Walking weekend returns for 20th year

There are still places available on some of the 30 different walks taking place over the 20th annual Mangawhai Walking Weekend, which takes place from March 28 to 31.

This year’s event features seven completely new walks, plus several that have been ‘refreshed’ or are back by popular demand and, as ever, they range from easy strolls right up  to serious hill climbing.

The weekend kicks off with The Long Tramp, a hardcore eight-hour walk taking in four hill tracks in the Brynderwyns on the Thursday, followed by the much more gentle Troubadour Trail around the Mangawhai Estuary on the Friday.

New attractions on Saturday include an Art ’n’ Garden walk, a tea party at Penrose Farm, and Views

From the Hinterland, as well as a Flavours of the Hills tasting tour of local avocado, honey and wine producers, finishing with a platter lunch at Te Whai Bay Wines. Saturday also includes the annual Food & Wine Festival with live music at The Olive Grove, opposite Mangawhai School, from 3pm to 7pm.

On Sunday, there will be a series of short walks, including Tales From the Past, a look at Mangawhai’s  history with local identity Jo Roberts, followed by a 20 Years of Walking anniversary barbecue lunch at The Olive Grove.

Bookings are required for all walks – more information and registration forms can be found at mangawhaiwalking.co.nz

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