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CONTENTS Issue No 192 - 2014

4 Walk Talk epeka W etland restored 6 New Zealand Walk:P Pek ekepeka Wetland 8 Overseas Walks: Tak e a high country walking ake holiday this summer 9 New Zealand Walks: Goldfield Cavalcades - have come a long way since 1991 ar North 10 New Zealand Walks: Four forests of the F Far 11 Book:Our Our Mountains 12 New Zealand Walk: Exploring the Manawatu Gorge Track 14 New Zealand Walk: New T awa T rack - an alternative Tawa Track Gorge track 16 New Zealand Walk: Sesquicentennial T rack Track Southland 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand Walk: Tuatapere Hump Ridge T rack Track 26 New Zealand Walk: Carter Scenic R eserve Reserve 28 Overseas Walks: Earth Sea, Sky - Costa Rica 30 Overseas Walk: Following in Wainwrights steps 34 Event: Mahi Aroha doing it for conservation 36 Overseas Walks ands Tours 38 New Zealand Walks: W alk Clutha country’s golden Walk trails 42 New Zealand Short Walks: Colourful garden walk 43 Health: Have you an Iodine deficiency? 44 New Zealand Coming Events 46 Overseas Coming Events 46 Nordic Walking 48 Event: Spectacular views on Head2Head W alk Walk 49 Window on Waitakere: Reality shows 50 Contents for previous 14 issues 51 Weather forecast for January 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 59 Green Prescription 60 The Great NZ Trek

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Walk talk

Kimberley region - a must see

Western Australia’s Kimberley region has been recognised as one of the ‘must see’ destinations in the world by highly respected international travel publisher Lonely Planet. Tourism Minister Liza Harvey said Lonely Planet’s endorsement of the Kimberley as one of the worlds ‘Top 10 Regions’ for 2014 was a massive boost for the region’s tourism industry. “Not only did the Kimberley make the top 10, but it was named in second place and is the only Australian region on the list, which is a huge accolade,” Mrs Harvey said. Lonely Planet described the Kimberley as ‘one of the most sparsely populated regions on the planet and one of the most starkly beautiful, carved by giant gorges, dimpled with deep, cool pools and home to a coastline that could make Australian east-coasters weep’. The guide also labels the Gibb River Road as ‘the ultimate road trip’.

across the Tasman District has received a boost, in the form of $24,000 received from a Lotteries Grant. The grant managed by the Tasman Regional Sports Events Trust will ensure that quality, sustainable and effective programmes are delivered to Tasman’s rural communities. Project Co-ordinator Katrina McLean says she is excited by opportunities the funding will provide Tasman’s small towns. “Activity-focused events are important to bring our communities together, as it enables young and old to connect through games and play. As well as the chance to be active, residents also get the chance to socialise and connect with their neighbours.” The grant will fund training and support for those who deliver the Way2Go programmes, community events, and allow for the equipping of regional recreation hubs with community sports kits. The kits, which consist of sports equipment and games for people of all ages and abilities, will be distributed throughout the region. The kits are stored and transported in ‘wheelie bins’, kindly donated by Nelmac, and will be made available for community groups to use – free of charge. Way2Go is a Tasman District Council supported programme to get people more active using social recreation events. Hubs are centred throughout the District in Moutere Hills, Golden Bay, Motueka, Murchison and Richmond.

Win an Irish give away Tourism Ireland have five giveaways of: Lonely Planet’s “Irish Language and Culture”, a DVD “Jump into Ireland” and a book “Top Walks in Ireland” - a selection of the best walks in Ireland. To enter you must email:, put in the subject line “jump into Ireland”. Answer the following question “ Who donated the five prizes? Don’t forget to include you name and postal address. The first five emails received with all the correct details will win the above prizes.

Extended ‘Road Open’ period for Molesworth From October 2013, the iconic Molesworth Station has been working to a new plan, a new Management Plan. One significant change announced in the Molesworth Management Plan (though it was developed independently of the management plan process) is an extended Acheron Road open period. This year instead of opening at the end of December, as it has in the last several years, visitors wanting to travel through the heart of Molesworth along the Acheron Road can do so from Labour Day weekend through to Easter. The term ‘iconic’ is often used in conversations about Molesworth. Molesworth conversations also usually include that the 180,787 hectare station (bigger than Stewart Island/Rakiura) runs the country’s biggest herd of beef cattle, numbering up to 10,000. Or that Molesworth is so big that the altitude ranges from 549 metres to over 2100 metres. Or that almost half of the over 60 endemic (found only in New Zealand) plant species found in South Marlborough grow on Molesworth. “We know that the public has wanted more time to be able to explore this majestic place” explains Dave Hayes, Department of Conservation Partnership Manager. “The trick has been balancing the desires of the public with the need to run a viable farming operation” In addition to the high country farming tradition and histories, Molesworth is a Recreation Reserve managed by the Department of Conservation and is valued for a range of reasons—its wide open landscape, the indigenous ecosystems and species it


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supports, and the historical and cultural heritage that travellers, both Maori and Pakehe´, and graziers have left behind. Overlaid upon this set of values is a strong interest from the public to visit and experience Molesworth. Fundamentally, the Molesworth Management Plan (which is available on the DOC website ) outlines how the balance will be struck between protecting natural, and historical and cultural heritage, fostering recreation, and maintaining a viable farming operation. Experience Molesworth for yourself during the open periods, by car, bike, horse or on foot. Learn about the histor y from interpretation panels, camp outside the historic Cob Cottage or Acheron Accommodation House, picnic by the mighty Acheron River or enjoy walks from 10 minutes to several days duration. The Acheron Road will be open from 7 am – 7 pm from 26 October to 21 April. The 207-kilometre journey between Blenheim to Hanmer Springs follows the Awatere River, crosses Wards Pass to follow the Acheron to its confluence with the Clarence River. The Acheron Road may be closed due to weather conditions or for safety reasons, status can be checked 24 hours a day by contacting DOC Marlborough District Office (03) 572 9100 or online at (type Molesworth in the search bar). The road is unsealed and suitable for two wheel drive cars. Vehicles towing trailers, caravans, buses or vehicles over seven metres long are not permitted unless under exceptional circumstances and with special permission.

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Walk talk

Auckland boardwalk

Gibbston Trail to be widened The walking trail between the Kawarau River bungy bridge and Gibbston wineries has been closed temporarily while the track is upgraded to meet the full cycle trail standard. It is scheduled to be finished by Christmas. The track was built by the Gibbston Community Association several years ago and is being widened so that it meets the same standard as trail network developed by the Queenstown Trails Trust. The Trust is paying for the work. QLDC will take over the ongoing maintenance of this trail once the upgrade is completed. Unfortunately as there is no safe alternative route for walkers and cyclists, the track will be closed completely while the work is being carried out.

Correction In issue 190 we had an incorrect website address for mihi merino socks. The correct address is

An artist’s impression of a new harbour boardwalk section in Auckland. The project when completed is a promenade and cycleway around Westhaven Marina, which will see a 5m path and boardwalk wind around the marina from the Harbour Bridge to the Wynyard Quarter. The first sod for the project was turned in November and Waterfront Auckland says the whole thing should be completed by the middle of 2014.

This month’s Prizewinners The winners of this month’s Walking New Zealand subscribers are: an A588 Pedometer - David Belcher, Havelock North and a six month subscription extension to Walking New Zealand magazine - Gretel Wilton, Milton. Congratulations to you both.

Marlborough Sounds camp host holiday opportunities The Department of Conservation is offering the chance to stay for free at three picturesque Marlborough Sounds’ beachside campsites this summer in return for looking after the sites and other campers. DOC has put out a call for volunteer camp hosts at its Camp Bay, Cowshed Bay and Kenepuru Head campsites. ‘It’s a great opportunity for a cheap holiday and a chance to make the most of the beautiful Marlborough Sounds,’ said DOC ranger Wendy Sullivan. ‘There are a number of opportunities depending on what suits. People fancying a short break could camp at the aptly named Camp Bay. Hosts are needed for two weeks at a time at Camp Bay. ‘Volunteers hosts should have their own camping gear and be comfortable meeting and talking to visitors, collecting fees, keeping the campsite clean and keeping the toilets and cooking shelter in order. DOC will provide transport from Picton to Camp Bay which is only accessible by boat. ‘Those with a campervan or caravan could be hosts at Cowshed Bay or Kenepuru Head. These two larger campsites have road access and we are ideally looking for people who are willing to stay for one to two months.’ As well as getting free camping, volunteers camp hosts will be offered $50 a week towards groceries by DOC. Anyone interested in being a camp host at these campsites should email or phone the DOC Picton office on 03 520 3002. Wendy Sullivan said people looking to be hosts should be fit and healthy, good with people and ideally would be First Aid certified.

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New Zealand Walk

Pekapeka Wetlan P

ekapeka is one of the few remaining large wetlands of its type (palustrine) in Hawke’s Bay. It has a high biodiversity value and is ranked as the second most valuable wetland, ecologically, in Hawke’s Bay by the Department of Conservation. Walkers can follow the tracks and interpretation signs to learn about the history and ecological value of Pekapeka along boardwalks and easy walking tracks. Allow about half an hour to walk around the tracks and take in the many interpretation signs along the way. The wetland has substantial cultural significance and since 1997, Pekapeka Wetland

has had waahi tapu status under the Historic Places Act 1993. Pekapeka is a remnant of a much larger wetland complex and today covers 98 ha. Tree roots have been found beneath the peat that suggests the wetland was once forested – more than 10,000 years ago. The wetland is 4.5km long, only 800m wide at its widest point but the perimeter is 11.3km. Protected bird species that you might look for are - NZ Dabchick, Little Black Shag, Little Shag, White Faced Heron, Australasian Bittern, Mute Swan, Grey Teal, Marsh Crake, Spotless Crake, Pied Stilt, Shining Cuckoo, Morepork, Kingfisher, Welcome Swallow, North Island fantail, Silvereye, Black Shag and Australian Harrier. There are over 82 species of plants within the wetland, both native and introduced, including weed species. For many years Pekapeka was used as an illegal dump and amongst other things the site has the remains of the demolished Pacific and Mayfair Hotels! Some of the rubble and reinforcing rods have been purposely left Above left: A general view looking from the top of a once illegal tip. Middle left: One of the many bird species that abound in the wetlands. Left: A boardwalk across the swamp.

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ds restored exposed to serve as a stark reminder of how we have treated wetlands in the past. The origin of the name Pekapeka is not known, but here are some possibilities. Pekapeka can be a nocturnal bat, known to roost in caves in the area; it can be a toy windmill made of flax leaf; a greenstone ornament; the lateral arm of a fish spreader or of a catching spear; a hook for hanging a spear, or a plant; a plait of flax string; even a carpet shark…or a starfish. History The Poukawa catchment was a major source of eels and birdlife for Maori. Three

pa sites are immediately adjacent to the wetland and were used for eel catching and barter. When British settlers arrived the land was sold as the Pekapeka block and was owned by the Campbell family. It became known by them as Horonui, but Pakipaki Maori refered to the Campbells as “the people of Pekapeka”, never the people at “Horonui”. Through drainage, irrigation, grazing ■ and introduction of exotic plants the wetland came to be in a very degraded state. In the 1960’s it was estimated that the wetland had 5% coverage of Willows, but by 1986 this had increased to an estimated 60%. The impact that this was having on the wetland was that it was essentially choking and

drying out the wetland. In 1998, an ecologist, Dr Geoff Walls, undertook the first independent monitoring report. He reported that Willow cover had expanded markedly since the previous 1986 estimate of 60%, many previous Raupo areas had become totally dominated by Willow, the area of previous open water had shrunk by 50% and areas of sedges and rushes had shrunk by well over 50%. This serious decline led Hawkes Bay Regional Council to implement management plans to restore and manage the Above right: Tree stumps in the swamp. Below left: There are many interpretation signs. Below right: The track wanders the south end of the wetlands.

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Pekapeka Wetlands restored

Above: An interpretation sign.

wetland to ensure its ecological and cultural values are maintained as well as its usefulness in flood control. Between 2009-2010 the Hawkes Bay Regional Council installed - pathways, boardwalks and interpretation signs. They had a vision to develop a section of the wetland for education and public enjoyment. Although ecological enhancement and public use could be a contradiction, here it has been an essential part of the restoration process by maintaining long term support and providing important educational values. The public have been involved where possible - iwi, schools, rotary clubs, game-bird shooters, community groups, funding organisations and government agencies and authorities. The railway on the eastern side caused a bit of a problem until a decision was made to incorporate it into the design of the car park using railway materials. Because of the highway and railway, wildlife in the wetland are truly “acclimatised” to disturbance and loud noise so are quite happy to be observed from the viewing areas without taking flight!

Fact file Pekepake Wetlands is 10km south of Hastings alongside State Highway 2. There is a parking area, picnic areas and nine educational/explanatory signs. Pathways and board walks offer easy strolls of 5-10 minutes each, including to a derelict maimai. The lookout is at the top of a rise, two minutes walk. There are no toilets and visitors will appreciate it when you take your rubbish away with you. Pekapeka is also closed to the public in the first weekend of May each year for game bird shooting (in return the shooters have provided great assistance with the enhancement work). The odour (hydrogen sulphide) emitted from wetlands in the height of summer is actually a positive in an environmental sense and occurs when nutrient, in the form of gases, are being released from the wetland biomass into the atmosphere as opposed to staying in the waterway.

Take a high country walking holiday this summer


iwis are encouraged to get their walking boots on and try a summer holiday of a different kind this year with a ‘week of walks’ in the Australian Snowy Mountains high country. “For centuries Europeans have enjoyed walking holidays high in the mountains in summer. A pair of boots, packed picnic lunch and a peak in view is all they need,” said Ian Foster, General Manager of The Overseas Walks Lantern Property Group which operates Lantern Apartments, Lhotsky Apartments and Elevation Apartments amongst others. With lovely mild summer temperatures, and low humidity, a walking holiday in the Snowy Mountains can make a great, relaxing summer holiday, said Ian. Being somewhat of a local expert when it comes to the Snowy Mountains, Ian who is based in Thredbo, has devised a planned ‘week of walks’ that people can do at their own pace, and adjust depending on their fitness levels. “A week spent walking the high country is really about getting out amongst it, reconnecting with nature and discovering what this part of the world really has to offer.” The ‘week of walks’ includes self guided


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walks along the loop track to Bullocks Hut on the pristine Thredbo River, Merrits Nature Track, the Dead Horse Gap loop, the Porcupine Rocks Track out of the Perisher Valley, the Riverside Track and of course the big one, a walk to Mount Kosciuszko. Those that are extra fit can tackle the Main Range walk, taking in Rawson’s Pass, four of the five glacial lakes and some of the best views in Australia from Mount Caruthers and Twynam. Walkers can also join the guided Alpine Lakes Walk from Thredbo and enjoy champagne and cheese at Charlotte’s Pass before boarding the Thredbo shuttle bus back home. This year the Alpine Lakes Walk will operate every Saturday from December to April. There are also some new guided walk options this summer with Full Moon Walks

to Mount Kosciuszko and even a Lunar Eclipse Walk! If you’ve never seen the stars from Mount Kosciuszko, these guided walks are a must do. Overnight accommodation is available at the Lantern Thredbo Apartments with a selection of properties to suit every taste and budget, from one bedroom apartments with spectacular views right through to four bedroom chalets with every modern luxury. There are also many great deals and specials on over summer. “On the week of walks you’re out every day getting exercise, fresh air, relaxation and lovely deep sleep each night amongst the peace and quiet of the mountains. That’s what a holiday should be all ■ about,” Ian concluded.


Goldfield Cavalcades

have come a long way since 1991 By Roberta Laraman

Above: Walking Cavalcaders stopping for lunch. Photo by Sandra Cain

been to most towns of Otago and Northern Southland, with the Original cavalcader and event co-ordinator from 1993 – 2010. he late evening atmosphere in the camp at Rocklands Station attraction to Cavalcaders is as strong as ever. I wonder what the Old was simply humming; anticipation palpable as people and horses Timers would think if they only knew? settled down for the night. I was fortunate in having a real bed in the 140 year old shearers cottage where I spent half the night watching mice run back and forth in the naked bulb - lit hallway from the one inch gap under the door. It was November 1991 and the very first Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust Cavalcade -The Dunstan Trail - was about to start the very next day. What an adventure! Nothing like this had ever happened before. There was no blueprint. The words Extreme Events, Safety Management etc., hadn’t been invented yet. We were about to re-enact the spectacle of 200+ people per day th nd who forged their way over the Old Dunstan Trail in 1862 when the gold rush to the Dunstan Diggings began. We expected around 50 people and horses but the romantic appeal and prospect of being part Join the Cavalcade and come along for a walking of such a special and nostalgic event saw 220 people, 240 horses, a experience like no other... gold coach. buggies, gigs, packhorses and wagons take part. It was huge, exciting and raw. Raw because the Dunstan Trail was 3 different trails to choose from for the rarely used other than by farmers. Recreational SUV’s hadn’t hit the market and we were in high and inhospitable country where you were ‘very fit’ to the “averagely fit!” lucky to see a fence for three days. Horizontal ice on the 1st day (nine with official hypothermia, 50 with symptoms), strong winds, sleeping Groups of 12-50 people, catering provided by local community groups, rough and in our clothes, including boots and great coats, and finally accommodation in woolsheds and community halls. 3 full days of dust and heat as we rode proudly into Cromwell for the opening of walking plus a part day on Saturday including the Grand Parade where you meet up with the 500 or so horses who’ve also been making trails Old Cromwell Town. It was humbling to see hundreds of people to Ranfurly. lining the gorge to watch us ride from Clyde to Cromwell on the south bank. The wagons came by the main road. “The most fun you’ve had since school camp!” Since 1996 walking trails have been an important part of the Cavalcades and these days walkers make up about 20% of the whole For more info see or phone the shebang. There are typically three walking trails, two fully catered and Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust on 03 4450 111. one self contained. We look forward to seeing you here. This ‘oncer’ event is now in it’s 22nd year with multiple trails having


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Te Araroa Trail

A shelter from bygone days in the Ratea Forest.

A stream in the Omahuta Forest.

Four forests of the Far N I

By Colleen Pryce

n 2012 we ventured to the far North to ‘tick off ’ more Te Araroa tracks, and now can see our Retirement Project is moving along nicely. We have a big map of New Zealand fixed to the door of the computer cupboard, and we are marking off areas as we complete the tracks. Road walking and beach walking has never been part of our plan. So our thick black marker line is interspersed with some small dots linking the tracks, but we enjoy seeing the progress we are making. Our most recent trip was to tick off the four Forests of the Far North, starting with the Herekino Forest, then Raetea, Omahutu and Puketi Forests. As we expected, this is very rugged terrain. It must be quite a challenge for trampers to come straight off 90Mile Beach and into this steep densely forested area, before reaching the rolling farmlands of the KeriKeri track. We were lucky with the weather, and with the help of Peter and Sabrina Griffiths, who helped to get us to the start of the tracks. The Griffiths family have been involved with Te Araroa from the beginning and their local knowledge and friendly attitude was very much appreciated. We enjoyed being able to experience tramping in this unique area of New Zealand with its many groves of beautiful big Kauri trees. There is a lot of variety – sometimes walking along old logging tracks, or climbing up or down steep muddy tracks, or through dense mixed bush, or battling very mature flax,


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or wading along the streams at the bottom of a gorge with high bush-clad banks and the sun creating a beautiful dappled light through the canopy. The colours of the riverstone were incredible with lots of vivid reds, as well as various other shades of many other colours. We spent the last night camping in the grounds of the Pukete Forest HQ listening to the eerie sounds the Kiwi make when they call. From here we needed to get back to our car in Kaitaia, and although Peter was prepared to come to get us we decided to try to hitch a ride. Hitch-hiking has never been part of our life until we made this commitment to tick off Te Araroa as our Retirement Project. Because we prefer to be independent when we plan these trips, we need to make contact with local people to help us with local knowledge of each area we visit, and to provide transport to and from each track. We are meeting total strangers who treat us as friends, and it has become a fun part of each trip. We have had no bad experiences. From Puketi HQ we walked for one hour leaving at 8am on a unsealed road, but the only vehicle we saw was a milk tanker. This was a Sunday – maybe not the best day for hitching. We came to an intersection, made a decision which direction to take, and continued on a sealed road. Still no traffic. A young woman was weed spraying her road frontage and offered us a drink when we said hello. Our age – both in our 70’s - obviously intrigue her. She got her car out of the garage, ordered us to take a seat and drove us for miles to put

us onto a busy highway leading to Kaitaia. We had another one hour walk and were then picked up by two young women who had driven from the Waikato. They took us to the motel where our car was in Kaitaia, and we drove to Paihia, booked another night’s accommodation and started to prepare for walking the Russell Track the next day. We spent Monday driving to each end of the track and locating a driver to take us to the beginning on Tuesday morning. We were given a card for Murray Tauri, Kororareka Taxi Shuttle and Lodge,Russell, and after phoning and visiting him, we could relax and go out for a nice dinner knowing our day was well planned. We were relieved to see the familiar TA stile and markers at the beginning of the track, and at 8am we were well on our way looking forward to another good day. Conditions were perfect for another wonderful walk in the stream beds and the track was well marked with the TA logo. We were prepared to sleep out but we were out to the Russell road by 4 pm so once more decided to try to hitch again. Murray was OK about coming out for us if all else failed. So here comes another hitch hiking story. We hadn’t even started walking on the road when several cars flashed past us, including a tidy little pale blue car. Before long, coming back around the corner the little pale blue car appears again, tooting gaily as it turns into where we were standing. They were intrigued by this couple of oldies standing out there, but they had to travel a distance to find a place to turn to get back to

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Our Mountains

Journeys to New Zealand’s high places

orth us. They were local retirees living at one of the bays. They took us for a good long distance and dropped us off before turning back to their own bay. We walked for 10 minutes and were again picked up. This time by an Aussie couple, retirees, on their first visit to NZ. When we said we wanted to get back to Russell they said that was good because we could tell them how to get there. Now here comes the punch-line. They were booked into Murray’s Lodge – where our car was… So we had room 1 and they had room 2, and we had a very pleasant evening with good company. The views out over Russell on a beautiful evening, with Murray and Veronica knowing all the local history, was a great way for us to end our week ‘up North’ ticking off Te Araroa Tracks. We bought the Te Araroa book written by Geoff Chappell and put on the market just before Christmas, and have found it so easy to see our progress now. The chapter on Northland has 18 tracks listed in its index. We now have 15 ticks on that page. We did not walk 90 Mile Beach. The tide was too high for Tauharuru Estuary Track. We have yet to do the Brynderwyn Track. The Waikato – King Country index has 14 tracks and we have done nine of them. We have done four of 10 tracks in the Nelson/ Marlborough are. It has given us a great deal of joy, fun and satisfaction to be doing this, and hope to continue for a long time yet.

Three-quarters of New Zealand lies more than 200 metres above sea level, making us one of the more mountainous countries in the world, so it’s no surprise that many of us have a great affinity for the rugged backdrop against which we live. "Just as they dominate our land, mountains loom large in our experience." For the best part of a year, writer Paul Hersey and photographer Mark Watson, both passionate climbers, journeyed around New Zealand, exploring what they considered to be 15 of our most significant mountains, not only climbing the peaks, but spending time with the communities surrounding them. With each mountain and community, they

found a particular, intriguing story, and sometimes controversy. The result of this expedition is Our Mountains: Journeys to New Zealand's High Places, in which the pair have created a fascinating portrait of our natural environment, and how it helps to shape our sense of who we are. They also make a call to ensure we appreciate and help to protect this heritage for the generations that follow. The mountains featured in the book are: Manaia, Mount Eden, Pirongia Mountain, Hikurangi, Mount Ruapehu, Mount Taranaki , Mount Hector, Mount Arthur, Tapuae-oUenuku, Mount Rolleston, Aoraki Mount Cook, Mount Aspiring/Tititea, Double Cone , Mitre Peak and Mount Anglem/Hananui.

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A view from the main lookout, with the main road on the left linking the west side to the east side and the railway on the right of the Manawatu River.

Exploring the Manawatu Gorge Track By Janet Reynolds


etting out to do the 10km-walking track through the Manawatu Gorge again, my companions weren’t sure what to expect, having not walked it before. Parking on SH3 just past Ashhurst, in the newly enlarged car park, we checked out the information kiosk, which showcases the historic and geographic story of the Manawatu Gorge. After a quick stop to soak in the view, and the blue skies overhead, we headed along

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the walking track, which takes you briefly along the side of the road, before disappearing down and under the road. Popping back up on the other side, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d reached another dimension from where you started, with the stark contrast of the lush green bush, trickling sounds of the nearby waterfall and the soundtrack of native birds war mly welcoming you to the start of what can only be described as something special. Passing through a unique landscape of

steep greywacke ranges covered in native vegetation, the track offers an undulating landscape ripe for exploring. The dense bush on either side of the walking track is almost primitive in appearance, and trees that appear to reach the clouds loom overhead, casting dappled patterns on the forest floor. The addition of new viewpoints along the way offers you the chance to walk out and look over the Manawatu Gorge and beyond to the Te Apiti Wind Turbines, and even on to Mt Ruapehu should the weather allow. The first viewing point has you looking through the treetops and down onto the Below left: Admiring a Nikau Palm. Below right: A babbling brook.

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Whitehorse Rapids. The next viewing point was created when the repairs were carried out on the big slip of 2011. A short detour down a steep track brings you out above the slip, where you can see the way it has effected the river below. Several more viewpoints along the track offer you plenty of opportunities to see the landscape of Manawatu and Tararua, and make ideal picnic spots to stop off and take a break. Halfway through the walk, we took a short detour track towards the public toilet, which is a recent and welcome addition to this

walking track. It also gave us the chance to step out and view the larger than life wind turbines, dotted along the adjoining farmland. Within the Gorge there is a unique biodiversity of plants and animals, and thanks to a series of conservation efforts, there is an improving trend in the vegetation of the Gorge. If you go on the Gorge Walk you’re likely to see Nikau Palms in abundant supply, Rangiora (Bushman’s Friend), Podocarps, Totara, Rimu, Kahikatea, Miro, and Lancewood, to name a few. The combined efforts of the Department of Conservation and local conservation groups to reduce pests is paying off, with the dramatic increase in juvenile Nikau Palms (possums and rats eat Nikau fruit and seeds before they get the chance to sprout). In terms of bird life, you’re likely to see or hear Fantails, Grey Warblers, Pipiwharauroa (Shining Cuckoo) Miromiro (Tomtits), Tui, Bellbirds, Wood Pigeons and Harrier Hawks. Fantastic information signs dotted along the

Above left: A short climb on the Tawa Track. Above right: The entrance to both tracks at the Ashhurst end.

way help identify the many varieties of plant and bird life. After the 10km walk through lush, green bush and up and down the rolling terrain, and stairs, over streams via small bridges, we emerged feeling rather pleased with ourselves. Slightly tired, but definitely refreshed and Discover Manawatu’s Beehive Creek, Sledge Track, Gorge walks . . .

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Above: The view looking southwards from the new Tawa Track lookout. The bridge across the Manawatu River at Ashhurst is in the centre. Below: A walker on the limestone covered new Tawa Track.

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revived. A well-earned break was definitely in By Kath Olliver order, so we popped into the Bridge Café to ust before Christmas of 2012, a new track enjoy a cider in the sun, a perfect end to the was opened at the Manawatu Gorge. The day. Tawa Track, as it is called, is a 4.1km loop Returning back to the car park, we made use of the local shuttle service run by Tararua track that is a welcome addition to the existing Tiki Tours, meaning we didn’t need to walk 10km Manawatu Gorge Walk. The Tawa Loop starts along the same track the 10km back through. as the main walk, at the Ashhurst end of The Gorge, then branches off about 500 metres in, to take you along 2km of newly created track (alternatively, follow the main gorge track, up to the slip lookout, then follow the signs for the Tawa loop to come back the alternate way - both ways give a good, steady climb). A gradual climb keeps your heart rate steady and the scenery provides the perfect excuse to slow down and admire the native forest while you get your breath back, the sound of birds singing and other walkers are great company. Depending on your level of fitness and enthusiasm, this walk can take between one and two hours, a comfortable distance for those wanting a shorter walk. At Tom’s Lookout - named after landowner Tom Shannon who successfully lobbied to get this track made – you can expect to see views across Palmerston North City, Ashhurst, Feilding, and even Bulls on a clear day. Standing at this lookout, I took the time to



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soak up and appreciate the Manawatu landscape with it’s flat, undulating farmland plains that reach out to the coats, and up to the hilly valleys bordering the Ruahine Ranges. The views really are breathtaking, and the look out makes a nice rest stop along the way. Coming back, you have the opportunity to check out the lookout over the big slip site. This is worthwhile, as you can really see the scale of the damage, and begin to appreciate the workmen that worked so hard on this cliff face to restore the Manawatu Gorge back to a usable and accessible state. Interestingly, while this loop track had been planned and talked about for many years, it was the huge slip of 2011 that pushed it ahead. When the various diggers and machinery cut through the bush to access the slip site for the big repair job, Tom Shannon saw it as the perfect opportunity to get the track going. In the first three weeks of the Tawa Loop opening, over 800 people took the opportunity to walk it, which goes to show how much of a demand there was for a shorter, more accessible walk within the Gorge. Now that it’s here, I know that both locals and visitors are making the most of this easily accessible slice of nature, and in a gorgeous location such as the Manawatu Gorge, why wouldn’t you.

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Fast facts: The Manawatu Gorge is one of only a few places in the world where a river flows east to west through a main divide. The most preferred option is to start the walk at the Ashhurst end, leaving the steeper end for the descent. The Manawatu Gorge is a major thoroughfare, being on SH3, giving access to the Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa in the East. Historically, the Gorge was used by Maori as an access route to the west coast for seafood gathering. The road through the Gorge was built in the late 1870s. The early 1890s saw the construction of the railway line running along the northern bank of the steep gorge.

The view from the top of the new lookout, made possible by the big 2011 slip. The railway line can be seen on the opposite side of the Manawatu River.

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alk about one out of the box – clear through Matau, down telegraph and centre blue skies and bright sunshine could roads to the coastal farm lands. This was cow not have come on a better day for the country – the black and white dots were BNZ Active Walkers everywhere. KiwiSeniors. finding a suitable By Ann Robbie parkAfter It was 8am and the 75+ BNZ – as the one we had set Active Lifestyles Advisor Active Walkers KiwiSeniors from Sport Southland our sights on was jammed Sport Southland were all ready packed full of vehicles – I and waiting for the most anticipated annual had to ask myself what was going on in this mystery trip. remote area that required so many vehicles? With prior discussions with McDermotts Alighting from the bus and van the chatter Coachlines and a quick browse of Google was flowing – “wow never been here,” “does Earth, it had been determined that the brand anyone know where we are,” “I was bought new 65 seater bus (plus the minivan to up here,” and “what a great place,” were just accommodate demand) would be able to some of the comments. negotiate the track to the entrance of the walk. For one member, Triss Fyfe, this was her A stop at Heart & Soul café in Balclutha to home country and being our senior walker at pick up our lunch order saw us on the way 90 – she vividly remembered the swamp land, and many thought that the destination was the river and willows. Triss was a wealth of further north. knowledge on the history of this fertile land. However a turn south at Balclutha saw us The Sesquicentennial Track, near head towards Kaitangata, where we crossed a Kaitangata, was created by the Otago Regional hump bridge and headed towards Inch Clutha, Council in 2000 as part of their 150 year celebrations. It meanders from Centre Road Above: Lunch at Lake Tuakitoto. along a flood bank down the side of the Clutha Below left: Agnes, Ross and Shirley River and out to sea. negotiate the stile. It was obvious now why there were so many Below right: Marylynn from USA enjoys vehicles – the tide was coming in and the banks the walk.

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were strewn with white baiters and their nets. All ages and genders were there and further out in the river were people being transported by boat to the other bank. As the walk proceeded – over stiles and through paddocks of bovines – one had to be a little careful of where you placed your foot, as the track was obviously something warm for these creatures to sleep on. We passed numerous pieces of drift wood, and as we got closer to the sea the track changed to small colourful pebbles and an amazing amount of collectable shells, driftwood and stones. The mouth of the river was extremely busy with a large number of people fishing and the amount of huts, baches and shelters littered both banks. Some had certainly withstood the test of time, while others were showing that the wind was a force to be reckoned with. The walk along the beach was a test for our calves as it seemed like two steps forward and one back, but the fresh air and the view looking south to Nugget Point lighthouse was hazy. However this also made us aware of the length of the point and the township was clearly visible. The majority of the walkers managed the

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entire walk and this was amazing considering that some have had joint replacements and others suffer from medical conditions such as heart events, arthritis and cancer – but does this slow them down?? Absolutely not – they are out there to have fun and enjoy their life whilst they are on the ‘Green Side of the Grass’ A brilliant walk was topped off with the group stopping to eat our lunch at Lake Tuakitoto just north of Kaitangata – a spot we are very keen to return to, to complete the walk around the entire lake.

Above top: Walking along the beach. Above middle: Walking the track to the sea. Above bottom: KiwiSeniors walkers in action on the beach. Below left: Triss at 90+ enjoys her lunch with Maureen Wally and Erena.

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

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

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Right: My n e p h e w, Adam, and nieces, Erin and Kate on there first hike through the Manawatu Gorge.It was enjoyed by them all. Great snack stop, with the view of the gorge below. Photo by Phillippa Carne, Palm e r s t o n North.

Top left: Lynette climbs the Sentinel above Cable Bay, Nelson. Photo by Ray Salisbury, Nelson. Above top: Bay of Islands walking wekend - walking along the ridges on the Cape Brett Walkway. Photo by Robbie Parrish, Whangapararaoa. Above: My husband Robert and our three grandsons entering the bush at Ngutunui on slopes of Mt Pirongia. Photo by Paula NcWha. Top right: John Dittmer admiring the impressive replica winding gear at the top of Butler's Incline, Wai-orongomai Valley, Te Aroha. Photo by Sue Eccles, Te Aroha.

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Tuatapere Hump Ridge The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is a three day loop walk that takes hikers along the south coast of New Zealand, up to the sub-alpine zone of the Hump Ridge, and over historic viaducts in the heart of native forest.

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Above: Above the clouds on top of the Hump Ridge. Below left: Barbz pulling up a billy to get water from the stream below.


aving been warned of the mud and extremely steep terrain on the Humpridge Track, we were in two minds whether to attempt it or not, but are so glad we did. The Tuatapere Hump Ridge track is a three day two night circuit tramp, through some of Fiordland’s most beautiful wilderness. It leads along the deserted beaches of New Zealand’s south coast, on up through forest, to a ridge with alpine vegetation, tors and mountain tarns, then brings you back past the

highest remaining wooden viaduct in the world. The day of departure dawned dull and misty, looking as if it was going to tip down, but by 10.30am the mist had cleared, leaving us with clear blue skies. After leaving the car at Rarakau, we wandered along the cliff tops, before descending a staircase, and crossing a swing bridge to reach Bluecliffs Beach. We walked the length of the beach with its fascinating coloured stones, and intriguing bits of driftwood, as far as Flat Creek. Just past here after two hours walking, a sign pointed the way up to Okaka Hut. The coastal path continued along to Port Craig. We started the climb. The boardwalk track was just beautiful. Although some don’t like Below: Seaweed on the South Coast.


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Above left: Okaka Lodge accommodation for the first night. Above right: Boardwalk climbing steadily up the Hump Ridge. Below: Barbz on the boardwalk.

long distances of boardwalk, we found it gave us time to enjoy the forest, ferns, mosses etc, instead of continually watching for tree roots, holes, and bog. Two hours on this undulating track took us to Water Bridge Shelter, strategically placed for a lunch stop, and named because of its proximity to a bridge over a clear stream. Here, a billy is suspended, so walkers can lower it to collect drinking water. We continued on through mossy forest, with lots of ferns dripping lichen. The track became steeper and steeper as it climbed up on to

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Tuatapere Hump the Hump Ridge, where the bush gave way to alpine grasses. In two and a half hours, (a total of six and a half) we reached the turn off to Okaka Hut. Leaving our packs, we walked 15 minutes to the tops to see the sandstone tors and mountain tarns, and catch views of the Southern Ocean and Stewart Island. It was really beautiful. Re tracing our steps, we reached the hut at 4.30pm. It is a lovely building - light and airy, with leather sofas to sink into, a welcoming manager, and awesome views. Above: Walking on the beach, a change from the bush. Below: Crossing the Percy Burn Viaduct.


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Ridge Track Later that evening, we went back up on top, to experience the sunset. This was truly magnificent. The sun sinking below fluffy white clouds, and then streaks of pink and gold spreading across the sky. Next morning after an equally gorgeous sunrise, then delicious porridge, cooked by the manager, we set off at 8.15am. After following the ridge back, the track descended quickly through Beech Forest. Wooden steps twisted and turned down to Luncheon Rock where we stopped to enjoy the views. From there we continued steeply down through Rata, Rimu and Totara forest, to ‘Old Man Tree’, and Edwin Burn Viaduct, in time for lunch. It was a really pretty section. We then followed an old logging tramway over Percy Burn Viaduct. This is the highest remaining wooden viaduct in the world. Continuing along a wide shady tramway track, past Sandhill Viaduct, we reached Port Craig by 3 30pm. The heritage trail here was fascinating, with excellent information boards, describing the living and working conditions in the early

A beautiful sunset scene at the top of the Hump Ridge Track. Below left: Colourful pebbles on the south coast beach. Below right right: The board walk wanders up through the bush.

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Above: Walking on the beach, a change from the bush. Below right: Derek all ready for the morning start. Opposite page: All that remains of the wharf at Port Craig. Port Craig had one of the biggest saw mills in New Zealand.

1900’s when this was a thriving sawmilling town. We spent a couple of hours exploring the wharf, the old mill site, and plant and machinery from days gone by. The following morning we left at 8.30am, to find that the track had been cleared the previous day. This made it a very easy walk out. We followed the coastal forest track which meandered around the edge of Te Waewae Bay with only three muddy patches to negotiate, before we reached the beach. Here, if you are lucky, you can spot the rare Hector Dolphin. We saw no dolphins, but did have fun taking photos of bright pink seaweed and pieces of crayfish and Paua shell, finally reaching our car at Rarakau by 2.30pm. We loved the Humpridge Track. It was beautiful, interesting, and informative with well designed and constructed boardwalk to fit the terrain. Definitely worth a visit. Congratulations Tuatapere.

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The Hump Ridge is the only walking track in Fiordland that offers upgrade facilities to independent trampers, whereyou can enjoy a hot shower and super king-sized bed on your tramp. You can also have your bag, or yourself, flown by helicopter. Each of their lodges have disabled facilities and wheelchair access to/from the helipad, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the wilderness.

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arter Scenic Reserve is one of the few remaining remnants of patchwork landscape once typical of the Wairarapa - grass, wetland, shrub land, and forest. It is home to native birds, fish, lizards, and endangered plants.. There is the Kahikatea Walk, a 30 minute easy flat loop walk that takes you through a flooded forest remnant. Nearly half the distance of the 1.3km walk is over the board walk. The balance is a track through bush. In 1896 Charles Rooking Carter made provision in his will for the protection of part of his estate and it was gazetted as a reserve in 1921. â– This area of swamp and semi-swamp forest on two old terraces of the Ruamahanga River represents a patchwork landscape that was once typical of the Wairarapa - grass, wetland, shrubland, and forest. Because Carter Reserve offers such a variety put in place over recent years is now showing of habitat types, it has become a haven for encouraging results. some of the plants and animals that became Tree Lucerne planted in weed infested areas extinct or reduced to low numbers through in 1982, now provide food and perching land clearance in the Wairarapa Plains during the 1880s and 1900s. They include Brown Mud Above left and right: The boardwalk goes over Fish and Coprosma pedicellata, a small leafed a large wetland area. Below left: The 500m drive from the carpark.. plant that grows in areas that are very wet in Second from left: The wide pathway to the the winter and very dry in summer. start of the loop track. The Department of Conservation is Third from left: The track wanders through working hard to turn the tide, eradicating native trees. weeds and re-populating the area with Below right The start of the boardwalk. endangered species. An ambitious programme Opposite page below: The sign says it all.

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positions for birds which in turn deposit large amounts of native tree seeds in the area. The trees also shade the area and suppress further growth of weed species as well as providing protection for young native tree seedlings Hardy native trees such as Tarata Lemonwood, Totara and a variety of Pittosporum have been planted among the tree Lucerne. Rare tree species that once thrived at Carter and the surrounding area are being propagated and have been re-introduced to the area and planted amongst these regenerating forests..

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Carter Scenic Reserve is in Wairarapa, 12 km south-east of Carterton on the Gladstone Road. To get there: Coming from south in the middle of Carterton turn right into Park Road and after 6km, turn left into Carters Line and after 3km turn right into Gladstone Road. The reserve is signposted 3km on the right. The car park is about 500m along the driveway. Coming from the north after 4 km south of Masterton turn left into East Tarataki Road for 4.5 km, turn right into Carters Line and after 4km turn left into Gladstone Road. The reserve is signposted 3km on the right. The car park is about 500m along the driveway.

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t’s not hard to understand why many see New Zealand as one of the greatest walking destinations on the planet. Big volcanoes, spectacular rivers, dense forest, easy access… What better ground could there be to plant one’s walking shoes on? It’s a fair question. But there was always something missing in the mix for Phil Boorman, an 18 year old kiwi entrepenuer back in 1992, and when he arrived in Costa Rica looking for a hiking and surfing adventure. He found that missing ingredient however - wildlife. New Zealand, known as the land of birds, can’t even really claim this aspect anymore, given the impact of introduced pests

Above: Coconut palms stand tall on the landscape. Below left: A suspension bridge is a great way to view the treetops. Below opposite page: Antonio Beach .

and other impacts of human colonisation. But there is no such dilemma in Costa Rica – arguably the most bio-diverse country on the planet. And yet most kiwis know next to nothing about this little country in the heart of Central America. The region in general doesn’t get much press in our corner of the planet. Most Central American countries are only associated with headlines containing words like “military coup”, “dictatorship” and “banana republic”.

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Above : A brightly coloured Toucan. Right: A White Faced Monkey.

These words couldn’t be more contradictory when it comes to defining Costa Rica, and the Costa Rican experience in general. Instead, this tiny democracy that straddles the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean would be best described with headlines such as “untouched”, “pristine” and a “walking and wildlife dream come true”. But just as the case is here in New Zealand, a few catchy words and superlatives don’t even begin to do Costa Rica justice. At a mere 51,000 square kilometres (0.1% of the worlds landmass) in total land area, Costa Rica has limited it’s deforestation compared to it’s neighbours (zero since 2005), retaining over 25% of it’s total landmass to national parks and protected reserves – the largest percentage of protected areas in the world. This has provided Costa Rica with a platform for unrivalled bio-diversity and recreational opportunities. Cloud forests in it’s mountainous highlands that divide the Pacific and Caribbean coasts

quickly turn into dense tropical rainforests that are home to over 5% of the worlds biodiversity. Read that again – 5% of the worlds biodiversity, packed into a land area that covers only 0.1% of the worlds landmass. Fortunately for Costa Ricans, the world, and those who choose to visit, Costa Rica understood what they had decades ago and set out to protect it’s biodiversity, making this place a walkers and outdoor enthusiasts paradise. Looking out the window on approach into San Jose, Costa Rica’s bustling inland capital city, it’s immediately obvious that development takes a backseat to green space and the natural environment. With no real incentives to stay in San Jose (it’s Capital city is largely devoid of character), you don’t have to travel far before you’ll find yourself in some incredible hiking areas. A walk around the rim of Poas volcano offers the chance to peer into the massive crater as it belches steam, mud and water hundreds of metres into the air. For a taste of the Caribbean lowlands, a visit to the famous Tortuguero National Park is a must. This incredible area of bio diversity covers 5200 square kilometres and receives up to six metres of rain a year, making it one of the worlds most incredible areas for viewing wildlife up close on a series of walking trails and river canals. The name Tortuguero can be translated as “Full of Turtles” – is home to spider, howler and white-throated capuchin monkeys the three-toed sloth and two-toed sloth, 320 species of birds and a variety of reptiles. Inland and west from Tortuguero, lie diverse areas of volcanic zones, cloud forests and rainforests, with hiking trails for people of all abilities and fitness levels. Walk high above the forest canopy on suspension bridges in Monteverde Cloud forest, walk the Rio celeste trail to view the most dramatic blue coloured water on earth, or walk around the perfect cone shaped Arenal volcano before resting your body in thermal springs at it’s base – all to the soundtrack of howler monkeys and colourful toucans in the tree tops. And we haven’t reached the Pacific coast yet! Add to the mix incredible coffee, diverse cuisine, and some of the friendliest people in

the world (who love to salsa dance) and it’s a destination that’s hard to beat. After years of exploring every corner of Costa Rica, Phil Boorman and his long time Costa Rican friend Leonardo Rodriguez decided it was high time that kiwis experienced this place for themselves. “Most people think it takes too long to get to Costa Rica, or that it’s an unhospitable place, but it couldn’t be further from the truth” says Phil. The standard flight up to Los Angeles, and then a four-hour flight down to San Jose is all it takes to get your boots on the ground, and your feet in a hammock in remote rainforest lodge overlooking the Pacific. For an all round relaxing and invigorating wildlife, walking and cultural experience Costa Rica has it all. To find out more visit: earthsea About us: Email us: New Zealand office: PO Box 11483 | Palm Beach | Papamoa| New Zealand 3151 | Ph. +64 7 542 2676 | 0800 542 267 Costa Rica office: La Florida de Tibas 11303 | San Jose | Costa Rica | Ph. 00506 8378 0001

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new walking tour promoted by Calder & Lawson Tours this year was a walk across England from the Lake District to the North Yorkshire Moors. Eleven keen walkers from various parts of New Zealand plus Steve, our English guide, completed the 300 km Coast to Coast journey in 14 days. This increasingly popular walk was the brainchild of one Alfred Wainwright who, some 40 years ago, conceived the idea of linking various public walkways or “footpaths” so as to provide a continuous walking route from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. Strangely, the walk is not recognised as an official National Trail. We encountered a variety of surfaces. Sometimes we appeared to be following what we would classify as a sheep track; there were rock-hopping episodes and other places where loose rocks the size of a fist made a twisted ankle an ever-present possibility; as well as occasional boggy patches where it would have been easy to lose a boot.

Then there was the unusual experience (for Kiwi walkers) of traversing farm land, past grazing animals, or crossing a wheat field. Public walkways have existed from time immemorial and many of them would have pre-dated the division of the land into farming allotments. Individual farmers have to reconcile themselves to the constant presence of walkers crossing their properties. In general, the two groups seem to co-exist happily. One doesn’t expect constant fine weather in England (and they’d already experienced their heat wave for the year!) but in general we were fortunate. Three fine days in the Lake District set us off on a good start as we enjoyed some real “chocolate box” views. The next day was probably the tour’s low point as we negotiated a stiff climb out of Grasmere in rain and into a strong head wind. With one of the party struggling with an ankle injury, we heeded our guide’s advice that we should abandon the rest of the day’s walking, and we returned to the warmth of an English

Overseas Walk pub where hot soup was very welcome. With similar conditions forecasted for the following day, we elected to by-pass the highest point of the walk and instead, took a lakeside “low road” where we enjoyed the visibility that would have eluded us on the tops. One good feature of the tour’s organisation was the availability of transport for anyone who sustained injury. At points along the way where our route intersected a road, there would invariably be a minivan or a taxi waiting. On the longest day (33 km) four of the party elected motorised transport after completing 20 km or so. As well, everyone’s large bags were transported from one accommodation place to the next, so that we were obliged to carry only a day pack with warm and waterproof clothing and snacks for “elevenses”, lunch and afternoon tea. Accommodation along the way was at B&Bs or, occasionally, pubs. A full English breakfast was always available. Dinner was almost always at a pub, where the helpings were generous (and pretty well everything came with chips!) The result was that any slimming down as a result of our exertions was well and truly

outweighed (to use an appropriate expression) by increased food intake! In addition, most B&Bs were happy to sell us packaged lunches for the day ahead – most necessary because there was seldom any opportunity to buy anything en route. Walking in the Lake District was fairly demanding. There were some steep climbs and Wainwright, or the persons unknown who had chosen the routes of the public footpaths, appeared to have had little enthusiasm for zigzags so that often, the route seemed to take us straight up. Signposting in the early stages of the walk was minimal and we would have been completely flummoxed without a guide who, having completed the walk about 10 times, could identify the various side tracks and detours we needed to follow. Steve was a fount of knowledge and pointed out to us many things that unaccompanied walkers would have missed, such as the route of a Roman road and the sites of former lead mines. To New Zealand eyes, the dry stone walls that accompanied us most of the way were a novelty. We marvelled at the skill of those

Opposite page top: Walking down beside a stoned wall. Above: A road toll sign from bygone days. Below: A well formed long stretch were the track seems to go for miles and miles.

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Above: Many unusual sheep (to us) grazing along the trail. Below: The group at the Robin Hood’s Bay end.

who’d built them, and still do – one of our group had a most interesting conversation with a modern-day stone wall specialist who said he’d known no other occupation. When crossing farm land, we’d have to negotiate narrow gaps in the stone walls, between one field and the next – sufficiently narrow to prevent a sheep escaping. We encountered many unusual (to us) breeds of sheep, notably the Herdwick breed, which Beatrix Potter is credited with having saved from extinction – born black, with white faces. Sheep are not excluded from the National Parks. The quality of signage improved as we proceeded eastwards, just as the terrain became a little less demanding. There were patches of woodland, deciduous English trees as well as plantations of firs; we crossed lush pastures, wheat, barley and sugar beet fields and the occasional bog - and encountered our first moorland. In this “big country” it’s possible to lose all sense of perspective. With no trees or any


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sign of human habitation, it becomes difficult to assess distances. And it was a source of some wonderment that in a country with a population of 50 million people, there are these wide open spaces, just row upon row of gently rolling hills with nothing growing other than heather and tussocks. But just occasionally, the serenity of the moment would be disturbed by a cluster of Land Rovers as grouse shooters indulged their passion.

First would come the “beaters” whose task it is to make a sufficient noise as they literally beat the clumps of heather in an endeavour to frighten the grouse into taking wing, whereupon the hunters in their “hides” attempt to gain some dividend from the hundreds of pounds they have paid out for the experience. One fine, calm, undemanding day crossing the North Yorkshire Moors along a disused rail track was quickly followed by a cold and bleak trudge through mist and rain (though mercifully, the wind was now behind us) as we thought of “Wuthering Heights”. We didn’t see the coast that day, but were soon rewarded with a distant view of Whitby, from whence Captain Cook began his astonishing voyages of discovery. There is always a spring in the step when

you get near the end of the journey and so it was with us. There are certain rituals associated with the Coast to Coast Walk – the dipping of one’s toes in the Irish Sea at the start and in the North Sea at the end; and the depositing in the North Sea of the stone one has carried all the way from the Irish Sea. Then and only then can one be given their certificate recording the feat of completing the walk. Is it demanding? Well yes, but there soon develops a daily routine of breakfast, boots on, elevenses, lunch, the welcome sight of a place to stay (where one’s bags will have been delivered), dry clothes (if necessary), perhaps a Guinness, a hearty meal and a fairly early night. There’s not time for dwelling upon the daily concerns of life in New Zealand. Just concentration on the here and now, on ensuring there are no sprained ankles to mar the experience. Would we do it again? Well, it’s probably something to do once, to place a tick in the bucket list. Will we forget it? Not likely. Calder & Lawson tours run a range of fully escorted small group walking tours. For more information about their walking tours, contact them on 0800 853 276 or go to their website

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Mahi Aroha Doing it for conservation


ou would be forgiven if the words exciting, action-packed and adventurous were not the first words that sprung to mind when you thought about conservation. But this year the Department of Conservation together with Project Tongariro are flipping the notion of conservation on its head with their interactive 2013/2014 Summer Programme, Mahi Aroha. This year’s event focuses on showcasing, celebrating and acknowledging all things

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conservation, bringing together the Central Plateau’s stunning natural and historical treasures and serving them to the public in a way that is sure to ignite the senses of both young and the young at heart. Forget a pallet of khaki, fanny packs and club sandwiches, this year exploring the environment has never been more fun or diverse. With access to some of the area’s most remote locations, you could be walking, running, biking, jet-boat riding or flying by helicopter to learn more about the place so many call home. The exciting activity calendar allows the public an exclusive opportunity to explore the environment, learning more about the unique flora and fauna, landscapes, cultural and historical sites, creatures and the people working tirelessly to ensure the Central Plateau remains in tact for future generations. With activities targeting individuals and families, the Department of Conservation and Project Tongariro have delivered a Summer Programme worthy of applause. “We are pleased to be working with the Department of Conservation on this programme which gives everyday New Zealanders the opportunity to enjoy the special places that staff and volunteers get to experience everyday through their ongoing work and commitment to conservation. It is exciting and an honour to have the chance to

share what we value with the public, “ says Project Tongariro President Paul Green. The Department of Conservation and Project Tongariro are certainly excited about the programme and with good reason. It’s a feast for the senses and offers an alternate events avenue to the acclaimed “events capital of the New Zealand.” “Mahi Aroha offers an awesome range of events that gives people the opportunity to get out into the great outdoors and experience what the Tongariro and Taupo areas have to offer. It is great that we can team up with Project Tongariro and other groups to be able to develop an outstanding selection of events and experiences for people of all ages and abilities,” says the Department of Conser vation’s Partnerships Manager Whakapapa Jono Maxwell. There is a strong emphasis on participation within this year’s programme, with the majority of activities costing less than a movie ticket. Many are open to children as young as sixyears-old and there are plenty of opportunities for families or groups of friends to head out and explore something new together. Grass roots type fun like building a kite and flying it beneath the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park for the price of a gold coin is a guaranteed family favourite. For those seeking something to get the heart racing, there are a number of mountain bike rides that have ■ earned their place on the North Island’s list of must-do rides. If wildlife fascinates you, then an exclusive trip to the heart of Kaimanawa horse country will sure excite, or perhaps it’s the elusive Blue Duck that captures your heart. Explore the Whio’s natural environment by white water as you set off on the upper waters of the Tongariro River by raft. Glowworms, iconic Rainbow Trout and more native species of birds than you can shake a stick at, all feature in this year’s summer Above: Kite flying in front of The Cheateau is enjoyed by both young and old. Below left: Exploring nearby caves. Below: Inspecting native plants.

Event programme. Conservation work in the Central Plateau is a tireless job. In order to ensure the region stays intact, beautifully preserved and offering a haven for the various species of flora, fauna and wildlife that call in home, it needs the manhours. Mahi Aroha has rallied in the experts. Tours will be led by those in the know, volcanologists, ecologists, fishery advisors, biodiversity officers to name a few. The programme applauds and recognises the many people working behind the scenes whose job it is to go into bat for the environment and who are the driving force behind the region’s future, but the message remains, there is always room for more help and extra bodies to lend a hand. This year’s summer programme is a milestone as it celebrates its 50 th year. Launched in the Tongariro region in 1964 and spearheaded by Lincoln University’s Associate Professor Parks, Recreation & Tourism Dr. Patrick Devlin, it has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Dr. Devlin played a significant part in the programme for 12 years and speaks fondly of those early days when visitor numbers were ‘bursting at the seams in makeshift conditions’. “Daytime walks were either full or half-day. Full days involved the major mountains: crossing Tongariro, going to the Crater Lake on Ruapehu, climbing to the Ngauruhoe summit and several others. There would be less talking and more hard walking (and puffing) with these. Some were hugely popular and it was not uncommon to have over a hundred people and several staff on some trips. Half-day walks

were two to three hour nature walks. Evenings were given over to illustrated talks on geology, history, vegetation, introduced animals, winter sports and hiking/tramping. They were all well attended,” he says. During his time as programme leader he witnessed areas of significant growth, in not only the facilities offered to the public, but also that of a future generation developing an interest in the natural environment. “I was a part of the programme for twelve years and watched the park facilities grow and develop to a very high standard. I also watched my children grow, develop a love for the bush and the mountains, and acquire knowledge and skills that in turn rubbed off on their children.” Mahi Aroha serves to follow on this tradition, educating the younger generation

Above: There is a Waipakahi Heli Hike option. Below left: Kayaking in a wetland area can be fun.

about the importance of protecting the natural environment through the notion of participation. This is a summer programme that delivers equal parts education, enjoyment and encounters with a clear underlying message. Bring the kids, grab a friend and explore the environment like never before. This is our place, let’s protect it, nourish it and hold onto it. Mahi Aroha - Doing it for Conservation.

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This stretch is bordered by rocky cliffs. Photo Judith Doyle

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alking in the Clutha region of Otago means following the footsteps of the goldminers who dug, dredged and panned for gold hereabouts. The newly-opened Clutha Gold Trail runs from Lawrence to Roxburgh, a distance of 73kms — through valleys, lush farmland, river flats and gorges. I’m planning to get a taste of it. We stay in historic Lawrence, the first goldrush town and the start of the trail. In the 1860s the population of Lawrence and the goldfields was some 11,000 or so — double that of Dunedin. (It’s down to around 500 now). The railway connected Lawrence and Roxburgh at that time and it is this disused railway track that has been converted for cycling and walking. From Lawrence it meanders through farmlands of the deepest green, mostly following and crisscrossing the Tuapeka River, a tributary of the Clutha. Between Evans Flat and Beaumont the track runs near the main road which makes it easy to duck in and experience different stretches of the trail. Which is exactly what we do. Five of us join the trail at Big Hill — big enough for a tunnel to be built for the train. It had become partially blocked over the years after the train ceased to run and needed a lot of work to make it accessible and safe again. Three of us choose to cycle and bikes are waiting for us near the tunnel entrance. Two of us choose to walk and set off into the blackness of the 400m-long tunnel. Luckily we have a comforting little orb of light visible at the end, to pinpoint the direction and beckon us on. I’d forgotten to have my torch handy, so we walk cautiously on a fairly flat

New Zealand Walks surface, encased in darkness and dampness. That pinprick of light enlarges as we near the exit and soon we’re into sunshine and warmth. The others, now equipped with By Judith their bikes and helmets, Doyle pedal out of the tunnel — one has had a minor encounter with the tunnel wall! We watch them cycle off round the curving gravel trail and into the hills. Further on at Beaumont the trail meets the vast Clutha River. Dredging for gold was pioneered in Beaumont in 1863 and only seven years later there were stores, three hotels, a blacksmith, school and church. I join a stretch of the trail near the graceful Beaumont Bridge. Built in 1887, it has decking of Southland totara and lattice framework of malleable iron imported from Britain. Its three 35m and two 17.8m trusses are supported on concrete piers. It was the first of its kind in New Zealand and a stunning sight it is across the wide river. Maori used the trail here — one of the oldest in Otago — for hunting, fishing, and food gathering. Tools, sharpening stones and huia feathers have been found in caves and sites near Beaumont. It’s a gorgeous stretch of the Clutha. The track is only a few metres from its green swirling waters. I’m looking across at grey crags lit up by bursts of brilliant yellow broom. I wonder if those early prospectors saw the beauty of the river and the landscape in their urgent search for the gold stuff ?

Above: “Dusty” keeps pioneering traditions alive at the old Weatherston brewery. Photo Judith Doyle

Coming out of the 400m tunnel. Photo Judith Doyle

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Cyclists on the Lake Roxburgh Village end of the trail.

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Below left: Roxburgh to Pinders Pond is a great day walk section. Below right: A cyclist coming out of the 400m tunnel. Photo Judith Doyle

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Onwards from the stretch that I walked, the trail follows the Clutha all the way to Roxburgh, only deviating for a short stretch near Miller’s Flat. There’s plenty of short walks near Lawrence that also take in the early gold-rush history: Weatherstones and Gabriel’s Gully in particular, both just a few kilometres north of Lawrence. At the Black Hart Brewery at Weatherstones, you can walk round the old settlement past the stone ruins of the brewery, built about 1865 and operated until 1923. Remains include an old malt-house, water race, bottling plant and a couple of derelict cottages.

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We pass an old sluicing box as we walk to a high ribbon waterfall dropping down a cliff. At the other side of the property are the famous Daffodil fields, splendid in early Spring, which include Daffodils planted in 1895. Kim Murtagh runs the site which is now a Category 1 historic site. She greets us as “Dusty” who looks and acts like a barmaid of goldmining times should — long flouncy dress, flowers in the hair and a breezy manner. A walk of one hour 20 minutes, with interpretation panels en route, takes you in a wide loop round the valley of Gabriel’s Gully. It was here that Gabriel Read found gold in 1861. At the head of the gully is Blue Spur which was the scene of New Zealand’s first hydraulic elevator (a means of raising gold-bearing gravels using water pressure). I veered off the gold trail for my last walk in the Clutha region — the 315ha Sinclair Wetlands which lie just south of Dunedin

Airport. Here, trustee Peter Johnson led us round part of the two-hour walk, past shallow peaty lagoons and a labyrinth of waterways. The two islands in the wetlands are fringed with raupo, flax and grasses which are reflected in the mirror-like waters. One island is the former site of a pa — the wetlands are now owned by Ngai Tahu. Former owner was

Horace Sinclair, a farmer who liked waterfowl better than sheep. We look back at the wetlands over the expanse of Lake Waipori and reflect on the wonderfully varied walks of the Clutha region that we’ve done in the last two days. Below: A stunning walk beside the Clutha River.

Above left: A grizzled old miner guards Gabriel’s Gully near Lawrence. Photo Judith Doyle Above right: A short walk to see the historic Horseshoe Bend Bridge is a must. Below: Coffee time at Lawrence.

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New Zealand Short Walk

Colourful garden walk


ross Hills Country Gardens at Kimbolton has a number of short walks and is open every day from September to May. The large seven hectare park like garden includes one of the world’s finest collections of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Rhododendrons and Azaleas flourish in Kimbolton and provide a dazzling colour display during the months of October and

November, an occasion to mark on every gardener’s calendar. Each season brings somthing different at Cross Hills. The early Rhododendrons, Camellias, Cherries, Magnolias and Trilliums are in bloom and are a feature in September. During October and November, Rhododendrons are in full bloom along with Azaleas, Tree Paeonies, Kalmias, Pieris, Candelabra Primulas and a whole host of perennials. Also the deciduous trees come into full leaf over this period. Still a few Rhododendrons in flower in December and the Cardiocrinum Giganteum lilies and Hostas reach their full glory. During January and February, Roses,

Dahlias, Hydrangeas and Zantescias also show off their varied and bright colours. During March, April and May, Dahlias and other perennials are still going strong with the Maples, Oaks, Beeches, Liquidambars, and many other rare and beautiful deciduous trees showing off their vivid autumn colours against the clear blue skies. Cross Hills is at 339 Rangiwahia Road, RD 43 Kimbolton, a 40 minute drive north from Palmerton North. There is an entry fee, depending on season. Above: The flowers around the ornamental pool make a splash of colour. Below: Walkers stopping to admire blooms along the Azalea Walk.


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Have you an iodine deficiency? by Gary Moller

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Dip Rehab PG Dip Sport Med (Otago) FCE Certified

If you find you are catching the sides of your tongue with your back teeth, consider the possibility that you may be iodine-deficient before you rush off to see your dentist for a set of braces. I’ll explain more about this later. First, some discussion about iodine and its importance for a long and active life. Iodine deficiency is as high as 90% within the New Zealand population. This is confirmed by my own testing with many being severely deficient in iodine. I have always been aware that iodine deficiency is a significant health issue; but the problem has been the lack of a suitable test to deter mine a person’s iodine levels and how much iodine a person can safely take – if needed. Well, as of September, 2013, I now have a reliable test – the “Thyrodine Test” developed by Dr Daryl Turner. The results of the testing have been revealing: • Competitive swimmers are consistently the worst performers when it comes to iodine levels • Dairy farmers look like being close behind the swimmers; but I need more test subjects to be sure about this. • Vegetarians are consistently on the very low side. The connection between swimmers and dairy farmers is an interesting one to speculate about. I think the connection is frequent exposure of both groups to high levels of halide elements, of which iodine is one. The others are fluorine, chlorine and bromine – all of which are more chemically reactive than iodine. Being more reactive than iodine these other

halides compete with iodine for its place within the thyroid and every other cell in your body – and they always win! The consequence is a raft of mental and physical health problems. Thyroid disease is the most recognised but there are many other ailments. Swimmers spend many hours immersed in water that is chlorinated and fluoridated and sometimes brominated (Spa pools may be a huge source of contamination by halides). Dairy farmers may use chlorine-based cleaners to sterilise their milking equipment and it would appear that some are less careful than others when it comes to its safe use! Vegetarians may be very low in iodine because many vegetables, such as brocolli, cabbage and soy are “goitrogens” (Thyroid gland suppressants). While cooking vegetables partly reduces the potency of any goitrogens, the negative effect on thyroid function is still there to be measured. Imported fruit and vegetables may have been fumigated with bromine. Washing may be only partly effective in removing any residue. Halogens are every where: Bromine may be found in pastry flour, flame retardants (childrens’ nightwear, drapes, carpets and car upholstery). Chlorine and fluorine are found in municipal water and plastics. Chlorine is in many cleaning products. Fluorine, the most potent “anti-iodine”, is found in municipal water, toothpaste, opossum bait and Syrian nerve gas! But – hey – who cares – its good for your child’s teeth, isn’t it! Symptoms of iodine deficiency (deficiency to be confirmed

by testing) include: • Tired and sluggish • Dry hair and skin • Increased need for sleep • Weak muscles • Constant feeling of cold (fingers and feet) • Frequent muscle cramps • Poor memory • Depressed • Slow thinking • Slow speech • Puffy eyes or face • Difficulty with maths • Hoarse or deeper voice • Muscle and/or joint pain • Constipation • Coarse hair and/or hair loss • Low sex drive or impotency • Puffy hands and feet • Unsteady walking/poor balance • Gain weight easily, difficult to shed • Thinning of outer eyebrow • Loss of hair on lower legs and feet • Fungal/yeast infections • Viral infections • Sinus infections • Tendon hardening/lumps and bumps • Enlarged tongue • Goiter bulge or band around the neck For women: • Irregular menses

• Heavier menses • Fibrocystic breast disease/ lumps • Ovarian cysts The above symptoms tell why you and your family do not want to be deficient in this essential nutrient. Frequently biting the sides of one’s tongue is a fascinating condition. If you find that you are painfully biting the sides of your tongue, the cause could be swelling of the tongue due to an iodine deficiency. Look into the mirror, open your mouth and poke out your tongue. If it appears there is no index finger space between your tongue and the cheeks, then you may be iodine deficient. The solution may be taking some extra iodine daily, along with its nutritional co-factors, such as vitamin C, magnesium and the B vitamins. If you think you may be iodine deficient (most of us are) the first action is to consult a health professional who has access to the Thyrodine Test and then to take it from there. Health warning! Side effects of optimising your iodine are as follows: Looking good and feeling great!

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3 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 3 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 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 Devonport Jets Run/Walk, 5km & 3km, Devonport 4 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 4 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Auckland 4 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 4 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 5 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 7 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 7 Barry Curtis Parkrun, 5km, Flat Bush, Auckland 7 Hamilton Parkrun 5km, Hamilton 7 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 7 Porirua Parkrun 5km, Porirua 7 R-Line Electrolite OffRoad Half Marathon & 10km, Tauranga 7 Frontrunner Series, 10km & 5km, Timaru 7 The Big Kid 16km Mountain Run, Tongariro 9 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Manukau 9 Honest Lawyer Fun Run/Walk 5km, Nelson 10 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 10 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 10 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 10 Round the Hood 5km, Morningside, Auckland 10 State Beach Series 5km, Takapuna 11 The Rat Race 5km, Auckland 11 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Auckland 11 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 11 The Shoe Science Run Club, 5km, Mt Eden, Auckland 11 Waitakere 5km Fun Run/Walk, Henderson, Auckland 12 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland

14 Cornwall Park 5km Fun Run, Cornwall Park, Auckland 14 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 14 Porirua Parkrun 5km, Porirua 14 Barry Curtis Parkrun, 5km, Flat Bush, Auckland 14 Raglan Karioi Trail 25km, Raglan 14 Wanganui 3 Bridges Marathon & Half Marathon, Wanganui 14 Hamilton Parkrun 5km, Hamilton 14 Hanmer Springs Holiday Homes Alpine Marathon Hanmer Springs 15 Sri Chinmoy Christmas Dash 10km & 3km, Christchurch 15 Trust House Summer Series 8km 4km & 2km, Greytown 16 Honest Lawyer Fun Run/Walk 5km, Nelson 16 Pakuranga 5km Fun Run, Manukau 17 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 17 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 17 O’Hagan’s 5km Series, America’s Cup Viaduct, Auckland 17 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 17 Round the Hood 5km, Morningside, Auckland 18 Devonport Jets Run/Walk 5km & 3km, Devonport 18 Walking Waitakere - Motuihe Island Walk, Auckland 18 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 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 Barry Curtis Parkrun, 5km, Flat Bush, Auckland 21 Hamilton Parkrun 5km, Hamilton 21 Lower Hutt Park Run 5km, Lower Hutt 21 Porirua Parkrun 5km, Porirua

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FEBRUARY 2014 1 Kaweka Mountain Marathon 50km, 36km, 19km 7km, Kuripapango, Hastings 1 Mount Oxford Odyssey 18km, Oxford 1 Podium Offroad Marathon & 10km, Tauranga 1 Frontrunner Series, 10km & 5km, Ashburton 4 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 4 State Beach series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 4 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington

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5 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 5 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Auckland 6 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 9 Pukekohe Half Marathon & 6km, Pukekohe 9 Trust House Summer Series 16km 4km & 2km, Masterton 11 Eastside 5km Run/ Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 11 State Beach series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 11 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 12 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 12 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Auckland 13 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 18 Eastside 5km Run/ Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 18 Lifestyle Sports

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Coming Events Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 18 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 19 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 19 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Auckland 20 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 22 Bedrock 50, 52km, Oxford 22 New Balance Great Lake Realay 155km & 67km, Taupo 22 Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon, Half Marathon,10km & 5km, Queenstown 22 The Colville ConnectionMarathon, Half Marathon & 10km, Coromandel 23 AMI Round the Bays, Half Marathon & 10km, Wellington 23 Waiuku Rotary Sunset Coast 4 Farm walks, Waiuku 23 CBD Stampede 8km, Dunedin 23 Stirling Sports Half Marathon & 11km, Auckland 23 Trust House Summer Series 10km, 7km, 4km & 2km, Greytown 25 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 25 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 25 State Beach series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna

26 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Auckland 26 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 27 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 28-1 March Manawatu Walking Festival, Palmerston North

MARCH 2014 1 The Yak Run/Walk, Seddon 1 Waiheke Round Island 100km Relay, Waiheke Island 1,2 3 Sea Sky and Bush Walk, Central Hawkes Bay 4 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 4 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna 5 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Mt Roskill, Auckland 5 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 6 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 8 Motatapu Off Road Marathon, Miners Trail Run/Walk 15km, 49km Adventure Run, Queenstown area 8 The Goat Adventure Run 49km, Glendhu Bay 11 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 11 State Beach Series 5km & 2.5km, Takapuna

11 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 12 Porirua 5km Series, Porirua 12 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Auckland 13 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 15 Surf 2 Firth Bush Marathon and Half Marathon, Thames 15 Bombay Pioneers Settlers Fun Run, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Bombay 15 Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon & 10km, Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson 15 Relay For Life, Whangarei 15 Relay For Life, Henderson, Auckland 16 Capital Punishment 8.3km Wellington 18 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 18 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 19 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Auckland 20 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 22 Northburn 100 161km, 100km, 50km & Half Marathon, Cromwell 22 The Dual Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 6km, Rangototo, Auckland 23 Mt Lowry Challenge 22km & 11.8km, Days Bay, Wellington 25 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 25 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 26 Smiths Sports Shoes Owai 5km,& 2.5km, Mt Roskill, Auckland 27-30 Mangawhai Walking Weekend, Mangawhai 27 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 29 Southern Lakes Half marathon & 10km, Wanaka 29 Relay For Life, Auckland

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1 Lifestyle Sports Wellington Waterfront 5km Fun Run/Walk Series, Wellington 1 Eastside 5km Run/Walk Series 5km, Hamilton 3 10k in the Auckland Domain, Auckland 5 Mokau Beach Half Marathon,10km & 6km, Mokau 5 Oxfam Trailwalker 100km, Taupo 6 Queens Street Golden Mile, 1.6km, Auckland 12 Alpine Lodge Loop the Lake, 25km, Nelson Lakes 13 Orewa Beach Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Orewa Beach 13 Specsavers Hastings Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Havelock North 26 Routeburn Classic 32.5km, Te Anau

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Coming Events 8 Sri Chinmoy Mid Year Series Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland

JULY 2014 13 Sri Chinmoy Mid Year Series Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland

AUGUST 2014 10 Sri Chinmoy Mid Year Series Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland 24 Cambridge Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Cambridge

SEPTEMBER 2014 8-9 Head2Head Walk, Auckland 14 Sri Chinmoy Mid Year Series Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Auckland 24 36th Cadbury Dunedin Marathon & Half Marathon, Dunedin

OVERSEAS EVENTS DECEMBER 2013 8 Sussan Women’s Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, St Kilda, Vic, Australia 8 The Bull Run Marathon & Half Marathon, Melbourne, Vic, Australia 11 Christmas Run 5km & 10km, Melbourne, Vic, Australia 28 Summit Mt Kosciusko Marathon, Snowy Mountains, NSW, Australia 29 December to January 1 Westport Christmas and New Year Walking Festival, co Myo, Ireland

JANUARY 2014 7 Siberian Ice Marathon, Omsk, Russia 12 Hobart Marathon, Half Marathon & 5km, Hobart, Tas, Australia 19 Mumbai Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km, Mumbai, India 26 Australia Day Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Briusbane, Qld, Australia 26 Aus Day Fun Run 10km & 5.3km, Mornington Peninsula, Vic Australia

FEBRUARY 2014 1-3 Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, co Tipperary Ireland 9 Schoorl Run, Schoorl, Netherlands 22-23 Snowy Mountains Trail Running Festival, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Snowy Mountains, Australia 23 Tokyo Marathon, Tokyo, Japan

MARCH 2014 8 Six Foot Six Track 45km, Katoomba, NSW, Australia 9 Imperial 20 Miler, Tas, Australia 15-7 Connemara 4 Seasons Spring Walking Festival, Connemara, Ireland 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 30-31 North Leitrim Glens Walking Festival, Ireland

APRIL 2014 4 -5 IML Two day Walk, Gilboa, Israel 6 Milan City Marathon, Milan, Italy 9 North Pole Marathon, North Pole Camp, Russia 13 Paris Marathon, Paris, France 13 London Marathon, London, England 13 Rotterdam Marathon, Rotterdam, Netherlands 13 Vienna Marathon, Vienna, Austria 21 Boston Marathon, USA 27 The Geelong Half Marathon, Geelong, Vic, Australia 27-28 IML Two day Walk, Boras, Sweden

13-14 IML Two Day Walk, Arenzano, Italy 27-28 IML Two Day Walk, Brno, Czech Republic

OCTOBER 2014 4-5 IML Two Day Walk, Fulda, Germany 11-12 IML Two Day Walk, Barcelona, Spain 18-19 IML Two Day Walk, Arlington, USA 25-26 IML Two Day Walk, Won-Ju, Korea 27 Dublin Marathon, Dublin, Ireland

NOVEMBER 2014 1-3 IML Three Day Walk, Higashimasuyama, Japan 8-10 Upperchurch Walking Weekend, Nr Thurles, co Tipperary, Ireland 8-9 IML Two Day Walk, Taipei, Taiwan

MAY 2014 3-4 IML Two Day Walk, Blankenberge, Belgium 5 Belfast City Marathon, Belfast, Ireland 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

JUNE 2014 3 Flora Women’s Mini Marathon, Central Dublin, Irealand 8 Macleay River Marathon, Half Marathon 10km & 5km, via Kempsey, NSW, Australia 14-15 IML Two Day Walk, Diekirch, Luxemburg 27 - 29 Mourne International Walking Festival, co Antrim, Ireland 28-29 ML Two Day Walk, Viborg, Denmark

JULY 2014 3-6 IML Four Day Walk, Castlebar, co Mayo Ireland 15-18 IML Four Day Walk, Nijmegen, Netherlands 24 Australia Outback Marathon & Half Marathon, Ayers Rock, NT, Australia

AUGUST 2014 8-10 IML Three Day Walk, Vaasa, Finland 30-31 IML Two Day Walk,, Verdal, Norway

SEPTEMBER 2014 5-7 IML Three Day Walk, Seefield, Austria

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Above: Waiting for the start. Below:Two of the teams who entered pose for the camera.

Spectacular views on

Head2Head walk By Paul Dickson


hen I came up with the concept of a 125km walk around the Manukau Harbour, it was touch and go as to whether the idea would ever come to fruition, let alone head into it’s second year. On the morning of the 26th October 2013, walkers from thirteen teams who had registered for the 2013 Head2Head Walk, lined up behind the starting banner underneath the watchful eye of the Manukau Heads Lighthouse. Ahead of them was a tough 25km leg of the 125km route, which not only contained some of the most spectacular views across the

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Awhitu Pennisula to the Manukau Harbour and Tasman sea, it also involved some the toughest hills and walking conditions. The event had been planned to allow five hours for each leg, however the walkers all finished well within this time. Despite the first leg being one of the toughest, the Head2Head support team were often greeted with smiles and there was a great rapport with the walkers throughout. Every five kilometres, the support team set up a water/food station to ensure the walkers were provided with sustenance and there were support vehicles constantly checking that the walkers were kept safe and sound, especially

on the narrow roads around the Awhitu Peninsula. The second leg of the walk was a little easier for the next team of walkers, as the terrain began to level out around Waiuku and the going was a little easier through to Kingseat. In saying that, this was still 25km of walking in warm conditions, along country roads with little pedestrian footpaths, so the walkers had to take care to keep themselves hydrated and to look out for the odd crazy Labour Weekend driver. As the sun began to set behind the rolling hills of the Manukau Heads, the second leg came to an end and the handover was made, with walkers handing over the imaginary batons to their team mates, who would walk on through to midnight. It was great to see how people who were meeting each other for the first time during the walk, quickly bonded and began to forge friendships as they walked along the route. This encapsulates the whole ethos of the walk, it’s not a race, it’s a social event to bring people together and to raise a community spirit. The route of the Head2Head Walk not only takes walkers through the most scenic parts of Auckland, but also the areas in which the donations from the walk will g o into supporting. The beginning of leg four starts in Manuwera, which is home to Randwick Park School which not only benefited from last years walk but will also have projects supported from this years walk and the appreciation was once again shown by the school entering a team of walkers. The walk heads right through Manukau and passes close by Middlemore Hospital which also continued supporting the walk into its second year by entering two teams and in future there are plans for the Head2Head Walk and Middlemore Foundation to work closely


Window on Waitakere

A great cause for celebration By Kay Lindley

Above: Time for refreshments.

and support community projects. A little further along, the fourth leg team passed Hubbards Foods, which gave our walkers and support teams the opportunity to give a nod of appreciation to all the support Hubbards have provided to the walk this year (Thank you). Heading on passed the $28 million Onehunga foreshore redevelopment, the walkers finished the fourth leg just as the sun was coming up over the Manukau Harbour. It was amazing to see how fresh faced and awake the walkers appeared to be considering they had just walked through the night. The last 25km of the walk had the walkers skirting the Manukau Harbour and heading up into Titirangi and on into the Waitakere Ranges. The views heading up into Titirangi allowed for fabulous views back across Auckland city, as well as bush covered valleys down to the harbour. As throughout the rest of the walk, it was the camaraderie amongst the walkers which helped them to pull together and make it up and down the tough last leg. Two kilometres from the finish line, the walkers had to face one last steep incline which certainly tests the spirit of the fittest athlete, however these guys took it in their stride. Well within the five hour target set for the last leg, the walkers crossed the Finish Line to a great reception from a large crowd of friends, family and supporters of the walk. Why did people sign up and put themselves through this? There were really two aspects; one, for the majority of the walkers, this was a personal challenge as they had never walked such a distance and two, by taking part in this event they felt proud to be addressing some of the challenges faced by the children of Auckland on a daily basis. Prior to the walk taking place, each team was set a fundraising target of $1,000, which was smashed by the majority of teams. Through all the teams fundraising efforts, the 2013 Head2Head Walk reached it’s $14,000 target before the walk had even finished! Heres hoping the 2014 Head2Head Walk, taking place on the 8th/9th November 2014, will continue the growth, which we have seen from the first walk last year to the success of 2013.


ecently many of those with a love for the wonderful New Zealand environment came together to celebrate a great achievement: the successful reintroduction and breeding of Kokako in the Waitakere Ranges. Those present included all ages, enthusiastic children, hardworking volunteers, contractors, scientists, ecologists, Forest & Bird members and leaders, supporters of Ark in the Park, Kokako recovery experts from DOC, WaterCare representatives, the Mayor Len Brown, Councillor Sandra Coney, Board Members and local left wing MPs. Iwi from both Ngati Rereahu and Te Kawerau a Maki brought a special mana to the day. The cause for celebration were our Kokako, the most beautiful songbird of the New Zealand forest, once at the brink of extinction due to habitat loss and predation, but now in our sights with a target for 1000 breeding pairs by 2020. The efforts of Ark in the Park are a really important contribution to this target, especially with at least three birds fledged last season, improving genetic diversity and population resilience. Restoring our forests to the diverse and beautiful complex ecosystems of the past. Many present at the celebration shared personal stories of what Kokako mean to them, especially the pleasure in seeing a bird so rare and so beautiful, in its natural but threatened environment. To a degree, Kokako reflect the damage done to the forests which once covered New Zealand, the damage done to our endemic species, but also the amazing progress and recovery that can be made by collective action and hope. Sharing this hope, holding onto a vision of a better world, a world shared by enigmatic species is what motivates so many modern conservationists. It’s a happy combination of science, faith, hard work and physical resources. It’s a good reason to take stock, and to celebrate New Zealand’s conser vation restoration successes such as the Kokako recovery project nationwide and more locally in the Waitakere’s Rainforest. The Kokako is a forest bird which

is endemic to New Zealand. It is slate-grey with wattles and a black mask. It is one of three species of New Zealand Wattlebird, the other two being the near threatened Tieke (saddleback) and the extinct Huia. Previously widespread, Kokako populations throughout New Zealand have been decimated by the predations of mammalian invasive species such as possums, stoats, cats and rats and their range has contracted significantly. There were formerly two sub-species of Kokako, North Island and South Island, although the South Island subspecies may now be extinct. In the past this bird was called the New Zealand Crow: it is not a crow at all, but it looks like one from a distance. The Kokako belongs to the endemic New Zealand wattlebirds (Callaeidae), an ancient family of birds which includes the North and South Island Saddleback and the extinct Huia. The Kokako is the only member of its family still surviving on the mainland. A dark bluish-grey bird with a long tail and short wings, it has a pair of brightly coloured, fleshy “wattles” extending from either side of its gape to meet below the neck. The North Island Kokako has blue wattles, while the South Island Kokako has orange or yellow wattles. The bird is not particularly good at flying and prefers to use its powerful legs to leap and run through the forest. In the early 1900s the North Island Kokako was common in forests throughout the North Island while the South Island Kokako was widespread in the South Island and Stewart Island. Primary causes of Kokako decline were forest clearance by settlers and the introduction of predators such as rats, stoats and possums. Research has shown that female Kokako are particularly at risk of predation as they carry out all incubation and brooding throughout a prolonged (50-day) nesting period. Years of such predation have resulted in populations that are predominantly male and with consequent low productivity rates. For the opportunity to see the our wonderful work to contain predators in the Waitakere ranges, and to go on the Walking Waitakere Wednesday Walks series, please email me on: Walking WalkingNew NewZealand, Zealand,issue issueno no192 192--2014 2014

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CONTENTS for previous 14 issues DECEMBER 2013 191 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walk:Ballroom overhang 10 New Zealand Walk: Rangiwahia Track upgrade 12 New Zealand Walks: Waitahinga Trails - walks worth doing 13 New Zealand Walk: Motukiore Island Track 14 New Zealand Walks:Catlins Capers 16 New Zealand Walk: Wairongomai Valleys walk 17 Books:A Walk a Day 365 short walks in New Zealand 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 Overseas Walks: Ireland’s Dingle Way 24 Window on Waitakere: Reality shows 25 Product Marketplace: Walking great for your joints 26 Event: Walking event exceeds expectations 27 Health: Heat injury during exercise 30 Overseas Walks: Australia’s Heysen Trail - a work in art 35 Overseas Walks: Embrace the great outdoors in Tasmania 38 New Zealand Walk: Hogs Back Track 40 Event: Rotorua Marathon to celebrate 50 years 42 Training: Preparing to trek at high altitudes 43 Product Marketplace:Sketchers Summer Collection 44 New Zealand Coming Events 46 Overseas Coming Events 48 Event: Cadburys Dunedin Marathon events 51 Weather forecast for December 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 59 Night-time walking marathon 60 Green Prescription NOVEMBER 2013 190 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks:Mistic Mountain - Paul Rush finds picture perfect Mt Taranaki can be moody and mistic 10 New Zealand Walk: Ian Wells Track 11 My Favourite Walk:The Kepler Track 61km circular track 12 Event: The Great New Zealand Trek - Alfredton to Lake Ferry 16 New Zealand Walk:Kingston Reserve walk 17 Books:A Walk a Day 365 short walks in New Zealand 18 Digital Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand Walks: Cape Kidnappers- Gannet Reserve an unique walk 24 New Zealand Walks: Stewart Island wilderness experience with Ruggedy Range 26 News:A trek with a big difference 27 Overseas Walks: iWalk your way around Dublin? 28 Health:The IN Generation 29 Window on Waitakere: Senior citizens 32 Overseas Walks: Labrador Nature & Coastal walk 36 Books:Molesworth - stories from New Zealand’s largest high country station 37 New Zealand Guided Walks: New guided walks aimed at New Zealanders 40 Readers View: Side effects from some medications 40 New Zealand Walk: Takaro Trails Hawkes Bay new 3 day walk 42 New Zealand Walks: Improvements to enhance Kapiti Island visitor experience 43 Product Marketplace:Kiwi farmers making mihi Merino socks 44 New Zealand Coming Events 46 Overseas Coming Events 49 Cycling Tours: Molesworth Station “It’s like biking through a Constable painting” 51 Weather forecast for November 52 Directory: Walking groups throughout NZ 56 Country Breaks 60 New Zealand Great Trek

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OCTOBER 2013 189 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks: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 Walk 14 New Zealand Walks:The original Pink Star Walk is back 14 Cycling Tours: Striving for calorie-credit cycling the Tasman Great Taste Trail 16 New Zealand Walk: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 Tours 38 Event: Blackmores XTERRA Trail Challenge 39 Product Marketplace: Ease pains and strains naturally 40 Window on Waitakere: Bird count 40 New Zealand Walk: Kiwi Ranger launched in Manawatu 41 News: Slice of Banks Peninsula bought for all to enjoy 42 Product Marketplace: Walking with a spring in 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 51 Weather forecast for October 56 Country Breaks 60 Napier City Half Marathon 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 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 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

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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 51 Weather forecast for August 56 Country Breaks 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 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 51 Weather forecast for July 56 Country Breaks 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 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 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 56 Country Breaks 60 Napier City Half Marathon


Daily Summary

According to

Ken Ring

Warm and sunny in the west, cloudy in the east Both islands are overall wetter than average. North The Moon controls the weather. Each moon phase has a changing effect. The atmostphere has a tide Island’s wetter regions may be Northland, that is forever changing and the weather is what results. Shaded areas depict rain or showers. Coromandel, BoP, Waikato, Rotarua/Taupo, Central Plateau and some of the lower North Island, with Chateau and Rotorua the wettest, but Hawkes Bay driest town followed by Auckland. The South Island is wetter at top of the island and inland Otago with rain for the rest below average. Both islands have below average sunshine and average temperatures Dargavile to Hamilton may be warmer than normal, and Levin to Wellington. In South Island the west and south may be warmer but South Canterbury and Otago cooler. At the start of the month extreme weather and kingtides across the North Island and top, west and south of South Island 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 1st may cause flooding, also after midmonth. 1st January 2014 Heavy rain moving across NZ. 1st-3rd January 2014 Very warm, approaching potential heat wave conditions in the south-western regions of North Island. Henderson, Te Puke, Taupo, Hamilton, Te Kuiti, Turangi, Palmerston North, Levin and Kaitoke may record high temperatures over the next four weeks, particularly in Palmerston North and Levin. 3rd-10th January 2014 Disturbed westerlies with the passage of a trough. 5th January 2014 A brief period of southwesterlies. 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 6th January 2014 Northwesterly change. 11th January 2014 The following four weeks may be warm in the west, particularly at night. Dry along the Kaikoura Coast and in Horowhenua but wet in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay. Dry conditions continue in North Canterbury with hardly any rainfall along the east coast. In contrast, in about three weeks time, surface flooding may be expected in Gisborne from the edge of a storm of a tropical origin. Napier may receive frequent easterlies and northeasterlies bringing cloud while the same airflow 15th 13th 14th 16th 17th 18th may bring settled sunny weather to the west coast. Over this outlook period, more anticyclones in the east of South Island give east to northeasterly airflows over New Zealand. Mean temperatures may be two degrees about average in the Waikato, one-two degrees above average in Taranaki-Manawatu and along the entire west coast and about one degree above average in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Wanganui, North Island Central Plateau and Southland. Frequent cloud and onshore winds may keep daytime temperatures below average with night-time temperatures above. Other dry areas, including North Canterbury, may be Coromandel, western Bay of Plenty and Wellington. 20th 19th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th Cloudy skies may prevail in all east coast regions from Gisborne to North Canterbury. The North Island Central Plateau and central NZ both may have 90% of average sunshine. However, it may be particularly cloudy in Hawkes Bay, especially Napier. The West Coast of South Island may receive more sun than average. 11th-21st January 2014 Mostly anticyclonic with warm northeasterlies over North Island. 11th- 1st January 2014 February: Drier than usual over most of New Zealand. 22nd-30th January 2014 Unsettled with moist northerlies on the approach of 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th a depression from the west. Southerlies prevail along the east coast on 25th with high pressure over South Isalnd from 26th. Available from Paper Plus and 29th January 2014 Whitcoulls throughout New Possible flash flooding in east Auckland. Zealand 31st-10th January 2014 February: Northeasterlies prevail at first as an intense Website: anticyclone lies east of New Zealand. However, a Predict Weather depression intensifies on February 3rd as it moves 2014 at a south over Raoul Island. Email: bookstore near you Allow 24-hr error to all forecasts. Skewing may occur around 1st (new moon), 2nd (perigee), 16h (full moon) and 16th (apogee) and 30th (perigee)

Ken Ring author of . . .


Walking New Zealand, issue no 192 - 2014




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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: Sarah Hart 09-625-7891, 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 WOMENS OUTDOOR PURSUITS INC: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Anne 09-480-5424,

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

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Saturday, Anne, 09-813-0021 FIT4LIFE: Glenfield, Monday (PM), Friday (AM), Sarah 021 534 649 FOOTSTEPS: Saturday (AM), John 09-410-2995 GLEN EDEN WALKERS: Oratia Bowling Club, Tuesday (AM), Ethel Denscombe 09-818-3561 GLEN EDEN ATHLETIC CLUB WALKERS: Glen Eden, Wednesday (PM) and Saturday (AM), Neil Turner 09-817-6230 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 021-268-4154, 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),

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

Paula Cole 09-444-6435 MEADOWOOD WALKING & TALKERS: Albany, Tuesday (AM), Carol Buckner 09-479-7804 MILFORD MALL WALKERS: Greenhithe, Tuesday, Thursday, (AM), Carol Mosedale 09-443-2054 MILFORD MENS PROBUS: Ian Hall 09-479-4259 NORTH SHORE DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: Every second Sunday (AM), Sue Pearson 09-449-2221 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), Pam Jordan 021-136-6129, 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, Anne 09-480-5424,

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



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DINSDALE WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Val Russell 07-847-6539 ENDERLEY WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Leonie Smith 07-8552224 HAMILTON EAST WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Irene Millar 07-855-6848 HILLCREST WALKING GROUP: Monday Wednesday Friday (AM), Nell Bradburn 07-856-3787 MEMORIAL PARK WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Maureen Doms 07-855-2497 NAWTON WALKING GROUP: Monday Tuesday (AM), Roslynn Billman 07-847-4873 SILVERDALE WALKING GROUP: Sister Anne Marie Jones 07-8568980 CLAUDELAND WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), Irene Millar 07-8556848 FLAGSTAFF WALKING GROUP: Monday Wednesday Friday (AM), Gillian Bartram 07-854-0069 WESTFIELD MALL WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM) Westfield Mall Chartwell HAMILTON MARATHON CLINIC:Tuesday (PM), Sunday (AM), Sharon 07-854-9214 TOD SQUAD: Friday (AM), Julie 07-829-4579 Y’s WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM) MONDAY BUSHTRAMPERS: Monday, Marian 07-828-9029 BREAKAWAYS BUSH WALKING & TRAMPING CLUB: Diana Ammann 07-823-6147 WAIKATO TRAMPING CLUB: or Stu Kneebone 07827-3097 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 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


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

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




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

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





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

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

KATIKATI KATIKATI TRAMPING CLUB: fortnightly weekends (AM), 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), Colin Smyth 027-499-941,, 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 KAIMAI RAMBLERS TRAMPING GROUP: Wednesday, Roger 07-5441622 Y’s WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), YMCA, 07-5785891 MOUNT JOGGERS & WALKERS: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday,, 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



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

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




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


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 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

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), Wednesday (PM), TARANAKI RACE WALKING CLUB: Trevor Suthon, 06-758-0776 EGMONT ATHLETICS: Karen Green, 06-758-1569

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

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


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

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

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CASTLECLIFF WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), Dorothea Dobbie 06344-4219 RONA & GLAD’S WALK GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Rona Wright 06344-5434 WANGANUI HARRIER CLUB: Wednesdays, Saturday (PM), Secretary, P O Box 702, Wanganui, Perry Newburn 06-343-6484 SPORT WANGANUI CLUB GOLD: Tuesday, Thursday, (AM), Karen Buckholt 06-349-2315 WANGANUI MILLENNIUM WALKERS CLUB: Sunday (AM), Darol Pointon 06-345-3137

KANDALLAH CORNERSTONE WALKERS: Monday (AM) 04-479-5420 MIRAMAR WALKING GROUP: 04-388-1944 NEWLANDS COMMUNITY HOUSE WALKING: Tuesday (AM), 04-4788799 TARARUA TRAMPING CLUB: WEA MIDWEEK WALKERS: Hanna Harwood WELLINGTON WEDNESDAY WALKERS: 04-388-1988 WELLINGTON CATHOLIC TRAMPING CLUB: 04-934-4729 WELLINGTON HARRIER ATHLETIC CLUB: Saturday (PM) mid March to mid October, (BIA), Veronica Gould WELLINGTON MARATHON CLINIC: Sunday (AM), (BIA), Toni 04478-9201 WELLINGTON MID-WEEK WALKERS: Tues, Thursday (PM), Bart Jones 04-477-3746 or David Lonsdale 04-977-8990 WELLINGTON NORDIC WALKERS: Rod McColl 04-526-6833



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

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


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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


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


MARTINBOROUGH WALKING GROUP: Barbara Behrent 06-3069226

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





BROOKLYN WALKERS: Edith, 04-384-6799 BUGGY WALKING GROUP: First Thursday of month (AM), FOREST & BIRD: 04-567-7271 ORIENTAL BAY WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Christine Blakely 04-3836276 MT VICTORIA WALKING GROUP: Euan Harris 04-384-4770 WALK WAINUI: Monday (AM), (BIA), Shirley 04-564-6179 ISLAND BAY WALKING GROUP: Community Resource Centre, Island Bay, 04-383-7464 WALKING FOR LIFE: Lynne Waring, Miramar KARORI WALKING GROUP: Mavis Shaw, Kelburn KARORI ARTS & CRAFT WALKING GROUP: 04-934-8630

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MOTUEKA FIFTY PLUS WALKERS: Thursday (AM), Nora Morris 03-528-6290

NELSON NELSON STRIDERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (PM), (BI), Averil West, 03-548-3655 NELSON KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), 03-548-1126 WAKEFIELD WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Lou Manson, 03541-8414 TAHUNA KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), 03-548-1126 NELSON 50+ WALKING GROUP: alternative Tuesday, Thursday (AM), Noel Brown 03-544-2286 NELSON 50+ WALKING & TRAMPING GROUP: Noel Brown 03544-2286

WAIMEA HARRIER WALKERS: Saturday (PM), Sunday (AM) (BIA), Heather McNabb, 03-547-8490 WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Visitor Information Centre

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

CANTERBURY CHRISTCHURCH ACTIVE CHRISTCHURCH SUNDAY WALK: Sunday (AM) (BI), 03-9418999 AVON LOOP/CITY KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), (B), Sport Canterbury 03-373-5060 AVONSIDE KIWI SENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Jan 03-389-2755 AVONHEAD KIWISENIORS: Friday (AM), (BI), Bess 03-342-7647 AFTER WORK WALKING CLUBS: around Christchurch, (BI), for all ages and fitness levels, recreation clerk, CCC 03-371-1778. ARAI-WALKERS: Wednesday, Wainoni/Aranui, Natalie Hoani, 03-3882593 ARTHRITIC AMBLERS: Wednesday, (B) suitable for people with physical disabilities, Trevor Randall 03-385-7446 BEXLEY KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Kath 03388-6161 BARRINGTON KIWISENIORS: Friday (AM), (BI), Nita 03-337-1493 BECKENHAM WALK ‘n’ TALK: Thursday (PM), Di 03-385-3452 BISHOPDALE RAMBLERS: Wednesday (AM) (I), Bishopdale, Paul Muir 03-359-7971 BISHOPDALE TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (AM),(IA), Margaret 03351-6681 BURNSIDE JOGGERS & WALKERS CLUB: Sunday (AM) Burnside, Anne Uys 03-342-6337 BUSHWISE WOMEN: (BIA) Cynthia Roberts or Roz Heinz 03-3324952 BRIGHTON RAMBLERS WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), New Brighton (I), Marlene Crocker 03-388-1115 CANTERBURY RACE WALKERS ASSOCIATION: Monday, Wednesday, (BIA), coordinates all Canterbury race walkers and friendly race walking, Ann Henderson 03-387-0387 CANTERBURY UNIVERSITY TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (PM), Darryn Welham 03-960-3808 CARDIAC COMPANIONS: Sunday fortnight, (PM) Neville Wootton 03-942-5453 CARDIAC CARE GROUP, Marg Allison 03-366-2112 CCC EASTENDERS: Monday (AM), (IA), or Bruce 03-388-7295 CCC GARDEN CITY WALKERS: Saturday (AM) (IA), Helen 03-3822302 CCC GLOW WORM EVENING WALKERS: Wednesday (PM) (IA), Norm Wells 03-981-5487 CCC HALSWELL: Saturday (AM) (PM), (IA), Pauline 03-322-8057: Sunday, Terrence 03-322-8092 CCC SUNSHINE WALKERS: Tuesday (PM (IA), Jim 03-389-1982 or Hope 03-389-7997 CCC SHIRLEY RECREATIONAL WALKERS: Monday, Thursday (AM), (IA), 03-941-5409 CCC SOCKBURN: Tuesday (AM) (IA), Estelle 03-342-7841:Friday (AM) (IA), Jo 03-349-7146 CCC WEEKEND WANDERS: Sunday (PM) (IA), Marilyn 03-338-3826 CHRISTCHURCH PERSONAL GUIDING SERVICE: Daily (AM) (BIA), Cathedral Square, C Tonge 03-981-6350 CHRISTCHURCH MARATHON CLINIC: Saturday (AM), Neil Messenger 03-322-7709 CHRISTCHURCH METHODIST HARRIER CLUB: Saturday (PM) (BIA), Mrs Lindsay Evans 03-355-4356 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



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KAIAPOI WALKERS GROUP: Tuesday, Wednesday (AM), Lyane Graham 03-327-5679 KAIAPOI NORDIC WALKERS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Trudy Blakey 03-327-4457 KIWISENIORS WALKING GROUPS: for the over 50’s, 23 surburban groups plus rural locations, Sport Canterbury 0800-228-483 LAMBDA DAY TRAMPERS: every second Sunday, (BI), social group for gays and lesbians of all ages, Helen Davies 03-337-6103 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 03-383-5448 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 SENIOR CITIZENS WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Nancy Bell 03-434-5061 OAMARU FRIDAY WALKERS: Every 2nd Friday (AM), Barbara McGann 03-434-9178 WEDNESDAY WALKERS TRAMPING GROUP: Jane Naish 03-4346363 NORTH OTAGO TRAMPING & MOUNTAINEERING CLUB: Margie Carrington 03-434-8484

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

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

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,

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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