The Manawatu Walking Festival now in its 3rd year is offering walkers and trampers from throughout New Zealand, 11 interesting and inspiring guided walks from 10-12 March 2017.
The walks range from a Sunset Beach Walk from Foxton to Himatangi on Friday, the most popular walk last year, to the Pohangina Estate Vineyard and farm walk on Sunday. This vineyard walk has been the second most popular walk and includes wine tasting, a gourmet picnic lunch, and a walk around the Pohangina Wetlands, ending with a stop at the Herb Farm Cafe.
The historic Sledge Track led by Ian Argyle, is back again this year, as is the Horizons Fern Walk in the Pohangina Valley ending with a BBQ lunch.
A new walk the Pettifar & Gilchrist Loop Tracks walk takes walkers in a loop beside the Pohangina River. Both these two walks end with BBQ lunch in the Totara Reserve.
On Saturday the Manawatu Gorge Tawa Walk, a family walk is guided by Forest & Bird. They also guide the full Manawatu Gorge walk on Sunday.
Manawatu Striders are guiding a walk around the Summerhill area with magnificent views of the Manawatu River ending at the Victoria Cafe. This can be a good starter walk before doing a longer walk on Sunday.
Dave Grant will be leading the Rangiwahia Hut tramp on Sunday where walkers can see magnificent views over the Rangitikei.
Another new walk, led by Gavin Scott of the Kitchener Park Trust, is the Kowhai Park to Kitchener Park in Feilding, a wetlands area with a boardwalk, where there is a 700 year old kahikatea tree. Walkers go on by bus to Mt Lees Reserve with a walk through the reserve, ending with a picnic lunch in the summer house.
Bronwyn Zimmerman is guiding a Public Sculpture Walk around the city of Palmerston North.
Bookings are essential. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Transport now leaves from the Te Manawa Museum Carpark, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North and not from the I-Site as previous due to the Rural Games in the Square.
There's lots to do in the Manawatu. The ten top attractions you could visit while in the Manawatu area are:
- Coach House Museum.
- Feilding on a Friday.
- The Herb Farm.
- Managaweka Adventure Company.
- Mokai Gravity Canyon.
- NZ Rugby Museum.
- River Valley.
- Te Manawa Museum.
- Tui HQ.