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ISSUE No 178 - 2012

NOVEMBER

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Overseas walks:

Morocco baren - bare and beautiful

New Zealand walk:

Auckland Domain - for a variety of walking

New Zealand walk:

The Aotea Track - a new loop track with spectacular scenery New Zealand walks:

Trekking Waiheke

New Zealand walk:

Traversing the Great Divide

New Zealand walk:

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CONTENTS Issue No 178 - 2012

4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walks: A short history of long walks in Aoteraoa 8 New Zealand walks: The Aotea Track - a new loop with spectacular scenery 14 High achiever: How walking changed my life 900 kilometres later 16 Cycling tours: Explore Molesworth Station on a guided cycle tour 17 Event: Event to celebrate Rimutaka R ail T rail 25th Rail Trail anniversary 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand walks: Auckland Domain for walking variety 23 Event: Photographers enjoy a walk in the dark 24 New Zealand walks: Mangorei T rack upgraded in Track Egmont National Park 26 New Zealand walk: Footsteps on the Otago R ail Rail Trail 30 Overseas walks: Morocco - barren - bare and beautiful 37 Overseas walks and tours 38 Window on Waitakere: Through the eyes of a student from Seattle 39 Books: Fair Weather trampers - Southern Lakes Tracks and Trails - Walking for Fitness, Pleasure and Health 40 Event: Crisp start at Kinloch for off road challenge 41 Health: Thinking of walking in the 100km Oxfam Trailwalk er? railwalker? 42 Index over previous 14 issues 43 Weather forecast for November 44 New Zealand walk: Weka W alks - Mangaweka Walks 44 New Zealand guided walk: Traversing the Great Divide 46 New Zealand coming events 48 Overseas coming events 50 Nordic W alking Calendars Walking 51 News:W Waterfront wide walkway and cycleway rolls on 52 New Zealand walks: Trekking W aihek e Waihek aiheke 54 New Zealand guided walk: Kaik oura Wilderness aikoura lodge - luxury in an alpine setting 56 Country Breaks 59 Green P rescription Prescription 60 Napier City Half Marathon

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WALKING New Zealand Published Monthly PUBLISHER/EDITOR: Frank Goldingham: Phone 06-358-6863 CONTRIBUTORS: Ken Ring, Gary Moller, Rob Franklin, Vincent Maire, Natalia Albert, Ken Muir, Michael Tapp, Ian McAlpine, Ann Robbie, Barbz Lowther and Kay Lindley, ADVERTISING MANAGER: Michelle Smith 06-358-5088, 021-707-015 Email:michelle@walkingnewzealand.co.nz COMING EVENTS ADVERTISING: Frank Goldingham 0800-walking (925-546) Email walkingnz@xtra.co.nz SUBSCRIPTIONS:phone 0800-925-546 SUBSCRIPTION RATES: New Zealand Residents; 24 issues $132.50 posted, 12 issues $69.50 posted 6 issues $41.40 posted Overseas: 12 issues: $170.00 NEWSAGENT DISTRIBUTION: Gordon & Gotch (NZ Ltd WALKING NEW ZEALAND LTD, P O Box 1922, Palmerston North Telephone 06-358-6863 - Fax 06-358-6864 E-Mail: walkingnz@xtra.co.nz Website: www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz The information and views expressed by contributors are not necessarily agreed to by the editor or publisher, and while every effort will be made to ensure accuracy, no responsibility will be taken by the editor or publisher for inaccurate information.

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Walk talk

Prizewinners The winners of the this month’s Walking New Zealand promotion are: A588 Pedometer - Bruce Collett and a six month subscription extension to Walking New Zealand magazine, Tony and Judi Dixon, Northcote, Auckland

‘The Goldie Award’for Walking Festival Connection with the land, the majesty of nature and a fascination with themes universal to all ‘first nation’ cultures; these are the greatest influences on local sculptor Anton Forde’s work. So it came as no surprise, when commissioned by Heinrich and Posey Storm at Waiheke’s Goldie Vineyard and Goldie Room to create an award for the Waiheke Walking Festival, that Anton chose to carve a walking stick out of an old fence post. Not just any old fence post either, this post had been in use on this land for 120 years and before that part of a 500 year old tree. ‘After the ‘slash and burn’ policy of years past where a 500 year old tree would be cut down to make fence posts,’ Anton says, ‘it is good to see restoration, re-vegetation and regeneration happening all over the island by people like Bruce Plested, Don Chapple, Tony King-Turner and so many others’. ‘This award, this walking stick can represent and symbolise so many connections for us and whoever wins it will really be ‘Walking Back to Happiness’ says festival organiser Jenness Reeve. She also acknowledged the work of individuals and Local Boards past and present in the creation and expansion of the public walkway network which is now setting Waiheke apart as a serious walking destination. There is a photography competition running throughout the nine days of the walking festival, entries will be exhibited at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery in the Small Gallery from 16 November to 10 December. Prizes will be awarded on the opening night. Categories are: ‘Beauty of Walking on Waiheke’ – judged by Phillipa Karn - overall winner receives the Goldie Award (to keep for one year), $250 cash and a Canon camera (IXUS 115 HS digital) Photos taken on any walk throughout this Walking Festival:‘Quirky Waiheke’ – judged by Tony Ward. Winner of this category will receive a Canon camera. Photos taken on any walk throughout this Walking Festival: ‘A Goldie’ Moment’ – judged by Emma Hughes. Winner of this category will receive a Canon camera. Photos taken during the Goldie Photography Wander on the Goldie Estate, Wednesday 31 October. Entrants can submit up to three photos – maximum size 400mmx500mm (including mount), minimum 200mmx250mm, on a backing board, no glass, no frames. Post to Waiheke Walking Festival (Photography), PO Box 521 Oneroa, Waiheke Island, Auckland, 1840 to be received 10 November 2012. Prize Draw: Email your photos (72dpi) to feature in the online Gallery to info@waihekewalkingfestival.org. Prize – two adult return tickets on Fullers Ferry (Auckland/Waiheke).

New discovery

at Machu Picchu Archaeologists have made a fascinating discovery at the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru. A tomb, thought to belong to a high ranking member of the Inca Empire, has been uncovered in a cave at the archaeological complex and is creating more intrigue around this ‘lost city’ of the Incas. The tomb is strategically placed on a hill facing the wall of Machu Picchu, indicating the importance of the person buried inside. Specialists are examining the tomb but have not found any bones or ornaments inside which is due to raiding that took place at Machu Picchu before the site was conserved and protected. American explorer, politician and professor, Hiram Bingham rediscovered the site in 1911 and since then Machu Picchu is now protected and a UNESCO World Heritage site

Dust off your walking boots - this app puts you on track The best way to get a feel for Australia is through the soles of your feet and a new App gives you the inspiration and information to have some serious fun exploring the country on foot. Australia Bushwalking, by Australian freelance travel writer-photographer Melanie Ball, is an App for iPhone, iPad and Android. Step out with her on more than 90 hikes from short to epic and desert to sea. Designed to help you choose a walk suiting your interests and fitness, from the comfort of an armchair (this is NOT a trail guide), this App has 154 entries and 1000-odd images describing and illustrating the terrain of each walk and the wildlife you might encounter along the way. What will you get? First-hand experience from a passionate bushwalker plus information on wildflowers, trees, birds, Aboriginal culture, technology and safety, and links to sources for maps and detailed trail notes. Fancy a leg-stretch in Australia? This App is for you! http://sutromedia.com/apps/ Australia_Bushwalking. Android version: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=Australia+Bushwalking&c=apps

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Walk talk

Eruption affects alpine crossing

SkyPath in Long TTerm erm plan

The Department of Conservation have recently revised a number of track closures that had been in place since the Tongariro eruption. As of 7 September, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (including Mangatepopo Road) has been partially re-opened from Mangatepopo Road to the Red Crater. The Mangatepopo Track that links the southern end of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing to the Ruapehu Chateau has also been re-opened. The northern part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing between the Red Crater and the Ketetahi exit remains closed Until futher revision the Te Araroa route now follows SH47 from where Te Araroa exits the Tongariro Forest, goes up Mangatepopo Road and enters the early part of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, then reconnects to the original route via the Mangatepopo Track to the Ruapehu Chateau.

o Award for Mor Moro Marathon

Climbed highest mountains Alan Hinkes, the celebrated mountaineer, is the first Briton to climb all the world's highest mountains. These are the fourteen 8000m peaks, all of which are in the 'death zone', where human survival rate is measured in hours.

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.

Kiwi men shun sunscreen More men die of skin cancer each year, with the sun protection message not getting through. Despite New Zealand having the highest melanoma incidence rate in the world, new research shows that only 8% of Kiwi men wear sunscreen every day. Death rates from melanoma in New Zealand are higher among men and appear to be increasing which is reflected by the way men reported their attitude to sunscreen use in an independent Canstar Blue survey. Gen Y has the most relaxed attitude towards skin protection with 64% choosing to only wear sunscreen on hot, sunny days. They are also the least concerned about the health implications of sun damage compared to both the national average, and baby boomers who reported the highest concerns about the possibility of skin damage. Derek Bonnar, Canstar New Zealand National Manager, says it’s important that younger generations are reminded about the dangers of excessive sun exposure. While 70% of cases occur in the over 50 age group, melanoma is common in younger age groups too, with significant numbers in men and women between 25 and 44 years. Gen Ys in the survey were the most likely to have experienced a bad sunburn in the last twelve months, or seen someone in their family suffer from skin damage. “Having a severe case of sunburn can increase melanoma risk factors,” says Bonnar. The Melanoma Foundation (www.melanoma.org.nz) says that sun protection is vitally important, from September to April, especially between 10am and 4pm when UV radiation is highest. The essentials for September to April1: · Wear a broad brimmed hat, · Wear clothes made of densely woven fabric to cover arms, legs and body, · Wear wrap-around sunglasses · Seek shade · Use sunscreen. Apply broad spectrum SPF30+ sunscreen liberally 15 minutes before going outside, and reapply every two hours. Bonnar adds: “Remember; even if it’s cloudy, you can still burn.”

Help keep Hunua Kauri healthy Despite kauri dieback disease affecting many trees in Auckland and Northland forest, we still have some healthy Kauri forests. Their disease-free status makes them even more precious. One of these healthy forests is the Hunua Ranges, including Hunua, Waharau and Whakatiwai Regional Parks. The Hunua Ranges Kauri have been confirmed as healthy after extensive aerial and ground surveys. In the Hunua Ranges, cleaning stations for footwear and mountain bikes have been installed and large entrance signs remind visitors that they’re entering a ‘healthy Kauri area’ and should make sure they clean their shoes before heading into the forest. “This disease is spread by soil movement so could be brought into Hunua on visitors’ dirty shoes and equipment,” says Ali Thompson, Senior Ranger Conservation for Southern Parks. “Everyone working in or visiting Kauri forest should make sure their footwear and equipment including bikes are cleaned of soil when they www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

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arrive and cleaned again when they leave. “It doesn’t take much effort to do this and it is the only way we are going to protect the Kauri in Hunua from this disease.” “This is particularly important when people are going from a known disease zone like the Waitakere Ranges, to a healthy area such as Hunua,” says Ali. Disease symptoms include bleeding gum at the base of the trunk, yellowing leaves, thinning canopy and dead branches. In Auckland, Kauri dieback disease has been confirmed in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, council land in West Auckland and Awhitu Peninsula, Department of Conservation reserves at Okura, Albany and Pakiri and Great Barrier Island and private land in many areas of Auckland. It is also in many areas in Northland. Visitors to parks and reserves should also always keep to the tracks. Visit www.kauridieback.co.nz for more information. Left: A bleeding lesion on a Kauri. Above: A healthy Kauri. Walking New Zealand, issue no 178 - 2012

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New Zealand guided walks

A short history of long wa G

etting around in New Zealand with its raging rivers and steep topography has never been straight forward and has often involved long journeys by foot. This may be the reason why even today wilderness walking is close to the kiwi heart. The first people to inhabit New Zealand were voyagers in the true sense, having risked all to cross the largest ocean in the world. It’s rather fitting that these characters are remembered as demi gods who slayed demons, shaped the physical world, and in death became part of the very landscape they created. Their descendants remembered their feats and matched various legends to the landforms around them. In this way the ancient Maori used their stories and genealogy to navigate on long foot journeys, carefully avoiding the mountain peaks where their gods still held court. In the late 18th century the first Europeans deemed much of the country impassable due to dense forest, steep mountains and most fatally wide raging rivers. Drowning became known as the “New Zealand death”, as travellers were routinely swept down swollen rivers. The majority of settlements were limited to the coast and alongside major waterways, where ships and canoes could come and go with ease. However, with the prospects of gold, good sheep grazing and the ever present quest to survey, the frontiers of New Zealand were continually pushed by the likes of Charles Heaphy, Patrick Caples and William Colenso - New Zealand’s own versions of Australian explorer “Matthew Flinders”. Whilst large parts of the country were still yet to be explored the government was enthusiastically developing a tourism industry that would include the volcanic peaks of Tongariro, the geother mal wonders of

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Rotorua, and of course the Milford hiking trail. Early 20th century a network of road and rail crisscrossed all but the steepest parts of the terrain. Scrub clearing and harvesting native timber gave way to more sedentary work, but the romance of “the bush” stayed in the New Zealand psyche leading a new wave of outdoor enthusiasts who dubbed themselves “trampers”. Around the same time New Zealand experienced an ecological crisis. The deer that were introduced a century earlier as game were destroying large swathes of native forest. In 1930 red deer were declared a pest and a bounty offered for their eradication. Once again Kiwi blokes laced up their boots and went bush. They established tracks, bridges and thousands of huts creating the basis for what is undoubtedly the best hut/track network in the world. With the advent of helicopter shooting, deer numbers were quickly under control and the huts were adopted by keen trampers, climbers and recreational hunters, who pitched in to maintain and improve the facilities. The Department of Conservation was formed in 1987 to take over from the forest service with a mandate to conserve national parks and facilitate recreation. They maintained and extended the hut/track network and developed nine of the best routes known as the “Great Walks” They are: Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, Tongariro Northern Circuit, Abel Tasman Coast Track, Heaphy Track, Routeburn Track, Milford Track, Kepler Track, Rakiura Track and the Whanganui Journey. Each one of these spectacular journeys provides a full explanation as to why walkers from all over the world are so keen to spend their leisure time with packs and boots, sweating it out in New Zealand’s Great Outdoors. Author Rob Franklin has spent his life

By Rob Franklin

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New Zealand guided walks

alks in Aotearoa

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New Zealand walks

So near yet so far away:

The Aotea

spectacular scen

Above: Enjoying the view from Mt Heale Hut on the Aotea Track.

Photo by Andris Apse

Below: The bridges make this an all weather track .

Remains of the historic Kauri dam on the Kaiaraara Track.

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By Vincent Maire

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ook east from Auckland’s many highpoints and chances are you will see a long, low, cloud-topped shadow on the horizon. This is Great Barrier Island, the country’s fourth largest land mass, formed in the region’s distant volcanic past. Great Barrier Island is one of the last great wilderness areas in the Auckland region. Its fiord-like harbours have long been a haven for sailors, its east coast beaches attract surfers; and in the past loggers, whalers, farmers and miners have left their mark on the island’s landscape. But now a new band of adventurers are being drawn to this rugged and remote island. Walkers and trampers are being enticed by the recently established Aotea Track; a 25 km walk that loops through the central mountainous area and provides access to spectacular scenery, beautiful bush and inspiring history. The Aotea Track is a two night, three-day walk located in the heart of a forest that covers 60 percent of Great Barrier Island. In creating the track the Department of Conservation upgraded old trails, built a new hut and upgraded old routes to form a walk that can be accessed via a number of entry points. DOC ranger Rebecca Gibson says the project was five years in the making. “We were aware of the potential for a multi day tramping experience, and were determined to make it easy to find out about and easy to get organised. We expect the Aotea Track to attract more visitors to the Island and local businesses are gearing up to provide transport and

accommodation packages. “ So what makes the Aotea Track so special in a country with literally hundreds of walks over thousands of kilometres? To begin with it is close to Auckland yet a world away from city and suburbia. Three and a half hours by ferry or 30-minutes by plane is all it takes to get there. A passenger bus service and rental cars are available. The loop track has a number of entry and exit points and is easily accessed from either Port Fitzroy in the north or Claris in the south. “There is also an opportunity for walkers who don’t want to use the huts to retire to more comfortable accommodation. Local tourist operators will drop you off in the morning and pick ■ you up in the afternoon,” explains Ms Gibson. Walkers will be attracted by the relatively short times on the trail, just three to four hours each day. The Aotea Track is not a gut-buster although moderate fitness is required as parts are quite steep, and include many stairs. Views of the Pacific, the Hauraki Gulf, ancient volcanic cones and beautiful forest add to the walks uniqueness. “But for Aucklanders who have spent years seeing Great Barrier Island as a shadow on the horizon, the opportunity to see their city in the same way is quite an experience,” says Ms Gibson, who adds that the Island has lots more to offer than the walk. “I’m telling all my friends to stay longer than three days to enjoy the Island’s other attractions. Mountain biking, kayaking, golf, diving, fishing, harbour tours, surfing, bird

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The Aotea Track - a new loop track watching, lazing on the beach or exploring in a rental car are just a few of the reasons to extend your holiday.” Whether you are carrying a backpack or a

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Above: At the top of Mt Hobson/ Hirakimata. Looking out across Great Barrier towards Little Barrier . Photo by Andris Apse

boardwalk across the Kaitoke Wetlands, home to fern birds and the secretive spotless crake, and passes by the hotpools. Pause for a dip or wait until you return; by then you would have earned it! Tramline Track North and Peach Track ascend through regenerating forest to your destination at Mt Heale Hut. Given that you have only been walking some three hours it is suggested you consider a side trip to Windy Canyon Lookout. Great views north to Whangapoua make this

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Enjoying a soak in the Kaitoke Hot Springs. Photo by Andris Apse

worthwhile as does the canyon itself. Day two starts with a steep 40-minute climb to the junction with the Kaiaraara Track. Before commencing the descent towards Port Fitzroy a five-minute side track leads to Hirakamata / Mount Hobson, which at 627m is the highest point on the island. Spectacular 360 degree views will have you reaching for your camera and binoculars. As you descend the trail to the Kaiaraara Hut lookout for Tomtit, North Island Robin, Kakariki, Kaka and the nesting burrows of the endangered Black Petrel. Some 40-minutes below the summit there is a side walk to the historic Kauri Dam which was built in the late 1920s. This is the largest of three dams that allowed loggers to transport Kauri logs from areas too remote and steep

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The Aotea

Some of the many steps on the upgraded track. Photo by Andris Apse

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Bay. From here it is an easy walk or drive to Port Fitzroy. At 11 km day three is the longest stretch of the Aotea Track but fear not; it is an easy grade with no major climbs. Take time to enjoy the beautiful bush, the kauri trees and be sure to pause awhile to enjoy the spectacular views from the Maungapiko Lookout. The Aotea Track ends at ‘The Green’campsite located at the head of the Whangaparapara Harbour and road. However, those hot springs are less than an hour away should you wish to celebrate in style. More information on the Aotea Track and Great Barrier Island can be found on www.doc.govt.nz/ www.thebarrier.co.nz/ www.greatbarrierislandtourism.co.nz/ www.aucklandnz.com/destinations/great-barrier-island-aotea/

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Above: Crossing the Kaitoke wetlands with Te Ahumata in the background. Photo by Andris Apse

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High achiever

How walking changed 900 kilometres later

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had finished college. Four years of hard work and studying. I had worked my way through these four years and had been very successful. I had graduated and managed to become a manager where I was working by the age of 22. I was exhausted, I wanted a break. I flew to Spain with no money and a couple of my best friends were waiting for me at the other end. Lived in Barcelona for six months and had the time of my life. I was working as the translator of a tourist touring company. They took me all around Spain; I met amazing people and saw amazing things. They took buses of English, Ger man and French students all around Spain for weeks during the summer and I got to tag along. It was as much fun as it sounds. At the end of the summer, the man who had been my boss (which name I cannot remember) asked me what I wanted to do while the year ended. To which I answered: “Travel cheap”. He suggested I do “El Camino de Santiago?” “Hu?” Was the sound that came out of my voice. I had never heard of such a thing. The next day I went to the book store and asked if they had any information on “El Camino de Santiago.” He took me to its own section, I was surprised after seeing shelves

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and shelves of books on this topic; El Camino was obviously a big deal. I spent the afternoon sitting on the floor reading about it. Bought two books and took them back home. This was October of the year 2004. I was living with two roommates, one English and one Mexican. When my English flat mate, Jack, saw the books, he was soon excited about the idea. And I could not have asked for anything better. We decided to do it. We looked at the guides and the maps and decided that one month would be enough to cover the entire French Way, 900 kilometres. There are several ways of doing El Camino, but this one was the most popular one. We started on 29 October 2004. We headed to a barber shop, where we had to get our pilgrim passports the day we were to get on the train and start our journey. This passport had to be stamped at each shelter every day so we could prove to Santiago de Compostela that we had walked for more than 200kms, which was the legal rule to get your “church diploma” or the Compostela. I had no way of knowing that after that day I would lose all my toe nails, how this one month trip would became two months, how this trip would change forever my understanding of how men and women relate and how powerful walking can be. There are too many aspects about this trip that I could indulge in explaining and describing. Like the food, the shelters, the people, the history, the religion, the legends, the towns and the wine, but I am going to stick with the one I think is the most important one: the walking. When you walk for eight hours a day for 60 days, you learn. You learn about yourself and about others, you learn to listen and to be quiet, you learn to push through pain and help others, you learn to balance yourself with nature. All lessons I am not quite sure I would have learnt otherwise. Jack and I had decided no IPods and no music to distract us from the internal process you go through while we walked. We walked, and walked some more. We talked, we laughed, we debated, we discussed issues as deep as religion, abortion and difference of men and women. As well as issues like our favourite pizza toppings and the things we missed the most while being on the walk, like a bed with

clean sheets. We also kept to our selves. In some parts he walked much faster than me and we were separated by his stronger body and by my unbelievable foot pain. By the first week my feet were covered in blisters. This happened every day for the rest of the trip. During the evenings Jack would pull out the needle, thread and alcohol and do the procedures. By the next morning my blisters were all dried up and it was easy for me to get Below: A beautiful sunset scene.

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High achiever

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Above: Stopping for a chat on the Santiago de Compostela Trail.

My days were filled with highs and lows, beautiful, Spanish, hidden landscapes and ugly, my socks and shoes back on and keep on industrial, commercial areas. It was filled with laughs and tears, frustration and an amazing walking. By half way through every day, the blisters feeling of achievement for every day that I would come back. And every day I pushed through the physical pain and kept on walking. I would speak with my mother every evening and she would not understand why on earth I would put myself through so much pain. And I kept answering the same thing, “I don’t know”, but I don’t want to stop until I make it to Santiago de Compostela.

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conquered my fears. The feeling of getting out of my shoes every night and into my flip flops was my favourite part of the day. And for my fortune, blister heals pretty quickly when dealt with properly. And Jack always dealt with them properly. Bless him. It felt like every step I took I learned something new. I believe I learnt something about myself and about the world. I developed patience and tolerance. I developed compassion and a true sense of gratitude towards my body and what it was able to do. We reached some places in Spain that you can only reach walking, like a monastery inside a cave called Old Monastery of San Juan de la Penna, these things blew my mind. It gave me some perspective as to how important walking can be in everybody’s life. We finished it. On 24 December we arrived back to Barcelona. We were different people, than the two versions of us that headed out on 29 October. With different goals and aspirations and understating that walking would be forever a huge part of our lives. He has continued to tramp across Europe and I have started a Women’s Walking Group in Wellington. (www.nataliaalbert.com) After that trip, Jack and I moved to Seville and lived together for another six months. In July of 2005 I went back to Mexico City and he went back to London, we have never seen each other again. But I am sure we will always be a big part of each other’s life because we did something very special together. We walked.

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Cycling tours

Explore Molesworth Station on a guided cycle tour

A cycle tour group stop to admire the scenery on the Molesworth Station 4 day tour.

another 200km or so down the Rainbow Valley By Ken Muir t’s not every day that you can travel from Hanmer to St Arnaud and back down through the past in a hidden land high up the Rainbow accompanied by the Wairau River in the skies, but that’s the feeling when to Blenheim. Day one begins with a sedate wander up you head up the Awatere Valley into the the river valley landscape of the Molesworth. Awatere, lunch overlooking the river As someone raised in the south, and a mixture of bus and bike which my experience of high country takes in the vineyards and the history stations included visits to Nokomai of the area with its famous (and and Mt Linton Stations as a child ■ infamous) characters. After and these extended to trips to the overnighting at Upcot Station there McKenzie country with my is a climb up to the station parents later on. None of this can homestead and the old cob cottage. prepare you for the terrain almost A stay in Hanmer is followed by a visit to 1000 metres in the sky that is Molesworth St James Station with its old woolshed and Station. The 4-day cycle tour I am on, traverses lunch at the magic Lake Tennyson and the some 200km from sea level at Blenheim up headwaters of the Clarence River. The day ends with a ride alongside the the Awatere Valley to Hanmer and then

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Wairau River to St Arnaud. The final next day stretch completes the circle to Blenheim. The 180,000ha that is Molesworth consists of the joining of Tarndale and St Helens stations to the original station. The countryside is a legacy of time and the glaciers and many winding rivers and streams which mark and define the landscape. The roads that wind through the Rainbow and Molesworth are a legacy of the early routes to Canterbury from Nelson, augmented by the development of power lines through the area in the 1950s and 1960s. Molesworth is home to many unique (and in too many cases) threatened plant species as well as diverse fauna including native lizards, birds and fish. The effect of the tour is almost to suspend time – no cell phones up here – and the potential activities for return trips are endless, including the Hodder Bridge area from where you can climb Mount Tapuae-o-Uenuku (2885m), famously knocked off by Sir Edmund Hilary in a day, to secret walks across swing bridges over the Wairau. The walking and cycling track system of St James Station and Lake Tennyson are within easy reach from Hanmer and when the roads are open you can venture in to the Molesworth from that end. The Molesworth is the sort of place you just hanker to return to. The cycle tour is my second trip through, and each visit yields glimpses of other features to investigate further as well as distant views of some of the forbidden parts of the property. www.molesworthtours.co.nz tours operate from Blenheim.

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Points of interest along the trail abound, and there are plenty of n Saturday November 3 there will be a walk to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Rimutaka Rail Trail. information panels telling the story of the railway. Kids love the 73m long Pakuratahi Tunnel – built in 1876 and the Back in 1987 the late Sir Paul Reeves, who was then Governor General, opened the Rimutaka Rail Trail, leading more than 2000 people first concrete block structure in New Zealand – so make sure you bring a torch. Historic bridges along the trail include Pakuratahi Bridge to the trail’s summit. – one of the oldest truss bridges in New Zealand; Since that historic day, the trail and Ladle Bend Creek Bridge – New Zealand’s has proven to be massively popular, second oldest simple beam bridge. with 36,000 users a year. At the summit, walkers usually have lunch while Rich in railway heritage, the trail enjoying the landscaped summit yards – once the follows the former Upper Hutt to site of five cottages. You can still see old locomotive Featherston “mountain” railway line, remnants. Then it’s time to explore the 584m long in operation from 1878 to 1955. The Summit tunnel, dating from 1877. famous Fell engines were used at the Once walkers emerge from Summit tunnel, there’s “incline” – the steepest section of a choice to go back the way you came or continue main railway line ever built in New down the Department of Conservation-managed Zealand. 8km Rimutaka Incline, from Summit to Cross Creek The physical legacy of the railway in the Wairarapa. beautifully accommodates both More railway heritage is on show including the walkers and cyclists with the old 108m long Siberia tunnel and Cross Creek Station, formation providing the Greater once the site of a thriving railway community. Wellington Regional CouncilWebsite: www.gw.govt.nz/rimutaka-rail-trail managed Rimutaka Rail Trail with a wide, gently graded 10km path from Kaitoke SH2 to the summit. Above: Walking xxiting from the Summit tunnel.

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Monthly Photo Contest Right: Deidre Jackson making her way across the Karamu Walkway. Photo by Mary Martin, Hamilton.

Above left: On our way to Rangipo Hut. On the 'Round the Mountain Track. Photo by Marie Brennan, Reporoa. Above right: A helping hand on a forestry walk in the backblocks of Wanganui. Photo by Margaret Walford, Wanganu. Left: Emma Clarkson having left Luxmore Hut along the Kepler Tramp (South Island NZ), and climbed to a ridge just below the summit of Mount Luxmore (1472 metres) providing excellent views and posing opportunities! Photo by Liz Clarkson, Lynfield, Auckland . Opposite page top: Members of the 50+ walking group from Nelson recently took the ferry to the end of the Boulder Bank which protects Nelson harbour and walked to the end, visiting the lighthouse on the way. Photo by Cheryl Carnahan, Richmond, Nelson.

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Monthly Photo Contest These are the winners of this month’s photos in our Digital Photo Contest. Congratulations to the following who each re ceive a six month sub scription, or six month subscription extension to Wa l k i n g N e w Z e a l a n d magazine. Entrants whose photo is chosen for a cover receive a 12 month subscription. 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: walkingnz@xtra.co.nz with subject line: “Walking New Zealand Photo Contest”

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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Auckland Domain offers walking variety

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he Auckland Domain is the city's oldest park and is spacious and diverse and a great and interrsting place for short walks so close to New Zealand’s largest city. The 75ha park has been developed around the cone of an extinct volcano. The 'tuff rings' created by volcanic activity thousands of years ago can be seen in the land contours and forms a natural amphitheatre with about 10 hectares developed as first-class sports fields. Walk through native forest at its perimeter or follow a trail of outdoor sculptures in this magnificent inner city park. The Domain was set aside in 1880 as a 200acre public reserve. In the 1880s, a pond and the area immediately surrounding it were used by the Auckland Acclimatisation Society as a

testing ground for exotic fish and plant species. These early plantings developed into the initial site of Auckland's botanic gardens, leaving a legacy of magnificent mature trees for visitors to enjoy today. The pond, fed by an underground spring, went on to become Auckland's first water supply. Today it is populated by ducks and the outflow stream runs alongside the picturesque 'Lovers Walk' track through a hillside section of native forest. The nearby kiosk made its debut at the Above left: A family enjoys a walk near the pond. Below left: There is a short trail known as “Lovers Lane”. Below: Sealed pathsways make walking easy.

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Above left: The pond and fountain fed by an underground spring, once Auckland’s first water supply. Above right: One of the sculptures in the Domain. Below middle: A walk through a shaded area. Below: A group on the track just in from the main gates on Park Road.

Great Industrial Exhibition of 1913-1914 as 'the ideal New Zealand house'. The 1912 band rotunda, and the statuary, inform of the Domain's tradition of individual or publicly subscribed gifts. A second native forest walk leads through a gully, with the option to exit up into the middle of the historic Parnell shopping and restaurant area. The domain area was formed by volcanic activity 140,000 years ago. The large crater, which has a small scoria cone in its centre, forms a natural amphitheatre for large outdoor events like the annual 'Carols in the Park'. The level floor of the crater is covered with sports fields; a wooden cricket pavilion built in 1898 remains today. The beautiful Wintergardens, opened in

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Auckland Domain offers walking variety

Above left: The Auckland War Memorial Museum. Above right: The Domain trails are popular with runners. Middle left: The Domain is used as a shortcut to Stanley, George and Tikoki Streets from Park Road.

1913, consist of two large glasshouses each exhibiting either temperate or tropical plants. Between the glasshouses is an enclosed courtyard with fish pond, fountains and classical marble statues. Behind the Wintergardens, an old quarry forms the perfect location for an extensive native fernery. There is a section of the park known as Gum Tree Hill is set aside as a dog exercise area. The gum trees provide shade for the hilly area on hot days. A garden for the blind is located near the intersection of Titoki Street and Maunsell Road extension and contains raised beds of aromatic, herbaceous and sensory plants. This was built in association with the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind in 1970. At the top of the Domain hill stands the architecturally impressive Auckland Museum, a large neo-Greek building that was opened in 1929. A variety of sculptures have been installed throughout the domain and make up an interestng sculpture walk.

Fact file It is a five minute drive from Downtown Auckland. From top of Queen St, turn left onto Karangahape Road, then right onto Symonds Street, turn left onto Khyber Pass Road, then left onto Grafton Road, then right onto Park Road. A more direct route from Symonds Street is across Grafton Bridge through Grafton Road and Park Road. The main park gates are on Park Road, Grafton by Auckland Hospital. Other vehicle entrances are from Stanley Street, George Street and Titoki Street. Bus and trains The Link bus service stops at the Domain and there is the nearby Grafton train station. The Domain is open to pedestrians 24 hours.

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Photographers enjoy a walk in the dark

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By Michael Tapp

ore than 40 budding wildlife photographers joined DOC staff and photography tutor Derek Hughes on Wednesday night early this year for a stroll around New Plymouth’s Ratapihipihi Scenic Reserve. It was another of the summer walks but this time the walkers focussed on capturing the best of this lush rainforest through the lens of their shoot and point cameras. “With its nikau palms and waterways Ratapihipihi has plenty of places for some spectacular shots,” said Tim Weston, a ranger for the Department of Conservation and a keen photographer. Derek was great. He pointed out a few techniques and introduced people to their cameras. A lot of people found and used a few handy extras they didn’t know their cameras had.” The walk began at 7pm and enthusiastic photographers were still shooting at 9pm. “I think we finished up at 9.30pm, “said Mr Weston, “ It was quite dark. We could have started earlier but everyone had plenty of practice at night time photography. It’s good to learn new skills.” Participants had the opportunity to send their best photo to DOC Taranaki and a team of enthusiastic DOC photographers who were then to select a winner.

Above left: Waiting for that perfect moment for any movement. Above right: On the bridge waiting till it gets dark. Below left: A quirky photo showing shadows taken in Ratapihipihi Scenic Reserve. Photos by Time Weston

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he Mangorei Track is one of the oldest tracks in the Egmont National Park and the one with the most spectacular scenery. This track over the past three years has gone through a Department of Conservation upgrade taking it from a muddy rutted and washed out mess to a very pleasant benched, steps and boardwalk trail. The Mangorei Track starts at the end of the Mangorei Road, about 30 minutes from New Plymouth, and surprisingly enough follows the Mangorei Stream. After walking up a private road for 10 minutes, its into the rain forest with giant Rimu and Rata trees. One of its fetches is the vegetation which starts with these large trees and one gains altitude and vegetation becomes shorter and more runty, until at the top of the ranges the sub-alpine scrubs are only a metre high. After travelling through these bigger tree forest for an hour and a half, one comes out of the tall forest to a clearing called Garylings Clearing at the foot of a peak, known as Photographers Peak. It is from this clearing walkers gain their first glimpses of the view, looking down on the farmland and out to New Plymouth and the coast. From there it traverses around the peak to Pouakai Hut and beyond to the range tops, a further 10 minutes beyond. It is from here one gets the most amazing view of Mt Egmont/Taranaki volcanic cone, right A wax eye. there in your face and

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Three very different images of Mt Taranaki (Egmont) Above: The summit from Pouakais. Opposite page above: Glenys walking beside the tarns. Opposite page below: Mt Taranaki through a bent tree.

a view of the Ahukawakawa Swamp. At this point you are at the junction of this track and the Pouakai Circuit track. (Pouakai Circuit is a popular two or three day trek) To the left the track leds to the Pouakai Tarns and its amazing reflections of the mountain, or go right from the junction and you traverse to the highest point of the range at 1622m. The Mangorei Route has a long history being one of the first routes to the summit of Mt Taranaki. It was first explored in 1866, by a large group of 21 men led by W.G.Woon. Many expeditions made summit ascents via this track in the early days taking many days from New Plymouth by horse back. On one of the banks heading around Photographers Peak there is a name carved into the bank, A.Coad 1880. Grayling’s Clearing got its name from W.I.Grayling who married Maria Upjohn on 6th January 1863 and chose to stay there in a rough hut for a week’s honeymoon. It was at this flat plateau the settlers cleared the bush, and grazed the horses while continuing on there adventures. The Pouakai track make a perfect one day trek or you can stay overnight at Pouakai Hut. Distance: 5.10 km one way ■ Time: approximately three hours one way. extra 30 minutes to the tarns and one hour to the trig, one way. Start lowest point: 521m. Highest Point: 1224m Rain fall: 7000 mm per year. Guided Tour: Mt Taranaki Guided Tours www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz


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Above: BNZ KiwiSeniors walk group. Right: The grand Poolburn viaduct.

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golden opportunity arose to place footsteps on the Central Otago Rail Trail. Well it all happened one weekend when a bunch of enthusiastic BNZ Active Walkers KiwiSeniors loaded their backpacks and gear bags and walking shoes onto the McDermotts bus. This weekend full of the unknown and excitement was being fiercely anticipated and comments about being mad or having ‘senior age’ crisis were rife. Two words that featured prominently was ‘Bucket list’. For a lot of these seniors – with an average age of 75 – it was to be another chance of a lifetime. Preparation for this trail had started months ago and so had the training with the weekly walks that Sport Southland plans. Some had to locate or purchase good walking shoes and all walkers were told to make sure that they had good firm fitting socks and anything new was to be ‘broken-in’. Friction burns (blisters) needed to be avoided for the

enjoyment of the weekend. The day was beautiful and I was pleased when the bus pulled out of the Stadium Southland car park before the departure time. Talk about keen! First stop was Lake Waihola for morning tea – where the strategy’s and planning’s were shared and the chatter was rife. Heading over the amazing ever changing undulating territory towards Middlemarch – I couldn’t help but smile as I heard nervous comments about the possibility of the trail running through the hills! My walkers are a bit nervous when it comes to undulations! It’s all in the perspective! Middlemarch was our lunch stop and noone took up the offer of a beverage at the local – all stating that they had work ahead of them and they wanted to get off to good start without any further impairment. The Otago Excursion train arrived in and the local Lions club were beavering away cooking a barbeque for the passengers. They wished us luck as we headed off on the trail.

Below left: Cheering on runners entering Poolburn tunnel. Below right: The group entering Auripo. Far right: Another day on the trail.

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Above left: Weather clouds at Oturehua. Above right: Ted, Joy, Maureen and Erena at Lauder. Opposite page left: Goldrush participant Denis Woods passing the KiwiSeniors. Opposite page middle: Arthur and Pete at the highest point of the trail above Wedderburn. Opposite page right: Erena and Wally leaving Hyde.

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First stop was Hyde railway station where the walkers did some stretches, hip flexing before setting off enjoying the walk to Hyde township through Prices Creek Tunnel and over the viaduct. Rabbits frolicked (well that’s what I’m calling it) in the fields and the abundance of ripe elderberries had the birds singing their heads off! The chorus of birds was so loud and beautiful that you would almost think that it was a family reunion or conference going on. A clap of hands bought a moments silence and a black cloud lifted and confirmed that these were indeed ‘blackbirds’ which circled and promptly relanded in the bushes within minutes. The ‘longer’ walkers were doing so well that by the time that the ‘short’ walkers had made it to Prices Creek viaduct – they had made it to Daisy Bank. A great first day of 16km – bearing in mind that the oldest here was 84! We headed for the ‘Old Post Masters’ and the Ranfurly motels. A few were a bit slower alighting from the bus to when they had started the day. Rooms were allocated – this being a bit of a logistic nightmare as there were some bunks – but everyone was happiness filled. Most headed to the showers for a spruce up, then a nibble and some refreshments as we reflected on what had been a brilliant start to a long anticipated weekend. Day 2 dawned with everyone refreshed and rearing to get going. A porridge and continental breakfast was consumed and then off to the ‘ I-site ‘ in Ranfurly. A link with Southland was found – with a brass statue of John Turnbull Thomson – New Zealand Surveyor General responsible for the establishment of the Maniototo area – having emigrated from England in 1856 he named many of the local towns after his home in Northumbria England – Hoggetburn, Wedderburn, Kyeburn, Gimmerburn as examples. John Turnbull Thomson also surveyed and planned Invercargill – our home of our walk group. The morning was beautiful and the sun was already emitting rays of warmth promising walkers a magnificent day. The group started at Wedderburn converging on the highest point of the trail down into Oturehua and the Ida Valley Dam - home of the original curling and the annual Brass Monkey rally. A total of 15km was covered on this walk before heading to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust’s Hayes Museum. Many people commented about the contents of the museum and homestead as being what they had used in their earlier days and many also stated that they still have a lot of these items still in use. That evening was spent chatting about what had been experienced, achieved and viewed during the day as each person had a totally different perspective of the day. www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

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Otago Rail Trail Day 3 – people were a little slower today – but a ‘Witch’ on the prowl and ready to haggle soon saw people motivated to get out of bed. One or two walkers had some blister issues of which was sorted by the first aid team. A hearty feed of bacon and eggs soon got most going and we headed for stage 3 – Auripo to Omakau. This was an easier day – as downhill is always good. The bus dropped the walkers off at Auripo Road and it was a hive of activity as the ‘Gold Rush’ duathlon in progress. On arrival at the Poolburn tunnel our timing was perfect as we were all able to encourage and be entertained as the lead runners of the event past us. One of our staff member’s partner Debbie was running as was our past Board of Trustees chairman Denis. Walkers completed the 15km enjoying the tunnels and magnificent Poolburn viaducts. The view from the trail was lovely and it was easy to see why the area had been named Poolburn. Heaps of little pools

and water courses dotted everywhere – even at this time of year – being autumn! We also met up with an elderly gentleman with a prosthetic leg riding a mountain trike. His support crew told us he was intending to complete the entire 153km. It just goes to show what determination can achieve. Just like our Kiwiseniors – most would never have ventured to the Rail Trail for the fear of the unknown and walking alone. Travelling in a group is a great way to achieve something. Laughter was in abundance as we headed for lunch at Alexandra – where a mock court was held and ‘physical activity’ fine punishments were issued for any misdemeanours and what goes on camp stays on camp. The entire weekend was an absolute delight and as we had a couple of hours spare heading home – we stopped to load up with fresh Central Otago fruit. The Kiwi Seniors had a brilliant time and thoroughly enjoyed the Manitoto area. For most this was their first time on the rail trail but definitely not the last.

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Morocco - barren - b and beautiful By Barbz Lowther

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Above and below: Chefchaouen - the Blue Village two hours south east of Tangier..

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orocco is a bewitching country, with huge diversity from the clamour and hustle of the cities, to the peace and serenity of the mountains and deserts; and from the bleak, barren mountain tops, to the lush terraced gardens, and huge areas of walnut groves, apple orchards and Juniper. It is very easy to get around in Morocco, because both trains and buses run frequently. We travelled to Tangier by ferry, and spent several days travelling by buses and trains to Chefchaouen, (a beautiful little blue village), Fez, Casablanca, and finally Marrakech, an interesting and vibrant city. We had arranged with Mohamed Aztat to go walking in the High Atlas Mountains, which are known to the Berber people as Idaren Draren, Mountains of Mountains where our trekking guide was to meet us here. Early the next morning, we travelled with Ibraham (our guide) to Seti Fatma, just over an hour’s drive away. The road followed the Ourika River, passing little Terracotta coloured settlements. There were lots of narrow swing bridges spanning the river, leading to cafes on the opposite side; giving the impression of shoe laces connecting the river banks. At Seti Fatma, we met Samuel, our cook and muleteer, and ‘Millie the Mule’ - an awesome team! We enjoyed sweet mint tea, and looked at maps of the proposed route for the next eight days, while Samuel packed our gear onto Millie. An hour later we set off along the Ourika Valley. Some of the oldest granite rocks in Morocco (over 600 million years old) are in this area. At first we walked beside the river, but the trail soon zigzagged high above the village giving lovely views back down the valley. We wandered on through a few little Berber villages, some of which were smothered in litter. It seemed such a pity that in such a short distance from Marrakech, where litter was constantly removed, these people seemed oblivious to it. By late afternoon we reached Timichi, a tiny village which has only recently had power available, something we have taken for granted

Above: Irrigated gardens terraced down to the river. Below: Lunch of Capsium, Red Onion, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Olives, Corn and cheese. Right two: Vibrant markets at Marrakech.

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Morocco - barren - bare and beautiful all our lives. That evening Samuel produced a delicious meal of soup, followed by beef and vegetables cooked in a Tajine (like a camp oven) The second day, we left at 7.30am and it was already too hot. We walked steadily uphill past stands of Juniper and Walnuts, and flat roofed houses which appeared to have grown out of the hillsides. From these, terraced gardens and fruit trees flowed down to the river. These were irrigated by small channels, called ‘Targa.’ We walked on river flats where children played, sheep grazed and wild Lavender, Thyme and Rosemary grew in abundance. The sun glistened on new power pylons marching their way up the hillside. Soon, the trail became steep, zigzagging over chunks of sharp rock to reach Tizi n Addi, a mountain pass. We sat for a while enjoying totally magnificent views of the ranges of the High Atlas mountains, seemingly going on forever. With Millie leading us down lots of short-

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cuts, we reached the river, and summer grazing along a steep rocky trail. The sun beat down mercilessly, totally pastures in just over an hour. drying soaked hats and shirts within minutes. We were glad to reach Imska at 4.00pm and spent an hour or two sitting on a shady deck, sipping mint tea, and munching dates, figs and olives. The olives were so delicious, the biggest juiciest and tastiest ones we’ve had. Because it was so hot, we opted for a trail with shorter hours, more shade, and less elevation. Both Ibraham and Samuel were so helpful. After studying the map, an easier route was substituted for the next couple of days. We were very impressed and grateful for this flexibility. The following morning saw us wandering Picnic Time. Samuel performed his magic along a path close to the river, stopping again, producing a huge platter of Tomatoes, whenever we found a tree. We reached Capsicum, Cucumber, Red Onion, Corn, Tinghourine early afternoon, and spent time cheese, Olives and bread. (our daily lunch) exploring the village. From the river, tunnels Today it was accompanied by pasta cooked in led through the houses, which were made of the tajine. Above left and right: House in Morrocco Other days we had rice, or lentils, often with Tuna. It was fortunate we had a two hour lunch blending in the landscape. Middle: Samuel our cook and muleteer break. with a big pot of vegetable soup. The river flats in this azib (summer Below left: Mohammed Aztat, the guide we settlement) were a hive of activity. Families dealt with. stayed in little stone shelters from May to Below: A Chameleon that changed colour October, fattening their sheep and cattle. from green to bright yellow, to tan as we When the first snow came they returned over watched. the Pass to a more sheltered spot for winter, while these slopes became a ski field. We spent the night at the French Ski Club Hut at Okaimeden. Next morning at 8.00am, Ibraham gave the signal ‘Yalla’, let’s go. Again we wandered on a red dirt road past Juniper and walnuts, and although the grade was easy, high temperatures made it hard going. We climbed over Tizi Oukaimeden, then stopped by a river for a couple of hours to avoid the midday heat, before continuing uphill www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz


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Morocco - barren - bare and beautiful

Above: The village of Arned, built above the flood plains of Imlil. Below left: Halfway up the pass. Below middle: Below right: The summer settlement of (Azib) for local people fattening their stock on summer pastures.

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cut rock topped by a mixture of mud and stone. A typical roof was walnut planks plastered with a gravel-mud mix. We were excited by our guesthouse tonight, because the mattresses were much thicker than previous ones.. It’s interesting what becomes a ‘treat’ when travelling. Here, as in many other villages, silence was broken by the Muslim call to prayer. Day five was a gradual uphill walk, again on a barren zigzag track, up over Tizi n Tamatert. There we stopped for mint tea, before continuing down, through several Berber villages, until we reached to the river. After resting under fig trees for a couple of hours, we had a short walk to Imlil. This gave us time to explore the village and walk up to a picturesque waterfall. Our accommodation that night was at Dar

Below right: Walking down the valley on the first day.

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Above: Houses built into the hillside.

Adrar a family guesthouse run by Mohamed Aztat. It was a beautiful, extremely comfortable place. Although Mohamed had organised this trip for us via a series of emails, this was the first time we had met him. He was the perfect host, and his business expertise couldn’t be bettered. The next day we walked up to Neltner refuge - a long hot relentless climb. The trail began as a wide gravel path past dotted juniper and river flats, but soon narrowed and became steeper. When we stopped at noon for a lunch break, the wind increased, clouds moved in, and it was suddenly freezing, as if we’d just landed in another country. Luckily we had layers of clothing to add. From here we could see the summit of Toubkal, the highest Mountain in North Africa protruding above the clouds. The way was full of rocks and boulders. The path narrowed. At times we slithered over marble-like scoria, hanging onto boulders to keep on our feet.. We reached the refuge at 3.30pm. It was strange being so cold when the temperatures had been so high for the past six days. Up here we were surrounded by craggy tops, long steep slopes of red and dark brown volcanic scree, with patches of snow and a series of zigzag tracks leading down to braided rivers way below. Given the choice of a tent, or sharing a dorm with four others, a bed inside seemed a bonus and as we found, can be changed at a moment’s notice. We slept well until 5.30am when our alarm woke us. Most trekkers start the climb to the summit between 5.30am and 6.30am because the weather is extreme. It can be fiercely hot or exceptionally cold and windy. Walking New Zealand, issue no 178 - 2012

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Morocco - barren - bare and beautiful

Above: We have reached the top! Below: Locals at Seti Fatma, where we started walking.

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Today was cool, crisp, and clear, with little wind, absolutely perfect conditions. At times the path was easy, at times we scrambled over boulders like mountain goats, and in places we slithered and slid between the boulders. The last 15 minutes was much steeper and we had to use hands and feet. Although a steep three hour scramble, the climb seemed easier than the previous days that were so hot. We sat at the top eating peanuts and figs, and marvelling at the 360 degree views of the high Atlas ranges extending in a series of peaks, against a deep blue sky. It was magic! We then clamboured back down to the refuge for lunch, before continuing down to a lovely little guest house in Armed . The following day was spent exploring this village, built up above the river. We ambled along, stopping for ‘Berber Wine’ (mint tea with honey) and passing the Mosque, the call to prayer never far away. Ibraham seemed to know everyone, from the very young to the very old, and greeted them all with a pat on the head, a hug, or a handshake. We climbed to a plateau above the village, where a gravel soccer field had been created. It was in a natural amphitheatre surrounded by hills, a perfect place for a concert. After

wending our way back down, we followed an easy trail through walnut groves and apple orchards, back to Imlil . Walnuts are an important cash crop in Morocco, so in October when they are ready, many people come to this area to gather them. We were lucky to be a couple of weeks ahead of the influx. After one last scrumptious lunch we were taken back to Marrakech. We were really impressed with Aztat Tours, and would recommend Mohamed and his team without hesitation. All emails were answered within 24 hours, Trips are tailor made, and adapted to suit any numbers, abilities, fitness levels or personal needs, and as we found, can be changed at a moment’s notice. All gear is transported. The food is really delicious. Mohammed Aztat. wass the mountain and desert guide we dealt with, and he was amazing. Local to the Imlil region, he owns a guesthouse 'Dar Adrar'; has a good team of guides, mulateers, and cooks, and a shop with equipment rental. He will arrange treks and design itineraries to suit any size group with any level of fitness. Email : aztat.trek@gmail.com Website : www.atlastrekshop.com.

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Window on Waitakere

Through the eyes of a student from Seattle

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By Kay Lindley

nvolvement in the Ark in the Park trapping programs and explanations of the need for it were part of the experience that recent visitor Natasha Lozanoff had during her week at the Ark, including a visit to Massey University’s Ecology and Conservation Group. Here is her story. Coming from the busy city life of Seattle where everyone fends for himself or herself, I was unaccustomed to the incredibly friendly natured people of New Zealand, specifically at the Ark in the Park. I received the Matt Jarvis Travel Grant through the University of Washington Photography department. I am studying both photography and biology with a focus in conservation at the University of Washington. My goal was to travel to New Zealand to discover the successful conservation efforts across the board and document it through photography. I was interested specifically in the pest trapping programme, the process it entails, and its results. On first arriving to the park, I was immediately deep in conversation with conservationists. It was wonderful to talk and learn about a region that is struck with so many hardships and the ways people are trying to preserve the natural biodiversity of the area. On the second day of my stay, I was able to go into the parks well maintained and diverse walking and tramping system and was lucky enough to be inspected by curious Robins. I did not expect to be so captivated and warmed by these creatures. It was important for me to see first hand how the pest control programmes are directly allowing for these native species to prosper as they once did before the introduction of mammalian pests. Overall, it was an extremely informative and enriching experience. I did and saw many things at the Ark, which allowed for a successful learning experience and project. I encountered first hand New Zealand’s special biodiversity, and the people that devote so much to preserve. What a lovely story from someone who came to New Zealand to learn about our wonderful Waitakere Ranges. Last year, the Ark in the Park volunteer “stoaters” netted 78 stoats, 15 weasels, 5 ferrets, 26 hedgehogs, two possums and 142 rats. What a wonderful team they are to protect our ranges. For the opportunity to hear and see our wonderful diverse ranges, and to go on the Walking Waitakere Wednesday Walks series, please email me on: kaylindley@xtra.co.nz.

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Southern Lakes Tracks & Trails

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Walking and Tramping Guide by Pat Barrett. Pat Barrett is well known as an author of popular guides on Canterbury, Westland and Nelson. His newest book, Southern Lakes Tracks & Trails is the perfect holiday planner with 15 maps showing the location of easy walks, moderate tramps and hard routes covering the lower half of the South Island. This book draws together information about the many marked tracks available for a wide range of walks in the beautiful inland regions of the lower half of the South Island. Some tramping routes are also included, but the emphasis throughout is on foothills and forests.

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n the New Zealand Bush with the Cock & Bull Tramping Club by Julia Millen with sketches by Barbara O’Reilly

One summer morning a group of drinking mates set out for a short walk. Twelve hours later, exhausted and footsore, they straggle on to Makara Beach. So begins the story of the Cock & Bull Tramping Club.

Inspired by The Compleat Tramper — advocate of ancient equipment, oilskin parkas, woollen long-johns — the Cock & Bull trampers embark on a series of adventures, and disasters, bush-bashing, struggling over the tops, battling leatherwood and sleet. Julia Millen’s light-hearted stories not only depict Cock & Bull exploits throughout New Zealand but reflect her accomplished writing career. Besides tramping the ranges, she has also skied the Tasman Glacier, and hiked in The Grand Canyon, Patagonia and Antarctica. One of the first women ‘on the ice’, she took part in the Longwire-Byrd traverse, 19km with the temperature 25° C below. Barbara O’Reilly was enticed into the Cock & Bull Tramping Club and after a brief initiation into its unique philosophy, began to enjoy — even relish — the highs and lows; of tramping with this diverse group who managed always to triumph over nature and themselves. Barbara’s sketches evoke memories of exhaustion and fellowship, skinny-dipping and places of significance to the Cock & Bulls. www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

The walks and tramps are suitable for a range of fitness levels: families will enjoy the many short walks along well-marked tracks, while there is ample information for those with more experience who aspire to attempt more challenging trips. The author has drawn on his extensive transalpine tramping experience and skills as By Helen Vause. Foreword by Dame Susan a photographer to provide an indispensable Devoy guide. illions of women worldwide are discovering the joy of walking and Pat Barrett is an active tramper and its wide range of health, fitness and adventurer who has authored five South Island tramping guides. He has lead three-week social benefits. Now a book has been written specifically expeditions to Nepal and South America and for New Zealand women, featunng case competed in three coast-to-coast events as well as the Southern Traverse. He is also a regular studies from Northland, Auckland, Rotorua, contributor to Wilderness magazine, The Press Christchurch, Palmerston North, Thames/ and The Dominion Post. He lives with his wife Coromandel and Tauranga. Walking for Fitness, Pleasure and Health tells and three children in Christchurch. the personal stories of women who love to walk and what it means to them. They’re all ages, shapes and sizes with determination in common whether their goal is a half marathon, a significant weight loss or a commitment to changing their lifestyles. Written by long-time walker Helen Vause, it contains chapters on how to start walking, clothing and equipment, motivation, weight loss, nutrition, walking with children, pedometers, event training, and much more, there is something for everyone at all levels of walking expertise. Women are walking at all stages of their lives - pushing prams and combating work stresses, battling bulges and warding off ailments in later life. Walking suits women because it fits in with the balance of career and family, and because, more than most men, they like the social aspect of walking about in little groups, flattering, supporting each other and maintaining networks.

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here was a crisp start for runners and walkers in Kinloch for the offroad challenge. Over 750 runners and walkers hit the off-road tracks in Kinloch on 2nd September for the Marathon, Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon events at the Mizuno Kinloch Offroad Challenge. Every year Kinloch puts on a great day for participants of the Mizuno Kinloch Challenge and this year was no different. Once the frost and fog lifted, the weather was stunning, allowing runners and walkers to take in some spectacular views along the Western Bays of Lake Taupo. Event Manager Wayne Reardon said nearly 50 runners and two walkers braved the very first full marathon in the Taupo region and feedback on the event has been really positive. “We were really excited to see what our marathon participants thought of the new event as we see it becoming very popular in the future. Everyone has raved about the Great Lake Trail, built by Bike Taupo which Below left: Walkers take in a residential street section. Below right: Entrants in a bush track section.

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makes up a section of the Governments NZ Biking Trails project. We feel very fortunate to be able to use the track for our new Marathon event.” Denise Martin from Taupo said the track was just amazing. “Can I put my legs in the lake first,” she said as she was interviewed. “No seriously, the track is in stunning condition and coming back the views were incredible. All credit to those who built the track. This was my first ever marathon – when these things happen in your back yard you have to give them a go,” she said. Mr Reardon also made special reference to the number of loyal volunteers who come back to help year after year, and also the event’s committed sponsors, specifically Mizuno. “Mizuno has been a partner of ours for a number of years and they are great to work with and provide some excellent prizes for our runners and walkers. Our two events wouldn’t happen without the ongoing support of our

sponsors and volunteers.” Approximately 160 runners and walkers completed this year’s 63.3 challenge – three Taupo halves in three months. This included the Saucony Half Marathon in July, the Mizuno On-road Half Marathon in August and Mizuno Off-road Half Marathon in September, with those completing the three receiving a free 63.3 Challenge t-shirt. Local MP Louise Upston once again took on the 63.3 Challenge, completing all three events. Funds raised from Mizuno Kinloch Offroad Challenge go back into the local community. A payment is made to Bike Taupo and the Kinloch Community Association to assist with maintaining the W2K and Whangamata Stream tracks and local volunteers that help deliver the event receive funding towards their community groups. Any profit goes towards youth sporting stars in the region achieve their sporting goals. The date for next year’s event is Saturday 7 September 2013.

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Health

Thinking of walking in the

100km Oxfam Trailwalker by Gary Moller Dip Ph Ed PG Dip Rehab PG Dip Sport Med (Otago) FCE Certified

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f you are thinking of doing the Oxfam 100km Trailwalker, April 6 - 7, 2013 - Start training now! Even if you are intending to do this just for fun and fitness, rather than to win, it is still an event you must prepare for way in advance and meticulously. I have now been giving training and nutrition advice for this event for several years and what I am reminded of each year is this: The Trailwalker is a tough event, no matter how you do it This Taupo event attracts thousands and thousands of participants. Do not be deceived: It is a tough event. You might say, "Yes it is tough; but we are going to pace ourselves, we're not running it - we are walking the distance and we are doing it for the enjoyment". My reply is this: "Good luck to you because the feedback I get is the ones who are at the slower end of the field are the ones who suffer the most!" And, if your fitness, or the fitness of your team is not up to it - You sure will not be enjoying yourself on the day! This fits with my experience with marathon running. It is better to get the race out of the way in less than three hours than to spend four to six hours covering the same distance. In the case of the Oxfam, I would rather chop out the distance in 18 hours and not 35 hours. The longer it takes the more the sleep deprivation and the more foot sore one becomes. The more likely it is, your team may disintegrate. www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

So, my advice to you is to get training right now! That means walking daily from today, no matter the weather. Do one long hike of at least half a day once a week. Organise several multi-day hikes over tracks like the Heaphy or the Queen Charlotte Walkway. Make sure that your entire team does the same level of preparation. Teams can become extremely stressed when one or two

(other than general lack of fitness) faced during the Oxfam is sore feet and blisters. 100km is a long way on foot! Now is the time to start getting your footwear sorted out. Here's what I recommend" * Purchase a pair of high quality shoes that are designed for walking. Give preference to light weight designs that do not compromise stability. * Purchase a pair of super light minimalist "barefoot" shoes that

can be tucked away in a light walking pack. * Alternate between them when doing your daily walks so that your feet get used to the contrasting designs. * Swap between them now and then when doing your longer weekend walks. Your feet will love the change. * Over the next four or so months, swap shoe brands and designs, if needed, until you have found a couple of pairs of shoes that really suit you. The same should be done with socks. * Once you have found the best combination for you, stick to these and do not make any drastic changes during the last few months. * Make sure that the shoes you wear on the day of Oxfam have been well worn in over the previous few months. Do not wear new, untried shoes on the day!

members are not up to the standard of the majority. Throw in extreme fatigue, several blisters, plus sleep deprivation and the team may disintegrate. Believe you me, it does happen! You might think that several months is plenty of time. It is, on paper, but the reality is that this time will rapidly pass. There will be lost training time here and there from the odd sprain and strain, and the occasional cold, family and work events over the summer break. Before you know it the Oxfam is just around the corner and you are in panic mode! I have never had someone training for a sporting challenge ever complain that they had too much time. A special word about footwear The number one problem Walking New Zealand, issue no 178 - 2012

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CONTENTS for previous 14 issues OCTOBER 2012 177 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Albany Lakes Park - a walk after you shop 8 New Zealand walk: Exploring the Heaphy Track - gourmet style 10 Event:Forty walks in Waiheke Walking Festival 12 Macpac has gear for serious and leisure walkers 14 Event: Following in the footsteps of the Marines 16 New Zealand walk: Diverse landscape on K2K walk 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand walks: Coromandel adventure 24 New Zealand walk: Walk back in history on Kawau Island 24 Cycling tours: Cycle the Alps to Ocean in comfort 26 Overseas walk: The Galapagos Islands of couse 29 Overseas walks and tours 30 Overseas walks: Village to village in Spain’s Moorish Alpujarras 36 New Zealand walks: A planned trip with an element of surprise 38 Event: Stunning weather for Taupo event 40 Marathon prize a fantastic walking holiday in Austria 41 Health: Ways to return to regular exercise after a sickness bout 43 Weather forecast for October 44 New Zealand coming events 46 Overseas coming events 48 Nordic Walking Calendars 49 Te Araroa Trail: New section goes under motorway 50 Event: Damp and wet conditions for marathon entrants 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 59 Green Prescription 60 Napier City Half Marathon SEPTEMBER 2012 176 4 Walk talk 6 Event: Waiheke Walking Festival - a bucket list walking event 10 New Zealand walk: Up Shirt Tail - down by “Shirt Tale” 18 Event: Cadbury Moro Marathon - a major event on Dunedin calendar 14 High achiever: Finding myself through walking through Wellington 16 New Zealand walk: The Rob Roy Glacier Walk 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand walks: Warkworth Walks - now four years old 24 Overseas walk: Everest Base Camp - was the challenge I needed 28 New Zealand walk: Walking The Queen Charlotte Track luxury lodges and gourmet dining 36 Podiatry: Ankle sprains - how to recover faster and strong 37 Overseas walks and tours 38 Overseas walk: An odd encounter on Sydney’s foreshore 40 Window on Waitakere: Kokako old and new 40 Product Marketplace: Bra designed for larger woman 41 Health: Here’s some simple advice to give relief from sore feet 43 Weather forecast for September 44 New Zealand coming events 47 Overseas coming events 28 New Zealand walk: Four Waikato short walks 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 59 Green Prescription 60 The Duke of Marlborough Hotel AUGUST 2012 175 4 Walk talk 6 My Favourite walk: Te Mata Peak popular with locals 9 New Zealand walk: Forest erntrance upgrade for Whakamarama

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10 New Zealand walks: Te Rangiita River walk 12 Te Araroa Trail: The Wellington spectacular 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: Tikokino to Akitio 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 36 Event: Asian walking groups set up in North Shore 37 Overseas walks and tours 38 New Zealand walk: New Brighton Pier 39 Podiatry: Twenty interesting foot facts 40 Window on Waitakere: Our streams our dreams 40 My favourite walk: Mangaweka Scenic Reserve Track 41 Health: Get walking it’s easy as 1-2-3 42 Index over previous 14 issues 43 Weather forecast for August 44 New Zealand coming events 50 Nordic Walking Calendars 50 Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking and effective exercise option for diabetes 56 Country Breaks 60 The Duke of Marlborough Hotel 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 43 Weather forecast for July 44 New Zealand coming events 47 Overseas coming events 50 Event: Feilding to Palmerston North events 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 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

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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 MAY 2012 172 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Whananaki 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 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 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 22 New Zealand walks: Whararoa Farm walks opened 41 Overseas walks and tours 43 Weather forecast for February 24 New Zealand walks: Awesome Orui on Riversdale Beach 44 New Zealand coming events 51 Nordic Walking Nordic Walking 26 Plan to have walking trail around Lake Rotorua - Just what the doctor ordered 28 Overseas: Hiking up an Austrian 56 Country Breaks Alp 59 Xterra Rotorua 36 Overseas walks: Outdoor JANUARY 2012 168 sculptures a growing tourist 4 Walk talk attraction 6 New Zealand walk: Inspirational 37 Podiatry: Verrucae Northland forest walk 38 Window on Waitakere: Hihi 9 ABC of walking update 10 New Zealand walks: Waikato 38 Event: A fresh start in Taupo for River Trail opened half marathon 12 New Zealand walks: Million 40 Event: Perfect conditions at dollar walk, view and cruise Kinloch 16 My favourite walk: Duder 41 Health: The 21 day rule of thumb Regional Park walks 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 43 Weather forecast for November 44 New Zealand coming events 20 New Zealand guided walks: 49 Nordic Walking: How Nordic Routeburn and Milford Walking developed favoured top walking attractions 50 Overseas walks: Art, history and 22 New Zealand guided walks: architecture in Sacramento Kaikoura Wilderness Walks walking tours an ultimate wilderness 51 Overseas walks and tours experience 24 Overseas guided walks: Walking 56 Country Breaks in the wilderness of Patagonia 59 Buller Gorge Half Marathon 28 Event: Sunset Coast Walk has 60 Great New Zealand Trek amazine views OCTOBER 2011 165 28 Overseas guided walks: Walk 4 Birkenhead War Memorial Park Europe or China in style in walk 2012 4 Walk talk 30 Overseas walks: Southern 6 New Zealand walks: Walks from Spain - in the footsteps of the the Waioeka Gorge Moors 10 Testimonials from people saved 34 New Zealand walks: Walk in by using a McMurdo emergency Taupo’s secret bush-garden locator beacon 36 New Zealand walks: Goldfields 12 New Zealand walks; Heritage Trust Compresensive range of walks 37 Podiatry: Stress fractures at Waiheke Festival 38 High achiever: The Golden Gate 14 New Zealand walks: Catered Bridge was an achievement Coast Walks - discovering 40 Window on Waitakere: Canopy hidden gems in Northland Corps 40 Health: Massage: Essential for 19 New Zealand walks: Te Aroha Wetlands performance and career 20 Digital Photo Contest winners longevity 22 Te Araroa Trail: Another section 43 Weather forecast for January of Te Araroa Trail opened 44 New Zealand coming events 49 Nordic Walking Calendars 24 Harbour Bridge Pathway - what 52 Directory: Walking groups do you think? throughout New Zealand 26 Event: Auckland classic back for 56 Country Breaks its 10th year 60 Great New Zealand Trek 27 More people in Nelson and Tasman about to “Get moving” DECEMBER 2011 167 28 Overseas: Venice and beyond by 4 Walk talk bike and barge 6 New Zealand walk: Walk the 34 Event: SBS Marathon defies the trail of the gold miners earthquakes 8 New Zealand walks:What walks 35 Event: Fast walking in Wellington are planned for next Sea, Sky 36 High achiever: I feel more than and Bush Walk good! 10 New Zealand walks: New scenic 37 Podiatry: DOMS: Delayed onset walkway in Bay of Islands muscle soreness 13 The many uses of walking poles Zealand walk: Step out and 14 New Zealand walks: Rangitoro 38 New enjoy this slice of rural life Island Scenic Reserve Zealand walk: Mangati/ 18 New Zealand walks: Piriharaeke 39 New Hickford Park Walkway opened Reversing cardiovascular 20 Digital Photo Contest winners 40 Health: discease risk and quality of life 22 New Zealand walks: Daylight 43 Weather forecast for October saving signals start! 23 New Zealand walk: Sutton Salt 44 New Zealand coming events 50 Window on Waitakere: Kauri Lake walk dieback: a far more serious 24 Overseas walks: Trekking threat to the park than we think! China’s Tiger Leaping Gorge 59 Mizuno Offroad Marathon Taupo 30 Overseas walks: Walking 60 GPx Need help to get active tropical islands of Queensland 34 Books: Walks to Waterfalls SEPTEMBER 2011 164 35 Books: New day walks guides 4 Walk talk published 6 New Zealand walk: Mayor Island 36 Overseas: Kiwis conqueor 9 Readers views: Signs and the Kilimanjaro for Christchurch visually impaired pedestrian earthquake 10 Event: Where the field meets the 37 Podiatry:Shin splints forest 38 Take a kid tramping 11 New Zealand walk; Deans Bank Track 38 Event: Moro Marathon events 12 New Zealand walks; Coromandel 40 Window on Waitakere: Moby and Punga coastal walking tour 40 Poor footwear link to foot 16 New Zealand walks: Waterfall walks impairment 41 Health: Training advice for the 20 Digital Photo Contest winners Oxfam Trailwalk 22 New Zealand walks: Akitio43 Weather forecast for December Glenora Walk - New Zealand’s newest private walk 44 New Zealand coming events 28 Overseas walks: Revamped 56 Country Breaks Goldfields Track relaunched 59 Buller Gorge Half Marathon 30 Overseas walk: Four days 60 Great New Zealand Trek exploring Yosemite National Park NOVEMBER 2011 166 34 New Zealand walks: Warkwoth 4 Walk talk walks - more walks worth doing 6 Walking Access Mapping 36 High achiever: Mobile scooter to System now open for public use walking around town 7 New sponsor for South Island 37 Podiatry: Haglunds deformity marathon 38 Long walk: Walking the World 8 New Zealand walks: Pirongia 39 Window on Waitakere: Better walking tracks biodiversity 10 New Zealand walks: An 40 Health: High doses of indulgent walk over coastal Ergocalciferol a concern country 42 Index over previous 14 issues 15 Water fountains spout clean 43 Weather forecast for September green water 16 New Zealand walks: Auckland’s 44 New Zealand coming events 46 Overseas coming events Coast to Coast Walkway 49 Event: Birds a plenty at Bay 18 New Zealand walks: Coast to 50 New Zealand walk: Dome Forest Coast walk passes a number of and Totara Scenic Reserve interesting places walks 19 Books: Wainwright’s 1938 59 GPx Need help to get active Pennine journey re-creathed 60 Mizuno Taupo Off Road Half 20 Digital Photo Contest winners Marathon www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz


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ravellers on SH1 north of Mangaweka will look east and see the Ruahine Ranges forming a dramatic backdrop to the green pastures of the hill country farms of the Rangitikei and Manawatu districts. This is where, just 9km from SH1, Weka Walks is based. The self-guided half and full day walk options of varying degrees of difficulty offer expansive views as well as pastoral and bush walking where you could just feel, briefly, you are the only people on earth! The 300 hectare Titirangi Reserve, which is included in the full day Tui Walk, has been described as an excellent example of North Island wetland forest, and has an area of mosses of fascinating quality. Smaller stands of native bush are part of the shorter Huia Walk, and common to both

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are well-marked tracks and detailed instruction sheets and maps. From the base it is only a short drive to the start of the DOC walk to the Rangiwahia Hut – soon to be re-routed to avoid a major slip which forced the addition of a very challenging section to the walk. Accommodation is almost luxurious in tramping terms – no bunks for starters! In fact, all beds are made up and even have electric blankets; towels are supplied; there is a gas BBQ and the kitchen is fully equipped but you do have the option of ordering home-cooked dinners to be delivered to the door, to ensure a real holiday. A re-living of the day’s experience while enjoying your ‘beverage of choice’ on the deck, or in the comfortable sitting room of Hodd Cottage is arguably the best part of the day! Neil and Virginia Travers host the walks and encourage their guests to also explore the many attractions in the district (they are close to gardens and galleries and river activities). Hodd Cottage is positioned on the route of the Manawatu Country Road Cycle Trail which is also the start of the second trail of the Rangitikei ‘Gorges to Sea’ cycleway. So while you feel you are in the middle of nowhere, you are in fact in the centre of everything that is happening in this unique region, and Weka Walks offers an opportunity to really get in touch with nature and the rural lifestyle. Look at the website www.mthuia.co.nz for more information and booking details. Wek aW alks – farm and bush walks near Mangawek a. eka Walks Mangaweka. Comfortable accommodation, peaceful surroundings. You decide your package – we arrange the rest.

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he Main Divide — The Southern Alps — stretches along much of New Zealand’s South Island, forming an imposing border between the Canterbury and West Coast regions. From November, Queenstown Rafting will be offering outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to participate in a five-day adventure that involves trekking across the Divide and then rafting down the remote Landsborough River, which runs parallel to it. “We generally cater to people who enjoy the outdoors, but like the security of an experienced guide,” says Sales and Marketing Manager, Sharon Gray. “Ages usually range from 35 plus.” You’re not expected to “rough it” — the cooking is done for you and all you are required to carry is a day pack and sleeping mat. So, they cook for you. Does this mean baked beans and sausages every night? Well, no. They certainly look after you. Due to the remoteness of the walking section the food is reasonably simple; however, look at the menu for the rafting part: Butterflied leg of lamb, rice pilaf, Greek potatoes and Fruit crumble. That certainly isn’t roughing it. “I’m typical of the people we cater for. For example, I still love the outdoors and camping, but I’ve done my backpacking days. If someone else is going to do the cooking for me and all I have to do is turn up and drink the wine, well that’s perfect,” says Sharon. Groups are small (4-14 people), with a high ratio of guides to guests. The guides are highly experienced and knowledgeable about the history of the region as well as the flora and fauna you will see. Because of the small group sizes, trips can be tailored to individual needs. www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

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The itinerary Day one begins with a drive from Queenstown to the Ohau Lodge. From there you are driven to Hopkins Valley and the walk begins. The walk takes about five hours and the objective is to make it to Brodrick Hutt for the night. On day two you climb approximately 1,400 feet from Broderick Hutt and then set up camp near Broderick Pass. This is a great spot for fabulous views of craggy peaks, mountain tops and winding rivers. “There are no roads and no cell phone coverage,” says Sharon. She says it’s like being in the “middle of nowhereness” and can’t remember ever meeting anyone out there. On day three you descend down to the Landsborough Valley where a helicopter picks you up for a 15-minute flight to the Queenstown Rafting Landsborough Camp. All the gear, food, beer and wine rafts and clients

are flown in by helicopter. There is no rafting on day three. Once you get to camp, it’s time to meet your fellow rafters, relax and enjoy a glass of wine as the sun goes down. Day four begins with a leisurely breakfast followed by a full safety briefing. By about 11am it’s time to embark on a five-hour river trip to Harpers Bluff, involving both excitement and tranquillity. Sharon says that it’s okay if you’ve never been rafting before. “The water is quite fast, so guests don’t need to do much paddling. The guides pretty much steer the boats as they go down the river,” she says. On your arrival you get the opportunity to go for a walk or do a spot of fishing before dinner. On day five you head down Purple Creek towards the pick-up point at Clarke Bluff, stopping for lunch and exploring the waterfalls

on the way. Once you arrive at Clarke Bluff, your adventure is over leaving nothing left to do but sit back and reflect on your experiences over the past five days during the bus ride back to Queenstown. Visit: www.rafting.co.nz Phone: (03) 442 9792 or 0800 RAFTING

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OCTOBER 2012 2 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 2 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 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

Annual Downhill Walking 2012 a 3 hour gentle downhill walk Saturday 10 November 2012 County Fayre

Pohangina, Manawatu Start times from 8.30am to 12 noon $12.00 adults, $5.00 per child and children under five free Price includes bus to start and lunch at County Fayre Cafe

Contact Pat Bowers 06-329-4759

9 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 9 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 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 14 Hill Free Half Marathon, 10km & 2km, Dunedin 14 Koputaroa Half Marathon, 10.5km & 5km, Koputaroa, Levin 16 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 16 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 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

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.

11th Annual Morrinsville College

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23 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 23 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 24 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 27 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 27 Frontrunner Series, 5km & 10km, Queenstown 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 28 Juken Kaitaia Run/Walk5km & 10km, Kaitaia 30 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 30 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 31 Walking Waitakere Wednesday Walkers Fairy Falls, Auckland 31 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland

NOVEMBER 2012 3 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 6 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 6 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 7 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 9 Queen Charlotte Ultramarathon, 71km, Ship Cove, Marlborough Sounds 9 Steelformers Around Mountain Relay, 150km, New Plymouth 10 Speight’s West Coaster Marathon, Auckland 10 Maratoto Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Paeroa 10 The Taniwha Marathon, Half Marathon 14km & 7km, Waikato River Trails, South Waikato/Taupo 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 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 13 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 14 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 17 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 17 The Great Cranleigh Kauri Run, 70km,

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Coming events 32km, 21.1km, &13km, Coromandel 17 Molesworth 84km , Ultradistance Marlborough 18 Thames Save the Children Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Thames 18 Peak Trail Bazer 12km, 6km & 2km, Auckland 20 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 20 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 21 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 23 K2M - Kura to Mount Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Leeston 24 Ellesmere Road Runners Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Leeston

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.

CHARITY RUN 2012 Sunday, 25th Nov 2012 5km, 10km & Half Marathon Mission Bay, Auckland www.adra.org.nz Help change the world, one life at a time.

24 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 24 Frontrunner Series, 5km & 10km, Queenstown 25 ADRA Charity Run, Mission Bay, Auckland 25 Mahana Half Marathon, 10km, 5km & 1.6km, Nelson 27 Run Around the Hood, 5km, Auckland 28 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland 28 Walking Waitakere Wednesday Walkers, Upper Nihotupu Dam, Auckland 27 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington

DECEMBER 2012 1 New World Marlborough Marathon, Half Marathon,10km & 5km, Blenheim 1 The Goat Alpine Adventure Run, Tongariro 1 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 4 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 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 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 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 18 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 19 Walking Waitakere Wednesday Walkers, Waitakere Dam, Auckland 19 The Rat Race, 5km, Milford, Auckland

RIMUTAKA RAILWAY 17km FUN RUN & WALK SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER 2012

22 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt 29 Lower Hutt Park Run, 5km, Lower Hutt

JANUARY 2013 6 New Balance Race the Train, 5km &12km, Kingston 8 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 8 Nelson Striders 6pm Summer road Series, 3km, Nelson 15 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 15 Nelson Striders 6pm Summer road Series, 3km, Nelson 19 Blackball Hilton Croesus Crossing 26km, Barrytown 20 Westfield Albany Lakes Summer Series, 10km & 5km, Albany

The event starts at Wellington Kart Club track, Kaitoke (9km north of Upper Hutt) and finishes at Cross Creek (near Lake Wairarapa). New Zealand’s unique scenic and historic route, over the old Upper Hutt to Featherston Fell Railway line through the Rimutaka Ranges. It’s an easy gradient that can be negotiated by any reasonably fit runner or walker. Decent not suitable for buggies, and no dogs allowed as track goes through private farm land. Bus transport is available to the start and back after the event – details on entry form Walkers start 8.00am · Runners start 10.00am

Entry fee up to 19 October: $30.00 Entry fee from 20 October: $35.00 Entry forms available from Upper Hutt Visitor Information Centre, H2O Xtream, local gyms Online entry via http:// trenthamunited.co.nz

Great prizes to be won!

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Coming events 22 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 22 Nelson Striders 6pm Summer road Series, 5km, Nelson 26 The James Mountain Marathon 50km Ultradistance, Hanmer 29 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington

29 Nelson Striders 6pm Summer road Series, 10km, Nelson

5 Nelson Striders 6pm Summer road Series, 6km, Nelson

FEBRUARY 2013

10 Botany Town Centre Summer Fun 5km & 10kn, Botany Town Centre, Auckland

2 The Kaweka Mountain Marathon Marathon, 28km & 13km, Hastings 5 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington

10 Westfield Albany Lakes Summer Series, 10km, 5km & 2km, Albany, Auckland 12 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 19 Nelson Striders 6pm Summer road Series, 6km, Nelson 19 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 26 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 26 Nelson Striders 6pm Summer road Series, 6km, Nelson

MARCH 2013

GREAT FOREST EVENTS 2013 WAITARERE FOREST, LEVIN

SATURDAY 13th APRIL 2013 NZ No. 1 OFF ROAD EVENTS Two circuit Marathon course run/ walk Half Marathon course run/walk 10km & 5km fun run/walk

Medals for all finishers Early Bird Entry Prize Enter by Friday 29 March 2013

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3 Westfield Albany Lakes Summer Series, 10km, 5km & 2km, Albany, Auckland 5 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 9 Motatapu Arrowtown.com Miners Trail Run/ Walk, Glencoe Station, Arrowtown 9 Motatapu Icebreaker Off Road Marathon, Arrowtown 12 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 19 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 24 Skechers Coatseville Classic Half Marathon, 8km & 2km, Coatesville, Auckland 26 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington

APRIL 2013 2 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km, Run/Walk, Wellington 4-7 Mangawhai Walking Festival, Mangawhai

OVERSEAS EVENTS SEPTEMBER 2012 1 Yarra Valley Water Grape Run 2012, 6km & 13km, Yarra Valley, Vic, Australia 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 &

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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Coming events 42km, Seefeld, Austria 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 6-7 Trailblazer Challenge, 18km, 34km, 50km &100km, Adelaide, SA, Australia 7 Christmas Island Marathon, Christmas Island 7 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Chicago, USA 14 Melbourne Marathon, 10km, 5.7km & 3km, Melbourne, 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 The Kokoda Challenge Melbourne, Vic, 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 ING New York City Marathon, New York, USA 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

MARCH 2013 15-16 IML Two Day Walk, Gilboa, Israel King Island Imperial 20, 32km Coast to Coast, King Island, Vic, Australia

APRIL 2013 6-7 IML Two Day Walk, Canberra, ACT, Australia 27-28 IML Two Day Walk, Boras, Sweden

MAY 2013 4-5 IML Two Day Walk, Blankenberge, Belgium 10-12 IML ThreeDay Walk,Yatsushiro, Japan 11-12 IML Two Day Walk, Wellingborough, Eng;and 9-12 IML Four Day Walk, Chantonnay, France 18-19 IML Two Day Walk, Dalian, China 25-26 IML Two Day Walk, Diekirch, Luxembourg

JUNE 2013 8-9 IML Two Day Walk, Bern-Belp, Switerland 29-30 IML Two Day Walk, Viborg, Denmark

JULY 2013 4-7 IML Four Day Walk, Castlebar, Ireland

DECEMBER 2012 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.

1-10 FEBRUARY 2013 • WANGANUI

2, 3 and 4 March 2013

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Coming events 16-19 IML Four Day Walk, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

AUGUST 2013 9-11 IML Three Day Walk, Vaasa, Finland 24-25 IML Two Day Walk, Verdal, Norway

SEPTEMBER 2013 7-8 IML Two Day Walk, Arenzano, Italy 13-15 IML Three Day Walk, Seefeld, Austria 28-29 IML Two Day Walk, Brno, Czech Republic

OCTOBER 2013 5-6 IML Two Day Walk, Fulda, Germany 19-20 IML Two Day Walk, Arlington, USA 19-20 IML Two Day Walk, Barcelona, Spain 26-27 IML Two Day Walk, Won-Ju

NOVEMBER 2013 2-4 IML Two Day Walk, Higashimatsuyama 9-10 IML Two Day Walk, Taipei, Taiwan

NORDIC KIWI NORDIC WALKING www.nordicwalking.NET.nz 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)

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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 contact@NordicWalkingNz.co.nz Web www.nordicwalkingNZ.co.nz International Nordic Walking Assn (INWA) June Stevenson Phone 09-416-3917 0274-383-923 Email june.stevenson@xtra.co.nz Web www.nordicwalking.net.nz

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 www.nordicwalkingnz.co.nz or call 0800-669 269 Sally 027 203 2816

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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Waterfront wide walkway and cycleway rolls on A

continuous Auckland waterfront walkway and cycleway that runs from Herne Bay in the west to TEAL Park in the east and connecting on to Tamaki Drive is a step closer to reality now. Council organisation Waterfront Auckland has been given the go ahead in an Auckland Council Strategy and Finance committee meeting for a key section around Westhaven Marina. The project as a whole was ranked by the public as the highest priority for early investment during the consultation of the draft Waterfront Plan in 2011. By re-scoping the original walkway and cycleway design which was initially budgeted at $10 million, Waterfront Auckland has reprioritised $5.8 million of allocated funding within its budgets to construct the critical walking and cycling link between the Harbour Bridge and Wynyard Quarter. In doing so, the project will remain cost neutral in terms of impact on rates. Initial plans for the walkway and cycleway project show that it would: remove the ancillary routes originally proposed to go around Harbour Bridge Park, Westhaven breakwater and Z Pier; use existing Westhaven Marina walkways, grassed / planted areas, and small sections of car parking to create a dedicated walkway and cycleway. This will include widening existing footpaths where possible; and it will provide new infrastructure over, or next to, the Westhaven sea wall in areas where the footpath is very narrow. Waterfront Auckland Chief Executive, John Dalzell says the walkway and cycleway has the potential to be one of Auckland’s most widely used public amenities. “To ensure this we intend to deliver a walkway and cycleway that meets the high standards of construction consistent with other projects we’ve delivered to date such as Jellicoe Street,” The project is aimed to be completed by the end of the 2013/2014 financial year. The Mayor of Auckland, Len Brown, has welcomed the promenade saying it will make a significant contribution towards making Auckland a great place for walkers and cyclists. “The waterfront promenade has the potential www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

to be an iconic feature for the city attracting Aucklanders and visitors alike.” “By linking in with the growing regional network it will also increase interest and participation in walking and cycling as alternative means of transport which is great for Auckland as a whole.” Chair of the Waitemata Local Board, Shale

Chambers says: “The Waitemata Local Board endorses the project as it contributes to our objective of providing connectivity for walkers and cyclists within our Local Board area and contributes to our vision for a coastal walkway. “We believe this facility will be of huge benefit to our constituents and to all Aucklanders who will now have another reason to visit the waterfront. “

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ithin the stunning Hauraki Gulf, about 17.7 kilometres from Auckland, lies Waiheke Island. A land of farms, forests, beaches, vineyards and olive groves, Waiheke is world renowned for its fine art, cuisine and boutique vineyards. In recent times, Waiheke has also gained a reputation as an excellent destination for enthusiastic walkers. From October 27 to November 4 this year, Waiheke Island will host the third Waiheke Walking Festival. All the walks are free of charge and, with 40 guided walks to choose from, there is something for all ages and abilities. Also coming up in October is Connells Bay Sculpture Park where you can take a guided tour of Kiwi artworks blended with nature. Next year, from January 25 to February 17, Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf will feature 30 new large-scale sculptures along the spectacular 2.5km coastal walkway. Delamore Lodge sits on the northern side of Waiheke nestled on a hillside above Owhanake Bay. At just a short distance from the ferry terminal, this five-star boutique resort is ideally placed to accommodate walking enthusiasts who would like to be spoiled in luxury accommodation during the Waiheke Walking Festival and other activities on the island. “There are lots of beautiful walks near the Lodge of various levels of difficulty,” says Delamore’s Owner, Roselyn Barnett Storey. You can also walk along the cliff tops and enjoy stunning world-class views of the Hauraki Gulf and outer islands. Delamore, with four luxury guest suites and one, two-bedroom apartment is an ideal retreat after a day’s activity. “Guests can come back to the Lodge and soak away any aches and pains in a deep warm spa pool, enjoy a well-

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deserved massage or just laze by the heated infinity swimming pool while enjoying breathtakingly stunning views! They can even book a yoga session for the following morning,” says Roselyn. It is highly recommended that you experience, at least once, an individuallytailored five-course meal by executive chef, Aaron Smith — it will be a memorable experience. Delamore Lodge also has its own gardens and citrus trees allowing them to gather the freshest produce for your table. If you’ve been out fishing for the day, the chef will even prepare what you’ve caught. Some walks you can do on Waiheke Island Whakanewha Regional Park takes about two andf a half hours and is on the south side of Waiheke. Whakanewha Regional Park is known for its mature coastal forest and cascading streams. The Matiatia/Owhanake Loop is a great way to see as much of the island as possible without straying too far from the ferry and Oneroa Village. This walk takes about three hours at a leisurely pace. Church Bay Circuit is of historical significance and offers spectacular views. This

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walk takes about three hours. Hekerua Bay to Palm Beach is a twohour walk featuring shingle beaches and rocky pools. Stony Batter Historic Reserve is an interesting historical site and was once part of the Auckland coastal defence system. This walk takes about one hour. Delamore Lodge ensures that guests are informed about activities on Waiheke and they

Above A group of walkers stop on a small beach near Little Oneroa.

are happy to organise bookings. There is certainly no doubt that the best way to get a true sense of what Waiheke Island is all about is by foot. For more infor mation visit: www.delamorelodge.com

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aikoura Wilderness Walks and Shearwater Lodge offer their guests the ultimate getaway from it all experience. If you have been looking for a true wilderness escape where you can turn off your cell phone and leave your computer behind then this is it. Nestled snuggly on the upper bush line at 1000m, this eco lodge has to be one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets, true luxury in an alpine setting. The walk through Puhi Peaks Nature Reserve, the highest privately owned land in New Zealand, climbs quietly through beech and ancient totara forest before the surprise of arriving out onto alpine fields of Celmisias and the first sighting of Shearwater Lodge. This is aptly named after the Hutton’s Shearwaters who nest on this property, one

of only two wild colonies left in the world. Rare and endangered flora and fauna are encountered along the way and sweeping vistas are definitely a feature of this walk, with views through to the North Island and Banks Peninsula to be had on a fine day. Conservation is paramount for owner, Nicky McArthur, who is committed to environmentally sound practices, “we generate no landfill from our operation, and are ■ very proud of this”, she says.The Qualmark Enviro Gold endorsement is testament to her whole approach to tourism. “We are only ever lent this land, and we have a huge responsibility to act as caretakers and guardians”. Nicky took over running the company in 2008, having been involved since the purpose built lodge was constructed in 2004., “It is a complex operation to run with its own set of challenges. We operate off our own micro

Below: James and John come up and over the hill.

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Above: A bedroom at Shearwater Lodge with mountain views.

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hydro power system and just the sheer remoteness of the lodge make it difficult to service”. The 4WD Rhinos are fantastic in this rugged terrain she says and occasionally a helicopter is used for guest access. (12 minutes flying time from Kaikoura.). Your adventure starts in Kaikoura, from where you will be taxied through the stunningly beautiful Puhi Puhi Valley, before arriving at historic Puhi Peaks Station and the start of your walk. No heavy packs to carry here, your bag ( provided by KWW) is transported to the lodge, so only a light day pack is required. With a maximum of only 12 guests in 4,-000 acres of land rising to 8,000 ft you will experience total seclusion amid this majestic landscape so close to the sea. The family run business is proud of its attention to detail and this is apparent in all aspects of the walk, lodge and guest experience, whilst Cordon Bleu cook Nicky produces some wonderful surprises along the way. At the end of your day’s walking, to arrive on the balcony at Shearwater Lodge and enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea, before indulging in a wonderfully hot shower followed by a wine or beer in front of a roaring fire can only be described as “sophisticated wilderness”. At the end of your adventure into the Seaward Kaikoura mountains you will be returned to Kaikoura relaxed, reenergized and recharged. Take a walk on the wild side and head into the hills behind Kaikoura where a few very pleasant surprises are to be found with Kaikoura Wilderness Walks and Shearwater Lodge, Kaikoura’s Wilderness Lodge. Below:Bright mountain flowers stand out on the mountain.

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