How We Grade Our Walks

It is easy to overestimate fitness levels, particularly if you are not used to track walking and hills. Waiheke is hilly and very steep in places. Most walks during the Festival will have a lot of up and down and there will often be steps. Please be mindful of this when you are considering which walks you will register for.

Each walk has been graded. The grading reflects the type of terrain and walking surfaces you can expect.

  • Easy : usually road or very well formed track, may have some narrow or muddy stretches.
  • Medium : off-road walking track, possibly narrow or muddy stretches and steep sections.
  • Hard : mostly unformed route or tracks that are tricky underfoot, prolonged steep hills – but well worth the effort.
  • Harder : more of above!

We err on the side of caution with description and finishing times for walks.

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