May 2022 Newsletter
by Vicki Angland | June 1, 2022
The 2022 Waiheke Walking Festival – presented by Ray White

10th – 20th November 2022 

11 fabulous days at ‘the world’s friendliest walking festival’

This month …

  • The Walk and Accommodation package is open to book
  • Sneak peak at a brand new private land walk
  • Ever wondered who keeps the tracks clear?
  • The stunning Island Bay track reopens
  • A note about our vital Patrons Programme
As is our new tradition, we open our Walk and Accommodation package early, so you can organise yourself for a longer stay!

This year, the 3-day 2-night Walk and Accommodation package is bookable as of today!

This walk was fully booked last year at the time we cancelled, and some of those people have already rebooked their spots, so jump in if you want to join them.

https://www.waihekewalkingfestival.org/walk/2214b-3-day-2-night-walk-and-accommodation-package/

These are some of our happy volunteers and Walking Festival team doing a reccie of a new walk at Awaroa Organic Vineyard last Sunday. This is shaping up to be a beauty. Private land only, a festival first, a barrel tasting with the winemaker, and a platter and live music to boot!
Ever wondered who maintains our walking tracks?

Do you wander along our walking tracks where the grass is freshly cut, and the weeds magically cleared away, and think, who does that?!

We’d love to give a huge shout out to Kim Petri and her team, mostly Karin, from AIM SERVICES (now Programmed). Before every festival they get in touch to check every track we will use and make sure it’s in the best condition to give us unimpeded, safe access as we walk. Thanks so much, we appreciate you.

This fabulous view of ‘W’ Bay is now back on track! Thanks to the Waiheke Local Board and our major sponsor Gary Wilton from Make Tracks for getting the Island Bay section of the Te Ara Hura open again. 

You can now continue walking from Owhanake Bay around this stunning piece of coast and back to Korora Rd toward Oneroa, or vice versa. Enjoy! 

The Waiheke Walking Trust (WWT) is currently inviting new members and warmly welcoming back our existing Patrons to join the Patrons of the Waiheke Walking Trust for the 2022-2023 year.

Patrons contribute a donation of $1,000 annually which is applied toward a wide range of the Trust’s projects, including the Waiheke Walking Festival and the Walk Waiheke website www.walkwaiheke.co.nz 

The Patrons of the WWT was established in 2017 and is a principal funder of the Festival, ensuring its continued development and ongoing sustainability. Patrons are invited to participate in a number of events and initiatives each year such as the Patrons’ Annual Dinner and specially curated walks.

If you are interested in supporting the work of the Trust, or finding out more about the Patrons Programme, please contact Trustee Sarah Kember on patrons@waihekewalkingfestival.org

This pic taken by our own Tess Shaw on a private land walk in 2020, which included lunch at the iconic Stonyridge Vineyard. We love the Kiwi flora and blue skies in November. 
Why not become a Friend of the Festival?  Enjoy early booking so that you don’t miss your favourite walk picks, and grab some extra walk spots for your friends. Only 14 of 100 Friends memberships are left this year.

For more information CLICK HERE

To email us CLICK HERE
 

Happy walking everyone,
Your Festival Team
Vicki, Nicky, Tess, Linda, Mandy, Judy, Sarah and Anna
A BIG thank you to our Presenting Partner 
Ray White Waiheke, and our Principal Funders – Patrons of the Waiheke Walking Trust and the Waiheke Local Board, and to our Major Sponsors Treescape, Make Tracks and Fullers360 for your continued support of the Festival in 2022.
Our Sponsors

We couldn’t run this festival without the support of our Sponsors, Funders and Supporters. The Waiheke Walking Festival would like to the thank you all. Support our supporters to show your thanks too.

Presenting Partner
Principal Funders
Major Sponsors