Walking weekend goes for “wow” factor

The walks will encapsulate the best scenery Mangawhai and its surrounding areas have to offer.

Ten new walks plus all the classic favourites will make up what organisers hope is the best ever Mangawhai Walking Weekend for the event’s 20th year.

The weekend runs from March 28 to 31 with over 30 walks on offer, rated from grades one (easy) to four (challenging).

A one-day tramp through Northland forest will open the event. It is expected to be a favourite for those interested in botany, with over 140 plant species to be seen along the way.

Popular walks to return for this year include the Troubadour Trail, with a new set of musicians and Four Beaches and Ice Cream, for those keen on a relaxing stroll.

Also back by popular demand is the Waipu Caves Experience, a chance for people to see glow worms and cave structures.

All gear is provided for this grade four walk, which includes farmland and bush.

Four of the new walks are grade ones including Art and Gardens and Dilmah Tea Party at Penrose Farm.

These walks will explore some of the top private gardens in Mangawhai and allow people to enjoy tea in a rural setting not far from the village.

Some of the more challenging walks this year are Lookouts from Heads and Views from the Hinterland, both of which offer stunning views.

The Lookouts from Heads will allow walkers to see Little Barrier Island, the Hen and Chicken Islands and Great Barrier Island.

To cap off the long weekend, a 20th anniversary lunch will be held at The Olive Grove. Tickets are $20 and available from January 4. Walk spaces are limited. To book visit mangawhaiwalking.co.nz


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