About The Festival
The Waiheke Walking Festival is a fantastic, FREE, nine day event that takes place in November every year.
With approximately fifty walks covering a range of topics, terrain and duration there really is something for almost every age and fitness level. Our wonderful team of guides and volunteers ensure your Waiheke Walking Festival experience is one that will want you coming back year after year – we know a lot of you do!
The Waiheke Walking Festival has as its goals to:
- Promote Waiheke Island as a walking destination
- Encourage both locals and visitors to be active by enjoying the incredible network of tracks that are weaved throughout Waiheke.
- Providing opportunities for both locals and visitors to enjoy areas of private land that are not open to the public outside of the Waiheke Walking Festival.
- Share the stories of the people and the land of Waiheke and why we must nurture our precious environment.
The Waiheke Walking Trust
The Waiheke Walking Trust is a charitable trust that exists to showcase Waiheke Island as a walking destination, and to encourage and inspire people to experience walking recreation on Waiheke and neighbouring islands.
We are proud to deliver the annual Waiheke Walking Festival and are committed to ensuring its ongoing success and popularity. In addition to the Festival, we have plans to create a digital resource of Waiheke walking information which will make it easy to plan new walking adventures on Waiheke and enjoy the natural beauty of the island.
This year’s Festival programme is packed with nine days of new walks and crowd favourites. We look forward to seeing you on our beautiful island.
If council and previous Waiheke Community Boards had not had the vision, commitment and drive to create the Te Ara Hura walkway network of over 100km of trails, beaches and roadways that loop the entire Island, a festival like this would not be possible.
We thank the Waiheke Local Board for the lasting legacy they have created with this magnificent public resource and for their financial contribution towards the costs of delivering the Waiheke Walking Festival each year.