsville, Qld, Australia 5 Cane 2 Coral 8km & 15km, Bundaberg, Qld, Australia 5 Mizuno Brisbane Marathon, Brisbane, Qld, Australia 10-12 IWL Three Day Walks, 10km 21km & 42km, Vaasa, Finland 12 City2Surf, Sydney, NSW, Australia 19 The Athletes Foot Adelaide Marathon, Adelaide, SA, Australia 19 Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia 19 Alice Springs Community Bank Marathon, Alice Springs, NT, Australia 19 The Lakes College3 Fun Run, North Lakes,

Brisbane, Qld, Australia 19 Mudgee Running Festival, Mudgee, NSW, Australia 22 Winery Half Marathon & 10km, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia 25-26 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km, 25km & 35km, Verdal, Norway 26 Parkinson’s Unity Walk & Run, 4km & 8km, Sydney, NSW, Australia 26 Salomon Trail Running Series, 7km & 14km, Silvan, Vic, Australia 26 Shepparton Marathon, Shepparton, Vic, Australia 22 Lake Macquarie Running Festival, Half Marathon, & 10km, Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia 26 Sunshine Coast Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km, 5km & 2km, Qld, Australia 26 32nd de Castella Run, 5km, 10km, & 15km, Kew Boulevard, Vic, Australia 26 City to Surf Marathon, Perth, WA, Australia

SEPTEMBER 2012 2 The Ross Marathon, Ross, Tas, Australia 2 Bridge to Brisbane, Brisbane, Qld, 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

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JULY 2012 1 Gold Coast Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia 8 Ulverstone Marathon, Ulverstone, Tas, Australia 8 Geraldton Harriers Marathon, Geraldton, WA, Australia

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Coming events 16 Blackmores Sydney Marathon & Half Marathon, Sydney, NSW, Australia 16 CityBay Fun Run, Adelaide, SA, Australia 20-28 Round Rarotonga Road Race, Rarotonga, Cook Islands 22-23 IWL Two Day Walk, 20km 30km, 42km, & 50km, Brno, Czech Republic 22 Surf Coast Century, 100km, Anglesea, Vic, Australia 23 Run The Whitsunday Great Walk, Airlie Beach, Qld, Australia 23 Salomon Trail Running Series, 8km & 15km, Anglesea, Vic, Australia 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 14 Melbourne Marathon, Vic, Australia 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 28 Maroubra Fun Run Walk, 4km & 8km, South Maroubra, NSW, 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 2 Angkor Half Marathon, Angkor, Cambodia 9 Honolulu Marathon, Honolulu, Hawaii 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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This lightweight walking jacket weighs only 8oz, made from Microft Dry a soft, elegant sportswear frabic woven from a fine, lightweight microfibre. •Water repellent and wind resistant, yet provides superior comfort, thanks to enhanced moisture permeability. •Thin and light with a soft, natural texture • A fabric structure that doesn’t make noise when they are rubbed together. • Complete with hood that is rolled up inside collar. Available this year in: * Marine Blue with Turquoise trim * Marine Blue * Burgundy Sizes S, M, L, XL,XXL


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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Mizuno Kinloch Offroad Challenge now provides marathon option


he Mizuno Kinloch Offroad Challenge, being held Saturday 1st September 2012, now provides a full marathon option along the Great Lake Trail. The popular offroad event now provides the full suite of distances with the full marathon option (42.2km), the traditional half marathon option (21.1km) and the short but sweet quarter marathon option (10km). Events are designed for both walkers and runners to take part so there is an event for everyone in the family to get involved. Event Director Wayne Reardon says offroad events are becoming more popular as they are less stressful on the body due to the softer ground and can be lots of fun, often with picturesque routes. “The Kinloch Offroad Challenge is one of the most scenic events available with stunning scenery along the western side of Lake Taupo,” he said. The new offroad marathon option provides a couple of firsts – it is the first marathon event available in the Taupo region and the first event to travel along the brand new Great Lake Trail – a trail designed for biking, walking and running. “Bike Taupo have worked extremely hard on getting this track up and running for everyone to enjoy and we feel very excited and privileged to be able to use this new track for our new marathon event,” said Mr Reardon. Entries are now open for the Mizuno Kinloch Offroad Challenge at The Half Marathon option will again be part of the prestigious Erin Baker and Cameron Brown awards and the 63.3 challenge which includes three Taupo Half Marathons in three months. The quarter marathon is also part of the TryTaupo4 challenge, a series of Taupo events designed to get people off the couch and taking part in local events.

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Contact details for three groups in New Zealand promoting Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking New Zealand (NoWaNZ) Waipu Northland, Phone 09-432-0386 Email Web International Nordic Walking Assn (INWA) June Stevenson Phone 09-416-3917 0274-383-923 Email Web

Nordic Wa effective option for


Article written and researched by

June Stevenson

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)

NORDICWALKINGNZ.CO.NZ Nordic Walking Groups and Fitness Walks by day Mon AKL-Takapuna, Mary-Anne 021-121 5562 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 Wed Hastings Pakowhai Reserve, Pakowhai Rd, 06-8782475 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 Sally 027 203 2816

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: Please put “My Favourite Walk” in the subject line.

Nordic Walking Coach


ordic Walking is a fitness activity that enhances the natural walking movement by the addition of specifically designed walking poles. Nordic Walking has become a worldwide phenomenon as people discover the health and fitness benefits of this unique and effective form of exercise. Originally used by the Scandinavians, as a summer training regime to duplicate Xcountry skiing, Nordic Walking started to become mainstream in the late 1990’s, with the development of specific one piece carbon fibre poles. (It must be stressed that Nordic Walking poles are entirely different to tramping poles. In NZ, poles are generally purchased from a certified* Instructor, after a course of instruction). While Nordic Walking is first and foremost a fitness activity, many health benefits have been attributed to this exercise. Walking with Nordic Walking poles involves the use of the arms and upper body, thereby increasing the energy (calorie) expenditure. You are using 90% of your muscles 100% of the time! It is highly recommended that you learn Nordic Walking from a certified* Instructor, to ensure you get the best instruction. Once you have learned the correct technique, you can gain more effective energy usage (>20%) in less time, which is ideal for those people who have a lower fitness capacity, are overweight or have mobility issues. Physical activity is recommended to Diabetics as a way of mitigating the effects of high, circulating blood sugar levels. Compared to regular walking, the higher energy use while Nordic Walking may have a positive impact on managing these levels. To summarize the acute physiological effects of Nordic walking, it increases the energy consumption of the body, compared to regular walking with the same speed, without poles, both in women and men and in fit and less fit individuals ... (Diabet. Med.

Nordic walking

alking an exercise r diabetes 28, 1362–1372 (2011)). Once you are correctly sized for the poles, you will notice an immediate improvement in your posture. It is amazing that 70% of our body weight is above the hips. When we walk, most of the upper body is “carried” like a passenger in a car. As a result, our posture can slump if the upper body does not have an active movement, during walking. The improvement to posture ensures the flow of gravity moving through our body is properly aligned. The poles also provide stability during the walking movement as you now have a second “foot” on the ground. This improves balance and reduces the joint load, making the walking movement more effective and ... smarter! This may ultimately reduce stress on the feet. Those people suffering from diabetic peripheral neuropathy (reduced circulation in the feet and legs) need to avoid hard pathways and walk on softer surfaces, such as grass or firm sand. Whenever we exercise, we tend to work at a level dependent on our perceived exertion level. As the exercise intensity increases, our perception also increases (along with our heart rate). Therefore, we adjust our effort to suit our fitness level. However, the rate of perceived exertion in Nordic Walking is lower. This means that if you have reduced fitness, you can maintain the activity longer. Furthermore, a person who is of higher fitness can continue the activity at a heart rate level similar to running. ... perceived exertion in pole walking is often less than true physiological strain ... The resulting increases in energy consumption and heart rate in Nordic walking mean that the

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cardiovascular strain induced by Nordic 0800 NORDIC (667 342), walking is greater compared to walking without poles at the same speed. This is desirable for those people who have difficulty reaching their training heart rate by walking - instead of having to start running they can start using walking poles and continue walking. Walking involves less harmful impact to the lower extremities compared to r unning, and therefore may prevent from (sic) injuries. (Diabet. Med. 28, 1362–1372 (2011)). The benefits of Nordic Walking also extends to individuals with Parkinson’s (PD) and other neurological conditions; multiple sclerosis (MS); chronic obstructed pulmonary disease (COPD); arthritis; stroke recovery; joint replacements; obesity; fibromyalgia; breast cancer recovery and other limitations to walking. This is not forgetting that many fit and well people use Nordic Walking as an effective and ✔ Upper body workout while smarter way of exercising, which is low impact walking and a total body workout. ✔ Burn 40% more calories Physical activity is vital to good health and Nordic Walking could be the perfect exercise ✔ Less impact on joints solution to help diabetes sufferers’ exercise ✔ Release tension in neck and more effectively. *June Stevenson is the NZ National Nordic Walking Coach on behalf of the International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA). She is a Registered Exercise Consultant and Health and Fitness Trainer.

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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), Helen Meyer 09-815-1444 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)

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and Saturday (AM), Neil Turner 09-817-6230 GREEN BAY MUMS BUSH WALKERS: Every second Monday, Anne 09-827-7810 or 09-817-5867 GREEN BAY COMMUNITY HOUSE WALKERS: Tuesday (AM), Thursday (AM), Elaine 09-827-3300 HENDERSON SENIORS WALKING GROUP: Henderson, Friday (AM), Alene Couchman 09-818-2580 KELSTON MORNING WALKERS: Kelston C.C. Tues (AM), Joy Martin 09-838-6553 KELSTON TWILIGHT WALKERS: Kelston, Tuesday (PM), Joy Martin 09-818-6084 KUMEU WALK GROUP: Kumeu, Friday (AM), Beryl Pook 09-412-8914 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),

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, 09-532-8442 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



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

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




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Woodings, 07-827-6033 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 07-3784992 WAIORA WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, Friday (AM), Kaye Beatson 07-378-6957 WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (PM), (I), 06-378-9229


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: Lynda 07-552-5359 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

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 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), Ross Thomas 07-871-5022

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

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

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

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




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

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





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

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,

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

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

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

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

WANGANUI WANGANUI CASTLECLIFF WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), Dorothea Dobbie 06344-4219 RONA & GLAD’S WALK GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Rona Wright 06-3445434 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 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

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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 WOMEN’S AFTER 5.30 WALKING GROUP: 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: Jenny Raymond, 04-569-6232 WALK WAINUI: Monday (AM), (BIA), Shirley 04-564-6179 EASTBOURNE WALK GROUP: Lesley O’Neil, Eastbourne ALICETOWN WALKING GROUP: 04-589-2646 KIWI MASTERS WALKERS: Richard Davies 04-566-1335 OLDER ADULTS – LEISURE WALKING GROUP: Judy 04-528-4445

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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 WALKING & TRAMPING CLUB: Allison 04-563-6661

KAPITI KAPITI CARDIAC CLUB: Tuesday, Thursday, Graham Priest 04-2937872 KAPITI WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Robin Leger 04905-4680 or Muriel Hill 04-293-5121 KAPITI SUNDAY WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Frank Morris 04-293-2567 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: kapiti, wanderers 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


NELSON NELSON STRIDERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (PM), (BI), Averil West, 03548-3655 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 03-5442286 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 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



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

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

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


TIMARU 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

WEST COAST GREYMOUTH 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, 03756-9037 HOKI HIKERS: Tuesday (AM), Margaret Stevens 03-755-6466


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

ALEXANDRA ALEXANDRA HARRIER & WALKERS CLUB: Saturday (PM), April to October, John Thompson 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

SOUTHLAND INVERCARGILL 60’S UP WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), Len Johnston, 03-231-3372, Don Todd, 03-217-5931 YMCA WOMEN’S WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Joan Sutherland, 03-218-8738 BNZ ACTIVE WALKERS: Thursday, Ann Robbie 03-211-2150,

GORE BNZ ACTIVE WALKERS: 3rd Tuesday, Susie Burrows 03-208-3846, HOKONUI TRAMPING CLUB: Margaret Hughes 03-208-7053

NORTHERN SOUTHLAND BNZ ACTIVE WALKERS: 2nd and 4th Thursday, Ann Robbie 03211-2150,

TE ANAU BNZ ACTIVE WALKERS: Wednesday, Ann Robbie 03-211-2150,

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

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

DUNEDIN ACTIVE WALKERS: Monday (PM), Bill Brockie 03-467-9114 ARIKI WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, Saturday (PM), Karen Martin 03-456-4223 CIVIL SERVICE: Saturday, (PM), Peter Smith 03-471-7127 CAVERSHAM HARRIERS WALKING GROUP: Saturday (PM), Keiran Columb 03-489-4027 DUNEDIN CITY RAMBLERS: Wednesday,(AM) Alison St John 03476-2344 GREEN HUT TRACK GROUP: Wednesday (AM), George Sutherland 03-467-5999 HALFWAY BUSH WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), (I), Pat Garth, 03-476-2579 HILL CITY WALKING GROUP: Saturday (PM), Alex McEwan 03-4554851 KOPUTAI WALKING GROUP: 2nd Tuesday, (AM), Noeline Forgie, 03472-8302 LEITH WALKERS: Saturday (PM), Janette Anderson 03-476-2830 MORNINGTON MONDAY WALKERS: Monday (AM), (B), Kieran Hurring 03-453-4423 MULTI-PEAK FITNESS WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Marelda Gallaher 03-477-6057 or 027-222-3863 MOSGIEL 50's FORWARD WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Roberta Telfer 03-488-3175 OTAGO TRAMPING/MOUNTAINEERING CLUB: Sunday (AM), Ian Sime 03-453-6185 OVER 30’s TRAMPING CLUB: Sunday (AM), Janice Hodges 03-4894071 PHOENIX CLUB WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Nina Davidson 03-471-0114 PINEHILL WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Norman Vare 03-4738683 ST KILDA COMMUNITY CLUB WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, (AM), Ngaire McIndoe 03-456-4478 TAIERI RECREATIONAL TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (AM), Ian

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