Enjoy an easy Sunday this walking weekend. Visit our four beautiful beaches .. learn a little of the history and enjoy a little stroll. Stunning views from Langs, Waipu Cove for an ice cream, Mangawhai Heads and lunch at Te Arai. Easy short walks or lazy on the golden sands!
Learn to Surf Sat 17 March 2018 NEW!! Aotearoa Surf’s beginner surf experience will teach you everything you need to know to get up on your toes…..give it a try!!! Register online TODAY
Vineyard Visits & Winemakers Lunch SUNDAY 18 March NEW Come and enjoy the fabulous King Road vineyards this Walking Weekend. Register today, bookings open 5 January 2018
SATURDAY & SUNDAY GRADE 1: max 35 people What’s happening behind the 2018 shed doors? With all new sheds, open the door to see what’s inside! Visit some Mangawhai sheds where some good keen locals indulge in their passions. We had Sheila’s come along last year and welcome again but remember no talk of babies, cooking or dressmaking in the blokes sheds! “Great variety, all interesting & informative” – last year participant. Degree of difficulty: Very easy, bus transport between sheds. Equipment: Good covered shoes – no jandals. Bring lunch and water. Bus transport: Assembly time 8.15 am, 4-5hrs, $35.00
SATURDAY GRADE 3 – max 25 people: Experience this splendid walk of contrasts – from the estuary mud and mangroves, with their hidden beauty, to the middens of the sand-spit and the golden desert sands of the mighty dune which we climb for marvellous views from the top. This ever changing refuge provides stories of birds, plants, and history, ancient and modern. Expect wet feet. The walk is led by volunteer members of the Fairy Tern Trust who have dedicated their time to the protection of this endangered endemic bird species. “Informative, enjoyable, educational, loved the whole thing” – last year participant. Degree of difficulty: Some paddling and sand-hill climb. […]
SATURDAY GRADE 3-4: max 25 people : Simply stunning seascapes! A town and country extravaganza! This walk explores the estuary’s hidden access ways and high vantage points for spectacular views of Mangawhai and its surrounds. A popular walk, the Goldschmidt Track, is named after the original creator of the Walking Weekend and is regularly upgraded by our famous Mangawhai ‘trackies’. The initial slow climb winds its way to the first viewing site directly above the lovely surf beach. There’s time for a breather, to take in the ocean view and watch the melodic waves rolling ashore. Winding down over a private road through bush then a demanding climb with some […]
SATURDAY GRADE 2-3: max 35 people: We meet two women thwarted in love as a little section of Kaipara history is revealed. Tucked onto the harbour edge, behind Kaiwaka, our visit will bring to life the landscape that influenced our first known woman novelist, Jane Mander as she wrote ‘The Story of a New Zealand River’’ (recommended prior reading). Secondly we meet the historic Gittos family, original missionaries, and visit their house little changed from 1866. As there are a number of ‘rustic’ stiles and fences and some steeper pitches walking up the clear grass ridges to the pa site, some agility is required. Excellent views from the top. An […]
SATURDAY GRADE 2 – max 25 people: More treasures on our doorstep! Explore Te Arai, a relatively recent addition to the Auckland Regional Park network. Starting from the Te Arai Point car park we head south over the headland capturing 360 degree panoramic views. We explore parts of the land purchased in 2008, home to highly sensitive dune lake ecosystems, wetlands, coastal broadleaf forest and regenerating forest cover, before emerging at Te Arai south beach for lunch. After a short walk along the golden sands of Parkiri Beach we return via the headland track. “Loved the variety, friendly well informed guides” – last year participant. Degree of difficulty: Generally easy […]
After another fun & successful event, we are thrilled to distribute the proceeds from the Walking Weekend and Food & Wine Festival back into our community. This years recipients are the Kaiwaka Mangawhai Scout Group, Mangawhai Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Mangawhai Tracks Charitable Trust. Thank you to all who participated in the weekend and helped make it such a brilliant success!
Love walking.. love Mangawhai…next years walking weekend dates are set! Dates set walks in the planning exciting new places to discover Trackies Working… 2018 Mangawhai Walking Weekend 16-18 March – Diary it now!