Archives For Walks

This is a guest blog by Ashlyn Oswalt. Safety first is her key message and to make sure people are properly prepared, she’s put together the following list of must haves for a walk.

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We asked our local experts – the DOC rangers in Visitor Centres throughout the country – to give us their top recommendations for tracks to explore right now.

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The Queen Charlotte Track, while not an official Great Walk, is considered pretty great by the thousands of walkers and mountain bikers that experience all or part of it each year.

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DOC Ranger Hayden Barrett offers a few tips on his favourite local spots to visit in the Wairarapa.

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Exploring the Manawatu Gorge tracks has to be at the top of the list of ‘must-do’ activities in the Manawatu region.

This photo was taken by Alistair Thom of Atom Images at Sentinel Lookout which is halfway along the Manawatu Gorge Track.


The shorter Tawa Loop Walk and the full length Manawatu Gorge Track are on offer as part of the Manawatu Walking Festival coming up in February – March 2014.

The festival has walks for all ages and fitness levels, hosted by an array of guides – from historians through to storytellers, nature experts, experienced walkers and photographers – who will share their knowledge to help enhance your walking experience. Visit The Manawatu Walking Festival website to find out more.

Related links

Manawatu Gorge Track
Manawatu Gorge Tawa Loop Walk
Manawatu Walking Festival