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CONTENTS Issue No 189 - 2013

4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks:A A challenge through the most spectacular scenery 8 New Zealand Walks: Waiheke Festival caters for all fitness types 10 New ZealandWalks: The Night Time Kiwi W alk Walk 14 New Zealand Walks:The original P ink Star W alk is Pink Walk back 14 Cycling Tours: Striving for calorie-credit cycling the Tasman Great T aste T rail Taste Trail 16 New Zealand Walk:Glenham Glenham tunnel - part of rich rail history in Southland 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand Walks: Lots of charm on Stewart Island 26 Health: Have a backup plan 27 Event: What is the Head2Head Walk? 30 Overseas Walks: Spain’s Crazalema National Park 33 Overseas Walk: On an Elephant walk 34 Overseas Walk:Mary Caincross Scenic Reserve 36 New Zealand Walk: Ashburton/Hakatere River Trail 37 Overseas Walks and T ours Tours 38 Event: Blackmores XTERRA T rail Challenge Trail 39 Product Marketplace: Ease pains and strains naturally 40 Window on Waitakere: Bird count 40 New Zealand Walk: Kiwi R anger launched in Ranger Manawatu 41 News: Slice of Banks P eninsula bought for all to Peninsula enjoy 42 Product Marketplace: W alking with a spring in Walking your step 43 Around the Clubs: Beach, paddocks and history for July outing 44 New Zealand Coming Events 47 Overseas Coming Events 48 Nordic Walking 49 Event: Manawatu Striders events 50 Contents for previous 14 issues 51 Weather forecast for October 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 59 Green Prescription 60 Napier City Half Marathon




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Accountants join DOC to replace park traps

New track signs show local history stories

A series of new signs sharing stories about local history have been installed on the Oroua track, which begins at Peterson's Roadend and leads to Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge. Above photo shows Andrew Mercer makes sure the new sign on the Oroua Timber Trail is level.

This month’s Prizewinners The winners of this month’s Walking New Zealand promotion are: A588 Pedometer, V S Smith, Remuera, Auckland; and a six month subscription extension to Walking New Zealand magazine, Cheryl Hughes, Hillsborough, Auckland. Congratulations to you both.

Above: The Magnificent 11. Volunteers from PricewaterhouseCoopers, with DOC staff at the end of their stoat run along the Curtis Falls track. Eleven volunteers from the New Plymouth branch of PricewaterhouseCoopers New Zealand, spent a day out of the office recently, replacing over 90 stoat traps along the Curtis Falls Track in the Egmont National Park. “We’re replacing the old traps in the boxes with new stainless steel ones,” said Kelly Eaton, biodiversity ranger for the Department of Conservation. It takes us a couple of weeks to replace a long line by ourselves so these volunteers have really made a difference. There are some tough climbs in there and each of them carried six traps in and another six out.” This trap line protects the whio living along streams and rivers such as the Maketawa and they form network that covers around 7,000 hectares. This year was a record year for whio ducklings in the Park with 33 ducklings hatching in the wild.

Locals loving tourists more with Queenstown Ambassador Programme Queenstown is positioning itself as a world-class centre for service excellence with the launch of a new initiative aimed at locals helping tourists. The Queenstown Ambassador Programme is a scheme for local residents, designed to give friendly, positive information about the resort to visitors. The programme is a cooperative initiative started by Queenstown Resort College and has had the input of major Queenstown tourism operators AJ Hackett Bungy, NZSki, Real Journeys, Ngai Tahu Tourism, Ziptrek Ecotours, as well as key local retailers and hospitality operators. Destination Queenstown and the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce have also been involved. The Queenstown Ambassador Programme is being offered to everyone in Queenstown – not just front-line staff. Participants take a short, affordable course that provides interesting and useful information on Queenstown’s history, culture and offerings. Once the course is completed, participants become volunteer Ambassadors – wearing a recognisable black badge and are available to help tourists on the ground. “The Queenstown Ambassador Programme recognises the value of visitors and provides participants with a positive mindset to help people on their holiday here,” Queenstown Resort College chief executive Charlie Phillips says. “Tourists’ spending supports local businesses and in turn the local community. We are all in this together, so everyone should get behind this and become an Ambassador. You’ll be surprised at what you can learn about Queenstown – and it’s fun. “It’s about respecting tourists, showing them how great Queenstown really is and leaving a legacy – making a difference in people’s lives. We want Queenstown to be known as offering outstanding, consistently exceptional service,” he adds.


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Australian Marathon held amongst iconic backdrop Set amongst one of the most iconic backdrops in the world, a record number of entrants from over 25 countries pounded the red dust with spectacular views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta for the 4th Australian Outback Marathon in Australia recently. Race organiser and sports tour operator, Travelling Fit, designed the event four years ago to be enjoyed by all levels of running abilities offering four different events – a full marathon, half marathon and two fun runs. Most of the race course is plotted on unsealed roads, trails and bush tracks throughout Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The Marathon is set to become a major event on the Australian running calendar, with participation increasing annually, almost doubling in size since the first event was held in 2010. “This year, around 300 participants from over 25 countries ran in the event including the USA, UK, Germany and Japan. We aim to continually grow this unique event to become a major highlight for competitors on the Australian running calendar,” says Travelling Fit Business Development Manager Michael Walton. The next annual Australia Outback Marathon will be held on Saturday, 26 July 2014.

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New online mountain weather forecast service A new online mountain weather forecast service that will improve the enjoyment and safety of trampers and others using New Zealand’s National and Forest Parks has been launched by Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith. “New Zealand’s mountain environment can quickly turn from warm and calm to treacherous. We can improve the safety and enjoyment of users by providing more frequent and detailed weather forecasts on the internet,” Dr Smith says. “The new online mountain weather forecast service will provide standardised five day forecasts updated every day for 24 mountain locations across eight of New Zealand’s most popular parks. “It makes sense for an area like Fiordland to have a forecast for four different locations because the National Park is so large that the weather can significantly vary between east and west and north and south. “Another welcome addition is the inclusion of a specific forecast for the Tararua Forest Park. Other mountain areas will be covered in the brief and extended mountain forecast.” The avalanche advisory service can be accessed through the mountain forecasts, which are located in the Mountains and Parks section on the MetService website.

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A challenge though spectacular scenery


hallenge yourself and challenge poverty. Walk 100km in 36 hours with Oxfam Trailwalker. In April 2014 intrepid walkers from across the country will converge on stunning trails in Taupo to challenge themselves and challenge poverty at Oxfam Trailwalker. Teams of four will walk – or run, if they’re keen – a full 100 kilometres in less than 36 hours, all to help Oxfam raise vital funds to support its work with communities living in poverty in the developing world. After training for months, people come from across New Zealand and as far as the UK, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, the US and Australia. The trail takes walkers through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery, including Huka Falls, native bush and views across Lake Taupo. Much of the trail is on private land, loaned to Oxfam by generous Taupo landowners – a great opportunity for walking enthusiasts to see otherwise inaccessible tracks. Oxfam Trailwalker is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. But the event’s draw comes from more than just picturesque scenery. In taking on Oxfam Trailwalker each team of four people commits to raising a minimum of $2000 for Oxfam’s work tackling poverty in the developing world, but the top team in 2013, Family Guys, raised $17,475.90. Oxfam New Zealand’s Executive Director Barry Coates explains: “People have lots of


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reasons for doing Oxfam Trailwalker. One reason is they’re raising money for a very good cause and that is absolutely fantastic. We’re really grateful to all the participants and support crew for all they do to enable Oxfam’s work.” “The event gives people the motivation to test their limits. During Oxfam Trailwalker’s eight years, I’ve seen people cross the line looking like they’ve truly given their all. It’s very humbling.” says Coates. Total fundraising for 2013 was $990,113 and Oxfam hopes to raise over a million dollars in 2014. The event has a huge impact on the lives of people in the developing world – communities are able to build clean water supplies, families can grow more food, women are protected from violence and children are given the chance at an education. Oxfam Trailwalker Manager, Zeb Stone says, “There are thousands of walkers, support


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Photos of this year’s by Kristian Frires/Oxfam crews, families and friends who come along to Oxfam Trailwalker. The Taupo community continues to be amazing. Dozens of landowners allow the course to cross their land, Taupo District Council supports the event, hundreds of volunteers do everything from marking the trail to directing traffic, and community groups run the checkpoints.” In 2013, Wellington team Cool Runnings crossed the finish line first - in a bob-sled to pay homage to the film Cool Runnings – in just 12 hours, 41 minutes. The team shattered the fundraising target turning over $3240 to Oxfam. Team Seagull Express, who completed Oxfam Trailwalker 2012 and raised $6097 said: “What you go through mentally and physically is absolutely amazing…it’s the best experience we’ve had to date.” Coates is inspired by the way Kiwis have taken on the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge and are positively impacting the lives of those in extreme poverty. “The event continues to reinforce what we as individuals can collectively achieve when we work together. Over the course of 100

kilometres individuals offer a hand to support teammates through the hard parts, while the team as a whole is reaching out to support communities in the developing world,” says Coates. The Auckland Engineering Explorers, who finished Oxfam Trailwalker 2013 in 22 hours 53 minutes, said “We have truly gained a huge amount and grown as people doing Oxfam Trailwalker…we learnt the value of friendship. We learnt that walking with friends in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. We learnt about the amazing work that Oxfam does and the enormous difference that they make in people’s lives. Most of all we learnt about ourselves.” Oxfam Trailwalker is held over April 56, 2014 at scenic Lake Taupo, teams of four will walk 100km together in under 36 hours to help save and improve lives. Oxfam Trailwalker is not a relay, your team of four starts and finishes together. You can take part in this incredible challenge by signing up today at http:// or by calling 0800 600 700.

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Waiheke Festival Helen Elscot is a medical herbalist and naturopath and member of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists. Helen lives and works on Waiheke Island where she teaches people how to use the plants that are growing around them. Here she talks to Walking New Zealand about the upcoming Waiheke Walking Festival and why it should be on everyone’s walking bucket list.


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he term “weed walks” can raise a few eyebrows on Waiheke Island, a leisurely 45 minutes by boat from Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf. But that’s exactly what Helen Elscot is up to when you see her wandering around the island’s parks, beaches and reserves. She will be leading one of the many walks being organised by the Waiheke Walking Festival led this year by the Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust. The walks are all graded from easy strolls to longer, harder terrain. If you like to hit the tracks at a little more pace, there’s even a run to keep Waiheke on track to become the ‘fittest little island in the world”. For the first time, there will be two celebrity guides, Sir Graham Henry and television journalist John Hudson who will take you through their slices on paradise on Waiheke Island. All of the walks are aimed to impart knowledge as well as giving your legs a good workout. Learn the history of Oneroa, try your hand at Nordic walking, explore coastal pathways, have a go at zip-lining, try some local Waiheke wines and discover hidden glow worms. There’s walks for kids, dogs and walks for health. Helen says, “When you start thinking about plants as having health-giving properties, even the most mundane inner-city suburb, the dullest supermarket car park or wind-blown beach is transformed into a natural pharmacy waiting to be used”.

Above: Helen Elscot among some plants.

Herbal medicine has always been part of life although developments in modern medicine and science have sometimes overshadowed the knowledge and use of plants as a tool for healing. But complementar y therapies are experiencing a revival at a general and scientific level. This rediscovery of practical knowledge and wisdom from the past lends itself to a more ecologically stable and ‘natural’ way of life today. Add to the ecological angle the fact that, in these economically tough times, people are trying to save money by looking to harvest their own veggies, keep their own chooks and - as the successful British television series terms it - “Grow Your Own Drugs”, Helen’s herbal walks are a fast becoming a sure-fire hit. Helen is also an accomplished walker herself and has completed treks in South Below: Mataitai Bay from Church Bay Track.

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caters for all fitness types America as part of a research expedition travelling through Peru, up the Amazon River and into the Andes mountain range studying indigenous tribes’ use of plants as medicine. Now, as part of the Waiheke Walking Festival, Helen is intent on using her experience and expertise to help people improve their health and wellbeing by educating people on the weeds and plants that grow around them. Helen’s weed walks in New Zealand were originally inspired by a visit in 2009 to the world-class luxury Treetops Resort nestled in the heart of the trout fishing capital of the world and famed therapeutic thermal region, Rotorua. It was here that Helen was led through secluded native forest and game reserve by television chef, reality star and indigenous activist, Charles Royal. Listening to the birds scuffle and sing in the greenery, Charles spoke about the real treasures of the native bush, the ingredients. On the walk he selected soft new green fern fronds (Pikopiko) and picked them straight from the ground to eat. The taste was refreshing, something between a pea and

bush asparagus. visiting Helen will be one of the many guides Helen Elscot can be contacted by visiting offering their experience and knowledge of the tracks criss-crossing Waiheke Island all of which are free. Bookings can be made by Below: On the Church Bay Track. ■

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hat are you doing next month? Well, if you’re a regular reader of this magazine, you’ll be aware that the inaugural Bay of Islands Walking Weekend is imminent. Yes, from the fourth to the sixth of October, Russell, in the beautiful Bay of Islands, will host walkers from near and far to showcase some of the fantastic walks that the region has to offer. In all, there will be 20 walks to choose from, including treks to the magnificent Cape Brett, Urupukapuka Island and Elliot Bay. It will be very much a community affair. At the end of each day walkers will gather at a specially- erected tent village where there will be the photo of the day competition, live entertainments and even a massage tent. There is, in fact, over 35 unique walking

tracks in the Bay of Islands — something that’s not widely known. Hopefully, when the weekend is over, the Bay of Islands will be recognised, rightly so, as a world-class walking destination. In June, my partner, Kathy, and I travelled to Russell. We were there to try out some of the walks that will be featured during the weekend so that I could write about them. While Kathy (who’s not much of a walking enthusiast) checked out the cafes and cultural activities, I kayaked to ■ and walked around Motur ua Island; walked the Matatea track and then participated in the Night Time Kiwi Walk. In this article, I’ll tell you a bit about the latter. A place in history The Night Time Kiwi Walk takes about an hour and a half and is described as medium difficulty and suitable for the whole family. The cost is $10 per person and the maximum group size is 20. Below: The sea view from end of track.

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Kiwi Walk From about 7.30pm, you will stroll through the Russell township before assembling, just in time for sunset, at the Flagstaff Car Park — the site where Hone Heke’s warriors famously cut down the British flag before sacking Russell in 1845. You’ll also get a chance to admire the impressive sundial nearby, complete with a mosaic map of the Bay of Islands. Russell is packed with historical points of interest. From a European perspective, many see it as the birthplace of New Zealand. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed across the bay in 1840 and New Zealand’s first place of government was nearby at Okiato At the beginning of the walk and then on the way back, you’ll see such venerable landmarks as the Baker’s House, New Zealand’s first church, Christ Church, and the Immigrant Cottage. From Flagstaff Car Park, you’ll then walk for a short distance along Fladgate Track (land donated to the Department of Conservation (DOC) by the Fladgate family) and see glow worms, native fish, tui and, if you’re lucky, maybe even a North Island Brown Kiwi. On this trip I was accompanied by long-time local Tim Grant. However, during the Walking Weekend, your guide will be Helen, a local DOC ranger. That’s one of the wonderful things about all of the walks during the weekend: they are guided by a knowledgeable local, meaning that you gain a much fuller understanding of what you see and hear through their commentary. Clear Russell skies The view from where we were was quite stunning. We could see the well-lit passenger ferry travelling from Paihia as well as B & B GUEST LODGE international yachts drifting in from the Pacific. For additional information I live in Auckland please visit our City. And the thing website: that impressed me Book online or phone 09-403-7310 during my stay in


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The Night Time Kiwi Walk Russell was the clearness of the sky. This, according to Tim, is due to the lack of artificial light that you get in the cities. The stars were amazing and we could clearly see constellations like the Southern Cross. In October, Tim says that you will also be able to see the Matariki constellation, which symbolises Maori New Year. Relaxing at the end of the day On the walk back you get the opportunity to see a bit more of Russell town and, perhaps,

A great sea view from one of the walks.

stop in at one of the many establishments for a meal or drink — The Swordfish Club and RSA; or restaurants like Sally’s, The Wharf, The Gables and Tuk Tuk. During my time in Russell, I stayed at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel, so it was great to get back to a cold beer and a NEED A CCOMMOD ATION FOR ACCOMMOD CCOMMODA BA Y OF ISLANDS W ALKING WEEKEND BAY WALKING

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hink of the central North Island and what normally springs to mind are thegreat volcanoes of Tongariro, Ngaruhoe and Ruapehu. However, there are other special mountains, mountains with their own unique stories, geology and history. One such of these is Aorangi, the maunga or mountain of the people of Mokai Patea. Since the great explorer Tamatea Pokai Whenua left one of three sacred taonga or gifts at its summit, Aorangi has been at the centre of myth and legend. Travelling east of Taihape 30 kms to Pukeokahu, a distinctive, flat topped forest

covered mountain that looks like a big mushroom, called Aorangi dominates thecountryside. This limestone cliffed mountain rises majestically through the wilderness, almost vertically from the Rangitikei River. As a fundraiser for the local community Pukeokahu School and Hall, and in conjunction with the Aorangi-Awarua Trust, representing the owners of the mountain, a rare opportunity is offered to join a guided walk to explore this most special of places. The day will involve transportation to the eastern side of Aorangi, followed by a walk over the summit and down the western side, finishing at River Valley Lodge. A guide representative of the Trust will accompany the walk and offer interpretation of the history, flora and fauna that walkers would seldom have the opportunity to hear. For those who might find the walk up to the summit of Aorangi as being too challenging, a second easier option is offered to the Narrows- Te Papa a Tarinuku. This

Above left: Walkers enjoying views to Mt. Ruapehu. Above right: The Narrows on the Rangitikei River. Below left: The majestic grandgeur of Aorangi.

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Cycling tours

The original Pink Star Walk is back


twilight walk in the Auckland Domain on Saturday October 5 will be one of the main Breast Cancer Month events this year. The Estee Lauder Companies Pink Star Walk will raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. The Pink Star Walk is back by popular demand after a three-year absence, says NZBCF chief executive Van Henderson. “The walk is a great chance to get a bunch of friends together, enjoy some entertainment beforehand, then walk – or stroll, or powerwalk – beneath the stars.” The entertainment starts at 7pm, before

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participants head off on the walk, which has five and 10 kilometre variations. The 10-kilometre walk heads through Parnell and takes in a stretch of Tamaki Drive before returning to the Domain. The walk is suited to women, men and children of all ages and fitness levels – wearing pink is encouraged but not compulsory! Funds raised through the sale of entry tickets and through individual sponsorship will go towards NZBCF funding of breast cancer research in New Zealand. Walkers have the option to set up an online fundraising page and will receive fundraising tips from the NZBCF. To register or for more information, visit .

Your favourite walk could win a free subscription We are looking for readers’ favourite walks. Many of us go out regularly walking on a route which we class as our favourite, for a number of reasons. Perhaps because for it’s scenery, it’s safe, it’s challenging, it’s flat, it’s hilly, it’s varied, or for whatever reason. We would like you to tell us in your own words what is you favourite walk and why. Email us a story from say 250 up to 1200 words including a photo or photos. We will now give you a FREE subscription (six months or more, depending on the article), or extension to Walking New Zealand magazine for walks published. You can also post an article to Walking New Zealand, Freepost 78863, P O Box 1922, Palmerston North, or fax 06-3586864. If sending a photo by email please make sure photo is in high resolution one. (ie taken with a 4.0 mega pixel camera in high resolution mode. Our email address is: Please put “My Favourite Walk” in the subject line.

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hen Liz Hayward from Ballarat, Victoria, cycled the Otago Rail Trail in November 2011, she commented “A sublime pedal through beautiful scenery made even more enjoyable by the excellent organisation. Luckily I ended each day in ‘calorie credit’ and was able to indulge in the delicious food, dark ale and local wine”. Exerting sufficient energy on a cycling holiday in order to reward oneself and indulge in the bountiful mouth-watering local food and wine is a common problem on the South Island’s network of cycle trails. “Our biggest complaint is that people finish their active holiday having put on weight rather than losing Above: Approaching Motueka Port on the Tasman Great Taste Trail. Below left: Cycling along the coast at Rabbit Island. Below right: Hop farms in the Motueka Valley.

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Above: Moutere Gold delights.

calorie-credit cycling Great Taste Trail it” reports Hilary Weller, founder of South Island cycle tour specialists PureTrails New Zealand. Those planning on cycling the new Tasman Great Taste Trail this summer will face a similar dilemma. Could you, at the end of a 40km cycle ride on a hot summer’s day, resist the pull of a thirst quenching cold pilsner at one of Nelson’s craft breweries? Indeed you may have already been sidetracked earlier in the day on the Waimea Plains while navigating your way through a maze of grape plantations, into one of the regions 25 boutique wineries. Here aromatic Riesling and Pinot Gris consumed in a Mediterranean landscaped setting soothe the palate and will you to relax. As reacquainting oneself with a waiting bike saddle appears less and less inviting by the second, the realisation of the real challenge of the Tasman Great Taste Trail is revealed: to complete the cycle trail without irretrievably

buckling to the allures of the regions smorgasbord of delectably fresh cuisine. They did not call it the ‘Great Taste Trail’ for nothing. Leaving Nelson, the next major hurdle on the trail appears like Mont Saint-Michel from under the cool pine trees of Rabbit Island, the Mapua Wharf. As the flat-bottomed ferry gently delivers you and your bicycle across the harbour it becomes evident that the old fishing wharf has morphed into a foodie haven of giant proportions. Cafes featuring menus full of fresh seafood line the wharf. ‘The Smokehouse’ peddles smoked fish, salmon, mussels alongside award winning fish and chips. Yet more craft beer washes down salty seafood. Luckily the wharf also houses a large number of art galleries and studios that enable a browsing time buffer (and further calorie output) between lunch and the afternoon’s mileage. If you can make it past Mapua, brace

yourself for the Old Moutere Highway. Home to not only more cellar doors, but also berry farm’s boasting ‘pick your own berries’ and delicious soft-serve berry ice cream and frozen yoghurts, and the old Post Office housing Moutere Gold, makers of small batch jams and chutneys. Into the Motueka Valley and the home straight beckons. Apple orchards, olive groves, Hinetai hops, Black Currants and other berries grow. Fruit detoxifies and cleanses the palate, promoting renewed energy to complete the Tasman Great Taste Trail. You don’t need to be an avid cyclist to complete this 175km trail, all you need is a little restraint and a few spare notches on your belt.

Fact file PureTrails New Zealand has just launched a new tour of the Tasman Great Taste Trail. The Grade 1 rated cycle tour features up to 150km of cycling with full vehicle support. The trip utilises comfortable accommodation and hearty meals showcasing local fare. Side trips to local wineries and a cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park are included in the package. The 5 days tour starts and finishes in Christchurch or Nelson and runs on set departures dates from October to April. Priced from $1,475 plus bike hire of $170.

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Story by Ann Robbie Active Lifestyles Advisor, Sport Southland

Crossing private farmland towards the tunnel.

Across the farm track.

Glenham tunnel - part of rich rail history in Southland


here are reminders of Southland’s rich rail history that dot the countryside today and the Glenham Tunnel, a 225m remnant of a time long gone, is one stunning example. The BNZ Active Walkers KiwiSeniors were fortunate enough to experience it as part of one of the groups’ weekly walks, thanks to the generosity of the landowners allowing us access. The tunnel sits on private property, tucked in the midst of undulating hills and rolling pasture. To reach it you must first venture Left: The tunnel entrance. Below: Group gathering pre-walk.

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across a farmland track, before descending to the opening of the tunnel. At the time we visited, Southland at its autumn best, the tunnel entrance was sodden. The boardwalk, though, made access much easier and the watercress was flourishing in the damp conditions. As we progressed further into the tunnel, light disappeared into darkness and cool, damp air gave many of the walkers goosebumps. Water trickled along the gravelled track and dripped intermittently from the brick ceiling. As we approached the bend in the tunnel the light at the other end appeared, guiding us to the exit. Our walk leader found a young hogget – lost and injured in the midst of the tunnel – and carried it over her shoulder to the warmth of the autumn sun. The walkers continued across the farm, traversing the tracks alongside plantations of pines and eucalyptus before crossing a small


The crossing down to the tunnel.

On one of the undulations.

The boardwalk to the tunnel.

bridge spanning a beautifully clear stream. Swallows danced and sang high in the sky and the pukekos’ tails twitched in nervousness as we passed a swampy area. A mob of sheep gathered towards the corner of one paddock, vacating their grazing spots and allowing us to venture on. Inquisitive cattle gathered at the fence line, surveying the walkers as we proceeded along the roadside. Nosey as they always are, these cattle snuffled and snorted as we wandered past. Exiting out onto Pollock Road it wound around the edge of the hillside out towards the Glenham Community Centre, our lunch spot. Whilst most of the railway history in the Glenham area is hidden from the eye, those interested in railways will recognise the cuttings and bridges that once graced the rural farmland. The Glenham tunnel is special – it is Southland’s only remaining rail tunnel – and the history that surrounds it is well documented in the local museum. BNZ Active Walkers Invercargill KiwiSeniors meet every Thursday for walks throughout Southland. There are also groups in Eastern and Northern Southland and Te Anau. Contact Sport Southland for details.

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Above: “At the top of the McKinnon Pass, Milford Track” Photo by:Cathie Prior, Feilding. Above right: En route to Waitonga Falls with my son Nathaniel on Mt Ruapehu. Photo by Sandrine Smith of Pukete, Hamilton.

Right: Autumn splendour in Zion National Park, Utah, USA. Photo by Doreen Batchelor, Waimate.

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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. Only email photos accepted, not posted photos. 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. 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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New Zealand Walks

Lots of charm on

Stewart Island By Dianne McKinnon


or walkers, Stewart Island is a paradise and it‘s not hard to get to either. A twenty minute flight in a nine-seater aircraft, from Invercargill Airport or an hour on a sturdy catamaran from Bluff, will get you there. It‘s certainly no hardship once you‘re on the island. In fact, you‘ll pinch yourself to establish the reality of its charm. Few cars, a pocket of roads, a multitude of walking tracks surrounded by beaches gently touched by the notoriously wild seas that surround them, and trees! Trees dropping to shorelines, sprawling as nature intended, clothing cliffs, protecting an environment pulled back from the brink of

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human desecration. With the trees, come the birds, living comfortably alongside the “Stewart Islanders,” whose pride and willingness to share their private paradise, is evident from the moment of arrival. Visitors are welcomed with an abundance of warmth, to participate in the life revolving round the “South Sea” pub and restaurant, the local grocery store and various small craft stores and eateries. The inviting DOC office and intriguing Stewart Island Museum provide information for the increasing number of visitors, who are also spoilt for choice with the wide range of accommodation on offer. Alongside the fishing and hunting activities, it is the walking which draws the most visitors, because of the diversity on offer. An excellent

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Opposite page above: Arriving at Stewart Island by air. Above: Between Lee Bay and Maori Beach. Opposite page left:: Seabirds resting below the lighthouse at Acker`s Point.. Opposite page right: A timely telephone for a trunk call.

brochure available from DOC outlines a number of Day Walks ranging from 15 minutes duration, to up to seven hours. Then there is the Rakiura Track, a Threeday circuit from Oban, for those who enjoy well-positioned DOC huts and the freedom invoked; or the strenuous 10-12 Day NorthWest Circuit Track with true wilderness conditions. Stewart Island Airlines and Rakiura Helicopters provide a drop-off and pick-up service covering the island for those attempting

Golden Bay, a ten minute walk from Halfmoon parts of this more wild option. So much to do; a week wasn‘t long enough Bay. The $20.00 return ticket for the 15 minute for us. We walked the Three Day circuit then day-walked for 3 days but we wanted more! boat ride to Ulva Island plus the $2.00 spent One day was spent on Ulva Island enjoying this well-established bird sanctuary a 15 minute boat ride from Stewart Island. Ulva Island

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Lots of charm on Stewart Island on the Ulva Island brochure, gave excellent value for our day out exploring this island. A guided option is available for more in-depth information but we were happy to roam by ourselves on this damp morning, utilising tips from our mild-mannered ferryman, we pulled into Ulva Island wharf. “As you wander, stop every so often, scratch away at the leaf litter, then just keep still, and wait. Birds will arrive to feed on the insects you disturb” He was right; they did; in particular the Stewart Island Robin (Toutouwai) and Tomtit (Ngiru-Ngiru). Unfortunately his advice regarding the presence of three Saddlebacks(Tieke) just “up

the hill” near the wharf didn`t result in a sighting for us, but as we headed along the well-signed trail to West End Beach, 45 minutes away, a multitude of treats abounded. A highlight was the trust of the Robins, which even landed on our boots to claim the insects we‘d disturbed. Joyous high-pitched screeching in the tree tops indicated the presence of NZ Parakeet. Red-crowned Kakariki diving between trees, followed by a raucous mate became a familiar occurrence. Mature Totara, Miro, and Rimu, stretched beyond the gravel paths as we left the shelter of the bay. Remnant exotics planted by early settlers

soon receded and it was pleasing to know that young ■ seedlings of these early intrusions are being weeded out by DOC and members of the Ulva Island Charitable Trust, as they aim to eventually restore full coverage of native plants. Dedication to this treasured Open Island Sanctuary was evident in every aspect during our visit. From our 9.15am arrival on the island it soon became evident we would probably regret our decision to return on the midday ferry. The following boat at 4pm would have been a better option but we had made other plans for the afternoon. But we ambled the trails to West End Beach, Boulder Beach and back to the wharf via Sydney Cove with limited time to stop, observe and seek out the more than 16 varieties of native birds abundant here. Weka, Kaka and Kerer u revealed themselves continuously while Tui, Bellbird (Korimako) and Shining Cuckoo (Pipiwharauroa)welcomed us with song. How privileged we were to have had the chance to be absorbed into this amazing environment. How proud we felt to be New Zealanders contributing in some small way to something the world is clamouring to experience. Above left:: The Acker`s Point lighthouse. Above right: Approaching Stewart Island by sea. Left: Arriving at Ulva Island by sea.

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Day walks on Stewart Island By Dianne McKinnon Halfmoon Bay to Maori Beach

Six-seven hours return Pack a picnic and head north on the road from Halfmoon Bay. Signage indicating Bathing Beach, is tempting but this treat can be saved for a short expedition. So meander on past Butterfield Beach, past the road to Braggs Beach, and over a small headland to Horseshoe Bay. Little tracks disappearing through native bush lead to huts and baches, quirky in their

old-time way. A side track to Horseshoe Point, indicates a coastal walk of 30 minutes to a vantage point for viewing Foveaux Strait. But take the golden sweep of Horseshoe Bay which leads to Lee Bay Rd, over another small headland, and down to Lee Bay an hour or so from Oban. At Lee Bay you begin to appreciate the remoteness of the island, and a sense of adventure is titillated by the symbolic chain marking the original telecommunications link to the mainland. It also announces the official

Above: Bathing Beach, Stewart Island. Below left: Not all cottages are this quirky. Below right: A view from the road en route to Acker`s Point.

start of the Three - day Rakiura Track. Now on the designated Rakiura Track, beside you the swishing ebb and flow of a pristine sea drags giant kelp in swirls around the rocks below. Soon the intersection at Little River indicates the Garden Mound Walk, but save this bush walk for another day because Maori

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Bay is still an hour or so away. Undulating track through magnificent podocarp forest, offers tantalising glimpses of that surging sea as you head past Peter‘s Point and down to Maori Beach. You will be just so glad you came! This golden beach, so typical of Stewart Island, stretches out in front of you while just beside the path a D.O.C. campsite with water tank, sink and toilets, makes a brilliant lunch stop. An old wood-milling site with rusting boiler and engine hides along a little track. It‘s history is told in the Rakiura Museum back in Oban. But for now, enjoy the incredible atmosphere of this area. Soak up the sounds of bellbirds, tui and kaka before wandering to the end of Maori Beach where a walk along the swing bridge can be your turn-around, as you return for a swim and sunbathe in preparation for your 2-3 hour walk back to Halfmoon Bay. A water taxi prearranged to take you, would leave you longer to relax. Day Walk to Kaipipi Bay

Four to six hours return This route is the other end of the 3 day Rakiura Track. It lacks the interest, beaches and lovely scenery of the Lee Bay portion. Take the main road towards the airstrip, then fork onto the gravel road, following the signs to Kaipipi Bay. This former Kaipipi logging road becomes the track which will lead you through cutover forest to the former sawmill site on the estuary. An alternative track which branches off the Kaipipi Road track about ten minutes from the well-signed Fern Gully Track (40 minutes or so from Halfmoon Bay) leads down to Ryan‘s Creek. From here the track leads back along the undulating coastline before meeting the road at Thule Bay which heads back over the short steep hill to Halfmoon Bay. Day Walk to Acker‘s Point Lighthouse

Above: The Ulva Island ferry ready to depart from Golden Bay wharf. Above middle: Halfmoon Bay en route to Bathing Beach.

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Three hour return from Oban. Late afternoon or evening is perfect for this

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walk because at dusk in summer you‘d be witness to the Little Blue Penguins returning to their burrows. Titi, or mutton birds, return then too, making this walk a nature-lovers delight. We took a morning walk, however, but were enchanted just the same –this is a very special walk at any time. From the waterfront at Oban, meander to the right, around the shoreline, on the road. Below you, crystal waters lap, while beyond, the tiny town of Oban shows off its profile. Boat sheds, moored boats and the quiet cove of Lonneker Bay are left behind as the meandering gravel road leads on to Leask Bay. A stile indicates the Acker‘s Point Track and soon a deviation points to Harrold Bay. This is an imperative detour to view the 1835 stone cottage built by Lewis Acker, at this tiny bay. Back on the gravel path, through giant native fuschia and tall manuka studded with fat pigeons, and resounding with the song of Bellbirds, another deviation calls. Here at Fisherman‘s Point seaweed swirls round rocks far below in the deep clear waters. On to Acker‘s Point, passing seabird burrows tucked along the clay-edged track, to where the Lighthouse standing proudly, sheds its solar-powered light towards Bluff. Returning from the richness of this humbling walk, a quiet perusal of the Stewart Island Museum led us comfortably to the consumption of Blue Cod and chips on the waterfront of Halfmoon Bay. Before pondering our next excursion, we wandered to our comfortable accommodation at Ngahere Cottage, just minutes away, for a siesta. For more Stewart Island information, visit the Stewart Island website. Opposite page left: Exploring the 1835 stone cottage at Harrold`s Bay. Opposite page right: Greetings from the local Kaka.

Above: Crossing the stream at Maori Beach.

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Have a backup plan by Gary Moller Dip Ph Ed PG Dip Rehab PG Dip Sport Med (Otago) FCE Certified


eople often ask me how come my sister, Lorraine, managed to last so long at, or near the top internationally as a runner? That’s a fair question because Lorraine’s career lasted an astonishing 28 years, representing New Zealand in events as diverse as the 800m, crosscountry and the marathon. She is the only female runner to have run four consecutive Olympic Marathons. She is still the fastest ever female ultra-distance runner with her best time over 50 km being an eye-watering three hours and 23 minutes pace. How did she manage to do so much punishing running for so long? Whether we are marathon runners or walkers, there are some lessons we can all learn from the experiences of durable

extreme athletes such as Lorraine. What do I think is the most valuable take home message from studying Lorraine’s durability? There are, of course, several factors, including nutrition, rest and following the Lydiard Training Method; but what may be the most valuable is this: Have a back-up plan! If ever there was a fatal flaw in a person’s fitness programme it is not having at least one alternative back-up activity to switch to should one ever get ill or injured. Its a lesson I learned from Lorraine. Nowadays I compete in mountain biking. This is a sport that seems to have me injured more often than not. Despite this my fitness is excellent and I could not tell you the last time I sought medical attention for a sports injury. I always have several back-up activities ticking away in the background. Even in the case of a broken bone, there is always something safe that I can switch to while things quietly heal. The injuries are not the disasters they could have been; they are mere inconveniences. Lorraine was a competitive swimmer before she took up running. Once she switched to running she continued to swim at least once or twice a week. Swimming was her back-up plan. If the joints or tendons began to ache, being conditioned for swimming, she was able to seamlessly switch the emphasis of her training to swimming, thus giving her legs a well earned rest for several days. Meanwhile, her fitness barely suffered. A runner or walker who has no alternative activity that is on the ready is at great risk of suffering seasonending injuries and potentially careerRight: Lorraine: Winner, 1984 Boston Marathon, USA.

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ending ones. I never tell an injured runner or walker to stop because I know they probably won't. I ask them if they have an alternative activity they can switch to. The ones who have nothing to switch to are the ones who get into serious trouble: They may try to keep walking or running and risk ending up with a chronic injury that is incapacitating and extremely resistant to treatment, including rest. Not good! Unless there is a large bus involved, most walking and running injuries are of the slow motion kind: They creep up on you over several days, starting with a niggle that eventually causes a painful halt. By switching immediately to your back up activity at the first hint of a niggle, the odds are it will never come to anything if you do this. Your back-up plan may be a gym programme that you do a couple of times a week. It may be swimming, paddling, yoga, or riding a bike. If you are a walker or runner, it would be preferable that your alternative is low impact, non weight-bearing and not entirely reliant on the legs - just in case your injury is something like a stress fracture. Swimming is perfect when you think about it. So, let's imagine that you are out on your long Sunday walk and you slip and tweak your ankle, or maybe you just start to get a niggle of tendonitis in a knee. Your response is to take the next four days off all walking and switch to swimming daily. This “actively” rests the injury while the gentle exercise expedites recovery. On the fourth day, cautiously resume walking, keeping close to home so you can cut the walk short if needed. Go straight back to the pool if the injury is not yet ready, then try walking again a few days later. This is simple, effective injury management!


What is the Head2Head Walk? By Paul Dickson


ast year we came up with the idea of starting a charity walk here in Auckland, to raise money for local communities. Originally we were supposed to be taking part in the Oxfam Trail Walk, but through one reason or another, it didn’t happen. What with living in South Auckland surrounded by social issues, it made more sense to hold an event in Auckland, to address problems head on. After reviewing several walking routes in this part of the world, we found a route around Manukau Harbour of around 120km. The route starts in Awitu Regional Park and finishes in Huia in the Waitakere Ranges. In order to open up the event to more people, the walk is a relay, that way the walk can be split up into legs of much shorter distances (roughly 25km per leg). The first ever Head2Head Walk commenced on 7th December 2012 at 6pm. Through much encouragement and a little bit bribery (only joking) we managed to assemble a total of eight teams to partake, ranging from nurses from Middlemore Hospital to staff

from New World, Manuwera. . The walkers set off from Awhitu, with handover to the next walker-taking place in Waiuku, Papakura and Hillsborough. The walk was completed ahead of time in Huia on Saturday afternoon around 4.30pm. Throughout the walk, the teams rallied together and helped each other through what was at times, a very wet and grueling route. There was a real sense of accomplishment at every stage of the walk and it was amazing to see people who had never met each other at the start, having group hugs at the end of their leg. Although there were a few logistical challenges, as to be expected with out first ever event, the walk was completed without any complaints, injuries or incidents. The success of the event was realised a few days after the finish, when emails started to come through asking if there will be another walk in 2013, as not only did they want their teams involved again but already had friends, families and colleagues wanting to get involved in the next walk. It was amazing to see a small idea grow

into this unique event, which not only created so much fun and accomplishment for those that took part but also helped to raise the required funds for our project. In fact, the target of $5,000 to introduce the Crackerjack Kids program into Randwick Park School was well and truly smashed, with donations raising more than $8,000. This level of fundraising meant we would not only kick off the project into Randwick Park but also support the project for the next two years. Following feedback from last years walk, the event will be taking place a little earlier this year over Labour Weekend – 26th/27th October. Start time will be at 10am at the Manukau Heads Lighthouse, a brand new starting place, which we are thankful to the Manukau Heads Lighthouse Trust to allow us to use for the start. This will mean we really can take the walk from one head to another, Above left: It’s debriefing time. Above right: The Waiuku Weatherstone Forecasting Service. Below left: A dam storing Auckland’s water supply. Below right: Manukau Heads Lighthouse.

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Above: The Cracker Jack Kids team with their banner. Below: There are many interesting sea views along the walk.


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all 125kms around the Manukau Harbour. Another update to this year’s event is the increase to five legs, so the Head2Head Walk teams will now consist of five team members. This will ensure each walker will only have to walk 25km, despite the length of the route increasing slightly. Good news, the team entrant’s fee will remain at $100 per team. However, due to the fundraising success of the teams last year, we have raised the minimum fundraising total per team to $1,000. We hope with the timing of the event, additional person and teams signing up early for the event allow for this target to be achieved. Once again this year we have teams already on board from Middlemore Hospital, Randwick Park School and New World. We are fortunate to have a new team signed up from BodyTech Fitness, who has developed the 2013 Head2Head Walk Fitness

Above left: Randwick Park School team after finishing the 2012 event. Above right: Kissing the “Blarney Stone”!

Program (which can be found on our website). Also, it is a privilege to have Hubbard’s Foods supporting the walk this year, not only are they entering teams into the walk but they are backing the community projects the Head2Head Walk are delivering. The route of the walk takes walkers passed the front door of the Hubbard’s Foods factory in Mangere and with 80% of ■ the their workforce living locally, Hubbard’s understand that we are in turn helping their workforce to live in a better community. Other sponsors of this years walk are Collective Dairy, Shoe Science and All Good Organics. The vision for the Head2Head Walk is to raise funds for local needs, rather than going into a large “corporate charity pot”. This will continue to be the vision, which will require the Head2Head team to seek corporate sponsorship for the administration of the walk and 100% of the donations received by Head2Head Walkers going to where it is needed. Information on the projects we’re supporting and how you can register a team, can be found on our website -”.

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Overseas Walks

Spain’s G National By Dawn Lamb


Above: The group at Rhonda. Right: Bright wild flowers dot the area. Below left: The little village of Grazalema. Below right: Walking above Grazalema. Opposite page above: The pueblo blanco and Moorish outpost of Zahara. Below far right: The Descent to Benaocaz .

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alking in Spain’s Grazalema National Park in springtime is an absolute delight. In 1977 over 51,000 hectares of limestone mountains in southern Andalucia, some 130km north of Malaga, were declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Subsequently it has become wellknown to European trampers as an area of great walking. The park encircles several of the famous ‘white’ towns and each of these has its own charm. We stayed in the largest, Grazalema, in a family-run hotel that had a view that semed to stretch to the Mediterranean - down a valley of cork trees over whitewashed houses with rust coloured tiled roofs. Every house had windows covered with intricate wrought iron rejas and the steep cobbled streets were lined with balconies and planters spilling over with colourful flowers. On the first day we walked out of the village on an old shepherd’s route up through a pine forest onto the mountain plateau of the Sierra del Endrinal. Set against white limestone the wild flowers were amazing. We had never seen natural gardens of paeonies and purple iris, cornflowers, crocus and a rare tiger orchid. There are over 30 different species of orchids in the park that flower between January

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and May. The 15km walk interspersed meadows and rocky outcrops then went through a col (a pass between two mountains) and down a long descent to Villaluenga del Rosario, a village with an octagonal bullring and a sheep cheese factory. The town of Ronda started as one of the many impregnable Moorish citadels in this area. The walk starts in the gardens at the top

of the 270m cliffs then descends quite gradually down to the Rio Grande where you can look up at the famous bridge which links the two parts of the town. To complete 7km we then followed a cobbled path up to the winding lanes of the Old Town. There are many well documented walks around Ronda. Our third walk of 9km was a

delightful track along the impressive gorge of Las Angosturas following the railway line and river between the stations of Jimera de Libar and Benaojoan. The Ronda/Algericas train line is a remnant of colonial days when sugar and coffee were smuggled north from Gibraltar. It was also used by British army officers looking for respite from the hot coastal summer. The

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On an elephant walk A Above: Walking through a herd of goats. Below: Looking down from the River Walk.

Spain’s Grazalema National Park valley is well shaded and there is plenty of birdlife. We saw crag martin, black caps, treecreepers and goldfinches, and heard the fluting sound of an oriole! On the next day we tackled a more challenging walk around the mountain fortress of Zahara. We started on good tracks which,after an olive grove,became less well marked as we went into the foothills of the Loma de los Albarranes. We climbed up to find some much needed shade for lunch and our efforts were rewarded by a flypast of Griffon vultures. At the top you look across a dry valley to where tectonic plates have collided and the resulting landforms are spectacular. The descent and ascent to the village are testing but at all times you could see the castle on its cliff and the reservoir below so views and the thought of a cold drink in the plaza eased the aching legs. We took the easier option for the last day. The coach took us up to the Saltero de Cabrero (Leap of the Goatherd) then we walked, mostly downhill, through mountain meadows, past log stacks and old famhouses over a packhorse bridge to the pueblo blanco of Benaocaz. It was a lovely way to finish off a superb week. Fact file We walked with HF Walking Holidays booked through Eurolynx Travel in Auckland.

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By Judith Doyle

walk on an elephant. What activity could be more appropriate in Thailand? After all, the elephant is that country's national symbol. A white elephant, far from being an unwanted possession, is a symbol of Royal power and prestige in Thailand. And the elongated shape of the country has even been likened to an elephant's head and trunk! So one way or another, I was determined to walk with elephants. Pattaya Elephant Village is only 1¾ hours' drive south of Bangkok. This elephant sanctuary is historic as it was the first in Thailand, says its owner, Phairat Chaiyakham, who founded it in 1973. He had long been distressed at the neglected state of elephants as the logging trade decreased and animals that had once been important workers in the logging camps, were no longer needed. He decided to set up a sanctuary for ex-working elephants. The 'Walk with the Elephants' that I joined, is a mixed bunch of people: a young couple from Denmark, two men from Kuwait, a Dutch couple with two children and two young Englishwomen. They sit double on each elephant. But I'm in solitary splendour, as I step from the platform onto the back of a 40-year-old female elephant. With their calm nature, female elephants are favoured over the male. There are 29 female and two male elephants in the village, average age 35. I chat to my elephant boy who sits casually on the elephant's head between the ears as if reclining on a comfy beanbag. Phairat Chaiyakham doesn't call them by the Indian name of mahout but by the Thai word kwan. He takes a lot of trouble to find lads with a real rapport with these giant beasts. He steers the elephant by twitching the right or left ear with his feet. My elephant's ears have seen better days. Vines and branches in the jungle of her previous life have torn nicks and tears in them so that they are frayed at the edges. She is flapping them as we lurch along. A cooling device, apparently. I wish I had a similar feature to cool me down. It's not so much the temperature but the unrelenting humidity that's tiring. But soon we're lurching through the waters of a shady river — very cool and refreshing. My elephant surges along in the water which reaches halfway up her flanks, well clear of my feet. Her trunk is half submerged and I wonder if she's having a surreptitious drink. "We're following a baby," says my elephant boy, pointing to the smaller elephant in front which is now clambering up the river bank. She is one that Phairat Chaiyakham has bred. Elephants live 60 – 70 years, so his team doesn't need replenishing very often. We're now walking through a wide area of scrub and grasses. Some of the six elephants on the walk are grabbing at scrub as they pass and others are wandering away in search of tasty morsels. My elephant boy points out the area some of the elephants sleep, tethered by a chain round one ankle to stop them wandering. After a while, all come back in line to walk along a road. A couple of motor scooters and the odd car pass us but none of the drivers stare, wave or otherwise give signs of surprise. Nor do the elephants

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Above and below: Elephants stop for a feed of grass and leaves.

turn a hair for that matter. It is obviously quite normal for a string of elephants to be plodding along as part of the daily traffic. We leave the road and walk along a narrow track in a eucalyptus plantation. They are so dense that the elephants have to shove their bulk through them and my elephant boy slashes at the overhanging branches with the long-handled blade he's carrying. We skirt areas of banana and coconut trees and later fields of tapioca and pineapple. The Elephant Village covers 20 hectares and it's kept well planted to give the elephants plenty of food. These walks are intended as both exercise and feeding time. The animals take every opportunity to grab a bite in passing. Branches are most popular but often they grab at grass, curling it round and round at the end of their trunks, then shoving it into their mouths, like greedy spaghetti-eaters. They eat anything vegetarian — grass, leaves, twigs, bark, fruit and seed pods. A special favorite is pineapple leaves. Elephants could, in the wild, spend as much as 16 hours of the day seeking and eating food. (They only digest some 40% of what they eat, so need enormous amounts of vegetation). We're back on a road of loose metal now, passing little shacks and houses. I'm surprised at how quietly these massive beasts tread. This is because the soles of their feet are covered with thick, cushionlike padding that deadens sound. As we approach home base, I see one of the male elephants with his enormous gleaming tusks. (Only the male Asian elephant has tusks; unlike the African where both male and female do). Back at the platform I get off and stretch the stiffness out of my limbs. I wouldn't say elephants are the most comfortable ride exactly. Their curious lurching motion results from both legs on one side moving together, unlike animals such as horses and cows. We've traversed a river, plantations, scrubby bush, open country and roads and I am well pleased with the morning's ride. Especially since it happened to be my birthday and I like to mark it by new experiences. In fact the whole Thai trip was by way of a birthday celebration. Whether it was my elephant's birthday I know not, but I presented her with a banana just in case.. Further details from:,, and

Judith Doyle on an elephant crossing a river.

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Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve A significant ecological island


he Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve at Maleny covers 130 acres of subtropical rain forest shelter with an array of wildlife that includes Bandicoots, Goannas, Echidnas, Wallabies and even Pythons. It is a special area on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. The scenic reserve is a remnant of the subtropical rainforest (complex notophyll vineforest) that previously covered the southern end of the Blackall Range and valleys on the west side of the range. There’s an excellent information centre and two easy walking tracks in the forest. Allow over an hour for the walks. The reserve is currently an ecological island with no continuous habitat linkages to other nearby remnants. Although it is currently in good condition, it is presumed that some terrestrial (land dwelling) animals were present in the Reserve and are now extinct here (e.g. Long-nosed Potoroo and Rufous Bettong). Other animals may become threatened over time including the Redlegged Pademelon. The avian population is diverse due to nearby habitat but, once again, may be threatened by further fragmentation. On a national scale, it is significant in being one of the few remnants of subtropical rainforest growing in optimum conditions on flat deep basalt soils in a high rainfall area. You can eat in the café or at picnic tables for magnificent views of the Glass House Mountains. The reserve is open daily from dawn to dusk and the info center 9am to 5pm. Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, one of the area’s most popular picnic spots, is 5 km southeast of Maleny at the intersection of the Landsborough-Maleny Road and Mountain View Road. Contact Information· Phone: 07-5429-6122 Website:

Above left: The entrance to the reserve. Other photos show the easy walking track at a number of sites.

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he Ashburton/Hakatere River Trail is Photos show the track going through an easy walk or cycle which follows the shaded areas and winding between Ashburton River from the Ashburton sloping tree trunks and fallen logs. Township to the sea coast at Hakatere. Hakatere was a regular stopping place for the The trail has an air of Ngai Tahu people as they travelled tranquillity and beauty once the along the coast. Hakatere is the township is left behind, as it original name of the river, it was meanders through riverside willows changed to Ashburton after Lord and past quiet farmland. Ashburton, a member of the The river mouth is an area of Canterbury Association. The river dramatic beauty. Along its 19 was the focal point of the early ■kilometres the trail has several settlement at Ashburton. The first access points allowing sections of inhabitants William and Frances the trail to be enjoyed individually. Turton, kept an accommodation The trail can be traversed in either direction. house beside the river, and William ferried From Ashburton the trail begins at the travellers across the river on horseback. picnic area on the northern bank of the river, downstream from the State Highway 1 bridge. At the river mouth the trail begins at the upper picnic area overlooking the river flats near the Hakatere Huts. Access is also possible from several side roads.. Ashburton River The river is one of the smaller of Canterbury’s braided rivers, with the characteristic chanels separated by areas of shingle. The riverbed is in a continual state of erosion and movement. The river provides important wildlife habitats, both for fish and birds. Trout, and to a lesser extent Salmon, are found in the river, and whitebait may be caught in season at the river mouth. The delta area, leading down to the mouth is an area of extensive braids and shallow, broken water, which make it an ideal habitat for several species of rare birds. It was thought that the East Coast Rivers were used by the early Maori as access to the Moa hunting grounds, and artefacts have been found at the mouth of the Ashhurton as well as the riverbed near town. During the 17th and l8th Centuries






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Blackmores XTERRA Trail



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Auckland Trail Run / Walk series, a series of six events that have been held May - September in some of the best off-road locations in and around the greater Auckland region. The XTERRA Trail Challenge is open to anyone keen to explore the stunning trails and have a great achievable adventure. There is a distance options for all ages, abilities and levels of “keenness’! For those of you who like to make it even more of a challenge or who have a couple of screws loose, this year we have the 60km Ultra Marathon. This is a truly epic course and will go down as one of the best ultra marathons in the country. Affectionately known as the “Kaimai Killer”, this course will make you burn. You do not have to be a super athlete to enjoy this event! Choose from any of the event distances on offer, from a 7.3km walk through to the 60km Ultra. Event distance options include: Short course - 7.3km Mid course - 13km Long course - 19km (Open to anyone and also doubles as the National Trail Running Champs) Marathon - 42.2km Ultra Marathon 60km They have made it easy for you to gather the entire gang, irrespective of varying fitness and age levels, and head to Waihi for an actionpacked family outing. The short, mid and long courses are available as walks too. Find out all the information about the events at Blackmores is proud to sponsor Total Sport in 2013 with their XTERRA Auckland Trail Run/Walk Series plus Blackmores XTERRA Trail Challenge - Waihi, held on 19th October 2013. With fun runs and walks on most weekends around the upper North Island, find one that Above: Coming through a muddy patch. Below: Lining up at the start of an event.

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Window on Waitakere

Bird count By Kay Lindley


utumn, spring, and summer bird counts have been undertaken by John Staniland in the Ark in the Park area of the Waitakere Ranges for over four years using another forest area nearby that contains a similar mix of old-growth and secondary-growth forest as a comparative site. John’s monitoring technique is the standard slow walk transect where only birds heard or seen within 20 metres of a fixed route are recorded. Although the Ark and the comparison site are closer together now with the Ark’s expansion over the past two years and allowing

that birds benefiting from the decreased predation risk and increased food source in the Ark are still free to disperse from our sanctuary, the total number of birds heard and seen and the number of species is greater at the Ark. Significantly greater numbers of Fantail, Tui, and especially Tomtit are seen at the Ark although Grey Warbler are in greater numbers at the comparison site. In 2005 Mokoia Island was the source of the Arks first Robin translocation with 48 birds caught over three days for transfer to the Ark. The first two birds captured, banded and listed were called B/ M and M/R. Step forward to now and B/M

and M/R are still happy to pose for their photos! It is not known how old either bird was at capture but while a lifespan over six years for small birds would be remarkable for norther n hemisphere passerines (perching birds), these two are showing another trait of New Zealand birds – that of longevity. Small passerines in the northern hemisphere might only live three years, but we could expect our Robins to easily get to double figures. Old Blue, matriarch of the related Black Robin species, lived and bred for 14 years after her capture, enabling the species to be brought back from extinction. Longevity is a trait shared with much of our indigenous fauna. Geckoes and skinks worldwide

commonly live five–seven years, with large species such as the Australian Blue-tongued Skink living 15 – 20 years; however, many of our species can live to 30 years or more. A common gecko from Motunau Island marked at its first capture was recaptured after 40 years! Native frogs also display this longevity, as do our giant land snails and many of our larger insects such as the giant Weta. Often associated with this trait is a later age of sexual maturation and smaller numbers of progeny per season. These traits were no longer helpful once mammalian predators were introduced and contribute to the threats against many of our native species. For the opportunity to see our wonderful birdlife in the Waitakere ranges, and to go on the Walking Waitakere Wednesday Walks series, please email me on:

Kiwi Ranger launched in Manawatu


iwi Ranger, a fun interactive programme for kids of all ages was launched in the Manawatu Gorge during Conservation Week, on Sunday 8th September. Before heading to the Gorge, families collected a free booklet of fun activities from Te Manawa, or the Palmerston North or Woodville i-SITEs. Thousands of people drive through the Manawatu Gorge every day, without realising there is an ‘enchanted forest’ above them. The Manawatu Gorge has many secrets to share about our history and culture, and some remarkable ecology and geology. Kiwi Ranger is a great way for families to explore and learn about the Manawatu Gorge while having heaps of fun and earning a cool badge! The slopes of the Gorge are covered in native bush, including Tawa, majestic Totara, and groves of Nikau palms. Along the track there are spectacular views of the river, road, railway, reserve and nearby windfarms. Kiwi Rangers can watch for the nectar feeding Korimako/Bellbird and Tui, or the bug-eating Tomtit. According to local iwi, Rangitane, the Manawatu Gorge /Te piti was created by Okatia, a supernatural being who left his home


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George Davies-Mohi exploring the Manawatu Gorge. Photo by Kay Davies

to explore new places. The Manawatu Gorge Track can be accessed at the Ashhurst end from a carpark off SH3, or from the Woodville end on Ballance Gorge Road. To walk the length of the gorge, walkers will require transport at both ends of the track. There are also shorter loop tracks starting from both carparks.

Kiwi Ranger is a collaborative project between Te Manawa Museums Trust, The Manawatu Gorge Project Partners and the Department of Conservation. To find out about other Kiwi Ranger locations, where to pick up your booklets and to print out other activities look up the Kiwi Ranger website at


Slice of Banks Peninsula

bought for all to enjoy A rare fragment of Banks Peninsula has been purchased by the Government and two trusts as a Scenic Reserve, Conser vation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced recently. The 145 hectares of upper slopes (including the summit) and ridge at Saddle Hill, situated six kilometres east of Little River, has been purchased for $660,000 by the Nature Heritage Fund in association with the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula and Josef Langer trusts. “Being just an hour’s drive from the central city, Saddle Hill will be a fantastic escape for Cantabrians and a tourist attraction in its own right,” Dr Smith said. “Saddle Hill offers breath-taking views in every direction, walking and climbing opportunities and showcases the full range of the peninsula’s native fauna. It also includes one of the peninsula’s best remaining examples of narrow-leaved snow tussock grasslands, as well as remnants of old growth podocarp forest.” Dr Smith said less than one per cent of Banks Peninsula’s old growth forest remains today primarily as a result of European burning. Chair of the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust Gary Moore said the purchase with other agencies was a first for the trust and would enable a walkway to be developed. “It paves the way for a spectacular walkway over the top of Saddle Hill so that ordinary people can get out and enjoy this special place.” The Nature Heritage Fund is a contestable ministerial fund aimed at protecting New Zealand’s natural ecosystems. Since 1990 the fund has purchased more than 340,000 hectares of natural areas which would have otherwise been cleared, logged or further damaged by the introduction of browsing animals. Saddle Hill was purchased for $660,000, with $510,000 from the Nature Heritage Fund, $100,000 from the Rod Donald Trust, and $50,000 from the Josef Langer Trust. The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust was established by Christchurch City Council to encourage the establishment of walkways and camping grounds throughout the peninsula. The Josef Langer Charitable Trust was established in 2005 to support conservation. Above right: A map of the recently purchased Saddle Hill.

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In New Zealand, we’re blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. And from a health perspective, there is no better way to look after your physical and mental wellbeing than getting “amongst it.” However, we all know that walking can be tough on the body. And if you suffer from a health complaint, like varicose veins, edema, or lymphedema, it can be even tougher. Compression socks I spoke with Grant Gatland of TXG New Zealand Ltd. Grant is responsible for bringing a range of high quality compression socks into New Zealand which are designed specifically for athletes and sports enthusiasts. “The socks have a unique x-pattern structure which provides strong and comfortable protection for the ankle area. The benefits are similar to what you get when you strap up your ankles with tape, but without all the mess,” says Grant. This is great news for walkers. Grant says that wearing compression socks is like “walking with springs in your feet.” The pressure created increases blood flow, which reduces aching and fatigue and speeds up the time it takes for your legs and feet to recover from exercise — they are particularly beneficial for recovery when walking over several days. Unlike every-day socks, compression socks are made from specially selected fabrics that create pressure on the legs, ankles and feet. The compression is graduated. This means that the socks are tightest at the ankles and become less constrictive towards the knees. A lucky discovery Grant stumbled upon compression socks while on a business trip in Taiwan. “They’re not new; they’ve been around for quite a long time. Apparently they originated in Taiwan where people found that poor blood circulation, edema and other related problems were reduced by applying pressure to their legs when bathing in hot springs. They realised it was the water pressure doing the job. The compression socks are designed to simulate that effect,” he says. Grant suffers from mild diabetes and, as all diabetics know, it’s very important to look

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Around The Clubs

Beach, paddocks and history for July outing


By Maxine Stringer

ll together 25 members of the Dargaville Tramping Group turned up to start their montly tramp in July. Some of us met at the usual spot of the Old Post Office and others arrived at the woolshed. The general comment was, do you put your rain jacket on now just in case, or put it in your back pack? Everyone got themselves ready, some with more layers on than others. Kate lead the group on their way with Alan who had a CB at the front and Maxine tail end Charlie for the day with the other CB. We tramped over lovely green paddocks making our way to a high point. Some folks were warming up nicely by now and the layers of clothing were starting to peel off. One could not help notice the indents in the landscape at the top of the hill. They were probably food storage pits for the Maori who spent the summers there. We are now descending and our views on the way down took in a lake and valley bearing off to the east. We then made their way down to the beach in single file over a stream until they came to the monument. Time for a rest and refreshments on a strategically placed washed up log. Many comments were " at this time of the year at the beach, no wind, not hot, not cold, just right". If you are into collecting pumice, this was the spot. On our way again heading north up the beach. There was so much "yucky" plankton in the water and on the beach. At times it was hard not to walk in it. Something unusual was this cliff face that had a steady trickle of water coming out of it and forming a small stream. We passed many various sand stone rock formations which made the beach interesting viewing. One rock besides us, looked like a big bear sitting down, so some thought. Everyone got into their own comfortable stride along the beach and because they are a very social lot, it was not long before they came to Omamari Beach. This stream was much deeper than the last stream they had crossed. Deep enough where several decided to take off their boots and roll up their pants. Maxine was walking with Dan at that point and they decided stuff that, there's got to be an easier way. They went back down stream and picked a path very carefully. I was later told that modern day chivalry is still in. Bev got across the stream with her boots nice and dry thanks to Graham. Where was my knight in shining amour when I needed him... sitting down having his lunch with the others. It was just starting to drizzle, what a nuisance. There were four motor homes parked where we were having our lunch and one in particular offered us his rolled out awning to shelter under while having our lunch. The drizzle didn't come to much and we thanked the happy campers and headed off. We wandered along the road admiring the baches on the way through, turning right onto Babylon Coast Road. We all walked at our own pace once again along a metal road. We admired the pink heather which was in abundance on the side of the road back to our parked cars. Ian had his smart phone with him that has a GPS function and said we covered almost 12 km's.

The walk along the beach.

A view of the group from the top of a concrete water tank.

The walk down to the beach and monument. The rock looked like a big bear sitting down.

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NEW ZEALAND SEPTEMBER 2013 1 Broderick North Shore Marathon, 10km & 5km, Takapuna, Auckland 3 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 4 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 4 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 4 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 5 Brooks Shoe Clinic 5km Series, Petone 7 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park,

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Auckland 7 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 7 Mizuno Kinloch Off-Road Challenge, Taupo 8 Cadbury Dunedin Marathon & Half Marathon, Dunedin 10 Round the Hood, 5km, Morningside, Auckland 10 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 11 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 11 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 11 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 12 Great Barrier Island Marathon, & Half Marathon,Wharf to Wharf, Great Barrier Island 13 Wairarapa Country Marathon Half Marathon & 10km, Masterton 14 Arthur Lydiard Legend Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Waitakere Ranges, Auckland 14 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 14 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 15 Oxford Country Classic, Half Marathon, 12km & 7km, Oxford 15 Pelorous Trust Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Petone 15 Sri Chinmoy Auckland Mid-Year Series, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland 17 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup

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Viaduct, Auckland 18 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 18 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 18 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 19 Xterra Trail Marathon, 60km, 19km,13km & 7km, Paeroa 21 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 21 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 21 Muddy Amazing Adventure Race, 30km, Waiheke Island 22 ActiveSmart Whangarei Half Marathon & 9km, Whangarei 24 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 24 Round the Hood, 5km, Morningside, Auckland 25 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 25 Walking Waitakere - Ahu/Coman’s Tracks, Auckland 25 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 25 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 27 Marlborough Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Blenheim 27-6 October The Breeze Walking Festival, Christchurch 28 Abel Tasman Coastal Classis 36km, Nelson Bays 28 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 28 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 28 Frontrunner Series, 10km & 5km, Queenstown

OCTOBER 2013 1 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 2 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 2 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 2 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 3 Auckland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10.55km, Auckland 4-6 Bay of Islands Walking Weekend, Russell 5 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland

Coming Events 5 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 5 Sterling Sports Rabbit Island Rampage, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Richmond, Nelson 6 Hamilton Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Hamilton 8 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 9 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 9 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 9 Feilding Marathon, Feilding 9 Taniwha Marathon, Half Marathon, 14km & 7km, Mangakino 9 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 12 Great Barrier Wharf to Wharf Marathon & Half Marathon, Great Barrier Island 12 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 12 Subway Dun Run 22km, Maitai Dam, Nelson 12 Xterra Trail Challenge Waihi, 60km, Marathon, 19km & 13km, Waihi 12 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 13 Wairarapa Country Marathon, Half Marathon, & 10km, Masterton 13 Hill Free Half Marathon, 10km &2km, Dunedin 12 Xterra Trail Challenge Marathon, Waihi 13 Wairarapa Country Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km, Masterton 15 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 15 Round the Hood 5km, Morningside, Auckland 16 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 16 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 16 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 17 Southland Marathon Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Invercargill 19 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 19 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 19 Bayleys Rail Trail Rampage, 23km & 10km, Little River, Canterbury 20 100% Heathcote Appliances Morrinsville College Fun Run/Walk, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Morrinsville 20 ANZA Challenge, 5km & 10km, Auckland 20 Muddy Good Run, 5km, Rakaia 20 Napier City Pak’n Save Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Napier 22 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 22 Round the Hood 5km, Morningside, Auckland 23 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 23 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson,

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NOVEMBER 2013 2 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 2 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 2 Queen Charlotte Ultra Marathon, 71km, Marlborough 3 Adidas Auckland Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland 5 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup

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Coming Events Viaduct, Auckland 5 Round the Hood 5km, Morningside, Auckland 6 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 6 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 6 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 8-10 Warkworth Walking Festival, Warkworth 8 Steelformers Around the Mountain Relay, 150km, New Plymouth 9 The Taniwha, 58km, Marathon, Half Marathon & 14km, Waikato River, Tokoroa 9 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 9 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 9 Feilding Marathon & Half Marathon, Feilding 9 The Taniwha 60km, Marathon, Half Marathon & 14km, Tokoroa 12 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 12 Round the Hood 5km, Morningside, Auckland 13 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 13 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 13 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 16 Fullers Great Sights Kerikeri Half Marathon, Kerikeri 16 The Molesworth Run -Relay, Hanmer Springs 16 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 16 Waiheke Trailblazer Marathon, & Half Marathon, Waiheke Island 16 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 17 Ascot Park Festival of Running Invercargill 17 Julian’s Berry Farm and Cafe Tois Challenge, 17km & 6km, Whakatane 17 Save the Children Fun Run, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Thames 17 New Zealand Home Loans Round the Bridges, 12km 6km & 2km, Hamilton 19 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 19 Round the Hood 5km, Morningside, Auckland

20 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 20 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 23 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 20 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 23 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 23 Speight’s West Coaster, Auckland 23 Ellesmere Road Runners Event Half Marathon & 10km, Leeston 23 Frontrunner Series, 10km & 5km, Queenstown 23 The Great Cranleigh Kauri Run, 70km, 32km, Half Marathon & 13km, Coromandel Peninsula 24 RunMahana Half Marathon & 10km, Nelson 26 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 27 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 27 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 27 Walking Waitakere - Gibbons Point Tunnel Walk, Auckland 27 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 29 K2M Kura to Mount 25km, Auckland 30 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 30 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 30 Speights West Coaster, Marathon, 30km Half Marathon & 13km, Bethells Beach, Auckland 30 The Breeze Walking Stars Night-time Marathon, Auckland, www.walking

DECEMBER 2013 1 Classic Hits Mahana Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Nelson 3 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 3 Round the Hood 5km, Morningside, Auckland 4 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 4 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 4 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson,

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Auckland 7 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 7 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 10 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 10 Round the Hood 5km, Morningside, Auckland 11 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 11 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 11 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 14 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 14 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 14 Wanganui 3 Bridges Marathon & Half Marathon, Wanganui 14 Hanmer Springs Holiday Homes Alpine Marathon Hanmer Springs 17 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 17 Round the Hood 5km, Morningside, Auckland 18 Walking Waitakere - Motuihe Island Walk, Auckland 18 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 18 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 18 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 21 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 21 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 24 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 28 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 28 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt

JANUARY 2014 12 NBS Nelson Striders Half Marathon & 10km, Nelson 25 The Big Easy Mountain Marathon, 30km & 12.2km,. Wanaka

FEBRUARY 2014 1 Mount Oxford Odyssey 18km, Oxford 9 Pukekohe Half Marathon & 6km, Pukekohe 22 Bedrock 50, 52km, Oxford 22 Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon, Half Marathon,10km & 5km, Queenstown 28-1 March Manawatu Walking Festival, Palmerston North

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1 Waiheke Round Island 100km Relay, Waiheke Island 8 Motatapu Off Road Marathon, Miners Trail Run/Walk 15km, 49km Adventure Run, Queenstown area 15 Surf 2 Firth Bush Marathon and Half Marathon, Thames 16 Capital Punishment 8.3km Wellington 22 Northburn 100 161km, 100km, 50km & Half Marathon, Cromwell 27-30 Mangawhai Walking Weekend, Mangawhai 29 Southern Lakes Half marathon & 10km, Wanaka

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OVERSEAS EVENTS SEPTEMBER 2013 1 Dubbo Stampede Half Marathon, 10km & 5.5km, Dubbo, NSW, Australia 1 The 10th Ross Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km, Tasmania, Australia 1 Ross Marathon Half marathon & 10km, Ross, Tas, Australia 1 Ulverston Marathon, Ulverstone, Tas, Australia 7-8 IML Two Day Walk, Arenzano, Italy 13-15 IML Three Day Walk, Seefeld, Austria 14 Jungfrau Marathon, Interlaken, Switzerland 14 Run the Yarra Valley, 30km, 13km & 6km, Healesville, Vic, Australia 15 Moscow Marathon, Moscow, Russia 15 International Vilnius Marathon, Vilnius, Lithuania 15 Sunday Mail City to Bay, Adelaide, SA, Australia 15 Christmas Island Marathon & Half Marathon, Christmas Island, Australia 15 The Bendigo Bank Coffs Harbour Running Festival, Coffs Harbour Qld, Australia 21 Oslo Marathon Oslo, Norway 21 100km Surf Coast Century, Anglesea, Vic, Australia 22 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, Sydney, NSW, Australia 22 H.C. Andersen Marathon, Odense, Denmark 22 Siberian International Marathon, Omsk, Russia 27 Brooks Rottnest Marathon, WA, Australia 28 Lap the Lake Marathon, Penrith, NSW, Australia 28-29 IML Two Day Walk, Brno, Czech Republic 29 Berlin Marathon, Berlin, Germany 29 Warsaw Marathon, Warsaw, Poland

Greenland 19 Neon Run, 5km, Sydney, NSW, Australia 19 Bribie Beach Dash, Bribie Island, Qld, Australia 19-20 IML Two Day Walk, Arlington, USA 19-20 IML Two Day Walk, Barcelona, Spain 20 The Marathon Challenge, Canberra, ACT, Australia 20 Amsterdam Marathon, Amsterdam, Netherlands 20, Dresden Marathon, Dresden, Germany 26-27 IML Two Day Walk, Won-Ju 26 Lamington Classic Marathon & Half Marathon, Gold Coast Hinterland, Qld, Australia 27 Ljubljana Marathon, Ljubljana, Slovenia 27 Rottnest Marathon,10km & 5km, Perth, WA, Australia 27 Frankfurt Marathon, Frankfurt, Germany 27 Venice Marathon, Venice, Italy 27 Maroubra Fun Run/Walk Festival, 4km & 8km, Maroubra Beach, NSW, Australia 28 Dublin Marathon, Dublin, Ireland

NOVEMBER 2013 2-4 IML Two Day Walk, Higashimatsuyama 3 Port of Portland 3-Bays Marathon & Half Marathon, Portland, Vic, Australia

3 Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival, 74km, Half Marathon, & 10km, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia 4 Carcoar Cup Marathon, 60km, Half Marathon & 6km,Carcoar, NSW, Australia 6 Brussels Marathon, Brussels, Belgium 6 Lisbon Marathon, Lisbon, Portugal 9 Neon Run, 5km, Perth, WA, Australia 9 Canegrowers Great Barrier Reef Marathon, Port Douglas, Qld, Australia 9-10 IML Two Day Walk, Taipei, Taiwan 10 Deep Space Mountain Marathon, Canberra, Act, Australia 10 Athens Marathon, Athens, Greece 16 Run From The Hills 21.5km, 7km& 2km, Pyrenees Range State Forest, Vic, Australia 16 30KM50KM Team Challenge, Arthurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seat, Vic, Australia 17 Maryville Marathon, Half Marathon& 10km, Maryville, Vic, Australia 17 Istanbul Marathon, Istanbul, Turkey 17 Palermo Marathon, Palermo, Italy 17 Marathon Popular de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

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OCTOBER 2013 5-6 IML Two Day Walk, Fulda, Germany 5 Keilder 10km, Kielder Forest Park, Northumberland, England 6 Salomon Keilder Marathon, Kielder Forest Park, Northumberland, England 5 Tomtom Western Sydney Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Penrith, NSW, Australia 6 Toowoomba Marathon, Toowoomba, Qld, Australia 12 Neon Run, 5km, Brisbane, Qld, Australia 12 Fitzroy Falls FireTrail Marathon, Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia 13 2013 Trail Running in Far North Queensland Twin Bridges Half Marathon, Qld, Australia 13 Budapest Marathon, Budapest, Hungary 13 Guadalcanal Peace Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Solomon Islands 13 Cologne Marathon, Cologne, Germany 13 Melbourne Marathon Festival, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km, 7.5km & 3km, Vic, Australia 13 Eindhoven Marathon, Eindhoven, Netherlands 13 Graz Marathon, Graz, Austria 13 Italian Marathon Memorial Enzo Ferrari, Maranello, Italy 19 Polar Circle Marathon, Kangerlassuaq,

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Coming Events 22 500km Team Challenge Relay, Brisbane, Qld, Australia 24 Florence Marathon, Florence, Italy 24 San Sebastian Marathon, San Sebastian, Spain 24 Central Coast Half Marathon & 10km, Memorial Park, Australia

19 Mumbai Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km, Mumbai, India 26 Australia day Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Briusbane, Qld, Australia


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8 Sussan Women’s Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, St Kilda, Vic, Australia 8 The Bull Run Marathon & Half Marathon, Melbourne, Vic, Australia 28 Summit Mt Kosciusko Marathon, Snowy Mountains, NSW, Australia

8 Six Foot Six Track 45km, Katoomba, NSW, Australia 9 Imperial 20 Miler, Tas, Australia 16 Barcelona Marathon, Barcelona, Spain 18 Marathon de Monaco et des Riviera, Monte Carlo, Monaco 23 Convicts and Wenches 50km, 25km & 10km, Tas, Australia 23 Rome Marathon, Rome, Italy

1-3 IML Three Day Walk, Higashimasuyama, Japan 8-9 IML Two Day Walk, Taipei, Taiwan

JANUARY 2014 7 Siberian Ice Marathon, Omsk, Russia 12 Hobart Marathon, Half Marathon & 5km, Hobart, Tas, Australia

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MAY 2014 3-4 IML Two Day Walk, Blankenberge, Belgium 4 Mt Mee Marathon& 10km, Dayboro, Qld, Australia 11-12 IML Two Day Walk, Wellingborough, United Kingdom 17-18 IML Two Day Walk, Bern, Switzerland 29 -1 June IML Two Four Walk,Chantonnay, France

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CONTENTS for previous 14 issues SEPTEMBER 2013 188 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks: New multiday walk for Auckland 9 New ZealandCycling: Wineries, hot pools in the Hurunui 10 New Zealand Walks: Tim and I and a cat named Mimi walk Matatea 14 New Zealand Walk: Feast your eyes on the Abel Tasman Coastal Track 17 New Zealand Walk:A slice of paradise on The Tararua Walk 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Event: Waiheke walking event wins prestigious award 22 New Zealand Walks: Exploring an untouched land 25 Window on Waitakere: Kokako updated 26 News: Walking is the most popular activity 28 Event: By bus, train and foot 30 Overseas Walk: Positano - a town of a thousand steps 36 Overseas Walks: Six spectacular coastal walks on the Amalfi Coast 36 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 Health: Measuring physical decline 39 Books: New look guide to the region’s tracks and trails 40 New Zealand Walk: Ghosts and gold dust 44 New Zealand Coming Events 47 Overseas Coming Events 48 Nordic Walking 49 New Zealand Walks: Warkworth Walks - five years of walks worth doing 50 Contents for previous 14 issues 51 Weather forecast for September 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 59 Green Prescription 60 Walking Stars AUGUST 2013 187 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks: Korokoro Dam walks 9 New Zealand Walk:Greenstone Caples Track more accessible 10 New Zealand Walks: My trip to Moturua Island 14 Around the clubs: Oldest NZ outdoor club has something for everyone17 Health: Do you get RLS 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand walk: Ahuriri Estuary a sanctuary for wading birds 24 New Zealand Walk: Roydon Downs a great little farm walk 26 Overseas Walk: Gibraltar is very easy to walk around 29 Overseas Walk: The Larapinta Trail - a colourful experience 34 New Zealand Walk: Lake Hayes Track popular with locals 36 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 Overseas Walks: Guided walking holidays in Germany 40 New Zealand Walk: Harataonga Coastal Walkway 42 Window on Waitakere: Feeding frenzy 43 Event: Cadbury Dunedin Marathon now in its 34th year 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Overseas Coming Events 48 Nordic Walking 50 Contents for previous 14 issues 51 Weather forecast for August 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 59 Green Prescription 60 Walking Stars JULY 2013 186 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks: On foot in Central Hawkes Bay - The Sea, Sky and Bush walks 2013 9 Health:Free your feet and banish limiting back pain 10 New Zealand Walks: Beachcombing at Elliot Bay 14 New Zealand Walk: A walk back in time 17 Great Walks: Greatest season for Fiordland Great Walks 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand walk: Tongariro Alpine Crossing reopened 20 Event: Walk your way to a

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birthday bash 22 Readers views: Blood pressure medications 23 Books: The Way It Was 24 Event: Great Forest events 26 My favourite walk: Raumati South to Wanganui along the beach in five days 28 Overseas Tours: Tour gives different German experiences 30 New Zealand walk: Nugget Point walk 34 New Zealand walk: Around the shores of Lake Tarawera 36 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 Overseas Walks: Australia’s Glass House Mountains 41 Health: Putting the adventure back into exercise 42 Window on Waitakere: More Whiteheads released 43 Event: Night-time walking for a good cause 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Overseas Coming Events 48 Nordic Walking 50 Contents for previous 14 issues 51 Weather forecast for July 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 59 Green Prescription 60 Walking Stars JUNE 2013 185 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks: The Waikato River Trail - creating great memories malong the way 10 New Zealand Walks:Waitangi: Forest to Ferns and Riverside Ramble 12 New Zealand Walks: Lake Coleridge becoming a popular destination for walkers 14 New Zealand Walk: Winter Wither Hills walking 17 Great Walks: Nine Great Walks in nine weeks 17 New Zealand walk: Moncktons Scenic Reserve 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 My favourite walk: Waitaki Valley vistas 24 Te Araroa Trail: First half on Paekakariki Escarpment Track open 26 Overseas Walks: Croatia’s contrary walks 29 Event: Challenge yourself in Wellington in June 29 Event: IIawarra Fly Treetop Walk turns five 30 Overseas Walk: The Great Ocean Walk - realisation of a dream 36 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 New Zealand Walk: Whirinaki Night Life Walk 39 Readers’ views: 40 Health: Eight secrets for a long and healthy life 42 Window on Waitakere: Bird song on popular walk 43 Event: Christchurch Marathon returning to pre quake entries 43 My Favourite Walk:Mount Manaia Track 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Nordic Walking 51 Weather forecast for June 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 60 Wellington Marathon MAY 2013 184 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks: The pioneer walk - bush, sand and history 10 New Zealand Walks: Ngatuhoa Lodge - a winter weekend adventure 12 New Zealand Walks: Lake Coleridge becoming a popular destination for walkers 13 New Zealand Walk: Godley Head Track - back up and running 14 New Zealand Walk: Mt Kaukau a walk with magnificent views 17 Great Walks: More people talking on DOC’s Great Walks 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand Walk: Brills Hut one of DOC’s best kept secrets 22 My Favourite Walk: Decisions, dangers and deviations on the Heaphy Track

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25 New Zealand Walk: Lake Coleridge becoming a popular destination for walkers 26 New Zealand Walk: Meandering to magical Munro Beach 29 Product Marketplace: Skechers gives walkers a new way to go 30 Overseas Walk: Zagoria - one of the world’s hidden treasures 35 Event: Great turnout for Round the Bays 36 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 New Zealand Walk: Blenheim’s riverside and hillside walks 40 Window on Waitakere: Los Voluntarios Mexicanos 40 New Product: Portable water filter - ideal for bush walking 41 Health: Monitoring high blood pressure 42 Long Walk: Walking the world Nogales to Gila Bend 44 New Zealand Coming Events 51 Weather forecast for May 56 Country Breaks 60 Wellington Marathon APRIL 2013 183 4 Walk Talk 6 Great Walks: The Abel Tasman Coastal Walk 11 Event: Te Araroa Kids mark their achievement 12 Event: Great Barrier Island Walking Festival 14 Event: Rotorua Marathon oldest in Oceania 15 New Zealand Walk: New loop track opens in Manawatu Gorge 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand Walks: Whananaki Coast Walkway and Tutukaka Lighthouse 22 New Zealand Walk: Church Bay Track an island art trail 26 New Zealand Walk: Urupukapuka Island: an unspoiled paradise 28 Overseas Walk: Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary 30 Event: Taieri Gorge Rail Walk 32 Overseas Walk: Crete’s Samaria Gorge - a most spectacular walk 34 Event:BIG WALK aims to keep Kiwi kids on track 35 Podiatry: Knee pain with walking up or down stairs 36 Overseas walks and tours 38 Event: Striders Super Seven Series 40 Window on Waitakere: Helping hand 40 Event: Sunrise Walk for Hospice 40 Health: Advice for a man doing an ultra marathon 42 Overseas Walks: Exploring Ireland’s Skellig Islands 44 New Zealand coming events 51 Weather forecast for April 56 Country Breaks 60 Hastings Half Marathon MARCH 2013 182 4 Walk Talk 6 Great Walks: The Heaphy Track 10 Event: New walks planned in walking festival 11 Event: ECHO Walking Festival 12 Overseas Walks: County Clares ‘Eden’ - a walkers paradise 12 Overseas Walks: Sidetracks Germany 14 Te Araroa Trail: Wilderness run for Project Crimson 15 New Zealand Walks: Exploring Egmont National Park and Mt Taranaki 16 New Zealand Walks: Lake Hood Trail 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Event: Go one step beyond this April - Great Barrier Island Walking Festival 23 Te Araroa Trail: The power of walking 24 Event: High Country Musterers Walk 26 New Zealand Walk: Behind the scenes on the Banks Peninsula Track 30 Overseas Walks: The giants of Girraween 34 Event: Sea, Sky and Bush event so much more than a walk 35 Podiatry: In toeing and out toeing in children 36 Overseas walks and tours 38 New Zealand Walks: Exploring

the Bay of Island’s Kauri Ridge 40 Window on Waitakere: Joining the dots 40 Health: Strong feet by running barefoot in childhood 42 Long Walk: Walking the World 44 New Zealand coming events 51 Weather forecast for March 56 Country Breaks 60 High Country Musterers Walk FEBRUARY 2013 181 4 Walk Talk 6 Great Walks: The Milford Track the finest walk in the world 10 Great Walks: The Kepler Track - an adventure above the clouds 13 Great Walks: Aurora australis -Looking for the Southern Lights 16 Overseas Walks: Italian delight - Two weeks of walking, wine and food 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Event: Mangawhai Walking Weekend 22 Event: Amazing adventure for KiwiSeniors 24 Event: Shouting out about the Bay of Islands Walking weekend 26 Overseas Walks: The TarkineTrail - a rainforest paradise 30 Overseas Walks: Alsace walk has something of the feel of a pilgrimage 35 The Country and Outdoor Recreation Calendar 36 Overseas walks and tours 38 New Zealand Walks: Walking cavalcades 40 Window on Waitakere: Home grown 41 Health: Not healthy to go on a fat-free diet 42 Long Walk: Walking the World 44 New Zealand coming events 51 Weather forecast for February 56 Country Breaks 60 Sterling Sports Half Marathon JANUARY 2013 180 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walk: Sanctuary of silence 9 Product Marketplace: Summer skin protection 10 Great Walks: The Kepler Track - an adventure above the clouds 13 Great Walks: The Routeburn Track - beautiful beyond words 17 Books: Calling them home, Untamed Coast, 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Overseas Walks: Noosa - a walk in the park 25 Event: A walk for all the family 26 Overseas Walks: The Inca Trail and beyond 29 New Zealand Walk: Solitude on Drift Bay walking track 30 New Zealand Walks: Take a hike and discover Queenstown this summer 34 New Zealand Walk: My idea of a real holiday! 36 Overseas walks and tours 38 New Zealand Walk: New track at Mangawhai 40 Window on Waitakere: Deep mineral mystery 41 Health: Start walking before you get pregnant 42 New Zealand Walk: Schnell Wetlands new walk 43 New Zealand Walks: Untouched tussock on Fairlie alpine country track 44 Event: A shinning response to a stormy day 45 Podiatry: Differences in leg length common 46 New Zealand coming events 51 Weather forecast for January 56 Country Breaks 60 Waiheke Wharf to Wharf DECEMBER 2012 179 4 Walk talk 6 New Zealand walk: Whareama Wonderland! 8 Window on Waitakere: The first Kokako nest in 80 years! 8 New Zealand walk: Secret Art Walk 10 Overseas walks: Australia’s Big 10 14 Great Walks: Whanganui Journey - a personal perspective 17 Books: Exploring Aotearoa 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Overseas walks: Newfoundland - a new global hotspot 22 New Zealand walks: Te Puia Lodge and the hot springs 26 New Zealand walks: Dargaville groups adventure in Bay of

Islands 28 New Zealand walks: Headland Sculpture on the Gulf - a walking event 26 Overseas walk: Alaska, Canada and the bears! 33 Global search for the Great Walker 34 High achievers: Up the river and down the river with the River Queens 36 High achiever: Dan’s 2km triumph 38 Event: Moro Marathon events 40 New Zealand walks: Mangakino - the secret’s out 40 Health: Adrenal fatigue - today no reference in text books 42 New Zealand walks: Great walking in the Wellington region this Summer 44 New Zealand walks: Walking surprises at Tuatapere 45 Podiatry: Socks,socks, socks 46 New Zealand coming events 50 Weather forecast for December 50 Event: Damp and wet conditions for marathon entrants 51 Marketplace: Travel size Medicine Kit 56 Country Breaks 60 Pak a Roo Jackets NOVEMBER 2012 178 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 49 Te Araroa Trail: New section goes under motorway 50 Event: Damp and wet conditions for marathon entrants 56 Country Breaks 60 Napier City Half Marathon 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 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 49 Te Araroa Trail: New section goes under motorway 50 Event: Damp and wet conditions for marathon 52 Directory: Walking groups 56 Country Breaks 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 28 New Zealand walk: Four Waikato short walks 56 Country Breaks 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 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 43 Weather forecast for August 44 New Zealand coming events 50 Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking and effective exercise option for diabetes 56 Country Breaks 60 The Duke of Marlborough Hotel


According to

Daily Summary

Ken Ring

Generally October is expected to be a chilly, wintry, cloudy and wet month for both Islands. 1st - 4th OCTOBER 2013 Continuing anticyclonic and westerlies over the South Island. 1st OCTOBER 2013 Potential for high temperature at Waimate. 5th-6th OCTOBER 2013 Further cold southerlies bring snow to high country areas in Southland, Otago and south Canterbury with the possibility of more lambs lost. Conditions may be particularly severe in Te Anau with deep snowfalls. 5th -10th OCTOBER 2013 A frontal system becomes stationary over the lower North Island. South-easterlies affect the South Island and northerlies prevail in the Far North. 6th OCTOBER 2013 Chilly and wintry in the South Island. Snow to the Christchurch Port Hills. 8th OCTOBER 2013 Potentials for high temperature at Auckland and high rainfall in Nelson. 11th OCTOBER 2013 Over the next four weeks: Cloudier and wetter than normal overall. Cloudy in north and east, sunny on west coast, but cool overall, and very cold in North Canterbury. Depressions over NI and more frequent easterlies over South Island. Drier along Kaikoura coast and in Gisborne but wetter in north and south North Island and Southland, Otago and southern lakes. Elsewhere rainfall may be near average. Sunny along the West Coast and in central Otago and Southland. In contrast, cloudy in Auckland, Hawkes Bay and north Canterbury. Overall, cooler than normal, especially eastern areas of South Island. Daytime temperatures below average due to frequent cloud and onshore winds. Christchurchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mean daily maximums may be below average. Temperatures in other regions near average. Mean temperatures below average along Kaikoura coast and in north Canterbury, and below average in most other eastern South Island regions. Cooler than usual in Northland, King Country, the North Ilandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Central Plateau, Wellington, Southland and Fiordland. Low mean temperatures, especially in eastern South Island regions may be due to cloudier skies and cool onshore winds. 11th -20th OCTOBER 2013 A series of depressions bring unsettled weather with moist northerlies in the North Island and easterlies in eastern South Island regions. 15th OCTOBER 2013 Chance of heavy rainfall may result in surface flooding in Auckland and New Plymouth, as well as Golden Bay 15th -16th. 17th -29th OCTOBER 2013 Westerlies and frequent southwesterly outbreaks. 19th OCTOBER 2013 Snowy bad weather closes North Island skifields. 21st OCTOBER 2013 Possible low temperature at Lake Rotoiti. 25th OCTOBER 2013 Desert Road closed due to snow. 30th OCTOBER 2013 Possible high temperature at Alexandra. 30th -31st OCTOBER 2013 Ridge of high pressure develops. Allow 24-hr error to all forecasts. Skewing may occur around 5th(new moon), 11th (perigee), 19th (full moon) and 26th (apogee)

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































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

DARGAVILLE DARGAVILLE TRAMPING GROUP: Last Sunday of month (AM), Maxine Stringer 09-439-7815, 09-439-6029,

WHANGAREI KIWI SENIORS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Lee Taylor 09-4303470 CARDIAC CARE WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM or PM), Jo or Hugh Knight 09-438-7976 KIWI SENIORS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Kensington Reception, 09-437-4404 GREEN PRESCRIPTION WALKING GROUPS: 0800-228-483 HARRIERS WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Wednesday (PM), Thursday (AM), Val Babe 09-437-1657 HIKURANGI WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (PM) KAMO 60’s UP: Monday, Thursday (AM), Yvonne 09-435-1101 KENSINGTON WALKING GROUP: Tuesday Thursday (PM), Sport Northland 09-437-4404 TIKIPUNGA WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Barbara Derrick 09435-0746 WAIPU WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM) WHANGAREI ATHLETICS CLUB WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (PM) (BIA), Tuesday Thursday (AM), Saturday (PM) Morris or Shirley Gray 09-436-1524 WHANGAREI TRAMPING CLUB: Sue Guyatt 09-436-1441


AUCKLAND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES CLUB: midweek, weekends (BIA), walks, tramps, Val Todd 09-579-8250, AUCKLAND NATURAL HISTORY CLUB: Every second Sunday, (AM), (IA),Praemi Perera 09-836-9161, ALPINE SPORTS CLUB: Tramps, walks, cycling, Sunday, Saturday, Marianne Rienhard 09-575-2429 ALPINE SPORTS CLUB: Sunday, Saturday & weekdays, tramps, walks , Beryl Borthwick 09-444-9667 or Sue Fitzpatrick 09-576-1069

AUCKLAND CENTRAL AUCKLAND YMCA MARATHON CLUB, (Walkers Section), Sunday (AM), Helen Meyer 09-815-1444 AUCKLAND CATHOLIC TRAMPING CLUB: Jenny Andrew 09-5705455 AUCKLAND WALKERS & JOGGERS CLUB: Tuesday, Thursday (PM), Sunday (AM), (BIA), Bev Horton 09-625-5329 AUCKLAND PRESBYTERIAN HARRIER & WALKING CLUB: Ray Vickers 09-576-6906 AUCKLAND BAPTIST TRAMPING CLUB: Sunday Monthly (PM), (BIA), John McCarthy 09-630-4073 AUCKLAND PRESBYTERIAN HARRIER CLUB: John Yolland 09-5769807 RACEWALKING AUCKLAND: Sunday (AM), Grant 09-299-5634, AUCKLAND TRAMPING CLUB: Doug Astley 09-620-4923 AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY TRAMPING CLUB: Michelle Lee 09-358-1296 BLOCKHOUSE BAY COMMUNITY CENTRE: Len Govind 09-627-9911 ELLERSLIE Y’S WALKING CLUB: Olive Andrews 09-634-4148 EAST AND BAYS RUNNERS & WALKERS: Glendowie, Saturday, Sally 09-522-5321 EPSOM Y’s COMMUNITY CENTRE WALKERS: Tuesday/Thursday (AM), Don Hay 09-636-9730 LYNFIELD Y’S WALKING CLUB: Mt Roskill, Sunday (AM), Marlene 09-827-2737, Danny 09-627-9993 MT ALBERT Y’s WALKING GROUP: Tuesday Friday, (AM), 09-8460788 MT ROSKILL COMMUNITY HOUSE: Theresa McDonald, 09-624-3281 OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES CLUB AUCKLAND: Marshall Piecy 09-4453808, ST HELIERS HIKERS: First/Third Wednesdays (all day), Glenn 09528-9726 WALKING CLUB: Graeme Easte, 09-376-5901 LES MILLS GYM: Seven days, (AM) (PM), (BIA), Powerwalking, Dave Buchan, 09-379-9590 STEP OUT WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), 09-379-2095 x 9704

GLEN EDEN WALKERS: Oratia Bowling Club, Tuesday (AM), Ethel Denscombe 09-818-3561 GLEN EDEN ATHLETIC CLUB WALKERS: Glen Eden, Wednesday (PM) and Saturday (AM), Neil Turner 09-817-6230 GREEN BAY MUMS BUSH WALKERS: Every second Monday, Anne 09-827-7810 or 09-817-5867 GREEN BAY COMMUNITY HOUSE WALKERS: Tuesday (AM), Thursday (AM), Elaine 09-827-3300 HENDERSON SENIORS WALKING GROUP: Henderson, Friday (AM), Alene Couchman 09-818-2580 KELSTON MORNING WALKERS: Kelston C.C. Tues (AM), Joy Martin 09-838-6553 KELSTON TWILIGHT WALKERS: Kelston, Tuesday (PM), Joy Martin 09-818-6084 KUMEU WALK GROUP: Kumeu, Friday (AM), Beryl Pook 09-412-8914 LYNNMALL CITY MALL WALKING: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (BIA), 09-826-2333 LYNFIELD Y’S WALKING CLUB: Mt Roskill, Sunday (AM), Marlene 09-827-2737, Danny 09-627-993 LYNNDALE AMATEUR ATHLETIC & HARRIER CLUB: Wednesday and Sunday (AM), Mic Baker 09-626-3232 MASSEY ATHLETIC CLUB: Sunday (AM), Shena McGregor 09-4128076 MASSEY JOGGERS & WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Kerry Watt 09-8386665 or 021-517-049 NEW LYNN ACTIVE 35+ WALKING GROUP: New Lynn, Wednesday, Lorraine, 09-827-8663 RANUI MORNING WALK GROUP: Monday to Friday (AM), Judith 09832-5692 RANUI TWILIGHT WALK GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Glenys 09832-4069 RIVERHEAD WALK GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Dane Brown 09-4129952 SUMMERLAND WALKERS: Henderson, Tuesday, Thursday (AM), Lyn Mountier 09-838-1599 TE ATAU PENINSULA WALKERS: Monday, Friday (AM), Wednesday (PM), Mary Jones 09-834-6989 TE ATATU JOGGERS & WALKERS CLUB: Te Atatu Peninsula, Sunday (AM), Malcolm 09-834-4101 or Diane or Graham 09-834-4423 TE ATATU SOUTH ACTIVE 35+ WALKING GROUP: Te Atatu South, Wednesday, Edna, 09-834-1401 THE HAPPY WANDERERS WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Brian Ashmore 09-817-4562 or 027-471-3038 TITIRANGI TWILIGHT STROLLERS: Tuesday, Thursday (PM), Miranda 09-817-9677 TITIRANGI WALKERS: Sundays (AM), John Harris 09-8177212, WEST HARBOUR ACTIVE 35+WALKING GROUP: West Harbour, Friday (AM), Lorna Lyon, 09-416-7871 Y’s WALKING HENDERSON: Tuesdays, Thursday, Sarah, 09-836-8031 Y’s Walkers, Mt Roskill, Sunday (AM), Dan Gofin 09-627-9993 WAIATARUA WALKERS:Oratia, Saturday (AM), 09-814-9945 WANDERWOMEN ADVENTURES: 09-360-7330 WALKING WAITAKERE WEDNESDAY WALKS: Wednesday, (AM), May to October, Kay Lindley 09-837-8820 WOMENS OUTDOOR PURSUITS INC: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Anne 09-480-5424, WEST AUCKLAND DISTRICT TRAMPING CLUB: Sunday (AM),

NORTH SHORE 10,000 STEPS HARBOUR CLUB: Harbour Sport 09-415-4610 60’s UP TORBAY/BROWNS BAY: Wed (AM), Heather Jean Adams 09-478-2462 ABERDEEN ROAD WALKERS: Campbells Bay, Saturday (PM), Patsy Hulse 09-410-9353 BUSH WALK & TALK: Margi Keys, 09-443-6919 or 0274-481-581 NORTH SHORE TRAMPING CLUB: Lynda Langridge 09-4821320, BIRKENHEAD PROBUS CLUB: Albany, Tuesday (AM), Tracy Watson 09-414-5351 BROWNS BAY/TORBAY 60’s UP MOVEMENT: Wednesday (AM), Roy Urlic 09-473-8777 CALLIOPE ATHLETICS WALKERS & HARRIERS: Northcote, Wednesday (PM), Gail Mouldey 09-418-3457 DEVONPORT WALKERS: Bayswater, Tuesday Thursday Sunday (AM), Pat & Jim McKay 09-445-2743 DEVONPORT FRIDAY WALKING GROUP: Devonport, Friday (AM), Naomi Gardyne 09-445-4303 EAST COAST BAYS WALKERS: Browns Bay, Tuesday, Friday (AM), Pam Mattson 09-302-4882 or 021-1268-4154 GREENHITHE WALKING GROUP: Greenhithe, Tuesday (AM), Marjorie Andrew 09-413-9065 HIGHBURY COMMUNITY HOUSE: Highbury, Thursday, Friday (AM), Judy Mayn 09-480-5279 MAIRANGI WALKING NETWORK: Mairangi Bay, Everyday (AM), Paula Cole 09-444-6435 MEADOWOOD WALKING & TALKERS: Albany, Tuesday (AM), Carol Buckner 09-479-7804 MILFORD MALL WALKERS: Greenhithe, Tuesday, Thursday, (AM),

WEST AUCKLAND BLUE TOP WALKERS: Henderson, Tuesday, Thursday (AM), Terry Wilson 09-814-9523 or 021-266-1071, FIA OLA WOMEN’S DEVELOPMEMT WALK GROUP: Monday to Saturday, Anne, 09-813-0021 FIT4LIFE: Glenfield, Monday (PM), Friday (AM), Sarah 021 534 649 FOOTSTEPS: Saturday (AM), John 09-410-2995

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

Carol Mosedale 09-443-2054 MILFORD MENS PROBUS: Ian Hall 09-479-4259 NORTH SHORE DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: Every second Sunday (AM), Jan 09-483-5645 NORTH SHORE TRAMPING CLUB: NORTHCOTE WALKING GROUP: Northcote, every second Tuesday (AM), Peter Cox 09-480-5622 TORBAY WALKERS: Torbay, Wednesday (AM), Jill Devonshire 09473-1931 WALKERS & TALKERS: Campbells Bay, Wednesday (AM), Brenda Gray 09-410-4019, Dorothy Ensor 09-478-6702 WOMENS OUTDOOR PURSUITS INC: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Anne Lindsay 09-480-5424, Y’s WALKING SUNDAY GROUP: Northcote, Sunday (AM), Malcolm Curtis 09-444-3823

NORDIC WALKING GROUPS Acacia Cove Nordic Walking Group: Sunday (AM) Jenny Wills 09267-5416 Bridge the Gap Nordic Walkers: Sunday (AM ), Sheila Milbourn/ Margaretha Sehnert 027-456-2233/021-141-3801 Cornwall Park Nordic Walking Group: Saturday (AM), June Stevenson 09-361-6636 or 0274-383-923 Cornwall Park Nordic Gold (Senior Group) Monday (AM), June Stevenson 09-361-6636 or 0274-383-923 North Shore Nordic Walkers Sunday (AM), Kay Livingstone 09-4734489 Pakuranga Nordic Walkers: Thursday (AM) Deidre Nielsen 09-2713324 YMCA Nordic Walkers Thursday (AM) June Stevenson 09-3616636 or 0274-383-923

RODNEY 10,000 STEPS HARBOUR CLUB: Harbour Sport 09-415-4610 ARIKI WALKERS: Snells Beach, Mondays (AM), Edna Prbert 09-4255928 HEALTH IN ACTION: (BIA), Susie George 09-426-1269 HELENSVILLE WALKERS: Helensville, Tuesday (AM), Malcolm Keane 09-420-8739 HIBISCUS COAST Y’S WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Wednesday (AM,PM), Kevin Tiller, 09-426-6461 LEISURE WALKERS: Whangaparaoa, Thursday (AM), Ann Mahon/ Margaret Gilbert 09-424-0765 MONDAY NIGHTA, Orewa, Monday (PM), Laraine Chase 09-4279321 SCOTTS LANDING WALKING GROUP: RD2, Warkworth, Sunday (AM), Angela McIntyre 09-425-5854 SNELLS BEACH WALKING GROUP: Warkworth, Wednesay (AM), Jenny Burton 09-425-5583 WELLSFORD ROAD RUNNERS & JOGGERS: Second Sunday (AM), Thursday (AM), Robert Scott 09-425-8089 or Heather Rankin 09431-4692 WOMENS OUTDOOR PURSUITS INC: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Harriet Ambler 09-486-6284

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

COUNTIES/MANUKAU PUKEKOHE JOGGERS & WALKING GROUP: Monday, Friday, Sunday (AM), 09-238-9820 WAIUKU WALKING GROUP: Information Centre, Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), ONEWHERO KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUP: Merlene, Walker, 09232-8844 PAPATOETOE Y’S WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), Derek McKeen, 09-266-2304 PAKURANGA ATHLETIC CLUB: Tuesday, Thursday 9am (BIA), Linda Mitchell, 09-532-8442 PAKURANGA KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday (AM), 09-576-9739 MANUKAU TRAMPING CLUB: Judith Walker, 09-296-6977 MANUREWA Y’S WALKERS: Recreation Centre, MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY (AM), 09-267-4646 MANUREWA Y’S WALKING GROUP: Clendon Recreation Centre, Tuesday, Thursday (AM), 09-266-1100 MANUREWA COSMOPOLITAN CLUB WALKERS: Sunday (AM) HOWICK UXBRIDGE WALKERS: Monday, Thursday (AM), 09-5356467 HOWICK Y’S WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), 09-534-5153 PUKEKOHE TRAMPING CLUB: Mark Leys 09-294-8927 TOI TOI TREKKERS TRAMPING CLUB: Colin Johnstone 09-535-6231

WAIKATO HAMILTON FRANKTON ATHLETIC & HARRIER CLUB: Wednesday, Saturday, (PM), (BIA), Heather Purdie-Raill, 07-847-5639 NAWTON WALKING GROUP: Rene Smyth, 07846-3245 CENTRAL LAKE WALKING GROUP: Monday, WEdnesday Friday (AM), Nella Barron 07-846-3103 CHARTWELL WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Carrie Haak 07-8554281 DINSDALE WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Val Russell 07-847-6539 ENDERLEY WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Leonie Smith 07-8552224 HAMILTON EAST WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Irene Millar 07-855-6848



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HILLCREST WALKING GROUP: Monday Wednesday Friday (AM), Nell Bradburn 07-856-3787 MEMORIAL PARK WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Maureen Doms 07-855-2497 NAWTON WALKING GROUP: Monday Tuesday (AM), Roslynn Billman 07-847-4873 SILVERDALE WALKING GROUP: Sister Anne Marie Jones 07-8568980 CLAUDELAND WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), Irene Millar 07-8556848 FLAGSTAFF WALKING GROUP: Monday Wednesday Friday (AM), Gillian Bartram 07-854-0069 WESTFIELD MALL WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM) Westfield Mall Chartwell HAMILTON MARATHON CLINIC:Tuesday (PM), Sunday (AM), Sharon 07-854-9214 TOD SQUAD: Friday (AM), Julie 07-829-4579 Y’s WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM) MONDAY BUSHTRAMPERS: Monday, Marian 07-828-9029 BREAKAWAYS BUSH WALKING & TRAMPING CLUB: Diana Ammann 07-823-6147 WAIKATO TRAMPING CLUB: or Stu Kneebone 07827-3097 WANDERERS TRAMPING CLUB: Colin 07-855-1335

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


MATAMATA MATAMATA WALKERS: Tuesday, Friday (AM), Ruth Stanley 07-8809088 MATAMATA TRAMPING & WALKING GROUP: Shirley Hickson 07888-6054

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


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


PIOPIO SILVERADOS EXERCISE GROUP: Wednesday (PM), June O’Donoghue, 07-877-8492

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

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

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

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

TE AWAMUTU TE AWAMUTU TUESDAY TRAMPERS: Tuesday, Lesley 07-870-1973 or Kathy 07-870-2006 TE AWAMUTU WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), Jan Jefferies 07-889-7032

TE AWAMUTU MARATHON CLINIC: Wednesday (PM), Sunday (AM), (BIA), Ross Thomas 07-871-5022

TE KUITI TWILIGHT WALKING GROUP: Monday, (PM), (BIA), Dede Downs, 07-878-7867

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

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

KATIKATI KATIKATI TRAMPING CLUB: fortnightly weekends (AM), Maddy Pyle 07-552-0215

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

ROTORUA CROSS COUNTRY WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (AM), (A), 07 348-2538 LAKE CITY ATHLETIC CLUB WALKERS GROUP: Tueday, Thursday (PM), Sunday (AM), Ted Sheppard 07-348-1205 or Sarah Wiwarena 07-348-7874 GREEN PRESCRIPTION WALKING GROUP: TMonday and Thursday (AM), (B), Melissa Gordon 07-348-4125 HEART SUPPORT WALK GROUP: Tueday (AM), Wally Walford 07347-6173 MOKOIA COMMUNITY CENTRE WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (B), Melissa Gordon 07 348 4125 SPRINGFIELD STROLLERS: Wednesday (AM), (BIA), Glenys Searancke 07-348-4243 ROTORUA TRAMPING & SKI CLUB: Sundays (AM), Trevor Cochrane 07-345-6362 ROTORUA SOCIAL NORDIC WALKING GROUP: Fridays (AM), Audrey 07-348-1471 ST BARNABAS WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), (BIA), Joy Gordon 07-357-5744 THE THURSDAY STROLLERS: Thursday (AM), (B), Myrtle Raxworthy 07-346-3772 WALKING WITH JOY: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Joy Gordon 07-357-5744

TAURANGA/MT MAUNGANUI AGE CONCERN: Tauranga, Wednesday (AM), 07-578-2631 CITY ON ITS FEET: Days and areas, (BIA), Penny 07-578-9610 STEPPING OUT JOGGING CLUB: Monday, Wednesday, (AM), (IA), 07-544-0316 FOREST & BIRD SOCIETY: Secretary, Tauranga. branch, Tauranga HEALTHY HEART CLUB: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (B), YMCA, 07-578-5891 Y’s WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), YMCA, 07-5785891 MOUNT JOGGERS & WALKERS: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday, (AM), Gaye Westwood 07-574-1075 ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION: MONDAY (AM) 07-576-2469 NORDIC WALKING AT THE MOUNT: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Steffi 07-574-7527 NORDIC WALKING IN TAURANGA: Monday, Wednesday, Mary 07577-0711 MT MAUNGANUI RSA WALKING CLUB: Tuesday, Thursday, Sundays (AM), (BIA), Kieran Jensen 07-572-0626 50 FORWARD WALKING GROUPS: Sport Bay of Plenty 07-578-0016 TAURANGA MID-WEEK TRAMPING GROUP: Lynda 07-552-5359 TAURANGA ROAD RUNNERS: Sunday (AM), Ross 07-576-4852 TAURANGA RAMBLERS: Malcolm 07-544-2369 or Rod Taylor 07576-4207 TAURANGA TRAMPERS NETWORK: Natalie Bird 07-576-0016 TAURANGA TRAMPING CLUB: Christine Rawnsley 07-578-9984 PAK N BOOTS: Eveie 027-434-7877 and Julie Fox , 021-215-8516

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.

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

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

NAPIER AHURIRI WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), (I), Beverly Gillies 06-8436805 NAPIER WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), (I), Lyn 06-835-7704 NAPIER SOUTH WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), (B), Maria Rogers 06-843-1225 RUN WALK HAWKES BAY: Wed (PM), Sunday (AM), Mike Sheely 06-843-7804, Ys WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday, Napier, Barry 06-844-3929 or Nola 06-843-7912


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

NEW PLYMOUTH CARRINGTON WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Catherine McKee 06-753-3254 TIME FOR ME WALKS FOR WOMEN: Friday (AM), (I), Glenice 06758-3974 FRONT RUNNER GROUP: Monday (PM), (BIA), Kelvin & Michelle Giddy FITZROY WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (IA), Marlene 06-758-8749 or Marilyn 06-757-2022 WESTOWN WALKING GROUP FOR WOMEN: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (IA), Karen 06-751-1361 WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Karen 06-751-1361 WALKERS IN THE PARK: Monday, (AM), (B), Dawn 06-758-6429 or Dorothy Humphries 06-751-0431 SPOTSWOOD WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (BI), Allie Fitzgibbon 06-751-2304 NEW PLYMOUTH JOGGERS & WALKERS CLUB: Sunday, (AM), Jan Dempsey, 06-758-8373 TARANAKI RACE WALKING CLUB: Trevor Suthon, 06-758-0776 EGMONT ATHLETICS: Karen Green, 06-758-1569

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

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



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

INGLEWOOD WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Maureen 06- 7567255

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

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

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




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

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

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

WANGANUI WANGANUI CASTLECLIFF WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), Dorothea Dobbie 06344-4219 RONA & GLAD’S WALK GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Rona Wright 06344-5434 WANGANUI HARRIER CLUB: Wednesdays, Saturday (PM), Secretary, P O Box 702, Wanganui, Perry Newburn 06-343-6484 SPORT WANGANUI CLUB GOLD: Tuesday, Thursday, (AM), Karen Buckholt 06-349-2315

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WANGANUI MILLENNIUM WALKERS CLUB: Sunday (AM), Darol Pointon 06-345-3137

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

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

MARTON SPORT WANGANUI CLUB GOLD Wednesday (AM), Deane James 06-327-7607

MANAWATU PALMERSTON NORTH HOKOWHITU KIWI WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (I), Dorne Jarvis 06-357-2444 KELVIN GROVE WALKERS: Tuesday (PM), (I), Marjory Edmonds, 06354-3342 HOT-Whitu CHICKS Saturday, (AM), (BIA), MANAWATU STRIDERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (PM); Sunday (AM), Hockey Manawatu Pavillion, Manawaroa Street, (BIA), Alister Martin 06-353-7175 PALMERSTON NORTH JOGGERS & WALKERS: Esplanade,Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (AM), (BI), Robyn McKey 06-354-9952. CLUB PED: Monday, Wednesday, (PM), (IA), Ongley Park; Saturday, (AM), Esplanade, (IA), David Young 06-356-7179 HEARTY STRIDERS: Thursday (PM), (BI), Esplanade, Adrienne Kennedy 06-350-8617 MASSEY WALKERS: Monday, Thursday, noon, Massey Recreation Centre, (BIA) Chin Diew Lai 06-350-5799 ext 2471 MANAWATU WALKWAYS PROMOTION SOCIETY’S MONTHLY WALKERS: Sunday (AM), (IA) Gillian Absolom 06-329-6898 METHODIST AGAPE FELLOWSHIP WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (B), Lorna Goodwin, 06-358-2860 U3A Exploring Walkways: Thursday (PM), (B), Lynley Watson 06356-4384 WOMEN’S AFTER 5.30 WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday (PM), (I), Liz MacNeill 06-357-8216

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

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

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

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



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to mid October, (BIA), Veronica Gould WELLINGTON MARATHON CLINIC: Sunday (AM), (BIA), Toni 04478-9201 WELLINGTON MID-WEEK WALKERS: Tues, Thursday (PM), Bart Jones 04-477-3746 or David Lonsdale 04-977-8990 WELLINGTON NORDIC WALKERS: Rod McColl 04-526-6833

WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Visitor Information Centre

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



WALK FOR HEALTH: Wednesday (PM), Saturday (AM), Sunday (AM), (BIA), Jean 04-589-7887 or Dave 04-970-5133 POSITIVELY SLIM “Health for Life Walkers: Sunday (AM) Wednesday (PM) (BIA), Jim or Barbara Mobbs 04-566-2603 HUTT VALLEY WALKERS: Saturday (PM), Carol 04-586-7784 WALKING FOR PLEASURE: 60’s Plus, Melling, Molly Shephers, 04567-5727 WOMENS WALKING GROUP: Wainuiomata, every second Wednesday (PM), 04-564-6019 HUTT VALLEY TRAMPING CLUB: Weekend (AM), Dennis Page 04970-6901 TAKE HEART WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), (BI), Keith Millar, 04526-7440 LEISURE WALKERS: seniors, Tuesday (AM), Jean, 04-565-1918 HUTT VALLEY MARATHON CLINIC: Jenny Raymond, 04-569-6232 WALK WAINUI: Monday (AM), (BIA), Shirley 04-564-6179 EASTBOURNE WALK GROUP: Lesley O’Neil, Eastbourne ALICETOWN WALKING GROUP: 04-589-2646 KIWI MASTERS WALKERS: Richard Davies 04-566-1335 OLDER ADULTS – LEISURE WALKING GROUP: Judy 04-528-4445


PORIRUA FRIDAY WALKERS: Brian Grinstrup or Bruce Sheppard 04-237-6374 TAWA LINDEN HIKERS: 04-232-8705 WEA RAMBLERS: Muriel Thompson, Tawa TAWA/LINDEN WALKERS: Maurice 04-232-4407 or Claire 04-2328764

UPPER HUTT AURORA HARRIER CLUB: Peter Wrigley, TUESDAY TRIPPERS: Bill Thompson, 04-971-5123 FANTAIL HIKERS: Marg Eagles, Upper Hutt TRENTHAM UNITED HARRIER CLUB: Jon Roskvist, 021-460-877 or 04-526-6906 UPPER VALLEY WALKING & TRAMPING CLUB: Allison 04-563-6661

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

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


NELSON NELSON STRIDERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (PM), (BI), Averil West, 03-548-3655 NELSON KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), 03-548-1126 WAKEFIELD WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Lou Manson, 03541-8414 TAHUNA KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), 03-548-1126 NELSON 50+ WALKING GROUP: alternative Tuesday, Thursday (AM), Noel Brown 03-544-2286 NELSON 50+ WALKING & TRAMPING GROUP: Noel Brown 03544-2286 WAIMEA HARRIER WALKERS: Saturday (PM), Sunday (AM) (BIA), Heather McNabb, 03-547-8490

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

ACTIVE CHRISTCHURCH SUNDAY WALK: Sunday (AM) (BI), 03-9418999 AVON LOOP/CITY KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), (B), Sport Canterbury 03-373-5060 AVONSIDE KIWI SENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Jan 03-389-2755 AVONHEAD KIWISENIORS: Friday (AM), (BI), Bess 03-342-7647 AFTER WORK WALKING CLUBS: around Christchurch, (BI), for all ages and fitness levels, recreation clerk, CCC 03-371-1778. ARAI-WALKERS: Wednesday, Wainoni/Aranui, Natalie Hoani, 03-3882593 ARTHRITIC AMBLERS: Wednesday, (B) suitable for people with physical disabilities, Trevor Randall 03-385-7446 BEXLEY KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Kath 03388-6161 BARRINGTON KIWISENIORS: Friday (AM), (BI), Nita 03-337-1493 BECKENHAM WALK ‘n’ TALK: Thursday (PM), Di 03-385-3452 BISHOPDALE RAMBLERS: Wednesday (AM) (I), Bishopdale, Paul Muir 03-359-7971 BISHOPDALE TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (AM),(IA), Margaret 03351-6681 BURNSIDE JOGGERS & WALKERS CLUB: Sunday (AM) Burnside, Anne Uys 03-342-6337 BUSHWISE WOMEN: (BIA) Cynthia Roberts or Roz Heinz 03-3324952 BRIGHTON RAMBLERS WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), New Brighton (I), Marlene Crocker 03-388-1115 CANTERBURY RACE WALKERS ASSOCIATION: Monday, Wednesday, (BIA), coordinates all Canterbury race walkers and friendly race walking, Ann Henderson 03-387-0387 CANTERBURY UNIVERSITY TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (PM), Darryn Welham 03-960-3808 CARDIAC COMPANIONS: Sunday fortnight, (PM) Neville Wootton 03-942-5453 CARDIAC CARE GROUP, Marg Allison 03-366-2112 CCC EASTENDERS: Monday (AM), (IA), or Bruce 03-388-7295 CCC GARDEN CITY WALKERS: Saturday (AM) (IA), Helen 03-3822302 CCC GLOW WORM EVENING WALKERS: Wednesday (PM) (IA), Norm Wells 03-981-5487 CCC HALSWELL: Saturday (AM) (PM), (IA), Pauline 03-322-8057: Sunday, Terrence 03-322-8092 CCC SUNSHINE WALKERS: Tuesday (PM (IA), Jim 03-389-1982 or Hope 03-389-7997 CCC SHIRLEY RECREATIONAL WALKERS: Monday, Thursday (AM), (IA), 03-941-5409 CCC SOCKBURN: Tuesday (AM) (IA), Estelle 03-342-7841:Friday (AM) (IA), Jo 03-349-7146 CCC WEEKEND WANDERS: Sunday (PM) (IA), Marilyn 03-338-3826 CHRISTCHURCH PERSONAL GUIDING SERVICE: Daily (AM) (BIA), Cathedral Square, C Tonge 03-981-6350 CHRISTCHURCH MARATHON CLINIC: Saturday (AM), Neil Messenger 03-322-7709 CHRISTCHURCH METHODIST HARRIER CLUB: Saturday (PM) (BIA), Mrs Lindsay Evans 03-355-4356 CRUSADERS WALKERS: Tuesday (BI), (50’s and above age group), Pauline 03-385-9947 DARLINGTON KIWISENIORS: Wednesday (AM), Bill 03-385-1925 DIAMOND HARBOUR RAMBLERS: Tuesday, Hunters Road, (IA), Noeline Coleman 03-329-4566 EASTENDERS: Monday (AM), Bruce 03-981-5329 ELLESMERE TRAMPING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Trish Vessey 03329-1865 FAMILY SOCIAL GROUPS: (B), for parents with young children, recreational clerk, 03-371-1778 FASTRACK WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM) (I), Linwood, Dorothy Jones 03-389-5339 FENDALTON WALK ‘n’ TALK: Thursday (AM), 03-941-8999 FENDALTON NORDIC WALKERS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Yvette So 03-351-6407 GARDEN CITY WALKERS: Saturday (AM), Helen 03-382-2302 GENTLE EXERCISE: Monday, Friday, (NI), qualified physed instructor leads groups, Russell Graham, 03-388-3196 GLOW WORM EVENING WALKERS: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, Pauline 03-322-8057 HAGLEY PARK NORDIC WALKERS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Kerstin Fahrenschone 03-388-0000 HALSWELL WALK ‘n’ TALK: Monday (AM), 03-941-8999 HAPPY RAMBLERS WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, (IA), 50+age group, Vera 03-337-4094 HAPPY WANDERERS WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, (BI), mainly 12 hour flat walks, John van Herpt, 03-980-5664 HEI HEI WALKERS: Thursday, Lee Tuki 03-373-8150 HERITAGE WALKS: Tuesday, (PM), Graeme Stanley 03-980-1553 HERITAGE WALKS: Thursday, (AM), Graeme Stanley 03-980-1553 HOON HAY KIWISENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Barbara 03-3388306 KAIAPOI WALKERS GROUP: Tuesday, Wednesday (AM), Lyane Graham 03-327-5679 KAIAPOI NORDIC WALKERS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,


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Trudy Blakey 03-327-4457 KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUPS: for the over 50’s, 23 surburban groups plus rural locations, Sport Canterbury 0800-228-483 LAMBDA DAY TRAMPERS: every second Sunday, (BI), social group for gays and lesbians of all ages, Helen Davies 03-332-8724 LINWOOD AVENUE WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, Thursday (AM) (B), 03-389-5303 LINWOOD KIWISENIORS: Thursday (AM), Phyl 03-389-6130 LYTTELTON WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Lyttlelton, (BI), Ada Goodwin 03-328-7235 MAIREHAU LADIES PROBUS, Tuesday, Leah 03-385-6310 MARYVILLE KIWISENIORS:: Monday (AM), Valmai 03-377-8742 MERIVALE KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), (BI), June 03-355-8703 MT PLEASANT KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Pauline 03-3844794 NEW BRIGHTON KIWISENIORS: Wednesday, (AM), (BI), (both walkers and strollers), Joy 03-383-4494 NEW BRIGHTON WORKING MENS CLUB WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (I), Jenny Wilson 03-332-8818 NEW BRIGHTON ATHLETIC CLUB: Saturday (PM), Phil Bastion 03981-1798 NEW BRIGHTON HILL WALKERS: Wedneday (AM), Royce henery 03-388-7335 NEW BRIGHTON WALK ‘n’ TALK: Monday (AM), 03-941-8999 NEW BRIGHTON STROLLERS: Wednesday (AM), Tess Hall 03-3883237 NEW BRIGHTON WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Joy 03-383-4494 NO HILL WALKERS: Thursday (AM) (B), Hazel Matthews 03-3855338 NEW BRIGHTON NORDIC WALKERS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Kerstin Fahrenschone 03-388-0000 NZ VIVENDI SOCIETY: Sunday, Janet 03-389-1609 PAPANUI WALK ‘n’ TALK: Wednesday (AM), 03-941-6840 OXFORD WALKING GROUP: Monday Thursday (AM), Coral Gilbertson 03-312-3155 OPAWA KIWISENIORS: Monday, Tuesday (AM), (BI), Carol 03-3325638 PAPANUI KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Elaine 03-352-7519 PAPANUI WALK ‘n’TALK: Wednesday (AM), 03-941-8999 PARKLANDS KIWISENIORS: Thursday (AM), (BI), Bernard Marriott 03-383-2665 PARKLANDS WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), BIA), Bernard Marriott 03-383-2665 PENINSULA TRAMPING CLUB: (Family Strollers Group), Sunday, Gloucester Street, (BIA), Rick Bolch 03-338-5156 PIONEER STROLLERS: Thursday, (BIA), Shirley Hitchcock, 03-3227220 PIONEER TRAMPERS: Thursday (AM) (IA), Alan Williams 03-3432216 PLEASURE WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday (AM) (I), Colleen Cook 03-389-8607 PORT HILLS NORDIC WALKERS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Chiaki Jagau 03-981-1433 PORT HILLS ATHLETIC WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, Friday (AM), Glen Watts 03-332-1964.Saturday (PM), Peter King 03-341-1154 QE11 MINI HIKERS: alternate Wednesday, QE11 Park, (BI), Beverley Church 03-388-5736 Q.E. PARK STROLLERS: Tuesday, John Plumridge 03-385-9710 RETIREES CLUB KIWISENIORS: Wednesday, (AM), (BI), (both walkers and stroller groups), Sport Canterbury 03-373-5060 RETIREES SOCIAL CLUB: Thursday (PM) (BI), 50 + age group, Ira Williams 03-342-8172 or Carol Roscoe 03-337-5901 RICCARTON KIWISENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Enid 03-348-9351 ROWLEY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Lee Tuki 03-373-8150 ROVER HARRIER CLUB: Saturday (PM) (BI), Steve Mitchell 03-3488195 SALLY STROLLERS: Saturday, fortnight, general Christchurch, (B), leisurely pace, Margaret Bennetts, 03-322-9187 SHIRLEY RECREATIONAL WALKERS: Monday, Thursday (AM), 03941-5409 " A SLICE OF HERITAGE WALKS” with Walktologist Graeme Stanley, Tues (PM) Thurs (AM ), Graeme Stanley 03- 980-1553 SOMERFIELD KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Marie 03-337-1436 SOUTH CHRISTCHURCH/SYDENHAM WALKERS: Sunday (AM) (IA), Ray 03-332-0555 ST PETERS WALKING GROUP: Monday (PM), Thursday (PM) (BIA), Audrey 03-348-9157 SUNSHINE WALKERS: Tuesday (PM), 03-389-1982 SPORTY SINGLES: Saturday, Sunday, (BI), Llolyd 03-323-6232 TUESDAY TREKKERS CLUB: Tuesday, (AM), Necia Sullivan 03-3389035 TOWER TRAMPING & WALKING CLUB: Tuesday, (IA), Dave Bates 03-332-6233, Sunday, Yvonne van Eerden 03-339-0751 WAINONI/AVONSIDE COMMUNITY SERVICES: Thursday (AM), 03389-2285 WALKIE TALKIES WALKING GROUP: Thursday, (B), members mainly from Burwood United and St Kentigerns Parish, John 03-981-9994 WOMEN WALK: Wednesday and weekends, throughout Canterbury not in city area, (BIA), Pauline Cara 03-384-1921 XY’s WALKERS: Thursday (AM), Maureen Ryder 03-383-1226 or Alison Jarvis 03-338-2678

“Y’s WALKERS” (YMCA): Tuesday, Thursday, (BIA), City YMCA, 03366-0689, Bishopdale Community Centre, 03-359-8330 “Y’s TREKKERS”: Monday, Port Hills, (IA), City YMCA, 03-366-0689 YMCA WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (AM), Jill O’Connor 03-366-0689 WAYFARERS WALKING GROUP:Thursday (AM) (BI), 50 + age group, Ted Hill 03-323-9311 WEEKEND WANDERERS: Sunday (PM), Marilyn Dean 03-338-3826 WOMEN WALK: Wednesday Weekends (AM), (BIA), Pauline Cara 03-384-1921 30 MINUTE WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Greame Stanley 30 MINUTE WALKING GROUP:Tuesday (AM), (B), Risingholme, Christchurch City Council 03-941-8999 30 MINUTE WALKING GROUP:Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (BIA), Bishopdale, Christchurch City Council 03-941-8999 30 MINUTE WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM) (PM), (BIA), 03-94128999

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

ASHBURTON ASHBURTON HARRIER CLUB: Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday, Merv & Jackie Gilbert 03-308-5894 KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUPS: for the over 50’s, Wednesday (AM), (BI), two groups, Janice Cochrane, Sport Mid-Canterbury, 03-307-0475 ASHBURTON STROLLERS CLUB: 1st Sunday and 2nd Wednesday of month, (AM), Diane Milne 03- 303-6250 METHERN & DISTRICT TRAMPING CLUB: Helen 03-308-7011 MT SOMERS TRACKS: Warren Jowett 03-303-0880, MT SOMERS WALKWAY: Marilyn & Bruce Gray 03-303-0809 PACIFIC ISLAND WALKING GROUP: Ashburton Domain, Torika Patterson 03-308-5868 ST DAVIDS WALKING GROUP: Barbara Lischner 03-308-5174, WALKING GROUP: Eileen Ward 03-307-0475 WALKING GROUP: Ethel Powell 03-308-9662



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

DUNEDIN ACTIVE WALKERS: Monday (PM), Bill Brockie 03-467-9114 ARIKI WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, Saturday (PM), Karen Martin 03-456-4223 CIVIL SERVICE: Saturday, (PM), Peter Smith 03-471-7127 CAVERSHAM HARRIERS WALKING GROUP: Saturday (PM), Keiran Columb 03-489-4027 DUNEDIN CITY RAMBLERS: Wednesday,(AM) Alison St John 03476-2344 GREEN HUT TRACK GROUP: Wednesday (AM), George Sutherland 03-467-5999 HALFWAY BUSH WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), (I), Pat Garth, 03-476-2579 HILL CITY WALKING GROUP: Saturday (PM), Alex McEwan 03-4554851 KOPUTAI WALKING GROUP: 2nd Tuesday, (AM), Noeline Forgie, 03472-8302 LEITH WALKERS: Saturday (PM), Janette Anderson 03-476-2830 MORNINGTON MONDAY WALKERS: Monday (AM), (B), Kieran Hurring 03-453-4423 MULTI-PEAK FITNESS WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Marelda Gallaher 03-477-6057 or 027-222-3863 MOSGIEL 50's FORWARD WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Roberta Telfer 03-488-3175 OTAGO TRAMPING/MOUNTAINEERING CLUB: Sunday (AM), Ian Sime 03-453-6185 OVER 30’s TRAMPING CLUB: Sunday (AM), Janice Hodges 03-4894071 PHOENIX CLUB WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Nina Davidson 03-471-0114 PINEHILL WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Norman Vare 03-4738683 ST KILDA COMMUNITY CLUB WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, (AM), Ngaire McIndoe 03-456-4478 TAIERI RECREATIONAL TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (AM), Ian Fleming 03-489-8964 TRIXIE TRAMPERS: Thursday (AM), Alison Jones 03-489-8372 WEA OVER 50’s TRAMPING CLUB: 2nd & 4th Tuesday, (A), Jenny Gonin 03-467-2711 WAIHOLA WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Elizabeth Jones 03-4898064 XY TRAMPING CLUB: 1st & 4th Tuesday, (AM), Cliff Donaldson 03467-9875 Y’S WALKING GROUP: Sunday (AM), Betty Booth 03-456-2000 60 PLUS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Judith Wright 03-4562080 60’s PLUS RAMBLERS: 1st & 3rd Tuesday, Vern Gould 03-476-4457 60’s PLUS TRAMPING CLUB: 2nd & 4th Thursday, (A), >4 hours, Murray Bolt, 03-454-2211 60 PLUS HIKERS: 2nd & 4th Tuesday, (AM), Moreen Hayes 03-4761545

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





60’S UP WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), Olive Swain 03-214-4802 YMCA WOMEN’S WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Joan Sutherland, 03-218-8738 BNZ ACTIVE WALKERS: Thursday, Ann Robbie 03-211-2150,

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

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

ALEXANDRA HARRIER & WALKERS CLUB: Saturday (PM), April to October, John Thompson 03-448-7244,

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

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


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

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

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

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

OAMARU SENIOR CITIZENS WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Nancy Bell 03-434-5061

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

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WALKING IN THAMES Kauaeranga Valley or Goldtrail walks S.C. Accomodation or B&B; ex. rates Ph. 07 868 7213

Whareama Coastal Walk Fully catered 2 or 3 Day Walking Adventure over private farmland and isolated Wairarapa coastline.

Phone (06) 372 3722



Make your next holiday a walking one For as little as $120pp you and your friends can enjoy some of New Zealands best native bush and wetlands during the day. Then at night relax with a glass of wine in our bush spa.

Shona Inder Phone: 06-377-4802 0274-408-123 Email: shona @tararua Website:

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Unguided 2 or 4 day walks


Gourmet Guided Walks Heaphy, Abel Tasman & Nelson Lakes

Day & multi-day options Gourmet meals & trail snacks Door-to-door Nelson transport Small groups Professional, safe, informative & fun guiding service Tel: 03 545 7544 Email:

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MARLBOROUGH QUEEN Charlotte Track Service - contact Endeavour Express phone 03-573-5456, email

Molesworth Station Bike Tours

Fully supported, stay on farms; meet locals, great food and fabulous scenery Molesworth Station Cycle 4 day tour departs Blenheim Or the NEW Golden Bay Cycle 4 day tour departs Nelson Group or individual bookings welcome, bike hire available.

Molesworth Tour Company Email

Phone 03 577 9897


Banks Peninsula Track


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


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Walking New Zealand, issue no 189 - 2013

189 october 2013 ebook  

New Zealand's recreation walking magazine, with local and overseas walks

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