“Jean developed and ran the very successful weekend since 1999, almost single handedly!”
Jean would not agree with this statement but without her dedication, determination and foresight this weekend would not have evolved.
The local community have had tremendous input, with approx 150 volunteers turning out each year as enthusiastic guides and tail end charlies!
This is unique as all walkers treated to a guide with local knowledge and a passion for their walk. Some walks are only accessible during the weekend as they are on local private land so it is a rare treat indeed.
2015 saw several changes to the Walking Weekend as it is put on a more permanent footing, with a Mangawhai Walking Weekend Charitable Trust as the organising body.
Funds raised from the weekend goes towards the Mangawhai Tracks Charitable Trust, responsible for the tracks planning, maintenance and building programme – this team of local volunteers work every Friday on the tracks projects.