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CONTENTS Issue 219- 2016

4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walk: Rotorua’s Sulphur Point walk way/cycleway 9 Event: Tauhara Maunga open for public access 10 Event: A seldom walked trail the Taieri Gorge Rail walk 11 My Favourite Walk: Bay of Plenty Rainforest rem nant 14 Event: Walking festival ready for greater numbers 15 News: Te Araroa Trail - rated by one of the world’s best 16 Event: Mangawhai Walking Weekend - last of the summer wine 18 Walking New Zealand Monthly Photo Contest 20 New Zealand Walks: Top short walks in Canter bury 24 New Zealand Walk: Tawhai Falls Walk to a peace ful, falls 26 Overseas Walks: Samoa’s Mt Vaea Walking Trail 30 Overseas Walks: Vietnam - an amazing place for a walking holiday 39 Event: Amazing journey along a century old rail way line 42 Overseas Walks and Tours 44 Coming Events: New Zealand 47 Coming Events: Overseas 51 Index of 14 previous issues 52 Directory of Walking Groups 56 New Zealand Country Breaks 60 Hooker Valley Walk From the 2nd of each month you can now view the latest issue two weeks before stores.

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Walk talk

Guided walks around Sydney’s enchanting Royal Botanic Garden

The enchanting Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, is a tranquil oasis to visit on the foreshore of one of the world’s greatest natural harbours. You’ll enjoy spectacular views and take memorable photographs of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The beautiful gardens are a short walk from Circular Quay, the city centre and Hyde Park. Wander by the thousands of plant specimens and join a tour including a guided Aboriginal heritage tour of the gardens. Wildlife in the gardens includes colourful birds, fruit bats and water dragons. Volunteer guides will lead you through the gardens on free walks, daily at 10.30am, except on public holidays. The walks are for 90 minutes and depart from the Information Counter in the Palm Grove Centre in the centre of the gardens where you’ll also find a restaurant and café. Discover the area’s rich Aboriginal history on the 90-minute guided Aboriginal Heritage Tour. You’ll explore traditional plant uses and culture and taste some bush foods. Reservations are essential. The tour departs at 10am on Fridays and is available for groups on request Monday to Friday. Entry is free into the gardens, open daily from 7am. The nearest train stations are Martin Place and Circular Quay.

We’re safe from zika: Samoa

The Samoa caretaker government is reaffirming the safety of tourists visiting the country from zika virus. Director general of health in Samoa Take Naseri says just three cases of zika were detected in Samoa in 2015 and the travel warnings were issued without consultation. Meanwhile, the latest 20 blood samples taken overseas for tests have been negative. He says if there was an epidemic, cases would have been much more frequent. ‘Putting Samoa there as one of the most dangerous places for zika in my own personal opinion is not right.’ Dr Naseri said an ongoing programme to control the mosquito which carries both the zika and dengue viruses appeared to be working. The Ministry of Health has announced measures it has put in place to protect the public and tourists from the disease.

Busy new season in Fiordland

Queenstown-based Ultimate Hikes is celebrating its ‘busiest season ever’ as it opens bookings for the 2016-17 season with a new Walk and Stay package. Ultimate Hikes is the exclusive operator of multi-day guided walks on the iconic Milford and Routeburn tracks. Its general manager Noel Saxon says the 2015-16 season is shaping up to be the biggest seen on the tracks. “Bookings have been coming in from around New Zealand and all over the world. The Milford Track in particular is enjoying a great season, reflecting the increase in visitor numbers to New Zealand this summer.” The new package is designed to provide walkers with a onestop opportunity to book a walk – with corresponding room nights in Queenstown – in one package. It applies to walks booked between the season opening on 1 November and 20 December. “The offer predominately suits people who are coming to Queenstown primarily to do one of our guided hikes. It’s convenient for them to book their walk and accommodation together to make the experience even easier to organise,” says Saxon. Tourism New Zealand’s survey of international visitors to December last year revealed the ‘natural environment’ as the top reason cited for visiting New Zealand. “The Milford and Routeburn Tracks are world-famous for a reason, and we take our responsibility of operating in the untouched environment of our National Parks very seriously,” says Saxon.


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Walk talk

Guided hikes in Rwanda national park

Road Ride from Thailand to Singapore with SpiceRoads SpiceRoads Cycle Tours, the leading bicycle tour operator in Asia for more than a decade is excited to announce the launch of Thailand to Singapore by Road Bike, an adventure which tackles three countries and 1,339 kilometers in 15 days. This tour is set to depart from July and is suitable for anyone with a moderate level of fitness. “This tour is a great ride – there are good roads to ride on, challenging hills to get your heart beating, fascinating history to explore en route and delicious food to indulge in. It’s perfect for the adventurous road rider,” says Struan Robertson, CEO of SpiceRoads Cycle Tours. What to expect: The tour starts by riding along the Andaman Coast of Thailand on mostly flat terrain through thick forests and plantations; along country back roads and through local villages; into lush national parks with impressive waterfalls and warm hot springs. There are charming towns to visit along the way: the colonial town of Georgetown on Penang Island; the murals of Ipoh and the historical city of Malacca, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The tour finally ends in the dynamic city-state of Singapore for more action.

Walkers enjoy lunch at the half way mark

Gondwana Ecotours has just announced a new eight-day adventure tour of Rwanda. A major highlight of this intrepid journey is trekking into the Virunga Mountains to observe some of the last remaining mountain gorillas in the world. Guests will also track chimpanzee and golden monkeys with a conservationist; boat on Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes; visit nearby hot springs; and take guided hikes through Nyungwe Forest National Park. Back in the city, travellers will explore the capital of Kigali, considered one of Africa’s cleanest and safest urban areas, where they’ll visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial. The December 13, 2016 departure is USD5,684. Gondwana Ecotours will donate up to 10% of its sales to ASPIRE Rwanda, a nonprofit organization that teaches urban women the skills to earn a living and improve their quality of life. To see the full itinerary, go to: http://gondwanaecotours.com/tour/gorilla-trekkingin-rwanda/

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My Favourite Walk

Rotorua’s Sulphur Point walkway/cycleway

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By Judy Eva

f you can cope with the aroma of boiled eggs and someone who has passed very bad wind then this is the experience for you. It is unique in the fact that it is unlike any other walkway or cycle track. Sulphur Point is situated in Sulphur Bay Rotorua and the track starts at the further end of the Rotorua Lake front by the scout den and below which was the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital. It is suitable for everyone but not the best for wheel chairs and mobility scooters. It consists of very fine gravel and is flat all the way and as you continue it slowly turns white as you reach the thermal area. Above: Sulpher Point with long boardwalks. Left: Sulphur Point with Government Gardens and Museum in background. www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

My Favourite Walk

At the beginning follow the track over several boardwalks beside the lake and marshland to where it goes out into a small car park by blue painted toilets. Cross to the other side turning right, follow the track on the side of the road veering right around the edge of the road heading toward the large and well known Elizabethan styled Museum and Art building in Government Gardens which you will see in the distance. The signage of where to go is nonexistent, so watch out for a small opening in the bush on the left where the track goes in before reaching the rear of the museum, follow it around and behind the museum and over several small bridges and through the bush area beside the small bay of active hot water. The track is easier to follow taking you across long boardwalks over the thermal activity. There are information signs along the way describing the history of the area. You will then go out into a large car park, continue around the front of the Polynesian Spa building. Veer left past there and along the footpath where you will see an arrow pointing to the continuation of track (again rather woeful) which takes you onto more of the thermal area. The highly acidic water lies on the top of a geothermal field where there are warm waters which attract many different species of birdlife. As you meander further along keeping to the track you will notice that the lake water becomes increasingly milky looking. Take time to stop and take photos of the bubbling mud and steaming vents. Further on you will come to a loop in the track with an arrow pointing left and

one pointing right. I was very confused with this as it had no information as to where either track went but follow the left arrow as it takes you through more thermal activity. This track will also take you out onto the busy Te Ngae Road (Highway 30). Continue under the road bridge and if you turn immediately left it takes you onto the road and into a small shopping area. If you carry straight on following the track it will take you into the beautiful Redwood Forest where you can explore more walking and cycling tracks or you can turn

Above right: It is important to always keep to the walking tracks. Middle right: Museum of Art and History can be seen from the track. Below right: A walker on the board walk. Below left: A pukeko in a warm stream.


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My Favourite Walk

Rotorua’s Sulphur Point walkway/cycleway

back the way you came and upon reaching the top loop in the track either way will take you back through the thermal area and to the lakefront. Altogether a wonderful experience travelling through areas that almost seem as though you are cycling or walking on craters on the moon. The Sulphur Point Track from the lakefront to the beginning of the Redwood Forest is three kilometres long. Enjoy. Above: The track is also used by cyclists. Below left:The track wanders high above a hot water creek. Below right: Hot mud bubbles away.

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New Zealand Walk

Tauhara Maunga –

open for public access


auhara Maunga the popular walking track to the summit of Mount Tauhara, near Taupo, is again open to the public. Visitors and locals of all ages can once again enjoy the challenge of walking the 2.5km to the 1088m summit, which offers panoramic views over Lake Taupo and across the central North Island. Trustees of the culturally significant landmark, say that following a period of rest for the maunga, they are pleased to re-open the track. It is their wish for whanau, residents and visitors alike to enjoy what is a taonga to the people of Tauhara. The trustees note that access will remain free for visitors for the time being, however, this may be reviewed in the future to assist with the costs of upkeep and maintaining access. The walking track was closed to nonbeneficial owners in late-2014 following two acts of vandalism. “Long-term, the commitment and vision is to safeguard, restore and enhance Tauhara Maunga. It remains a dream to be able to re-introduce native species lost to the area and to leave a lasting legacy for future generations. To enable this, the trust has recently invested in an ecological assessment of the mountain.” says trustee, Topia Rameka. “The track up the maunga is challenging and the first part crosses an operational farm where stock and farming operations have the right of way. As hosts we want people to be safe, but visitors must realise that they are responsible for their own wellbeing and prepare accordingly. People must also remain strictly to the track.” “Weather can change quickly and it’s important that people go prepared when they walk to the summit,” he says. “Plan the day, let someone know where you’re going and make sure you are of reasonable fitness.” To mark the opening of the track the trustees have installed a new information sign with key messages noting that Tauhara Maunga is an ancestral, culturally significant mountain and is to be respected. They ask for people to enjoy and respect the mana of the place.


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A seldom walked trail

the Taieri Gorge Rail walk


ust once a year you can experience on foot a walk like no other – the Taieri Gorge Rail Walk. This year that date is Sunday 1st May. Linking coastal Dunedin and the dry hinterland of Middlemarch, the remote Taieri Gorge features tunnels and viaducts that you usually see from an excursion

train, but the annual Dunedin South Lions Club charity fundraiser will get you closer than that. Sturdy shoes, a torch and moderate fitness will have you walking through tunnels and over viaducts, admiring the engineering feats achieved by men with very little machinery. The walk itself is flat,

however, railway ballast, narrow cuttings and deep ravines add some challenge. The walk is unsuitable for children. The train’s historic carriages clickityclack their way from Dunedin Railway Station across the Taieri Plains and up into the winding gorge above the Taieri River. Walkers disembark at Flat Stream for the

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Opposite page: Walkers in last year’s event walk over a rail bridge. Above left: A couple stop to explore railway plates.

8km walk (a couple of hours) back to Machine Creek where they rejoin the train. A further stop is made at Hindon where Lions Club members provide a free sausage sizzle. There’s a lot to see on the walk and from the train – you might even spot a fault-line – and the dramatic landscape makes a perfect backdrop for photographs. Assisting the Lions Club this year is Presbyterian Support Otago, which is raising funds for a custom-build trailer and camping equipment. Two of its programmes, YouthGrow and Buddy Programme, will use the equipment as part of their life skills sessions. The multi-purpose trailer will also be used for the sale of garden plants raised by young people on YouthGrow’s programme. YouthGrow offers young people real workplace experience and training tailored specifically for their individual needs. Based at YouthGrow Garden Centre in Dunedin’s North East Valley, participants learn how to be a good employee and workmate. Writing, maths and budgeting skills are worked on, and youth leave the programme with a NZQA horticultural qualification. Younger children are assisted through the Buddy Programme where they are mentored by volunteer adults. The life skills children and young people develop through these programmes will be greatly enhanced by having equipment provided by funds from the Taieri Gorge Rail Walk. The rail walk is such an anticipated event that tickets sell quickly so you are encouraged to visit dunedinrailways.co.nz/ events and secure your booking today. The train departs Dunedin at 8.30am, returning at 3pm. Light refreshments are available from the buffet car, and you should carry water and snacks for the walk itself. Clothing layers and light wet-weather gear is advised; they can be left on the train if not required for the walk.

Above left: Walkers coming out of one of the tunnels.

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Bay of Plenty’s

Rainforest remnant

By Marnie Anstis

The Hukutaia Domain is only a 10 minute drive from Opotiki in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

However, once you’ve parked your car and stepped through the gateway into the bush, you might well imagine you’re in the depths of the great Urewera National Park (which is only 20 km away as the kereru flies). The Domain is a remnant of the rainforest that once covered the surrounding farmland. This 5 hectare plot was declared a Public Reserve in 1918 so as to protect the ancient Maori Burial Tree, Taketakerau. This primeval puriri tree is estimated to be around 2000 years old, and it looks it too. Gnarled, yet extraordinarily imposing with a girth of about 22 metres, it is arguably the stoutest native tree in New Zealand. It’s listed as being the 17th stoutest tree

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Above: One of the hollows within the 2000 year old burial tree. Left: Approaching the carpark/gateway to Hukutaia Domain. www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

in the world. The hollows and grottos at its base make it easy to imagine its long and poignant history. But there are many other magnificent trees to be admired: tawa, puriri, pukatea and rewarewa form the dominant canopy of the reserve. Many drip with epiphytes (perching plants). Beneath these are karaka and punga, kawakawa and nikau - almost in weedlike proportions. The floor is scattered with the dainty and the delightful: many varieties of ferns and mosses, lichen and fungi, along with clumps of the native begonia (parataniwha), NZ parahebe, NZ iris, and the shy rhabodothamnus solandri (taurepo)… The establishment of the Domain was enhanced by the efforts of Norman Potts who, during the 1920s, ‘30s ‘40s,‘50s and ‘60s, travelled extensively throughout New Zealand to collect native specimens and seeds to transplant back to the Domain, making it the largest collection of native plants in NZ. Many are labelled. His visionary deeds were continued by Marc Heginbotham in the 1960s and ‘70s. Today, the Hukutaia Domain Care Group - an active and enthusiastic bunch of volunteers - continue the work started by those earlier stalwarts. This keen group keep the natural pathways neat and tidy. They have constructed several boardwalks to help protect treeroots from erosion on the slopes. And they maintain a pest monitoring and control www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

program. The increase in bird and insect life is proof of their success. It’s a rare wander around the Domain that one doesn’t see weka, kereru, tui, kingfisher… Open during the hours of daylight, this small, spiritual patch of paradise is crisscrossed with short, easy-to-follow trails. Bring a picnic lunch. There’s tables (and toilets) near the carpark. The quick and the fit can stride right around in 20 minutes. Those who wish to savour the experience can take an hour or

more, with strategically-placed seats on which to linger. The Domain is ideal for children to explore (whisper “Look out! Dinosaur!” and hear them squeal), and is especially suited for those who can no longer cope with a lengthy hike in order to soak up Above left: Crick in y’ neck! Above right: Enjoy information and ambiance. Below right: Surrounded by trees, around and overhead.

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Mt Favourite Walk


Walking festival ready for greater numbers

Bay of Plenty’s

Rainforest remnant dark, deep bush. This “gem” is popular with locals; with tourists from all around New Zealand; and with intrepid travellers from the far side of the world. The proof is in the visitor’s book which boasts an interesting and diverse mix of signatures. See for yourself! Above: The ancient Maori Burial Tree, Taketakerau. Right: Walking amongst giants.

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Organisers of the 13th annual ECHO Walking Festival from Coromandel to South Waikato are hoping to attract their largest participation levels yet at this year’s event in March/April. Event spokesperson Brian Gentil says, “With 38 walks or activities on the programme it is a great opportunity to explore the outdoors accompanied by a guide with experience and local knowledge”. The geographical area of the festival extends from the tip of the Coromandel down to southern Waikato. “All the walks on our packed programme feature something special – we know you’ll love them!” says Brian. Along with many returning ‘favourites’, this year’s programme includes an exciting new initiative called the ‘Four Peak Challenge’ where you can choose one or take them all on. The four peaks are: Maungatautari Maunga Hikoi (March 19); Waiorongomai to Mt Te Aroha (March 27); Katarakihi (April 2) and Mt Karangahake (April 9). Those who complete three of the four peaks will receive a stylised ECHO teeshirt. There are a number of new walks featured in the programme as well. These include the Te Kouma Coastal Farm, Ra-purapu Kauri Track, Otanewainuku Night Adventure and Onemana South. The festival starts on March 19th and finishes on April 10th so people can make the most of the autumn weather and get out and active in our beautiful region. With the exception of related transport or activity costs, the walks are free. Donations are welcomed and help to cover festival costs. All participants go into the draw to win one of several spot prizes kindly provided by local businesses. Capturing the spirit of the festival is encouraged and images can be entered into the photography competition to win cash. The ECHO Walking Festival organising committee is urging people to register now for what promises to be a memorable experience. “Our website has everything you need to know about the walks, and you can register your group or family by the click of a button”, says Brian. See online for event calendar, more details and to register: www. echowalk-fest.org.nz www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

Te Araroa Trail

Te Araroa Trail – rated by one of the world’s best National Geographic magazine has placed Te Araroa New Zealand’s Trail alongside some of the world’s most re-nowned walking routes in its collection of “World’s Best Hikes: 20 Dream Trails” magazine.

This has resulted in an increase in number of overseas walkers taking to the trail in the 2014-2015 and the 2015-2106 summer periods. Te Araroa (Maori for “The Long Pathway”) runs 2996km from Cape Reinga to Bluff and showcases such stunning New Zealand landscapes as Ninety Mile Beach, the Tutukaka Coast, the North Island volcanic plateau, Queen Charlotte Sound and the Southern Alps. With such esteemed recognition, Te Araroa Trust CEO Rob Wakelin hoped this would see New Zealanders embrace the wonderful experience that lies right on the nation’s doorstep. “As National Geographic highlight, it’s


the variety that makes Te Araroa one of the best and that is just as true at a local level as it is for those coming from overseas to walk the route. “Te Araroa could become a part of Kiwi culture whether that be walking Te Araroa, like a rite of passage, or actively supporting the Trail and those walking it.” Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key was quick to recognise what this meant for New Zealand. “I am delighted Te Araroa has been named one of the world’s best trails. “Te Araroa Trail, which spans from Cape Reinga to Bluff, showcases the best of New Zealand’s diverse and unrivalled scenery. It’s a great example of a publicprivate partnership that enables overseas visitors and New Zealanders to experience the natural beauty New Zealand has to offer. “Between 2009-2013, over a million international visitors participated in a walking or hiking activity during their visit to New Zealand. These visitors are hugely valuable to our tourism industry as they stay longer and spend more than other visitors, so it’s great to see one of

our trails recognised on the world stage.” Wakelin was enthusiastic about the role Te Araroa stood to play. “This present summer sees record numbers walking Te Araroa and that popularity continues to stimulate private enterprise along the route such as accommodation, transport and other services for walkers – with those listings on the Te Araroa website doubling in the last year. “Those providers and the countless everyday Kiwis offering kindness and support are often referred to by walkers as what makes Te Araroa so unique and memorable.” Left: Walkers at the half way mark on the Te Araroa Trail, 1500 kms from Cape Reinga and 1500kms to Bluff enjoy a lunch stop, just south of Palmerston North.

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New Zealand Walks

Mangawhai Walking Weekend – last of the summer wine! By Gordon Hosking

On-line bookings for the hugely popular Mangawhai Walking Weekend are open and some walks are already filling fast www.mangawhaiwalkingweekend.co.nz

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A dazzling choice of 31 different walks are on offer on the 2nd and 3rd April, plus a Friday afternoon Troubadour Trail of music and magic and a Wine and Food Festival to restore your spirits on Saturday


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. afternoon. Along with the ever popular Mangawhai Cliff-top Walk, Ramblers Food Experience, 10 acres in 10 years and Romance of the Kaipara, there are some exciting new walks including Blokes Sheds, the all new Puriri Track, a Garden Spectacular and an Event Cache, so something for everyone. Mangawhai is a welcoming community with plenty of accommodation from holiday homes to camp grounds to motorhomes at the Domain. Run by over 100 volunteers and in its 16th year it has played host to over 8000 walkers in that time. An outstanding three days of recreation focused on spectacular walks and only an hour or so north of Auckland. The weather is always fine and sunny in the north so come on up and check out New Zealand’s oldest and most exciting walking festival.

Opposite page Above: The always popular Mangawhai Clifftop Walk. Below left: Waipu coastal walk, rocks with a pohutukawa fringe! Below right: Newly opened Puriri Track follows a stream to two huge puriri trees. Above left: Te Arai unwrapped looking north. Above right:: 2015 walkers at the Brynderwyn Trig on the Tanekaha Loop walk. Below: The gateway to the Tanekaha Tracks.

17th ing Blokes Sheds, the all new Puriri Track, a Garden Spectacular and an Event Cache, so something for everyone. Mangawhai is a welcoming community with plenty of accommodation from Book a Bach to motorhome and caravan sites at the Domain. Run by over 100 volunteers and in its 16th year it has played host to over 8000 walkers in that time. An outstanding three days of recreation focused on spectacular walks and only an hour or so north of Auckland. music and magic and a Wine and Food Festival to restore your spirits on Saturday The weather is always fine and sunny afternoon. A dazzling choice of 31 different walks in the north so come on up and check out Along theApril, everplus popular Manare on offer on the 2nd and 3rd New Zealand’s oldest and most excitingwith gawhai Cliff-top Walk, Ramblers Food a Friday afternoon Troubadour Trail of walking festival. Experience, and Romance of the Kaipara, there are some exciting new walks includ-

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Photo Contest

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

Above: Descending from the summit of Mt William, part of the Mt William Walkway, Bombay Hills, Auckland. Photo by: Sue Wallace, Botany Downs, Auckland.

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Below: Sealy Tarn and Mount Cook. Photo by Chai Pyle, Katikati.


Photo Contest

Above: Day one of the 42km walk from Tapotupotu Camp around Cape Reinga to Twilight Camp and back down the Pandora track in the Far North. Photo by Ashlee Cebalo, Kamo, Whangarei.

Right: Cousins Kian, Hadley, Sophia and Kaleb resting in the kumara pits on Mangere mountain, Auckland, after exploring the craters, and a picnic lunch at the top. Photo by Meryl Finlayson, Waiuku.

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, and NOT a link to a website to be downloaded. The subject line must have the words “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.

Email your entries to: walkingnz@xtra.co.nz with subject line “Walking New Zealand Photo Contest”Only EMAILED entries will be accepted.


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Top short walks in


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Top short walks in Canterbury

From the coastal district of Kaikoura in the North, to the mountainous Mackenzie in the South, and intricate braided rivers and patchwork quilt of the plains in between, Canterbury is a region full of diversity.

This stunning landscape lends itself to a number of wonderful tracks that are must-do for any avid walker. From short to multi-day hikes Canterbury has options to suit all walkers, however the short-walk options really astound. Short walks are a perfect addition to any Canterbury long-weekend or break, just pack some walking shoes and you’re pretty much ready to go! Here’s our top picks for short walks in Canterbury: Hooker Valley – Aoraki Mt Cook National Park: A 3 hour return trip from the carpark or 4 hours from Aoraki Mt Cook Village, Above: A lookout over the city of Christchurch. Middle: Hiking to Avalanche Peak. Photo by Johan Lolos. Below left: Hooker Valley Track boardwalk. Photo by Johan Lolos.

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Don’t just see the sights, walk them. Easy, beautiful short walks are just the thing for that quick long weekend get away. Canterbury’s unparalleled selection of unique landscapes and short walks are a great way to visit and holiday in our beautiful region. See the best of Canterbury one step at a time. Choose your short walks adventure today.

Mt Somers Kaikoura Peninsula

Hooker Valley Castle Hill


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Canterbury this is a short walk with views of Aoraki Mt Cook. You are sure to feel dwarfed as you take in the stunning surrounding mountain views. It’s a great flat track suitable for those not keen on hills, and ends at the Hooker Glacier lakes with views across to the Hooker Glacier and Aoraki Mt Cook beyond. Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway – This 3 hour return trip is a true Canterbury gem with 360 degree views from the Pacific Ocean to the Kaikoura ranges. Apart from a short climb at either end the track is wellformed and flat. Low tide allows you to walk along the

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bottom of the cliff where you will easily spot seals, bird-life, and if you’re lucky whales and dolphins out to sea. Castle Hill on the way to Arthur’s Pass is a must stop destination. Wander through the huge rock formations, climb up to look at the view of the approaching Southern Alps or just take a picnic and find a secluded spot to enjoy the serenity of the area. Mt Somers in Mid Canterbury offers a number of walking options. For an easy and quick walk head to Sharplin Falls or for a half-day/day-trip walk to Pinnacles Hut or Woolshed Creek, which allows

■ panoramic views and a true backcountry experience. The Godley Head to Taylors Mistake walk is a Christchurch favourite. 3 hours return, the tracks begin with expansive views across Lyttelton Harbour to Banks Peninsula before turning back towards the city offering views across the Pacific Ocean and Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. For all the information you need to book your short walk holiday in Canterbury check out walkcanterbury.com. Above: Hooker Lake. Below left: Meuller from lookout. Below right: Walking at Lake Tekapo.


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Tawhai Falls Walk to a peacefull falls


f you are interested in waterfalls or want a short break on the journey in the Central North Island take a short 10 to 15 minute one way walk to Tawhai Falls in the Tongariro National Park. The walk is along a well formed gravel track and down several lots of steps through mountain toatoa and beech forest. The 13m high beautiful and peaceful falls can be seen tumbling over the edge of an ancient lava flow from a lookout on the track and another view at the foot of


Above top : Looking back up to the falls. Left: one of a series of steps. Below: Water flows over the top of the falls.

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the waterfall. When walking over the ancient lava at he the foot of the falls watch out as they are smooth and can be slippery. When you reach the waterfall’s lookout with natural stone the Trolls there are as exactly described in the ‘Hobbit’. Tawhai Falls was the filming location of Gollum’s pool where Faramir and his archers are watching Gollum fish in Peter Jackson’s the “Hobbit”. Mt Ruapahu can be viewed at the start of the track and from a seat half way along the track Mt Tongariro comes into view. This track starts at a carpark about 4km below the Whakapapa Visitor Centre on SH48 and about 2.5km up from National Park Village.

Above: The water flows down after the falls. Middle The track through the beech forest. Bottom: A group on the well formed track.

Above: A view of Mt Tongariro from the half way mark.

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Mt Vaea Walking Trail By John Marsh

If you have a couple of hours spare and are hanging about in Apia, the ridge that has Robert Louis and Fanny Samoa’s capital there is a solid little walk to be had off Vaitele Street. Stevenson’s tomb. I initially perceived it to be pristine It ends up at Vailima, Robert Louis Stevensons home and garden but Samoan rainforest but now know it is rethe official tourist promo doesn’t tell you about this route.

ally modified rainforest with many exotic It’s probably best to get a lift to the ing fox’s gliding on up drafts with their species that have escaped and gone wild. Samoan Prayer House really, a short dis- impressive one metre wingspan or the But it is still a beautiful dappled shady tance up Mt Vaea. This is the start of what yellow wattled honey eater’s flashing track with lots of contrasting leaf textures I call the “Plantation leg”. about the trees getting into the nectar… in variations of green……really nice to From here you need some good walk- just like bell birds. This section takes me find so close to town….no views out of ing shoes and start up the track the forest just a dense green through taro and banana planJohn Marsh is a Christchurch landscape architect currently canopy. on a one year assignment with Volunteer Service Abroad working tations winding back and forth The main other creature with the Samoa Tourist Authority. Walking track development across the north spur to one of has been one of the main focus’s of his work there. in evidence here is the little the peaks of the hill. My old black lizard which is everyNZMS1 series map simply calls 45 to 50 minutes. where, darting for cover as soon as it this peak “ Vaea”. At the top is a mottley collection of realises you are on the track, and occasionThe views are splendid down across telecommunications masts and sheds that ally the Samoan fantail very much like its the town to Apia Harbour and east and you have to ignore. You walk through New Zealand cousin. west along the coast with the white reef these to the far end and squeeze around After a scramble up and around a standing out against the blue South Paa chain link fence and on the far side of mossy high point the track starts to decific. It’s a quiet walk half in shade and this, after ducking under a barbed wire scend and within half an hour you arrive half in the sun, without too many other’s fence, you will find the sign saying “Scots- at the grassy clearing and lookout with on the track. man’s Track”. the famous tomb on it. Most times there is someone…one of This is the second section of the track This has its own story of course and is the boys heading up to work on the planwhich I call the “Rainforest leg”, running a statement of the respect that the Samoan tations or carrying a couple of bunch’s of along the ridge that links it to the true people had for Stevenson and how he bananas across their shoulder’s down to high point of Mt Vaea before dropping the market. They always like to talk. Above: Looking out over the town to Apia down to the promontory…a shoulder of Harbour. On a good day there may be some flywww.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

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sought to support them when things were not going well with the German and British “administrators” in the late 1800’s. I call this the start of the “Heritage leg”. This grassy area is a lovely peaceful spot to stop for 10 minutes ( at least) and gaze out over Apia or watch the tropic birds and terns drifting in the gully. From here on you are on the official Mt Vaea walking trail down to the Stevenson mansion, and there is a good chance you

will find a lot more locals using it as a fitness circuit before or after work. There is a short steep route ( 800 metres) or a long flatter route ( 2400 metres) down to the bottom. Because it is seasonally hit by heavy rainfall and is quite steep the track can get pretty muddy and slippery but is really pretty good. I always prefer the longer track because it takes longer. It is a hot track to walk up in the middle of the day, but its great advan-

tage is that it is in shade most of the time. It descends through some more lovely modified rainforest with glimpses out to the east, and at one point to the west eventually arriving at Vailima Botanical Garden, alongside the mansion. The mansion is well worth a walk through to get a feeling for the romantic life in the Pacific in Victorian times. The gardens are a rambling collection of plants that are in need of a bit of direction. Stevenson had a dam made in the river here too so there is a great swimming hole for cooling off if you want to, and as long as it’s not the dry season. If you are in a hurry I expect you could do the whole track in two and a half hours, but its Samoa and as they say here “Aua le popole” ( don’t worry)…… just take three or four hours over it. After walking down the long drive to the Cross Island Road you can wait for a passing bus to take you back down to town (not on Sunday though) or grab a taxi for a modest fare. Opposite Page: Above: A well formed track. Middle: Carrying down bunches of bananas to the market. Below: Time to sit down and enjoy the scenery. Above left: The track in the rainforest. Above right: The track here is a bit rough. Below: A group at the Robert Louis Stevenson tomb site.


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Vietnam - an amazing for a walking holiday

Vietnam is easier to reach than ever before, writes Barbz Lowther, with direct flights from Auckland to Ho Chi Minh City, and it’s an amazing place for a walking holiday. 30 Walking New Zealand, issue no 219 - 2016

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e flew into Ho Chi Minh City in August, and after a couple of days sight seeing in the city and Mekong delta, we travelled north to Hoi An, a delightful historic town on the east coast. Here we found a wealth of walking and biking trails - beside the river, through villages, and to the beach of powdery white sand, and warm water - paradise. Little ferries carry bikes and riders to a series of tiny islands where people have lived a subsistence lifestyle for thousands

of years, and their descendents now have a thriving industry in boat building, wood carving, mat weaving , and making rice noodles for the local market. Not far away is Marble mountain, a cluster of five marble and limestone hills, with lots of caves tunnels and temples. It’s a lovely day walk, and from the top, gives spectacular views over China Beach. My Son, also nearby, is a Hindu Temple complex dating from 4th century , and listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. It is also worth a visit. Our next stop was in Hue, with its many temples and pagodas. Again there were walking and biking trails along the

river, where students gathered to try and practice their English - chatting to anyone who had the time. From Hue we travelled by train and bus to Phong Nha ke Bang National park - an area famous for its caves, one of which was used as a hospital during the 70’s. All caves are different and all quite beautiful. In 2009 the largest cave in the world ‘Son Doong’ was found here, and tourist groups first visited it in 2013. Paradise Cave is said to be the second largest. Regular tours now take visitors to view these caves. We reached Hanoi early September, and met up with Joe Nguyen from Marco Polo Travel, with whom we had booked a Above left: Walking along a red dirt road. Above right: A local at work with a wheel barrow. Below left: Inside one of the many caves. Below right: Derek gets a helping hand. Opposite page above: On a beach of powdery white sand. Opposite page below: The roof of this structure made of bamboo poles.

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Vietnam an amazing place for a walking holiday Above: A thatched roof dwelling in the countryside. Below left: Two well-dressed Vietnamese in colorful attire. Below right: A pole house with corrogated iron roof showing living conditions on the first level.

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walking tour to remote villages in the hill country in the north. After a day sightseeing in Hanoi - a lovely city, we were driven 295 kms to Quang Binh townlet to begin an eight day trek, to an area where ethnic minority groups live a simple lifestyle - the ‘Nung’ and ‘Tay’ on the lower slopes, and the ’Hmong’ and ’Zao’ occupy the higher lands . We were accompanied by three locals two guides, one of whom spoke English, the other the local dialects, and a porter who carried our gear, and mattresses on a motorbike. Yes, it was piled high. We started with an easy wander along a red dirt road, and through terraced rice paddies to a village of the ’Pa Then’. A delicious lunch was served before we continued on an undulating trail by the river, past more rice and several hamlets where water buffalo wallowed in ponds near the houses. The trail led up through palm forests, and eventually along a road to Tan Nam, where we stayed with the ‘Tay’ people . Most houses we visited were similar. Built on poles from bamboo, with a roof of thatched palm leaves. The largest room was a common sleeping and eating room, where mattresses were laid out at night, or mats placed on the floor for food. The kitchen was a simple room with a concrete floor, where a fire was lit to cook the most delicious meals of seven or eight different dishes. Above right: A typical Vietnamese thatched roof dwelling amonst a forest. Left: Time for a rest beside a waterfall.


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It was totally amazing the food they produced from a camp fire, a few pots and a couple of camp ovens. Near the kitchen was usually a distillery, where rice or corn liquor was produced, of which they were very proud. It was offered at every meal. A water pipe and toilet were outside. Our next section was on a trail beside the Nam Ly River, linking several villages. Again we walked past rice paddies and many wallowing water buffalo. These animals are really important for barter. A new house requires seven buffalo, as does a wife, so they are well looked after. The women mind them in the morning when the children are at school, and the kids take over when school finishes at noon. We stopped at another pole house for a very long lunch break, with rice liquor because the host was so excited to have foreigners in his home. Nice to feel so welcomed. Finally, at about 6pm we reached

Above: Time to admire the green covered hills. Below Left: A happy group of locals.


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Phieng Lang, the home of the ‘Black Zao’ . These people were fascinated that we still had teeth. It’s not common for older people in this area to have teeth. Black teeth are considered beautiful, so the people chew a mix of betel nut and leaves, limestone and tobacco. Their teeth blacken - then fall out . But their meals never failed to impress: pork, chicken, fish, ferns, water spinach, morning glory, courgettes, bamboo, rice and usually watermelon. We enjoyed another day along the Nam Ly Valley, past lots of bright green rice paddies, streams and waterfalls, and little Above: Children attend to the water buffalo after school finishes at noon each day. Below: A guide uses a barrow to take a tourist across a stream.

hamlets. The people were so friendly; one even offering a cart to get us across a stream with dry feet. It was a beautiful walk. We rested at hot springs by the river, then walked uphill to Nan Choong and yet another hospitable family, and a feast for lunch. Later, we stopped for a swim in a clear pool by a waterfall, before walking on to Quang Nguyen - the home of the ‘Flower Hmong’ who wear traditional brightly coloured and embroidered costumes. The next day took us over Nhin Co San Mountain - a ‘jungle trek’. The first part was thick rain forest, much like New Zealand bush, ferns, mosses, creepers, and broadleaf shrubs and trees. The track was narrow with lots of roots and steep

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Above left: A Vietnamese food market. Above right: A “Two Dollar Shop”, Vietnamese style!

Vietnam an amazing place for a walking holiday muddy sections. There were lots of leeches so we had to move fast, our guide giving constant checks, and applying salt if he found any. We continued through bamboo forest to Coc Dang, the home of the ‘Nung’. who also wear traditional clothing - blue tops and

black skirts. Leaving here, we climbed steadily for a couple of hours, passing small dams built to provide power for several villages. Then it was a long downhill to Coc Re, then on to Coc Pai, where we stayed in a local hotel. I was given a ride on the motorbike for the last four kms because it was decreed I was ‘Going too slow’. Although the temperature was 36 + I was very thankful for a hot shower that night. The next day we travelled to Bac Ha, explored the Ban Pho valley, and visited Tay people making corn spirit. Corn is mainly used for cattle food or liquor now, because people prefer rice. In previous times, most of it was taken in tax. We explored the Chay River, and took a boat downstream to Bao Nhai commune. It was an interesting trip, passing many farms, whose only access is by boat. Lao Cai was an hour’s drive away, and we arrived in time to board the night train back to Hanoi. We spent the next three days cruising around Halong Bay, visiting quiet grottos, and stalagmite caves, paddling to hidden lagoons, climbing to a peak on Monkey Island for panoramic views, and trying a spot of night fishing. It was a fascinating and thought-provoking trip, and one I will always treasure. Our guide was exceptional. He told us so much about people, customs and traditions, history of the area, his own childhood, plants, geography etc etc. No question was left unanswered. I would thoroughly recommend ‘Marco Polo Travel,’ and ‘Tiger’ - our guide, in particular.

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Amazing journey along a century

old railway line

ByWarren Jones

A wise man once told us that if you really want to see and experience a special part of the country, one rugged and mostly as inaccessible to hikers as it gets; then walking through it is by far the best way to go. With that thought in mind we, the Lions Club of Woodville, in conjunction with principal sponsors MoreFM and Kiwi Rail, offer you the absolutely unique opportunity to traverse our rugged Te Apiti/Manawatu Gorge, and, as you do, get to see it as you might never have seen it before. We also guarantee multiple Lion sightings, too on an amazing journey along a century-old railway line. Walk into a wild world, made safe and secure, and experience for yourself a certain magic few get to enjoy. Our MoreFM/ Woodville Lions Track and Tunnel adventure walk is truly a journey like none other! One with the added bonus of its extreme likelihood of being the only time you will get a chance to access and walk the length of a fully operational section of railway line, in New Zealand. Amongst your many rewards will be www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

sights and sounds of unique perspective, views of the power and beauty of nature, plus viewpoints over some rather spectacular engineering and road-building capabilities of man. Along a trek of nearly 8km, you will find yourself walking between tracks, over many bridges, culverts, and in a quite magical experience, discovering tingling emotions as you make a pitch-dark traverse through two mainline railway tunnels. A good torch will be a most welcome accessory at this point; certainly one that will help ensure you make it safely through to the end. Your outstanding Track and Tunnel day starts at the Ashhurst Domain, where you board a bus to be taken through the Gorge to the start point in the lime quarry, beside SH3, just across the road from the Ballance Bridge. (bus departure times are 9.00, 9.45 and 10.30am)

Hikers are sent off in groups so as to make it possible for our Safety Marshals to assist if needed. All along the way marshals are on station to help at bridges and tunnels, where they will be available should anyone feel they might want help traversing. Emphasis is on the fact there is no need to hurry; this is a journey that creates really special memories. We invite you to make sure you fully take in every opportunity to enjoy the scenery, and unique perspectives you will find along the way. Photo opportunities abound in the gorge. Remarkable, usually completely unseen road bridge constructions, making up much of the ribbon of highway infrastructure clinging to crumbling cliff faces on the opposite side; earthworks (both natural and man-made) lining Te Apiti/Manawatu Gorge. All deliver a good number of photo opportunities. As do others enjoying the ambience. Be sure to pack your selfie sticks; become part of the bigger picture, too. Wave out to the next bus as they busily transport fellow walkers to the start point, or just count the number of sleepers you have Above: The Scout train coming out of the gorge and crossing the bridge near Ashhurst. Walking New Zealand, issue no 219 - 2016



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along a century old railway line stepped over. This walk is an adventure day out that is very, very hard to equal. Now into its 23rd year, our MoreFM/ Woodville Lions’ Track and Tunnel event is a major fund raiser, with money distributed to Cancer Care and other charities. Of course it goes without saying this project could not happen without the generosity of Kiwi Rail allowing us to use their facilities; we thank them sincerely for their continued support, as we also do to everyone else who donates time and effort to this worthy cause. We encourage anyone who feels the stirrings of a desire to ‘get out, get active, and do something really different’ to book early, for the number of places we are allotted each year are quite controlled. Tickets may be reserved at i-Site centres in Woodville and Palmerston North. Every walker makes it possible for us to do something really positive for our communities so, pack your walking shoes or boots, gather up the necessities for a day in the ‘boonies’, and come along with us on a walking experience no-one ever forgets. Our Track and Tunnel walk date is determined each year by train movement and logistical requirements, so actual dates are posted on our website, at the i-Sites, on Eventfinda, our Facebook page and in local media, near to the usual April date of departure. Best wishes for a truly memorable day out, walking ‘The Wild Side’ of Te Apiti / Manawatu Gorge, with MoreFM and Woodville Lions. We really do look forward to welcoming you in to our special part of a magical world. Plus; who knows, you might even get some facetime with a real Lion or three! Above: Walkers entering one of the tunnels. Middle: Waiting to start the walk at the Woodville end. Below: A group of walkers on last year’s event. Opposite page: A view of the track from the road side of the gorge.

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MARCH 2016

1 Waterfront 5km series, Wellington 1 Nelson Striders Summer Off Road Series, 4km to 6km, Maitai Valley, Nelson 1 Harcourt Beach Series, 8km, 5km, Takapuna Beach, Auckland

2 Devonport Jets Run, 5km & 3km, Devonport, Auckland 2 Owai 5km in the Park, 5km & 2.5km, Owairaka, Auckland 3 YMCA Auckland Domain Series, 10km, 6km & 3km, Auckland 3 City Surf Series, 8km & 5km, Mission



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Bay, Auckland 5 Off Road Marathon, 51km, 42km 15km, Motatapu, Queenstown 5 Mountain to Surf Marathon, 42km & 21km, New Plymouth 5 Relay for life, Whangarei 5-7 Sea Sky and Bush Walks, Waipukurau, Central Hawkes Bay 6 Auckland Round the Bays, 8.4km, Auckland 6 Rotorua Off Road Half Marathon, Rotorua 7 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote, Auckland 8 Nelson Striders Summer Off Road Series, 4km to 6km, Maitai Valley, Nelson 8 Waterfront 5km series, Wellington 8 Harcourt Beach Series, 8km, 5km, Takapuna Beach, Auckland 9 Devonport Jets Run, 5km & 3km, Devonport, Auckland 9 Owai 5km in the Park, 5km & 2.5km, Owairaka, Auckland 9 Taupo Harriers Starlight series, 5km, Taupo 10 Trout Fly Summer Series, 3km & 5km, Rotorua 10 YMCA Auckland Domain Series, 10km, 6km & 3km, Auckland 12 Central Otago Trail Run Series, 12km & 6km, Arrowtown


Coming Events

20 Stadium Stomp Eden Park, 5000 stair 12 Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon, & Coatsville, Auckland climb, Auckland 10km, Kaiteriteri, Motueka 20 Huntly Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, 22 Harcourt Beach Series, 8km, 5km, Taka12 Surf 2 Firth Bush Maratrhon, Hikuai, Huntly puna Beach, Auckland Coromandel 20 Johnstone Electrical Bridge to Beach, 21 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, North12 Tararua Mountain Race, 34.6km Hold21.1km & 10km, Balclutha cote, Auckland sworth, Wairarapa 20 Rotorua Walking festival, Town Walk, 22 Waterfront 5km series, Wellington 12 Te Houtaewa Challenge, 63km, 42km, 30km, 21km & 10km, Rotorua 21km & 6km, 90 Mile Beach 12 Tranz Ghostal Ultra Marathon, 85km, Burke Creek, West Coast 12-16 Tour de Coromandel, Coromandel 13 Chilltech Beach 2 Basin,Whangarei 13 Trust House Summer Series, 2km -10km, Masterton 13 Rangiora to Kaiapoi Fun Run/Walk, 10.4km & 12km, Kaiapoi 13 Surf to City, 12km & 6km, Invercargill 13 Waipa Fun Run, 10km & 5km, Cambridge 14 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote, Auckland 15 Waterfront 5km series, Wellington 15 Harcourt Beach Series, 8km, 5km, Takapuna Beach, Auckland 15 Nelson Striders Summer Road Series, 4km, 6km, Maitai Valley, Nelson 16 Devonport Jets Run, 5km & 3km, Devonport, Auckland 16 Owai 5km in the Park, 5km & 2.5km, Owairaka, Auckland 17 YMCA Auckland Domain Series, 10km, 6km & 3km, Auckland 18-20 Manawatu Walking Festival, Palmerston North www.mwf.org.nz 19-20 Rotorua Walking Festival, IML Walks, Rotorua 19 Triple Peaks Challenge, Hawkes Bay 19 Bombay Pioneer Settlers Fun Run, 21km, 15km, 10km & 5km, Bombay, Auckland 19 Relay for Life, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 19 Kirikiriroa Marathon, Hamilton 19 Northburn Station 100 Miler, 100km, Other Upcoming Events 50km, 21km, 10km & 5km, Central Otago 19 Partners Life Dual 42km, 21.1km, 10km & 6km, Auckland 19 The Goat Adventure Run, 20km, Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park For further information go to www.manawatustriders.org.nz 19 Triple Peaks Challenge 47km & 12km, or email us on info@manawatustriders.org.nz or find us on facebook. Havelock North 20 City To Surf, 14km & 6km, Christchurch 20 Coatsville Classic 21.1km, 8km & 4km,

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Coming Events

23 Devonport Jets Run, 5km & 3km, Devonport, Auckland 23 Owai 5km in the Park, 5km & 2.5km, Owairaka, Auckland 24 Trout Fly Summer Series, 3km & 5km, Rotorua 24 YMCA Auckland Domain Series, 10km, 6km & 3km, Auckland 26 Ohope Express 21km, 10km & 5km, Maraetotara Reserve, Ohope

28 Northcote Tavern Fun Run, 5km, Northcote, Auckland 29 Waterfront 5km series, Wellington 29 Harcourt Beach Series, 8km, 5km, Takapuna Beach, Auckland 30 Devonport Jets Run, 5km & 3km, Devonport, Auckland 31 YMCA Auckland Domain Series, 10km, 6km & 3km, Auckland

Matua, Tauranga 13 The Rat Race 5km, Milford, Auckland 16 Porirua Parkrun, 5km, Porirua 16 Paymark XTERRA Rotorua Festival Half Marathon, 11km & 5.5km, Run/ Walk, Blue Lake Rotorua 17 Orewa Beach Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Orewa 19 O’Hagen’s 5km Series, Auckland APRIL 2016 20 The Rat Race 5km, Milford, Auckland 1-3 Mangawhai Walking Weekend, Man- 23 Porirua Parkrun, 5km, Porirua gawhai, Northland 23 Routeburn Classic 32km, Te Anau 2 Porirua Parkrun, 5km, Porirua 26 O’Hagen’s 5km Series, Auckland 2 Relay for Life, Takanini, Auckland 27 The Rat Race 5km, Milford, Auckland 2 Western Springs Parkrun, 5km, Auck- 30 Lion Foundation Rotorua Marathon, land Half Marathon, 10.5km & 5.5km, Ro2 Whangarei Parkrun, 5km, Whangarei torua 2 Southern Lakes Half Marathon & 10km, 30 Porirua Parkrun, 5km, Porirua Wanaka MAY 2016 2-3 Oxfam Trail Walker, 100km & 50km, 1 Country 2 Coast 20km, 15km & 8km, Whakatane Napier 3 Hotprintz Heads 2 Hub, Mangawhai 1 Nelson Shoe Clinic Half and Quarter 3 Whenuapai Half Marathon, 10km & Marathon, Nelson 6km, Whenuapai, Auckland 1 Taieri Gorge Rail Walk, Dunedin 5 O’Hagen’s 5km Series, Auckland 3 O’Hagen’s 5km Series, Auckland 6 The Rat Race 5km, Milford, Auckland 4 The Rat Race 5km, Milford, Auckland 9 Porirua Parkrun, 5km, Porirua 7 Porirua Parkrun, 5km, Porirua 9 Great Forest Marathon, Half Marathon, 7 Explore Waiheke Half Marathon & 10km & 5km Run/Walk, Waitarere For10km, Waiheke Island est, Levin 7 Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon, 10 Tauranga Half Marathon, 14km & 7km,

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Coming Events

Hanmer Springs 8 Jennian Homes Mothers Day Run/Walk, Paihia 10 O’Hagen’s 5km Series, Auckland 11 The Rat Race 5km, Milford, Auckland 14 Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon, Blenheim 14 Porirua Parkrun, 5km, Porirua 14 Air New Zealand Hawkes Bay International Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km, Napier 17 O’Hagen’s 5km Series, Auckland 18 The Rat Race 5km, Milford, Auckland 21 Porirua Parkrun, 5km, Porirua 24 O’Hagen’s 5km Series, Auckland 25 The Rat Race 5km, Milford, Auckland 28 Porirua Parkrun, 5km, Porirua 29 Manawatu Striders Marathon, Half Marathon, Palmerston North 31 O’Hagen’s 5km Series, Auckland

JUNE 2016

1 The Rat Race 5km, Milford, Auckland 4 Porirua Parkrun, 5km, Porirua 5 Christchurch Airport Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km, Christchurch 5 Paihia Half Marathon & 12km, Waitangi 8 The Rat Race 5km, Milford, Auckland 11 Porirua Parkrun, 5km, Porirua 12 Baylys 2 Dargaville Run/Walk, Northland 15 The Rat Race 5km, Milford, Auckland 18 Porirua Parkrun, 5km, Porirua 19 Monaco/Nelson mid Winter Marathon, Nelson 22 The Rat Race 5km, Milford, Auckland

26 Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon, Shoe Clinic Half Marathon, Mizuno 10k, The Hits 5k and the Bluebridge Kids’ Magic Mile, Wellington

JULY 2016

6-8 Walk and Cycle Conference, Auckland 19 Manawatu Striders Winter Run/Walk, Palmerston north


6 Hoke One One Taupo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Taupo 9 Manawatu Striders Half Marathon, Palmerston North 14 Toll Kaitai Run/Walk, Kaitaia 22 Manawatu Striders Ashhurst 2 Esplanade, Palmerston North 28 Cambridge Half Marathon,, 10km & 5km, Cambridge


3 Hoka One One KInloch Off Road Challenge, Taupo 10 Whangamata Run/Walk Festival, Half Marathon, Whangamata


2 direct Group Uniforms Hamilton Half Marathon, Hamilton 8 Aoraki Mount Cook Marathon & Half Marathon, Queenstown 16 Morrinsville College Fun Run, Half Marathon, Morrinsville

19 MARCH 2016


9 Feilding Marathon & Half Marathon, Feilding

22nd Annual Woodville Lions Club

Manawatu Gorge Track & Tunnel Walk A Sunday in April/May 2016

See COMING EVENTS page on Walking New Zealand website after March 31 to find exact date of event. Website: www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

Start times: 9.00am, 9.45am, 10.30am

at Ashhurst Domain SH3, Ashhurst Approximately 8kms, 2 - 2 1/2 hours walking time

Funds raised go to Cancer Care and local charities

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

(No gate sales). Minimium age 10 years

Strickly limited tickets

(This popular event has sold out every year)

User pays BBQ and drinks available

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

For further information: Neil Candy phone 06-376-4448 or Mike James 027-445-6594 www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

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Coming Events

19 ASB Kerikeri Half Marathon, Kerikeri 19 Queenstown International Marathon & Half Marathon, Queenstown 19-26 Waiheke Walking Festival, Waiheke Island

APRIL 2017

21 World Masters Games, Auckland



3 Sunset Series 2016 Melbourne Zoo, Vic, Australia 14 Barcelona Half Marathon, Barcelona, Spain 17 Sunset Series 2016 Princes Park, Vic, Australia 21 Seville Marathon, Seville, Spain 27-28 Orange Colour City Running Festival, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Orange, NSW, Australia 28 Malta Marathon, Mdina-Sliema, Malta 28 Wangaratta Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km, 5km, 2km, Wangaratta, NSW, Australia 28 Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 28 Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon, Cambridge, England 28 Warburton Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Warburton, Australia

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3 The Geelong Half Marathon, Geelong, Vic, Australia 3 Rome Marathon, Rome, Italy 9 Rotterdam Marathon, Rotterdam, Netherlands 9 North Pole Marathon, North Pole 8-9 IML Two Days March of Gilboa, Israel 10 Yorkshire Half Marathon, Yorkshire, England 10 33rd Vienna Marathon & Half Marathon, Vienna, Austria 17 City of Lincoln 10km, Lincoln, England 17 Brighton Marathon & 10km, Brighton, England 17 Great Edinburgh Run, Edinburgh, Scotland 20 Twilight Running Festival 21.1km, 10km & 5km, Brisbane, Qld, Australia 23-24 IML Two day Linnemarschen Walking Event, Boras, Sweden 24 London Marathon, London, England 30 -1 May IML Two Days Marches of Flanders, Blankenberge, Belgium

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1 10th Hamilton Island Marathon 3 x7km Relay, Hamilton Island 5-8 IML 4 Dasy Les 4 Jours de Chantonnay, France

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13-15 IML Kyushu International Three Day March, Yatsushiro, Japan 14 -15 IML International Two Day Waendel Walk, Wellingborough, United Kingdom 14-15 GMHBA Great Ocen Road Marathon & Half Marathon, Geelong, Vic, Australia 14 -15 IML Two Day International Walking Festival, Dalian, China 21 -22 IML Two Day Marche Internationale de Diekirch, Diekirch, Luxembourg 27 Coober Pedy Lake Eyre & The Great Breakaway Marathon, Coober Pedy, SA, Australia 27 2* IML Two Day Walking Festival, IVV Europiad, Kitzbuehi, Australia Great Wall Marathon, Bejing, China The Great Breakaway Marathon, Warburton Grove, Goyder Lagoon, SA, Australia Italy Coast to Coast, 343km, Italy

JUNE 2016

Big Five Marathon, Souith Africa 4-5 IML Two Day Schweizerischer ZweiTage-Marsch, Bern, Switzerland 5 Mackay Marina Run, Half Marathon, 8km & 5km, Mackay, Qld, Australia 4-5 Phuket Island Marathon, Thailand 12 The Dipsea Race, 12km, CA, USA 18 Run Queensland Wild Horse Mountain 10km, 16.5km & 25km, Glasshouse Mountains, Qld, Australia 25-26 IML Two DayHaervejsmarchen, Viborg, Denmark 30 - 3 July IML Four Day Portest International, Castlebar, Ireland

Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset Marathon, TCS New York City Marathon, New York, NY, USA Hovsgol National Park, Mongolia Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, France APRIL 2017 Run the World, Marathon, Half Marathon 21-30 World Masters Games, Auckland & 10km, Reykjavik, Iceland


10-11 International Mountain Walking Festival Maraton de Quito Quito, Ecuador


1-2 IML Two Day Walking Festival, Lurago D’Erba, Como, Italy 16 16th Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival, Marathon, Half Marathon,10km, 5.7m & 7 3km, Melbourne, Vic, Australia 22-23 Run Queensland Blackall 100 50km 7 100km, Mapleton, Qld, Australia


12-13 IML Two Day Walking Festival, Taipei, Taiwan

“Older & Bolder” by Judith Doyle

Published by New Holland Publishers.

Send cheque for $25 (this includes P&P) to: Judith Doyle, #3, 14 Oriental Terrace, Oriental Bay, Wellington.


JULY 2016

2-3 Gold Coast Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia 8 Kauri Half Marathon, Qld, Australia 10 Cairns Marathon, Cairns, Qld, Australia 16-17 From Reef to Rainforest Half Marathon, 10km & 5km, Whitsundays, Qld, Australia 19 22 IML Four Day International Vierdaagse Afstandsmarsen, Nijmegen, Netherlands 24 Run Melbourne, Vic, Australia 31 Westlink Blacktown Running Festival. Marathon, Half Marathon 10km & 5km, Blacktown NSW, Australia Napa Valley Sonoma Half Marathon, Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Preserve, CA, USA


7 McDonalds’ Townsville Running Festival, Townsville, Qld, Australia 10 -11 IML Two Day Walking Festival, Beijing, China 14 Run Queensland 10km, 25km & 43km, Rainbow Beach Cooloola National Park, Qld, Australia www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

Friday 1 April 2016 Saturday 2 April 2016 Sunday 3 April 2016

Walking New Zealand, issue no 219 - 2016


50 Walking New Zealand, issue no 219 - 2016


CONTENTS for previous 14 issues MARCH 218 2016

4 Walk Talk 6 Te Araroa Trail: Walking the length of New Zealand for Nepal 7 Event: Explore the Manawatu in March 8 New Zealand Walk: A walk in the mountains - Tukino to Maungaehuehue 12 My Favourite Walk: Coastal walk to Pa site 16 High Achiever: Green Presceiption has given Janice Howard lifestyle changes 18 Walking New Zealand Monthly Photo Contest 20 My Favourite Walk: Huntsbury Track, Mt Vernon Farm loop, Christchurch 22 New Zealand Walk: Whirinaki Walk opens up a new world 24 Overseas Walks: See Victoria on two feet 28 New Zealand Walk: Mores Reserve one of many walks near Riverton 30 Overseas Walks: Gasgony’s Way of St James - rural France at its best 38 Auckland Short Walk: Totara Park and Gardens 40 Overseas Walks and Tours 42 Cycle Trail: Devonport to Takapuna green route 44 Coming Events: New Zealand 47 Coming Events: Overseas 51 Index of 14 previous issues 52 Directory of Walking Groups 56 New Zealand Country Breaks 60 ECHO Walking Festival

FEBRUARY 217 2016

verse 2016 - traversing history, culture and stunning landscapes 24 Seatrek takes you to Tuhua/Mayor Island 25 NZ Masters Games 2016 26 Great New Zealand Walks on Google maps 28 Overseas Walks: West Highland Way - a walk that is hard to beat 34 New Zealand Walk: Aucklanders now reconnected to Onehunga foreshore 35 Event: Wellington Marathon ramps up 36 New Zealand Walks: Trillium Lodge a base for Great Barrier Island walks 38 My Favourite Walk: Walking along Dracophyllum Flat Track 41 Overseas Walks and Tours 42 New Zealand Masters Games much more than sport 44 Coming Events: New Zealand 50 Index of 14 previous issues 51 Weather forecast for December 52 Directory of Walking Groups 56 New Zealand Country Breaks 59 The Great NZ Trek 2016 60 New Zealand Walk: Green Prescription

DECEMBER 215 2015

4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks: Otatara Pa Loop Walk 10 New Zealand Walk: New Plymouth Coastal Walkway a top Taranaki attraction 13 New Zealand Walks: Kaitoke Regional Park with beautiful bush clad tracks 18 Walking New Zealand Monthly Photo Contest 20 Auckland Short Walks: Take the markets on the Parnell Walk 22 New Zealand Walks: Sam Summers - Reach for the sky 25 NZ Masters Games 2016 26 New Zealand Walk: Walk among the daffodills 28 The Great Wall has an event for everyone 32 Overseas Walks: Walking in Central Europe an intensely moving lesson in history 38 High Achiever: Cycling helped 63 year old back to health 39 Te Araroa Trail: Route change takes 20km of trail off main road 40 Overseas Walks: Activities for the whole family on Norfolk Island 41 Overseas Walks and Tours 42 Around the Clubs: Group tackles Bream Head walks 44 Coming Events: New Zealand 50 Index of 14 previous issues 51 Weather forescast for December 52 Directory of Walking Groups 56 New Zealand Country Breaks 59 The Great NZ Trek 2106 60 New Zealand Walk: Green Prescription

4 Walk Talk 6 Event: Lightpath - Auckland’s newest shared pathway opened 8 Auckland Short Walk: Bayview Giant Kauri Walk, Glenfield, North Shore 10 Training: So you have been thinking of Walking a Marathon 12 New Zealand Walks: Short walks on a road trip from Picton to Christchurch 13 Event: Take a walk Round the Vines 14 New Zealand Great Walk: A new Great Walk in Paparoa National Park 16 New Zealand Great Walk: Walking the Rakiura Track in one day 18 Walking New Zealand Monthly Photo Contest 20 News: Six NZ projects awarded Walking Access funding 21 Books: Te Araroa: Walking NZ’s 3000 kilometre trail 22 New Zealand Walk: Along the mighty - “my river” 26 New Zealand Walk: Eastwoodhill - walking in our National Arboretum 30 Overseas Walks: Grand Canyon Trail 38 Around the Clubs: Te Maire Track and Ripiro Beach walk 40 Overseas Walks and Tours 42 Event: Move to encourage more 2 Walking with the Stars 4 Walk Talk entrants in Triple Peaks 6 New Zealand Walks: New Zealand 44 Coming Events: New Zealand Walks: A festival of activity this 47 Coming Events: Overseas November on Waiheke Island 50 Index of 14 previous issues 9 New Zealand Walk: New track 51 High Achiever: ‘It’s not as hard alongside Tatare Stream as you think’ 10 New Zealand Guided Walk: Choose 52 Directory of Walking Groups worthies or murder/mayhem 56 New Zealand Country Breaks 12 New Zealand Adventure: A senior 59 The Great NZ Trek 2016 moment 60 Tussock Traverse 15 Overseas Walk: Sky walk to explore rain forests 4 Walk Talk 16 Auckland Short Walk: New Lynn 6 New Zealand Walks: Sustainability Reserves, West Auckland and Sea Sky Bush 18 Walking New Zealand Monthly 8 New wine bottles easy to carry Photo Contest 8 More funding for Alps 2 Ocean 20 New Zealand Walks: Papatowai Cycle Trail Heart of the Catlins 9 New Zealand Walk: Commonwealth 23 New Zealand Walks: New Zealand Walkway an as set for the Capital communcation 10 Top tips for better landscape revolution started at Whites Bay photos 24 New Zealand Walks: Kicking back 13 High Achiever: Walking Access in Karamea Award for Waitomo’s “unassum- 28 New Zealand Walks: A hike with ing champion” a surprise 14 New Zealand Walk: Rotorua’s 30 Book: Terrain - Travels through a TaraweraTrail deep NZ landscape 18 Walking New Zealand Monthly 32 New Zealand Walks: Whangarei Photo Contest offers lots of walk 20 25 years walking in paradise ing opportunies in cooler months 22 New Zealand Walk: Tussock Tra- 33 Overseas Walk: Oxfams Peru Trek

NOVEMBER 214 2015

JANUARY 216 2016


34 Overseas Walks: A new frontier in walking - The Three Capes Track 36 Overseas Walks: Walk into luzury at Margaret River 36 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 Overseas Walk: The Gobbins - a walkway experience 40 New Zealand Walks: Ten years of lacing up 43 Books: Te Araroa, Landscape, Above Auckland, Coastlines New Zealand 44 Coming Events: New Zealand 50 Index of 14 previous issues 51 Weather forescast for November 52 Directory of Walking Groups 56 New Zealand Country Breaks 60 New Zealand Walk: Tussock Traverse

OCTOBER 213 2015

2 Walking with the Stars 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks: Warkworth Walks seven years and still walking 10 New Zealand Walks: Ruahines - a winter wonderland 14 Overseas Walks: Madagascar an incredible journey 18 Monthly Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand Walks: Discover Taranaki White Cliffs and East Egmont 22 My Favourite Walks: Kowhai Hut to Mt Torlesse 25 Event: Whakatane - the new venue for Oxfam 2016 Trailwalker 26 New Zealand Cycling Tours: Cycle guides on tour: Around the Mountains Trail 29 Overseas Walk: Escape to the wilderness of Lough Boora 30 New Zealand Walks: The Queen Charlotte Track great in every way 37 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 Event: Walkers invited to a new marathon and 50km 41 Walking Access Commission: Rakaia Gorge southern section now a walkway 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Overseas Coming Events 50 Index for previous fourteen issues 51 Weather Forecast for October 52 Directory: New Zealand Walking Groups 56 Country Breaks 59 Pak A Roo Jackets 60 Waiheke Island Walking Festival

SEPTEMBER 212 2015

2 Walking with the Stars 4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walk: Slipper Island a working farm 8 New Zealand Walks: Paihia to Russell -Full Circle Walk 10 Te Araroa Trail: Sponsors help to promote Te Araroa 11 New Zealand Walk: New shared pathway opened 12 New Zealand Walk: A slice of KiwiThe Paradise Trail 17 Waiheke Walking Festival 18 Monthly Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand Walks: Puketoki Reserve - caters for all walkers 20 Flood swamps popular city pathway 22 Jim Barnett Reserve walking tracks 23 Tarawera Trail Marathon 24 Great Walks: A great walk with a difference - explor ing the Whanganui Journey 27 How physical activity helped Lynda Mcdermott 28 New Zealand Walk: Central Hawkes Bay Rotary River Trail 30 Overseas Walks: Nepal needs tourists now after April 25 earthquake 34 New Zealand Walk: A taste of the Barrier 37 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 Overseas Walks: Salzburg: The Sound of Music’s 50th anniversary 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Overseas Coming Events 50 Index for previous fourteen issues 51 Weather Forecast for September 52 Directory: New Zealand Walking Groups 56 Country Breaks 60 Pak A Roo Jackets

AUGUST 211 2015 2 Walking with the Stars 4 Walk Talk

6 New Zealand Great Walk: Walking amoung the giants of Waipoua Forest 8 Overseas Walks; Walking Melbourne by foot 10 Auckland Short Walk: Botany to Cascades a walk with surprises 12 Event: Half Marathon show cases Auckland’s vibrant nightlife 14 My Favourite Walk: Hiking on the Otago Peninsula 16 New Zealand Walk: Hiking to Sunrise Hut 18 Monthly Photo Contest winners 20 New Zealand Walks: Waiheke Walking Festival a great Spring walking event 23 Te Araroa Trail: Botanic Gardens to Island Bay via the Southern Walkway. 23 Wairoa Stream Waterfall Track to have new `signage 24 My Favourite Walk: Jubilee Hut walk - tough, long, but well worth it 28 Overseas Walks: Discovering Pulau Ubin - Singapore the way it was 30 New Zealand Walks: Bay of Islands Walking Festival returns for 2015 37 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 Overseas Walks: Spectacular Switzerland 42 Creating new walking access opportunies 43 Waikato Walk: Te Tapui Track 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Overseas Coming Events 50 Index for previous fourteen issues 51 Weather Forecast for August 52 Directory: New Zealand Walking Groups 56 Country Breaks 60 Pak A Roo Jackets

JULY 210 2015

4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Great Walk:10 things to know before Walking the Milford Sound 11 Robin charms Prince Harry on Ulva Island 12 New Zealand Walks: Sea, Sky and Bush - another great walking weekend in Central Hawkes Bay 16 Books: Wildboy - an epic trek around the coast of New Zealand 17 Event: 10k for 10k a colourful event 18 Monthly Photo Contest winners 17 New Zealand Walk: One Tree Point Walkway, Ruakaka, Whangarei 22 Overseas Walks: Queensland National Parks with great walks 26 Auckland Short Walk: Wattle Down - South Auckland 30 Overseas Walks: Hikes and sights of Argentina - from south to north 30 New Zealand Walk: Ten minutes walk to a seal creche 33 Event: The Great New Zealand Trek Stage 10 - Hanmer Springs to Hawarden 37 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 New Zealand Walk: Bay of Islands Walking Weekend returns for 2015 40 My Favourite Walk: Tongariro Alpine Crossing ticked off! 43 Waikato Walk: Omaru Falls Scenic Reserve 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Overseas Coming Events 50 Index for previous fourteen issues 51 Weather Forecast for July 56 Country Breaks 60 Walking with the Stars

JUNE 209 2015

4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walk: Nga Tapuwae o Toi The footsteps of Toi 10 New Zealand Walk: Mt Peel an annual event for Christchurch group 12 Overseas Trails: 10 world’s most amazing long dis tance trails 14 New Zealand Walk: Heading out to Roaring Stag 16 Books: Lydia Bradley: Going up is easy 16 Auckland Short Walk: Greenhithe, North Shore Auckland 18 Monthly Photo Contest winners 20 Overseas Walks: Walking the Cares Gorge 26 New Zealand Walk: The Cape Brett walk, Bay of Islands 30 New Zealand Walks: Eastern Taranaki Experience - from convent to pub 34 Waikato Walk: Kakepuku Historic Reserve

36 New Zealand Walk: A big day in the Matukituki Valley 37 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 New Zealand Walk: Wairarapa coastal walk now has more options 40 Overseas Walks: 24 hours in Graz 40 Health: Are you getting too much calcium? 42 Overseas Walks: Restored medieval hamlet close to walking and hiking tracks 42 Event: Great Forest Events attrached entrants from throughout New Zealand 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Overseas Coming Events 50 Index for previous fourteen issues 51 Weather Forecast for June 52 Directory: New Zealand Walking Groups 56 Country Breaks 60 Green Prescription

MAY 208 2015

4 Walk Talk 6 My Favourite Walk: Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway and Walkway 8 Event: Unique opportunity to walk Taieri Gorge 9 Readers View: Auckland scenic walk 10 New Zealand Walk: Onepoto Walk - full of interesting coastal views 14 New Zealand Walk: Restoring the Sign of the Packhorse Hut 15 New Zealand Walk: Visiting the Franz Josef Glacier 16 New Zealand Walk: Whangarei’s new loop walkway 18 Monthly Photo Contest winners 20 Overseas Walks: Australia’s top walking and hiking hotspots 22 My Favourite Walk: Kauri Coast walks - with great coastal views 25 Auckland Short Walk: Blockhouse Bay Tiriwa Walk 26 My Favourite Walk: Town and country walk with no hills! 28 New Zealand Walk: Moutohora - an island sanctuary 30 Overseas Walks: Walks in Townsville - a beach, a mountain and a river within a city 36 New Zealand Walk: Heritage zone handed into public hands 37 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 New Zealand Walk: Camping and tramping - 5 top South Island spots 40 Event: Marathon returning to central city 42 Te Araroa Trail: New Zealand trail selected as one of the world’s best 43 Event: Take on the Lake in Rotorua 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Overseas Coming Events 50 Index for previous fourteen issues 51 Weather Forecast for April 52 Directory: New Zealand Walking Groups 56 Country Breaks 60 Green Prescription

APRIL 207 2015

4 Walk Talk 6 My Favourite Walk: Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway and Walkway 8 Event: Unique opportunity to walk Taieri Gorge 9 Readers View: Auckland scenic walk 10 New Zealand Walk: Onepoto Walk - full of interesting coastal views 14 New Zealand Walk: Restoring the Sign of the Packhorse Hut 15 New Zealand Walk: Visiting the Franz Josef Glacier 16 New Zealand Walk: Whangarei’s new loop walkway 18 Monthly Photo Contest winners 20 Overseas Walks: Australia’s top walking and hiking hotspots 22 My Favourite Walk: Kauri Coast walks - with great coastal views 25 Auckland Short Walk: Blockhouse Bay Tiriwa Walk 26 My Favourite Walk: Town and country walk with no hills! 28 New Zealand Walk: Moutohora - an island sanctuary 30 Overseas Walks: Walks in Townsville - a beach, a mountain and a river within a city 36 New Zealand Walk: Heritage zone handed into public hands 37 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 New Zealand Walk: Camping and tramping - 5 top South Island spots 40 Event: Marathon returning to central city 42 Te Araroa Trail: New Zealand trail selected as one of the world’s best

43 Event: Take on the Lake in Rotorua 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Overseas Coming Events 51 Weather Forecast for April 52 Directory: New Zealand Walking Groups 56 Country Breaks 60 Green Prescription

MARCH 206 2015

4 Walk Talk 6 New Zealand Walks: A circumnavigation by foot steps 7 New Zealand Walk: Enjoyable day walk at Limestone Roadend 14 Event: Beers Farm - Te Anau 16 New Zealand Fam Walks: Lynton Downs Farm Stay walks 18 Monthly Photo Contest winners 20 My Favourite Walk: Omaha Beach has walks for everyone 26 Health: Overdosing with vitamin D continues to be widespread 20 Overseas Walks: Discovering Andalucia - the walks, the culture, the food 28 New Zealand Walks: Top ten heritage places to visit this summer 33 Event: On track in the Manawatu Gorge 36 New Zealand Walk: Ruakuri Walking Track - Ruakuri Scenic Reserve 37 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 Overseas Walks: Discover Portugal’s walking trails 44 New Zealand Coming Events 45 Christchurch Marathon 48 Overseas Coming Events 51 Weather Forecast for March 52 Directory: New Zealand Walking Groups 56 Country Breaks 60 Wellington Marathon

FEBRUARY 205 2015

4 Walk Talk 6 My Favourite Walk: Moke Lake circuit walk - Queenstown 7 Books: Revelling in our subantarctic islands 8 Auckland Short Walk: Onehunga to Pah Homestead 10 Event: Mangawhai Walking Weekend on track 10 Books: Walking the Waitakere Ranges 12 New Zealand Walk: Headland Sculpture on the Gulf 12 A Walk and cycle on the Waikato River Trail 15 Safety: Ensure your gear is now in ‘Peak’ condition 16 New Zealand Walk: Tirohanga Track to Ruapane Pirongia Forest Park 18 Monthly Photo Contest winners 20 Overseas Walks: Walking in the Picos de Europa 25 New Zealand Walk: Matekai Park - Oakura 26 Overseas Walks: Torres del Paine - a very special park 29 Event: Manawatu Walking Festival 30 Overseas Walks: The Larapinta Trail offers a myriad of stunning views 36 Overseas Walks and Tours 38 New Zealand Walks: Echo Walking Festival 41 International Marching League encourages “May walking bring us together” 42 Window on Waitakere: Navigating dangerous flora 42 Health: Compression clothing can they improve recovery and performance? 44 New Zealand Coming Events 48 Overseas Coming Events 50 Index for previous fourteen issues 51 Weather Forecast for February 52 Directory: New Zealand Walking Groups 56 Country Breaks 60 The Great New Zealand Trek

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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,stringer@infogen.net.nz 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 GREAT BARRIER ISLAND

BARRIER TRAMPING& BEER LOVERS CLUB: Sunday, John Brock 09-429-0211


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES CLUB: midweek, weekends (BIA), walks, tramps, Val Todd 09-579-8250, www.oacnz.org AUCKLAND NATURAL HISTORY CLUB: Every second Sunday, (AM), (IA),Praemi Perera 09-836-9161, www.aucklandnaturalhistoryclub. org 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 THUMBS UP ADVENTURE GROUP (TUAC): Alan Grigg 027-493-6850, Libby 021-137-1488, Leonie 021-222-8982, www.tuac.co.nz AUCKLAND CENTRAL

AUCKLAND YMCA MARATHON CLUB, (Walkers Section), Sunday (AM), Helen Meyer 09-815-1444 AUCKLAND CATHOLIC TRAMPING CLUB: Sarah Hart 09-625-7891, actc. trampingclub@gmail.com 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 09-576-9807 RACEWALKING AUCKLAND: Sunday (AM), Grant 09-299-5634, www. sportsground.co.nz/racewalkingauckland/ AUCKLAND TRAMPING CLUB: Tony Walton 09-630-2591 www. aucktramping.org.nz 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 09827-2737, Danny 09-627-9993 MT ALBERT Y’s WALKING GROUP: Tuesday Friday, (AM), 09-846-0788 MT ROSKILL COMMUNITY HOUSE: Theresa McDonald, 09-624-3281 OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES CLUB AUCKLAND: Marshall Piecy 09-445-3808, www.oacnz.org 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

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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, www.wops.co.nz WEST AUCKLAND

BLUE TOP WALKERS: Henderson, Tuesday, Thursday (AM), Terry Wilson 09-814-9523 or 021-266-1071, terryandsheena@xtra.co.nz, www. bluetopwalkers.weebly.com FIA OLA WOMEN’S DEVELOPMEMT WALK GROUP: Monday to Saturday, Anne, 09-813-0021 FIT4LIFE: Glenfield, Monday (PM), Friday (AM), Sarah 021 534 649 FOOTSTEPS: Saturday (AM), John 09-410-2995 GLEN EDEN WALKERS: Oratia Bowling Club, Tuesday (AM), Ethel Denscombe 09-818-3561 GLEN EDEN ATHLETIC CLUB WALKERS: Glen Eden, Wednesday (PM) and Saturday (AM), Neil Turner 09-817-6230 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), Mary Davies 09-412-2262 LYNNMALL CITY MALL WALKING: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (BIA), 09-826-2333 LYNFIELD Y’S WALKING CLUB: Mt Roskill, Sunday (AM), Marlene 09827-2737, 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 09-412-8076 MASSEY JOGGERS & WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Kerry Watt 09-838-6665 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 09-832-5692 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 09-817-7212, jeanah@ihug.co.nz 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, www.wops.co.nz WEST AUCKLAND DISTRICT TRAMPING CLUB: Sunday (AM), www. trampwest.co.nz 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 09-482-1320,www. nstc.org.nz 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), Dave Pampitt 09-410-5287

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, pam_4882@yahoo.co.nz GREENHITHE WALKING GROUP: Greenhithe, Tuesday (AM), Marjorie Andrew 09-413-9065 HIGHBURY COMMUNITY HOUSE: Highbury, Thursday, Friday (AM), Judy Mayn 09-480-5279 MAIRANGI WALKING NETWORK: Mairangi Bay, Everyday (AM), Paula Cole 09-444-6435 MEADOWOOD WALKING & TALKERS: Albany, Tuesday (AM), Carol Buckner 09-479-7804 MILFORD MALL WALKERS: Greenhithe, Tuesday, Thursday, (AM), Carol Mosedale 09-443-2054 MILFORD MENS PROBUS: Ian Hall 09-479-4259 NORTH SHORE DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: Every second Sunday (AM), Sue Pearson 09-449-2221 NORTH SHORE TRAMPING CLUB: www.nstc.org.nz NORTHCOTE WALKING GROUP: Northcote. Tuesday, Bernie Pringle 09-410-5700 bernie@pringle.co.nz, or Mavis Martin 09-486-2574 mavay@xtra.co.nz 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, www.wops.co.nz Y’s WALKING SUNDAY GROUP: Northcote, Sunday (AM), Malcolm Curtis 09-444-3823


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 09473-4489 Pakuranga Nordic Walkers: Thursday (AM) Deidre Nielsen 09-271-3324 YMCA Nordic Walkers Thursday (AM) June Stevenson 09-361-6636 or 0274-383-923 RODNEY

10,000 STEPS HARBOUR CLUB: Harbour Sport 09-415-4610 ARIKI WALKERS: Snells Beach, Mondays (AM), Ivan Melville 09425-4999 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 021136-6129, pajordan0452@gmail.com MONDAY NIGHTA, Orewa, Monday (PM), Laraine Chase 09-427-9321 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 09-431-4692 WOMENS OUTDOOR PURSUITS INC: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Anne 09-480-5424, www.wops.co.nz WAIHEKE ISLAND


HOWICK TRAMPING CLUB: Sunday (AM), (BIA), Gayle Sephton 027-635-4063 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, 09-232-8844 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 MANGERE BRIDGE WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday (AM). Meet at Village Square 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 www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz


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MANUREWA COSMOPOLITAN CLUB WALKERS: Sunday (AM) HOWICK UXBRIDGE WALKERS: Monday, Thursday (AM), 09-535-6467 HOWICK Y’S WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), 09-534-5153 PUKEKOHE TRAMPING CLUB: Mark Leys 09-294-8927 TOI TOI TREKKERS TRAMPING CLUB: Noel Newsome 09-278-4962


FRANKTON ATHLETIC & HARRIER CLUB: Wednesday, Saturday, (PM), (BIA), Heather Purdie-Raill, 07-847-5639 NAWTON WALKING GROUP: Rene Smyth, 07846-3245 CENTRAL LAKE WALKING GROUP: Monday, WEdnesday Friday (AM), Nella Barron 07-846-3103 CHARTWELL WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Carrie Haak 07-8554281 DINSDALE WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Val Russell 07-847-6539 ENDERLEY WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Leonie Smith 07-855-2224 HAMILTON EAST WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Irene Millar 07-855-6848 HAMILTON TRAMPING CLUB: Alan Bigham 07-856-4646 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 07-856-8980 CLAUDELAND WALKING GROUP: Friday (AM), Irene Millar 07-855-6848 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: www.wtc.org.nz or Stu Kneebone 07-827-3097 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 KAIHERE/PATETONGA

KAIHERE/PATETONGA WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (PM), Julie Stephenson 07-867-7011 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 OTOROHANGA


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


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

TAIRUA WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday, Mike Lord, 07-868-6025 THAMES

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

TAUPO HARRIER CLUB WALKING SECTION: Saturday (PM), Wednesday (AM), Bernie Rolls 07-378-9229 TAUPO TRAMPING CLUB: Wednesday (AM), Thursday (AM), Weekends (AM or PM), Isabel Hutcheon 07-376-9319 MONDAY WALKERS: Monday (AM), (BIA), Betty Stockman 07-378www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

4992 WAIORA WALKING GROUP: Wednesday, Friday (AM), Kaye Beatson 07-378-6957 WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (PM), (I), 06-378-9229 TE AROHA

TE AROHA WALKERS: Thursday (AM), Ruth Stanley 07-880-9088 TE AROHA TRAMPING CLUB: Every second Sunday, Judy Forsman 07-884-8841 TE AROHA TREKKERS: Wednesday (AM), Frances Harrison 07-862-8184 TE AWAMUTU

TE AWAMUTU TUESDAY TRAMPERS: Tuesday, Lesley 07-870-1973 or Kathy 07-870-2006 TE AWAMUTU WALKING GROUP: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), Jan Jefferies 07-889-7032 TE AWAMUTU MARATHON CLINIC: Wednesday (PM), Sunday (AM), (BIA), Ross Thomas 07-871-5022 TE KUITI

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

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


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

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

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

CROSS COUNTRY WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (AM), (A), 07 348-2538 LAKE CITY ATHLETIC CLUB WALKERS GROUP: Tueday, Thursday (PM), Sunday (AM), Rob Colledge 07-348-7768, info@lakecity.co.nz, www. lakecity.co.nz 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: (COIF) (BIA) For days and time phone Sport Bay of Plenty 07-578-0016 STEPPING OUT JOGGING CLUB: Monday, Wednesday, (AM), (IA), 07-544-0316 FOREST & BIRD SOCIETY: Secretary, Tauranga. branch @forestandbird. org.nz, Tauranga HEALTHY HEART CLUB: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), (B), YMCA, 07-578-5891 KAIMAI RAMBLERS TRAMPING GROUP: Wednesday, Roger 07544-1622 Y’s WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (AM), YMCA, 07-578-5891 MOUNT JOGGERS & WALKERS: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday, info@mtjoggersandwalkers.co.nz , www.mtjoggersandwalkers.co.nz 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

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

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

SUNSHINE WALKING GROUP: Whakatane, Tuesday (AM), (I), Graham Thomas, 07-307-9800 HARRIERS WALKERS WHAKATANE: Saturday, (PM), (I), Noel Jones, 07-308-7101 NGA-TAPUWAE O-TANEATUA TRAMPING CLUB: Whakatane, Ohope, Opitiki, Kawerau; John Keene, john.keene@clear.net.nz WHITIANGA

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

WHANGAMATA RAMBLERS: Ron Le Noel, 07-865-9475 WALK WHANGAMATA: Everyday (AM), from Surf club WHANGAMATA WALKERS: Tuesday (AM), 07-865-8182 WHAGAMATA TRAMPING CLUB: 07-865-9110


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


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 06-873-0971 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 06-877-7886 KIWI SENIORS: Eana Young 06-845-9333 x 708 RUN WALK HAWKES BAY: Wed (PM), Sunday (AM), Doug Clark 06878-2785, www.runwalkhb.org.nz 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 06843-7804, www.runwalkhb.org.nz Ys WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday, Napier, Kay 06-844-4891 or Dot 06-844-6885 TARADALE/GREEN MEADOWS

TARADALE/GREEN MEADOWS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), (IA), Beverly Gillies 06-843-6805 TARADALE/SPORT HAWKES BAY WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), (BI), Nga Gifford-Kara 06-845-9333


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), www.npjw.co.nz TARANAKI RACE WALKING CLUB: Trevor Suthon, 06-758-0776 EGMONT ATHLETICS: Karen Green, 06-758-1569 WAITATA

WAITARA WEEKLY HIKOI: Monday (PM), Waitara Netball Courts, Marina or Charles Sport Taranaki 06-759-0930 INGLEWOOD

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

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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 INGLEWOOD

INGLEWOOD WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Maureen 06- 756-7255 HAWERA

HAWERA WALKING GROUPO: Friday (AM), Nancy Riddick 06-278-5784 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


CASTLECLIFF WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), Ethel Fackney 06-344-4375 RONA & GLAD’S WALK GROUP: Tuesday (AM), Rona Wright 06344-5434 WANGANUI HARRIER CLUB: Wednesdays, Saturday (PM), Secretary, P O Box 702, Wanganui, Perry Newburn 06-343-6484 SPORT WANGANUI CLUB GOLD: Tuesday, Thursday, (AM), Karen Buckholt 06-349-2315 WANGANUI MILLENNIUM WALKERS CLUB: Sunday (AM), Darol Pointon 06-345-3137 WAVERLEY

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


50 PLUS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), 03-579-3101 PICTON WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), Claire 03-573-7991



BROOKLYN WALKERS: Edith, 04-384-6799 BUGGY WALKING GROUP: First Thursday of month (AM), www. buggywalk.co.nz FOREST & BIRD: 04-567-7271 ORIENTAL BAY WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Christine Blakely 04-383-6276 MT VICTORIA WALKING GROUP: Euan Harris 04-384-4770 WALK WAINUI: Monday (AM), (BIA), Shirley 04-564-6179 ISLAND BAY WALKING GROUP: Community Resource Centre, Island Bay, 04-383-7464 WALKING FOR LIFE: Lynne Waring, Miramar KARORI WALKING GROUP: Mavis Shaw, Kelburn KARORI ARTS & CRAFT WALKING GROUP: 04-934-8630 KANDALLAH CORNERSTONE WALKERS: Monday (AM) 04-479-5420 MIRAMAR WALKING GROUP: 04-388-1944 NEWLANDS COMMUNITY HOUSE WALKING: Tuesday (AM), 04-4788799 TARARUA TRAMPING CLUB: www.ttc.org.nz 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

MOTUEKA FIFTY PLUS WALKERS: Thursday (AM), Nora Morris 03528-6290



SPORT WANGANUI CLUB GOLD: Mondays (AM), Kerry Young 06WALK FOR HEALTH: Tuesday (AM), Wednesday (PM), Saturday (AM), 385-4055 Sunday (AM), (BIA), Jean 04-589-7887 or Dave 04-970-5133, www. MARTON SPORT WANGANUI CLUB GOLD Wednesday (AM), Deane James walk4health.org.nz POSITIVELY SLIM “Health for Life Walkers: Sunday (AM) Wednesday 06-327-7607 (PM) (BIA), Jim or Barbara Mobbs 04-566-2603 MANAWATU HUTT VALLEY WALKERS: Saturday (PM), Carol 04-586-7784 WALKING FOR PLEASURE: 60’s Plus, Melling, Molly Shephers, 04PALMERSTON NORTH HOKOWHITU KIWI WALKERS: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (I), Dorne 567-5727 WOMENS WALKING GROUP: Wainuiomata, every second Wednesday Jarvis 06-357-2444 KELVIN GROVE WALKERS: Tuesday (PM), (I), Marjory Edmonds, (PM), 04-564-6019 HUTT VALLEY TRAMPING CLUB: Weekend (AM), Dennis Page 0406-354-3342 HOT-Whitu CHICKS Saturday, (AM), (BIA), laurenparsons.co.nz/ 970-6901 TAKE HEART WALK GROUP: Monday (AM), (BI), Keith Millar, 04hot-whitu-chicks MANAWATU STRIDERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (PM); Sunday (AM), 526-7440 Hockey Manawatu Pavillion, Manawaroa Street, (BIA), Alister Martin LEISURE WALKERS: seniors, Tuesday (AM), Jean, 04-565-1918 06-353-7175 HUTT VALLEY MARATHON CLINIC: Mark Potter, info@hvmc.org.nz PALMERSTON NORTH JOGGERS & WALKERS: Esplanade,Tuesday, WALK WAINUI: Monday (AM), (BIA), Shirley 04-564-6179 Thursday, Saturday (AM), (BI), Robyn McKey 06-354-9952. EASTBOURNE WALK GROUP: Lesley O’Neil, Eastbourne CLUB PED: Monday, Wednesday, (PM), (IA), Ongley Park; Saturday, ALICETOWN WALKING GROUP: 04-589-2646 (AM), Esplanade, (IA), David Young 06-356-7179 KIWI MASTERS WALKERS: Richard Davies 04-566-1335 HEARTY STRIDERS: Thursday (PM), (BI), Esplanade, Adrienne Ken- OLDER ADULTS – LEISURE WALKING GROUP: Judy 04-528-4445 nedy 06-350-8617 PORIRUA MASSEY WALKERS: Monday, Thursday, noon, Massey Recreation FRIDAY WALKERS: Brian Grinstrup or Bruce Sheppard 04-237-6374 Centre, (BIA) Chin Diew Lai 06-350-5799 ext 2471 TAWA LINDEN HIKERS: 04-232-8705 MANAWATU WALKWAYS PROMOTION SOCIETY’S MONTHLY WALKERS: WEA RAMBLERS: Muriel Thompson, Tawa Sunday (AM), (IA) Gillian Absolom 06-329-6898 TAWA/LINDEN WALKERS: Maurice 04-232-4407 or Claire 04-232-8764 METHODIST AGAPE FELLOWSHIP WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (B), UPPER HUTT Lorna Goodwin, 06-358-2860 AURORA HARRIER CLUB: Peter Wrigley, p.wiggles@paradise.net.nz U3A Exploring Walkways: Thursday (PM), (B), Lynley Watson 06- TUESDAY TRIPPERS: Bill Thompson, 04-971-5123 FANTAIL HIKERS: Marg Eagles, Upper Hutt 356-4384 WOMEN’S AFTER 5.30 WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday (PM), (I), TRENTHAM UNITED HARRIER CLUB: Jon Roskvist, 021-460-877 or 04-526-6906 Liz MacNeill 06-357-8216 UPPER HUTT WALKING & TRAMPING CLUB: Helen 04-970-2046 FEILDING SENIOR WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), (BI), Gail Byrnes KAPITI KAPITI CARDIAC CLUB: Tuesday, Thursday, Graham Priest 04-293-7872 06-323-5470 KAPITI WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Robin Leger 04FOXTON 905-4680 or Muriel Hill 04-293-5121 FOXPEDS: Monday (PM), Foxton, Foxton Beach, (BIA), Dave Blackett, KAPITI SUNDAY WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Frank Morris 04-293-2567 06-363-5743, Michelle Duffy, 06-363-7987 or Ethel Symes 04-904-1485 LEVIN KAPITI THURSDAY WALKERS: Thursday, email kapitithursdaywalkers@ LEVIN HARRIER & WALKING CLUB: Saturday (PM), (BIA), Ivan Morgan gmail.com,www.sportsground.co.nz/kapitithursdaywalkers 06-368-3622 KAPITI JOGGERS & WALKERS: Sunday (AM), Pam Childs 04-902-1754 WEDNESDAY LEISURE WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), (BIA), Lila McCall, KAPITI WANDERERS: Tuesday (alt), email: kapitiwanderers@gmail. com, www.sportsground.co.nz/kapitiwanderers  06-367-9070 LEVIN JOGGERS & WALKERS CLUB: Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday, (BIA), KAPITI WEEKDAY WALKERS: Monday, Wendy Stratford 04-905-7520 t.stratford@paradise.net.nz, or Julian Harris 04-905-3733 junjo@ Colleen Francis 06-368-8624 clear.net.nz SPORT KAPITI THURSDAY WALKERS: Thursday (AM), 04-296-9022 WAIRARAPA MASTERTON


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

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NELSON STRIDERS: Tuesday, Thursday, (PM), (BI), Averil West, 03548-3655 NELSON KIWISENIORS: Tuesday (AM), 03-548-1126 WAKEFIELD WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Lou Manson, 03541-8414 TAHUNA KIWISENIORS: Monday (AM), 03-548-1126 NELSON 50+ WALKING GROUP: Tuesday, Thursday (AM), Jeff Connell 03-545-9180 NELSON 50+ WALKING & TRAMPING GROUP: Noel Brown 03-544-2286 WAIMEA HARRIER WALKERS: Saturday (PM), Sunday (AM) (BIA), Heather McNabb, 03-547-8490 WEDNESDAY WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Visitor Information Centre WAIMEA TRAMPING CLUB: Sunday (AM) (PM), wtc.richmond@xtra. co.nz, www.waimeatrampingclub.org.nz TAKAKA

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


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, 03388-2593 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), www.bishopdaletrampers.org.nz BURNSIDE JOGGERS & WALKERS CLUB: Sunday (AM) Burnside, Anne Uys 03-342-6337 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 03-382-2302 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 HERITAGE WALKS: Thursday, (AM), Graeme Stanley 03-980-1553 www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz


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HOON HAY KIWISENIORS: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Barbara 03-338-8306 KAIAPOI WALKERS GROUP: Tuesday, Wednesday (AM), Don Lyon 03-327-9064 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 03-384-4794 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 03-388-3237 NEW BRIGHTON WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Larry Jones 03-382-0201 NO HILL WALKERS: Thursday (AM) (B), Hazel Matthews 03-385-5338 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 03-332-5638 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), Merv Meredith info@peninsulatrampingclub. org.nz, www.peninsulatrampingclub.org.nz PIONEER STROLLERS: Thursday, (BIA), Shirley Hitchcock, 03-322-7220 PIONEER TRAMPERS: Thursday (AM) (IA), Alan Williams 03-343-2216 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 03-348-8195 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 03-338-9035 TOWER TRAMPING & WALKING CLUB: Tuesday, (IA), Peter McDonald www.walkingnewzealand.co.nz

03-326-6700, 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, 03-3660689, 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, John Williams 03-383-0064, jo_wil@xtra.co.nz 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


CLYDE OFF-ROAD WALKERS: Monday, Wednesday, Judy Blanch, 03449-2580, Eleanor Edgar 03-448-6767 OAMARU

SENIOR CITIZENS WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Nancy Bell 03-434-5061 OAMARU FRIDAY WALKERS: Every 2nd Friday (AM), Barbara McGann 03-434-9178 WEDNESDAY WALKERS TRAMPING GROUP: Jane Naish 03-434-6363 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 DUNEDIN: walking track maintainers, Wednesday (AM), Graeme Elliot 03-454-3350, ellio@xtra.co.nz HALFWAY BUSH WALKING GROUP: Tuesday (AM), (I), Pat Garth, 03-476-2579 HILL CITY WALKING GROUP: Saturday (PM), Alex McEwan 03-455-4851 KOPUTAI WALKING GROUP: 2nd Tuesday, (AM), Noeline Forgie, 03-472-8302 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 03-489-4071 PHOENIX CLUB WALKING GROUP: Wednesday (AM), Nina Davidson 03-471-0114 PINEHILL WALKING GROUP: Thursday (AM), Norman Vare 03-473-8683 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), Chris James 03-488-2228 WAIHOLA WALKERS: Wednesday (AM), Elizabeth Jones 03-489-8064 XY TRAMPING CLUB: 1st & 3d (& 5th) Tuesday, (AM), Prue Turnbull 03-454-3991 Y’S WALKING GROUP: Sunday (AM), Betty Booth 03-456-2000 60 PLUS WALKING GROUP: Monday (AM), Judith Wright 03-456-2080 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 03-476-1545


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


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, www.doc.govt.nz 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, www. st-davids.org.nz WALKING GROUP: Eileen Ward 03-307-0475 WALKING GROUP: Ethel Powell 03-308-9662

STH CANTERBURY PLEASANT POINT WALK GROUP: Wednesday (AM), (BI), Esther, 03-614-7524


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



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

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

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

WANAKA WALKERS: Monday (February - Mid-December (AM), (BI), Ruth Harrison 021-474-904, ruthharrison01@icloud.com, wanakawalkers.blogspot.co.nz


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, e:kiwiseniors@sportsouthland.co.nz, wwwsportsouthland.co.nz GORE

BNZ ACTIVE KIWISENIORS: 1st and 3rd Wednesday, Ann Robbie 03-211-2150, e:kiwiseniors@sportsouthland.co.nz, wwwsportsouthland.co.nz HOKONUI TRAMPING CLUB: Margaret Hughes 03-208-7053 NORTHERN SOUTHLAND

ACTIVE WALKERS: 2nd and 4th Thursday, Ann Robbie 03-211-2150, e:kiwiseniors@sportsouthland.co.nz, wwwsportsouthland.co.nz TE ANAU

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Come to Tuhua/Mayor island with SEATREK

Do the ‘Around Island Walk’ - Climb the ‘Devil’s Staircase’ Other shorter walks. Accommodation available. See editorial issue 216 edition Ph 027 496 9973 or 0508 GOSEATREK www.seatrek.co.nz All marine adventures Like SEATREK on Facebook GISBORNE WAIKATO


A dropoff, a 4-6 hour Walk, a Hot Shower & Spa, an amazing Dinner, Bed & breakfast.

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

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“Bridge to Somewhere” • 2 or 3 night getaways of moderate tramping in the very heart of the Eastern Taranaki backcountry. (2 to choose from) • Inclusive package of transport (from Stratford) accommodation and meals. • September to May best months. • Matemateaonga Track package of transport, jetboat, hut passes also arranged.

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Quiet, central location. Close to ferry, waterfront, restaurants, shops and the Queen Charlotte Track departure wharf.

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