Waiheke Walking Festival offers participants the chance to spend time on Waiheke Island, walking in areas not normally open to the public.
The Waiheke Walking Festival is the world’s friendliest walking festival. The festival is about friendship, fun and getting out amongst nature, on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
Grab a group of friends, put the dates aside and use the festival as a good excuse to become healthier and fitter, whilst having fun.
This year, numbers will be capped, and walks will book out fast. For just $100, becoming a ‘Friend’ of the Waiheke Walking Festival, ensures you priority when it comes to booking.
The Festival is a low impact, sustainable tourism event.
For those who like the details taken care of, purchase a walk and accommodation package. The ‘Walk and Stay’ package includes 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast, picnic lunches for 3 days, all transport to and from walk start and finish points, ferry pick up and drop off, and a host each day to help you enjoy your 3 days of walking adventures. (Note: Package does not include ferry tickets or dinners).
To find out more about all the remarkable walks Waiheke Island has to offer, visit the Walk Waiheke website for more information at www.walkwaiheke.co.nz.
The Waiheke Walking Festival was established in 2010 by an enthusiastic group of locals, offering participants the chance to spend time on Waiheke Island, walking in areas not normally open to the public.
Now in its eleventh year, the 2020 Waiheke Walking Festival offers a huge range of walks over 18 days, (11th – 29th November 2020). The walks vary to ensure all abilities and interests are catered for. The walks cover everything from photography, music, conservation, fitness, offer an opportunity to walk on private land, many are family-friendly, while some of the walks end up at Waiheke’s vineyards to allow participants to enjoy the local food and wine on offer.
With COVID-19 now a reality in our world, for the 2020 festival to go ahead with absolute confidence, each walk will be limited to a maximum of 50 walkers.
This also takes into consideration feedback from previous years participants, ensuring a better walking experience for all. To counter the smaller number on each walk, the festival is longer in duration and some of the more popular walks are repeated more than once. Becoming a Patron or a Friend of the Festival will assist with early access to booking walks, helping to increase your chance of getting onto the walks you want to. However, as the Festival grows in popularity, you might not always get your ultimate choice.
The volunteers are worth a special mention because many of them literally walk hundreds of kilometres even before the event begins, as well as during the eighteen days. The 18-day festival with 50+walks equates to a significant volunteer requirement. There are approximately 60 of them and they range in age from 30 to 75.
This year’s festival is run by Vicki Angland, founder of iWalkWaiheke. iWalkWaiheke, is an eco-conscious multi-day walking company, founded from Vicki’s lifetime passion for walking and her chosen home since 1996 – Waiheke Island. Vicki has walked plenty of New Zealand’s greatest tramps and worn-in her walking shoes in Canada, the USA, Europe, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. She is driven by eco and conservation principals, making sure visitors to the Island experience the very best of Waiheke, without costing the earth.