The Breeze Walking Festival

Icon Guide2The Breeze Walking Festival is back for 2017 and it's bigger than ever before with fifty four walks on offer between Saturday 30 September and Sunday 15 October.

From child-friendly pram strolls to energetic treks for the physically fit, to informative ambles through the central city, we've catered for all interests and ages.

A wide variety of walks in the beautiful regions of Christchurch, Waimakariri and Selwyn, it's not to be missed. The walks have been designed to to appeal to those wanting to embrace nature, culture, the arts, history and new developments around our city.

The festival is a chance for all Cantabrians to explore their city and region, and above all to enjoy a social outdoor experience to celebrate the end of winter and the coming of spring.

Make sure to get out and make the most of this year's festival programme.

After all, walking is for absolutely everyone.

See below the list of walks in our stunning Waimakariri Region, dust off those shoes, get the family together and make a day of it!


Walk 1Tūhaitara Trail/Beach Walk
01 October 2017

Time: 10am - 12noon
Meet: Tūhaitara Trust Office, Woodend Beach Road
Approx distance: 6km


Walk 2

Glentui Loop Track
07 October 2017

Time: 10.30am - 12noon
Meet: Glentui Picnic Area, Glentui Bush Road
Approx distance: 2km


Walk 3Twilight River Bird Discovery
10 October 2017

Time: 6pm–8pm
Meet: Ashley River Picnic Area, Ashley Bridge, Rangiora
Approx distance: 2.5km

Booking required, limited to 25. Email sensor@doc.govt.nz or phone Sarah Ensor on (03) 313 0820.


Walk 4Kaiapoi River Ramble
12 October 2017

Time: 10am–12noon or 2pm
Meet: Kaiapoi Library, Williams Street, Kaiapoi
Approx distance: 5km


Walk 5Beech Forest Botanical Discovery
13 October 2017

Time:  10.30am - 12noon
Meet:  Wooded Gully Picnic Area, Mt Thomas Forest Conservation Area
Approx distance:  3km

Bookings required, limited to 15.  Email sensor@doc.govt.nz or phone Sarah Ensor on (03) 313 0820.


Walk 6Ashley Gorge Nature Discovery
15 October 2017

Time: 11am–3pm
Meet: Ashley Gorge Recreation Reserve, (between Oxford and Loburn)
Approx distance: 1.5km


Key points to note:

• Walks are FREE
• Bookings are not required unless specified
• Wear suitable shoes and clothing
• Children must be supervised
• Bring a pack with a water bottle, snack, sun hat, sunscreen and rain coat
• Walking routes may change due to weather or track changes
• Walkers are responsible for their own safety, equipment, food, clothing and vehicles

Essential information:

For updates including postponements and cancellations:
• walkingfestival.co.nz
• Phone (03) 941 8999
• Listen to The Breeze 94.5FM